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Alsion Montessori Middle / High School

Private | 7-12 | 60 students

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Posted July 29, 2014

We are pleased to report in June 2014, Alsion was re accredited until 2020, a six -year term. This is HUGE, and here is what it means to anyone who is evaluating a school for their child to attend. A school is denied accreditation when a team of impartial visiting evaluators, usually veteran teachers and administrators, finds red flags in significant areas, such as curriculum rigor and coverage, teacher competency, student achievement, financial sustainability, governance, parent and student satisfaction. Most schools are accredited for terms of two or three years while being given an opportunity to improve in aspects of school operation identified as needing improvement by the evaluation team. Few schools, however, are cleared for the full six -year term that accreditation may be granted. From an accreditation standpoint, Alsion belongs in this category. While there are no band or interscholastic team sport electives at Alsion, the WASC evaluators commended our school for the broad range of indoor and outdoor extra curricular activities, listed on Alsion s website, available to every Alsion student..
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 1, 2014

I was a student here from 7th to 8th grade (summer 2014), and two aspects of the school are necessary to review. Firstly, the academics. The academics are quite good--skills like time management, writing, etc. are taught well with lots of practice. The math teacher engrains complex principles in your memory. The second aspect is the social and extracurricular experience. There are not many electives, and none of them are set--there are no sports, no music--the school lacks many basic things that it should have. Also, though teachers would disagree, the work is relatively excessive, in contrast to other schools. Students from most schools would find the homework hard to cope with, and thus most of their outside-school activities would be limited. In addition, the teachers are not well educated in dealing with social problems. I as an 8th grade boy last year happened to be peers with one or two notorious students, and when something happened, automatically every 8th grade boy was put to blame. Meanwhile, 8th grade girls were lectured on 'drama' stereotypical to them, knowledge of which the teachers had none. Great in academic preparation, but not for a true school experience.


Posted April 22, 2014

My three children graduated from both Alsion's Middle/High and Early College programs over the course of ten years. They all had different personalities, interests and abilities. They all grew in their own ways while attending Alsion. The caliber of Alsion's academic programs is on par with what you would expect from a private school. The difference is how they get there. Alsion graduates have stronger communication skills and are more comfortable collaborating with others. There is much more emphasis on classroom discussion, group-work and independent thinking. The frequent leadership opportunities and individualized attention helped them standout in college and excel in their professional careers. The Alsion system works best if students start in the 7th or 8th grades. The Middle/High program trains students to work independently and prepares them to be successful in a college environment. Most of the course work in Early College is done for college credit at the neighboring Ohlone College.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

HORRIBLE SCHOOL STAY AWAY FROM IT. HAS HORRIBLE TEACHERS AND A LOT OF WORKLOAD!!!! EVERYBODY WHO COMES HERE LEAVES AFTER A YEAR AND HAS VERY LITTLE STUDENTS.


Posted February 13, 2014

When a fourteen year-old exits 8th grade, is he or she ready for high school where dating and driving are the norm? Most kids would say, Yes but most parents would say No. For this reason Alsion s Middle School program includes 9th grade. It gives the kids the additional year to develop the emotional maturity to take on the challenges of being a semi-adult. Academic expectations for Alsion 9th however, are as rigorous as any honors classes at any high school. They must take at least one Advanced Placement course while in 9th grade. Alsion leverages its location adjacent to Ohlone College for the benefit of its students. Upon completion of 9th grade, Alsion Early College students are co-enrolled at the College, where they can earn up to 72 units of college credit transferrable to the University of California by the time they graduate from high school. Historically, 3 of every 4 Alsion graduates are accepted by U.C. This is an outstanding track record for any school regardless of reputation. So why send your son or daughter to a designer label school, where you must pay a premium tuition rate and suffer a peak-time commute just to get there everyday?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2013

I attended this school for 7th grade and part of 8th grade. 7th grade was a positive experience for me and I learned a lot. However with the start of the 8th grade several changes were made to the curriculum that made me leave the school. 7th and 8th grade were combined and thought the SAME things!!!! The person in charge of the school is not qualified for her job. When my parents tried talking to the teachers the responded very defensively and claimed that it was all part of their new Montessori curriculum. Both 8th and 7th grade were learning physical science and many of the classes including history and literature were the same for both 8th grade as well as 7th grade. Most of the teachers are not qualified for teaching in a Montessori curriculum. This school used to be good but with the new curriculum changes 8th graders are at a serious disadvantage. Good for 7th grade though.


