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Carmichael, CA
Students enrolled: 898

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5330a Gibbons Drive, Suite 700
Carmichael, CA 95608

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(916) 971-2432
(916) 864-0084
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Map of California Montessori Project-San Juan Campus School address.

September 25, 2014
I'm in Middle School at American River CMP on Kermit. I used to love the school, now it's gone very down hill. They tell us and parents they want to communicate and work together, but its just words. No action. They have all the Seventh and Eighth graders eat lunch with the 5 year old Kindergardeners at the same time. They make up changes and new rules that limit our middle school society and we only have 64 Seventh and Eighth graders to start with. It really sucks, and the teachers are boring. Doesn't feel like we are learning much this year, and they used to want us to have a community feeling but now they never let us be a community like field trips are only by homeroom now so only like 21 of us get to go at a time now. Stupid. I hate having to eat lunch with the 5 year olds.

- submitted by a community member

September 10, 2014
I am very surprised by some of the negative comments on this site. Very sorry for your experience, but I have nothing but good things to say! I brought my 3rd grader here from public school last year and my Kinder began here....what a FABULOUS year it was. Now they are starting 4th and 1st, with brand new teachers (to the school) and are thriving and enjoy every day! My youngest has some issues with her friend and they help them learn to communicate and work things out together to find a peaceful solution. Community events are wonderful, too and the parent involvement is very high. I am so glad I made this choice for them...we all are so happy here. I have also had nothing but positive experiences with the administration and very responsive to my questions or one time, a concern. The school is getting big but in order to have this location, they had to fill it and we want to keep the location! The school now has an art room, science room, dance room, music room...what else?!! :)

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2014
The Carmichael school was a big disappointment. We brought our child here with high hopes of a caring environment. After only three weeks we are taking him out due to bullying and flat out abuse. The reaction from the staff when we brought up the many incidents was pathetic. This school is not interested in actually supporting children on their academic path. I would not recommend taking your child here, especially if they are new to the 7th and 8th grade program as there will be no support for the new kid whatsoever. To tolerate a child being abused by other children when the ratio is so small is beyond unacceptable.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2014
My kids, ages 7 and 12, switched from a public school to this Charter/Montessori this year. My 7 year old couldn't be happier. He didn't fit into the public school mold and he is loving the small class sizes, individual attention from the teachers, the hands on activities, the outdoor activities, the social environment, and just about everything else. He comments on a daily basis about how much better it is than his last school. My daughter fit the public school mold just fine, she is very self motivated and an A student. She was in all advance classes before so she is still working on finding her place, academically, in this school because she has yet to find the level at which she feels challenged, but the teachers are working on getting her where she needs to be. She likes the environment and the classroom style much better, enjoys the smaller class sizes, and feels like the school is just ran better all the way around. She said she feels like the kids are seen and heard, nut just shuffled around. Overall, I am very pleased. I love the level of parent involvement, the communication between school and parents, and the feeling that everyone cares and works together.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2014
I am so happy my daughter and eventually my son can attend CMP-C. The teachers are fantastic and the parents are supportive and involved. My daughter comes home everyday talking about things she is learning and expresses how cared about and safe she feels at this school. There are experiential learning components, sensorial learning, and fun activities. I couldn't ask for more!

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2013
Please be aware when you read these reviews that the "San Juan Campus" is actually three different CMP schools (Carmichael, American River, and Orangevale). When I toured these campuses I found them very different, although they are all in the CMP system. My daughter is in the AR campus and every day my husband and I are thankful we chose this school for her. We can't wait until our son can go there too. And in fact we WISH we could have been educated in Montessori schools; I know I would have spent so much less time in school counting ceiling tiles in primary school if someone would have taken me out of a desks and let me explore and learn at my own pace. The bottom line is, if you believe in Montessori education, do the homework, research, and visits to these schools and make your own decision about how your child will be educated.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2013
This school is mean. The teachers are too strict and this school allows bullying. Their academics may be somewhat high but there is always drama going around the school. I don't recommend this school for your child unless you want your child crying all the way home.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2013
Very prejudiced school. A lot of bullying going on also. Both the principal and the head administrator responded with lukewarm interest to our concerns

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2013
I signed my kindergartener up for this school lottery, with high hopes. You are fed a lot of inaccurate information to get you to sign up. Parent involvement and an "open door policy" are claimed, but not actually provided. The principal, Ms. Kim, is uninvolved and unavailable. Unless you have a fundraising project or idea, prepare to be dismissed. She is apparently " always in meetings". You will only see her on campus for show on tour days. It is no wonder that everyone that applies to this campus gets in. They have more spots open then they can fill. Save yourself time, energy, and many headaches by not going to this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2012
Teachers wonderful! Students wonderful! Administration is lacking. Always on campus but seem to choose the wrong things to focus on. Bullying is permitted, sadly!

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2012
The teachers at this school are among the best ever. Every year the children and I are pleased with their positive and gentle treatment of the students. I can't imagine going anywhere else. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the administration. I'm not sure if it is a lack of funds for training, or if they just can't afford to hire experienced administraters. There seems to be a lack of support and communication with the teachers, and an overall lack of trust in the leadership. I hope they don't end up loosing all of these great teachers.

