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9790 Finch Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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April 21, 2014
I was looking for the highest level of education with a rigorous curriculum, taught in a way that engages my child so he wants to learn. My son went to our local public elementary school, which is a good school, but I wanted something more. Somewhere after realizing I was always telling myself he is doing ok, I realized that ok was not good enough, I wanted better. While looking into private schools and being accepted to another private school I came across Leport s new campus that went up to grade 8th, I went, looked around, talked to the head of the school and each teacher, and after being put on a wait list then getting the call they had an opening we had to make a decision, we choose Leport. My child is now eager to learn again and while he always loved going to school, at Leport it is not just the social aspect he likes about school, he actually enjoys learning and has made the biggest leap in just one year. I look at the work he brings home today and see the difference. He happily talks about what he is learning with an excitement in his speech that is truly impressive. I know he is learning what he needs to learn and they are an open book on what and how they teach.

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April 12, 2014
Terrible school, don't believe the hype (and it is ALL hype). LePort uses slick marketing to make themselves look good but there is no substance there. The children are not learning what they tell you they are. It was much better when it was a Carden school. Run don't walk to any other school!

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February 26, 2014
I enrolled my son at age four and a half after a challenging year at another school. It was the best decision to make the change to Le Port. Within just a few short weeks I saw tremendous positive behavior changes in him. In addition, his increased knowledge in math, love and want for reading and writing has flourished. The "works" they present create his love of learning and increase his independence which reaches far beyond the classroom, it of course spills into our home life making it more positive in numerous ways. His main teachers, Mrs. Tryon and Mrs. Espinoza take such time and effort with him. They speak to all the students with much care and love. I really can't say enough good things about the entire staff and environment!

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February 04, 2014
My son is now in his second year at this amazing facility. The ever-cheerful office staff are always friendly and helpful. The individualized attention that is given to the children is remarkable. We parents have constant updates from the school. From a weekly newsletter and folder of current work to view, to personal emails from the teachers. This omnipresent communication is one of the outstanding aspects of Le Port. The teachers have an enthusiastic approach to their lessons and this fervent attitude brings the best out of the children. Le Port rocks !

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January 25, 2014
Le Port Huntington Pier has been a wonderful, active learning experience for our three boys who attend the upper elementary school. It is the soundest feeling, as a parent, to take your children to school and know that their day will be full of engaged learning, positive teacher mentorship, and thoughtful discussion with teachers and friends. The teachers and administration are incredibly supportive and help to facilitate the love of learning for our children. Our children spend more awake time during the days of the week with their teachers and to know that our children respect and admire their teachers and genuinely look forward to going to school everyday speaks volumes for these educators. I highly recommend Le Port Huntington Pier for a valued education that will help prepare an excellent academic foundation and encourage a positive self-esteem in your child's growth and development.

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January 15, 2014
Great schools Pier campus My son has gone to Leport since he has been 2 years old. Originally he was at Kindercare from 3 months old until we moved into Leport. I wanted a Montessori school, as I did not want him just running around and screaming with no direction in a preschool program at a daycare facility. When he was a baby basically you need someone to take care of them while you are work, so that is why we originally chose a daycare place like Kindercare, but when he got older and needed to learn, I wanted him to learn respect, patience, order, in a calmer environment. Montessori environment works very well for boys. He started in the toddler program, now he is in the preschool program. The Montessori method of teaching focuses on developing a child's learning through their interests. It has a small family atmosphere and the teacher to class size is small. Everyone on the staff at the Pier campus is SO nice and friendly. We are keeping him in this school for Kindergarten, as public school kindergarten is only 3 hours a day and then you need before and after school care. Here they are in school all day from 8:30-3, then have after care right on campus.

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January 14, 2014
We love this school, its faculty, curriculum and the general environment. We have watched our daughter thrive here. Our favorite teacher is Ms. D'Penha. She is dedicated, kind, warm, loving, highly qualified, and just a pleasure all around. Leaving our daughter with her each morning is easy because of the trust we have in her ability to educate the children in the Montessori philosophy of early childhood education. We have watched our child thrive at this school and we are grateful to them every day. If you're looking for a great school for your child, look no further!! You've found it. See you at LePort! Darya's mom

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January 14, 2014
Our daughter is a student for over one year now and we are confident she will remain there throughout her early education. We are big believers in the Montessori way of life, especially of childhood development. It has been the best decision we could have made for her development, education, and future. She thrives here daily. Their secret? Their faculty! Every one of the staff here is devoted to these children and passionate about their work. The smiles on their faces speak volumes. Our son went to a different Montessori school in town, and I can safely say nowhere else are the teachers and staff this vested and in-tune with the well-being of each and every child, every moment of every day. The curriculum is designed with care and with the Montessori mindset which creates a loving yet disciplined, open yet structured learning environment where the students thrive as they learn grace, courtesy, independence & an innate love for learning. We love it here and in a world where quality isn't as valuable as it should be, I am thrilled we have found this little treasure of a school, to ensure our daughter has the best chances for success, with a solid Montessori education.

