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Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary in Poway, CA

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Preschool / Kindergarten

Our Early Childhood Education classroom communities (known as the “The Ladybugs,” “The Bumblebees”, “The Dragonflies” offer a rich variety of opportunities for children to experience freedom within a secure, attractively structured and welcoming environment. Learn more…

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The child coming from Early Childhood (Preschool and Kindergarten) to elementary has an especially smooth transition because the materials build upon each other. Learn more…

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Summer Program

Summer brings out fun camps at CMS! Each week is a different theme which lets children explore an interest or develop a new skill. Learn more…


     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 at CMS believe that it is important to clearly state our values and to take action to support those values. Our mission is to educate our students in an environment where all people feel welcome and included. As a core part of this mission, we stand against racism, hatred and intolerance, and we stand for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Maria Montessori was a strong proponent of peace education for children. In her words, “Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education.”
Montessori education doesn’t ignore race. To the contrary, Montessori education emphasizes diversity and inclusion. In preschool, our children are exposed to the continents, peoples and cultures of the world. In elementary, our students continue to learn about the peoples and cultures of the world from a variety of perspectives, including history, art, music, language and literature.
As a school, we committed to ensuring that our actions align with our values. We will do this by continuing to listen and to learn, by ensuring that diversity and inclusion is part of our hiring process and our school culture, and by making sure that our curriculum and activities reach and meet the needs of all families.


Our credentialed Montessori teachers work with each child individually and in small groups, fostering competence and independent learning. Country Montessori School (CMS) prides itself on the longevity of its teachers and staff. The school strongly supports staff development and promoting from within. A majority of the teaching staff has been sponsored by the school to obtain their Montessori Credentials. The internal community is a very collaborative and cohesive team who share a passion for the Montessori philosophy.

 Three of the senior faculty have over 20 years at the school.
Eleven of the faculty have over 10 years at the school.
The average tenure of faculty and staff is 10 years.



 Country Montessori School


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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 (CMS) in Inland North San Diego / Poway / Rancho Bernardo has been helping children develop their intellectual, physical, social and emotional potential to the fullest since 1989. We are WASC Accredited, and a full member of the American Montessori Society. Country Montessori School program encompasses learning for children of preschool, kindergarten and the elementary ages. Our classrooms are specially designed “prepared environments” which allow each child to develop at their own speed, according to their capacities.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Montessori Method, we invite you to click some of our links to learn more about how this child-centered learning stimulates and motivates children, making the most of their natural love of learning.  Also explore how the curriculum at Country Montessori School prepares a child for further education when they graduate to Middle School and beyond.

If you’d like to see the Montessori Method in action, please CALL US to schedule a tour with our Director of Admissions and Marketing so you can decide if Country Montessori School is the right place for your child.

Admin Corner Sept. 30, 2020

Country Montessori School Admin Corner September 30, 2020 “The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Dr. Maria Montessori Upcoming Dates/Events: Parent/Teacher Conferences Sign Up-The week of October 19-Information coming soon Deadline to order CMS Shirts -...

Admin Corner Sept. 18, 2020

Country Montessori School Admin Corner September 18, 2020 “The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Dr. Maria Montessori Upcoming Dates/Events: October 8-Virtual Parent Education Night-6:00-8:00 PM  Dear CMS Families, It is hard to believe that we have...

Admin Corner Aug. 25, 2020

Country Montessori School Admin Corner August 25, 2020 “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Dr. Maria Montessori Upcoming Dates/Events: September 7 - No school, Labor Day Dear CMS Families, Happy first week...

Country Montessori School

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 Pensquitos, 4s Ranch, Del Sur, Escondido, Scripps Ranch and San Diego residents. 92064, 92128, 92127, 92129, 92131, 92039, 92026, 92029

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