- submitted by a community member

March 24, 2011
Love the low student to teacher ratio. Wonderful learning enviroment. Children can learn at their own pace

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2011
I am in Middle School and have been in this school for 4 years now. The teachers are all nice, caring, and are committed to teaching you personally what you need to learn. I am so happy I went to this school! The only flaw is the principal leadership isn't that great, they ignore some important problems and make a big deal about little ones. Other than that they are great.

- submitted by a community member

June 15, 2010
This school has so many positive aspects that far outweigh the negative ones. My child has had a montessori education since she was 3. CMP does a great job implementing the montessori philosophy within the constraints of being a public school. The extracurricular activities available are many- music, theater, sports, girl scouts, etc.. My daughters teachers this year were so caring and proactive. She really improved so much and it's been a joy to see her mind and personality blossom. There is room for improvement and there are things I am less than thrilled with but the school tries hard and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 15, 2010
I LOVE the Montessori philosophy and the California Montessori Project provides an excellent Montessori education. They honor the child, the learning process, the family and the community. They teach the responsibilities that come with freedom. They teach peace education, the love of diversity, inclusiveness and to celebrate our differences. They provide a well rounded education for the whole child and the family. Their teachers are Californian credentialed teachers in addition to being Montessori certificated teachers - such is their dedication to providing the best learning environment for all children. The teachers are outstanding and are doing what they LOVE to do. The studens LOVE learning and being in school - that says it all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 20, 2009
I have never been so impressed as I am with CMP/AR Campus. The teachers are exemplary, caring, creative, and dedicated to their students learning. There seems to be a strong committment by teachers and staff to give their best. We are very proud of our school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
My daughter receives the utmost attention and parent involvement. They have converted my daughter, who was not excited about being around others, to someone who cannot wait to go to school and learn math.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2009
My child is very smart and was bored in class waiting for his classmates to master lessons at his previous traditional elementary school. At CMP, he has been able to learn at his pace and not wait for others to master lessons that he easily understood. If he was struggling with a lesson, he could spend more time to master it. It is a child driven school, so if your child is not a self motivator, might not be the best fit. Class sizes are small, and lots of opportunities for parent participation.

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2008
My School Is The Greatest! We learn So Much Stuff & We Have Fun While We're At It.

- submitted by a student

August 11, 2008
I love my school! It is really cool and you learn loads.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 03, 2008
We found that the teacher turn-over rate is higher than alot of schools and that you never see the Principle. The teachers are good and I always find they communicate well when approached by parents, but if you don't go to the school alot you may never talk to them. The one thing that I haven't been real happy with is that everything changes by the minute and the office staff isn't great about communicating changes and they aren't forthcoming about issues within the school. Even when asked direct questions, they don't give clear answers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 02, 2008
Positives: 100% parent participation, private school atmosphere, nurturing and creative environment, a lot of field trips, student driven, individualized curriculum, unstructured. Negatives: only for self-directed children, limited direct instruction, unstructured, lots of distractions M My

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February 07, 2008
My Kids love CMP American River. I have children both in lower elementary and upper elementary at this campus. My child in upper elementary has been at CMp since 1st grade. She loves the upper grade teachers. The upper grades have small classes and the teachers are very helpful. My younger child in lower elementary enjoys his teachers and is inspired by the teachers guitar playing. Our whole family loves CMP-AR.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 06, 2008
CMP has an excellent elementary program. Teacher are inspiring and very caring about their students' individual needs. They do a great job providing Montessori to public school children. It may not be for everyone, so make sure you research and find out if it's a good fit.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2008
The American River campus is great. The Montessori philosophy is not for all students. the teachers at this campus are very educated and dedicted to the success of their students. This is an enriching environment for students looking for a challenge especially in the upper grades. This is a great alternative to public school and the class sizes are small. This school has been a great expereince for my children and they really love their school.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2008
CMP has a good Middle school program with caring teachers who are available to both students and parents. Students are taught to be self reliant and responsible. Elementary grades are somewhat less impressive, teachers are often very caught up in the 'Montessori philosophy' and unwilling to see its shortcomings. Montessori education is based on the needs of the child, however this is often not adheared to. teachers are often unavailable and very disconnected from the students that they teach. In all I would highly recommend the Middle School Program , but would be very reluctant to do so for grades 4-6.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2007
Our school is a good school for children who are self motivated, but if the child has no internal motivation it may not be a good fit. It is a child driven school and the children work at their own individual level. Once they are integrated it may be hard for the student to return to a traditional elementary school. There is not much teacher interaction with the students or direction. Children need to learn to do the work themselves with little help.So it makes it hard for students who do not understand the work. They would need the courage to go to the teacher and ask for help and lets face it many students are not. I believe it is a good school for some but not for all. As a parent you'd need to dedicate your time to be your child's tutor.

- submitted by a parent

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California Montessori Project-San Juan Campus School
5330a Gibbons Drive, Suite 700, Carmichael, CA  95608
(916) 971-2432
Last modified California Montessori Project-San Juan Campus School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
California Montessori Project-San Juan Campus School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top