Guidepost Montessori at Las Flores

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.

View of Guidepost Montessori at Las Flores entrance from the parking lot that shows the pillared entrance and a branded Guidepost Montessori sign above the door next to a small planter with another branded Guidepost sign.
Las Flores
28672 Deerpath, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 US

School: 949-339-2010
Admissions: 442-267-6305
Email: lasflores@guidepostmontessori.com
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)

Mandarin Immersion Offered

Guidepost Montessori in Las Flores is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Rancho Santa Margarita, 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 corner of Oso and Antonio Parkways, near the Coto de Caza private community.

Explore Our Programs

Are you looking for daycare, preschool, or kindergarten? We use special names for each of our programs for daycare-aged children. Our Nido program is for babies, who graduate into our Toddler program, and our Children’s House program is for preschool and kindergarten-aged children. Click each image below to read a program overview and discover what your child will learn when they join our school.

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.

young girl sitting at a table in a Guidepost Montessori kindergarten classroom cutting a banana

Hear from our Las Flores Families

Guidepost Las Flores is an amazing school! There is nothing but great things happening here for your children. I enrolled my first child here over a year ago. We had high expectations as we began researching pre-schools, and this school has exceeded them. They use transparent classroom, an app where it shows real time updates of your child(ren) such as when they nap, for how long, when they ate, what they ate and how much they ate so you are always ahead of the game. I also get about 10-20 pictures a week, most of the time daily. This is great because I never feel like as a parent, I am never missing out on any milestones. They also do weekly emails to notify parents up upcoming events, holidays, ect.

Three kindergarten-aged school girls enjoy a conversation over glasses of milk, while two other students complete activities behind them in the well-organized Montessori classroom.

"We are very pleased"

My son has been attending this school for almost 6 months. My daughters attended a Montessori school in Irvine for years, so I have something to compare this school with. We are very pleased with absolutely everything about this campus. The teachers are very kind and caring. The staff and school directors are very professional and helpful. While the tuition is average for south OC Montessori, I am happy with the student to teacher ratio. My son and his classmates get all the attention they need in order to thrive in a Montessori environment. I see the changes in him already, all in the positive direction. Highly recommend.

Children in a well-organized mixed-age Montessori classroom ponder over an activity using blocks of different sizes, classic Montessori classroom materials

"It was a no-brainer"

I really can't say enough good about this particular Montessori. We have 2 children at school here, one of them has been in since the day they opened. Both of our kids are very happy here. We had originally intended to put our first child in a different Montessori until we heard this one was opening up a few years back. Once we visited with the staff and saw what our kids would be getting here, it was a no-brainer.

Overall, I would highly recommend Guidepost Montessori at Las Flores. We had checked out numerous Montessori's prior to our first child joining, and once this place opened, and we met the staff, we were sold immediately.

Start your journey with us

Meet Our School Team

Interim Head of School

Lisa Kathleen

Lead Toddler Guide

Ashlee Winneke

Lead Children's House Guide

Anne Chiu

Language Immersion Options

Children under the age of six absorb language effortlessly, which is why we are pleased to offer bilingual environments. In our Mandarin Immersion program, children learn both Mandarin and English literacy skills, however, the prevailing language spoken throughout the day is Mandarin. The overall emphasis on Mandarin rapidly increases fluency, as children feel naturally compelled to communicate with their Mandarin-speaking guides. Learn more about our Mandarin Immersion program here.

GIF of stills from the Transparent Classroom app which allows you to stay on top of your kids' daily activities in real-time.

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.

Two preschool aged children completing different in-class Montessori activities.

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.

Three kindergarten-aged school girls and one kindergarten school boy enjoy some laughs while completing a school activity.

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.

One guide watches as two preschool aged students complete a Montessori classroom activity.

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.

Shelves are stacked with colorful paper and organized with classroom tools like scissors, pens, paintbrushes and glue. Students complete work in the background.

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.

Students gather around a guide on a reading rug as they intake a laptop PowerPoint presentation on metamorphic rocks.

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.

A teacher helps students learn how to read in a classroom setting, with sticky notes, open laptops and a student on a barstool in the background.

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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