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January 14, 2014
Mark and I are thrilled with the Montessori education our child is receiving at this school. We are pleased daily with her progress, and with the dedication and commitment of the teachers here. They truly care about our kids and it's evident in their actions daily. We love Ms. Stewart, the director of the school. No doubt her leadership is one key reason for the school's incredible learning environment where the students can truly thrive and maximize their potential in learning and develop an innate love for it. Thank you team LePort! We love you.

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June 27, 2013
I am one of the Le Port Parents who started my four year old son at the Pier Campus last April. I have had the great pleasure meeting Ms Vanessa Stewart and was amazed how powerful, kind, wise, attentive, and caring this lady was from the moment I met her. She is truly a strong asset for Le Port. I believe if you had more of Ms Stewart, your school would be booming by now! I am sure we both realize how very challenging it is to take over a new campus, develop it, and at the same time manage the marketing aspect of this new school and Ms Stewart is doing it all beautifully. I approached her in numerous occasions with LOTS of questions and concerns, and every time she made sure that she found time for me in her VERY busy schedule and addressed all my questions and concerns. She is the reason that I put my four year old son in Le Port and I am considering to put my 8 year old son at Le Port too; even though it will be a financial stretch for my family. Because of Vanessa, the staff at the Pier; especially, the front desk girls, Kelly and Dennis, are wonderful as well. They are also welcoming, smiley, and attentive.

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May 28, 2013
At LePort, we understand that deep knowledge and strong thinking skills are a foundation upon which to educate the whole child. Both inside and outside the classroom, we guide our students as they build strength of character and learn personal, social and life skills. Personal development at LePort is not a separate subject taught as an abstract lecture; instead, lessons are learned as part of the little daily decisions that make up the routine of life itself. Our emphasis is on practical coaching, modeling and guidance, so children experience the moral lessons and skills as relevant to their lives, and apply them right away. We have a zero tolerance for bullying and we treat any incidence of bullying very seriously. We are very proud of the supportive, benevolent environment that we ve created here at LePort Huntington Pier. Our teaching staff closely monitors all student interactions, both in the classroom and on the playground. Furthermore, every teacher receives training and ongoing support in how to redirect inappropriate behaviors and guide students to respect others and themselves. We pride ourselves on modeling and cultivating character, and in providing a safe, warm environment that brings out the best in every student. You can read more about our approach to personal development here: http://www.leportschools.com/what-we-teach/personal-development/ Most importantly, we invite you to visit our campus; sit in our classrooms or observe recess time, and experience for yourself the atmosphere of joy and respect that is an integral part of our learning environment.

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May 10, 2013
BEWARE OF BULLYING!! I am very sad to write this review as my older son went to this school before it became Le Port (it was Carden) and loved it. Since that time, many experienced and incredible teachers have been let go and along with it, the school in my opinion has really deteriorated in many areas. Most concerning was this past year I had to remove my son from the school due to bullying. We met with the administration regarding the bully and this bully has been allowed to stay in the school despite repeated disciplinary action. This only fostered bullying from other children when they saw their are no repercussions. I am told at least one other student also had left and this was at least part of the reason. Not a healthy or positive environment for our child. We have since moved to Carden Conservatory on Clark St. in Huntington Beach and our child absolutely loves this school. The faculty and the facilities are incredible and the play areas are much, much larger. We could not be happier with this change. I sadly could not recommend ANYONE to go to Le Port.

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February 09, 2013
I was recently notified that our student is in the photo that is being used for advertising purposes for this school. The photo is utilized on this site as well as others. Ms. Stewart, Head of School, was notified not to use photos of our student when we terminated enrollment due to what we considered a lack of good educational program in the 1st - 3rd Montessori class. LePort School should be using photos of students that are actually enrolled in their program.

