New Path Montessori School

  • Grades: PK-KG
  • Student Enrollment: 22
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3.5 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
  • Address
  • 1962 20th St
  • Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • Phone
  • (310) 450-2477
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School Description

New Path Montessori School enrolls 22 preschool and elementary school students from grades PK-KG. It is located in Santa Monica, CA, which is a highly populated city with a median household income of $50,714.

School Operational Details
  • Montessori
  • Students Have Access to a Library or Media Center
School Days and Hours
  • School Days Per Year: 225
    Note: Kindergarten Operates Five Days Per Week
  • School Hours Per Day: 10
    Note: Kindergarten Operates on a Full Day Schedule
School Associations
  • Other Montessori association(s)
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3.5 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
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6 reviews for New Path Montessori School

  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on May 21, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • New Path has been an amazing experience for our family. The teachers are incredible. Nurturing loving yet able to set limits and teach. The physical environment is a lovely combination of inside work spaces and outside play areas. Both my children have gone there and when my daughter joined kindergarten, she was very well prepared academically and emotionally.

    I am not sure about the disgruntled person's review listed here. The door is locked and children cannot simply wander out on the street. The materials are very thorough and we routinely on a weekly basis get samples of work our child completes.

    I highly recommend new path montessori.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on November 10, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • My daughter attended this school. Besides the surrounding Santa Monica neighborhood, which is limited on parking. My daughter loved this school. When we moved to the west-side I didnt know most preschools there had a 1-2 year waiting list! We went to many daycare and preschools on the west side with no waiting list, and this was the best school that we walked. My daughter thrived in the Montessori atmosphere. I still regret taking her out when my second child came, just because she had friends and was progressing with a love of learning and above her age group. My daughter went from year 2 - 3 1/2. Though we no longer live on the west-side, I highly recommend this school to parents who cant do lengthy wait listed preschools on the west side. The only negatives which are common, is I wish the play ground was a little bigger and the center in general, but then perhaps the class size would get bigger too!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on June 26, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • My daughter began attending New Path at age 2 and now, at age 5.5, will be leaving to attend Kindergarten in the fall. She has blossomed during these years in terms of her intellectual capabilities, social skills, curiosity and compassion. It has been easier to raise her with the values I want to instill in her (respect for others, courage, intellectual curiosity, and kindness) with the support of the school's teachers. They always keep the child's best interest in mind and my daughter is eager to go to school each day. People frequently comment on her poise and maturity. When we held a birthday party recently with a guest list comprised primarily of New Path students, the facility owner commented that it was one of the most happy, respectful groups of kids he had ever seen, and wondered what our secret was! If I had another child, I would send that child to New Path in a heartbeat and would recommend this school to any parent looking for a Montessori program. The school is absolutely secure and safe. The teachers view their work as a calling, and the children absolutely sense their commitment to each individual child's development and well-being.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on June 11, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I couldn't disagree more with the two comments here. I love the school. My son graduated a few years ago and my daughter now goes to New Path. Ms Ira, who runs the school, does so with a firm, nurturing hand. She holds the montessori methods in high esteem and follows them - not rigidly or thoughtlessly but intelligently and lovingly. It's a particular approach to education that you must research and be comfortable with. We did and we are. I've just come from a parent teacher meeting for my son who is 7. He's been identified as gifted and he loves to learn. I owe a great debt to Ms Ira for helping him on his path. And I see my daughter following in my son's footsteps. It is a small sweet school with dedicated teachers and a director for whom I have the utmost respect. My kids flourish/ed there and I highly recommend it. And in all my years with the school the front gate is always locked!

  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on February 29, 2008
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Funny how I wrote a very detailed review about this school over a month ago, and it never showed up. All I can say is that if you cherish your child as much as my wife an I do ours, keep them as far away from this school as humanly possible. Besides my personal feelings about how the people who run this school treated my entire family with disrespect for genuinely no good reason, the front gate is unlocked most of the day, and you child can simply walk out on to the busy street if one of of their three teachers are not watching. The list could go on and on, and i my intention for writing this review is to make sure that responsible parents like us don't have to go through what we did. Save your time and money, and go somewhere else. I wish only the best for you.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on February 06, 2008
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The worst experience I, and my child have ever had to go through. Poor materials, rude and inconsiderate administrators who seemingly cared more about lecturing me, than providing my child with a healthy and safe learning environment. F-

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 22
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 1.0
    Full-Time Teachers: 1
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 1.0
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: - (-)
  • Females: 22 (100.0%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
New Path Montessori School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian--
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For New Path Montessori School
  Number Percent
Source: CA Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010
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