Hammer Montessori at a Glance

  • Hammer Montessori is a Public Montessori Magnet Elementary School within the San Jose Unified School District. As one of three magnet schools within the district, anyone within the district’s boundaries is eligible to attend.

  • Hammer Montessori offers students a Montessori teaching approach, commonly only found in private schools.

  • Hammer Montessori is the only Public Montessori School in Santa Clara County.

  • Hammer Montessori is centrally located in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, CA.  The school site offers a modern facility, having been constructed in 2001.

  • Hammer Montessori shares a campus with Galarza Elementary, a neighborhood school.  The two schools are separate, with separate budgets, school site councils and independent test scores.

  • Hammer Montessori and Galarza do some things together as a single school community.  For example, the schools share a PTA and often host joint assemblies while they have separate lunch periods and recesses.  Hammer Montessori is also is supported by the Hammer Montessori Foundation, which seeks to raise awareness and funds to support the public Montessori program at Hammer Montessori.

  • Hammer Montessori is made up of about 330 students in 11 classrooms that serve Kindergarten through 5th grade.

  • The number of Kindergarten classrooms fluctuates between two and three per year.  Following Montessori principles, one classroom often serves a combined Kindergarten and 1st grade class.

  • Montessori classrooms commonly combine grades.

  • Teachers at Hammer Montessori are required to hold both a Montessori and California teaching credential.

  • Before and after school care services at Hammer Montessori are provided (for a fee) by Estrella Family Services.

  • The YMCA of Silicon Valley also provides after school care (for a fee) at Hammer Montessori for 1st through 5th graders.

  • Parents wishing to enroll their children at Hammer Montessori Magnet Elementary School can contact the school’s office at (408) 535-6671 or the Burnett Enrollment Center at (408) 535-6410 for more information.