History

The School: The Children’s House Montessori School was founded in 1982 by a group of seven families who wanted to provide a Montessori-based alternative for their elementary-aged children. The school first opened for children ages preschool through sixth grade in an historic mansion built by the Preisker family, called the Haslam House, on South Broadway. In 1986, the school transitioned from a nonprofit organization to a sole proprietorship when Robin and David Palmerston bought it. Robin had already served as board president and school director, so the transition was a welcome step for all who wanted the school to continue to grow. Her dedication and commitment to The Children’s House, and to the community as a whole, are legendary…..See More The Children’s House eventually moved, and has called the neighborhood at the east end of Foster Road home for many years now. The school is perched on a breezy hilltop overlooking the rolling hills of Orcutt. The expansive and student-friendly facility allows for, and encourages, outdoor exercise, interaction with the natural world, and a healthy appreciation for the environment. In good weather, students have lunch outside. At the request of numerous families, the school grew to include a toddler program and a middle school for seventh- and eighth-grade students for several years. From 1993-1996, The Children’s House operated a second campus, under contract with the City of Santa Maria, at Grogan Park, serving preschool and school-age students. In 2006, families were presented with the opportunity to enroll their elementary (first through seventh-grade) children in the Family Partnership Charter School, which opened a Montessori Learning Center at The Children’s House Montessori facility. The Children’s House Montessori School is an independent Montessori school, and is registered with the State of California as a private day school for kindergarten children. All elementary students are separately enrolled in the Family Partnership Charter School.