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Montessori of Ladera Ranch fosters independence, confidence, critical thinking abilities and creativity in a warm and welcoming environment. Our hands-on, “whole child” approach supports each student’s unique qualities and individual learning style for a learning experience that is compelling, effective and fun!

Montessori of Ladera Ranch was established in November 2002 to follow the teachings and principles of Maria Montessori through well prepared environments that meet the needs and challenges of all children.

The Director’s Message


Montessori of Ladera Ranch

Welcome to Montessori of Ladera Ranch! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Montessori of Ladera Ranch. Each day at our school is an exciting new opportunity to enrich the minds of our students, and we hope your child will join us.

Montessori of Ladera Ranch welcomes students regardless of race, gender, national and ethnic origin, and is non-discriminatory in all our policies. We accept children between the ages of 2 and 9 years old.

There are no specific academic entrance requirements; however, we base admission decisions on many factors, especially your child’s age and suitability for our program.

Please schedule your personal tour of our school. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide additional information about our educational programs.

Kind regards,

Melissa Scott

Director, Montessori of Ladera Ranch

About Us

Montessori of Ladera Ranch was established in November 2002 to follow the teachings and principles of Maria Montessori through well prepared environments that meet the needs and challenges of all children.

We strive for academic excellence through practical exercises in the areas of Language, Math, Geography, Science, Sensorial Activities and Practical Life. We commit to instilling in the child a natural and ongoing curiosity toward the world around them and create a true love of learning that will stay with the child throughout life. We strive to promote social graces and caring for each other and the world around them. To meet the needs of each child’s individual spirit, we allow them the freedom to explore, make mistakes, question and grow at a pace comfortable to the child. Our mission is to create a physical environment that allows a child to feel a sense of belonging, to feel safe and secure, to develop and strengthen their self-esteem. Finally, to hold firm to the words of Maria Montessori herself, “The education of the very young child does not prepare him for school, but for life.”

Montessori of Ladera Ranch is a state-of-the art premier Montessori school located in the heart of Ladera Ranch, CA. We serve children ages 2-9 years of age. Currently, we house one toddler classroom for children ages 2-3, four preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5, one elementary classroom for children ages 4.9-5, and one elementary classroom for children ages 6-9. Our toddler and preschool programs offer 3 or 5 days a week, full day from 9:00am-3:00pm or half day from 9:00am-12:00pm. Our elementary programs are a 5 day a week program only. All of our programs offer extended daycare hours from 7:00am-9:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Our mixed-age classrooms allow for children to develop academically, socially, and emotionally at their own pace. The age groupings allow for younger children to learn from older children, and for older children to develop confidence and responsibility by helping and supporting the younger ones. In addition to the Montessori core education, our curriculum also includes exposure to cultural subjects, technology, art, foreign language, and physical education. All subjects are taught according to the levels of each age grouping.

Meet Our Staff

Toddler Staff

Jocelyn Flores-Rodriguez

Lead Teacher – Room 1

Yoko Thomas

Assistant Teacher – Room 1

Zayra Ballesteros

Assistant Teacher – Room 1

Preschool Staff

Emma Pecharka

Lead Teacher – Room 2

Vivian Pina

Assistant Teacher – Room 2

Jasmine Kennon

Lead Teacher – Room 3

Ana Harju

Assistant Teacher – Room 3

Isabelle Jackson

Lead Teacher – Room 4

Kaitlyn Cracchiolo

Assistant Teacher – Room 4

Abby Rossi

Lead Teacher – Room 5

Veronica Gurrola

Assistant Teacher – Room 5

Elementary Staff

Michelle Eckel

Lead Teacher – Room 6

Jade Jackson

Assistant Teacher – Room 6

Indigo Scott

Lead Teacher – Room 7

Sofia Montoya

Assistant Teacher – Room 7


Lisa Greyson Norby

Executive Director

Melissa Scott


Megan Kemp

Administrative Assistant

Natalie Moghadam