Fulbright Montessori Academy
5.00 (17 reviews)
Tel: (949) 583-9292
Serving Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Irvine, and surrounding areas. At Fulbright Montessori, we are committed to the education of the heart and mind of our children in an atmosphere of kindness, respect and intellectual discovery! Fulbright Montessori is a beautiful, must-see facility with a private and convenient location off of Bake and Dimension, across from Baker Ranch.
Fulbright Montessori offers a highly educated and caring staff, potty training, keyed entry, summer camp, extended care, Spanish, music, art, computers and much more!.
Fulbright Montessori Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in California for:
- Category Attribute
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
|School Type||Early Childhood / Day Care|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||American Montessori Society (AMS)|
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Other school association(s)
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-1|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Total Students||95 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 45%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||13 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||7:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||20 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(Close-toed shoes, weather appropriate clothing)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$880|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition costs vary by classroom and schedule. Please see our website for details.|
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||3 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Arts and Music Programs:|
Dancing in Harmony, Little Rockstars
Recreational Athletic Programs:
At Fulbright Montessori Academy, we are committed to the education of the heart and mind of our children in an atmosphere of kindness, respect, and intellectual discovery. By offering students exciting, challenging programs at an individualized pace, we inspire within them an innovative spirit, spark their imagination, and propel their exploration of culture and knowledge.
Montessori Education at Fulbright Academy...
Montessori Education at Fulbright Academy...
- is child-centered
- fosters independence and self-discipline
- creates a nurturing communitybuilds a foundation for future learning
- cultivates respect and compassion
- inspires curious, motivated, life-long learners
- provides instruction that is both individual and group-based and adapts to students' learning styles and developmental levels
- includes grace, courtesy and conflict resolution as integral parts of the curriculum
- encourages children to teach, collaborate with, and help one another
- emphasizes care of self and the environment
My oldest daughter attended Fulbright Montessori for three years and I am very pleased with her developments both academically and socially. The teachers really cared about her and brought her learning potential to the best. My youngest daughter is also a Fulbright and will be graduating this June. We are sad to leave as we have been with this school for 7 years, and all the staffs and teachers are like family.
- Posted by Parent - wsyue
Our son has been enrolled in Fulbright since he was 2 years 9 months old. It has been 2 years with the school. Our good friend whose son went to this school referred us and we are glad we took her advice! The school has an open and welcoming atmosphere and all teachers, assistants, and administrators remember each student and his/her parents names. Our son is currently learning to trace, read, and count numbers and it is above regular public kindergarten level. We highly recommend Fulbright to all families who are eager to provide good education to their children.
- Posted by Parent - Hanako
Our son started attending Fulbright three half-days a week at 2 1/2 years of age in their pre-primary program. He is currently enrolled in their primary (preschool) program and will be attending Kindergarten in the fall at Fulbright. The school came very highly recommended to us by some co-workers whose children also attended the school. Overall, we have been extremely pleased with the quality of education that our son is getting - and have seen a noticeable academic progression during his time there. Compared to a daycare where the kids play all day - the children at Fulbright are actually learning and getting a head start compared to their future schoolmates. The teachers and staff are top notch, and the current administration always is looking for new ways to improve both the student and parent experience. It definitely feels like a family atmosphere, and not only are the children always greeted by name every morning - but also the parents. When our daughter is ready to go to preschool - we won't even bother looking anywhere else. We can't recommend Fulbright enough.
- Posted by Parent - JP
Our daughter goes to Fulbright Montessori and we have been very happy with the experience. It is well organized school and the teachers are great and very nurturing. Very pleased with our experience so far.
- Posted by Parent - SG
My son has been attending Fulbright for nearly two years. He was just a little over two years old when he started and we weren't really sure if he wanted to start preschool so young. We toured several local schools and immediately knew our visit here was different from the others. He was interested in the other children and the activities they were engaged in. We were only going to have him go to preschool if he wanted to go so we let him make the choice. We are happy the decision we made as a family. He has become more independent and developed in his social interactions. He has progressed in the "academic" areas as well even though that was not our primary focus in him starting preschool early. We appreciate that the school is clean, organized, and small. The staff is friendly and caring.
- Posted by Parent - Katki
I am so glad that we found the perfect school for our 3 year old to attend. Every morning she is excited about going to school to see her teachers and friends. Every afternoon she leaves with a smile on her face and tells us about her day. Fulbright is a very close knit community of caring people that are all working together to help the children learn and grow. The before and after care hours are very accommodating to working parents, which was very important to us. We are very pleased with our daughter's growth in all areas and are so grateful to have such dedicated and amazing people working with her every day.
