Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
Our South Berkeley campus houses both the toddler/preschool and the elementary school program, meaning that your family will have one place to go to for about a decade of schooling, and a simple way to drop-off children of varying ages. It is conveniently located at the intersection of MLK and Alcatraz Avenue, in South Berkeley, at the Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville border, just minutes of the Highway 24 and two blocks from the South Berkeley Bart station.
You can reach AIM Montessori preschool and elementary school in 20 minutes or less from the following communities:
- Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond and Berkeley
- Oakland, Emeryville, Alameda, San Leandro
- Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette
- San Francisco
Nestled in a residential neighborhood, our school building is a converted concreted/steel structure built to highest safety standards and up to the latest civil engineering codes for earthquake safety.
Each of our seven toddler, preschool and elementary school classrooms is a spacious, inviting place, with bright laminate flooring and lots of windows letting in natural light into every room. We equip our classrooms with a full range of high-quality Montessori materials, displayed beautifully on low wooden shelves and easily accessible to our students. Natural wood furniture of child-sized tables and chairs, classroom pets and beautiful plants are part of our carefully planned learning environment for both preschool and elementary school students.
Our campus offers two large play yards, one for elementary school students and one for toddlers and preschool children. Each yard has an age-appropriate play structures, and plenty of space for children to run around, to garden and develop motor skills by riding tricycles and bikes, playing ball and jumping rope. Older children can develop their motor skills and creativity by building with our new builders boards, or by creating their own physical challenges with materials such as redwood tree stumps and wooden boards.