Montessori school may switch to K-8

Parents in a district that already offers a plethora of magnet programs and year-round schedules may get another educational option for their children.

Tonight, teachers and parents from the San Mateo-Foster City School District will present the case for adding middle school classes to the North Shoreview Montessori School.

Making North Shoreview K-8 would allow the district to take advantage of empty classrooms at the school, give parents another middle school optionand keep students who might otherwise leave the district.

“There aren’t many K-8 Montessori programs in the area or even the state, so it provides an opportunity to allow students to continue their education through middle school,” said Joan Rosas, assistant superintendent for student services.

North Shoreview first-grade teacher Julie Mamis said she has sent her oldest child out of the district to private middle schools to find smaller class sizes. Montessori schools use different teaching methods and focus on independent learning and small-group interactions to help students.

“I don’t believe in a large middle school model,” she said.

Rosas said the district would likely limit the school to 30 students for each of the middle school grades, adding approximately 90 students to the current population of 262.

Anticipating high demand if the school does implement middle school classes, Alyssa Moore said priority enrollment would be given to parents from North Shoreview and Parkside Elementary. Moore has spearheaded the efforts to expand North Shore­view for almost two years.

The San Mateo-Foster City School District Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today in the district offices, 1170 Chess Drive, in Foster City.

jgoldman@examiner.com

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