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PK-6
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Alhambra, CA
Students enrolled: 210
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2221 Poplar Boulevard
Alhambra, CA 91801

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September 18, 2014
Oneonta montessori is amazing. First things first- the curriculum is very impressive to say the least, my daughter was challenged and succeeded. She has moved on to another private school and ranks at the top of her class. The teachers care about the children and want them all to do well. Having the option to put both my kids at the same school once my older one graduated was a definite no. I wanted my youngest to have the same opportunities as my older daughter.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
Oneonta is a great school. My children have been going there for the past three years. It truly is like dropping them off with family. All of the teachers are very friendly and they will not hesitate to give feedback and talk to you about your child's specific needs. My older child is in Miss Courtney's kindergarten classroom and has come so far from where she started. Miss Courtney has made every effort to answer all of my e-mails promptly, answer any questions I have had throughout the school year, and has helped my child gain independence while challenging her to do the work we all know she is capable of doing. I would most definitely recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I love this school. There are so many great things to say about this school and not enough space to write it. The teachers are very caring and helpful. If you have any questions the staff is always there help. The children are very caring and nice. I love that all the children are taught to be independent and excel in every way. This is a great place for all kids to attend. Oneonta Montessori Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
The 1st thing I want to say is I seriously doubt about those 4/5 star reviews. As a parent here for a year, I saw none of the good things mentioned. Regarding teachers, there're few that are qualified. Their 12/1 ratio is deceiving; except for the main teachers who know what they are doing, the rest acts as babysitters. The main teachers are not friendly, even arrogant. Regarding safety, this school is even worse than public schools. They don't notify parents when theres a lockdown, not during, not after. In the playground (it's pathetic btw), children are barely monitored. One time while waiting in the parking lot, I observed a kid push another one off a swing. The kid on the swing refused to stop while this other kid kept throwing sand at her and yelling at her. Finally, this other kid grabbed the swing and pushed her out of the swing. This kid cried and eventually walked away. This whole thing lasted for a good 4 minutes and no one came to intervene. Regarding tuition, it's expensive given the many days they take off and many half days they have. The only strength is its curriculum. Although, its beneficial only to smart kids. For slower kids, they don't get extra help.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2013
Our child began at the school when she was two years old. Now, at 3 1/2 years old, she has blossomed in every way of her development. She loves school at Oneonta. She has made lovely friends, her teachers are excellent, the learning is always fun. She sings songs, counts, knows her letters, and has a great time every day on the playground. The staff has also been really supportive in helping the process of toilet training. The Director of the school is always open to Parents' comments about safety and enrichment. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants a happy, intellectually stimulated child!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
I have been teaching in an elementary school for twenty years. Besides the obvious, a great education, what I look for in a school is, WILL MY CHILD BE SAFE? Kids will be kids, horseplay, pushing, teasing, etc. They wouldn t be kids if they didn t rascal around every now and then. Well, there was a situation when my child felt bullied by another child. I spoke to a teacher in the morning and before the day ended, the problem had been addressed and a possible solution already enforced .DONE! The teachers and Miss Fiona worked together and TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS! Oneonta for SAFETY .Yes! Oneonta for a great education, well they just had an impressive Science Fair, where 100% of students participated presenting the coolest experiments in small intimate groups with parents, Oneonta for A GREAT EDUCATION .YES! With out any reservation, I would recommend this school to all parents as a GEM! It s a wonderful community of beautiful young inquisitive minds and parents that communicate for the better of our children. To the Teachers, especially Ms Noemy and The Awesome Leadership at Oneonta Montessori, Miss Virginia, Ms Audrey, and Ms Fiona, THANK YOU! Thank You Oneonta, You Rock!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
I have a 4 year old attending this school and he loves it. This is my first time Experiencing the Montessori curriculum. I am amazed of how much my child has learned over the past 2 years he has attended this school. The staff is friendly, warm and welcoming. The class room environment is welcoming for the children to be engaged in their learning. This is an awesome school, recommended to any parent who is focused on exceled education.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
