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Preschool | Nonsectarian | 75 students |

PHONE: (360) 438-3639

730 Lilly Road Southeast

Olympia, WA 98501

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Posted November 8, 2013

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!
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Posted September 6, 2013

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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Posted July 3, 2013

So glad that's over. We endured the year, but it makes me sad knowing that it was so much less than our hopes and dreams. Our previous experience at a Montessori school was so very different. At this stage, we were looking for that warm, home-like environment that would be like an extension of our family - we had that at our previous school - this was more of an institution. We greatly miss the strong sense of community we had. Parents could volunteer in the classroom, and we really go to know each other and the children and teachers. Here there was a disconnect with staff and admin - communication was poor, with no opportunity for open feedback and I often felt ill at ease talking with them, especially when voicing concerns. The teachers are tired, lacking the spirit and energy that captures and cultivates the child's heart and mind, instead it seems like they're just going through the motions. Eventually our child lacked the enthusiasm for going to school, which is sad for this age when school should be fun. Montessori is wonderful, this school not so much.
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Posted February 20, 2013

Not impressed. Cold, sterile environment. Did not sense any peace or joy. Felt that the school was unbalanced in meeting the needs of the whole child.

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