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Kinderhoue Montessori Schools, Inc.

Private | K-6 | 26 students


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Posted September 24, 2014

Unlike other schools where each parent has a code to access the school to see their children this is the school where you have to ring a bell wait outside and then brought in ( i don't know if i can say it is a coincidence but each time I drop to visit an administrator or someone from front desk will be rushing into the class to check on my kid!) Unlike other schools , if you call to check on your kid on his/her FIRST week you either get a voice mail to LEAVE a message and expect a call back in 1 hr or you receive a short very obvious "annoyed by your call" answer that your child is doing OK We got a call on the weekend from the principle asking us not to ruin the school order and if you leave 30 min earlier than the pick up time just wait outside DON't come in and mess up their order they don't like so many parents dropping in that is too many visits I am not sure why it will bring chaos to the school if the school is perfect and there is nothing to hide
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Posted September 23, 2014

There was never enough communication with the parents and they don't give your child enough socializing time, which is the main thing they crave at this age
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Posted May 16, 2014

My son went there. They are very strict about everything. Felt very artificial the first day I went there. I feel they are way too overrated. for 2 yr, they had 24 kids and 2 teachers. 12:1 student/teacher ratio. that too one teacher is just a helper. Felt like they are interested in making money and in not helping kids. My son didnt get used to the school for 3 months. They are very artificial(show off as though they care) when you enter the school. They didn't try to improve or be friendly with the kid. Also, they are way too overpriced for what they offer. Also they follow public school schedule which is stupid for 2 to 5 yr kids. when I tried to take my kid off of the school, it was a pain. The way their tuition structure is setup, it is so compilcated. when you join, you pay for the last month of the school year first. sme crazy scheme to get you to not withdraw. I lost lot of money because of their stupid policy. Potential parents should think twice. also they are not good at handling sensitive kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2014

Have two kids and both of them attend this school. I am very happy with the progress they have made academically and more importantly as individuals. This is a great Montessori school. It is not just in the name. The school & staff live by the Montessori principles every day. Very active parent community
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Posted March 19, 2014

This is a great and authentic AMI Montessori school. My girl started in the toddler program when she was 20 months old. She came home happily everyday. She was potty trained by 2 and got moved up to the primary class soon after she turned 2.5. She learns to be an independent little person. Now that she's in the primary class with other kids that are ranges from 3-6 years old. Love her head guide and Spanish teachers who are so caring and really vested in all the kids. Love the management team who give much support not only to the kids, but also parents. There's just too much good things about this school.
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Posted January 9, 2012

My daughter is currently attending the toddler program at Kinderhouse Montessori on Flanders Rd. Here's why I like it: 1. My daughter is well cared for and is learning every day. I go to work each day secure in the knowledge that my daughter is happy at school, and is looked after and taught by responsible, caring staff. 2. I view the principal and teachers as a resource to help us raise our daughter. For example: when we want to start something new, such as potty training, or when we want to help my daughter stop nonconstructive behaviors, we discuss approaches and move forward on the same page. 3. The school genuinely has the best interests of the child at heart and the policies are created with the child's best interests in mind. 4. The school holds parent seminars to share Montessori practices, for parent education, and to help parents better connect with the teachers and vice-versa 5. It is a multi-cultural environment and the school celebrates this aspect of the student community
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Posted January 4, 2012

Top notch school! With a background in education, I felt the Montessori method was truly the best for developing my children both educationally and socially. After much research, I found that Kinderhouse was a "true" Montessori school amongst many who claim to be but are not. We've been with the school for 4 years and this school has far exceeded all of my expectations.
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Posted December 16, 2011

I have been sending my 2 children to KHM for 5 yrs. No school like it! My oldest is doing fantastic in Elementary now. Not only is she well adjusted above target academically, but she is caring, kind and independent. Our kids are also on target with eating real wholesome food. This was initiated and reinforced at KHM. The kids all eat real food here. Eating calmly and with manners. The facilities are clean, natural and inviting. Staff is friendly and very loving towards kids. Overall, my kids have done fantastic at this school. I am confident any potential parent reading this could feel comfortable sending their kids here. It really helps to have the place where you send your kids during the day reinforce the values you have in your home and that they are safe and well taken care of.
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Posted December 13, 2011

My wife and I have been sending our children to Kinderhouse Montessori for several years and are very pleased with the progress our children have made there. The Montessori methods have proven to be as wonderful as I have read about for our children and I could not be happier with this school.
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Posted December 13, 2011

