Guidepost Montessori at Foothill Ranch

Guidepost Montessori: Nurturing a Love of Learning for Children in Foothill Ranch, CA

Guidepost Montessori is committed to fostering a fundamental love of learning in children, empowering them to reach their highest potential as they mature into independent adults. Located conveniently in Foothill Ranch, California, our school offers comprehensive programs designed for infants through 12 years old, ensuring a seamless educational journey from early childhood to elementary years.

Comprehensive Programs for Every Stage of Development

We understand that each stage of a child's development is unique and critical. That's why we provide dedicated campuses for different age groups. Our early childhood campus focuses on children aged 0 to 6 years, while our separate elementary campus caters to children aged 6 to 12 years. This specialized approach allows us to tailor our curriculum, teaching methods, and resources to suit the specific needs of each age group, ensuring an optimal learning experience for every child.

Empowering Children with Knowledge and Confidence

At Guidepost Montessori, we believe in equipping children with the knowledge, confidence, and tools they need to thrive academically and personally. Our Montessori-based approach emphasizes hands-on learning, individualized instruction, and self-paced exploration. Through this approach, children develop critical thinking skills, independence, and a genuine passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.

Why Choose Guidepost Montessori?

  • Comprehensive programs for infants through 12 years old
  • Separate campuses for early childhood (0-6 years) and elementary (6-12 years) in a convenient location
  • Montessori-based approach fostering independent thinking and love for learning

Join Guidepost Montessori in Foothill Ranch today and give your child the tools they need to excel academically and personally.

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Foothill Ranch
26462 Towne Centre Dr, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 US

Phone: 949-340-1695
MONDAY-FRIDAY | 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Programs For:

Nido (6 weeks to 18 months)

Toddler (18 months to 3 years)

Children's House (3 years to 6 years)

Elementary (6 years to 12 years)

Looking for a reliable Montessori school in Orange County, California? Guidepost Montessori in Foothill Ranch is your answer. As one of the most trusted Montessori schools in the area, we provide exceptional education and a nurturing environment for children to thrive.

Spacious and Bright Learning Spaces

At Guidepost Montessori, we believe that the learning environment plays a crucial role in a child's development. That's why our indoor rooms are thoughtfully designed to be spacious, bright, and filled with natural light. This creates a warm and calm atmosphere, enabling children to focus and engage in their work effectively.

Convenient Location

Our school is conveniently located in the Foothill Ranch Towne Center, just off the 241 Toll Road. This central location allows for easy access and commuting, making it convenient for parents and families in Orange County.

Why Choose Guidepost Montessori?

  • Trusted Montessori education in Orange County, CA
  • Exceptional learning environment with spacious and bright rooms
  • Conveniently located off the 241 Toll Road in the Foothill Ranch Towne Center

Join Guidepost Montessori in Foothill Ranch today and give your child the best start in their educational journey.

Explore Our Programs

What are the Montessori equivalent names for daycare, preschool, and kindergarten? Daycare corresponds to our Nido program, preschool years correspond to our Toddler program, and the kindergarten years correspond to our Children's House program. Click each image below to read a program overview and discover what your child will learn when they join our school.

New! 2023 Summer Camp

  • Dates: Runs as weekly sessions from June 12 - August 4
  • Camp Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm (optional extended day of 7:00am - 6:00pm available)
  • Cost: $390 per weekly session
  • Address: Guidepost Montessori at Foothill Ranch, 26462 Towne Centre Dr, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
  • Phone: (949) 340-1695
Hear what parents have to say about Guidepost Montessori

Changing the world, one student at a time

We are a school where children find the joy in learning — and thus make it possible for them to continue learning for the rest of their lives.

To think mathematically.
To solve problems.
To create things.
To encounter great literature that inspires their character development.
To build themselves as capable, efficacious beings.
To place themselves in history and in society.
To spark meaningful friendships and deep personal values that last a lifetime.

Our goal at Guidepost Montessori is to serve each individual child, to help them realize their limitless potential, and the opportunities they will have to create real and lasting change throughout their lifetime.

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Hear from our Foothill Ranch Families

The sign-up process was all digitalized, very fast, and hassle-free. At every step, you can feel that the place is run by smart people who know what they are doing. Both our kids felt very comfortable and loved their experience at school from the first day. Their classmates and their parents are all great people.