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December 13, 2012
My 2-yr old son absolutely LOVED their Mommy & Me class! I did as well. It was great introducing my son to a classroom environment, and the Montessori method specifically, at such a young age. Our teacher Miss Janine was amazing! Her friendly, relaxed demeanor was very inviting & my son fell in love with her instantly. At the end of each class, he would excitedly run over and shower her with goodbye hugs and cheek kisses. Having a teacher your child respects and loves is so important and we found that here at LePort. Beyond the Amazing Miss Janine, the entire staff as a whole was super friendly and helpful also. Always happy to see you and available to answer any questions. Great school and great introductory program! Definitely money well spent! Looking forward to the next Mommy & Me session & then getting him enrolled full-time next fall.

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November 01, 2012
I have 3 children that attend the LePort school in HB and have done so for the past 3 school years. When my wife and I enrolled our children the school was still the Carden Academy and used the Carden teaching method. Now that it's a LePort school they have switched to the Montessori method and it has been the single best thing to happen for my children and their education. All 3 of my kids LOVE school... they can't wait to get there every day, they love to do their homework at night and they're proud of their work and accomplishments at school. The staff is young and motivated to teach and this translates back to the students in multiple positive ways. The curriculum is demanding and comprehensive but not to the point of being a burden on the students or parents. To put it simply, my children love school and their desire to learn and grow has never been stronger. I can't recommend the LePort school any more strongly... if you want your children to be educated at the highest levels and absolutely love it in the process then this is where you need to send them.

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October 31, 2012
I met Dr. LePort in the spring of 2011. After listening to his background and his vision, my instincts told me that Dr. LePort has a passion for children and it is his mission to provide an alternative to an educational system plagued by bureaucracy and inefficiencies. We are now entering the tenth week of my daughter s final year at the little school on Utica Avenue. I could not be more pleased on how the concerns from last spring have been answered. The staff involved with the hiring of new teachers did a spectacular job! Without exception, the teachers have a passion and enthusiasm for teaching that is having an impact on our young adult s attitude toward learning The kids are having fun! I had the opportunity to speak to several parents during the annual Halloween Carnival The general consensus .. The transition has been an extremely positive.. My only question Can you please have the high school ready by the fall of 2013?

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October 25, 2012
LePort - Huntington Pier Great school since new owner from LePort Schools take over. New staff members with full of energy are willing to work one-on-one with your kids. Thumbs-up for what they're achieving at this school.

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October 24, 2012
I come from a Mae Carden background of child education and wholly endorsed their methods of teaching. About two years ago, LePort Schools purchased Carden Academy of Huntington Beach. While I was hesitant at first, I am really buying in to their way of teaching. I have talked with other parents and their children, like my own, seem to be much more engaged with the LePort teaching methods; the students prefer the LePort over Carden methods of teaching. Keeping our children engaged and hungry for knowledge is half the battle of educating our children. The LePort teachers are winning this battle and as a result, our children our flourishing. The energy level is up in the classrooms. The questions asked of our children encourage thought and reasoning. I even get an email from at least one of my daughters five teachers on a weekly basis commenting on my child s progress or keeping us up to date on activities in the classroom. I am very pleased that my child is getting a topnotch education.

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January 05, 2012
Carden is an excellent school that had fallen on a bit of hard times (though not too hard) over the past couple of years due to the past owner's significant and legitimate personal issues. I believe that the new owner will build on what is good about Carden (fine existing faculty and curriculum) and return the school to its former greatness. Three, FYI's - first, my wife has taught at Carden since 2003; second, I am an educator myself; and third, our daugher is a student there even though our neighborhood public elementary school is a good one.

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October 11, 2011
Our son attended Carden Academy, those were the most productive years of his education. It was worth all the tuition money spent on his education. Our only regret is that Carden stops at 8th grade and does not go through high school. I have known the kindergarten teacher for a long time. She is a hard working individual and she puts her heart and soul into her classroom. I agree there have been problems in the past with the owner, however, Carden is now being purchased by a surgeon who owns other schools. Dr. Peter LePort and his management team have new ideas for the betterment and improvement of Carden, both the physical campus and academically. My advise, as a proud Carden parent, is to take a look at the Carden Academy of Huntington Beach website, take a tour of the school, ask questions and come to your own conclusions.

