Guidepost Montessori at Foothill Ranch
Guidepost Montessori develops a fundamental love of learning and equips each child with the knowledge, confidence, and tools needed to reach their highest potential as they grow into independent adults.
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)
Guidepost Montessori in Foothill Ranch is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Orange County, California. Indoors, rooms are spacious, bright, and light-filled, creating a warm and calm space for children to work. Our school is conveniently located off the 241 Toll Road in the Foothill Ranch Towne Center.
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.
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.
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.
"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!
"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).
Meet our School Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 children the keys to life
Guidepost Montessori enables children to understand the world and choose their place within it.
With over 120 campuses across the US and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs serving more than 10,000 families worldwide, Guidepost is the world’s largest Montessori network.
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