Montessori Discovery School - CLOSED

Preschool in Santee, CA 92071

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8559 Fanita Drive
Santee, CA 92071
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Montessori Discovery School was founded in 1974 in La Mesa and moved to Santee in 1998.

Nancy Dunn is the owner and director as well as a classroom teacher. Mrs. Dunn has been with Montessori Discovery School since 1974 when she started as an extended day aide. She obtained an A. A. and certificate in Early Childhood Education from Grossmont College and went on to get her Montessori teacher training through the International Association of Progressive Montessorians. Mrs. Dunn also has completed training in Mathematics Their Way Musikids and school administration.

Other members of the staff have completed coursework in Montessori Education and/or Early Childhood Education and may hold advanced degrEES as well. Every member has completed CPR and First Aid classes. Their diverse backgrounds and training experience create a rich classroom culture.

Professional development is encouraged through attendance at the annual national Montessori teachers’ conference in the spring frequent staff meetings sharing professional journals and support to take courses or attend workshops.

Child Ages:
2 years - 6 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
California Department of Social Services: Community Care Licensing Division
This provider does not accept vouchers
Children per Teacher:
Infant: -/-, Toddler: -/-, Pre k: 10/1, Afterschool: -/-
Hours of Operation:
7:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M.

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Starting from a foundation in the Montessori Method our philosophy also draws on other Early Childhood disciplines to provide a unique prepared environment. It allows us to be ready for the unpredictable teachable moment; that magic time when your child is most ready to learn. So we have a classroom rich with stimulus for every developmental level designed by teachers sensitive to each child’s needs. The result is a child centered mixed age classroom in which your child independently selects activities of personal interest. To balance this freedom we provide a framework of firm limits guidelines and support.

At the heart of our program is respect. We respect your child’s need for independence challenge nurturing and expression. We provide ample space and time within clear boundaries and supportive schedules to facilitate learning. From your child in return we expect respect for us the other children and the facility.

We will neither abandon children in their inexperience nor dictate their every move since both extremes are detrimental to growth. Our goal is to provide a balanced program where children have every opportunity to develop in their own way to realize their maximum potential.


Nancy Dunn

In our 40th anniversary year, we want to dedicate our success to the support of hundreds of families who chose us to nurture their children. With gratitude, Nancy Dunn - director.

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