Welcome Parents

Dear Ramona Families,

Welcome to Ramona Community School!

This is our 33rd year of offering alternative education options for Ramona families. Our Montessori Academy is for students in grades Kindergarten through six (including Transitional Kindergarten), and our independent study program, Mountain Valley Academy engages students K-12. We value our partnerships with families, and work to expand learning out to our wider community through consultants in the arts and field trips.
Montessori education emphasizes:
  • children developing and growing according to their own needs and at their own pace
  • observation
  • individual liberty (choice of learning activity throughout the day)
  • preparation of the (learning) environment 
Our Montessori classrooms are multi-age (K-1, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6), and families should plan on a two to three year commitment to the Montessori program for maximum benefit.
Mountain Valley Academy students may study exclusively at home, or take advantage of the on-campus option (2 days for K-7, 4-5 days for 8-12). With educational goals and objectives of the Ramona Unified School District's adopted curriculum, independent study weaves alternative instruction with assignments tailored to the individual student.
RCS Academies are open to any family in Ramona. Space, however, is limited. Each year, applications are accepted beginning February 1. We do suggest a scheduled appointment (760.787.3600) to explore if an RCS Academy is a good match for your student and family. We look forward to working with your student.

Kathryn Gunderson, Principal
Ramona Community School Staff