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Welcome to Montessori Center School’s website.

As you explore the site, you will find that MCS is an established school with a fifty year commitment to providing students with a quality education, encouraging the development of the whole child and 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.

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

Open to All! MCS Science Night – May 4

  Once a year, the local community comes together for “Science Night” to enjoy two hours of free, fun, hands-on science activities for children of all ages, parents, grandparents and the general public. Exhibitors come from all over the greater Santa Barbara area...

Chores: They’re Good for Your Kids!

Do you remember doing chores when you were growing up?  For some of us, we remember them as a negative consequence.  For others, we never had them and it took us a while to learn how to do them as adults.  Still, others remember helping out around the...

MCS Jogathon is April 26th

Montessori students, staff and parents are ready to Run Our Socks Off at our 2019 Jogathon on Friday, April 26th! Our theme this year is Crazy Socks and our whole community is excited to put on their wildest, silliest, most colorful socks and run, jog or walk to...

Montessori Center School to Host May Open House Event

Montessori Center School will host an Open House from 10:30am-1pm on Saturday, May 4th. Our Open House provides an opportunity to connect with our community and learn more about our programs. Come and see for yourself the school’s beautiful garden campus while...

MCS Sponsoring the 34th Annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival

Free, family-friendly, day-long event for all ages held in celebration of Kite Month! April is officially designated as “Kite Month” by the Santa Barbara City Council and Montessori Center School is pleased to announce its sponsorship of The 34th Annual Santa Barbara...

Five Reasons Why You Should Share Why You Chose Montessori

You made the decision to enroll your child (or children) in a Montessori school and you couldn’t be happier.  You see the benefits, you relish in the joy your child has for learning, and you know you made the right choice.  But for whatever reason, you may hesitate to...

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