St. Helena Montessori School has been a part of the Napa Valley area since 1981. Incorporated in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation, the school offers an alternative educational program that encompasses Montessori learning on a working farm, connecting students to the agricultural roots of the local area. St Helena Montessori currently serves approximately 215 students with a core academic curriculum including art, music, foreign language, computer skills, athletics, and religious instruction. Four levels of education are offered at the campus: a Toddler program (18 months to 3 years), a Primary program (2 ½ through 6 years), an Elementary program (6 through 12 years), and an Adolescent Program/ Farm School (12 to 15 years). The Adolescent Program/Farm School, added in 2008, maintains a farm on the campus’ 20-acre parcel. Students sell the farm’s produce at the St. Helena Farmer’s Market as part of their curriculum.
St. Helena Montessori School and California Enterprise Development Authority (CEDA) closed a tax-exempt financing for $4,860,000 in August 2018. A portion of the funding will be used to refinance part of the acquisition and related development costs of educational facilities on the organization’s St. Helena property which includes an administration building, classrooms, seminar rooms, libraries, a dedicated science laboratory, and an indoor-outdoor amphitheater. The majority of the financing will be used for designing, construction, and other related costs for two new buildings, the Adolescent Building and the Toddler Building, on the property containing approximately 10,300 square feet. These buildings will consist of classrooms, science lab, faculty work room, conference room, commercial kitchen, music room, library, great room and other educational facilities.
More information about St. Helena Montessori School can be found online at: https://shmontessori.org/.