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K-8
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Livermore, CA
Students enrolled: 286
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1273 North Livermore Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551

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September 11, 2013
This school is amazing. My son came here from the peninsula several years ago. In addition to small class sizes and lots of individualized attention, the curriculum is individualized as well. My son enjoys the other kids--bullying is no longer a problem and he never complains about having to go to school. His standardized tests scores indicate that he is above grade level in most subject areas and it is due to his education here because that was not the case elsewhere. You will not find more caring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Valley Montessori School is a wonderful place for our children. This is the fourteenth year our family has been at the school and we are so happy with almost everything. From the philosophy of the teaching method to the awareness that it is imperative to teach the whole child when educating, not only the 3 R's. VMS has always believed what we've recently heard on recent TED talks about educating. In a perfect world, teachers don't educate, especially in the younger grades. It is the child's curiosity that propels them into greatness. The teachers are there to provide learning opportunities and guide the children. At younger ages, this is so applicable. As the children move up to older grades, there is a gradual change to a more traditional approach. This is appropriate since our children will all go on to high school and college and will need to be able to compete with everyone else. In my opinion, The children at VMS learn to think out of the box, rather than just follow. Their love for learning is nurtured at every step. You won't find any of these kids complaining about school. They all love it! We have been so happy at our school.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
Valley Montessori preschool is excellent. The teachers are loving and are very focused on the needs and growth of the students and students are well cared for emotionally and physically. They are taught at their individual levels. I love the total environment and trust the teachers and school personnel to do what is best for my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
I can't imagine a better place for my children. I urge you to find out for yourself by visiting a classroom. You will be blown away. You ll marvel at the lack of desks in rows, that the children are all quietly working hard without having to be directed to do so. * The kids are in mixed aged classrooms. Younger kids can go to older ones for help, and older students get lessons reinforced by teaching it to the younger ones. * The children are allowed a choice of activity and can pursue their interests. They are never bored and are always stimulated. * Children learn by using hands-on concrete materials helps reinforce lessons and make concepts like math and spelling easier to understand. The teachers are exemplary. They are highly trained and certified in the Montessori curriculum. My kids are happy, caring and imaginative. They will be well prepared for high school. Alumni routinely are placed into advanced high school courses. The test results show that the kids are testing well above grade level

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
Our oldest went through the middle school program and we have our 2 youngest making our way through lower elementary and primary. We really believe in the school and it has been academically a great place for our kids. Socially, we have had some problems with bullying, but the teachers and administrative staff were very responsive and the situations were dealt with immediately and effectively.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
As a member of the VMS community, I am grateful. There are many words for what I feel, but grateful is the one that speaks the loudest. I wanted my child to have a place to learn academics, but also to become a good person. I was unfamiliar with Montessori. I was invited to come and observe. I spent an hour. I watched a classroom with 3- to 5-year-old children who played together happily (later learning that the children were using a material designed with deep thought for children s cognitive development). Since beginning, my child has walked an incredible path--from preschool to Middle School. With a strong group of friends and their families, teachers who care and understand, and an administration that supports and encourages, my child understands respect and shows empathy. My child LOVES TO LEARN. My child has a voice. My child has self-confidence. My child cares about others. My child learns from older children and mentors younger ones. Reviews that you read are the opinions of adults. The proof of what VMS is about lies in the students. I encourage you to talk to them to visit them to see them in motion a picture is worth much more than ANY words.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
We are new to Valley Montessori this school year and it has been nothing short of amazing. The teachers are warm, welcoming, loving and provide an academically rigorous curriculum. They are able to balance various ages in each classroom with their Montessori approach. The student-teacher ratio remains small which is the best predictor for success academically. My daughter is thriving at Valley and is happy going to school. She clearly has gained the "love of learning" that Valley tries very hard to instill in every child. We came from a very well established independent school in Baltimore and worried that trying to find something similar in California would be very difficult. This has been a perfect fit for both my daughter and our family. The families, teachers and employees have welcomed us with open arms and continue to guide us through our transition as a new member of Valley Montessori. I would strongly advise a visit to see the school to make your own judgement call. I am very sad to see poor reviews online. I can't imagine my daughter going anywhere else! I would give the school a 5 star review but believe there is always room for improvement and growth.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2012
I am also a staff/parent. Many families come to VMS because it is a "good school". While that is absolutely true we are more importantly a MONTESSORI school. We follow the child on all levels- social, emotional, mathematical, language, sensorial, practical life and gross motor. As teachers, we foster the child's ability to internalize independence, coordination. concentration and order. These are the core principals of the Montessori Method. If you would like to understand the Montessori Method pick up the following books-The Science Behind the Genius by Polk Lillard, The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori and Joann Deak's research on brain development. We can't normalize/teach your child if you don't understand and internalize the Montessori Method yourself. Please know each teacher has gone through two years of training and one year of internship to be accredited by the American Montessori Society. Our Montessori training is very different from traditional training. We learn the "lessons' with all their steps as Maria Montessori dictated and wrote them down 100+ years ago. All the teachers at VMS have the Montessori Method as their core principle and value. We LOVE TO LEARN

