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The future lies within us.

As you enter a classroom at Centennial, you are likely to feel an inspired peace as children as young as three bustle about their work. While a four year old works on the decimal system materials, a three year old diligently polishes a glass mirror, and a five year old shares a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with a friend. In another corner a teacher has gathered a small group to sing songs and nearby a young child rushes to help an older child with a spill. Outside a few children explore the concept of sinking and floating complete with guesses and giggles and others paint with giant swirls of color.

At Centennial, all of this work is important because it is through activity that the child becomes the individual he is striving to be. It is our job as educators to observe and assist the child in the creation of that unique self. Our teachers work quietly first to watch for moments of inspiration and then to gently direct the child to activities that will allow that natural spark of interest to blossom. To that end, the cornerstones of our program are:
  • Child Centered Approach: proven AMI Montessori philosophy which honors the natural curiosity and passion in every child.
  • Highly Trained head teachers hold an AMI degree in the appropriate program age and teacher assistants are fully bilingual and have general early childhood training. Continuing education is considered essential.
  • World Language Exposure: exposure to a second language has proven cognitive as well as educational and social benefits beyond the specific language learned.
  • Community Participation Program: Even our youngest children contribute both in the classroom community as well as in the larger community. This giving of self to others is crucial in developing the whole child.
  • Summer Program

If you are a parent excited by the opportunity to join us, we would feel privileged to meet you.

Centennial Montessori School is committed to providing an environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other similar conduct based on, but not limited to, race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), color, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver's license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Centennial Montessori School prohibits retaliation against individuals who raise complaints of discrimination or harassment or who participate in investigations. If you (as a student, family member or staff member) believe you have been harassed or discriminated against (by a staff member, community member or student), immediately contact the Head of School at 650-340-1230 or

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