Best Montessori Schools in the Bay Area

These Montessori Schools were voted the Bay Area’s 2021 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here. 

San Francisco & Marin

Gold: Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate. Based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy, this school focuses on nurturing the physical, social, cognitive and emotional development of each student. 62 Lenox Way, San Francisco. 415-731-8188.

Silver: Casa dei Bambini School. 2401 Taraval St., San Francisco. 415-379-4111.

Bronze: Studio Montessori. 633 Eighth St., San Francisco. 415-510-1287.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Mandala Children’s House. Founded in 1975, the school follows a model committed to the development of the whole child. 5038 Hyland Ave., San Jose. 408-251-8633.

Silver: Casa dei Bambini. 457 College Ave., Palo Alto. 650-473-9401.

Bronze: Edison Montessori. 1260 Erin Way, Campbell. 408-559-1566.

East Bay

Gold: Fountainhead Montessori. Founded on Montessori principles in 1972, this school – for children 18 months through age 12 – strives for a joyful learning environment that acknowledges that children think and learn in unique ways. Multiple locations. 925-820-1343.

Silver: Choice in Learning Montessori. 490 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. 925-687-5321.

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


Gold: Casa dei Bambini School. This Montessori preschool’s curriculum includes Spanish, French, Mandarin, gymnastics, music, gardening, cooking, geography, cultural projects, art, nature, sciences and exploration. 1835 Valota Road, Redwood City. 650-362-3352.

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

Bronze: Odyssey Mandarin Immersion Preschool. 590 Myrtle Ave., Redwood City. 650-727-2306.