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New Montessori School opens in Pleasanton

Summer program starts this month, fall classes in September

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 montessoripleasanton@gmail.com or at the school's Web site at www.montessori-pleasanton.com or by calling (925) 484-3300.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Isn't this new place right next to the daycare where kids were getting tied up? Or is it the same place?


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Hi Bill,

Thank you for the opportunity to clear the air on the very unfortunate history associated with this location. Yes, we are in the same facility, but we are an entirely different school. We have no ties to the church, or the previous preschool operator; we were founded in Fremont 40 years ago and have been growing slowly but surely ever since. We just want to bring high quality Montessori education to Pleasanton and believe this beautiful campus can help us fulfill that dream.

Eric Alexander
Executive Director


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