Grand Lake Montessori

Making Childhood A Journey, Not A Race! We`re proud of our campus, our school, and our teachers.
With almost two full acres of campus in residential Oakland, we have plenty of open spaces and green grass for running and playing.
We have planted fruit trees, indigenous plants, vegetables and flower beds, to attract butterflies, bees and other insects.
We raise bees that make us honey.  Children learn to harvest fruits and vegetables and to cook and share food with family and friends.The "GLM village" is a place where children can learn and grow, all while developing strong, loving and respectful relationships with their peers and school adults.
This is "personalized education" at it`s best, fostering resilience, creativity, collaboration and a love of life-time learning.
Come and see for yourself, what we mean when we say: we are "helping to make childhood a journey, not a race.".

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 188 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,000
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-5
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
188 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Grand Lake Montessori Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
24 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Contracts are offered for 10,11,and 12 month programs
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Nancy Haskins
Admissions Associate
Adrienne Pratt

School Notes

  • About GLM:Grand Lake Montessori was founded in 1978 as an independent Montessori day school. Formerly known as Casa dei Bambini (or House of Children in Italian) it was named after the very first Montessori school established in Rome in 1906. GLM has grown to more than 170 students, educating children 18 months through Kindergarten and is now opening an Elementary Program in August 2016. GLM operates year round orienting all of our new students into the program throughout the summer time.
  • What Is Montessori Montessori is a brain-based method of education that fosters self-directed and experiential learning, as well as collaboration with peers. In Montessori classrooms, children can respond to their natural curiosities, pursue their special interests and make their own choices. They discover and explore knowledge while being intentionally guided by trained Montessori adults who offer developmentally appropriate activities in a well prepared environment. Through using their hands and engaging their minds, they become creative, independent, critical thinkers with a life-time love of learning.
  • Our Classrooms Are Special. Here`s Why:Classrooms at GLM have nearly as much personality as the children who go here. We strive to make our classrooms a home-away-from-home environment with plants, animals, beautiful cultural objects and pieces of art. There are cosy corners to sit and read in, child-sized tables to play at and individual rugs for laying out projects. All the tools, implements and furniture are real, functional and scaled to the children`s size. Every activity in the environment supports an aspect of their development and is part of an age appropriate and scientifically based curriculum. These are places designed and created especially for them!
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Grand Lake Montessori cost?
Grand Lake Montessori's tuition is approximately $20,000 for private students.
When is the application deadline for Grand Lake Montessori?
The application deadline for Grand Lake Montessori is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 188 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,000
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Oakland, CA is $23,917 for elementary schools and $25,857 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Oakland, CA is 85% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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