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Our elementary program reflects the core principles identified by the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA). These are as follows:

  • Integration of the arts, sciences, geography, history, and language that evokes the native imagination and abstraction of the elementary child.

  • Presentation of the formal scientific language of zoology, botany, anthropology, geography, geology, etc., exposing the child to accurate, organized information and respecting the child's intelligence and interests.

  • The use of timelines, pictures, charts, and other visual aids to provide a linguistic and visual overview of the first principles of each discipline.

  • Presentation of knowledge as part of a large-scale narrative that unfolds the origins of the earth, life, human communities, and modern history, always in the context of the wholeness of life.

  • A mathematics curriculum presented with concrete materials that simultaneously reveal arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic correlations.

  • Emphasis on open-ended research and in-depth study using primary and secondary sources (no textbooks or worksheets) as well as other materials.

  • Montessori-trained adults who are "enlightened generalists" (teachers who are able to integrate the teaching of all subjects, not as isolated disciplines, but as part of a whole intellectual tradition).

  • "Going out" to make use of community resources beyond the four walls of the classroom.


Studies are integrated not only in terms of subject matter but in terms of moral learning as well, resulting in appreciation and respect for life, moral empathy, and a fundamental belief in progress, the contribution of the individual, the universality of the human condition, and the meaning of true justice.


(Adapted from NAMTA Montessori Elementary Program)

Montessori del Mar Community School Board of Directors

MdMCS is a non profit organization. Without the donations made by families, and funds earned through fundraising, Montessori del Mar could not operate. Over half of our students are accepted with reduced tuition. Donations are what allow us to serve a socioeconomically diverse learning community. Please help!

with Families & Community

MdMCS was built on the core principles of Montessori philosophy and parent-teacher collaboration. Parents played an integral role in developing our program and participate in parent-teacher agreements that support student learning, and maintain the home-school connection by being informed about Montessori philosophy and the school's values. We are extending this spirit of collaboration to our community as we develop opportunities for our older students to serve and learn from community organizations and members. 


Aligned with CAlifornia State Standards

Our program approaches the common core state standards from within the Montessori framework and with the Montessori materials.  

Nutrition Education Program

MdMCS has a Nutrition Education Program that offers organic vegetarian lunch options for students and staff. There is a monthly fee collected. Click below to register your MdMCS student.


“I cannot express enough gratitude for the outdoor classroom set up. It has had such a positive impact on my kids well being and in fact has sparked their excitement to learn in new ways. Much thanks to the staff at MDMCS for their efforts to create a thoughtful  hybrid learning program.“

Bess Donley

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