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Our Mission

Manhattan Academy’s mission is to develop the unique abilities and potential of each child by offering an individualized, developmentally appropriate, and enriched educational program. Our focus is on “The Whole Child”. We strive for excellence in all disciplines through a hands-on approach. Manhattan Academy’s comprehensive design takes our students on a journey of cognitive, social, creative, physical, technological, and moral achievement. Rich traditions rooted in the Montessori philosophy and our innovative curriculum grows productive, caring, and intellectually curious citizens.

History of Manhattan Academy

Nearly forty years ago, Manhattan Academy opened its doors as a one-room Montessori schoolhouse, serving Manhattan Beach and surrounding South Bay communities. The goals of the school were to enable preschool-age children to embark on a world of discovery and to reach their academic, social, and physical potential.

Since then, Manhattan Academy has blossomed into a four-campus school serving, infants as young as six-weeks of age, toddlers, preschoolers, as well as elementary school students.

Our Philosophy

Manhattan Academy was founded in 1975, based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. No one understood the potential of the young mind better than Maria Montessori. She developed a methodology that enables each child to satisfy his/her own intellectual needs, at a personal rate of development, along with a crucial development of self-worth.

The Montessori Method, developed by Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach. It is based on scientific observations of childhood from birth to adulthood. The Montessori Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in many different cultures throughout the world.

It is the belief that the child is naturally eager for knowledge and is capable of initiating learning in a supportive and thoughtfully prepared environment. The Montessori approach values the human spirit and the development of the “whole child”-physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.