LePort Schools opens Solana Beach site

There’s a new school in Solana Beach. School officials, staff and students celebrated the grand opening of LePort School Solana Beach with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 24 at the campus.

“We look for opportunities and spaces to spread our mission,” said Cari Griesbach, outreach manager for LePort Schools in San Diego County. “We want to have 150 locations in the next 15 years.”

Located at 1010 Solana Drive, LePort Solana Beach offers programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary children.

The site was once home to Santa Fe Montessori School, which opened in September 1971. The school closed in June and LePort Schools launched its new location in July.

Dr. Peter LePort founded Irvine-based LePort Schools in 2000. The Solana Beach site is one of 16 locations across California and the country, including schools in Carlsbad and Encinitas.

The Solana Beach site offers Montessori classrooms led by Montessori-trained Head of School Shawn Edwards. The Montessori learning method establishes a collaborative environment with multi-age classrooms, as well as self-directed learning and discovery.

The school first opened with its toddler program for children ages 18 months up to 3 years old, and its primary program for children 3 through 6 years old. The infant program and elementary school opened in August.

Currently, there are 153 students and about 30 staff members, including Association Montessori Internationale-trained head teachers, Griesbach said. The school also offers Spanish immersion toddler and primary programs, as well as afternoon enrichment options, from music to soccer.

“Children work on an individualized pace and there’s a huge emphasis on community,” Griesbach said.

LePort Solana Beach enrolls new students year-round. The school offers tours twice a week, with an open house slated for 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

For more about LePort Solana Beach, call 858-207-6474 or visit diego/solana-beach.