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The Best Authentic Montessori School & Daycare in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County

Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.

— Maria Montessori, Creator of Montessori programs


The Path to Elementary School Starts Here

Hillside Montessori Daycare is much more than just daycare. We offer developmentally appropriate programs and specialized curriculum for a range of ages, infants and beyond.

Our School Readiness Pathway provides options to create the most fitting path for your child to elementary school and future academic success.

  • Infant Care and Toddler Programs
  • Preschool and Pre-K Programs offer math and literacy learning plus opportunities for social development.
  • Junior Kindergarten enhances your child’s abilities before kindergarten.
  • Also, before- and after-school programs for school-age children offer a great start and finish to every day, with healthy breakfasts and snacks, plus fun, educational activities.

Tour our school to see our unique educational and child care offerings for yourself!

Hillside Montessori Daycare

The Best Authentic Montessori daycare in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County. The Hillside Elementary is a private school serving the educational needs of children ages 3 months to 6 years. The school follows principals that develop an identifiable mark of quality and excellence in education and is accredited by the International Association of Progressive Montessori.

Child Centered Programs

Our program is geared to meet the needs of each child on an individual basis with the emphasis being placed on the child’s uniqueness and learning style. We provide a wide range of activities in all subject areas from which the child may select, thereby developing his initiative and independence through making decisions. The child enjoys freedom, which encourages him to express his diverse and creative abilities, yet masters the skills necessary to progress while building confidence and self-motivation. This freedom is experienced within a structured framework established by the teacher with limits to provide security for the child and ensure progress in all areas of his / her development. Discipline is established in a firm but loving way, always emphasizing the positive, and by using consistency in reinforcing simple basic ground rules.


The Montessori Academy is committed to the concept of integral education. We believe that facilitating the intellectual, physical, emotional and socio-spiritual development of the child is essential to the harmonious development of the character and the progress of the individual and therefore of mankind. The philosophy of our school is based on the discoveries of Dr. Montessori and incorporates all the latest research on how children learn.


School programs will be divided as follows:
First level elementary program 6 – 9 years. Second level elementary program 9 – 12 years.

School Schedule – Hours of Operation

The school will operate on an academic calendar, closing for holidays on the same schedule as the local public and private schools. A summer camp program will be offered based on the needs of parents, the children and the school in 2015.

OPEN HOURS: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PROGRAM HOURS: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The program will be directed by teachers who are Montessori certified and are proficient in education theory and developmental psychology. Our teachers are trained to work with children on an individual basis. They are professionally accredited and meet all state licensing and department of education requirements.

Our Goal

The goal of our program is to nurture the unfolding of the child’s potential by providing love, security, encouragement, and appreciation of the child’s efforts. To achieve this we provide a specially prepared Montessori environment where the child finds intellectual stimulation and the opportunity to learn by doing. This personal involvement and experience give the child a love of learning that he/she takes with them for life. By infusing the five human values that are fundamental to all human development – truth, right action, peace, love, and non-violence – into the curriculum we establish a foundation in character, which is expressed in ethical personality, good self-esteem, and strong self-confidence.


The Hillside Elementary School will be developed in phases, spread over the next three years. We are presently accepting enrollment for students age 6 – 9 years. This class opens in September 2014. We expect to have the classroom ready for parents to visit August 1, 2014. All enrollment applications received before that date will be given priority according to the date received. A confirmation will be made only after parents have visited the classroom, talked with the director and are satisfied that it is the school for their child. The Hillside Elementary School has primarily been planned as a result of requests from parents i the community. The growth and development of the school will depend on community interest and support. We look forward to working with you, the parents on this worthwhile venture – that of providing a good school dedicated to excellence for your children. Parents can enroll your child today. Download enrollment forms, complete and return to us via email or call us on (949) 858-8818 to register on the phone.

Take a Virtual Tour through Hillside Montessori and see for yourself why we are the best choice for your child.