The Montessori School of Pleasanton has opened in a new facility at 3420 Cornerstone Ct.
The school is part of the Association Montessori International (AMI), an accredited Montessori education organization now with eight locations in the Bay Area between San Jose and Berkeley serving ages 3 months through high school.
The Pleasanton school will have several open houses and start its summer program in July. The fall program begins Sept. 3.
The Montessori School of Fremont, the first AMI-accredited school, opened in 1974.
Eric Alexander, executive director of the Pleasanton school, said that all Montessori lessons are taught one-on-one and include hands-on materials.
"It has been shown that teaching with concrete, rather than abstract objects such as worksheets, enhances not only the lessons, but brain development as well," he said.
In addition, a Montessori preschool class is a 3 year, mixed-age program which means that each child has the opportunity to learn at their own pace, the teachers know the children very well, and a tight-knit learning community is formed. This also fosters peer to peer teaching which reinforces the lessons and facilitates leadership skills.
The Montessori School of Pleasanton will be an AMI accredited school, an association widely recognized as the most stringent authority on Montessori standards. Not all Montessori schools are created equal, or have AMI accreditation.
There is no oversight over the Montessori name, meaning any school can say they are Montessori and do whatever they want inside the classrooms. This is an important distinction that differentiates the Montessori School of Pleasanton, Alexander said.
For more information on the Pleasanton Montessori School, contact Karin Montgomery, enrollment director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the school's Web site at www.montessori-pleasanton.com or by calling (925) 484-3300.