Guidepost Montessori in Foothill Ranch holds a special place in our hearts. It is just around the corner from our first humble office, where a small team of founders first hatched the idea for our mission-driven organization, dedicated to the spread of Montessori education. Our own children are enrolled at the Foothill Ranch school, and our parent community reflects the inclusive, innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of Guidepost itself. It's also the home of our flagship elementary lab school, where our close-knit community of students are the first to benefit from active curriculum and program development work, supported by our central team of academic experts and mentors. This little school is a hidden gem, and a hot-house for the Montessori spirit. We look forward to welcoming your family to this very special community.
Our beautiful campus and welcoming community is the perfect place for your child to explore her own potential.
Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.
Children's House Classrooms
Diana Le Sieur, Head of School
Diana was always interested in how people learn and work together as a community so before working with children she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and African-American Studies at the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities. Since then, she has worked as a passionate educator for more than 10 years, committed to continued learning herself. In the most recent year she has been the Head of School at Guidepost Montessori at Foothill Ranch, where she thrived in her leadership role. She led compassionately, helping her staff understand and value the transformative power of the Montessori philosophy. She had the chance to lead from personal experience, as she previously was a lead teacher in the toddler program.
Outside of her professional life, Diana has no problem keeping herself busy. She and her husband have five children ranging from 5 years-old to young adulthood! They live in Rancho Santa Margarita, and she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.
Allison Peterson, Assistant Head of School
Allison received her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University, and holds Associate's degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Business Administration. She is originally from Northern California where she opened and operated a Reggio Emilia preschool. When family brought her down to Southern California, she was immediately drawn to all that Guidepost Montessori offers their children and families. She has certainly found her home on this campus.
Children are compelling in every way. They are fascinating, intriguing, charming, heartwarming creatures with infinite variation in personalities, tendencies, and interests.
The unique joy and sacred responsibility of a child's caretakers is to learn about her — to discover and fall in love with her as she grows, to let careful observation and observant care guide her development, and to get to know her well enough to help her shape herself. A child's teachers and parents are collaborators in this process that is at once scientific discovery and heartfelt nurturing.
To that end, our school is designed to further connect you with your child, to bring you into a community of valuable resources and education-minded people, and to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and support your child as she grows.
Insights into Your Child
The Montessori approach emphasizes careful, theory-informed, individualized observation of each child's development. We don't want to keep what we see to ourselves! The impact of these observations is greatest when shared with a child's parents.
At Guidepost, parents receive regular, detailed updates about their children. Classroom guides are available outside of class hours by phone, email, or for scheduled in-person meetings. Your child’s guide will also meet with you for regularly-scheduled conferences about your child's learning and growth.
We see these conversations, both periodic conferences and frequent exchanges, as critical for both giving and receiving information. They allow teachers to hear from the people most expert and most observant about a child: his parents.
Parents will also receive written progress reports two to three times per year, each a summary of a teacher's observations of the child over the course of the previous months. Meanwhile, day-to-day and week-to-week, parents receive regular updates from the teacher, in the form of photographs and written anecdotes about their child.
And finally, parents are able to directly access Transparent Classroom, the web-based system we use for careful record keeping and observations about your child. Transparent Classroom offers you an on-demand window into the lessons and classroom life of your child.
A great school offers the incredible resource of a trusted partner for parents in the education of their child. The simplest way to amplify that resource is to offer more of it: to offer it at flexible hours so that you can access a trusted, caring partner during days and times when you need us the most.
At Guidepost, we offer an extended school day program, where children thrive in the Montessori approach all day long. Early morning and late afternoon times offer children the downtime and free time they need in order to assimilate all that they have learned during the school day. Each child can find time to develop interests outside the classroom with expert guidance, and to explore an environment rich with opportunities.
To ensure that parents can rely upon a consistent social and recreational experience in a warm and expert school setting, our extended day schedule is offered inclusively with the cost of our programs: there is no extra charge for morning and afternoon extended day hours.
In addition, extracurricular programs are offered during the afternoon extended day, after class time is over. Parents and children can choose from a wide variety of optional activities designed to spark your child’s passion in some way.
Guidepost Montessori runs year-round. We know that we need to be available as a support for your family, so we minimize school closure days as much as we can. For enrolled families, a full calendar will be available on our Parent Portal.
Our typical school day runs from about 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, depending on the program. However, because we believe so strongly in supporting a partnership between home and school for families needing greater accessibility, our all-inclusive tuition price includes the option to utilize our extended day program. This means that your family can drop off as early as 7:00 AM and pick up as late as 6:00 PM.