Welcome To Country Montessori School In Poway!
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Welcome To Country Montessori School In Poway!

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Authentic Montessori School Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary in Poway, CA

Meet our Ladybugs, Bumblebees, and Dragonflies! These are our early childhood education classroom communities. Children spend three years, from ages three to six, in early childhood education.

For this age group, we focus on building a secure structured environment where the children can safely experience freedom and indulge their curiosity. Learn more…

Our elementary program extends our Early Childhood (Preschool and Kindergarten) program. The material continues to build for our six to nine-year-old students.  Learn more…

With summer’s arrival comes the fun camps at Country Day Montessori! Each week brings a different theme, encouraging children to explore an interest or develop a new skill. All camps include arts, crafts, and hands-on learning. Learn more…

Preschool / Kindergarten


Summer Program

Montessori Center for Teacher Education

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In a child’s 14-hour working day, 7+ hours are spent at school with their teachers and classmates. As much as we have raised our children, we are proud and privileged to have the CMS staff and faculty as part of our extended family helping to shape the lives of our children. We are so proud of the strength of character, independence, and academic and artistic curiosity they have formed. We could not have done it without the help of the school. Our graduated daughters (A freshman at MIT, and a senior at Francis Parker High School) and many of their CMS classmates have continued to remain in touch, and we are so proud to see all the CMS alumni thriving in their own respective paths. We are excited to see who our youngest (a 4th Level) becomes with this amazing foundation as he looks forward to launching next year at the end of fifth grade. He in particular reaped the greatest benefits of CMS, having had a school to go to with the forward-thinking and rapid adaptation of the curriculum during the challenges of the pandemic. We owe so much to CMS and consider ourselves blessed and fortunate to have found this gem in our backyard. We could give no stronger endorsement to prospective parents.”
Wadhwa Family
Ladybugs Eagles and Owls

Program Overview

Mission Statement

A love of learning grows here

An authentic Montessori school, we educate preschool, kindergarten, and elementary children in Poway, CA. Country Montessori School (CMS) stands out as a leader in Montessori education. 

Our Mission

As educators and parents, we aim to foster independent, confident, academically prepared, and socially responsible citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers. We will grow and evolve to meet the needs of our children, parents, and community.

We believe it is essential to state our values clearly and take action to support them: We educate our students in an environment where everyone feels welcome and included. As a core part of this mission, we stand against racism, hatred, and intolerance. We stand for diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Honesty and Integrity: We keep our word

Life-Long Learners: We inspire an insatiable curiosity for learning

Kindness and Compassion: We are inclusive

Service to Others: We strengthen the community

Hard Work and Commitment: We strive for excellence


We’re a proud member of the Poway community!

Our students actively serve our neighborhood through several local outreach programs:

  • Upper Elementary students build inter-generational relationships with Sunshine Care, a local assisted living facility. 
  • Trash pickup on Monte Vista Rd in front of the school keeps our campus clean and proud.
  • Volunteering for Feeding San Diego.
  • Taking care of our environment at the annual beach cleanup. 

We look for creative and impactful ways to engage with the community, both locally and on a global scale.

May 2018: WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges) Commissioners announced that Country Montessori School’s accreditation has been extended for a further six years based on information provided by the school, the self-study report and the on-site accreditation visit.

Country Montessori School has been helping children develop their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential to the fullest since 1989. 

The Country Montessori School program encompasses learning for children of preschool, kindergarten, and elementary ages. Our classrooms are specifically designed as prepared environments, allowing each child to develop at their speed, according to their capacities. Learn more about the history and theory behind the Montessori curriculum

We are WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges) Commissioners Accredited and a full member of the American Montessori Society.

Admin Corner – March 29, 2024

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Admin Corner – December 8 2023

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Admin Corner November 14, 2023

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Country Montessori has had an Elementary program since it opened in 1989. In February 2014 the original ranch house was replaced with the new purpose built Elementary building.
Conveniently Located Near: Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, 4s Ranch, Del Sur, Escondido, Scripps Ranch and San Diego residents.

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