Letter from Head of School, Alissa Stolz
Welcome to Montessori Family School.
We believe--and many have told us--we are the East Bay’s best-kept secret! A gem of a school with two campuses, engaged children and several long-term faculty. We are a core of educators who have discovered what Maria Montessori knew long ago – the most effective way to educate children is to give them real work in a real context, whether it is learning math or setting a place for a meal. We work tirelessly to support children in developing a deep-rooted understanding about the connectedness of all things. Young or old, a child in an enriched learning environment can have boundless interest for all that is happening around them as they develop and grow.
We provide this each day.
In the tradition of Maria Montessori, MFS wants to reach and teach all children. Montessori developed dozens of innovative learning materials that are still being used today in thousands of schools throughout the world. The Montessori teaching method adapts itself to the individual learning style of each student. It starts with the “hands-on” exploration of concrete materials and evolves to the development of critical thinking and conceptual understanding.
We value a community that is dynamic and diverse. MFS students learn cooperation, problem solving, and conflict resolution not because teachers tell them to, but because they learn that they are part of a larger, diverse society in which these skills prove critical to success. We nurture and value each child’s innate desire to contribute to the classroom and the world.
MFS alumni consistently move out confidently into the world after tremendous success at both private and public high schools throughout the Bay Area. Many are currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, colleges on both the east and west coasts, including Ivy League colleges and the University of California system.
Please take time to explore and learn about what makes the Montessori approach distinctive and what makes our school special. Hopefully, the glimpses of MFS you get from our website will offer you a window into our world and inspire you to join us for a tour of our school. There is nothing like seeing our school in action! It is inspiring!
OUR FAMILY TO YOURS
MFS ALUM, BERKELEY HIGH STUDENT
The transition to this much bigger school has shown to be much easier than I expected. I am far ahead of my classmates in many areas academically--I guess this is no surprise--but more importantly, I am confident in who I am. This has allowed me to feel very calm even with so many social and academic choices surrounding me.
MFS LOWER ELEMENTARY PARENT
I honestly didn't know that much about Montessori before we visited and eventually enrolled. I feel so fortunate we found it! This is finally a setting where we feel our daughter is matched with her potential every step of the way, she is constantly challenged, and she has the freedom to soar. We love it!!
KINDERGARTEN TRANSITION CHILD
We learned today that the Big Bang started the size of a peanut. I can't believe all the stars were inside of a peanut!
MFS PRESCHOOL TEACHER
I chose to move to the Bay Area to teach at MFS not just because it's the Bay Area (though that doesn't hurt!) but because this is a truly authentic Montessori environment where I can be fully invested as a teacher and be around colleagues who are as passionate about this work as I am.
MFS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT
I want to create an environmental app to help reduce global warming. If all the Google guys were Montessori kids, then why can't I?!
MFS ALUM PARENTS
We thought about other private schools. We chose MFS because when we visited it looked the most like the real world. Kids moving around, getting things done. Our child is now absolutely thriving at UC-Berkeley. We thank MFS.