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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!
—Submitted by a parent

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.
—Submitted by a parent

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.

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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Posted May 5, 2011

This school is horrible. Part of the Montessori method is to have a warm inviting classroom. They don't even allow art on the walls, because "It makes the classroom look messy and cluttered." If you notice there are no clocks in the classrooms, so they'll be no distractions. Its also very obvious which kids/families are the favorites around there. CMS is a money hungry establishment. My family is worth more than dollar bills.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 11, 2011

My daughter has attended this school for two years and it is more than a's another leg of our family. The teachers care for your child as if they were their own. Due to her age I am faced with no other choice but to move her to public school next year and I am so anxious that she will have to leave this school behind. There is not a better school in the Olympia area!
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Posted November 21, 2010

My Child went CMS and I was not happy. My older two boys went to a Montessori school in California which was a great school but here in Olympia was a total different program. The teachers are not true teachers. Its more of a daycare than preschool. Be careful they are more concern with money and will charge extra every opportunity they can. I would highly recommed the public schools in Olympia district
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 13, 2007

This school allows your child to work at their own pace; while still working on social and life skills. They are provided and taught independence while still being loved and cared for. The before and after school care is WONDERFUL and one of the main reasons that we decided this school was the right one for our children. Our son in K is socializing with peers while working in math at the 2nd grade level and 4th in reading. This school is extremely well balanced for all children and none of the children are aware of different ability levels, just that they are unique and special individuals.
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Posted September 10, 2006

My son went here from pre-K to 1st grade. We only left for financial reasons, the school was great and I wish he could have continued there. We adored the teachers and so did my son. To the point I admit I was a bit jealous at how he idolized his favorite teacher. Well that, and a lot of the kids leave after kindergarten which means the kids are dealing with more goodbyes than they would at a public school, but that's not the school's fault. The after-school childcare is great because it's an as-needed, charged only for the time you use it -whether that's every day until you're off work or once all year for a doctor's appointment.
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Posted October 5, 2004

My son has been at Capital Montessori for over a year now, including the summer, and I can't say enough good things about it. They offer many different learning opportunities, and take wonderful field trips. The tools in the classroom are great, and I feel that my son has grown so much in this environment; I don't feel that he would have learned near as much if he had attended public school. I'm hoping that the enrollment increases enough to have the school extend the classes; I'm at a loss as to where to go after this! It can't get much better. The teachers are great, and the parents really seem to care about the experience their children are going through.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 7%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Olympia, WA 98501
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