Newport Beach Primary: Message From The Director

Newport Beach Primary: Message From The Director

I am delighted to lead ICMA Newport Primary and Elementary program. Over the course of my career I have been inspired by the beauty, integrity, community that ICMA Newport represents; and the high quality of Montessori education that takes place here. It is the goal of the International Montessori Academy of Newport to provide families with a unique and peaceful learning environment by meeting the spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of each individual child.  Strong academic fundamentals are achieved with a joy of learning and an appreciation of art, music, drama, and physical fitness.

I have known and loved the   International Christian Montessori Academy of Newport since 2000, when I first met this extraordinary community of teachers, students, and families. From 2000-2004   I taught in the Elementary Program as Elementary Directress and later that year was promoted as the Head of Primary and Elementary. During those years, ICMA Newport blossomed, grew, and established a great reputation among the community. For me, leading ICMA Newport was, and is, a labor of love.

As a parent, you know that choosing a school for your child is one of the most significant decisions you will make because educating our children today is more challenging than ever before. We have an overwhelming number of choices which means we need clearer criteria on the ideal schooling approach for our children. Since there is little doubt that the schooling years help form the very foundation of who we are and our approach to learning, this choice is most important.

At ICMA Newport we are committed to providing our students with an excellent education experience that prepares them to navigate, and to contribute in this 21st century to succeed with the depth and breadth of our curriculum, the patient guidance of its Montessori teachers, and the spirit of kindness, warmth, and mutual respect.

This is a gentle way to learn that leads to a world-class education without the stress, pressure, and needless competition found in most schools. It is a place where young minds grow organically in an unhurried atmosphere of inquiry and discovery. Our students leave ICMA Newport with self-confidence, initiative, independence, ethical leadership and the ability to think and act critically.

We invite you to learn more about our school community. Thank you for your interest in ICMA Newport Primary and Elementary Program.  We hope that you will come visit us.

Thank you, 

Shirani Senanayake
ICMA Newport


2591 Irvine Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627