Welcome to LePort Montessori in Encinitas!

If you are looking for an excellent infant, toddler, preschool, or Spanish immersion program, you’ve come to the right place! LePort Montessori School in Encinitas is a welcoming, family-like community where children acquire Knowledge for Life: the essential knowledge, thinking skills, and strength of character required to flourish as joyous children today and successful adults tomorrow.

We recently renovated our school into a bright and beautiful learning community with nurturing, highly trained, Montessori teachers, responsive staff, and top-grade facilities and materials. Please join us at our upcoming events to learn more about our programs.

Enrollment at our school has been strong this year. Our infant and toddler classrooms are mostly filled, but we encourage you to join our waitlist for expected mid-year openings as children move up into the preschool program. A few spots still remain for our both our English and Spanish Immersion preschool/kindergarten classrooms.

LePort Montessori Encinitas
520 Balour Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 545-4430

Upcoming Open House and Parent Info Events


Dear Family,

Thank you so much for your interest in our school. I’m sure you have many questions as you search for the right program for your child. Letting someone take care of your baby outside of your home or entrusting your preschooler’s crucial early school experience to someone is a big step. We’d love to help make that step as easy as possible for you. I’d be happy to give you a personalized tour and answer all your questions as you consider whether our Montessori program would be a good fit for your family.

Claudia Mann
Head of School

Quick Facts

  • Programs for children ages 3 months – kindergarten.
  • English language or Spanish immersion Montessori programs.
  • Authentic Montessori classrooms, led by AMI-Montessori-trained head teachers.
  • A convenient location off of Encinitas Boulevard just minutes from the 5 Freeway.
  • Several program options: 3 day and 5 day schedules for infants and toddlers, half day (8:30am – 12:00pm), full day (8:30am – 3:00pm) and extended day (7:00am – 6:00pm) schedules, too. Choice of 10-month or 12-month (year-round) programs available.

How to Get Started

There are many ways you can learn more about our wonderful school. Attend an upcoming event, schedule a tour, or visit our school to speak with us in person.

Our events offer a great way to learn more details about our programs as you are considering different options for your child. Most information sessions are held on weeknights to make it convenient to attend for working parents. Our Saturday Open House events allow you to explore our classrooms and playgrounds with your whole family. You can also meet the teachers and get your questions answered. We also offer Saturday info sessions on occasion.

If you are ready to take a closer look at our classroom environment in action, contact us to schedule a tour. Most tours are given in the morning since many of our students nap in the afternoons. Call us anytime and we’ll be happy to schedule a convenient time for you.

You may also explore our website for more information about our programs and educational philosophy. Read our blog posts for insightful, researched-based articles about early childhood parenting.

If you fill out the form below, we will send you our application with tuition information. You will also be entered on our interest list and will receive occasional emails about upcoming events.

Why Montessori for infants and toddlers?

Better Than Childcare: Montessori for Infants & Toddlers

A child’s early years are a time of great sensitivity to bonding in order to establish trust in the world, as well as language, order, sensorial impressions, and development of coordinated movement, both fine- and gross-motor.

In our Infant environment there are special mobiles and images to stimulate brain development, as well as a variety of tactile objects for children to explore. Because this is the period when infants learn to roll over, slither, sit, crawl and potentially walk, the room has many opportunities for movement.

Your toddler has a once in a lifetime opportunity to absorb information from the environment, like a sponge. That’s why Montessori for toddlers is more than just childcare: we provide a toddler with the ideal environment to make the most of this irreplaceable period of time.

He is especially sensitive to order – and we build on that interest to establish good habits that last a lifetime. He is also able to absorb language from his environment – learning even big words easily and with pleasure – and becomes happier as he learns the words to express his needs, rather than needing to resort to crying or tantrums. Most surprisingly, he is eager to learn to take care of himself, to become independent – and we guide him to learn how to do things by himself, thereby developing his budding sense of self-efficacy.

Montessori for Infants = Optimal Development

Each of our Infant rooms reflects the child’s development of movement, independence, and capacity for active exploration. Because an infant’s brain is wired for language acquisition, our environments offer rich opportunities for babies to learn through plenty of reading, singing, sign language and a running dialogue as your child’s caregivers explain the events of your child’s day. Our respect for each child shows in how we engage him or her in each care-giving opportunity, rather than merely doing things to the child.

There are striking differences between a Montessori Infant environment and other, more traditional care settings: our babies do not spend their active time in playpens, jumpers, walkers or other containers. Instead, in our Infant rooms you will see…

  • many soft floor mats and bolsters on which babies can move freely.
  • mirrors positioned close to the floor to stimulate tummy time and self-discovery.
  • low bars mounted to the wall and soft furniture for children to pull themselves up onto.
  • an abundance of Boppy-style pillows for infants to climb over and prop themselves onto.

For the older infants, where crawling and newly walking babies have their hands free for exploration, you will see…

  • low shelving with materials for fine-motor development and cause/effect, such as puzzles, rings on a post, and containers to open and close.
  • opportunities for purposeful water play.
  • a stair with low steps and a railing to practice climbing up and down.
  • pull and push toys to promote gross motor movement.

All of our environments have several special features that also set them apart from typical day care settings:

  • We support breastfeeding! Our Infant rooms welcome mothers who would like to nurse their baby during midday visits.
  • We use low tables and chairs, instead of high chairs, for snacks and solid meals. We believe this provides young children with a valuable first experience at gaining independence with self-feeding.
  • Ours are tranquil environments where a designated nap space ensures quality rest when babies need it.

Montessori for Toddlers = Optimal Early Learning

Enrolling your child in a Montessori toddler program, rather than at a childcare center, has many benefits. Here are just a few for you to consider:

A positive toilet learning experience.
Done the Montessori way, almost all children can be diaper free before their third birthday. Sign up for our newsletter on the form at the right to discover how we work together to facilitate this developmental milestone!

Fewer toddler struggles.
Montessori toddlers learn how to actually do things by themselves, making family meals more fun, and getting out of the house easier.

A child who learns to play happily by himself.
Montessori toddlers learn to play independently. You may be surprised how your 2-year-old can occupy himself happily, without your constant attention, no harmful TV needed!

A huge spurt in language capability.
Many parents report that their children’s vocabulary increased dramatically within a few months of joining our program. Better language skill = more fun interactions with your child, and fewer tantrums caused by not being understood!

Our Natural Playground

We are proud to offer a natural playground to our students.

As most parents know, children love to play in outdoor settings surrounded by nature. Recent studies have shown some great benefits to playing in natural surroundings as opposed isolated pieces of single-use play equipment.

Recent studies have shown that when children play in natural landscapes they play more cooperatively, creatively, and for much longer periods of time. They also enjoy inherent benefits of being in nature, developing better spatial cognitive awareness and increased physical competence and skills.

Hence, LePort Schools now offers a natural playground wherever possible, especially at our newer schools. We design these playgrounds so that they still provide the security of an enclosed space while offering the endless opportunities of natural play.

Learn about the benefits of natural playgrounds:

Why Spanish Immersion?

LePort Montessori Lomita is proud to offer Toddler and Preschool Spanish Immersion options. Parents know that early language immersion is one of the best ways for children to become bilingual—a privilege that has shown to have life-long benefits. Our Spanish Immersion programs are integrated into our Montessori programs, so children receive both an authentic Montessori education and a strong Spanish language program at the same time.

Contact Us

Contact us today to request a tour and to receive our digital application, which includes tuition and schedule information.