Our History

Here’s Some of What You’ll Find at the Montessori Schools of Manhattan Beach

The Test of Time

  • Founded in 1968 by Judy Ernst, AMI certified Montessori teacher and teacher trainer.
  • Manhattan Beach raised and educated.
  • Professional development through UCLA.
  • After 45 years of ownership Mrs. Ernst continues to be actively involved with the day to day operations of the school.

High Quality Staff

  • Longevity, with an average employment length of 10 years – we value our teachers!
  • Credentialed Montessori teachers proudly display their diplomas in their classrooms.

Our Curriculum

  • Every classroom, preschool through elementary, is brimming with Montessori materials.
  • All policies, programs and facilities designed for the safety of your child.
  • Emphasis on fine art education.
  • Monthly themes emphasizing history, science, biology, horticulture, etc. (with field trips and/or on-site guest demonstrations.)
  • Weekly music lessons.
  • Weekly foreign language lessons.
  • Art, cooking and yoga lessons.

Family Friendly

  • 2 locations for your convenience with year round programs.
  • Open 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. No charge for care from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Stimulating after school program – arts, crafts, cooking projects, etc.
  • On-site enrichment programs including tennis, dance, soccer, drama and foreign language.

Summer School

  • Summer Sports Camp – Now Accepting Applications.
  • Daily swim lessons at our Peck Campus on-site pool.
  • Alumni are welcome as we accept children ages 2 through 10 years.
  • Due to popularity, early enrollment is recommended.


  • Direct contact with your child’s teacher as well as parent/teacher conferences and parent education nights.
  • Open door policy with our administration.
  • Observations are encouraged. Simply make an appointment in the office.