LePort Montessori School Irvine Westpark

An authentic, nurturing Montessori school, offering toddler daycare, preschool/kindergarten and elementary school, in a purpose-built school building

At LePort Montessori Irvine Westpark we welcome your entire family: with programs from toddlers (as young as 18 months), through elementary school, 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 Montessori are worth investing in, even in Irvine, which is known for its academically rigorous public schools.

LePort Montessori Westpark is conveniently located just off the 405, between the Jamboree and Culver exits, near the Irvine Civic Center. Many of our families walk to school from the Westpark area; others work in the Irvine Business Complex area just north of the school. Our purpose-built school building has recently been renovated. Bright classrooms with lots of windows and en-suite restrooms are equipped with a full range of Montessori materials, and most classrooms have direct access to the outside, allowing children to flow between air-conditioned inside work and gardening, art and other outside activities throughout the day. Play areas surround our school on three sides, providing children with the opportunity for active play—from tricycles to play structures, from ball games to gardening.

Mrs. Beth Darst, the Head of School, and her team look forward to showing you around your child’s future school, and helping you discover the life-changing value of a great Montessori education. 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. Mrs. Darst is an experienced Montessori teacher, and holds a Montessori certificate from the Association Montessori Internationale, as do all of the Head Teachers at our school. The combination of well-trained, experienced teachers, an investment in a full range of Montessori materials for each classroom, and a commitment to mixed-age classroom communities and extended, uninterrupted work periods, set our school apart.

Explore our programs. Look at our photo gallery. Read our staff bios and parent reviews.
Then schedule a tour: seeing is believing!

LePort Montessori Irvine Westpark
1055 San Marino
Irvine, CA 92614
Admissions: (949) 777-5185
General Office: (949) 833-8474
irvinewestpark@leportschools.com

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.

Programs Offered

Toddler Daycare, Preschool/Kindergarten, Elementary

LePort Montessori Irvine Westpark School and Admissions Quick Facts

  • One school through elementary: authentic Montessori from toddler daycare through lower elementary (ages 18 months – 9 years); preferential admissions to our sister school, LePort Montessori Irvine Spectrum, upper elementary (4th – 6th grade) and middle school (7th & 8th grad) programs.
  • Parent & Child Montessori programs (four annual sessions, 6-8 weeks each) to try out Montessori with your infant 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 yoga to soccer to art.
  • Convenient location in Irvine’s Westpark Village: easy to reach from the 405 and 5; walking distance to many families in the community and an easy drop-off on the way to work to parents working in the Irvine Business Complex.
  • A bright, recently renovated, clean facility: large classrooms with big windows, with toilets and direct outside access from most rooms
  • Two separate, age-appropriate playground spaces, with tricycles, swings, climbing structures and gardening spaces. The elementary students often use San Carlo Park (accessible through a gate from our school) to play ball games, run, and do other physical activities.
  • 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

Elizabeth Darst
Head of School

Welcome! I hope you’ll come to tour our school: just like we individualize our education for each student, I meet with each family individually. I want to get to know you—to understand your goals for your child’s education, to answer your questions, and to have the pleasure of introducing you to the amazing world of Montessori.

I have been working at our wonderful school for 8 years, first as a classroom teacher in one of our mixed-age preschool/kindergarten classrooms, and then as Head of School. I’ve known many of our elementary students since they were little toddlers, and we’ve been fortunate to have a stable, steady teaching team.

Whether you know that you want Montessori for your child, or whether you have no idea what Montessori is, please get in touch. I promise you that you’ll leave your individualized tour with a better understanding of whether Montessori is right for your family, and what good Montessori looks like.

See you soon!

School Photo Gallery

Discover LePort Montessori Irvine Westpark

Learn about 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! Hear what parents say, and see what children experience:

  • Mixed-age classrooms—where working together in small groups and learning from and with each other is encouraged
  • Multi-sensory, sequenced, hands-on materials that allow children to learn joyfully—as against days spending much time on worksheets and textbooks
  • Individualized learning plans for each elementary-aged child, so children can proceed at an accelerated pace in their areas of strengths, and receive additional support in other areas
  • Practice time built into the school day, so you can enjoy family time at home (Instead of being a homework task master)
  • A welcoming, comfortable environment where children can move throughout the day, working at group or individual tables, on work rugs or on sofas, instead of sitting still at desks
  • Purposeful development of self-management skills—organization, problem solving, and mastering social conflicts

Staff Photos and Bios

Elizabeth Darst
Head of School

Alex Negron
Business Manager

Lorine Dapic
Head Montessori Teacher (Toddler)

Lynn Li
Head Montessori Teacher (Primary)

Jackie Chang
Head Montessori Teacher (Elementary)

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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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.