Posted October 7, 2013

A hidden gem of a private school. I was looking for something small, where my child wouldn t get lost in the crowd, where she could gain confidence, have a voice in class discussions, participate in extracurricular activities, and make meaningful friendships with other motivated kids. Alsion s small size is its greatest strength. With about 48 students and 5 full-time teachers, every child is intellectually and socially engaged every day. Each teacher has an advanced degree in their subject area and takes a personal and long-term interest in each child s progress, interacting with each student every day, even during the summers, for three consecutive years, grades 7, 8, and 9. Alsion is a learning community rather than an institutional school. Far from being sheltered in a cocoon, students go on week-long educational trips, compete & collaborate with students from other schools regularly, and do meanigful school-sponsored Community Service activities. The campus is next to Ohlone College. After 9th grade, Alsion Early College students are co-enrolled at Ohlone, where they can earn up to 72 units of college credit, transferable to UC colleges. And it's affordable!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

Alsion doesn t attract much attention because of its small enrollment. But amazingly, both my kids received a superb education there, owing to the small group tutorial format.There was no opportunity for my son to find distractions, nor did he want to, because his class discussions were personally interesting to him. With a smaller class size, Alsion teachers spent less time on class management and more time innovating fresh approaches to curricular subjects. They brought in loads of supplementary material and instigated lively discussions. He developed into a thoughtful, academically mature teenager. Much has changed since those early days when my son attended Alsion. An eighth and ninth grade were added in subsequent years; then came the Early College High School program, which enabled my daughter to undertake college during her last three years of high school. Now there is a new campus adjacent to Ohlone College. Alsion has a larger staff with a wider range of subject area specialties. There is a very full offering of elective activities that were unavailable during my son s time, but the small group tutorial has remained the essential feature of an Alsion education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

I have been in this school since seventh grade, and it has served me well. It has helped me grow and nurture my academic interests. If you are a student that is looking for a program to boost your academic credibility, this is one of your best options. If, however, you consider it to be important to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities alongside academics, Alsion would not be your optimal to your needs. Another thing to consider is the low student population. While some may find that it is detrimental to a student's social life, many others including myself would counter that it allows for stronger bonds between all students as well as between students and teachers. As an academically strong school that fosters community values and individuality within student, Alsion is among the best schools in Fremont.


Posted September 16, 2013

I am the mother of a 12 year old boy, I have chosen Alsion for my son because I think it's an excellent schools that will give my son great middle and high school experience First, I like Alsion's philosophy of of helping students to develop skills according to their talents while nurture them to become a good person. The teachers follow the Montessori method. I have an opportunity to observe a math class. During this class, all the children seemed engaged. They asked good questions, and were interested instead of checking out and looking bored. My ultimate goal is for my son to be prepared and ready for college when he graduates. Alsion has an early college program where high school students can take classes for credits from Ohlone College. These credits can be transferred and will save my son a couple of years in college and will help him be prepared and ready for college. Alsion has small size classes which enables teachers to give personal attention to each student. This atmosphere of caring and nurturing will help students resisting dishonest behaviors such as cheating, to use drugs and to misbehave. I am looking forward to the new school year at Alsion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

This is an alternative the traditional public school classroom style where kids face forward and are taught everything by the teacher. The Montessori style instead teaches kids to teach themselves and the projects and assignments are designed for that purpose. The class from 7 to 9th grade is mixed to get experience working with others. Actual class sizes per subject are small for individualized attention where needed. In the high school, an early college program allows students to receive an AA while simultaneously completing high school. It prepares students for when they move on to a four-year college or university. Being in an environment with older students helps the child become more responsible and mature. While it may not have all the perks of a public school (no big dances, no official sports teams), it still was an excellent experience that I believe prepared me to succeed in life. I grew up through the Montessori system and after receiving my AA from Ohlone in 2010, I've graduated UC Berkeley in three years and am moving on to UCLA for a graduate degree in Epidemiology. I don't believe I would have been quite as successful had it not been for Alsion


Posted September 4, 2013

I would approach with caution. While strides have probably been made since I was last there, the Ohlone aspect of the program is probably still flawed. For the kids who are determined to succeed, it's an excellent outlet to channel that energy, at the expense of social development and the intimidation of having older classmates. For those that aren't, there are few safety nets, and most resources go towards nourishing the smarter kids, even if there isn't much difference in terms of GPA. Those in the latter category are left to their own devices, for better or for worse. The Ohlone program does create an express lane through college, allowing savings on an undergraduate education if one is motivated enough to graduate early. Whether one wants to actually do that is questionable, however, considering the importance and fun of the undergraduate experience to one's later life. I graduated with honors from UCSB in three years, and I'm currently attending law school at UC Hastings, but I remain the youngest person in my class. It boils down to whether one views the fast track as advantageous for reasons other than saving money and getting done with school sooner rather than later.


