Guidepost Montessori at Fort Mason
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.
Children's House (2.5 - 6 years)
Elementary (6 - 12 years)
Set your child up for success! Guidepost Montessori at Fort Mason is now enrolling children as early as 2.5 years old to 12 years old. We are dedicated to educating the whole child, providing much more than just normal childcare, daycare, preschool, and elementary education. Learn more about the Guidepost difference and schedule a tour of our school today.
Children's House - for ages 2.5 - 6 years (Pre-K and Kindergarten)
Elementary School - for ages 6 - 12 years (grades 1 - 6)
Guidepost Montessori at Fort Mason is located in the heart of San Francisco in the neighborhood of Fort Mason, close to the Marina, Pacific Heights, and the Presidio. We are conveniently located at Buchanan off Beach St. and Buchanan St.
A Letter from the Head of School, Stephanie Silverman
Thank you for your interest in our school. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you what makes our Montessori school so special.
We offer a unique approach to education that is centered around the child. Our guides work closely with each student to identify their individual strengths, interests, and learning styles, and then create a customized learning plan that allows them to thrive. One of the most important aspects of our Montessori school is the emphasis we place on hands-on, experiential learning. Our students are encouraged to explore and discover the world around them through sensory-based activities that engage all of their senses. Another key element of our Montessori school is the prepared environment. Our classrooms are carefully designed to encourage independence, creativity, and self-directed learning. Children have access to a wide variety of learning materials, and they are encouraged to choose activities that interest them and work at their own pace. We also believe in the importance of community and collaboration. Our Montessori school is a warm, welcoming place where children feel valued and supported. We encourage our students to work together, share their ideas, and learn from one another.
At our Montessori school, we understand that every child is unique, and we are committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment where each child can reach their full potential. We would be honored to be a part of your family's educational journey and look forward to the possibility of welcoming you to our community.
I hope to meet you soon!
- Stephanie Silverman, M.Ed., Head of School, Guidepost Montessori at Fort Mason, email@example.com
Take a peek inside our school
Our elementary school classroom.
Beautiful and enticing objects encourage exploration.
The Children's Room classroom.
Child-sized dishes and tools for practicing fine motor skills.
Explore Our Programs
What is the Montessori equivalent name for kindergarten? 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.
For children ages 3 to 6 years old (includes Kindergarten in "capstone" third year of the program)
For children ages 6 to 12 years ages (equivalent to Grade 1 to 6), available at select Guidepost locations
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 Fort Mason Families
"We could not be happier with our time at Guidepost! The staff is friendly, warm, and invested in the kids! We previously attended a public school and found that the Montessori approach suited our kids better. Now, hearing the quality conversations we have with them, we know we made the right decision in making the switch. The kids have nothing but good things to say about the school and their staff." - Fort Mason Parent
"Both of my (very different) kids LOVE their school, which, to me, is one of the most important factors. The school has been amazing at personalization and differentiated learning. The classes are small, the student-teacher ratio is amazing, and the field trips and experiential learning opportunities are frequent." - Fort Mason Parent
"The caliber of the teachers is amazing. The social-emotional learning is unparalleled. We also love the community!" - Fort Mason Parent
Meet our School Team
Continuing Montessori Education for Middle & High School
We are also pleased to offer in-person, virtual, and home-school learning options for Middle and High school students through our neighboring campus at 2690 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA, the Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI).
The Academy of Thought and Industry combines the best of a classical education with personalized learning based on interest, passion, and curiosity. Our programs deliver a powerful education for independence and help to develop curious, self-motivated students who thrive in school and in life.
Learn more about the Academy of Thought and Industry here.
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 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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