Jane Wechsler founded Montessori Family School in 1981 to provide a comprehensive preschool and elementary Montessori program for Berkeley and East Bay families. Jane’s mission was to create a Montessori program that nurtures each child’s individual learning style while maintaining standards of academic excellence. MFS has adhered strongly to Jane’s original mission for over 30 years.
Today Montessori Family School is located at two sites. The Early Childhood Program (ages 3-6) is located at the Berkeley Campus, adjacent to UC Berkeley. The Elementary and Middle School programs (K – 8th grade) are located at the El Cerrito Campus, near the intersection of The Arlington and Cutting Boulevard.
Campuses and Enrollment
The Early Childhood Program is located in Berkeley at 1850 Scenic Avenue. Built for early learners, it is a comfortable learning environment for active young minds, enrolling 50 preschool students. Kindergarten Transition, Elementary and Middle School students are located in El Cerrito at 7075 Cutting Boulevard. This campus serve 110 children – kindergarteners through 8th graders – in a more spacious setting in the hills.
Faculty and Staff
All MFS head teachers are Montessori-trained. MFS employs 35 faculty, five full-time administrators, in addition to our Head of School. The student-teacher ratio is 8:1.
“The needs of mankind are universal. Our means of meeting them create the richness and diversity of the planet. The Montessori child should come to relish the texture of that diversity.” – Maria Montessori
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou.
At Montessori Family School we believe we have a responsibility to address historical, social and economic inequities by teaching and modeling the value of diversity that is essential to creating compassionate young people and a peaceable society. We strive to create an environment that fosters equity, inclusion and multiculturalism, and encourages the understanding of both our differences and our common humanity. We use our admissions, employment and other policies to encourage a welcoming and accessible school community that reflects the rich diversity of the Bay Area, including but not limited to race, religion, ethnicity, color, national origin, cultural heritage, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, and family structure.
Montessori Family School is a full member affiliate of the American Montessori Society. MFS is also a member of EBISA (East Bay Independent Schools Association).