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1989

Founded in the

Julia Morgan Building

1989

 

Pacific Rim International School (PRINTS) opened its doors in 1989 as one of the first Mandarin - English bilingual Montessori schools at the Julia Morgan Center in Berkeley, California, with six children enrolled in the Children's House.

 
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1991

Elementary Community established

1991

 

In 1991, eight children from the Children's House became the first students of a new Elementary Community. Enrollment continued to grow, and with it, the school expanded.

 
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1993 - 1995

Construction of the Emeryville Campus

1993

 

In 1993, PRINTS began building new Montessori environments in a remodeled warehouse in Emeryville. These environments were specifically designed to be optimal Montessori learning spaces.

 
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1995

Relocation to the Emeryville Campus

1995

 

PRINTS relocated to the new Emeryville campus in September 1995. This building continues to serve as PRINTS' East Bay campus to this day.

 
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1995

Japanese - English program began

1995

 

In 1995, PRINTS launched its Japanese - English bilingual program.

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1996

New Infant Community opened

1996

 

By 1996, PRINTS further expanded with an Infant Community, a Children's House, and an Elementary Community serving children ages eighteen months to twelve years.

 
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1997

PRINTS opened a second campus in San Mateo

1997

 

In September 1997, PRINTS founded a second campus in San Mateo (the Japanese Program is currently only available at this campus).

 
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1999

Second Children's House added in San Mateo

1999

 

PRINTS opened a second Children's House at the San Mateo campus.

 
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2005

Upper School inaugurated

2005

 

In 2005, PRINTS inaugurated an Upper School, consisting of a Montessori Junior High School, or Erdkinder (German for 'earth children') Community, and High School program at the San Mateo campus. The High School gained an International Baccalaureate Accreditation in 2009.

 

2013

Hands-on-PRINTS established

2013

 

2013 saw the foundation of Hands-on-Prints, a publishing press dedicated to creating children's books that are imaginative extensions of the Montessori curriculum. With poetry, prose, fiction and nonfiction, reading levels from the youngest to the high-school, its aim is to take the Montessori vision to a new literacy level.

 
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2015

New Nido

program opened

2014

 

In 2014, PRINTS inaugurated its Nido program, a center for infants that, like all other levels at PRINTS, features a dual-immersion Montessori environment. With this latest addition, the school can now offer children of all ages a nurturing place for developing fluency in several languages as well as foundational skills. Based on Montessori philosophy and informed by the latest findings in neuroscience, this environment gives children an optimal start by cultivating joy in learning and discovery.

 
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2018 - 2019

Plans for the New

San Mateo Campus

2019

 

PRINTS proposes to renovate a former high-tech company’s campus into an environment for experiencing Montessori optimally. The school occupies only portions of the new site; in the remainder, learning environments dedicated to all ages are under planning (programs for the elderly, the culinary arts, fostering design-thinking, and more).

 
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2020

COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place; PRINTS launches an

online learning platform

2020

 

COVID-19 caused a state-wide mandatory closing of all schools. PRINTS put in place a model for continuing to serve children through the Shelter-in-Place order. Thus began its online learning platform, consisting in both lessons and regular check-ins with parents to insure as much continuity as possible under the adverse conditions. The staff remedied some of the drawbacks of online learning with the creation of paper forms to encourage continuation of concrete experience.

In June 2020, PRINTS reopened under strict adherence to COVID regulations.

 
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2020 - Present

Construction of the

New San Mateo Campus

2020 - Present

 

Renovations of the building portions occupied by PRINTS begin. The new setting now offers the following environments: four Nidos, three Infant Communities, two Children’s Houses, one Elementary, and one Upper School. After some delays due to the pandemic, construction has resumed for outdoor environments, gardening beds, play structures, as well as Chinese and English gardens.

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2021

PRINTS inaugurates its Spanish - English program

2021

 

PRINTS plans to launch its Spanish-English program, making it the first AMI Montessori school in the Bay Area to offer four languages.