Orange County families now have the opportunity to enroll their children in an authentic, mixed-age Montessori program all the way from infancy through elementary school (1st – 6th grade) and middle school (7th & 8th grade).

In Elementary School and Middle School at LePort Montessori Irvine Spectrum, your child will:

Be challenged at his or her pace—with individual or small group lessons, paced to match each child’s ability and skill level. For example, academically strong students can work at an accelerated pace in math or any subject, with the opportunity to start more advanced work, for example algebra and geometry while in middle school.

Engage in a rich curriculum. We offer an outstanding math program combining the unique Montessori math materials with additional curriculum–so children learn to think numerically, understand math concepts instead of memorizing procedures by rote, and so they love math. Our language arts program includes systematic study of phonics in the early years, as well as auditory, individualized spelling, explicit instruction in grammar, and systematic development of vocabulary. LePort Montessori students from elementary through middle school are guided to explore history, with deep study of human cultures from prehistory to the present, study observation-based science told as intriguing mysteries with hands-on labs experiences and receive a thorough education in geography. In small-group literature circles, children learn to delight in great full-length books (not excerpts), to identify themes, plots, and characterization, and to strengthen their understanding of human nature by discussing the heroic people and stories with the guidance of their passionate teachers. Enrichment opportunities, from visual arts to music, from performances to fieldtrips, from community leadership and self-government to mentoring opportunities, are integrated into the Montessori experience.

Acquire strong social and executive function skills. As anyone who has a hiring role can attest, many young adults lack the ability to organize their own work, manage time, complete projects independently, exercise good judgment, and manage to work on or lead teams. The mixed-age Montessori elementary and middle school communities excel at developing these skills in children–for example, through community meetings, they practice the ability to plan and execute longer student-initiated class projects, and working in small groups throughout the day allows them to design, implement, and complete independent academic follow up to the lessons they have received. They learn to work well in small groups and pairs throughout the school day.

Be able to enjoy being a child. Through the elementary program, we assign no or limited homework. A child who works actively from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm typically will have their afternoons free–to enjoy sports, tackle projects around the house, explore with the family, to read or practice music, or to just engage in unstructured play. Research shows no causal links between the amount of homework assigned in elementary school and a child’s academic accomplishments. That’s why we don’t send home worksheets, but instead encourage children to use their time to more deeply explore their own areas of interest after school. By middle school, students will increasingly have homework, building up to 6-8 hours per week, to prepare them for typical high school work loads.

Get ready for success in high school and life. Montessori middle school students at LePort benefit from personalized high school counseling from teachers who know them intimately, so they can thoughtfully choose the right high school path, and be prepared–academically, emotionally, and socially–to not only be admitted to their high school of school of choice, but also succeed there.

All of this is part of our mission at LePort Montessori: to help children 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.

LePort Montessori Irvine Spectrum

North Campus:
1 Technology Drive, Bldg. A
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 544-1047

South Campus:
1 Technology Drive, Bldg. H, Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 544-8859

Discover the benefits of Montessori Elementary

With Montessori Elementary at LePort, children can continue in Montessori school from 1st – 6th grade. Watch this video and learn how different elementary school can and should be!

Our Elementary and Middle School classrooms are carefully prepared, welcoming environments, very different from what you expect to see in a traditional school. Instead of desks facing a whiteboard, they are large, bright spaces with different work areas (individual and group desks, different sized tables, reading corners and work rugs), lesson tables and white boards arranged to allow for small-group and all-group gatherings. Classrooms have pets and plants the children take care of. They have musical instruments, arts materials, science areas with microscopes and specimens. Our goal is to create carefully prepared environments that allow children to feel comfortable, supported and nurtured so they can do their most productive, deeply engaged work.

