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.
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.
Very prejudiced school. A lot of bullying going on also. Both the principal and the head administrator responded with lukewarm interest to our concerns
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.
Teachers wonderful! Students wonderful! Administration is lacking. Always on campus but seem to choose the wrong things to focus on. Bullying is permitted, sadly!
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.
Love the low student to teacher ratio. Wonderful learning enviroment. Children can learn at their own pace
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
My School Is The Greatest! We learn So Much Stuff & We Have Fun While We're At It.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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