Three of my grandchildren have attended Oneonta Montessori Preschool in Alhambra. The youngest is now in kinder. This school does an excellent job in preparing a child for a successful future. The teachers are very caring and experienced in their teaching, offering children the proper guidance and tools they need to be a success. These children are very self-assured and often amaze me as to the way that they can express themselves. They have an excellent vocabulary! Sometimes I feel as if I'm talking to a tiny adult as my granddaughter expresses herself so well. The school has various activities, field trips...hands on activities to satisfy their curiosity about many things in life. I was really impressed that my little five year old granddaughter came home on our recent election day, happy and exited saying "Guess what gramma! All of us voted today! And guess who won?! Obama did!!!" She always talks with such enthusiasm whenever they do something special. We are always informed as to her progress, and if we have any questions, they are satisfactorily answered. I cannot begin to say what a wise choice we have made in the choosing of this excellent school. Amazing! <3

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2013
All three of my boys attend the Oneonta Montessori preschool. We are very impressed with the school. The teachers demonstrate a strong commitment to child growth and development. The atmosphere encourages the children to engage in their learning activities. I appreciate the special events the school involves our children in, such as raising funds for the victims of the hurricane, special packages for our men/woman of the military and holiday toy drives. The children are involved in a process of giving and are exposed to current events in an age appropriate manner. I absolutely feel the teachers genuinely care about our boys and are looking out for their best interest. They keep us updated on their performance and behavior by providing weekly notes. Also, the administrative staff is caring and available via e-mail and phone when needed. If you are looking for a nurturing, fun environment for your child/children I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
Extremely warm teachers. Highly professional director. My 3 kids love it there. The school allows you to do things you wouldn't normally get to do in public schools such as give speeches/presentations, perform skits/talent shows, and participate in education field trips and community service.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
Oneonta Montessori School is a great place for strong character development, solid academic program, and a nurturing environment. The principal and staff are amazingly dedicated, and they go above and beyond on daily basis. My 9 years old son is currently attending at Oneonta Montessori School, and he loves it. He is very proud to say I have attended Oneonta Montessori School since I was 3 years old .

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
Oneonta Pre-kindergarten is the GOLD standard for all school experiences. I have been an educator for over 20 years. I have taught in both private and public schools from 4-year old kindergarten through 6th grade, so when I looked for a pre-kindergarten for my own children, I knew what a child-centered, research-based, caring and academically strong program should look like! After visiting over 15 schools in the area, my family chose Oneonta Montessori School, and I am so happy we did. I respectfully thank Ms. Audrey, Ms. Fiona, and all the other wonderful Oneonta staff who gave my children such a strong foundation, both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
My son has attended Oneonta for two years. Choosing a preschool was a very difficult decision for us but we are very happy we decided on Oneonta. As we prepared for kindergarten next year we are proud to say that my son was accepted into all 3 private schools he applied for. He also did extremely well on the ILS exam required by most private schools in Pasadena including Poly and Chandler. My son looks forward to going to school everyday. I feel my son has a strong academic foundation, which I attribute to the caring staff at Oneonta. The staff welcomes him everyday with a warm smile and positive attitude. He has a love of learning and is more than happy to share with me everything he has learned in school. The staff has always been very professional, caring, and supportive. They keep in contact with us by writing personal daily behavior notes. The field trips are also very appropriate for preschool children and parents have opportunities to participate and become involved. We loved walking to the library, going to the fire station, etc. This is a great school, one of the best in the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
The first aspect one notices is the loving atmosphere. The school, open to tours almost any time, presents itself as a nurturing environment that only facilitates proper learning. The teachers on any given day can be seen helping the kids nap via lullabies, back pats and gentle talk. Having the nurturing aspect down, one should not make a mistake regarding this school: This is not day care. Rather, it is a high achieving academic school. The preschool children learn, among other things: spelling, writing, age appropriate math, solar system, emancipation proclamation (yes, it is true), book reports and the list goes on Do not take my word or it, please, and merely look up their scores and compare to both state averages and local averages-you will be surprised. I recommend this school whole-heartedly. The foundation given to the kids will serve them well regardless of where one attends. Please keep in mind that this campus serves students to grade 6 so if you want your children to get out of the sometimes contentious arena of certain public schools or want a better foundation for your children, please view this school you will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2011
