Your child begins an important journey of self-discovery in preschool. At the Mountain School, our experienced Waldorf-certified teachers create an environment that fosters self-reliance and engages your child’s imagination through a daily rhythm of activities in the classroom. Our program helps children build their confidence and lays a foundation for future success, both academically and socially.
Come see for yourself.
“The Mountain School has always offered children a rich curriculum that allows for exploration and the nurturing of joyful learning. These students easily transition into elementary school and consistently do well through the elementary years.”
~Jeff Escabar, former Director of Admissions, Marin Country Day School, current Head of School, Marin Preparatory School
“We’re so grateful Tahlequah had an extra year at the Mountain School — we see the benefits every day in her ability to focus, her internal confidence, and the kindness she demonstrates with her peers in kindergarten.”
~ Sandra Smith, Tahlequah and Alyeska’s mom
When we first visited the Mountain School, we were struck by how thoughtfully the teachers manage the children and their daily transitions through songs and storytelling. Later, as parents at the school we were amazed at the depth of insight Gale would share with us, helping us be more in tune with Sophie’s development.
~ Lyle Poindexter, Sophie and Alice’s dad
“How incredible to experience Noah grow into himself at the Mountain School. Miss Kimi has guided him (and us) in learning how to embrace his emotional and physical being. We are really seeing the comfort in his own skin, his inner confidence and empathy blossom.”
~ Caroline Errington, Noah’s mom
“The self-confidence, social awareness, and emotional skills our son developed at the Mountain School were immediately obvious as he transitioned into kindergarten. We’re excited for our daughter Kate to soon enter kindergarten with the same set of tools.”
~ Christa Gatewood, Max and Kate’s mom
NEWS + EVENTS
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 - 6:30 - 9:30 pm
"Mad Hatter" - Spring Auction Party at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
Our annual “Spring Auction Party” will once again be held at one of our favorite places – Terrapin Crossroads! Don your “Mad Hats” and join us for a delightful “fun raiser” evening of good food, cocktails, music, and community!
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
APRIL 8-12 & APRIL 15-19
Spring Vacation Program for Current Students
Up to 12 children may attend either or both weeks of our Spring Vacation Program. Sylvia Donati will host the first week and Kimi Keating the second week. Registration forms may be found on the “Parent Resources” page on our website, or email the director for one.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 - 12:00-1:00 pm
May Fest & Welcome New Families Day
Our children sing and dance around the May Pole to celebrate spring. We welcome our new families, and host a “bring-your-own-picnic” in the grassy field behind the school. Strawberry Shortcake will be served!
TUESDAY, JUNE 3 - 9:00-9:30 AM
Current parents join their children for the morning circle and stay afterwards (optional) for coffee and treats with the director.
THE DAILY RHYTHM
1 Circle Time
Joyful song and movement fostering form, focus, and social cohesion.
2 Free Play
Activities that draw on a child’s own imagination such as dressing up, playing house, building structures, and role-playing using natural toys.
3 Arts and Crafts
Artistic expression through watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, baking and cooking, and other handicrafts.
4 Clean Up
Practical tasks such as tidying the classroom and hand washing made fun when singing together.
Delicious homemade, wholesome, organic, and vegetarian snacks prepared with the children’s help.
6 Outdoor Play
Fresh air and outdoor fun in the playground and regular neighborhood walks that support a connection to nature.
Engaging tales from the folk and fairy tale traditions, often including a puppet show or play in which the children participate.
Eaten together at a communal table, with a helping of conversation and a show of gratitude.
9 Owls' Nest
Optional afternoon “Owls’ Nest” program from 1 – 5:45 pm. Daily, monthly or yearly sign-ups.