at Foothill Ranch

Tours & Events
Foothill Ranch.
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Nido - 3 months to 18 months
Toddler - 18 months to 3 years
Children's House - 3 to 6 years
Elementary - 6 to 12 years

26462 Towne Centre Dr, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 US
Jaimee Roush
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.
Jaimee Roush . Head of School
Tours & Events

join us for our 2024 elementary summer camp experience!.

Guidepost Montessori warmly invites your child to be a part of our enriching 2024 Summer Camp, specially designed for elementary-aged learners. Our program is a blend of hands-on activities and Montessori-inspired educational experiences, perfect for inspiring young minds to explore and grow.

Dates: June 10th - August 2nd, 2024

Drop-off / Pick-up Hours: 7:00am - 6:00pm

Camp Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Reserve Your Spot Today! Our camp spaces are quickly being booked. Click below to register and ensure your child enjoys a summer of learning, creativity, and joy at Guidepost Montessori.

what makes us stand out.

How is the Guidepost Montessori approach different from conventional education?.

At Guidepost, we join with parents on their mission to help their child grow and live well. Together, we design an education to empower each child to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needs to craft an independent, flourishing life.

Though there are many differences between the conventional approach and Guidepost, here are some of the most important:

Conventional Education vs Guidepost Montessori
What is the Guidepost Mission?.

At Guidepost, our mission is to support each child in achieving her own independence. To do this, we help her gain the knowledge, build the skills, and craft the personal character she needs to flourish. Above all, our goal is to cultivate joy—in the pursuit of knowledge, in effort applied to work worth doing, in the achievements of herself and others, and in taking the steps to author her own life.

Read more about the Guidepost Mission.

Learn about the key milestones we support—from infancy through high school.

Read more about why we educate for independence, and how we support independence for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.

What are the outcomes of your programs?.

Montessori education is known world-wide for having positive impacts on both academics and social and emotional skills.

At Guidepost Montessori, when we design an environment to meet the developmental needs and interests of children alongside personalized care and support, the child can learn advanced skills at an accelerated pace.

Our students, for example, regularly learn to read by the time they’re 4-years-old and can perform all four math operations with 4-digit numbers by the end of their Kindergarten year.

The language and math skills of our kindergartners are on a par with what children in conventional programs learn in 3rd grade or beyond! What’s more, our students learn advanced academics joyfully—while simultaneously developing deep focus, self-discipline, and positive social skills.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Language Curriculum in Children’s House.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Math Curriculum in Children’s House.

Do your programs include Kindergarten?.

Yes! The third year of our Children’s House program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, is the capstone kindergarten year. In this year, the child has been well-prepared to experience an explosion of literacy, learn advanced math concepts, and use her hard-won ability to focus, problem-solve, and persist through challenges to then make advanced gains across the curriculum. Children who continue with Guidepost through Kindergarten are often well-ahead of their peers when they enter 1st grade.

Learn more about the capstone Kindergarten year at Guidepost.

Learn more about the next exciting stage: the Guidepost elementary program.

Following elementary, students continue on to our Montessori middle and high school, the Academy of Thought & Industry: a school that combines a classical liberal arts emphasis on history and great books, and a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency.

How does Guidepost partner with parents?.

At Guidepost, we want to make the best education the best for children and parents. This is why we provide year-round, extended-day programming at no extra cost, enabling consistent and uninterrupted access to the care and developmental support parents expect. We invite you into your child’s world—with daily photo and video updates, regular milestone meetings, and parent-child events that showcase your child’s progress. We work to understand your unique context and needs, so that we can provide support for milestones at home as well as at school.

In everything we do, we strive to cultivate joy as you watch your child grow!

Read about Transparent Classroom, the app that provides a window into your child’s day.

Read about recent family events such as Grandparent’s Day, a cultural celebration, and a spring celebration.

explore our programs.

Our approach is designed to empower each child to achieve independence by combining our hands-on curriculum with personalized learning to create an environment where curiosity flourishes, independence grows, and academic excellence is a natural outcome.

