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This is the place where nice families send their lovely children to learn to be successful. I love this school! My children enjoyed the excellent programs and field trips, and I appreciate the fine academic results. My only regret is my children have outgrown their program offerings or I would have kept sending them there. First things are first at Capital Montessori: this is a safe environment, and I am grateful to the school for keeping my children safe and nurtured. The programs and activities are fun and engaging, and there are so many choices for the kids that they will love learning. The facility is exceptionally clean. Huge windows in the children's rooms overlook parklike areas and playground. I am not related to anyone who works there, but the staff who work there have always treated my children as if they were part of the family. I never discerned any difference in the care and attention given to my children, the other children there, and the staff's children. All who stayed a while thrived. I have experience with Olympia School District and do not recommend it so well. If you can make an investment in your children, send them to Capital Montessori.
The family that runs this business is eerie. It may appear cool, calm and collected on the surface, but it was almost too calm - and there was always an unsettling, out of sorts feeling I couldn't shake, that things were not as they appeared on the surface. One day I witnessed a mental breakdown of sorts that greatly concerned me, and definitely did not want my child exposed to. I did not feel comfortable leaving my child at that point, and when the staff person realized I was behind her, she immediately put on a happy face. I asked if I could help, but everyone acted like they had no clue why I'd offer such a thing. Not too long later another staff person quit, one of the gals we REALLY enjoyed! I was told by another parent staff turnover is constant. We decided we would no longer continue at this school, and are currently on the wait list for the new public Montessori option through the Olympia School District, serving preschool through 6th grade, with a beautiful new campus opening in early 2015. We've talked to lots of people everyone says it's definitely worth the wait.
My son attended CMS for 3 years and he had a wonderful experience. He loved going to school and we found all his teachers to be loving and supportive. My son was/is a busy kid and the structure of the program was so helpful for him. When he left CMS for kindergarten, he was reading and tested well above the kindergarten level academically. We attribute his academic success, in part, to CMS and their wonderful learning environment. I would highly recommend the preschool program!
Horrible, HORRIBLE! Teachers are either young and inexperienced, or old and tired with no enthusiasm, fresh ideas... or just a smile would be nice. They are rigid and very unwelcoming. They have high staff turnover, which says something - if the staff isn't happy, well, that definitely carries over to the children. And why isn't the staff happy??? They won't let you step foot into the classroom to confirm what you're sensing. It's a bizarre place. Our child did okay during the time we were enrolled but we weren't ok with our overall experience. Won't be sending any more of our children and will be warning others against this school. So sad that this is the only Montessori preschool for 3 year olds in our community - love Montessori but this school doesn't do justice to the philosophies.
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