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23311 Muirlands Boulevard
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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April 24, 2015
My daughter is in Kinder at MOTL and I could not be happier with the amount of growth I have seen from her in such a short amount of time. She is ecstatic about school and learning in general. The kind and nurturing, yet firm teachers have molded her into a fine student. MOTL provides children an opportunity to learn in a self motivated, pressure free environment. The teachers foster a love of learning and provide the students with compassionate care and guidance. The school itself is unlike any other school I've visited. I love that my daughter's classroom (and most of the class rooms for that matter) sits right on the lake with beautiful lake views. The outdoor play spaces are very unusual and tranquil. The kids swing while overlooking the lake or play in shaded breezy wooden clubhouses. It's not state of the art or brand new but there is just something special about this location. My daughter is re-enrolled already for next year and we couldn't be happier about that decision.

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May 30, 2014
I loved that school. I went preschool thru 5th grade. I wish I was able to continue until 8th grade but my parents wanted me to go to public school.. if you have children that go to Montessori school, it will be a culture shock for them to transition to public school, especially one that gives a lot of homework and teaches very little in the actual class room. Montessori is one of the best schools in my opinion and the meathods of teaching are very effective. I rememer more things from montessori school than I do from any class I took later in life..

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April 30, 2014
Pulled my 2 children out of this school today. Can't stand the school management anymore. Attended almost 4 years. Grade 1 to grade 4. Pros: Some very good teachers. Award 2 stars for the rating. Cons:Lower elementary Spanish is experiential only, boring and outdated teaching style.Had issues with granting bathroom breaks during Spanish class.Good for children with behavioral problems. ( yes this is a con for us). Play yard is small and not very safe. Yard time = deal with meanies time. Children are left to fend for themselves against more aggressive school mates. The director insists we should allow the children to work things out on their own. (???) And watch out for the ball, or it'll hit you hard. You get an ice pack after you get smacked. Inadequate supervision at the yard, but school is in denial. Even after the director admits the yard staff can't keep her watch of all 17 kids. Best part: Director's response to difficult issues " since you don't like this school, you can bring your money and children to another school, and you don't have to finish the school year with us." No refunds for fees paid up front.

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December 19, 2013
I have toured a dozen schools before I found a home away from home for my son. I can't say enough great things about the beautiful lake view and the passionate teachers.children are exposed to Monart, cooking, music, science, geography, language, and computers. This is a hidden gem in Orange County and I am able to focus at work knowing my child is learning in a well rounded environment.

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November 29, 2013
The class sizes are small and there are several teachers per class room. The staff seems highly trained and extremely dedicated to the parents, teachers, and children.

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October 30, 2013
I highly recommend Montessori on the Lake. My daughter has been going to this school since she was 3 months old. She is now 4 and in preschool with Ms. Brandy and Ms. Erin, which I could not ask for better teachers. They are both warm and caring and dedicated to the academic growth of each child. The office staff is also great and always available. The transition from one level to another has been extremely easy for my daughter which puts us parents as ease. But most importantly my daughter LOVES going to school and her teachers.

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October 28, 2013
This school has an amazing middle school program. My daughter was struggling at a public school and made the transition mid year to miss Sandys class. She thrived In the environment. Not only did her teacher take extra time from her day to help my daughter, directors were so welcoming and a great help, to me and my daughter!! Thanks motl

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October 22, 2013
The staff and faculty are excellent! Such a warm and welcoming environment and I love how my son is thriving! Miss Brandy and Miss Erin are the best!

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October 18, 2013
We are so happy to have found Montessori on the Lake. My daughter is in her second year of preschool there, and we couldn't ask for a better program. My daughter adores Ms. Brandy and Ms. Erin, and we've been amazed at her academic progress.

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October 18, 2013
Amazing school! My 4 yr old has been there since baby & now my 3 yr old is also in Ms. Brandy's class. My girls love their teachers. The school does a great job transitioning the children from 1 level to the next. Directors & teachers are always responsive. Because there's always someone manning the office, it's easy to get a hold of the teacher vs. leaving vm msgs. (I've called other schools & get vm's during school hrs, very annoying.) It definitely shows that the teachers love it here, most been here for years, very little turnover. This is important for sense of stability for the kids. The campus is also pretty big with multiple playgrounds. Kids sometimes switch play areas - which is great, good to chang the setting. The school does a fabulous job communicating with parents, we get month newsletters on the units of study that month. Net net definitely recommend this school!

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October 18, 2013
My daughter has been attending MOTL since she was 18months and is now in Kindergarten. The teachers and staff have always been very attentive and helpful in every way. I love the fact that I know my child is being taken care of as if it is one of their own. I truly appreciate all the time and dedication the teachers put into teaching each and every child.

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May 22, 2013
MO5TL rocks! My daughter started in the Toddler program at the age of 26 months. She was with me all along and had extreme separation anxiety issues. She settled down in the school within a week s time. She loves going to school now and waves good bye with a big smile. Hats off to the teachers for the love and attention they were able to provide to my daughter. Hopefully she ll continue to the preschool.

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April 22, 2013
We have had our son in this school since he was 2 years old. Now he is in 5th grade. He loves it! The focus is on learning and individual responsibility. At a glance, the school seems to lack structure, but that "lack" is the method for students to get the most from the teachers and for the teachers to be flexible enough to meet the students' needs. We highly recommend this school for anyone seeking an academically strong and nurturing environment for their child!

