Through a Montessori education, all of our children will develop an ongoing enthusiasm for learning, respect living things, appreciate all cultures, develop self-discipline and independence, and become cooperative, articulate, lifelong problem solvers.
What is montessori?
Montessori is an educational philosophy and practice that fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development, with the goal of nurturing each child's natural desire for knowledge, understanding and respect.
Montessori education values the development of the whole child - physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The five core components of Montessori are: trained Montessori teachers, multi-age classrooms, using Montessori materials, child-directed work and uninterrupted work periods.
We offer the following programs to enhance the Montessori experience at Parkside: field trips and assemblies, weekly library visits, Music for Minors (weekly music program with instruments in 5th grade), Art in Action (hands-on exposure to a broad range of artists and styles), a mindfulness program, physical education, technology literacy, classroom aides, science night, parent-led lunchtime activities and SDC (Special Day Class) inclusion.
We welcome all families to be a part of our school community. Our parents are engaged in their students' classrooms, and find ways throughout the year to support our educators and staff. All families are requested to volunteer at least 30 hours per year.
Our community programs include: early summer TK/K welcome, campus beautification, Walk-a-Jog family event, International Potluck, movie nights and Montessori parent education events. Visit www.parksidepta.org for more information about how to get involved in our active community.
Parkside Montessori School provides a public Montessori program, offering an alternative curriculum designed to meet all California state educational standards and providing the same services and resources as other district schools. Parkside Montessori is also home to multiple elementary age SDC classes (Special Day Class), as well as multiple district preschool classes, including a Montessori preschool class, and an SDC preschool class.
Parkside Montessori currently serves approximately 240 children, TK through 5th grade and is expanding to become a TK through 8th grade program. We will welcome our first 6th graders in the 2021-2022 school year. As the fastest growing public Montessori school in the Bay Area, we're thrilled to be extending Montessori opportunities for our students through 8th grade.
The Parkside School Support Staff includes a Psychologist, Nurse, Resource Specialist, Reading Specialist, Physical Education Specialist, School Community Worker, Community Police Officer and a Speech and Language Therapist. In line with the San Mateo/Foster City School District standards, Parkside's average class sizes are 24:1 for grades TK-3 and 27:1 for grades 4-5.