Celebrating our 39th year on our 9-acre campus, Santa Barbara Montessori is the only authentic (AMI-Recognized) Montessori school in Southern California offering Toddler through junior-high programs.
We're the one! There is a difference, please arrange a visit to see what a real Montessori school can provide your child.
The founders of Google, Amazon, and Wikipedia all went to Montessori schools, as did Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julia Child, and Yo Yo Ma--their Montessori education made a difference in their lives.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 87 students
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1975
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
87 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
11%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Santa Barbara Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size
24 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuitions vary depending on ages of children; travel for elementary and junior high are separate costs.
% on Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$2,000
Admissions Director
Ms Aran Klingensmith

School Notes

  • The only authentic AMI-trained Toddler teachers in the area
  • The only Montessori adolescent program (Erdkinder) in the area
  • Come see our organic pesticide-free Butterfly Garden
  • Organic vegetable and flower gardens
  • Spanish Immersion Program at all levels
  • Music, theater arts, performance, ceramics, fine arts at ever level
  • Junior High travels to Italy, London and Paris
  • Elementary outdoor science programs at Nature Bridge (Headlands and Yosemite)

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 87 students
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Santa Barbara County, CA is $30,864 for elementary schools and $41,698 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Barbara County, CA is 60% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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