Posted December 26, 2011

Alsion is an amazing school. We've been a part of the Alsion Community for 4 years now and are extremely pleased with the education our children have received while attending this school. The teachers challenge each child to achieve their own potential, nurturing them every step of the way. The innovative techniques employed in the classroom amaze me. The teachers engage our children to learn, empowering them to take control of their own learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

Alsion is the best thing that ever happened to our family, yes, our family. There is nothing that affects our daughter that does not affect us. Her happiness since joining Alsion has brought us all happiness. She feels the student body is a family and mixing grades 7-9 and early college gives her a chance to stretch when she is ready and stay at her own level when she needs to. Her writing skills have improved substantially and she is not afraid to join in on a debate or deliver a power point presentation once a week. Her confidence has grown in ways we did not know were possible. She is learning about fitness and making good food choices and applying it in her daily life without prompting. While she struggles with some subjects, she not dejected or defeated but instead has said she knows she will 'get it" with enough practice. She is proof that an Alsion education shapes a youth's character while learning the basics and then some. Parental involvement is a growing movement at Alsion and people are responding
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

There are no extracurricular activities apart from a small art class. Classes offered like geography don't have any use afterward. My child doesn't learn from most of the classes. With a poor environment I am not pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

This school helps kids to develop the invaluable ability to learn how to learn. The teaching style is unique and effective. The teachers are patient, kind, and innovative top educators. They are very supportive and approachable. My son got some top notch education there. Tuition is very reasonable for such a high scale school. They also offer early college program after 9th grade. It is an ultimate gateway to a 4-year college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

This school has a lot of homework. We are getting a high school education at the age of 11. This school makes up ext6remely stressed. But the teachers are nice and understanding.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2009

Alsion montessori is superior, in my opinion, to any other school. It's accelerated program allows the students to work from Seventh to Ninth grade, and then enter an early college program and work toward a much higher education. During their 3 years of high school, and 1 year of college, the students have credit for 2 of their years of college. Plus, the school community and environment is one where every student may comfortable work and focus.


Posted November 6, 2008

It is a prestigious school that offers many opportunities for their students. Their teachers also provide plentiful help that allows the students to excel in every subject that they apply themselves to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2007

Alsion is a gem of a school. The teachers are competent and kind. They somehow manage to get the best out of every kid without engendering ruthless competition in pursuit of the highest grades. While the student body is as diverse as any of the public schools that surround it, there are no discernable cliques at Alsion. Everybody mixes well. My daughter and all of the Alsion students I ve ever met complain about the work load and rigor, but without exception they all seem to enjoy going to school here. While the Alsion middle school runs through 9th grade, one year more than others, Alsion students prove to be strong students at their next schools, even when they bypass high school altogether and start Ohlone College at age 15.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 23% 26%
Two or more races 21% 3%
Hispanic 7% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school New Horizons
Montessori School of Fremont
Fremont Unified Elementary Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of California
Scripps College
Boston University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
Tagalog
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 5:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Rosemary Petersen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMI,NAMTA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • For Early College transport
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Mixed age and gender
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Mixed age and gender
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Debate
  • Gardening
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Junior Solar Sprint Car Racing
  • Math club
  • Middle Sch.Montessori Congress
  • Model UN
  • Model congress
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Seedling Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Small School : Big Difference. Our middle school prepares students for Alsion's High School-Early College Program. Our graduates earn the equivalent of a two year degree recognized by the UC system!
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6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
63
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
103
Students typically come from these schools
New Horizons
Montessori School of Fremont
Fremont Unified Elementary Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$14000 - $15000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of California
Scripps College
Boston University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 0%
4 year college - 100%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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750 Witherly Lane
Fremont, CA 94539
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Phone: (510) 445-1127

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