Welcome to Montessori Center School.

For over fifty years, MCS has been committed to academic excellence, providing students with a quality education, encouraging the development of the whole child and instilling a lifelong love of learning.

Our highly trained teachers have decades of experience and an unmatched passion for the Montessori philosophy. The MCS program emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and respect for the child. It builds the academic, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional well-being of the child while challenging each child to achieve his or her potential.

Our well-structured classroom environments are inspiring and engaging, allowing exploration of a broad scope of curricular areas. We invite you to visit our extraordinary campus to see firsthand how a love of learning can be nurtured in a beautiful setting.



Saturday, April 25 | 10:30 am – 1 pm

Tour our thoughtfully-designed classrooms and garden campus to discover how a Montessori education fosters independent, self-motivated, creative, life-long learners. RVSP to Alyssa Morris at a.morris@mcssb.org or 805-683-9383 x 104.

Summer Camp 

 Registration is underway!

Access our summer camp information here.



Sunday, April 19 | 11 am – 5pm | West Campus Lawn – SBCC Adults and children of all ages unite to enjoy over a dozen kite flying events and demonstrations. Bring a kite, pack a lunch, sun hat and a blanket! Admission is free.    

TIME | 100 Women of the Year

TIME has named Dr. Maria Montessori as one of the 100 most influential women of the year! Click here to read more.

I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.

Gabríel Garcia Márquez, Nobel Prize Winning Author


18 months – 3 years

A Cozy Home Away from Home


3 – 6 years

Learning How to Think

Lower elementary

6 – 9 years

A Love for Learning

Upper elementary

9 – 12 years

Preparation for Life

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Recent Blog Posts

Women’s History Month – Dr. Maria Montessori

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, our blog post today profiles Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Maria Montessori was a pioneering scientist and educator, who has inspired people globally with her universal approach to the development of the...

Montessori Basics: Cosmic Education

When Dr. Montessori began developing the elementary curriculum, she knew it had to be vastly different from the work of younger children.  Not only were the academic skills to be more challenging, but the manner in which content was to be delivered shouldn’t be...

Montessori and Peace Education

Our world is often a tumultuous place.  How can we help our children feel safe and cared for, while preparing them to lead the way as adults?  How can we cultivate empathy, kindness, gratitude, and the sense of community that helps people work together?...

Book List: Spread the Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what could be better than a book list that’s all about love? No matter your child’s age, we hope you will enjoy these sweet titles, suggested by our campus librarian, Anne Curtin. All of Anne's selections are available at...

Why Choose Montessori?

How does a parent prepare their child for an unpredictable future?  Don’t we all just want to give them every possible advantage? How do we define success in our children’s lives?  Is it about being able to provide for oneself or is it finding joy in the...

Montessori Basics: The Language Curriculum

Have you ever wondered how Montessori guides teach children about language? Parents are often astounded when they observe children learning to read at a young age in our schools. What’s the secret? There’s no secret - we’re happy to share our methods!  Read on to...