at Palo Alto

Tours & Events
Palo Alto.
Monday-Friday | 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Toddler - 18 months to 3 years
Children's House - 3 to 6 years

930 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301 US
Myriam Barros
Guidepost Montessori in Palo Alto is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Palo Alto, California. Indoors, rooms are spacious, bright, and light-filled, creating a warm and calm space for children to work. Our beautiful school is conveniently located off of Emerson and Addison, in the heart of downtown, near major tech company head offices and Stanford University.
Myriam Barros . Teaching Head of School
Tours & Events

what parents are saying.

Babz B.
Jul 10, 2023 on yelp
My daughter attended Guidepost from 20 months- 28 months, when we decided to move out of state. I was a previous educator and looked very hard for a place...
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Lauren V.
Jan 7, 2020 on yelp
Our son has been attending the Children's House since September 2019, and we're consistently impressed with the school. From the Head of School to the staff...
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M. H.
Nov 6, 2018 on yelp
We enrolled our son last year sight unseen based on the other Guidepost Montessori campuses, and so far, it has met and exceeded our high expectations. Our...
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Lauren Vajda
Jan 7, 2020 on google
Our son has been attending the Children's House since September 2019, and we're consistently impressed with the school. From the Head of School to the staff and the students, Guidepost is a genuinely enjoyable place to drop-off and pick-up our son every day. The environment is quietly cheerful, allowing space for students to explore their work and curiosity without distractions. The teachers/guides for the Children's House are the perfect balance of compassionate and firm with the kids, holding age-appropriate expectations for the children while inspiring them to learn. Our son is three—which comes with its hurdles—and the Guides have been extremely communicative with us in understanding our values and navigating the best path forward. With their solutions and careful guidance, they've helped nurture our son's best self. He had attended another local Montessori school the previous year, where this wasn't the case, and it led to much more physical expression of his negative feelings at school and home. There's careful consideration in all they do, from the attentiveness to students, the families, the school environment, and beyond! Our family couldn't be happier with Guidepost.
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Charlotte Beauchamp
Aug 15, 2023 on google
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Mar 18, 2022 on google
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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.

take a peek at our school.