Montessori Center School

toddler through sixth grade since 1965

Why Enroll Your Children in MCS?

The goal of MCS is to inspire children to be lifelong learners by instilling a love of learning. 

Montessori students in schools nationwide have distinguished themselves as creative, critical and curious thinkers who consistently achieve and exceed benchmarks for educational goals. Montessori education is significantly different than other schools because it offers students individualized learning objectives and goals tailored to each student’s particular educational interests.

MCS graduates attend top universities and transition successfully to public and independent high schools. 

MCS graduates have gone on to attend Stanford, MIT, Tufts, Brown, Caltech, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Dartmouth, Duke, University of Pennsylvania and UCSB. MCS has an excellent record of placing graduates into local independent schools  (37% transition to private middle schools).   Of our students that attend public schools, 55% are admiitted to the Honors/GATE programs. When MCS graduates enter middle school,  they have a reputation for being comfortable in leadership roles and for demonstrating good citizenship.

MCS students win local and state academic competitions. 

 In 2014, a MCS 6th grader took first place in the Santa Barbara County spelling bee for elementary students and an MCS alumni took first place in the junior high spelling bee. MCS also competed in the annual Santa Barbara County Math Super Bowl and was the top placing independent school.  Annually, a team of Upper Elementary students compete in the Lego League Robotics Challenge and have been awarded honors, including top research project.

MCS has a long history of academic excellence and community support.

 MCS was established in 1965 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Montessori Center School is attended by over 280 students, ages 2 through 12. The school is served by a volunteer board of  trustees consisting of parents and community members. Many of the teachers have served the school for 20+ years.

MCS is working to establish a permanent home on an 11 acres parcel. 

In 2008, Montessori Center School purchased a parcel in Goleta to establish a permanent campus home.  The New Campus Committee is currently working with the Goleta Planning Board to move this project forward.

The Montessori Method is science-based pedagogy and creates a different experience from that of a “traditional” classrooms.

 Maria Montessori was an educator and physician. Her Method emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological, physical, and social development.  Montessori classrooms are multi-aged, allowing each child to advance at his or her own pace through the curriculum to reach his or her potential. Mixed-age classrooms foster an environment of learning and teaching, in which older children serve as mentors and role models. Children gain a positive sense of self-worth; they learn that they are important and their ideas are valuable.

Montessori has drawn a lot of attention lately because many entrepreneurs are Montessori graduates. 

Larry Page famously credited his and Sergei Brin’s success at Google to a Montessori education saying “We both went to Montessori school and I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, and being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently.” The Wall Street Journal dubbed the recent group of successful Montessorian entrepreneurs, the Montessori Mafia - “the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia: Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, videogame pioneer Will Wright, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.”