parents know, finding a preschool that is right for your family is time-consuming
and strenuous. Thus, when we found Ponderosa
Montessori School, we knew our prayers were answered.
The teachers are patient, kind, and caring.
They provide a structured, creative learning environment while
encouraging the students to respect their peers.
all 3 of our children grow emotionally, socially, and academically while
attending Ponderosa Montessori School.
two eldest children (now 11 and 10) attended until they progressed to
kindergarten. Without question, when our
youngest turned two, we enrolled her as well.
She is currently attending and looks forward to her days at school.
children started attending Ponderosa Montessori School, we were able to go to
work worry free because we knew our children were in a safe and clean environment. As parents, knowing that your children are
receiving a holistic education and being treated with dignity is priceless.
We want to
give our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the owner and her staff. We honestly do not know what we would have
done in the last 8 years without Ponderosa Montessori School - Our children’s
“home away from home”.
Tamara L., RN, Labor and Delivery
San Bruno, CA
My family and I have been a member
of the Ponderosa Montessori school community for three years this
March. My oldest child began in March 2010 and has since graduated to
Kindergarten. My middle child began in May of 2012 and continues to attend
Ponderosa Montessori. I hope to send my youngest child there, too.
We visited many preschools in the
area to find the perfect fit.
Our first impression of Ponderosa Montessori is that it was clean, spacious, meticulous and warm. The owner and her
daughter were welcoming, kind, and knowledgeable. During the next few
years our impression of the school has continued to remain positive.
There is never a doubt in my mind
how much the staff love and care for the children and their
Aside from providing children with an exceptional academic
foundation, the staff is extremely accommodating, within reason. For example,
it was not until last year that Ponderosa Montessori implemented a holiday and
vacation schedule. This was because the owner wanted to always be
available to parents who do not have childcare readily available on
holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Because of the small "schoolhouse” setting,
the owner and her staff are able to provide individualized attention to each
my children look forward to going to school at Ponderosa Montessori. They
welcome the affection given to them and genuinely enjoy their time learning
and playing with their friends.
Jodie and Jason C.
February 5, 2013
Our son has attended Ponderosa Montessori School since January 2011, and my wife and I could not be happier with the quality of education and care he receives from Mrs. King, Ms. Johanna and her staff.
Before attending Ponderosa, he was enrolled in a Bright Horizons center,
where we felt he was not getting the attention he deserved. We visited Ponderosa in December 2010, and were immediately impressed with the cleanliness of the facility, and the smaller classroom size, and decided to enroll our son. In many ways, that was one of the best decisions that we ever made.
Our son has prospered under Mrs. King's tutelage. She is very patient with all of the children, and let's each of them work at their own particular pace. That means two year olds are treated differently than five year olds, which is the type of individualized attention that benefited our son.
He is five now, and will be attending Kindergarten in the fall. We live in San Francisco, and have applied to a number of private and parochial schools, as well as the public schools in the city. So far, our son has been accepted at all 4 of the parochial schools to which we've applied, and we are still in process for the fifth school.
We can't thank Mrs. King and Ms. Johanna enough for their devotion, effort, patience and encouragement. We have a second child, and we will be sending her to Ponderosa, too.
San Francisco, CA
February 2, 2013
Our child has been at Ponderosa Montessori School for almost three years.
We visited many preschools in our search and this one stood out immediately as being the best. The school itself was immaculate with tons of wonderful learning materials and a beautiful outdoor play area.
We were very impressed with the place, but even more so with the owner and operator, Mrs. King. Our impression was that Mrs. King was a warm and caring person with excellent professional credentials. Now, nearly three years later, I can say unequivocally that all of our initial expectations were not only met but exceeded. Day in and day out Mrs. King and her staff take excellent care of our child. We could not be more pleased with our child's development and learning at Ponderosa Montessori thanks to Mrs. King's expertise and commitment.
San Francisco, CA
January 29, 2013
Sending my kids to Ponderosa Montessori School has been such a great decision for our family. Ms. King is a quality instructor and herself along with her staff provide a great program for pre-school. The facility is clean, the hours are great and snack and lunch come with the affordable tuition rate. We visited many different pre-schools but what we loved the most was the intimacy of Ponderosa's "schoolhouse" setting that Ms. King created.