We want your child to see and believe: “I am capable!”

Nido .
For infants ages 6 weeks to 16 months old
For children ages 18 months to 3 years old
Children's House.
For children ages 2.5-3 to 6 years old
For children ages 6 to 12 years old
Guidepost at Home.
For children ages 0 to 12 years old

what parents are saying.

Ashley P.
Feb 4 on yelp
Updated review from my last one about 6 months ago: we have been coming here since my daughter was 18 months (over 2 years). We have seen this place go thru it all! We chose to ride the roller coaster thru the administrative changes because we truly believe that this school is a gem. The teachers they staff are some kind of MAGIC and we knew that with the right leadership, this school could continue to flourish! When Jaimee and Lan (head of school and assistant head of school) came in, after lots of turn over in leadership, things began to feel different! Their visibility sparked a new light in the campus. They have been such a warm and needed addition for our school! I truly believe there is no perfect school and that so much depends on the treatment of the staff to trickle down to the children. I know that our leadership is loving on our teachers and parents the way they deserve which makes for happy kiddos!! We will continue our time at Guidepost because there really is nothing like it ;)
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laura k.
Oct 12, 2023 on yelp
Fast forward 5 years, and my children are still here and thriving! They now attend the Elementary program (2nd and 5th grades). Their experience in the...
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Angela N.
Oct 2, 2023 on yelp
Just an update from my review a year ago as of things have slightly changed for our household. Now both of my sons attend. Each in their respective class...
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stephanie nguyen
Oct 8, 2021 on google
After searching for daycare/Montessori options for our then-newborn, we found Guidepost Montessori and have never looked back. We love the super clean facility, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and other boastings such as: -brand new equipment/learning materials -a user friendly app with frequently updated posts about my child's meals/diapers/lessons/daily ongoings, including pictures! -open 7AM - 6PM, which fits with our normal 8-5 work schedule -open practically year round, and even open on most holidays -integrated learning opportunities between age groups -frequent opportunity for teacher conferences/touch base -optional healthy meal service delivered straight to their classroom It was really a no brainer to enroll our child here, and that was over 2 years ago. Now we have our youngest daughter, 8 months, also enrolled in the Nido program. We feel safe and secure with the staff and structure at Guidepost, and can confidently say that their methods have helped make us better parents. We are so thankful our kids are able to come here to learn and be taken care of. Thank you, Guidepost!
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Simeon Ivanov
Oct 19, 2021 on google
After a very long search, we finally found a school that we love. We had a very enjoyable and professional introduction to the facility and the curriculum by Diana and Sarah (Head and Assistant Head of school). 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. Our children were then assigned to Ms. Gaby and Ms. Shahzia's classroom. We loved both of them (as well as their assistants in the afternoon) from the first day, but the even better news is that our children loved the whole team as well. 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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Rebecca Girn
Oct 12, 2017 on google
Excellent school. My two boys went here until recently, and we only switched because a new Guidepost sister school was opening up that offered Spanish immersion, so we took advantage of that program. But before we switched, we were extremely happy at this school, and it was a very difficult decision to make the change. The Nido (baby) classrooms are absolutely unparalleled. I don't know what it is about those teachers, but they have such a lovely, calm, positive aura, and such positive teamwork. You just walk into those classroom and feel "THIS is the kind of place I want my baby to be when I'm not around". They pay a lot of attention to your individual family needs, including your preferences for nutrition, which obviously is so important for babies in particular. Between the two of them, my boys have been in most of the classrooms, because my younger son Hugo moved up from the Nido to the Toddler classroom, and my older son started in the other toddler classroom and then moved up to the Children's House. So I can speak with confidence when I say that each and every teacher in this school takes so much care with each individual child, and is passionate about a strong educational vision that just plain works incredibly well. I saw the effects in my children at home. They are more confident, more independent, calmer (few tantrums), more willing to keep trying before they give up. I just can't thank this school enough for everything you all have done for my children.
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Jul 19, 2021 on google
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