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Leport School - Carlsbad Village

Private | K-6 | 13 students

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Posted May 21, 2013

Our school was founded in 1983 and is built on the classic principles of engaging minds and spirits with quality learning experiences in well-equipped, beautiful indoor and outdoor space. The focus is encouraging natural talents and developing skills so that each individual is respected and capable to participate effectively. The Director and teachers build community and support for the benefit of the children. There is an emphasis on caring for the environment, promoting well-rounded people to have lifelong, fun learning and contributing to society. The School is placed in a strategic location to build synergy with Carlsbad City Hall, Georgina Cole Library, Arts Office, Fire Department and Carlsbad Village. Connecting to science exhibits and cultural events which inspire students in their courses of study sets Montessori Arts and Sciences School apart from other programs. Mathematics, Language, Geometry, Geography, History, Botany and Zoology are explored with hands-on activities leading to projects, collaborative learning and abstract thinking, Use of technology is enjoyed for discovery and creative presentations. Montessori materials and curriculum along with resources from Educational Publishing Services, Zaner-Bloser. Singapore Math and Junior Great Books are utilized to support each individual developing toward natural potential. Stanford Achievement Tests provide framework for national standards and personal accomplishments. Music, Visual Art, Spanish, PE and Science Projects are provided weekly by specialty teachers and are integrated into curriculum subjects. Building character and work ethic are promoted in developing the whole child intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Our parents are supportive and valued for the efforts they make to grow the opportunities for quality experiences of the school's community. They encourage and inspire building positive energy and greatness with kindness and gratitude. Montessori Arts and Sciences School coordinates with the Carlsbad Unified School District and follows its calendar for the convenience of our families. The City of Carlsbad works closely with the Director to ensure the safety and operations of the school.

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Posted May 11, 2014

Credentials do not make a great teacher. I have worked with many teachers who hold credentials but do not have "the gift" needed to convey what is necessary to reach out to each students individual needs. Are all doctors good doctors? Can you say malpractice??? My daughters reading skills continue to improve and she loves school. What more could a parent ask for?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 14, 2010

My son needed special attention. He does not fit easily into public school, but he thrived at Montessori Arts and Sciences. The teachers and staff were very kind to my boy and his happiness and confindence grew. The school is not perfect, but what place is? That's what makes freedom of choice wonderful. It enables us to customize our lives to suite our needs. I can only speek from my experiences with M.A.S. and they were very positive. The people were kind. The director has a good heart and is very dedicated to the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2010

Very Strong on Arts, Language and Science. Llacking in Mathematics instruction. High teacher turnover. Could be a wonderful institution with clear leadership and sticking to curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 28, 2010

My son has attended CMAS for one year. We are very pleased with the level of education he has received. He is exceeding his grade level and is challenged in his work. We love the staff at the school. The teacher to student ratio is wonderful. My son gets so much individual attention that he would never receive at a larger private school or public school. The school understands our goals for our son s education and works with us to achieve them. The academic program is very well rounded- arts, science, math, Spanish, reading, music, language/grammar/poetry, physical education, and more. The students are hands on not just sitting in a class being lectured to. My son enjoys learning and his desire to learn has increased. The parent involvement is very high. I recommend this school very highly- if you want the best for your child s education, this is the only choice.

Posted August 28, 2010

My third child is now attending Montessori Arts and Sciences and we have been with the school for nine years now. The program is well rounded and creative. The children read a wide variety of books and math is taught from a very understandable level. All of the artwork is amazing and the curriculum is very rich in culture, art and music. The school is not focused on an annual standardized test, although the children do take one, so the instruction time is spent on a variety of arts, languages and academics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 16, 2010

MA&S is by far the best school we've found in North County. The student/teacher ratio is superb, teachers are enthusiastic, interested in each student's personal growth, and extremely capable. Be wary of negative reviews, the ones that I saw were quite surprising and sounded angry, personal, and as if they were written by one person. Note that the vast majority of reviews are 5-star and the only negative reviews are 1-star. Does that make sense to you? This is a wonderful place where our children are thriving (their standardized test scores after 2nd grade averaged at the 5th grade level with two of 11 in 9th grade and only one at 2nd, none below). Outstanding! Wonderful teachers, extremely well-behaved students, and fun parents make this a fantastic place to be.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 28, 2010

Excellent school. My daughter is learning things in 5th grade that I did not do until high school. Highly recommended
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Posted July 26, 2009

