DIAMOND INSTITUTE MONTESSORI FAMILY SCHOOL aka Montessori Family School

aka Montessori Family School   |   Berkeley, CA   |  www.montessorifamily.com

Mission

Preparation for Life: "A child is a discoverer. He is an amorphous splendid being in search of his own proper form." - Dr. Maria Montessori
 
MFS prepares children to thrive. Purposeful activity, multi-age classrooms, adult and peer role models, and an exceptional Montessori curriculum prepare the students to participate meaningfully and skillfully in an ever-changing world. Students leave MFS primed for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in high school, college, and in life.
 
Education for Peace: "The experience of our classroom is what lets us know that peace is possible, as Gandhi and Montessori envisioned it, of we 'begin with the children.'" - Jane Wechsler
 
The classroom is a place of peace at MFS. Children express their innate sense of justice, equality, and goodness within the classroom community. Regular experiences of peaceful conflict resolution, freedom within limits, and social responsibility cultivate a value system our graduates carry out into the greater world to contribute to a more peaceful society.
 
A Community for Children: "Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future." - Dr. Maria Montessori
 
The Montessori classroom is a loving community within which all members actively support one another while successfully pursuing their own development and interests. This sense of interconnectedness and responsibility is carried by alumni and families into the community at large. MFS is a community of students, teachers, administrators, board members, and parents who are focused on doing that which serves children best.

Ruling year info

1981

Interim Head of School

James N Purse

Main address

1850 Scenic Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94709 USA

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EIN

94-2698679

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Our programs

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We have two preschool programs, a kindergarten transition program, two lower elementary and and upper elementary program. Our school provides educational before and afterschool care programs as well.

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Awards

The East Bay's Best Elementary Montessori School 2012

Parents' Press

The East Bay's Best Montessori Preschool 2012

Parents' Press

The East Bay's Best Elementary Montessori School 2011

Parents' Press

The East Bay's Best Montessori Preschool 2011

Parents' Press

Affiliations & memberships

American Montessori Society 2004

Financials

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DIAMOND INSTITUTE MONTESSORI FAMILY SCHOOL aka Montessori Family School

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Urban

Catherine Norris

Patrick Magee

James Purse

David Boswell

Samantha Fraguas

Jane Wechsler

John Muster

Trina Rymland

Regina Hartmann

Wendy Walker-Moffat

Jane Summer