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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
Phone: 925 943-7484
Sandy Lane, Walnut Creek, California
Be sure to use Overlook Drive as your cross street entrance to Sandy Lane. There is no driving
entrance from Buena Vista Avenue.
We are a home based Montessori school. Please make an appointment
before visiting us.
American Montessori Society http://www.amshq.org
Int'l Montessori Council www.Montessori.org
We encourage interested parents to visit the websites of our membersip Montessori
organizations and others to learn more about Montessori education.
A Joyful Education for the Absorbent Mind
Preschool through Kindergarten
One Community of Learners
Complete Early Childhood Cycle of Learning
Montessori options for families who love the quality of Montessori
but may wish to begin with 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.
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.
Our Pre-primary Students
form a community of 20 students of
ages 3 to 6 years, with three Montessori teachers.
The Montessori Pre-primary 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.
Our Two Morning Transition Group is a cozy group of our youngest students integrated
on Mondays and Fridays with our four and five day Pre-primary Students, to comprise a mixed-age group
of 20 students with three teachers, as described in our "Morning Programs" page.
Mimi Glass, owner, director, teacher
Montessori Pre-primary Certification
State of California Early
Childhood and Special Ed. Credentials
Member International Montessori
Council / Montessori Foundation
Member American Montessori
30 years teaching experience
in public and private schools.
15 years experience as
Montessori school owner and administrater
and inspired Montessori teacher
More Details: Please visit
our "Morning Programs"
page for information about our class programs, schedules, class
age ranges, and tuitions. Please visit our "Afternoon
Programs" page for Pre-primary afternoon
lunch and Wednesday supplemental program information.
Garden Gate Montessori School
your typical preschool - kindergarten
Under the guidance of an experienced Montessori educator
Dedicated to providing every child with
an experience in joy, serenity, and
Application and Visit Information
Here is how you may become
further acquainted with our school and apply for enrollment.
· Tours: 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.