LePort Montessori School Fountain Valley

An authentic, nurturing Montessori school, offering infant and toddler daycare, preschool/kindergarten and elementary school, as well as a Mandarin immersion program

LePort Montessori Fountain Valley welcomes your entire family: with programs from infants (as young as three months), through elementary school (6th grade), your children can thrive at our school for many years. We would like to help your child gain what we call Knowledge for Life: the essential knowledge, thinking skills, and strength of character needed to flourish as joyous children today, and as successful adults tomorrow. Many families choose our school, because we are known for being a great preschool—and stay through the elementary years, because they have discovered that the individualized, joyful learning experiences in our Montessori program are worth investing in, and that the support of a community of like-minded families and passionate educators is invaluable in raising a happy, healthy child.

LePort Montessori Fountain valley is an oasis in our suburban setting, a true California lifestyle school. Our 12-acre grounds give our students the opportunity to be active, to play soccer and basketball, to ride tricycles and bikes, to garden and even to manage our own small farm, complete with chickens and Bo, our much loved duck. Our brick school buildings are grouped around a central courtyard, where our community gathers under shade sails for everything from daily lunches, to larger-scale community events, such as spring and fall festivals. Our spacious campus allows us to offer a wide range of engaging experiences outside of the main classroom setting—everything from an art studio, to a carpentry workshop, to a sizeable, student-managed library.

Ms. Colleen Hazard, the Head of School, has been with our school for 5 years, first as an Assistant Head of School, and later in her current role as head of the leadership team. Her own daughter thrived at LePort, before moving on to high school. Ms. Hazard is currently enrolled in an intensive Montessori training program, as her love for the pedagogy has propelled her to learn all she can. Ms. Karen Almanza, Director of Admissions, is a trained Montessori teacher, who has been with LePort for 7 years, and is eager to share with you just why she found a passion for Montessori at LePort. As Montessori is not a trademarked term, Montessori schools vary widely in quality: some daycares and preschools use the name for marketing, without delivering on the promise of a great education. At LePort Fountain Valley, we are proud to deliver an authentic, high-quality Montessori education to every child.

LePort Montessori Fountain Valley
9790 Finch Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
General Office: 714-536-1441

LePort Montessori Fountain Valley School Quick Facts

  • One school through elementary: authentic Montessori from infant daycare through preschool and elementary (ages 3 months – 12 years/6th grade).
  • Parent & Child Montessori programs (four annual sessions, 6-8 weeks each) to try out Montessori with your baby or toddler.
  • Convenient hours: open 7 am – 6 pm, year-round, with half-day and 8:30 am – 3 pm options, as well as on-site, after-school activities, from cooking to soccer and Martial Arts.
  • A quiet neighborhood location near the 405 freeway. Our school is just off Brookhurst, south of Ellis, hidden away in a residential neighborhood, yet convenient to shopping and highways
  • A real school building: an attractive group of brick buildings, renovated to include en suite restrooms for toddler and preschool, for a school, not daycare, feeling
  • A twelve-acre campus, including large grassy areas, half-court basketball courts, multiple play structures and sand boxes, an attractive, large school garden and a small farm, as well as a big central courtyard with a stage for community events
  • Accepting enrollments year-round (space permitting); tour now and enroll immediately or join the waitlist to secure enrollment for the next school year
  • Limited needs-based financial aid available
  • Montessori-trained head teachers in each classroom

Give the Gift of Bilingualism

Mandarin Chinese immersion for Toddler and Preschool / Kindergarten

Toddlers and preschoolers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn a second language almost effortlessly. In the Mandarin Chinese immersion Montessori classrooms for toddler and preschool, both the Montessori-trained head teacher and the assistant teacher are native or bilingual Mandarin Chinese speakers, and speak solely in Chinese with the children from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm every day.

Students receive Montessori lessons in Chinese, sing songs in Chinese, and (in preschool) learn to write and read in Chinese, using both phonetics and Chinese characters. The mixed-age Montessori communities are rich environments for natural language acquisition. You can give your child the gift of being bilingual—just by enrolling them in our Mandarin Chinese immersion preschool!

See Chinese immersion in action and listen to why parents are thrilled with their children’s Mandarin Chinese immersion experiences at LePort Montessori.

Karen Almanza
Director of Admissions and Parent Experience

When I joined LePort Montessori as an after-care teacher many years ago, I was amazed to see the independence, confidence, and joy in the children. With a generous sponsorship offered by LePort, I soon became an AMI-trained Montessori lead teacher myself, and saw the magic happen in my Infant room. I can’t wait to introduce you to the wonders of Montessori!

You can read more about my bio on our staff bios page, if you’re curious, along with bios of our experienced and highly qualified teachers.

Whether you’re looking for a Montessori school specifically, or a warm, nurturing, convenient home-away-from home for your child, or a school where your elementary child can be challenged and happy, I hope to meet you soon!

Staff Photos and Bios

Colleen Hazard
Head of School

Karen Almanza
Director of Admissions and Parent Experience

Lucia Ruiz
Head Montessori Teacher (Infant)

Daniela Monteiro
Head Montessori Teacher (Primary)

Maria Anderson
Head Montessori Teacher (Elementary)

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