Why Montessori?

We believe that children are naturally curious and eager to learn when supported by an age-appropriate curriculum and enriched learning environment that allows them to make progress at their own pace.

Montessori children:

  • Love to learn  
  • Develop independence
  • Work cooperatively
  • Build Self-esteem
  • Cultivate global understanding


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Montessori Center School Celebrates Peace Education During U.N. Day
  Montessori Center School students gathered to celebrate world cultures and peace as part of United Nations Day Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, with the
Montessori Center School Launches 50 Acts of Kindness Campaign for 50th Anniversary
  To celebrate Montessori Center School's 50 year Anniversary, MCS is commemorating the monumental milestone by kicking off a 50 Acts of Kindness
Montessori Center School’s Upper Elementary Students Host ‘Year Long Project Fair’
Just before spring break, Montessori Center School’s Upper Elementary students (fourth through sixth grades) hosted a "Year Long Project Fair." Earlier
MCS celebrates its ‘Classic Hollywood’ Auction
The Bacara Resort & Spa was the scene for the Classic Hollywood themed Benefit Gala benefiting Montessori Center School’s programs and financial

What is a Montessori School?

altMontessori schools follow a unique and exciting educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Founded on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Montessori schools focus on each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.  Our classrooms are mixed-age environments designed to entice children to develop concentration while they are exploring and discovering concepts at their own pace, guided by a Montessori credentialed teacher that is an expert in the particular age group.   Montessori classrooms foster independence, organization, and problem solving skills while providing children with a solid academic foundation. 

Recently there have been many articles in the popular press highlighting how the Montessori philosophy of teaching is ideally suited to meet the needs of 21st century learners.  This is due to the fact that Montessori classrooms resemble more of a work-place or company than a traditional school.  Through exploration, discovery, and team work, the children are actively pursuing a learning goal, deciding on the scope of the project, pursuing primary sources of information, preparing the information to be shared with others, and teaching others in the class what they have learned.  Learning is made meaningful and feels important to the children.  The teacher is an aid to academic discovery and not the keeper of the information.  When you walk in to a Montessori room you will see groups of children pursuing a variety of academic subjects as they meet their goals for the day.  Some children will be working on math, others on language, or science, or geography, etc.  You will find the teachers giving small group lessons specifically targeted to the skill level of the children present at the lesson.  Other children might be preparing snack, caring for animals, or the garden.  In a Montessori classroom academic strengths are celebrated and differences supported therefore there are no limits to what each child can learn. 

Montessori Center School (MCS) of Santa Barbara has a 47 year history of preparing students ages 18 months through 6th grade for academic excellence.  MCS students develop critical thinking, social collaboration, and creative problem solving skills, coupled with global and environmental awareness that will serve them well as they become the next generation of innovators and global citizens.  Adding to the richness of the Montessori curriculum, MCS is located in a spacious garden campus that houses a low student to teacher ratio, credentialed teachers, fully equipped classrooms, a library, music and art studios, performing arts and auditorium space, after-school care center, outdoor classroom environments and play areas. With an enrollment of approximately 280 students, our school offers a rich social environment, a community of committed teachers, and supportive parents and administrators. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions and to schedule a campus tour. We look forward to saying hello!


Patricia M. Colby, PhD
Head of School

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