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Santa Monica Montessori School Providing excellence in education since 1960

Please call (310) 829-3551 or use for more information

School Policies

School Hours
Monday - Friday
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.