- submitted by a teacher
June 06, 2012
This school works for some children, but not for mine. My sons preschool teacher told me she suspected he was autistic. I made an appointment for him that day at his doctors. I explained to his doctor what his teacher told me. He asked me what school, I said VMS. His response, 'Not that school again.' Because of that irresponsible comment, and so many other reasons, I could not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2012
Outstanding school, impressive academics, outstanding teachers and administration. My son is enrolled in the Middle School (started there in 4th grade). We came to VMS from a private school in Pleasanton (where there were bullying issues the Board and administration refused to address). We also tried public school before that and we were not impressed with the level of academics. The annual test scores for VMS are off the charts. They differentiate learning on an individual basis. Numerous field trips through out the year enhance the learning for the children. We love the school, the supportive community and the mutual respect that exists between teacher and child, which provides a strong anchor for all they do!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
Really ? No better school in the Tri Valley as reviewed by a parent who has been happy with Toddler to Middle school would suggest they have not actually attended another Tri Valley School? Difficult to make an honest evaluation when you have no other school to compare this to. Many teachers here do not have their credential (not required to teach in private schools). Being a loving, involved parent doesn't make you qualified to lead a classroom! A good majority of the teachers are parents of children in the school which might explain all of the 'fawning' reviews? This school is average in every way from the facility to the faculty. The enrichment that you hope your child is getting (and almost obsolete in California public schools) is very poor. The art, music and language programs at VMS are weak. My children attend a Charter School now and are learning the same empathy & compassion that some feel this school gives their children. Was NOT our experience. The lack of empathy and compassion in the leadership team at this school sets the tone. And the review from Jan 27th - the one with the 'intelligent' children, I believe it's spelled Global?