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October 10, 2011
In response to the parent who reviewed the school in September, perhaps a grammar lesson from one of the Carden teachers is in order. My child has been at Carden since kindergarten. I am continually amazed at what she can accomplish. I see her work come home and wonder how the Carden teachers can acheive so much in such a short school day. I gladly write my check each month knowing that my child is getting an invaluable education that will serve her well. God Bless Carden Academy and all it's teachers and staff.

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October 10, 2011
My daughter has attended Carden for 6 years. I am very pleased with the strong foundation the QUALIFIED Elementary teachers have given her. This foundation has provided her with the knowledge and confidence needed to be successful in the Middle School program here at Carden. We love the changes the NEW OWNERS have implemented.

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September 19, 2011
The preschool program is okay...class size are still 12 to 1 teacher ratio. In Kindergarten the class size went up to as many as 24 students. I had to pull my son out because he can't read when he finished the K program in this school. It was a waste of time and money on this school. The teachers are not carden trained or have teacher credential, she was just a mom...what a ripped off!!!

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September 19, 2011
I agreed to a parent's review dated in Januray about this school. We've been there and done that. We pulled our child out for the very same reasons. The school combined classes and hired teacher at the very last second before school started. Also, most or all good teachers mentioned in the previous review, like Mrs. Stanley was no longer there for a very long time. Do your researches before you decided to go with this school.

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September 12, 2011
Carden Academy of Huntington Beach is an amazing school. My daughter loves her teacher and she learns something new every single day. I love knowing she is in a caring and safe environment. Classes are small and every child gets one on one attention from their teacher. Carden is a perfect fit for her.

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August 31, 2011
As a Mother I so appreciate this school. I know my children are safe, well taken care of and learning a tremendous amount of information on a daily basis. My children love going to school and they love their teachers. Since this school has fewer children in each classroom the teachers are more able to give one -on- one attention. I never worry about my two children falling through the cracks. The staff as a whole is understanding and kind with an intense desire to give every child attending a fantastic educational experience. It took us awhile to find this school, but we are so glad we did. We couldn't imagine going anywhere else. Carden Academy's standards are high and their staff's hearts are warm. We just wish the school continued into high school! We would definitely choose to stay. Thank you.

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August 08, 2011
My son is just finishing his first year (the 3 year old program) in Carden. Learning has been a fun experience for him. He has imbibed so much without realizing that he has. Don t be fooled by the old building; what a child gleans from there is exceptional. The teachers are responsive, caring, attentive & aware of the individual needs of each child thereby interacting with them accordingly. I believe that the foundation has to be solid & secure & Carden Academy gives you that. I am so glad that I chose the Carden method to introduce him to learning. An essential for a lifetime.

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January 27, 2011
This Carden is NOT worth your money. Ask about SAT scores & SEE real numbers. Kindergarten class my child was in scored 70%, then 1st Grade class scored 60%, my child tested in 95%.To make matters worse, 2010-2011 school year the OWNER decides to combine 2 & 3rd grade, due to low enrollment . She did this 2 days before school started and had no real answers for parents who asked questions. Come to find out, 5 3rd graders were "placed" into the 2nd grade class for extra "help". If kids need extra help, they should make the teachers available to them, but not at the cost of other childrens time & attention. There is no real language class for lower grades, 15 minutes a week. The Owner makes decisions on a whim and tries to sell the idea later, after she collects your money. As a Parent, you need to ask many questions to get real answers about what is going on in the classroom and it's up to the OWNER as to how honest she is and her "true" motivations. The OWNER plays by her own rules and even staff feel frustrated. Field trips are nice, however, they cost $20, even if they are on campus.There are better Cardens for your money, my child now goes to one and it's not HB!

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October 18, 2010
I am a parent of Carden Academy graduates and a grandparent of current Carden Academy students. I love Carden! Carden prepared my children for going out into the world and helped them develop a work ethic. I can see a work ethic developing in my grandchildren. My grandchildren are blooming both scholastically and socially.

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March 20, 2010
I am in 6th grade and I am a student at Carden Academy and I love it! My teacher takes the time to teach the rest of m y classmates if they need any help. My grades are really good thanks to my teacher who always helps me out. All the teachers know the names of all the students at Carden Academy of Huntington Beach.

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January 30, 2008
This school is the best of the best. Mrs. Stanley is enough reason alone to enroll my children for all 8 years. I can not believe this woman has not received some kind of medal for the students she has taught. This is an environment that is very reminiscent of the movie 'Little Man Tate' and the children are proof in itself that this school produces the goods.

