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A Love of Learning Grows Here

Peaceful, Spacious Environment at Country Montessori School

Country Montessori School (CMS) is committed to maintaining its leadership in Montessori education. Their mission is to foster independent, confident, academically prepared, and socially responsible citizens who will be lifelong learners and problem-solvers. CMS grows and evolves to meet the needs of children, parents, and community.

As part of preparing students to be socially responsible citizens, CMS encompasses various community outreach events. Fifth-level students visit the Sunshine Care Community every month. They take Montessori materials for interactive activities with the residents. CMS has also adopted a beach in Solana Beach for periodic clean ups after which families get together for a potluck.

Last year, the students raised over $2,000 for the World Wildlife Fund. The fifth levels researched philanthropic organizations and made presentations to the school community, who then voted on which one to support. Each classroom studied an endangered animal. The fundraiser was called “change for change.” The classroom that collected the most change had the stuffed panda live in their classroom for the next two weeks.

CMS also takes part in food drives, and this year, some students will be helping at local food banks. It is important to the board of directors and staff that students have the opportunity to be involved in activities beyond the classroom.


A child’s lifelong love of learning begins with an authentic Montessori education in a peaceful, spacious environment. At CMS, children ages 2.5 to 11 transition from concrete activities to advanced abstract thinking. Highly respected in North San Diego for over 25 years and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, CMS is a full member of the American Montessori Society.

“The key Montessori philosophy is fostering the children’s enthusiasm for learning,” said Adela Corrales, Head of School. The school provides additional instruction in music, Spanish, art, physical education, and technology. Montessori learning materials invite discovery and grow with the child, containing multiple levels of challenge.

“We are a collaborative community where older students serve as role models for our younger students,” said Adela. “Students are a part of a community, not just a school. We believe in educating the whole child: intellectual, physical, emotional, and social.”

Small class sizes and a team-teaching approach help students feel comfortable and engaged. Elementary classes have just 10 students per teacher and early childhood classes have 12 students per teacher. Each classroom is led by two to four AMS-credentialed teachers, so students can draw from the strengths of multiple teachers.

For parents looking for the best learning environment for their child, a personal tour of the school is highly recommended. Adela said, “Call us for a tour and we will personally show you around the campus, introduce you to staff, and answer any questions you might have about our curriculum and our students’ success.”


Name of Business: Country Montessori School
Head of School: Ms. Adela Corrales
Years in Position: 10
Year of Establishment: 1989
Address: 12642 Monte Vista Rd.,
Poway, CA 92064

Phone: 858-673-1756
Description of business: Country Montessori School (CMS) is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to providing traditional Montessori teaching methods while integrating the latest technologies. Their mission is to foster independent, academically prepared, and socially responsible citizens of the world.