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
I agree with the reviewer in January who gave this school 3 stars. We have been to several private schools, relocating for work reasons. This is a modest school. I can point to several teachers that are, frankly, not very smart. I understand and respect how some long-time parents have found a warm and comfortable nest for their children. There are few alternative schools, which is why we remain.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
I give VMS 3 stars, which is average. There are a lot of over-the-top, cultish and fawning reviews for this school. The school is fine, you certainly could do worse (public schools), but you could do better (private schools far away in Walnut Creek and beyond; Middle school in Danville). We have found that the Montessori method worked for one child, wasn't so good for another child. Resources are adequate. Outclasses such as music, art and PE are weak. Languages OK. In the end your children will be well-educated, but I believe you will always have a lingering suspicion that they could have been superstars somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
Omg!!! I am surprised by the last post of Dec 27, 2011. My child has been going to this school since the toddler program and is currently in the Primary class. I still have to see a class that has only one teacher in the whole class. The student teacher ratio is one of the biggest pro's of this school and the one that wins over all the other schools. While no 1 teaching method is the same for all kids, perhaps your child preferred the new school method to Montessori. while some might not do so well in the new school method but might prefer the montessori. so to blame just the teachers is highly unfair. Yes there are some teachers here that may not fair so well but then which school doesn't have them? Infact, I would say in my experience I have found the teachers to be more nicer than the admin staff. The only reason I give this school 4 stars is because there is no school as the "perfect" school. They all have some room for improvement. I find VMS is open to listening and working on those areas.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
Best school and best staff. Not sure if the Aug. 5 post is talking about the same Valley Montessori School...it sure does not sound like it. Our daughter has been going to the school now for 5 years (since the toddler program - she is now in 1st grade). She is at a second grade reading level and math level. I credit her success to the amazing, very highly educated and experienced teachers. The student teacher ratio is about 4:1 for the early programs and about 10:1 for the elementary programs. After teaching in the public schools for 8 years, I would highly reccommend this school and Montessori Program.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2011
This is the most wonderful school! Our son goes to a full day of primary then to 2 hours of childcare on most days. This is his favorite place to be! He cannot wait to get out of the car and play with his friends. When I pick him up, we spend an hour trying to leave. This school is like a family. We love it and appreciate it just like family! The staff, teachers, facility and method of teaching is superb! I am more confident in our son being in the care of VMS all day than being with my mother who is a gift from God. VMS teachers and staff have the most up-to-date education and know EXACTLY how to properly care for and educate children. They know the correct and effective way to speak with them and how to teach them to care for themselves. Their patience and peaceful nature are so comforting to both child and parent. Parents see their child flourish in the method of teaching that VMS offers. The child excels beyond ones imagination in such a positive, nurturing environment. The Whole Child philosophy is executed so effectively. This school is such a baragin for what you get. I don't think you can find this anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
I am shocked with the review I just read. This school truly is THE BEST of THE BEST! It begins in the classroom and flows out to the staff. It has been incredible over the past 2 1/2 years what our son has learned! There are two reasons to choose a school: How they care for your child & how they relate to you and academics. A++ on both. I have never encountered any staff member that was less than happy, peaceful and helpful! Helpful beyond belief! Teachers and administrators have taken their personal time to assist me and my son in being successful. The school also, often, offers workshops & classes to help parents and their children be successful. Everyone is so kind, right down to the maintenance man who is a father of 2 students. Even he is kind, friendly and takes his time with the children. They know him by name. The school also has a great music program with "Jack" whom the children love. Our son has never had a problem going to school and when I come to pick him up, he doesn't want to leave-along with the other kids. We have been searching for 6+months for a school to replace this one when we move and that was when we realized VMS is BEST of BEST! Irreplaceable

