Welcome Parents

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Dear Ramona Families,

Welcome to Ramona Community Montessori School!

This is our 33rd year of offering free, alternative public education options for Ramona families. Recognized in 2014 as a California Distinguished School, RCMS provides Montessori based learning for students in grades Kindergarten through six (including Transitional Kindergarten).
Montessori education emphasizes:
  • children developing and growing according to their own needs and at their own pace
  • observation
  • individual liberty (choice of learning activity throughout the day)
  • preparation of the (learning) environment 
Our Montessori classrooms are multi-age (TK-K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6), and families should plan on a two to three year commitment to the Montessori program for maximum benefit. Currently our school population is 276 with K-4 classroom size capped at 26 students, and our 5-6 classrooms averaging 34 students.
RCMS is open to any family in Ramona, and our school community reflects the diversity of our town, including students with special needs. Space, however, is limited. Each year, applications are accepted beginning February 1. We do suggest a scheduled appointment (760.787.3600) to explore if RCMS  is a good match for your student and family. We look forward to working with your student.

Dr. Kathryn Gunderson, Principal
Ramona Community Montessori School Staff