We have been sending our two children (5 1/2 and 3 1/2 years old) to Kinderhouse Montessori for over two years. We are very impressed with the teachers who maintain a wonderfully calm and productive environment for the children in the classroom. The school is superb in supporting both the academic and the social development of our children.
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Posted December 12, 2011

We started sending our daughter to Kinderhouse Montessori earlier this year. She has only been in the program a few months and already we can see a huge difference. She is only 2 but already she can put her own shoes on and pick out her clothes for the day. She helps set the table at dinner and can prepare small meals for herself! Her language skills have improved tremendously - she speaks Spanish and English - and her vocabulary has quadrupled since she started. As far as education, this school is the best there is! The teachers work with my child on her concentration skills and her attention and she is a marvel to behold. At home, she can sit on her own and do puzzles for hours. When we first started here, I did not know about the Montessori methods but this school adheres to them as they were meant to be. They allow children freedom of explorations of their environment and teach them how to live in our society. They help with potty training and their communication is superb - a note goes home every day, stating what snack was, what activities were done and a personal note from the teacher. I have never heard of any other school that does that! No better school in SD!
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Posted December 12, 2011

This is a great school. The teachers are caring and skilled at Montessori way of teaching. Would definitely recommend this school to a friend.
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Posted December 12, 2011

Our daughter's teacher in a top rated public school enquired where she had her preschool training. It was Kinderhouse. It was not a traditional day care facility with flexible timings, but was an institution for whole child development including behavioral and academic skills. Mrs. Yogi Patel made several articulate presentations with insights into child psychology, and each time, we went back home with nuggets of wisdom that made us mull over the development of our child. The enrollment packet was upfront regarding the school policies. The school believes that children can get the most out of Montessori education if they follow a daily schedule of activities and are allowed enough time to absorb the curriculum. Hence, the scheduled drop-off and pick-up times, as flexible timings would have caused distraction. Different program options and associated fees were also spelt out. There was an option of enrolling for the summer program right at the beginning of the school year at a discounted rate. We used our discretion here if, during a given year, we were not aware in advance of our summer plans. We never had any unexpected situations as far as fees or schedules were concerned.
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Posted December 8, 2011

Have had an excellent experience with Kinderhouse Montessori over the past few years. Our daughter is thriving and learning and we feel that the staff works with us to optimize her learning experience. Highly recommend!
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Posted November 9, 2011

My kid was at the Racho Bernardo facility. Everything was so nice at the beginning. The teachers smiled to me and asked my child's situation. To my surprise, After I paid $700 for monthly half day care, there were more and more fees came to me every week. Don't fool me!!
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Posted November 2, 2011

It seems a robbing money business but not a school. The teachers there only care about their benefits but not my child. Waste time!!!
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Posted September 6, 2011

Both our children attend the Kinderhouse Montessori preschool in Rancho Bernardo. Not only is it a wonderful facility staffed with qualified and loving teachers (all with AMI diplomas in hand), but it also does everything possible to develop every child. The entire operation, from drop off and pick up times, to enrichment programs, to bilingual classrooms, is designed to empower children in their learning process. It's completely amazing and truly the way to give your children the very best start to their education.
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Posted August 18, 2011

My two children (5 year old daughter starting her 3rd year there and 7 year old son starting his 4th or 5th year there), their dad, and I all LOVE this school. While our kids are getting a great education, KHM is not just about learning school subjects. It is that and so much more. It is about the entire person mind, body and spirit. Yogi Patel, the director, is extremely committed. She knows each of the children, their strengths, challenges, and personalities. She is dedicated to helping each child develop life skills (from reading, math, etc. to social and environmental awareness), confidence, and a desire to reach their full potential. The teachers and other staff are equally committed and caring. The school also greatly promotes family and parent involvement and a strong sense of community. The rules / guidelines (such as dress code, tardiness, parent education) seemed a bit overwhelming at first, but very quickly we understood the reasons behind each of these, saw the positive influence they had on our children, and embraced them. I cannot say enough good things about this school, Yogi, and her staff.
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Posted October 26, 2010

My 4 year old son and my 3 year old daughter are both attending. We love this this school. I like the principle, staff and the teachers, they really care about our children and their overall wellbeing, education and future. A++
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Posted October 10, 2010

Great school all the teachers really know your kid!!! They focus on the specific needs of your child while adhering to the montessori spirit.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Pacific Islander 71% 11%
White 24% 26%
Hispanic 5% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6540 Flanders Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 550-0097


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