Our team of passionate Elementary and Middle School educators are excited to introduce families to the life-changing benefits of Montessori for the elementary and middle school years. Our school leaders bring with them profound and unique educational backgrounds: Dr. Eric Daniels, our Head of School, taught for a dozen years at three top US universities, and joined LePort initially as a teacher. Knowing that the roots of student success in college came from the thinking skills honed in childhood and early adolescence, he eagerly transitioned to the programs at LePort to work in that area. Ms. Rhonda Munro, our Upper School Director (Elementary and Middle School), holds Montessori credentials from both AMI and AMS training programs, and has a rich 30+-year background teaching and leading Montessori programs from primary through middle school, in Canada and in the US. Together they are eager to help you discover whether a Montessori elementary and middle school education is right for your child.

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Contact us today to request a tour and to receive information about our programs and special offers.

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Quick Facts and Admissions Process

Irvine Spectrum Elementary and Middle School

One school for the entire family: authentic Montessori from infant daycare through middle school (ages 3 months – 8th grade)

A strong Montessori elementary and middle school program to give your child a great learning community of peers: two mixed-age lower elementary (1st – 3rd grade) and two upper elementary (4th – 6th) classes each, with around 20-24 students each, and one middle school class (7th & 8th grade)

Montessori-trained head teachers in each classroom, supported by junior teachers and/or subject-matter expert teachers, for an effective 1:12 or better teacher-to-student ratio. Head teachers have either AMI or high-quality AMS Montessori training.

Large, light-filled classrooms with many different work spaces (different size tables, individual and clustered desks, rugs, reading corners, science stations)

An expansive elementary and middle school play yard, where children can be physically active doing everything from climbing, swinging, playing soccer or basketball, and participating in high-energy games of dodgeball with their teachers

Convenient central Orange County location: Located in Irvine, right by the Irvine Spectrum Center, at the I405 and I5 merge. Within a 20 minute drive from many Orange County cities: our students commute from Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Dana Point, Yorba Linda, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo and many other southern and central Orange County communities.

Limited needs-based financial aid available.

Enrolling year-round (space permitting): touring, accepting applications, conducting assessments and starting students throughout the school year. Assessment visits take from a half day (for lower elementary) to a full day (upper elementary & middle school).

Elementary and Middle School Staff

Gabriela Kenney

Head Montessori Teacher (Elementary)

Mrs. Kenney received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Vanguard University, where she was also a 4 year starter on the women’s soccer team. She then went on to complete her Assistants to Infancy (0-3 years) training at the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia, as well as Elementary (6-12 years) training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Mrs. Kenney first joined LePort in 2014, and taught at the toddler and both lower and upper elementary levels. She took some time off after having a baby in 2021, and returned to our LePort Spectrum North team to lead a lower elementary class in 2023. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Kenney enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing soccer, and doing DIY projects.

Afsaneh Namiranian

Assistant Teacher

Afsaneh Namiranian (Afi) is from Tehran, Iran. She has been a certified Montessori teacher since 2014, and received her degree in Houston, Texas. Ms. Afi worked in Montessori schools for five years, before moving to Irvine, California in 2016. While she was working in Irvine Valley College, she finished her degree in child development. Ms. Afi loves to work with children because they give her positive energy. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, and loves to travel.

Lorine Dapic

Head Montessori Teacher (Elementary)

Mrs. Dapic was born in Brazil, with strong influences from her Italian and Spanish family. These frequent interactions with languages and cultures inspired her to attain a bachelor’s degree in German Literature. She had previous professional and personal experience in the field of education, but it wasn’t until motherhood that she discovered her true calling. Prior to joining LePort, she volunteered for two different schools in Southern California. She believes there is always something new we can learn from children. In her free time, Mrs. Dapic enjoys reading, exploring the world with her children, and spending time with friends.

Fiore Mastrangelo

Assistant Teacher

Fiorella Mastrangelo is a native Spanish speaker from Argentina who earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology in her home country. Specializing in creating supportive and inclusive learning spaces, her expertise in the field equips her with skills in emotional intelligence, behavioral management, and student assessment. With experience as a special education teacher, Fiorella has mastered the art of crafting individualized educational strategies. In her free time, she loves going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Fiorella is very excited to be part of the LePort Spectrum North team.

