Valley Montessori School

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Basic Information

Address: 1273 N. Livermore Ave, Livermore, CA 94551
County: Alameda
School District: Livermore
Phone Number: 925-455-8021
Fax Number: 925-455-8002

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Additional Information

President: Mary Ellen Kordas
School Type: Nonprofit 501(c)(3)
Founded: 1976
Ages/Grades: 18 months to 14 years
School Setting:

Pastoral

School Size: 500
Classroom Size: 24
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12/1
Tuition:

$6,000 - $10,000

Financial Aid:

Yes

Curriculum:

Montessori

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Parking Spaces/Availability:

Easy Access

Admissions Requirements:

See Website

Mission Statement:

Valley Montessori School honors the imagination, mind and heart of each child. Guided by the work of Maria Montessori, we create an environment where children are inspired to realize their academic, personal and social potential.

The child is challenged by the classroom environment which inspires self-paced, individualized and guided discovery. The curriculum prepares the child for academic success while stimulating creativity, curiosity and a love of learning.

The Mind
The child is respected as an individual. Self-esteem, independent learning and self-confidence are fostered by the daily activities of the classroom community.

The Heart
The child is an essential member of the global community, working for peace and a better environment. Through cooperative activities, the child develops a respect for others and a desire for peaceful problem-solving.

School History:

Valley Montessori School opened in Livermore in 1976 and became a not for profit, board owned school in 1996. We use the methods and philosophy of Maria Montessori, an internationally known educator. We are accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The entering child is gentle and vulnerable with a need for love, protection, friends, and intellectual stimulation. These are serious needs. To serve children directly is not what they need; to give help is sometimes an obstruction. Therefore, the Montessori prepared environment allows children to act freely on their own initiative, meeting needs through individual, spontaneous activity.

Although the Montessori classroom allows for individual learning to take place, there is also a mix of children of different ages to work with in each classroom. In the toddler and primary classrooms some children will be seen talking and working, while others watch. The children work freely and when they choose to complete their task, they return the material to its proper place. There is a variety of activities and a great deal of movement.

Children at this age enjoy and need social courtesies. For example, they are interested in knowing how to greet, to shake hands, and to excuse themselves. In this environment children learn to express the best of themselves by improving their social skills as they acquire manners and consideration for others.

Although most of the class time is spent in individual or small group format, during some part of each day the entire community of children might engage in whole class activities such as storytelling, singing, movement activities, or large muscle activities. When the children go outdoors for “large motor” activities, for gardening or nature walks, the unique needs of the individual child merge as part of the vibrant community whole.

The Montessori three-year age groupings afford maximum stimulation for young children, enabling them to imitate and internalize skills before they receive a lesson. The classroom has a heritage. Knowledge and behavior is passed on from one level to the next. The oldest children provide leadership, reliable friendships, and academic learning.

Because of the open-endedness of the Montessori environment, there is no ceiling to what a child can do. In collaboration with the teacher all kinds and levels of learning take place maximizing the individual potential of the child in an environment that has a place for everyone. Multi-age groupings mean more group options respective to ability and interest. Because there is a wider program for varied levels, there are wider options for the child's individual pace.

The Montessori “prepared environment” implies that the environment can be designed to maximize independent learning and exploration on the part of the child. In the elementary classrooms there are familiar materials from the preschool-golden bead arrays, map displays, movement alphabets. The VMS elementary environment strikes the imagination, leads to abstraction, and provides a system of information storage and retrieval. Spatial time lines, pictorial zoology, botany charts, classified nomenclature booklets, live animals, and collections of natural specimens - the elementary environment is a coat of many colors taking the child into a great inspiring overview - real, dignified, and far reaching.

The Montessori child usually has the same teacher for three years. Having the same teacher for three years allows for intimate knowledge of the child. With this time, the teachers can discover the child's strengths and challenges. The teacher and child know where they left off from year to year, and build strength by affirming what the child knows best.

Valley Montessori School is a private, independent, non-profit school for children from eighteen months through eighth grade. The school goal is to educate the whole person through the Montessori approach which addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of each child. The school is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Montessori is a method of education based on the observations, methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. This method of education focuses on the development of the whole child in all areas of life, and supports the idea that children possess an innate desire to explore, discover, and learn. This is supported best within a social environment that inspires personal development.

The philosophy of the Valley Montessori School community is the encouragement of the child's interests and curiosity, and the development of responsible, independent thinking that fosters a life-long love of learning.

One of the greatest strengths of the school is the highly trained and superbly qualified teachers who take a personal interest in their students and parents. They care about the whole person and see education as much more than simply the training of fine minds. These dedicated teachers form the foundation of a caring community in which children develop and learn to become responsible, loving human beings.

Notes/School Information:

Valley Montessori School
Guiding Principles

Our priority is the children we serve. All of our decisions and actions are based upon this conviction.

We model grace, respect, integrity and professionalism while always creating an optimal educational environment.

We count on our partnership with parents.  Together, we inspire a love for learning within each child.

Our Board is a valued resource, an advocate for fulfilling our vision. 

We rely on them to be the guardians of our financial future.

Our students contribute to the greater good of the global community.

They value diversity, friendship and independence, as well as collaboration.

The heart of our school is the quality of the relationships we have with one another.

This is our commitment…..  an Education for Life