at Las Flores

Tours & Events
Las Flores.
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Nido (6 weeks to 18 months)
Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)
Mandarin Immersion (16 months to 6 years)

28672 Deerpath, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 US
Maha Beydoun
Guidepost Montessori at Las Flores is a trusted Montessori school in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. We are a dual immersion school offering both Mandarin and English programs. We proudly serve the communities of Rancho Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Coto de Caza, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Las Flores, and more. Our school is conveniently located off the corner of Oso and Antonio Parkways, near the Coto de Caza private community.
Maha Beydoun . Head of School
Tours & Events

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!”

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.

discover the benefits of our mandarin immersion programs.

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

The gift of language: Mandarin Immersion at Guidepost Montessori

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what parents are saying.

Felix Y.
Feb 23, 2023 on yelp
I couldn't be happier with my experience at Guidepost Montessori at Las Flores. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed by the staff and impressed by...
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M C.
Dec 19, 2022 on yelp
I'm very happy with my daughter attending this montessori school! I looked at a lot of places and this school had some openings. I believe the openings had...
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Stephen Nordman
Oct 11, 2022 on google
Our eldest and now youngest children have attended the nido program and we can’t be more thrilled with the advancements that our children showed from a very early age. I would highly recommend to any parent who wants a school based in original Montessori principles, is safe, clean and professional. Edit: We attended prior to the pandemic and have attended again for the past 10 months. They had a change of leadership during that time and I can say the current leadership is exceptional, even exceeding the original leadership we experienced.
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maha mikati
Oct 11, 2022 on google
My 4 year old daughter is currently in the Children's house and loving it! I especially appreciate the strong focus on practical life, which has helped develop her sense of independence and self care tremendously. The guides in the classroom helped make her transition so smooth and easy and right away new what level she was at cognitively and social/emotionally. The Head of School is always present and available for any questions and super approachable. I also really like how happy the guides seem which indicates a comfortable and joyful environment. and in the end, thats what matters the most to me!
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Andy Chiu
Oct 12, 2022 on google
My son has been at Las Flores Guidepost since Nido and is now in Children’s House. Throughout the years, he has learned numerous everyday life skills and adapted to be more independent when executing them. He enjoys going to school and is very passionate to show off his skills when he is at home. Keeping a child engaged, curious, and eager to learn is worth every penny over daycare. I highly recommend you to tour this campus and speak to the staff (and other families if you get to) to see what the school has to offer.
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Nathan Winneke
Oct 8, 2022 on google
Fantastic school, Fantastic teachers. The kind of early life education I was looking for and found. My daughter loves her teachers so much and has developed so many amazing new skills.
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The Guidepost Approach