Program Overview

Program Overview

Mission

Parkside Montessori offers many of unique features in a public elementary school. We are located in a diverse neighborhood in San Mateo.  Parkside Montessori serves approximately 220 children, Pre-K through 5th.

Parkside’s staff is committed to providing each child with the best possible Montessori experience along with incorporating the Common Core Standards adopted by our state. Our major goals reflect this mission:

  • Students will acquire the academic skills necessary to pursue learning and interests to function successfully in life.
  • Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of themselves and others, which will enable them to interact successfully in today’s society

Curriculum

High quality, effective instructional practices are used consistently at Parkside Elementary School. These instructional practices reflect the research on effective schools and are promoted through ongoing staff development. The school maintains a strong curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission to provide its students with the skills they need to function successfully.High quality, effective instructional practices are used consistently at Parkside Elementary School. These instructional practices reflect the research on effective schools and are promoted through ongoing staff development. The school maintains a strong curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission to provide its students with the skills they need to function successfully

School Profile

Special emphasis at Parkside Elementary School is literacy development. Parkside is a leader in the Response to Intervention model and has a quality after school tutoring program. We implement the Noyce Foundation Every Child a Reader and Writer Program.

Parkside School was selected as a California Distinguished School in 1988, and received the J. Russell Kent Award in 2001 for Literacy for All. We are also recognized for our student-led Peace Club, Tiger Patrol, school garden, and Life Skill DJs.

In addition to the traditional course structures offered, Parkside houses a magnet Montessori program from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Parkside also provides two Special Day classes, an extended day Kindergarten, a Special Education Preschool program, as well as targeted instructional programs for English Language Development.

Each classroom at Parkside has at least two computers and Internet connectivity. The Parkside Elementary School library also contains a computer lab with Internet access. This year, we are fortunate to have a 5th grade instrumental music program and Art in Action.

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 20:1 for grades K-3 and 27:1 for grades 4-5.