My daughter is in pre-school and has just completed her first year at Oneonta Montessori. She has progressed very well and she loves her school! It s evident that the children are involved with many activities that help build vocabulary, math and everyday life skills. The teachers work really well with the children and in a very caring way. They are also very helpful with the parents. I would recommend this school to any parent who is looking for a great school for their child.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
My son who is 4 years old really surprised me 2 weekend ago. Our typical Saturday morning starts off at the library when we listen to a childrens story and then proceed to pick out 2 books to take home. Whenit was time to pick out the books my son announced that he wanted to pick out a book about segregation.I was taken aback and looked genuinely surprised, then he went on to tell me the story of Rosa Parks. When we got to school the following Monday I asked the teacher how my son knew the word "segregation" and she went on to explain that February was Black History Month and that she had read the story about Rosa Parks and had many a discussion about it. This is the reason my son is at Oneonta.I just love the learning that goes on . Thank you Oneonta.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
My son has been at the preschool at Oneonta since September and is thriving. He enjoys all of the Montessori materials and is learning a lot about different cultures. I am looking forward to his next year at Oneonta.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
My daughter is currently in 2nd grade, and my son will be starting Pre-K in September. I am extremely happy with the challenging academics as well as everything else about the school, including the teachers and staff. My daughter is an A+ student, and I have her excellent teachers to thank (as well as us parents). I would highly recommend it to all my friends and family. I'm hoping my sister enrolls her daughter, my niece, here as well next year. Great job, Oneonta!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Both of my children have attended Oneonta Montessori School for preschool. As a teacher of 18 years, i can conscientiously say that OMS has high standards and rigorous expectations for their students. They are patient with all students and nurture them to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. I feel safe and at peace knowing my 2 year-old daughter is there having fun and learning. Contrary to another review, my daughter seems to always have healthy, nutritious snacks.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
I have nothing but good things to say about Oneonta and its teachers. I love that the school follows the Montessori philosophy along with the added bonus of having been accredited by NAEYC. My son has been in the preschool class since September of 2010. The teachers are very knowledgeable about what is best for my son's development. They were also an excellent help when it came to potty training. I would definitely recommend this school, despite what some of the other parents have posted on this site.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Both my children attend Oneonta & have blossomed into independent, A+ students. As a teacher myself, I'm amazed at the activities and projects which are meaningful & sensorial based, including the icecream & coconut flakes cookery project. It was meant to allow kids to feel the coldness of snow (as winter was the weekly theme) by rolling icecream in their hands & making a snow man. Kudos to the teachers for thinking out of the box. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2011
I was not impressed with the teachers' knowledge of child development or educational level, which was apparent from their use of poor grammar. I also thought they made unhealthy choices for snacks and that the candy at holidays was excessive. One "cooking lesson" consisted of ice cream rolled in coconut flakes. My highly verbal and extroverted child became very quiet and introverted at this school. We moved her to a school with a lower student teacher ratio and she has thrived.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2010
My Daughter is in pre-school and started attending Oneonta last year. This school is Excellent .I am very pleased with the school as well as with my daughters growth and development while attending , Her progress in this past year was remarkable. The teachers are very caring and patient with the children . The teachers as well as the administrators have always been helpful in answering any question or concerns I've had . I am definitely looking forward to my daughters next upcoming year at Oneonta.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
My child is currently in second grade at Oneonta, and I cannot say enough positive things about this school. The office administrators are always helpful and friendly, teachers and aides are wonderful and caring, and the facility itself it well kept. I feel welcomed every morning and afternoon when I drop off and pick up my child. I plan to keep my child in the school until the 6th grade, too bad they don't have a middle school and high school. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
