at Fort Mason

Tours & Events
Fort Mason.
Monday-Friday | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Picco (18 months - 2.5 years) - Coming Soon!
Children's House (2.5 to 6 years)
Elementary (6 to 12 years)

3741 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123 US
Stephanie Silverman
Set your child up for success! Guidepost Montessori at Fort Mason is now enrolling children as early as 18 months 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.
Stephanie Silverman . Head of School Guidepost
Tours & Events

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!”

Picco .
For infants ages 6 weeks to 16 months old (in-home)
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.

Raquel U.
May 23, 2023 on yelp
Our four and a half year old son started at Guidepost Montessori a few months ago after leaving a private school that didn't fit our needs (or his). In such...
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Koko M.
Jan 24, 2023 on yelp
Wonderful team workers! My boy got in this baby care a few days ago and he likes these guys so much! I would not even imagine that there could be such a...
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Yamiletth S.
Dec 2, 2022 on yelp
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...
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May 23, 2023 on google
I cannot say how thankful we are to have found this amazing school! My wife and I decided to check out this neighborhood school conveniently located next to our Marina Safeway near the beautiful Fort Mason area. His attention, focus, and growth in all areas has been astounding to see with the Montessori method. The staff are very experienced and stick to the principles and methodologies of Montessori. They are so passionate, calm, and patient with the kids and let them make mistakes and guide them through focused lessons when they need help. At such a young age, our son has gained a ton of respect for his teachers, and is excited to go to school and learn the next lesson, or master a subject he was working on. All the kids are so bright and talented. At age 4 our son is writing cursive words already and counting and adding numbers beyond 100. He’s learning foundational math, communication, and science skills way beyond what I expected kids at his age are capable of. The most rewarding thing we see is his attitude at home change. He is more willing to be independent, has become more polite and courteous, improved his disciplined, and feels happy. It’s tough being a parent and finding the right school could be very stressful. Guidepost Montessori has been a huge help to our son, which makes it a huge help for our family. 5 stars all the way!!!
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Middle school student completing a science experiment in the classroom with liquid in various beakers.

continuing montessori for middle & high school.

Gain insight into how Montessori outshines traditional education in areas such as language, mathematics, and far beyond. Discover its remarkable impact on critical skills like executive functioning and self-control.

We are pleased to offer in-person, virtual, and home-school learning options for Middle and High school students at our nearby Middle & High School sister campus at 2690 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA, the Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI).

ATI is a new kind of middle school combining a classical liberal arts education with a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency to help students achieve the essential life skills for success.

Learn more about the Academy of Thought and Industry here.

start your journey with us.

Our team of admissions specialists are ready to meet you and get you started on your journey within the Guidepost community. We're here to provide your family with the information and confidence you need to enroll in one of our programs.

Learn more about Montessori.

Read our enrollment guide.

Book a school tour.

Submit your application.

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