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Hillside Montessori SchoolNear Lake Forest

Hillside Montessori School is in Trabuco Canyon, just outside of Lake Forest and within Orange County. We offer Montessori programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. Each of our programs emphasize the joy and effectiveness of hands-on learning while focusing on the cognitive development for children. Our small school ensures that our teachers and staff members build a trusting relationship with you, the parent, and every child.

Areas of Study (Subjects) We Offer:

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Art
  • Music and Movement

The Montessori Method in Orange County

Hillside Montessori School employs an authentic Montessori method in each classroom. The Montessori Method at Hillside has several components that follow the original philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori. The Orange County families who partner with us can trust us to use proper Montessori learning techniques.

Our teachers lead mixed-age classrooms, with children who range from 3–6 years old. Our students choose what they would like to do each day from a prescribed range of materials. After instruction, each child gets uninterrupted blocks of work time, where they can pursue individual projects for as long as 2 hours. All the specialized educational materials we use in our classrooms were developed by Dr. Montessori and her collaborators. Each teacher is trained in her method, emphasizing freedom of movement for each child throughout the classroom. Our dedication to the methodology makes us one of the best Montessori schools in Orange County.

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Hillside’s infant program is available for children ages 3–24 months.

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Hillside’s toddler program is available for children ages 24–36 months.

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Pre-K | Kindergarten

Hillside’s preschool and kindergarten is available for 3–6-year-olds.

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Before & After Care

Hillside provides extended day programs for before and after our classes.

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Hillside’s Vision:

We shape our students to be:

  • Safe, happy, self-motivated, and excited about learning
  • Kind and helpful to others
  • Respectful, responsible, and tolerant of differences
  • Caring towards living things and the environment
  • Able to articulate their needs and meet their full academic potential
  • Independent, inquisitive, and self-directed
  • Intimate Classrooms, Calming Environment, Passionate Professionalism
  • Teachers Know All Children and Parents
  • Director Knows Each Individual Student and Their Parents
  • Teaching and Caring Since 1997

We train our teachers to be:

  • Caring, happy, loving, and effective in their work with children, fellow staff, and parents
  • Loyal to one another, our school, and the Montessori Philosophy
  • Role models who are positive, energetic, and excited to serve every day
  • Dedicated to their own personal and professional growth
  • Respectful, kind and able to clearly communicate their needs on behalf of the children
  • Contributing and creative members of the whole school team

We want our parents to be:

  • Willing to believe in their child and show faith in their innate abilities
  • Supportive of the Montessori Method, and committed to our staff and school community
  • Motivated to learn and grow as parents and open to feedback and recommendations
  • Involved in their child’s education and school
  • Able to communicate their needs on behalf of their child’s learning

Hillside Montessori School follows our vision with every student, parent, and educator in the Lake Forest community. We happily invite prospective parents and students to tour our school. Call us and schedule today!

Free the child’s potentialand you will transform him into the world

- Maria Montessori

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Call Us: (949) 858-8818

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