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About GLM

Grand Lake Montessori was founded in 1978 as an independent Montessori day school. Formerly known as Casa dei Bambini (or House of Children – in Italian) it was named after the very first Montessori school established in Rome in 1906. GLM has grown to more than 160 students, educating children 18 months through 6th grade. GLM operates year round orienting all of our new students into the program throughout the summer time.

Our Vision

We believe that childhood is a journey, not a race. That by teaching thoughtfully, cherishing ethnic differences, and actively cultivating a partnership between children, families and teachers, we promote a community of life-long learners.

What Is Montessori?

Montessori is a brain-based method of education that fosters self-directed and experiential learning, as well as collaboration with peers. In Montessori classrooms, children can respond to their natural curiosities, pursue their special interests and make their own choices. They discover and explore knowledge while being intentionally guided by trained Montessori adults who offer developmentally appropriate activities in a well prepared environment. Through using their hands and engaging their minds, they become creative, independent, critical thinkers with a life-time love of learning.

Our classrooms are special. Here’s why.

Classrooms at GLM have nearly as much personality as the children who go here. We strive to make our classrooms a home-away-from-home environment with plants, animals, beautiful cultural objects and pieces of art. There are cosy corners to sit and read in, child-sized tables to play at and individual rugs for laying out projects. All the tools, implements and furniture are real, functional and scaled to the children’s size. Every activity in the environment supports an aspect of their development and is part of an age appropriate and scientifically based curriculum. These are places designed and created especially for them!

Grand Lake Montessori Title IX Non-Discrimination Policy

TITLE IX NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY – EFFECTIVE DATE:​ ​MAY 1ST, 2020

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Grand Lake Montessori does not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject any individual to discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin. This policy applies to all programs, services, and facilities, including applications, admissions, and employment.

TITLE IX NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

In accordance with the requirements set forth in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), Grand Lake Montessori provides this notice of nondiscrimination and states that the School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. Questions concerning Title IX may be referred to the School’s Title IX Coordinator whose contact information is below or to the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education.

Title IX Compliance Coordinator Contact Information:

Nancy Haskins – Director of Operations/HR
Grand Lake Montessori 466 Chetwood St.
Oakland, CA 94610 510 622-0259
nancy@grandlakemontessori.com

TITLE IX NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

In accordance with the requirements set forth in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. The School is committed to providing an academic and work environment free of unlawful harassment. This Policy defines sexual harassment and sets forth a procedure for the investigation and resolution of complaints of harassment by or against any staff or faculty member or student within the School.

This Policy protects students, employees, unpaid interns, and volunteers in connection with all the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs of the School, whether those programs take place in the School’s facilities, a School vehicle, or at a class or training program sponsored by the School at another location.

TITLE IX PROCEDURE COMPLAINT

Who May File a Complaint: Any student, employee, or third party who believes he/she/they has been discriminated against or harassed by a student, employee, or third party in violation of Grand Lake Montessori’s Title IX Nondiscrimination Policy.

All responsible employees are required to report all actual or suspected sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator immediately. A responsible employee is any employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual misconduct, who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, or whom a student or employee could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. The School is on notice if a responsible employee knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known, about the sexual misconduct. The School treats all faculty and staff as responsible employees.

Where to File a Complaint:

A student, employee, or third party who believes he/she/they has​   been discriminated against or harassed in violation of these policies and procedures may make a complaint orally or in writing to the School’s Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Compliance Coordinator Contact Information:

Nancy Haskins – Director of Operations/HR
Grand Lake Montessori 466 Chetwood St.
Oakland, CA 94610 510 622-0259
nancy@grandlakemontessori.com

The Title IX Coordinator will receive all relevant details about the alleged violation in order to determine what occurred and how to resolve the situation. This includes the names of alleged victim and alleged perpetrator (if known), and the date, time, and location of the alleged violation.

Download complaint form here.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION OF DISABILITIES (FOR STUDENTS) EFFECTIVE DATE: MAY 1ST, 2020

Grand Lake Montessori will adhere to the requirements of Title Ill of the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and all other applicable laws preventing discrimination against individuals with disabilities. These laws prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, as well as the exclusion of qualified individuals with disabilities from participation and/or the benefits of any School program or activity solely by reason of the individual’s disability. As part of this policy, applicants and students (hereinafter “students”) with disabilities, or their parents/guardians (hereinafter “parents”), may request reasonable accommodations that would permit the student full and equal access to the goods, services and operations of the School, which include both physical and programmatic (academic services) access and school-sponsored activities, such as field trips.

POLICY AGAINST AGE DISCRIMINATION (FOR STUDENTS) EFFECTIVE DATE: MAY 1ST, 2020

The School adheres to the requirements of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (“Act”), which prohibits any person, on the basis of age, to be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination by any School program or activity. Please note that the School reasonably uses age as a factor with regard to students and student applicants, which is necessary under the School’s normal operations, as is permissible under applicable laws.

Please direct any questions concerning this policy to the Head of School, Sid Leck sleck@grandlakemontessori.com

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