The school is clean, safe, and very well organized.

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"We couldn't be happier with our decision"

After learning about the Montessori method and implementing the techniques at home, my wife and I knew it was time to start looking for a Montessori school for our toddler to further his development.

With so many great schools in the area, the search was on. We did virtual tours with a couple schools and one in person tour at Guidepost. We felt like Guidepost was the perfect fit and we took the leap and enrolled our son.

We are elated with Guidepost and are continually blown away by how thoughtful and organized everything is. The guides (teachers) are incredibly warm, talented, hard-working, intelligent and most of all -- caring. Our son absolutely loves his guides! The administrative staff is amazing too. They are always available to answer questions, make the students feel welcomed, and put together awesome events for staff, parents, and the students.

Our toddler loves going to school and is learning new things every day. We couldn't be happier with our decision and can't wait to see what's next in our son's Montessori journey!

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"Guidepost is a great place to be"

We have been a Guidepost Family for a little over a year and we are so happy! We came from another very popular Montessori school.

If you are looking for an authentic Montessori environment, you will find it at Guidepost. If you are unsure of what an authentic Montessori environment is, then come tour to see what Montessori should look like. From the mixed age classrooms, to the properly used materials, to the respect for the child's own growth and work choices, Guidepost is a great place to be.

From a practical standpoint, parent/school communication is excellent with great communication to both the office staff and the teachers. Their COVID protocol is excellent with all kids (over 2) and staff masked all day (including the playground).

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Meet our School Team

Lead Nido Guide

Dora Rapien

Lead Toddler Guide

Ashley Reyes

Lead Children's House Guide

Kate Cui

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Stay connected to your child's learning

Thanks to our app Transparent Classroom, you get a window into your child’s experience of school daily.

Your child’s Lead Guide will share what your child is learning and what their real-time assessments are - this way you can very closely follow your child’s development throughout the day, months, and years you stay within the Guidepost network. If you transfer from one of our locations to the next, your child’s progress and continuity will be tracked in the app and readily accessible. Read more about Transparent Classroom here.

In this app you will see important notes and milestones such as:

  • Daily toileting, eating (bottle feeding for infants), and sleeping habits
  • Curriculum introduction, progress, and completion
  • End of day summary of all activities
  • Notes such as bringing in more diapers or a new set of clothes
  • Reminders for upcoming classroom events like birthdays, holidays, or special occasions

Interested in becoming a room parent? Let your child's Lead guide know!

What sets us apart from traditional schools

As the largest network of Montessori schools in the U.S., Guidepost Montessori is recognized for its outstanding academic standards, its steadfast commitment to Montessori education, and its deep respect for the potential in every child. At Guidepost, it is our mission to empower and equip your child with the knowledge, confidence and agency needed to reach their highest potential.

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Education for life

Our education provides the freedom and guidance needed to construct a sense of self and purpose through joyful, meaningful work. We support your child in all areas of their development – social, emotional, physical, academic, and beyond.

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Deeply individualized learning

Lessons are carefully structured and designed to appeal to each student's level of development and needs. Our proprietary curriculum gives students increasing responsibility over their learning as they grow.

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Dedicated teachers supported by industry experts

Our programming has been designed by leading education experts, and is implemented by passionate, qualified teachers. All of our Lead Guides are required to be AMI, AMS, or PMI Montessori certified and receive ongoing training and professional development.

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Carefully prepared environment

At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in environments prepared for them. Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.

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Year-round programming

We think the education of our students is stronger when we can serve the whole family, which is why we are committed to very few closures throughout the school year, and offer extended day options for families.

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Continuity and mobility

Our schools offer a continuing Montessori education for children as young as 10 weeks through to 18 years old. With a growing network of 100+ schools across the U.S., China and Europe - combined with our virtual and homeschool options - we can support continuity and consistency in your child's education to meet your family's changing needs.

Giving your child the keys to life

Guidepost Montessori offers a unique and holistic approach to education for children of all ages with over 120 brick & mortar schools, virtual and homeschool, and Spanish and Mandarin language immersion options.

Our curriculum fosters independence, creativity, and a love of learning. Book a school tour today and take the first step in giving your child the gift of a Montessori education.

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