Amazing school, everyone from the office assistant to the director is fully invested in turning our child into a well rounded little adult! I look forward to this year's up and coming experiences.
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Posted July 9, 2009

Check your gut and listen to your kids. From day one, my child would come home from this school upset. I kept putting it off to an adjustment period. My child was confused and frustrated. The school is in a beautiful setting and offers many field trips but this means nothing when your kid is miserable. Not a safe, comfortable learning environment. I personally found it difficult to communicate with the director/teacher.
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Posted July 1, 2009

Our child attended this school and we highly recommend caution when considering enrolling your child in this school. I personally witnessed the teacher/director yelling at the children and speaking to me about private issues pertaining to other children in the class. This behavior is highly unprofessional. There is a lack of continuity and clear direction with assignments. Assignments are randomly changed which confuses the children. On several occasions our child would return from school and and tell us that another child had left the school. Finally, our child asked us to remove her from this school.
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Posted June 28, 2009

Montessori Arts and Sciences is a fantastic learning environment for young minds. Students are continually challenged with stimulating and interesting materials. My child has a true thirst for learning, and regularly teaches me a few things. I see many negative reviews about the high turnover rate at this school. I do not feel that this is a fair assessment due to the fact that the school is so small and intimate. Every child or teacher that leaves the school is felt throughout the school, but if this were the same size as a public school, this turnover rate would go unnoticed. If you are looking for a personalized education for your child, this school is for you. There is no other place like it. Take a look and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 24, 2009

I am so grateful for the opportunity to send my children to this school. Everyday when I drop them off I know that they are safe, cared for, and receiving a fantastic education. The nurturing environment has provided the perfect setting for my children to learn and love every minute of it. They have formed lasting relationships with their teachers and friends.
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Posted June 15, 2009

I do not recommend this school. There is a high turnover. Do your research before enrolling your child.
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Posted April 10, 2009

Montessori Arts and Sciences School has a great history of success with students who are committed to an engaging experiences in all subjects. The hands-on materials involve the students and provide a special understanding through spatial intelligence whether it be mathematics, history, geography, language or life science. Students learn to organize their work space and collaborate. They gain practical life experience in managing projects. The staff is caring and knowledgeable and provide field trips to current exhibits and offer follow-up activities that carry the child to go beyond the assignment for a lasting impact to carry through life.

Posted March 15, 2009

This school is amazing!!! It is a wonderful and nurturing environment for young minds to thrive. My daughter excels with the attention from the teachers. The focus on the environment and the community teaches children how to be thoughtful citizens. I would and do recommend this school to anyone I cross paths with. I am so thankful for the opportunity to send my child there! It
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Posted March 11, 2009

You couldn't ask for a more nurturing environment. My daughter loves this school, all of her teachers, and all of the students. She's always very happy to go to school. She is definitely challenged, but most importantly she now loves education and research. I believe that this is the most important thing for children to gain from elementary school as it fosters a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.
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Posted October 26, 2008

This school is absolutely amazing. The property is heaven on earth. The staff is caring and available. The teachers hold high but reasonable expectations and work with the individual child s needs and allows them to explore subjects that spark their interests. The children cooperate and work together with the responsibilities of caring for the garden, and animals on the grounds. They maintain consciousness about recycling and using a compost pile and community outreach programs. I could go on forever...this is a terrific environment for any child.
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Posted September 11, 2008

This is an excellent school. My son has thrived academically, socially and as a good citizen. The teachers are well trained and experienced. Love and respect, the foundation of Montessori teaching, radiate from the teachers and inspire the children to treat everyone around them the same way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 4, 2007

The students do not follow a strong, organized curriculum. I do not recommend this school. There is a high turn over rate for the staff and students.
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Posted November 3, 2006

My son was afraid to play team sports because he was teased at a public school for making a mistake. He now doesn't,t waste any time at lunch time, as soon as his lunch is finished, he's out on the field trying to get a game going. The teachers at Montessori have helped him with his confidence and he is finally academically challenged, at other schools he had to work at everyone else's level instead of his own. Thank-you.
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  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Christina Cattaneo
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  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (760) 434-6440


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  • Organize cultural events
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  • Our school attracts people who want to contribute and give their best to society and Planet Earth. There is a great deal of diversity and much talent to share. The families have a passion for providing meaningful and memorable experiences on which to build. We look forward to bringing in more positive energy and talent.
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3016 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Phone: (760) 434-6440


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