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IvyCrest Montessori Private School

Private | K-6 | 300 students

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2011:
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Posted April 27, 2011

We are so grateful for the opportunity to address our parents' concerns. We take our reviews seriously and always seek to prevent repeats of any issues. Please feel free to discuss any issues with us in person as well, and we will do our very best to find a quick resolution.. We would also like to thank everyone who had positive comments, it makes our staff feel so appreciated. We also appreciate the opportunity to partner with our parents to make sure that every child is happy, safe, and learning. Thank you kindly.

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Posted March 17, 2014

The education our kids have received at IvyCrest Montessori has been phenomenal! They are working beyond their grade level. The academic foundation they received at IvyCrest has helped them tremendously in all subject areas. During our time at IvyCrest, we have been impressed with the Montessori method. We have very much appreciated the individualized instruction our kids have received. The teachers that have taught our kids have been nurturing, attentive, respectful, and professional. Overall, the montessori experience at IvyCrest has been a valuable asset to our kids' education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

Interesting school. Unfortunately, the school is located right next to a very busy street. So when kids play outside, they breath all the bad air from the cars. Wish it had a better location...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

My son has been enrolled at IvyCrest for over a year now and I have nothing but positive feelings towards the school, staff and the education my son has received. Just finishing preschool, he can read, write, do basic addition and has a strong concept of phonics and numbers. He loves his school, his friend and his teachers (yes plural because there are at least 3 in his class - how great is that). I love that this school stresses the importance of manners, behavior and respect. My son has grown in confidence and truly loves going to school. We are choosing to keep him here for future years because, even though it is an expense, the results are completely worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2013

When I first visited this school two years ago I was so impressed with the playgrounds, water park, learning materials and toys but the best part of my visit was when the Director took me into a observation room. I was amazed at what I saw. I counted 28 preschoolers all busy with toys, building blocks, writing or drawing at tables, painting at an easel, and there were 3 teachers helping one or a group of children. It was so fun but hard to believe that so many children can be in one room and play and work together. I knew I wanted my child to be a part of this so I enrolled her and 2 years later my daughter who is now 5 years old can read what she calls "chapter books" and writes beautifully. She does quite well in math and knows more geography then I do ! It was so evident tonight after her Open House that I had made the right choice for her and I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2013

My son has been at IvyCrest since the age of two and has received an excellent education. They have let him excel ahead of his grade level. He doesn't have to stay in a 3rd grade book in 3rd grade or practice spelling words etc. that he already knows. This school has allowed him to stay with his peers but learn at his own accelerated rate. They also have the opportunity at this school to learn piano, chess, perform on stage, science experiments, art projects, great field trips etc. The playgrounds are safe and well supervised. The lunches are healthy. The staff is well-qualified and the administration enforces rules! Also each classroom has at least 2 adults and the class size is small. This school is what public schools wish they could achieve if they had the budget and less red tape!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2012

We are happy and proud parents of Ivycrest. Our daughter has been there for 6 years now. During this time, we have never had any issue or problem...not a single one concerning my child, the school, the administrator, the teachers..etc. It has been and continues to be a smooth and wonderful experience. I don't get to see how my daughter is in school. But I know that everyday, she continues to run into school every morning, she hugs her teachers, she says her teachers are nice because "they teach her lots of things", she asks me to pick her up later cause she doesn't want to leave. Ivycrest is a happy place for her. As for academics, what matters is that the Montessori philosophy has enabled her to develop self-motivation; the Montessori method of instruction is teaching her how to think. This in a nurturing environment is priceless. I have placed a lot of trust into Ivycrest to educate my child and every year, the outcome is positive and visible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2011

With deep gratitude and admiration, I would like to commend the school owner and the administration for their continuous appreciation of the teachers' hardwork and dedication. I have been working with IvyCrest for more than 10 years and I have seen so many ways how teachers were sincerely appreciated on a daily basis. The school directors walk around the school at least 3 times a day and share with us their positive feedback making us feel so much inspired. We recently had our annual winter staff party at the Cheesecake Factory and the school owner made us feel so special and loved. What a wonderful way to be appreciated for something that I truly enjoy doing teaching the children. I am so happy and proud to be part of the IvyCrest family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 22, 2011

