The Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate, founded by the late Dr. Ursula Thrush in 1972, is designed for children from toddler through elementary school age. Based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy, the school offers programs designed to nurture the physical, social, cognitive and emotional development of each student.

The Maria Montessori School Of The Golden Gate is an AMI school. In association with the International Montessori Society (IMS) & NAMTA.

Educational Programs

The Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate is a Non-Profit Corporation, which provides three levels of Montessori education as well as Daycare. All programs are offered 5 days a week:

Serving Children 2.5 to 6 years old

Pre K
Full Day Session 9:00 am – 3:00 pm — Tuition $1525.00/month
Before & After Day Care & Full Day Session 8:00 am – 6:00 pm — Tuition $1900.00/month

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Kindergarten (K)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Before School Session
8:00 am – 9:00 am

After School Session
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Goals of a Montessori Education

  • To stimulate the growth of the total child.
  • To provide a warm and accepting environment in which each child feels secure, respected and loved.
  • To provide and enriched, stimulating environment with safe limits within which the child is an active explorer and learner.
  • To encourage the child to become self-directed.
  • To provide a framework of discipline through which a child can develop self-discipline and personal strength.
  • To develop creativity and a positive self-image.
  • To provide a cross-cultural environment in which the foundations of global peace may be laid.


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