Montessori Elementary School of Alameda does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, color, ethnic origin, religion, and physical disability in its selection of adults or participation with affiliated students. Non-discrimination is in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1992).
Montessori Elementary School of Alameda is now Montessori Elementary Intermediate School of Alameda (MEISA). MEISA involves the academic rigor of core subjects, balanced by an emphasis in writing, critical thinking, public speaking and the arts. Our curriculum involves the integration of the common core within the Montessori academic scope and sequence, with an underpinning of lessons in character development, leadership and responsibility to self, community and the world.
OUR MISSION is to create a warm, supportive environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, self-confidence and independence within a diverse community. We empower students to become compassionate models of peace and advocates for social justice.
Montessori education has expanded in Alameda with the addition of MEISA -Montessori Elementary Intermediate School of Alameda. MEISA involves the academic rigor of core subjects, balanced by an emphasis in writing, critical thinking, public speaking, and the arts. Our curriculum involves the integration of the common core within the Montessori academic scope and sequence, with an underpinning of lessons in character development, leadership, the understanding of equity and responsibility to self, community, and the world. A small class, representative of the concept of blended grades, allows for attention and innovative, nontraditional emphasis unmatched in many typical settings.
Our 1st through 6th grade students love this campus which includes an enclosed playarea with 2 playstructures upon a soft turf mat, an optional outdoor eating-area with new wood picnic tables, 4 spacious light-filled classrooms, a large auditorium and stage and a separate office, area all within the historic St. Barnabas campus. All classrooms are carpeted.
Our Primary classes incorporate a Kindergarten/Elementary curriculum. A Montessori classroom is one in which the best education occurs within a multi-age structure, allowing children to learn, not according to chronological age, but according to academic and developmental ability, strength and interest.
Our programs include in-services in the arts and sciences, walking adventures and outdoor activities which connect with the academic or social lesson of the month. We have 11 parent committees, and involvement in the school is an important part of what makes our school successful. Parents volunteer time in school or at home in various aspects of school planning and curriculum.
The Elementary Intermediate Montessori curriculum at MEISA inspires students to become independent learners who appreciate and understand their world. Integrated studies provide students with unique and age-appropriate materials that help them to become accountable for their use of time, for accuracy in their work and to evaluate their strengths and areas of growth.
Our students have individualized work plans to allow them to use time effectively and to make appropriate choices. Students demonstrate great joy in their learning. Areas of study include Language Arts, Mathematics, Geometry, Physical Science, Biological Science, Geography, History and Physical Education.