Both my children attended Oneonta Montessori since pre-school and have graduated from the sixth grade. I can say that Oneonta Montessori is a school that encourages the parents to be involved in their child's curriculum and for some parents that can prove to be something they are not interested in doing. Some parents feel that if they pay for a private school, they shouldn't have to do anything to help their child to learn. From my experience, if a parent is involved, the teachers, the staff and the administrators at Oneonta Montessori welcome the parents help and suggestions. I have gone to other schools and I have observed the children at other schools and I have realized that the children from Oneonta Montessori are more compassionate, understanding, and accepting than most other chidlren, including those children that attend religious schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
The front desk administrators are very aloof to the point of being cold. I don't bother them often but when i interacted with them, it's usually when i writing a tuition check, I got a sense that they were not interested. The teachers in my child's class is not genuine. I was appalled by their writing and spelling skills on the daily report, which by the way, I only get once a week if at all. I guess it's preschool and the quality of teacher is not important. The attitude of one particular teacher who is not in my child's class (thank goodness) is downright uninterested and mean. I respect the opinions of those parents who wrote raving reviews of the school, but I have yet to experience those postive experiences.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
My son has been a student at Oneonta for three years, and has excelled in every subject. The teachers are wonderful and have great knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2009
My daughter is in her 7th year at Oneonta. The teachers are encouraging. The materials are challenging. She is definately testing at a higher level than other children of California. I love the leadership skills that she has developed while attending. She is good in all subjects and is strong in English. I wish the school had a PTA, but otherwise, I would recommend the school as a good institution. To those challening the Pre-school, the education and montessori jobs resulted in a good understanding of materials and enhanced coordination. My child had nothing but a positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2009
Is Oneonta perfect? Of course not. But for letting our child flower and develop at her own pace, it s been a great 6 years. Academically they can be advanced-our kids statement at age 7 to my uncle that my hypothesis about that is about knocked him off his chair! She constantly amazes my mom and coworkers-in a state high school for the gifted! But more importantly they stress citizenship, multiculturalism, and getting along. I once asked who are the mean kids? -she couldn t think of any!!! That alone is worth the tuition. Homework is weekly and not excessive (unless left to the last minute). Students SHOULD perform above grade level since education in America is far below the ability which young minds have for absorption. Hey, there s no reason they can t be making doing presentations and talent shows from pre-school, it s great training for life, and they do fine.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2009
i dislike this schoolo very much. My child is much more advanced than their program. It is very unorganized and the teachers tend to pick favorites.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2009
I also have 2 children attending Oneonta Montessori and I continue to be very pleased with the teacher/child interaction expressed by this school. My children are learning in leaps and bounds in what i find to be a positive and warm environment. My family is currently experiencing a rough economic patch; and I was exteremly touched by the sensitivity and compassion extended by the School Director and Administrative staff in light of our situation. It feels like a family as you walk the halls and both teachers and happy children greet you and eachother. Coming from a disasterous previous school I feel blessed my children are able to to continue their academia as well as their positive social enrichment here at Oneonta- Go Oneonta!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
I read the negative comments and I wonder if they are talking about this school as they appear to be way off base. My son has been attending this school for a little over a year and we are very happy. The administration and all of the teachers are very friendly and attentive to our needs. As we are very involved and speak to many parents, we have heard concerns from few parents but their issues appear to be insignificant in my opinion. I wonder if they would be happy with any school their child attends.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2008
Very dissapointed in this school. Administration is horrible they dont listen to your concerns nor do they care about students well being. Theyre concerns are running a good business not a a good school. Dissaopointed with my childs regressions and overall negative experience with school.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
I have 2 children who currently attend Oneonta. I am extremely pleased with the care and service given to my children as well as to us parents. My family went through a rough period and I was very touched by the warmth and generosity extended to us by the staff and the director. I highly recommend Oneonta. The happy atmosphere and the staff and child relationship is outstanding. Keep it up Oneonta!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