Masha Karbovskaya

Junior Montessori Teacher

Masha is a passionate educator with a strong background in mathematics and economics. She holds a Master’s Degree in mathematics from Moscow State University and a Master’s of Arts in Economics from New Economic School in Moscow. While working as an IT and business analyst at Accenture, Masha discovered her true calling in education. Over the years, she has been involved in various teaching roles, including English instruction for adults and young children. Additionally, she has served as a math teacher and Montessori teacher in different Montessori schools in Ithaca, New York. Her dedication to the Montessori Method led her to earn Elementary Montessori credentials in 2019. Beyond the classroom, Masha is an active member of her community. She runs a math circle for local children and volunteers as a leader for a competitive math club. She also serves on the board of her children’s swim team. In her leisure time, Masha enjoys running and handwork hobbies, and is always eager to learn something new. Spending quality time with her three children is one of her greatest joys as they explore the world of knowledge together.

Cassandra Kolacinski

Head Montessori Teacher (Middle School)

Mrs. Kolacinski was born and raised in Orange County. She received her B.A. degree from the University of California-Irvine in Psychology and Social Behavior. After working for a year for a sales and marketing company, she decided to go back to school to pursue her true passion of teaching. She went back to the University of California-Irvine and graduated with her M.A in Teaching, along with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She later added a Single Subject Mathematics Credential.

Mrs. Kolacinski has taught Math 6, Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 in San Diego County and Los Angeles County, she is ecstatic to have returned to her native Orange County! She is very excited to be working at LePort and truly believes in their teaching principles and approach. Mrs. Kolacinski hopes to create a love and excitement for learning in her students, by making learning meaningful, relevant and enjoyable!

Outside of the classroom, she enjoys traveling, trying new things and spending time with her husband and dog, Layla.

Cindy Tabin

Head Montessori Teacher (Middle School)

Mrs. Cindy Tabin received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of California, Riverside and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Fullerton. Mrs. Tabin has worked with children for many years, both in and out of the classroom. Prior to joining LePort Montessori, Mrs.Tabin taught fifth grade, conducted private tutoring for a variety of ages, and managed a Mathnasium math learning center. She has been fortunate to have had opportunities to teach students with a range of different ability levels, from gifted students to students with special needs, and is keenly aware of the need to individualize to a student’s particular skill level. Mrs. Tabin also believes in the importance of connecting personally with her students, mentoring them to grow as responsible and successful citizens. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and cat. She loves to play sports--on any given day of the week, chances are you’ll find her at one of the many parks in Orange County, playing softball!

Robin Cheney

Head Montessori Teacher (Middle School)

Robin was born in New York, but spent the first few years of her life in Europe, where she attended a Montessori School in Amsterdam. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher. In 1996, after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor in Art History, Robin fell in love with Montessori’s educational philosophy. Her first teaching job was in a program that aimed to mainstream deaf and hard of hearing students, so she acquired skills in sign language. She spent three years teaching lower elementary, three years teaching upper elementary, and then discovered her true passion was in working with middle schoolers, teaching all subjects. Robin has really enjoyed working with adolescents since the early 2000s, and one of her favorite things is for students to visit after high school and beyond and share their successes with her. In 2012, Robin appeared on Jeopardy! in the Teacher’s Tournament, and she is always looking for fun new experiences like that one. She spent a summer in the cloud forest of Ecuador, teaching English to the residents of a small village. In her free time, she is an avid reader who loves to travel, cook, and volunteer.

Schedule a Tour

Contact us today to request a tour and to receive information about our programs and special offers.

By providing us with your phone number, you consent to being contacted by LePort Montessori and/or its affiliated schools regarding their educational programs, whether such contact is by phone, autodialer, recorded message, or text. Please note: Your consent is not required as a condition of enrollment.

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