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VMS in the News


VMS Teachers and Student Published in Montessori Life Magazine  – September 2014

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VMS Elementary teacher Jody Cambra and Upper Elementary student Mia Aquilina were featured on the cover of the Fall 2014 edition of Montessori Life Magazine (above).  Suzanne Bayer, Middle School program coordinator, teacher and chair of the Teachers Section of the AMS Board also has an article published in this edition.  Click here to read her article about Montessori in action here in the VMS Middle School, titled “All the World’s a Stage!”

“It’s not about the final production itself…but about the confidence of the students to create, solve problems, and do meaningful work.”  Suzanne Bayer



Valley Montessori School Receives Three Way Accreditation  – August 2014

We are proud to announce that Valley Montessori School has received official confirmation from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the American Montessori Society (AMS), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) that we received an accreditation term of seven years (the maximum) from all of them.  This makes us the first and only California school to receive a three way accreditation from these respected agencies!


VMS Edible Schoolyard Mentioned in Montessori Life Magazine – March 2014


Our edible schoolyard was mentioned in the “AMS Connection” section of Montessori Life on page 13.


Valley Montessori School Brings Inspiration to Livermore through TEDxLivermore – June 2013

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On June 8, 2013, we were very proud to be lead organizers for TEDx Livermore at Las Positas College.  Thanks to the support of many sponsors, including our lead donors Fremont Bank, Safeway, Courtyard Marriott Livermore and Workday, we brought this world-class conference to Livermore. With a theme of Creating our Future: Innovate and Educate, we showcased Valley Montessori School as a thought leader in the region, and provided a wonderful professional development opportunity for a large number of our teachers and administrators. It is important for members of any institution that values life-long learning, to get outside “the box” and see what cutting edge educators and innovators are thinking and creating!  To learn more about this incredible event visit www.TEDxLivermore.com.


Valley Montessori School has been formally accepted as a provisional member by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) – February 2012

This was a wonderful step for VMS because it signifies that we are institutionally strong and “accreditation worthy” in the world of independent schools beyond AMS & WASC. It has provided us access to a wealth of resources and support that have strengthened our school. If you want a more detailed sense of CAIS, we invite you to check out their website at www.caisca.org.


Montessori conference features re-creation of ‘Glass Classroom,’ with children on display as they learn

by Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa Times – March 14, 2012


Innovative people who were educated in Montessori schools could comprise a list of Who’s Who in today’s society, such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and country-pop singer Taylor Swift.

Dubbed the “Montessori Mafia” by The Wall Street Journal last year, the list of former students also includes Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the late chef Julia Child, rapper Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Will Wright, a video game pioneer.

“The Montessori method,” created by Dr. Maria Montessori more than a century ago, fosters creativity and encourages students to decide for themselves what they want to pursue, with guidance from teachers, educators say.

“A child is inspired to learn in an environment that promotes the ability to focus and concentrate,” said Ann Clark, associate head of the Valley Montessori School in Livermore. “There is not a cap for learning.”…

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Ann Clark Discusses Montessori and the Upcoming AMS Conference on CBS 5 Bay Sunday

CBS 5 Bay Sunday television show invited Ann Clark, Associate Head of Valley Montessori School and Alyssa Moore AMS Board member and co-chair for the upcoming AMS conference to join their local news talk show to discuss the upcoming Montessori demonstration classroom and national Montessori conference that took place March 15-18, 2012 in San Francisco.


Giving Thanks by Getting Involved – VMS hosts Basket Brigade
Livermore Patch Article – November 2011




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