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Granite Bay Montessori School

Private | K-8 | 104 students

 

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Posted June 12, 2014

My child attended the Kindergarten program at Granite Bay Montessori last year. She had an excellent experience with Ms. Kenzie and Ms. Gail. The mix of TK / K students created a wonderful classroom dynamic. She loved going to school everyday and really excelled in all aspects of the curriculum. We are so excited about 1st grade in the Fall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

We have been at the school for 5 years. The individual curriculum is wonderful. All the teachers have a college degree. The staff is great. The lose of the founder has caused a big hole and they are working to keep her dream alive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

I had two children who attended Granite Bay Montessori. The school is absolutely fantastic and my children excelled. One of my children was shy and the small classroom size provided the perfect environment for her to find her strengths!
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Posted March 3, 2013

I've really appreciated the low student:teacher ratio. When my third grade daughter is ready to learn something new, she is able to pursue it, she doesn't have to wait for the rest of the class. Her teachers really know how she learns and allow her to grow and learn at her pace. How refreshing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

What an incredible community of dedicated families and teachers. We are blessed to be a part of this school.
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Posted January 18, 2012

I can't say enough about how much our chidlren are learning at this school. Because every child is assigned work at his/her level, students are able to progress at their own paces and actually compete with one another to get ahead. When I told them that in most schools, all students in a particular grade do the same work, regardless of their levels, they couldn't understand why. The Montessori method has it right!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2011

The preschool and kindergarten are terrific (because of great teachers at these levels, but after that the school really falls off. It is run primarily by one moderately dysfunctional family. There is a lack of leadership/direction/vision at the higher levels. Elementary grades have a very old, canned curriculum. There is very poor communication with parents. Students can do well if they are self-motivated, but teaching is lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

I've always been a huge proponent of the Montessori method, but found very few other parents had an inkling of the philosophy, at GBM. Whereas I found Children's house to be a great environment for my child, I found that many parents used GBM more for extended daycare than for it's approach to teaching. In addition the administration is ineffective, can you say NEPOTISM? Parental concerns rank far behind maintaining job security for unqualified family members.
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Posted April 5, 2010

My daughter attends preschool at Granite Bay Montessori's Children's House. She loves it and I love it. I have been a public school elementary teacher for 19 years and have been impressed and pleased with the program's teachers, curriculum, and environment. The Montessori methods and materials really allow the caring, skilled teachers to meet each child's individual academic needs and build on them. My child has developed independence both socially and academically in a well structured, happy environment. It has been a wonderful start to her schooling and she will attend kindergarten there next year.
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Posted March 10, 2010

We are very please with the curriculum and classroom structure. Childrens House teaches the children about classical music and composers, artists, continent s and its animals and culture. Each day they have lessons of counting, beginning math skills, spelling and letter sounds as well as differences in objects. They are taught practical life skills and to be respectful of one another and their environment, whether it is the classroom, playground or home. Our child is challenged to progress and advance in addition to being given encouragement and support on a daily basis to excel and explore. If she experiences any learning challenges, it is immediately recognized and discussed with us to determine how best to help her past that hurdle. The school promotes an open line of communication with teachers and office staff that is greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Granite Bay Montessori to any parent.
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Posted March 8, 2010

My son is enrolled in the Granite Bay Montessori Children's House program. The teachers in Children's House are absolutely wonderful. My child is being nutured and academically prepared while in a loving environment. The Children House director is pleasant and easily accessible. I look forward to the 'Montessori at Home Nights.' My son just loves going to preschool everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

Your kid will be treated like a number! Of course its a business. The school is overpriced, play areas are lacking for smaller kids, for what you pay you think they would invest in some nice play structure, not little tikes stuff we keep in our backyards..Teachers are OK..Go to public school...better! Dont waster your money here!
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Posted August 11, 2009

The childrens house seems just like a play school. There is not really any structure. Kids seem bored. The director of the childrens house who is also part owner of the school needs to put a smile on her face. She seems so angry all the time. Only nice during paretn teacher sessions, but otherwise, if you seem to ask her anything, she seems very stern. This is not what I would expect from a Montessori school director. Overall, I think the main elementary levels may be ok, but the childrens house is good if you are only looking for a daycare...
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Posted July 11, 2009

My child has attended GBM since he was 3. Academically the school is great;however, regarding social activities and encouraging the kids to feel part of a group, the school needs a lot of improvement to do. I do beleive on independence;however, the greatest things are not build alone. Team work is lacking at GBM.
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Posted February 16, 2009

My high spirited four year old daughter loves this school. The curriculum is awesome! My daugher knows about invertebrates, knows her ABC's (recognizing and sounds), can write them as well, knows her 1,2,3's, can count in Spanish, know the continents, the planets..solar system, she speaks of her practical life skill jobs all the time. The teachers are very calm, loving! The classroom is always immaculate anytime you walk in!
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Posted January 29, 2009

Raised as a Montessori Child myself, I have always been a firm believer in the Montessori teaching philosophy. My husband became a believer when we toured Granite Bay Montessori s Children s House and a found a three year old girl learning about the solar system. Since that day four years ago, both of our children have moved through GMB s Children s House and into their lower elementary program. We are excited to watch our children grow, both academically and socially, in the extended family that Granite Bay Montessori has become.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 26%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 52%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Andrea Saykally
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMS
Fax number
  • (916) 791-8170

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  • Montessori

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9330 Sierra College Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95661
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