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PHONE: (360) 438-3639

730 Lilly Road Southeast

Olympia, WA 98501

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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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Posted January 20, 2013

Our child didn t having a positive, bonding experience with her teacher. She hated going to school, complaining about things we initially brushed off as the settling period. I came a few times when teachers were hustling kids out for recess and had that gut sinking feeling based on how children were treated. I started paying close attention and talking more to my child about her day. I asked the staff questions. I visited with parents. I became increasingly concerned. The overall tone of the school was off - either too quiet in an eery, unnatural way for a building full of that many young, joyful children - or an authoritarian tone with lots of harsh commands directed at the children in a firing squad fashion. We ve thankfully moved on. Just because you pay top dollar for a school that has Montessori in its name doesn t always mean that it s Montessori in spirit. So glad to be in a peaceful, joyful program where learning is fun! Our daughter is happy, learning in leaps and bounds and finally loving school! Parents - listen to your instincts, don t disregard your child s responses to school, and be involved! If you re not allowed in the classroom, that alone is a HUGE red flag!
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Posted June 24, 2011

I have had my son in this school for three years and I could not be happier. The teachers are top notch; the administration will work with parents and my son is 5 and a half and ready for grade 2. When my second child is ready I will return to this school. If you are an involved and caring parent who wants the best behavioral and social skills and the best education for your child- this is the school for you! You will find that most parents that send their kids to this school are involved, highly educated and care about every aspect of their child s life.
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