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
My 2yr old daughter has attended this school for 1 year. During that time, she has developed her motor skills, shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and can identify things around her (ie, tree, leaf, car, backpack, paper etc). The teachers are very engaged, thoughtful and patient. We have a large family and my daughter is very comfortable around them as well as strangers but I also wanted her to be comfortable around children her age. Montessori helped accomplish this! This is an amazing school with a wonderful staff. Now, when we are at home or during the weekend my daughter asks to go to school. She looks forward to joining the class and runs down the hall, hugging her teachers and waving goodbye to me.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
The California public schools are in a budget crisis and it is tempting to believe that a private school will offer the answer to the question"where can my child get a solid, well rounded education?" Do not look to this school for the answer. We had 2 children in this school in preschool through the elementary grades and were disappointed over and over again. The Montessori philosophy say to 'follow the child' and they seem to do this well at VMS even when the child goes off into space, daydreams, avoids work time, does not complete work on time and so on. No homework is assigned until middle school, so parents have very little information about what is being taught in the classroom. Our child missed out on learning (early) good study and time management skills. The school believes that home time is family time, a nice idea, but many children need to have the lessons reinforced at home with a few pages of review work each night. For the tuition you pay here, I suggest enrolling your child (ren) in public school and supplement with a tutor at a fraction of the cost. The administration is uncooperative and very much lacking compassion and empathy.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
Our three children have been attending VMS since preschool. My oldest is now in 7th grade, my middle in 5th grade and my youngest is in 1st grade. Words cannot express how much I value this school and its positive impact on my children's lives. It is truly a remarkable place. Compassion and empathy are at the very core of what this school is about. Each of my children have had one learning challenge or another, and every time the school and it's teachers were able to respond to each unique teaching demands. I'm proud to say that each of them are now testing WAY above their grade level on the state exams.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
I agree with you too. Our experience in this school was less than satisfactory. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
I have to agree with the parent review posted November 9, 2010. I too had a son enrolled there and I found that the staff especially the Director lacked compassion and empathy. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2010
Do not send a child here--ESPECIALLY A BOY--who cannot work independently. This is a great place for most girls (who like to write and read and don't need/want to run around a lot) and for boys who can do academic work very easily. The typical boy who has a shorter attention span and is very physical gets labeled as having a learning disability! Adhering to their interpretation of the Montessori approach is MUCH more important than any individual child's actually learning something. Don't kid yourself that the beautiful facility and tea party manners are going to be good for your bouncy young son--they aren't! Or try it and take the child out RIGHT AWAY if there are any problems!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
This school provides an amazing community and environment for the children to flourish in. I cannot imagine having my children anywhere else! The staff has the flexibility to meet the needs of children at the various levels of development. I have one child who needs to see a reading specialist and one who is reading several grade levels ahead. Both are having their needs meet. The very best part is that neither one feels out of the norm. A truly special place to have your child educated in every sense of the word.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
Our daughter was at VMS from 1st to 4th grade and our experience was mostly frustrating. Yes the philosophy is great in theory but in practice we found it to be lacking in accountability. Teachers worked with the gifted kids and the behavior disorder kids (of which there were many) and an average student was left alone - for weeks at a time. I appreciate that the kids can move at their own pace, but for a child who enjoys learning with an educator on a consistent basis - this is not the school for you. I would not recommend this school.

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December 31, 2009
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November 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
Our children began in toddler and graduated from middle school at Valley Montessori. They have gone on to be successful in high school and college. They were well prepared both for the academics and the social aspects of public school. VMS is a great community.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
Fantastic school and a wonderful environment in which to raise your child. You have to visit a classroom to believe the difference when the teachers respect the child instead of directing the child. The children are allowed to learn at their own pace and can go as far as they want in the classroom. The student-teacher ratio is incredbily low (around 11:1). My wife and I feel that there is nothing more important than our childrens' education, so we put our money where our mouth is. This school is a bargain. Don't believe those 2 low reviews from oddball parents. This is a 5-star school, across the board: teachers, curriculum, administration and facilities. Unsure? Visit a classroom! I did. 7 years ago. And I'm still hooked. My kids will stay here from toddler to Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
VMS, what a wonderful school! They provide an environment in which our children can learn at their own pace. Besides covering the basics, VMS teachers allow our children to develop a love of learning. Our children work hard during the day so homework is not necessary. Listening to them and asking questions tells us how much they have learned. Also, our children have gained confidence at an early age and are able to make presentations to their classmates. This is a skill that will carry our children through the rest of their lives. And whenever an issue comes up, the support we've received is amazing. They are ready with advice and suggestions and are willing to cooperate with us. This nuturing, respectful environment allows our children to gain the independence, the self-direction and the confidence they will need to face the future! Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
A respectful nurturing environment. My two children love this school and don t want to leave at the end of the day! The teachers are well educated and show an enormous amount of respect to the children. The staff is very supportive and offer impressive workshops on parenting that have been most helpful. We ve been at this school for 6 years and keep learning new ways to support our children as they gain more independence through Montessori. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2008
I have been a VMS parent for 7 years. Children at VMS loved being in school & have thrived at VMS. Love the philosophy its so great 5 stars. I am so proud to be part of VMS community. Highly recommend it! Love the staff & principal (MEK).