I think Oneonta is a great school, I have recommended it over and over again. The staff is friendly and caring. The curriculum is challenging and individualized, there is definately no child left behind. Field trips have always been a highlight for my children especially in the summer! As a parent I am most impressed by the personal relationships nurtured at the school. The Director has an open door policy and demonstrates an openess to change if it is in the best interest of the children. I have always been able to speak to her regarding my children as well as ideas that I thought might make a difference. There were times when I thought my children were being challenged beyond their ability only to be surprised by their enthusiasm and pride as they achieved the goals that they themselves had a part in making!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
I am very annoyed by the negative reviews. My children have been attending Oneonta for the past 6 years and my husband and I are extremely happy with the school. My children started in the preschool classrooms and are now in the elementary grades. They do get homework, however, it is not due until the following week thereby allowing our children to particpate in extracurricular activities after school and not be pressured to turn in daily homework. My children use their time wisely; alloting days and times they do not have activities to complete it. Thanks for this schedule. The director has always listened to our concerns, sometimes even changing school policy if she felt it would make a difference. One of the main reasons we chose Oneonta is because of the ethnic diversity. I suggest new parents take a tour!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
My child has been attending this school for about four years now and enjoys it very much. It challenges her and the children are taught to respect one another. As for parent-teacher conferences, I've never had a teacher not show up.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
There is no parent/teachers/administration involvement. The Administration ignores parents suggestions. The assistant principal is rude. I wouldn't recommend this school at all. Some teachers are very nice and sweet with the kids others are there to earn a paycheck. The field trip to Bolsa Chica Beach is not appropriate for Pre-K children. The eat their lunches under the sun and some teacheers/TA provide assistance to the children in opening their lunches or using the child's towel to sit on other teachers/TA dont' care about the children. The children don't have enough liquids during field trips as the school doesn't allow children to bring cash or water bottles. Some lucky children have some teachers/parents use their own money to buy the kids drinks. The school provides unhealthy snacks, such as Ritz crackers and fruit punch.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
Very unhappy with the experience..staff members are not all friendly. The woman who gave us a tour of the school and takes the money had a very dry personality and seemed to care more about the payment than anything else. We took our daughter for her first day and the supervision was awful! Two women who were supposed to be supervising, were more interested in catching up on gossip. We took our daughter immediately out and didn't get our deposit. But the way we see it, it was money well spent.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
We're not very happy with the pre-school experience. Her teacher was not encouraging and her development actually went backwards. (We had sent her to a different school further away before, so could compare). Teachers did not show up for P/T conferences, and the administration did not address our needs to help our daughter catch up to prepare for kindergarten. Overall, just over priced babysitters.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2007
This school is truly not a Montessori school. If your child has special issues or even just a childhood problem, the staff is not equipped to handle. However, the teachers are generally very caring and the students do receive a balanced education. There are many worksheets provided which is not instruction instead it is work passed out. If your child can handle this type of work and you as a parent are willing to help with the work, they will probably do ok at this school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2006
This is a good school for children who can handle the homwork load anad the push to perform at least 1 year above grade level.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
This school provided advanced homework and expects the children to work at an advanced, independent pace. This obviously is used to attract parents to the school. Unfortunately, the instructors prefer to continue at an advance pace, rather than to encourage students to work on their basics. Resulting in the child moving on to another level of a subject without actually aquiring a complete understanding.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
Great teachers. My son has attended this school for several years and it's been great. The only negative issue is the Director, but the teachers work hard and love the children.

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June 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2004
Our daughter has attended Oneonta Montessori since she was 3 years old. The quality of the education she has received has been exceptional. The curriculum constantly challenges the students and amazes the parents. This past week our daughter's class was exposed to the dissection of a fetal pig - at 7 years old! She came home raving about how interesting the experience was. There is also a poetry contest, a spelling bee, and a science fair each year. We highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Oneonta Montessori School
2221 Poplar Boulevard, Alhambra, CA  91801
(626) 284-0840
Last modified Oneonta Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
Oneonta Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top