We've been a part of the MMS community since our oldest child started the toddler program in 2004. Our youngest followed along in 2006. Our vision for each child at that time was simply to start them on a path of life-long learning. Now, in 2016, both children attend the MMS Jr. High school and our oldest is on the verge of graduation. MMS has created two kids with a deeply developed sense of joy, awareness and confidence with themselves and their community. Each member of our family has benefited greatly from our relationship with MMS and we are deeply grateful.
Because we moved from San Francisco, where my other child had already attended The LIttle School (which we loved), we needed to find a new preschool for our toddler. How lucky we were to discover MMS. The school is very child-centered and a deep respect for young people is at the heart of everything they do. We will be staying here, with gratitude.
Maria Montessori envisioned an oasis for children - this is it. A real gift. Marin Montessori School has provided both education and identity for my children, connecting an all-important social bedrock to their academic pursuits. The key is a well-defined curriculum and value system - no "experimenting" with progressive techniques like we experienced with other schools. The setting is beautiful and the facilities are top-notch. AMI teacher certification keeps the goals and techniques consistent across classrooms and years. We have been down other alternative and traditional paths and have observed two VERY different children. I believe that the MMS learning style is appropriate for ALL children. There is no "type" of child that benefits from respect and freedom. Education just gives the illusion of knowledge until an active mind makes something useful of it. MMS really brings out the "active mind" like few schools can.
All three of my daughters have thrived at this school. They are all very different in personalities and learning styles, but have each had great experiences and have truly learned to love learning here. The teachers are inspirational and the staff is beyond dedicated. Also, the parent community in general is very committed to the school and the Montessori philosophy in educating and developing the whole child. We are in our sixth year at the school and couldn't be happier with our experience at MMS.