Santa Cruz Montessori School

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Santa Cruz Montessori School Photo #1 - Primary Class
  • Santa Cruz Montessori nurtures and guides children from 18 months to 15 years.
  • We have beautiful, safe, repared environments. We nurture self-descipline, responsibility, and collaborative learning.
  • We develop strong critical thinking skills and the full breadth of academics.
  • Our teachers are experienced, engaged, patient, and kind. We appreciate each child as unique and a force for good in the world.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other Montessori association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-9
Year Founded1964
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students283 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Santa Cruz Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio17:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size21 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,120
Tuition NotesAnnual tuition ranges from 10280 to 15910 depending on student's age and schedule
% on Financial Aid
45%
Admissions DirectorKathy Rideout

School Notes

  • Santa Cruz Montessori nurtures and guides children from 18 months to 15 years with a philosophy of quality education and exceptional care in a safe and nurturing environment. Our programs focus on building independence, a love of learning, and respect for self, others, and our world. At Santa Cruz Montessori we see education as a "preparation for life." The mission of Santa Cruz Montessori is to guide and nurture the natural unfolding of the whole individual in a developmentally based Montessori learning environment. We believe that respect - for ourselves, each other and our environment (school, community and world) - is the foundation of Santa Cruz Montessori philosophy and drives our efforts at peace through education. We are committed to respect in all areas of our educational efforts, including: collaboration among staff, Board members, volunteers and parents to achieve mission-driven goals; an environment of acceptance for diverse people, ideas, cultures and economics; compassion and trust with one another; and individual responsibility in contributing to the creation of a quality Montessori environment for all.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Santa Cruz
    Grades: K-8 | 243 students
    6.9 miles
    255 Swift Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831)423-0341
    6.9 K-8
    243
  • Atherton
    Menlo School
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: 6-12 | 799 students
    35 miles
    50 Valparaiso Ave
    Atherton, CA 94027
    (650)330-2000
    35 6-12
    799
  • Belmont
    Grades: PK-5 | 229 students
    41.7 miles
    2820 Ponce Avenue
    Belmont, CA 94002
    (650)596-9100
    41.7 PK-5
    229
  • Corte Madera
    Grades: K-8 | 590 students
    71.3 miles
    5221 Paradise Drive
    Corte Madera, CA 94925
    (415)927-5900
    71.3 K-8
    590
  • Corte Madera
    Marin Montessori School
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    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-9 | 276 students
    71.2 miles
    5200 Paradise Drive
    Corte Madera, CA 94925
    (415)924-5388
    71.2 PK-9
    276

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The average private school tuition in California is $11,369 for elementary schools and $19,928 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in California is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).