Garden Gate Montessori School

A Beautiful and Authentic Montessori   Half Day Program

Note:   For music and more correct viewing of our site, we suggest viewing with Internet Explorer. For hearing of music your computer may ask you to allow Active X controls to run.

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Music: "Joy" by Pachelbel    

Photos: Thank you to Garden Gate parent, Caroline Somary, for the many lovely photos (all the really great ones) of our Garden Gate environment.

Contact: Mimi Glass, owner, director, teacher                                                    Email: Mimi@gardengatemontessori.com    

Phone: 925 943-7484   Location: 63 Sandy Lane, Walnut Creek,
                                                             California


  VISITING: To arrange a visit to Garden Gate, please be sure to reserve an appointment by phone or by email. We are a home based Montessori school.

  FINDING US:
Be sure to use Overlook Drive as your cross street entrance to Sandy Lane. There is no driving entrance from Buena Vista Avenue.

  UNDERSTANDING MONTESSORI EDUCATION:
  We encourage parents to visit the web sites of our membership organizations:

American Montessori Society http://www.amshq.org  


International Montessori Council   ww
w.Montessori.org

Informative Videos about the Montessori Classroom and Montessori Philosophy

Dr. Steve Hughes, neuropsychologist, talks about Montessori  
http://www.buildingthepinktower.org/
    Click on"Watch Trailer" button

 Montessori Foundation Video 

http://www.montessori.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=18&Itemid=38

American Montessori Society Video: Copy and paste this link into your browser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM1Gu9KXVkk 

Introduction to Trevor Eissler's Book, "Montessori Madness" Copy and paste this link into your browser

http://www.youtube.com/watch2?v=GcgN01Eh51A


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Welcome to 
Garden Gate Montessori School

A Joyful Education for the Absorbent Mind

 Ages 2.75 - 6.5 years

    Preschool through Kindergarten
One Community of Learners

 One Complete Early Childhood Cycle of Learning 

Garden Gate offers unique Montessori options for families who love the quality of Montessori, but might like a
smaller time commitment in the first year, and a personal, homey, half day-only program.

            Joyful mornings for children, designed and      
                 operated by an inspired, and experienced educator
 

Peaceful, Beautiful home and garden environment

Unique, part time program: the quality of a morning Montessori school, and partial week programs for our younger students. Your child will grow into our four and five day programs.

A warm, personal teacher- family relationship  in a small school setting   

Garden Gate  is a home-based, part time only, mainly mornings program for families seeking something homey, beautiful, holistic, and personal for their children.

Your child will flourish in our multi-age community         designed to meet the individual needs of every student. We offer a joyful and personalized educational experience for children from 2.75 through 6 years of age.



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 Our Students form a community of 20 students of ages 3 to 6 years, with one experienced, Montessori certified Lead Teacher and two Montessori trained assistant teachers. Our Lead Teacher is also our school owner/director.

The Montessori Early Childhood class includes the culminating Kindergarten year of the Montessori early childhood level. Children who remain in their class through their kindergarten year enjoy the benefit of making full use of the beautifully designed Montessori academic materials for which they have prepared themselves in the preschool years. This is their leadership year when advanced work within their well loved environment and community takes place. The child's Kindergarten year is his/her crowning year that solidifies the child's confidence, love of learning, inner motivation, and conceptual and skill development.

  

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 Mimi Glass, Founder, Director, Lead Teacher  

  • Montessori Pre-primary Certification

  • State of California Early Childhood and Special Ed. Credentials

  • Member International Montessori Council / Montessori Foundation

  • Member American Montessori Society

  • 30 years teaching experience in public and private schools.

  • 20 years experience as Montessori school owner and administrater
  • Knowledgable, and inspired Montessori teacher
  • Dedicated to authentic Montessori education

 More Details 

Please visit our page for information about our class programs, schedules, class age ranges, and tuitions.

Please visit our  page for Wednesday afternoon lunch and Wednesday afternoon Discovery Enrichment Class information. 

  

    

Application and Enrollment Information

          Here is how you may become acquainted with our school and 
         apply for
 Enrollment.

          Tours

  Tours are usually scheduled only for periods when school is not in session. Tours are scheduled for parents only, last thirty to forty minutes, and include time for us to share information about the school and answer your questions. Applications may be requested at this time. 

 Parent Observational Visits

Once the school year is well under way, we also schedule observational visits. The observational visit is designed especially to allow you, the parent, to individually observe how a class operates under usual circumstances, without having to consider how your own child 's presence might be changing the usual pattern of classroom flow. You are welcome to request an application at the time of your visit. You may also call the school with questions following your visit.

Requesting an Application       

Once, having read our information, visited our school, asked questions, and having decided that Garden Gate is probably the right school for your child, you may request an Enrollment Application . We will give you detailed Enrollment Information along with your Enrollment Application. (In rare instances, when parents already have abundant information and are certain that Garden Gate is the best placement for their child, an Applications may given prior to a Parent Visit.) Your Enrollment Application offers an opportunity to be considered for enrollment and is not a guarantee of placement in our programs. If your Enrollment Application indicates a good match between our programs and the desires and expectations of your family, we will offer you either an Enrollment Visit for you and your child, or a place in our waiting list. 

Your Child's Visit

When accepting your application we will send you an Enrollment Visit Invitation. This invitation will offer your child a short appointment to visit our school, become acquainted with our environment and our students, and to ascertain your child's readiness for the community experience that our school has to offer. 

Parent's Enrollment Appointment

We will also schedule a subsequent parent's appointment for your enrollment completion process. During the enrollment enrollment appointment we further acquaint you with our school procedures and policies, and give you your Parent Handbook and other helpful information. During this appointment Garden Gate families commit to a full school year's enrollment for their child through an enrollment contract with the school. This practice allows our school to maintain the kind of continuity for our students and parents that are one of several characteristics that define an authentic Montessori school of good quality.

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A GARDEN GATE VISITOR