IvyCrest is a journey taken by those who are willing. It is a forest explored by those who are curious. It is a family with love so precious and delicate to a child. This school has the dedicated heart to shift and shape the minds of the next genereation. The relationship between teacher and student is as close as having another parent, someone to look up to, to depend on, and to believe in. I have been a student at IvyCrest for 12 years. I have learned the risks and ropes, the chances and choices, the mistakes and miracles in life. I remember learning Algebra in 5th grade and Newton's Laws of Motion in 6th. I started dissecting specimens in 2nd grade and every year after. The field trips demonstrate extra strings of knowledge knotted together with the opportunity to experience of using the materials provided by the school. As a student, I not only learned by listening, but by seeing, feeling, and hearing. Full academic success is accomplished by cooperation from child, parent, and teacher.


Posted October 28, 2011

I enrolled my son at IvyCrest when he was just an infant. He absolutely loves coming to school! In fact, in the evening, he doesn't want to leave! He has learned so many songs, words, fingerplays- so much more than I could ever teach him at home. He is so well cared for by both his teachers and the support staff, who are always happy to see him and welcome us through the door. We are so blessed to have found IvyCrest and highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2011

We are extremely happy at IvyCrest! They have so much to offer with fantastic Teachers & School of the Arts Program. The Administration is friendly & approachable. At time of enrollment our family was given a private orientation explaining the entire school handbook, policies, etc. Before school started we were invited to Back to School night where we visited our child's classroom, met any new staff, selected School of the Arts courses, covered the classroom material lists and reviewed the Parent Handbook. It's evident that a few reviews show that they may have had some other issues they're not mentioning because Observation Hours & consequences to the School for not getting a legible signature on sign-ins (State of CA requirements) was explained in the Parent Handbook. My husband & I see how much love & attention the children receive everyday. It is so evident how involved everyone is after you've seen the Holiday Decorating and Events planned for all to enjoy! It takes someone mature & professional to inform management with any issues -- how else can they expect their problem to be resolved! The School just celebrated 40 yrs. so they must be doing things right!!.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

This school has an excellent academic program. My kids are generally performaing at least a year beyond kids at the public school. We have attended since preschool, and the first is graduating 6th grade. The staff is loving. The arts program offers many choices for enhancement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

I know I can't speak for everyone, but i think that some of the problems parents have had at ivycrest are a result of not paying attention. My daughter was at ivycrest for 2 years and i wish we hadn't had to leave but my husband got transferred to pasadena so we had to move. Rebekka had great teachers from the time she started until we left, she loved ms starr and ms monet so much! i always found the admin ladies to be really helpful, there were sure a lot of rules but i think that they helped keep my kid safe and everyone on the same page. i knew they had a small parking lot when we started but the trade was a great education, a very early education with lasting value. it was really hard for me to start her in school but my job was really demanding and i needed a place i felt confident leaving her. their hours were great, they had hot lunch, if we had stayed longer she could have been totally potty trained with no extra fees. oh and the fees, i never had aprblem with fees, cause i knew how to pick up my child on time and i always remembered to sign her in and out, sooo simple! i think ivycrest is a great school, i wish we still attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2011

We have spent 5 years with IvyCrest with our two children and we have been so happy with results. The techniques the teachers use to help my kids understand concepts and the nurturing environment provided by the staff really created the perfect learning environment. The valet staff always provided a warm welcome in the morning, which made it a little easier to say goodbye to our little girl. The teachers are AMAZING! They always had an organized routine and not only taught both my kids to read, write, and do arithmetic, but they also instilled a love of learning. Not to mention the dancing and performing skills they acquired during spring and winter shows. They always go above and beyond for the children and I truly appreciated everything about them. I have always been impressed how the campus always felt like a little family. All the staff know all the kid s names, even if they never had them as students. That was impressive. I would like to thank the administration for allowing me to modify my schedule to accommodate my teaching schedule. As a working mother, I can't tell you how much that helped. We hope other kids benefit as much as we did from the excellent staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

I have found IvyCrest Montessori to be a wonderful school that has met my 2nd child's needs even more then my first child who was enrolled there in 2004. The School now has a School of the Arts Program in their new auditorium along with so many extra Music, Science, Gymnastics and even Golf offerings to choose from. My first child has received awards throughout Jr. High and was accepted at Fairmont High School for the 9th grade already! His sister is so excited about going to his big brother's school and so are Dad and I. Thank you to all the Teachers and Administration who makes every day special for our little girl.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

