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San Marino Montessori

Private | PK-8 | 200 students

Our school utilizes the Montessori philosophy and method of instruction.
 
 

 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted September 17, 2013

This is such a lovely place to be, my children, my friends' children and some of our relatives' children have been to these wonderful institutions throughout their long years of service, and all our children have been successful beyond expectations at any and all other schools they've been to there after. Some are in University levels and others have graduated from Harvard, Yale, etc, and are now successful physicians and business people. Absolutely outstanding schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

I love this school... I agree, for the great service and true care they dedicate to our children, they should higher their tuition a notch, though I'm pretty fearful with what I'm paying now, given the current global economic situation we're all in. I recommend this school in a blink of an eye!


Posted May 2, 2013

Great School!!! If you're looking for the best program for your child, THIS IS IT! It is wise and to your benefit, to disregard negative ratings, it's obvious they were written by unhappy personnel, or anyone looking to get out of the contract, which is REALLY a reasonable one, compared to any other private and/or MONTESSORI schools, given their EXCELLENT program and personnel... All teachers in the school are state-of-the-art qualified and beyond, and the Management/Administration runs with such ease and control. The communication is always clear and Parents as well as Students are ALWAYS taken care of... Teachers too! The maintenance and cleanliness are impeccable I would have LOVED to be in their schools when I was a child :) Simply the best!!!
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Posted June 22, 2012

My kids have been going to this school for long time now. Teachers are great but Administrator (owner) is not good. She does not know how to run the school, she makes bad choices. School is losing a lot of good teachers because of her. Even there is a turn around on Directors, in 4 years 4 directors. No one can work with Owner unfortunately she owns the school. Owner doesn't care what parents thinks. they move teachers around all the time, they don't care of children's well being nor education. Only about money. Only reason we still have our kids here is because of teachers otherwise this school is not even worth a penny as long as current admin is running it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2012

HI, We recently starting putting our kids to this school. Teachers are good but not too excited about Admin. Since my kids been there already 3 teachers left (good ones). Director has no power at there, this is like the 4th director or something. Only the owner makes decision and she does not listen to teachers, parents nor Director. We complained about something and they did not care. They will not call you back or follow-up on anything. Teachers are good and they care about the kids and education. This is the only thing going good for this school. I agree with the previous comment made by another parent. They do not have PTA, they do not encourage parent involvement, all the activities they hold are during times when all parents cannot make it. Kids get sad because their parents could not come. They are private school but when it comes to holidays they follow public school schedule and they close schools at odd days. So parents will have to save up their vacations just because of these school close days. I am giving low rating because of Principal/owner and parent involvement.
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Posted May 20, 2011

My daughter just started going to school about a month ago and we absolutely love it! I was so impressed with the teachers and the curriculum, the school sells itself. Everyone has been so helpful since the day we began, enrolling my daughter in San Marino was an easy choice and I would most certainly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 30% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 23% 11%
Hispanic 23% 52%
Two or more races 19% 3%
Black 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Pasadena Awards (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Linda Hughes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • Other Montessori
Fax number
  • (626) 577-4566

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • mixed sports instruction
Girls sports
  • Ballet

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Victory Montessori Schools provide carefully prepared learning environments in which intellectual, moral, creative, physical and social growth flourish. The schools were established in 1975 in San Marino with the purpose of creating an educational community committed to Montessori educational standards and principles. Today our schools serve over 250 students from preschool though 8th grade.
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
200
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
300
Students typically come from these schools
day care
public elementary schools
other private elementary schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pasadena Preparatory Academy
other public schools
other private schools
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444 Sierra Madre Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
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Phone: (626) 577-8007

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