Best Montessori Schools in the Bay Area

These Montessori Schools were voted the Bay Area’s 2017 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here. 

East Bay

Gold: Springfield Montessori School. Based on the educational philosophies of Maria Montessori, its programs ensure an environment conducive to learning with activities suited for a developing child. 2780 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, 925-944-0626; 5100 Brannigan St., Dublin, 925-828-5102.

Silver: Valley Montessori School. 1273 N. Livermore Ave, Livermore. 925-455-8021.

Bronze: The Renaissance International School. 5201 Park Blvd., Piedmont, 510-328-1127; 3650 Dimond Ave., Oak­land, 510-531-8566.


Gold: North Shoreview Montessori. One of the nation’s first public Montessori schools when it opened in 1975, North Shoreview now serves more than 600 students from preschool through eighth grade on two campuses. 1301 Cypress Ave., San Mateo. 650-312-7588.

Silver: Beresford Montessori. 1717 Gum St., San Mateo, 650-571-8749; 178 Clinton St.,
Redwood City, 650-367-5027.

Bronze (tie): Centennial Montessori. 27 10th Ave., San Mateo. 650-340-1230.

Bronze (tie): San Mateo Montessori. 15 14th Ave., San Mateo. 650-571-5095.

Silicon Valley

Gold: AppleSeed Montessori. Two sites in Sunnyvale – one with infant care and a bilingual Chinese program – support the development of children in keeping with the Montessori teaching method. 1095 Dunford Way, #500, Sunnyvale, 408-260-7333; 1302 Warner Ave., Sunnyvale, 408-245-7338.

Silver: Casa dei Bambini. 457 College Ave., Palo Alto.

Bronze: Mandala Children’s House. 5038 Hyland Ave., San Jose. 

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: Little Wonders Montessori. This school is set up in a two-part structure – one dedicated to early preschool curriculum and basic progressive Montessori activities (18 months through 3 years) and the other focusing on kindergarten prep (3 to 6 years). 1663 32nd Ave., San Francisco. 415-819-5546.

Silver: San Francisco Montessori Academy. 1566 32nd Ave., San Francisco. 415-759-5710.

Bronze: Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate. 62 Lenox Way, San Francisco. 415-731-8188.

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