La Jolla Village
    Montessori School
7427 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Joanne O'Neil, Director Joanne O'Neil Signature


Why are we different?

One look at our school will exemplify how we differ from other educational facilities.

The classrooms at La Jolla Village Montessori are fully equipped with Montessori—specific materials for the study of Language, Math, Science and Geography. Additionally, we utilize official Montessori designed activities to foster an interest in art, music and movement. We develop foreign language skills by incorporating Spanish into our day.

Montessori Programs

Our home—like atmosphere reflects on the roots of the genuine Montessori tradition and our large back yard, with sheltering trees and a beautiful organic garden, provides an outdoor classroom for children to learn about and appreciate nature, our environment and basic nutrition. Students enjoy helping to care for the plants and are fascinated by the lady bugs, caterpillars, butterflies and local birds that frequent our garden. The children are always excited to help harvest our produce, which provides healthy snacks for themselves, as well as the school’s pets.

All members of the La Jolla Village Montessori staff have been fully trained and certified by the American Montessori Society and maintain membership in the American Montessori Society. They are exceptionally dedicated and truly love what they do.

The Montessori Method

1. The aim of Montessori education is to foster competent, responsible, adaptive children who are lifelong learners and problem solvers.

2. Learning occurs in an inquiring, cooperative, nurturing atmosphere. Students increase their own knowledge through self and teacher-initiated experiences.

3. Learning takes place through the senses. Students learn by manipulating materials and interacting with others. These meaningful experiences are precursors to the abstract understanding of ideas.

4. The individual is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, spiritual, and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important.

5. Respect and caring attitudes for oneself, others, the environment, and all life are necessary.

6. Like all Montessori classrooms, The La Jolla Village Montessori School incorporates these basic characteristics at all levels. Dedicated teachers, educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology.

7. A partnership with the child's family, considered an integral part of the individual's total development.

8. A multi-aged, multi-graded, heterogeneous group of students.

9.A diverse set of Montessori materials, activities, and experiences, which are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative and social independence.

10. A schedule that allows large blocks of uninterrupted time to problem solve, to see the interdisciplinary connections of knowledge, and to create new ideas.

11. A classroom atmosphere that encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching, and emotional development.


La Jolla Village Montessori School is proud to announce that they are the recipients of five significant awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

"Best of La Jolla"

The U.S. Commerce Association awarded our school the "Best of La Jolla" in the category of Pre-School & Kindergarten Programs for five consecutive years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

USCA Best of La Jolla 2011, 2012, and 2013 Award

"Best of San Diego"

San Diego's Union Tribune awarded us the category of "Best Pre-School & Kindergarten School" for both of the years 2011 and 2012.

Best of San Diego 2011
Dr. Maria Montessori Quote