My oldest son attended for a year and a half and was plenty ready for Kindergarten. He was able to write his name, knew his numbers, alphabet, beginning reading and even though his preschool class was relatively small (approx 12 students on average) he had no issue transitioning into a much larger Kindergarten class. He continues to excel in school and we give a lot of credit to the educational foundation he received from Ms. King and Ponderosa Montessori School.
My second son is currently a student and he is following in brothers footsteps. I plan on sending my daughter there as well.
I highly recommend this school to any family that wants their children to attend a preschool that provides a caring learning environment. In my opinion, Ms. King's program has the best balance of education, caring, and fun that should be expected from a preschool.
South San Francisco, CA
March 5, 2012
I am writing this letter on behalf of our daughter’s preschool director and teacher at Ponderosa Montessori School.
Mrs. King has the highest moral and cleanliness standards. Her school is immaculate, organized, warm and beautiful. The moment I stepped into her little school I knew it was the school I had to have my daughter attend.
My daughter is excited every day to go to school, see her friends and and Mrs. King and her daughter. She has developed a very special bond with both of them. Each time I gather with parents outside school hours, we always spend time talking about how much we love this school. My daughter is also well above kindergarten level and is learning so much at Ponderosa Montessori. Mrs. King and her daughter captivate her attention daily and she often comes home at night letting us who she played with and what she learned.
Mrs. King is devoted to her students and families. She is flexible and runs a well-organized school with proper policies. In addition, I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco. I also work with preschools and offer consultation and help to both parents and directors alike. This is a school that needs no such direction.
I have no hesitation recommending them to anyone. She has cared for my daughter with deep compassion and patience and is considered a member of my family. August of this year will be very sad as my daughter is entering kindergarten.
Molly S., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
San Francisco, CA
From the Insider Pages
May 9, 2012
When I first visited Ponderosa, I knew this would be the perfect school for my 2 1/2 year old daughter. The Teachers are so genuinely warm, patient, and loving to all the students. I could tell my little girl would be in good hands. And I was right.They provide a structured, organized school curriculum in a nice fun atmosphere.
The Teachers are dedicated to giving a high class education and it shows. They break down their advanced lessons with such simplicity and qualified skill, helping each individual child to learn and progress academically. The lessons taught train their children with remarkably advanced skills, making them so smart when they graduate and enter into kindergarten. My daughter attended for over two years before staring kindergarten last Fall. When she left, I was amazed at how much she knew and how trained she was in so many ways. She is now top of her class and I only see her excelling more and more as she gets older. I have this school to thank for teaching her so well during those important first years of schooling. Loved this place. So glad I found them. I recommend them to all.
Isabelle Diego, Genentech
San Bruno, CA
April 23, 2010
I totally agree this is a GREAT school. My son (3 years old) is learning Montessori. He loves the teachers (they treat him like he is a family member.) The teachers take really good care of the children. My son is learning vocabulary, counting, writing his letters and numbers and a whole lot more. Thank you.
San Mateo, CA
February 24, 2010
A SUPER preschool! The location is great and they have REAL Montessori materials. My 4 year old loves his school. He's been attending since he was a toddler. He's learned a lot and is really advanced for his age. My husband and I are so happy we found this Montessori school. The rates are really affordable. We pay one flat rate for schooling and day care.
T. Ashcroft-Kent, Mills Peninsula Hospital
San Mateo, CA
From Merchant Circle
March 29, 2011
My grand daughter attended Ponderosa Montessori School in SSF for 3 years.
She loved the school. It's very clean and very parent friendly. When she went to Kindergarten she was the most advanced kid in her class!
February 28, 2011
I recently moved to South City. My 3 year old girl goes to Ponderosa Montessori School. The owner is wonderful. This is a wonderful school for children. My child loves to go to school here.
South San Francisco, CA
Dear Mrs. King and Staff:
I want to thank you for taking such good care of my family and me. I never thought I would need childcare services, but as you know, unexpected circumstances came about and I was forced to return to work.
At first it was difficult to leave my child in the care of "strangers." But before I knew it, all of you were like family to me. Your kindness, understanding and compassion helped me to cope with the sorrow that had befallen my household. You were not only considerate of my daughter's special needs, but you showed genuine compassion for my needs as well.
Please continue with the wonderful work you are doing. You are truly making a positive difference in the lives of your students and their families.
Veterans Administration, San Bruno, CA