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April 03, 2013
I love the communication at this school and how the directors are very involved and follow up with me on any questions or concerns I have. They definitely respect my role as a parent and allow me to ultimately choose whats best for my children. I also love that they greet my kids and me by name every morning. My kids have shown tremendous growth since switching to MOTL. I love that the teacher knows my kids...she knows their progress and knows where theyre at in their learning and development. Only the careful observations and direction of a well educated and trained teacher can do that. At an average preschool, most teachers are not adqueately educated or trained to truly empower a child to reach his or her truest potential. I can tell that my children's teacher is highly trained from the progress and growth my children have shown academically and socially. I recommend this school...I would definitely go visit the school and go see for yourself! It's worth the invesment if you can afford it.

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March 11, 2013
This school is definitely worth coming to observe. I'm especially excited about sending my child to their Kindergarten program...simply amazing! MOTL will help your child grow academically and socially and the progress is evident each week! I LOVE that they don't hold the kids back...they empower them to learn and understand what they're learning in a meaningful and purposeful way. It took me a few months to decide if their preschool tuition was worth paying...and it has definitely turned out to be worth it. In play based schools, all they mostly do is play! I can arrange that with play dates. At MOTL they play together during outside time, but they also do work that is purposeful. Most everything is designed to strengthen fine motor skills and the academic progress my child shows each week is awesome to watch. For us, it has been worth the investment to start our child's education with a strong foundation.

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March 11, 2013
Amazing school! The Kinder program is especially worth coming to observe. Ms. Soon is simply amazing. She is a truly dedicated teacher who is passionate about her students! Your child will be empowered, challenged and nurtured to reach their fullest potential. What more can a parent ask for?

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December 18, 2012
My daughter has been at MOTL since preschool, she is now in 1st grade and we both LOVE this school! All the teachers I have meet are very kind, firm, creative & loving! They are patient, supportive & encouraging to the children and you can really tell that they love what they do. The student to teacher ratio is great! Your child will get individualized attention they need. There is a wonderful balance between learning traditional/core school lessons (reading, writing, math, Spanish...) and a variety of cultural subjects such as computers, cooking, geography, zoology, music, drama, art, PE, etc. The kids are also taught important life skills such as manners, respect, being on time, making friends, family values, kindness & compassion and it's all taught in a kind and loving way. The teachers, staff and management at MOTL understand the life of working parent & support them by helping with drop off for the shy kids, giving many options for after school care, occasional care, extra fun activities for the kids. You know your child will be happy, in a great learning enviroment and safe at school all day.

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August 25, 2012
This school is a great school . The teachers are great. Highly educated and compassionate . The administrative staff is great as well. They really communicate well with the parents. Always open door policy. My daughter loves going to school. The kids are well mannered and tolerant of others. They are really taught how to be independent and are taught practical life skills. Academically I feel it's definitely up to high standards with hands on learning and not a bunch of worksheets. I would check this school out for yourself and not let a few bad reviews deter you. No school is perfect but this one sure comes close.

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August 19, 2011
We placed our daughter in this school from the time she was an infant till 2 yrs old. Then, we placed her back again when she was 4 years old . We had no problems in the infant and in the 1 yr old class. However, when she was transferred to the 18 month to 2 yr old section, there was less supervision. She was getting bruises and I had to ask why. The staff was hesitant to report accidents. The pre-school was even more of a problem. After a year off , I placed her back . She was 4 yrs old and was having social issues. We later on found out she has mild autism - not aggressive, but introverted . She received little guidance from the teacher, because the teacher claimed there were other kids, although, she had an assistant. What infuriated me was when my daughter stood in front of the sink and did not wash her hands. Instead of talking to her, the teacher just stood back and did nothing. Worse, she asked her assistant not to do anything, and just to watch . My daughter just stood in the sink for about 15 minutes! In my opinion, this is a good school, but only if your kid has no issues.

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January 26, 2011
My daughter has attended MOTL for 2 years in the preschool program. We love her teachers and the school. They offer many activites for the kids to participate in, ballet, gymnastics, art, cooking etc. I do have to pay for these extra classes but they do it after school hours. Her extra classes are from 3:30 to 4:30 which is perfect. She can do an extra activity and with my work schedule I pick he up at 4:30. It just works great for our daughter and for our working schedule. I don't feel as though I'm compromising on anything! It's a GREAT school:)

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August 03, 2010
I have put both my kids through the program at Montessori on the Lake. My youngest (who has a learning disability) graduated this year from the program. She was accepted into Honors Biology and English at her new High School! The teachers are just amazing. Hooray for MOTL. Our family will miss you very much.

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March 31, 2010
Our daughter has been in the preschool program here for 2 years. We love the teachers, the staff and the environment. After looking at MANY schools we chose MOTL based on talking to several parents/co-workers that had great experiences here and happy we did. Our daughter runs in and joins in the fun. There are no politics, no turnover that I've seen. There is great communication, an open feeling with the parents/teachers, ability for parents to interact and help where they can. Kids have respect for each other, treat others with kindness and learn in a casual and fun setting.

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February 25, 2006
I am extemely happy with this school and feel confident leaving my child everyday knowing that she is in good hands.

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June 29, 2004
this is the best school! i love it here. my name is Mei and i am in 7th Grade. this school offers one-on-one teaching. all of the teachers are highly educated. my Teacher has gotten some of my friends into Sage Hill high, and another opne of my friends got into Santa Margarita High with honors Algebra and Biology. i would definetly recommend this school

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Montessori on the Lake School
23311 Muirlands Boulevard, Lake Forest, CA  92630
(949) 855-5630
Last modified Montessori on the Lake School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Montessori on the Lake School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top