After 3 years I thought the honeymoon would end but it continues. Each classroom my child graduates to is better than the last. The teachers are so loving, concerned, and informed. I love that they regularly attend conferences and continue their education. The admin ladies are so helpful and really seem to work together to help me get answers. I highly recomend this school and I plan on keeping my little guy here through 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

I attended IvyCrest Montessori from the age of 18 months till sixth grade. I honestly mean this when I say it was possibly one of the greatest opportunities I had. It opened up many doors for me. It had great teachers that understood the arts and teachers that found a deep love for passing on there knowledge to students. As a student there I was taught things that most kids my age do not learn till two years later so when I moved on to Junior high I was top of my class and had numerous Honor Roll awards. The teachers at IvyCrest Montessori are top of the line. They challenge you on a whole different level then most elementary private schools. Most schools do not focus on individual students but IvyCrest focused on each and every student. Thank you IvyCrest!!!


Posted October 14, 2010

The best thing I have done for my 2 children is to enroll them into Ivycrest Montessori. My son has attended the school for over 3 years and my daughter for several months. The teachers are EXCELLENT! The school environment is safe and encourages the students to be independent and well-mannered. The academics also far outweigh any other school that I have visited (and believe me, I researched ALL of my options before enrolling my children). I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

I would like to compliment IvyCrest for providing a well-rounded education to my 2 children. For more than 7 years now, my children continue to benefit from the Montessori method, gained excellent academic foundation and LOVE for learningAt home, each night is filled with HAPPY family moments, the children are sharing their positive and fun experiences in the classroom and their favorite Montessori materials like the division test tubes, timeline of life, grammar boxes, dissection, etc. Beyond the classroom, my children also enjoy all the complimentary classes like music, sports, computer, foreign language and enrichment trips at no extra cost. As a parent, I am very fortunate that my children go to IvyCrest. and I intend to keep them thru 6th grade. The teachers, the office, administration and the school owner are very dedicated and work for the best interest of the children. I am proud to be an IVYCREST PARENT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2010

My child attended this school for about 4 or 5 months and I was so excited when he started there! My child is definitely on the hyperactive side and the school had no tolerance or understanding for that. They were great for the first 30 days, with no complaints about my son. After the 30 days, I began to receive complaints. My son was 2 and had an issue with biting. It is not uncommon at that age and I did tell them about it at enrollment. They said that it shouldn't be a problem. After the 30 days they did begin to complain about it and they suspended my 2 year old for 30 days. They also made me take him for a developmental evalutation before they would allow him to come back to the school. The principal was rude and unreasonable and eventually expelled my son at age 3.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl who are all IvyCrest babies. My 2 boys are now in 2nd year high school and my daughter is still currently attending IvyCrest. All I can say is ... putting my children at IvyCrest is the best decision I have ever made in my life. My admiraton goes to the owner who gives her heart and soul for the welfare of the children. I can say this just by seeing how she puts everything back to the school e.g. top of the line playground, enrichment trips, computer class & great after school programs, etc. in addition to the best Montessori materials in the classroom and well maintained facility. I was and still am very secured that my children have the best educational foundation any parents could wished for. I hope every parent would appreciate these things as much as I do.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school
Asian 57%
White 16%
Hispanic 15%
Two or more races 10%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

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Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

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  • Gym
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School start time
  • 7:00 am
School end time
  • 6:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Claire Takeda
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMI
  • AMS
  • Other Montessori
Fax number
  • (714) 879-1921

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  • Mathematics
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  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
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  • Spanish

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  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
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  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming

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Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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  • Drama
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  • Our parents volunteer for classroom outings, school events, curbside valet, and parties.
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  • As the first Montessori school in Orange County, we have the experience and tools to fulfill the expectations set forth by Maria Montessori. With the addition of Montessori Interns this year, we are able to offer up to two fully-trained Montessori Teachers within every classroom. In addition to your child´s Montessori experience, your children will be guided in our Physical Education, Art, Music, and Computer courses by teachers with years of experience in their respective field. Our School of the Arts program offers many types of classes in dance, music, art and theatre. All classes offered will be taught in a private or semi-private setting with one of our many talented teachers. The students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their learned talents at various shows throughout the year. We hope to see you there!
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Orange County Performing Arts School
Fairmont Jr. High and High School
Troy Tech High School
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2025 East Chapman Avenue
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