Jackalberry Family

About Jackalberry Montessori

One of the most important decisions you will ever have to make is choosing the right school for your child. In certain African cultures, the Jackalberry Tree is a symbol of wisdom and respect and it is these ideals that lie at the heart of our school. At Jackalberry Montessori, we understand how important the foundation stage of learning is and that by cultivating wisdom and respect, we are able to nurture the holistic child - an adult human being, comfortable with himself, with his society, with humanity, as a whole, and who is sufficiently prepared for later learning.

We are a private pre-school conveniently located in the heart of Fontainebleau, Randburg, serving children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years, set in a beautiful, secure, homely environment, just 3 km from the Cresta Shopping Centre. The school was designed and built on the foundation of Montessori education principles - spacious, prepared, engaging classrooms, all equipped with creative educational materials, and guided by well-trained, certified teachers that nurture and respect the child's individuality.

At Jackalberry Montessori, we have two learning environments based on the 3-year age cycle. The Toddler environment accepts children from the age of 18 months to 3 years old with a maximum of 12 children per 1 qualified Directress and an assistant while the Pre-school environment caters for children from the ages of 3 years to 6 years old with a maximum of 1 qualified Directress and an assistant per 15 children. Each environment is clearly separated and the child stays with the same teacher in each environment for all his tenure in that environment. This approach fosters stability and security for the young child and facilitates the socialisation, growth and development of the child. In accordance with the Montessori teaching philosophy, this allows the children to interact in a unique way - the younger children observe the activities and model their own learning on that of the older children, while older children reinforce their knowledge and gain confidence by sharing it with the younger children.

We invite you to schedule a visit to see for yourself the Jackalberry Montessori experience. Please contact us to schedule a tour.

Facilities: Designed for the Montessori Teaching Philosophy

The Jackalberry Montessori School has been customised specifically with the Montessori curriculum in mind. We have open and spacious classrooms with dedicated subject areas each containing specific and relevant subject based materials. The open plan classroom allows the children to be fully engaged in different activities of their choice at any one time children while affording the Directress (and her assistant) the ability to closely observe each child's progress and provide guidance where required.

Each class is kept small and as intimate as possible and is designed to neatly organise, store and display the multitude of Montessori learning materials which form the core of the Montessori curriculum. Every classroom is neatly decorated with ample natural light and our outdoor environment integrates nature with the classroom whereby children are provided with the opportunity to not only play outside in a safe, secure and fun environment but also to feed and look after the animals and plant fruit and vegetable gardens.

Jackalberry Montessori Vision

Our vision is to be the Montessori based pre-school of choice, for both students and teachers, in the greater area of Randburg, South Africa by providing only the best Montessori curriculum and materials and integrating indoor and outdoor learning, thereby ensuring every child that graduates from Jackalberry Montessori has been successfully nurtured into the holistic child - an adult human being, comfortable with himself, with his society, with humanity, as a whole, and who is sufficiently prepared for later learning.

Jackalberry Montessori Mission

Our Mission is to nurture the child's total development into the holistic child by implementing an environment that fosters a willingness to learn, respect, cooperation, choice and the opportunity to reach their potential using the Montessori philosophy.

This mission will be achieved by living out a set of core values in three key pillars, i.e.:

The Values we expect from our Directresses:


The Values Jackalberry Montessori will uphold:


The qualities we expect from our parents: