A Beautiful and Authentic Montessori
Half Day Program
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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.
Mimi Glass, owner, director, teacher
925 943-7484 Location: 63
Sandy Lane, Walnut Creek,
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
about the Montessori Classroom and Montessori PhilosophyDr.
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
Garden Gate offers unique Montessori options
for families who love the quality of Montessori, but might like a
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Mimi Glass, Founder, Director, Lead Teacher
20 years experience as Montessori school owner and administrater
Knowledgable, and inspired Montessori
Dedicated to authentic Montessori education
visit our page for information about our class programs,
age ranges, and tuitions.
Please visit our page for Wednesday afternoon lunch
and Wednesday afternoon Discovery Enrichment Class information.
and Enrollment Information
is how you may become acquainted with our school and
apply for Enrollment.
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.
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.
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.