The school year 2011–2012 marks the seventeenth year for Crescent Montessori School. Formerly Vintage Country Day School, which was founded by a group of parents in 1983, the school changed hands in 1994 when Karin Niehoff, head teacher, became owner and head of school. Crescent Montessori School continues the tradition of offering a quality Montessori program for children ages 2–5 in the Primary Class, ages 5–7 in the Junior Elementary Class, and 8–12 in the Senior Elementary Class. Our connection to the community is lasting and strong thanks to the many families whose children have started their school years in our lovely classrooms at the Sonoma Community Center. As we continue to grow, a grade level is added each year.
Crescent Montessori School is licensed by the State of California Department of Children and Family Services. Crescent Montessori Elementary maintains a Private School Affidavit on file with the California State Department of Education and fully complies with all requirements of the California Education Code pertaining to private elementary schools. CMS received Initial Accreditation in June 2011 from WASC Western Association of Schools and Colleges
The Head of School and our lead teachers have Association Montessori International and American Montessori Society postgraduate Montessori training and are members of three professional Montessori organizations–Association Montessori International, The American Montessori Society and The North American Montessori Teachers Association. Through our professional organizations we actively continue our education and staff development. Also, all members of our staff have current CPR and First Aid training.
Students are admitted to Crescent Montessori School without regard to race, color, religion, nationality or ethnic origin.