The teachers see their students as individuals and teach to the individual, developing lifelong, passionate learners.
“To have 2-5 year olds quiet, engaged and focused deeply on something is miraculous. This is the norm at Pacifica, where there is a depth and experience in the Montessori methodology that I haven’t seen anywhere else. All of the teachers are certified in and apply the Montessori method. Every student wants to be seen by their teacher holistically, and the teachers see their students as individuals and teach to the individual, developing lifelong, passionate learners.”
It’s a tailored learning program for each child.
“My older daughter can really focus on tasks and concentrate when she’s in the Montessori atmosphere. It’s a tailored learning program for each child. They have the ability to get into things on a deeper level. For my preschool daughter, to see the older kids automatically propels her into the next level of interest and academic advancement.”
The teachers speak quietly to the kids in a way that invites them to listen.
“Pacifica Montessori is like a second home for us. All 3 of our kids went there. Even though they were only 3 years old when they started, they were actually getting a quality education that was very purposeful, while learning compassion and how to treat each other. Every activity in the classroom has a reason. Even the practical skills, like washing chairs, sweeping, and cooking, have thought behind them. The teachers speak quietly to the kids in a way that invites them listen. They are so calm and patient with them. It’s just amazing.”
The school shows respect for the child and in turn the child learns social and emotional intelligence, independence and self-drive.
“Most schools fail at this because they are too large or students have already acquired bad habits, or academic teaching comes first. This is something absolutely unique about the Montessori program, and Pacifica has to be the most successful Montessori school I’ve come across. Academically, the school shows children how to approach learning, and teaches them the core foundation behind any subject so as they progress they can more rapidly understand academic concepts. I was worried about handling homework and tests in the 6th grade (since Pacifica doesn’t do either) but it turns out all of the independence in tracking their own learning at Pacifica translated beautifully in keeping up in the 6th grade.”
Everything he learned at Pacifica Montessori was a process of inquiry and exploration.
“Our son Jett likes himself (what more could a parent want?) because he knows himself — and he knows himself because everything he learned at Pacifica Montessori was a process of inquiry and exploration.”
Best attributes of a family-style learning environment.
“Pacifica combines the best attributes of a family-style learning environment with the skill sets offered by professional educators who are trained in child development, Montessori techniques and who, above all, wrap another layer of love and support around our kids. The kids of Pacifica care for each other dearly and bring out the best in each other. I believe that’s because of the combination of structure and warmth modeled by the staff. We take great pleasure in watching the teachers bring out the bravery in my more cautious boy and moderate some of the mischief in my more rambunctious boy. We feel so lucky to know all the Pacifica families we’ve met so far. Parents and children alike are uniformly high-quality, compassionate and thoughtful individuals. It’s a joy to share this learning community with them!”
They have the most caring teachers and staff.
“They have the most caring teachers and staff. They teach kids to be respectful. They never raise their voice and kids learn to be respectful to one another. They teach them how to read and write, do art, dance and music. Their program is a complete program to get kids ready for a bright future.”
We toured over 20 public, private and charter schools, and chose Pacifica Montessori.
“We toured over 20 public, private and charter schools, and chose Pacifica Montessori. Our son is doing very well here and will transition to Pacifica elementary next year. We like that all of the kids are able to learn at their own pace and it works well for kids at all levels. We also like that Pacifica has a lot of outdoor time for the kids too, and it is well supervised.”
My daughter had a smooth transition to public middle school after Pacifica.
“My daughter had a smooth transition to the public school system after Pacifica. She is top of the her class in all subjects. We now have a very independent and well organized 6th grader. She is thriving not only in academics but also socially. To us, Pacifica is the best stepping stone to school success.”
The children are extremely polite and respectful.
“Our experience at Pacifica Montessori was fantastic in every way. I’m a teacher and I got everything I expected and desired for my daughter. It was so well organized. There were 24 kids together and no noise in the classroom outside of what is a natural part of learning. The children are extremely polite and respectful. My daughter never came home saying I’m bored. Everything at Pacifica is there to interest them and make them curious about life around them.”
We’re not just raising kids, we’re raising adults.
“Sending my son Caetano to Pacifica Montessori was one of the best decisions we have ever made. They take the art and science of teaching so seriously. There is so much stability in the teachers. Everyone is extremely dedicated. It’s apparent that teaching is not “just a job” for anyone working there. It’s their passion. Any school can call themselves Montessori, but Pacifica Montessori truly follows the real Montessori methodology. Kids learn at their own pace and gain a love of learning. My son was reading long chapter books by age 5 and LOVING it. They are good about ensuring that everyone follows important rules: arrive on time, help out other children, don’t bring junk food. It’s good to start teaching those habits at an early age because we’re not just raising kids, we’re raising adults.”