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January 14, 2008
Carden Academy is a wonderful school. As said by other parents the building is not new and there is not a science lab. However, year after year students have placed in Honor's Science at many schools. I know last year in my son's class out of the thirty eighth grade students 27 placed at least in Honor's Geometry. Fifteen placed in Honor's Science, and 27 placed in Honor's Literature at Mater Dei, Cornelia Connelly, Sage Hill, Edison, Marina, and Fountain Valley High. The teachers care and the administration care about the success of all children. If the parents actually take time to let the staff at Carden know there is a problem they will do their best to fix the problem.

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January 13, 2008
Carden Academy is a WASC School. Carden Academy of HB has credentialed teachers, classrooms of approximately 20 students per class. The average SAT tests per class are in the 90% and above. The original school was built 50 years ago. The most recent building is 1984, newly carpeted and recently painted. The interaction between teachers and students creates an environment of stimulation and learning. The Computer lab of 30 stations allows all students in the private school to work in the lab 2-5 days a class. They learn to type quickly, write reports, research the Web and create power points. A nurse is not on staff, however procedures are in place to take care of normal bumps and bruises. All parents are easily accessable as needed for bigger concerns. The H.B. library is just a few blocks from Carden Academy. All classrooms are fully equipped with at least 200 library books.

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May 29, 2007
The school does not have a school nurse,nutritious lunch,library or science lab. They do not participate any competitions either. The kindergarten is not perfect and we're disappointed because we have seen they won't add any new to their old method. The campus is old and should be upgraded.

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March 28, 2007
Carden Academy is indeed a very fine school to send one's child to. While the extracurricular activities are certainly not stellar, and the campus is aged and cramped, the academic opportunities are exceptional. With the guidance of 8th Grade teacher PJ Stanley, the basics in mathematics and english are taught from a young age, and the 8th Grade program has produced numerous impressive students. Most test into honors math in high school, as well as honors english. In fact, this year (2007), two students ranked in the 99th percentile on the entrance exam.

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March 03, 2006
Carden's preschool program is filled with creativity, fine art, foreign language, and skills development. The elementary school is not perfect; the fine art has all but disappeared, foreign language is not as consistent, and this school does not adhere strictly to the Carden method. Some classes have a higher student ratio, as well as homework inconsistencies. One grade may have to complete HW at home and then when the children hit the next grade level they do not have HW. On the positive side, Carden's main focuses are the basics of mathematics and composition/reading. Carden kids are defintely 12-18 months ahead academically of their public school peers. The administration/faculty is nice and helpful. We are not coming back next year because they lack some basics such as a bigger campus, library, cafeteria, science lab, updated computer lab, and a better emphasis on elective courses as well as extracurricular activities.

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January 27, 2006
The school has pretty good academic standard, restricted playgound, sports area. The staff are very nice and the children are well looked after. What's missing is technology and a more modern approach.

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September 08, 2005
If you have a gifted child, do not send them to this school. My child was not challenged enough. With good grades and test scores, students are given the choice to advance a grade. But I did not think that would be good for my child socially. Unfortunately, the school does not participate in academic, fine art, or athletic competitions/exhibitions with other schools. The school also does not have a library or science laboratory for gifted students to research personal academic endeavors, nor are they offered a variety of elective academic courses in the Junior High. My child was extremely bored and disliked going to school. I was disappointed in how this affected his attitude for learning so I moved him to another school. He's quite happy now and achieved more than he thought he could.

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December 08, 2003
This is a wonderful educational opportunity. The teachers are motivated and involved with their students. All the teachers make sure to take time and teach the lesson to their students when the student has been absent. If the student is having difficulty in a subject many of the teachers use their prep time to remediate the child. Students who graduate 8th grade generally go into Honor's Algebra or Honor's Geometry. Some students have actually placed in Honor's Algebra II Trig as freshmen. The entire schools curriculum is set up to create maximum success in the child. Hand's on Administration under the excellent leadership of Edith Hanlon and Mrs. Carol VanAsten steer this staff in an upward direction. Many of the staff have their Master's Degree and Advanced Teaching Degrees.

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LePort's authentic Montessori and individualized, small-class elementary and junior high program bridge the gap of classical and progressive education. We offer an academically strong, carefully sequenced curriculum, and motivate it by tying what we teach to each child's personal values and interests. We equip our students with *Knowledge for Life*, to enable them to be joyous children today, and successful adults tomorrow.

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9790 Finch Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA  92708
(714) 536-1441
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