Lake Forest’s Leading Montessori Preschool
Hillside Montessori offers a leading Montessori preschool – kindergarten program in the Lake Forest area. Located in Trabuco Canyon, our school offers a unique education method that can help your child reach their full potential. Our program is designed for children ages 3–6—the developmental period Dr. Maria Montessori believed was the most important and impactful.
Our school offers a curriculum like no other you will find locally. We do not separate children by their ages. Our students learn in integrated classrooms, true to the vision of Dr. Montessori. We are one of the very few schools who have 3, 4, and 5-year-old children learning in one group. Kindergarteners are in the same classroom as the younger kids, which encourages them to take on the responsibility of role models. Children learn to be nurturing and work together as part of a community. When a child is able to teach another child what they have learned, it completes that child’s own learning cycle. Dr. Montessori’s mixed-age method reinforces what children learn in class by allowing them to develop teaching and leadership skills.
Extraordinary Montessori Kindergarten
Hillside’s Primary Program, otherwise known as our Montessori kindergarten program, emphasizes six components of development—Practical Life, Sensory, Language, Math, as well as Art and Science. By understanding and leveraging a child’s natural desire to understand the world around them, we are able to maximize their learning opportunities while ensuring that the process is enjoyable for them. In addition to in-depth explorations of Montessori subjects such as Foreign Languages (we have Spanish once a week), Math, Social Graces, Music and Movement, Creative Art, we also offer additional electives such as Tumbling and Ball Sports, piano and private Spanish lessons.
Contact us today to schedule a tour of our campus and classrooms, and to speak with our teachers to learn more.