We are still enrolling students for the 2017-2018 School Year! Please inquire at the front desk: (310) 829-3551.

From the Director:
Dear Parents,

We are excited to welcome you and your children for the 2017-2018 School Year! We have enjoyed seeing some of you throughout our summer session, which included our popular water days, our science guest visitor, and our several animal visitors, and oodles of fun crafts and cooking projects.

After our busy summer session, we were closed for a week in order to prepare ourselves and the classrooms for the new school year. Over the summer, some of the rooms received a fresh coat of paint as well as some updated flooring, along with new materials and layouts in order to provide our students with a beautiful environment in which to grow and learn!

If you didn’t get around to buying one of our 2016-2017 yearbooks, we have some copies left to purchase at the front desk.

We would also like to point out our website has been updated with the 2017-2018 calendar with important dates to keep in mind as well as information regarding updates to tuition. It will be constantly updated throughout the school year, in order to add another method of informing you of the goings-on at SMMS.

We are looking forward to another successful school year here at SMMS!


Pam Crisman
Executive Director


School Hours
8:30 am – 12 pm (half day)
8:30 am – 3 pm (school day)
8:30 am – 6 pm (extended day)

Class starts promptly at 8:30 am every day. It is very important that all children arrive on time and maintain a regular attendance schedule. Coming late or missing school hinders your child’s academic and social progress as well as disrupts the classroom. Absences, late starts, or early pick-ups need to be reported to the office at 310-829-3551.

Signing In and Out
Every student needs to be signed in at the beginning of the day and signed out when he/she leaves the school. The binders with the sign-in/sign-out sheets for every child can be found on the sign-in/sign-out table to the right of the front desk. Licensing requires every parent to sign in with a full signature that is clear and legible.

Saying Goodbye
Transitioning for a child can be difficult, especially if it is for the first time. We have found the least painful way to say “goodbye,” for parents and children alike, is to give a warm hug and assure your child that you will be back soon. Your good-bye should not exceed more than one or two minutes. The teachers will assist you by redirecting them into a fun activity or classroom work.

Student Drop-Off
The driveway in front of the school may only be used for quick drop-off or pick-up of a student. All cars should enter from Colorado Ave. and exit on 19th Street. For longer visits, please park on the street. Do not park in the driveway in such a way that blocks other cars from entering the driveway.

The rear entrance in the alley is also a safe place for drop-off or pick-up. Every day from 8:00 am to 8:30 am and from 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm there will be a monitor attending the gate to receive or release children. Please do not use the emergency exits because the front security door and the rear door to the alley are the only ways to drop-off and pick-up students. All parking spots behind the school building and the marked parking spots in the driveway are reserved for teachers and staff.

Student Pick-Up
Please try and be prompt when picking up your child. When you arrive in the classroom, let your child know that it is now time to leave. Give them a few minutes to complete their present task and clean up after themselves, but do not let them start something new. To expedite a smooth departure, we ask for all adults not to linger in the playground area or to let the child continue to play. If a longer enrollment is desired, please contact admissions to make the arrangement.

The students at Santa Monica Montessori School may choose to bring lunch from home or order lunches through our pre-paid lunch program offered by Choice Lunch. These lunches can be ordered at Our school code is SMMS. Lunches from home should be brought in containers that are clearly labeled with your child’s name and which maintain the temperature at which the food is to be eaten. Due to time constraints, the staff cannot heat any lunches for children.

Sick Policy
Children may not attend school with a fever, vomiting, diarrhea or when experiencing any highly contagious condition. Cooperation in this area is a must for protection of all the students. Please do not send your child to school until 24 hours after the last symptom. If your child shows any of these symptoms while at school we will contact a parent to promptly come pick up a sick child.

Upcoming events:

  • Tuesday November 21st Make up picture day
  • Wednesday November 22nd Student Potluck day. School closes at 12:00.
  • Friday December 8th, ice-skating between 5pm-7pm.
  • Thursday December 14th Matsiko World Orphanage Choir 10:45-11:30
  • Friday December 15th Our annual Winter Festival.
  • December 11th – 15th Book Fair
  • Friday December 22nd Grandparents day. School closes at 12:00
  • Winter camp December 26th – 29th and January 2nd – 5th
  • West Side Canned Food Drive – drop of until December 22nd in our lobby

Please view and download our 2017-2018 calendar below:

2017-2018 Calendar




We are a private Montessori school based on the philosophy of freeing the child’s potential in a stimulating environment. One of the first Montessori schools in the United States, we are proud of our rich heritage and we stay true to the Montessori method. Our carefully prepared environment and wonderful teachers will allow your child to develop self-confidence and independence that inspires self-discipline and a love of learning which will remain throughout the child's life.

New to Santa Monica Montessori?  Check out our Introductory video!