- Posted by Parent - spers
Our son has been attending Fulbright since he was 2.5 years-old and is now in Kindergarten. The detail and attention provided by the teaching staff and administration is exceptional with reasonable class sizes. The children are permitted to progress at their own pace, meaning an inquisitive and eager child will really benefit from the program. Most of the other parents that I have spoken too are very involved in their child's education and the school activities. My only regret is that my son will have to move on after this year.
- Posted by Parent - sbana
I highly recommend Fulbright Montessori to anyone looking for a school in this area. My daughter has been attending for a little over 6 months now and she's improved a great deal on her social skills, vocabulary, basic shape/color recognition, etc. The facility layout is similar to a "big circle" of learning, where each classroom is connected, and in the center is the gathering place for events. It is also super clean (they just added new floors and new paint), the decor is always cheerful and changing, depending on season, and playground is not too big, but a fairly good size for the kids. Lastly, the staff is outstanding. Always cheerful and greets each child and parent by name. They are knowledgeable in the Montessori way of teaching, and we (parents) try to copy this style at home.
- Posted by Parent - phi.t
My daughter has been going to this school for 3 years now, and I wouldnt have it any other way. The faculty and staff are nothing short of being amazing. They care for the well being of each child as if their very own. The front staff, Ms. Jaimee & Ms. Julie are simply extraordinary. Every time you walk your child in in the morning they greet each child by name! Its really amazing how much they care about this school. I highly recommend Fulbright to all parents.
- Posted by Parent - peter
My daughter has been attending Fulbright for nearly a year now. We specifically chose Fulbright because they were nut-free, open more days than her past school, and the students seemed so happy and engaged every time we walked in. The teachers we ADORE are Ms. Eva and Ms. Adi. My daughter has made a connection with these two teachers. They are calm yet firm and fair. And, I'm impressed with the knowledge, social skills, and cute songs my daughter learns there.
- Posted by Parent - missf
Our daughter has been attending Fulbright for over a year and a half and she loves it. The staff is attentive, patient and you can tell they really enjoy working with the kids. We are happy with the way our daughter is progressing and we know we are leaving her in good hands every day.
- Posted by Parent - natha
My son has been attending Fulbright for over 2 years. The school truly lives up to the NAEYC standards. The teachers and the office staff are patient, caring, and friendly. The office staff greets us everyday with a smile. All the teachers know my son and communicates well the parents. Not the mention the beautiful facility that is always bright and clean. They have my highest recommendation!
- Posted by Parent - nelly
My son attends this school and loves it. The teachers and staff are great and very accommodating. It is an organized school and really care for their students. We love it!
- Posted by Parent - mez23
Fulbright has been such a blessing to our family. My oldest daughter attended preschool there for 3 years and gained so much confidence and made such dear friends. It is a very nurturing environment and was exactly what she needed to prepare her for kindergarten. Fulbright gave her a true love of learning that has really made school a pleasure for her. My younger daughter is in her second year there currently and adores all of the teachers and staff. She looks forward to the days she attends and never stops talking about all of the fun activities she does and how many new things she learned that day. It is definitely worth taking a tour. I knew it was the right place immediately and signed up at the end of ours!
- Posted by Parent - shann
My son attended Fulbright Montessori for 3 years. The school and its excellent teachers laid out a good foundation in his early education for him to thrive in his later education in elementary school. Now my daughter is attending Fulbright. She improved a lot in the school academically and became more mature. I am very happy with her progress. I would recommend this school for its well management, knowledgeable and responsible teachers, friendly staff and safe environment.
- Posted by Parent - cjin
Our daughter was in a home-based daycare until we enrolled her in this preschool at age 3. We toured a few other schools in the area but she preferred Fulbright as did we. We liked the open feel of the school due to its cleanliness and high ceilings. It has been several months now since she started and we are impressed with the diversity of topics presented by the school and she seems to be receiving a well-rounded education, especially in comparison to her friends in other preschools.
- Posted by Parent - ekchu
My daughter has been going to this school for a little over a month now. She has learned so much in a short amount of time and she never complains when we drop her off. The staff are highly motivated, management is on top of things and the facility is nice clean. High recommended!
- Posted by Parent - b.rag
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