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Authentic Montessori School – Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st through 5th Grade Elementary

Preschool in Poway Teacher

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…

Upper Elementary students doing science experiment


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…

Children enjoying the summer freedom of camp

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…

Spring Fling 2017 – Legends

All CMS students are excited to take part in the annual Spring Fling at the Poway Performing Arts Center. The school music Instructor devises a new show every year and the students love learning the songs and the moves.


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



Our credentialed Montessori teachers work with each child individually and in small groups, fostering competence and independent learning. Country Montessori School prides itself with 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 their 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.


American Montessori Society - Member School. Click to visit.

2016 Readers Choice

Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school but for life.

Maria Montessori

Country Montessori School 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. And how the curriculum at Country Montessori School prepares a child for further education when they graduate to Middle School and beyond.

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

Fathers’ Night

All fathers are invited to attend a special night at Country Montessori.  This is a special time for fathers to come to school with their children.  The children are excited to be able to show their fathers the work they do daily in class.           The following...

Annual Auction

​​Hello CMS Families, Planning and preparation for the 2018 CMS Annual Auction is well underway.  If you are interested in getting involved please let me know so that I can reach out to you as service hour opportunities arise.   Current opportunities for family...

Hearing Screening

Dear CMS Families, K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates will be offering speech/language screenings at CMS on February 1, 2018 from 8 am – 11 am.  Attached is a flyer describing typical speech and language milestones to expect from your preschooler.  If after reviewing this...

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 and Scripps Ranch residents. 92064, 92128, 92127, 92129, 92131, 92039, 92026, 92029

Walk-a-thon Donations

CMS Walk-a-thon raises funds for

Building our Future Campaign, Technology and Playground Structures

Make your donation here to support the children’s Walk-a-thon.

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The web shop will be open again in spring 2018 for school apparel.

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