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
For seven years I have watched my children learn, grow, and form meaningful relationships with the children, teachers, and staff of this excellent school. As a parent of three students I have partnered with more than a dozen teachers from preschool through upper elementary. From the head of school to the teachers, one thing shines through the most for me and that's the caring and respect shown for others. You ll find respectful, thoughtful children whose love of learning is carefully nurtured as they acquire knowledge and skills at their own pace and often with great enthusiasm. You ll find dedicated teachers helping students gain study habits and organization skills that many of us acquired only in high school. You ll find children who work well in groups and show great independence and courteous behavior inside and outside of school. I give the school top marks across the board.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
VMS hires the most qualified & capable staff & administrators to support their entire student body! Every single staff member is dedicated to ensuring the students' success in the classroom & works closely with the parents to ensure a successful partnership. We've just started our 9th year with the school &, based upon past achievements, we are confident our daughter will be extremely successful in High School, College, & beyond.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
We have had our child at VMS going on 7 years now. It is a wonderful environment where a child is taught self confidence and respect for themselves and the world around them. VMS supports the individual talents, needs and challenges of each student. Our child needed special assistance with a learning challenge and the school was there every step of the way ensuring a successful learning environment. We plan to keep our child here through the 8th grade and encourage you to do the same!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
4 and maybe 5 stars for the Montessori Philosophy. But this school does not follow it 100%. Most of the teachers are wonderful with the children, except for the occasional teacher who is uncooperative with the parents. 2 stars for the administration. They have no clue how to work with parents. Often act as though we owe them something. We pay quite a bit of money and I expect to be treated with respect and maturity. I mean that it what they are teaching our children. They explain nothing in a conflict and are plain rude about it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2008
I have been a VMS parent for 9 years. The school never ceases to amaze me! The children are continually challenged to learn at their own pace and in their own way. All of this is accomplished in an environment based upon mutual respect. Both of my children have thrived at VMS.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Children at VMS love being at school and have fun learning. They are actively engaged in their work and in many cases teaching themselves using the amazing materials provided to them. They are cared for and supported by their teachers and are in an environment that is based on respect. They not only excel academically but gain an education for life! I highly recommend it!

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September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2008
As a parent of a VMS graduate, a 4th grader, and a 2nd grader; I couldn't be prouder to be part of this wonderful community. My oldest attend from 3yrs. old till 8th grade, and the quality of her education can not be surpased. I recieve frequent calls & emails from her teachers at Granada asking about her former schooling and remarking on her love of academics, respect for her teachers ands peers, and passion and drive to learn. VMS provides a foundation for a lifetime of loving to learn. I shamelessly admitt I am a bit jealous that I was not offered such an opportunity to gain such amazing academics tools and to be part of such a active nurturing community! Oh, and the staff is amazing!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
The most important thing you can do as a parent is listen to your child. Our daughter tells us often how much she loves going to this school. The teachers offer excellent support to the parent and show children respect and tremendous understanding. The environment is so very enriching and supportive of the whole child. I highly recommend Valley Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
I have had numerous problems with the staff at this school. The teachers don't seem to know how to stay within their boundaries as teachers, they make the parent feel as though you work for them and must answer to them. Very harsh environment, lacks structure, kids seem lost. Report card for an older child is the same as for a toddler. It gives no info on how the child is doing in math, reading, language etc.....

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2007
Simply outstanding,both my boys love to go to school. I am most pleased that my elementary child doesn't come home with homework(he does it in class)and allowed to be a kid after school. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
My daughter loved attending every day. The school seems very well run, teachers are great and the children seem happy.

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Founded in 1976, Valley Montessori School serves children eighteen months through eighth grade. Valley Montessori School educates the whole child and inspires a joyful pursuit of learning. Valley Montessori School is the only school in California accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

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Valley Montessori School
1273 North Livermore Avenue, Livermore, CA  94551
(925) 455-8021
Last modified Valley Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Valley Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top