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K-6
Private
Sunnyvale, CA
Students enrolled: 472
 

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790 East Duane Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

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(408) 738-3261
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April 24, 2015
I am not very thrilled with this school for the following reasons... 1) Front gate is locked at all times. you need a key fob to get in, even in the morning when you drop off your kid. I never saw any schools behave like this. 2) The parking lot and traffic are the biggest mess I have ever seen. 3) What is the "Montessori Method"? What I see is 4th grade books for 3rd grade students. 4) If my kid decides she/he does not want to do an assignment, nobody makes him do it and nobody lets me know until parent/teacher night. One of life's lessons is that you can not do only what you want to do. 5) Some of the homework assignments do not seem to even get checked by the teacher. 6) Homework seems excessive and interferes with my evenings since I need to help. Maybe this goes back to nobody making students do the work assigned. Sometimes I have to explain everything like my kid never even saw this work before. Based on these things, I wonder what I am paying for?

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November 01, 2014
I have a daughter in this school. We cane from another private non- profit school. When I compare academics, it is very real that Rainbow teaching is far better than the other school we came from. Ms. Dory, Ms. Geneviev are a great combination for my child. I am very pleased with what I see. I am very confident that my child will be very ready for middle school. I am a strong believer in parent involvement and if we support the hard working teachers and guide our children then we can achieve a lot better. The school's fees structure is very reasonable. They accommodate to parents needs and there is always a great support system. I still believe that they should consider some better resource teachers. Spanish teaching is not very impressive and hope they will come up with a better solution.

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November 12, 2013
This school can be the one of the best if someone can change management specially director . She is so incompetent to the extent if someone walks in with some issue she just cant handle it. She should be more approachable and the first person to solve any kind of problem. Most of the teachers don't even speak proper English which is the most unfortunate thing. School reputation is going beyond even normal standards .

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July 02, 2013
This is not a school, but a military style teaching institution. The kids have no fun time in school, but only work, learn and work again. There is no craft and artwork, but only writing and drawing, and everything is related to learning. Their curriculum is 2nd grade level for 1st grade and 1st grade in kindergarten. If your child cannot read before kindergarten, then this is not a right school. The kids are not allowed to talk to each other during the day, except during recess. The school encourages bragging about the kids progress and everything is about being the best in class (due to the different cultural background of the teachers and the director competition is desirable). Most of the teachers have very strong Indian accent and are difficult to understand. The director ignores the inputs from the parents, even after having promised to resolve them. Management is incompetent, but very friendly and always smiling. The teachers claim that the kids have fun, but I have never seen the kids smiling or laughing during the day. Having fun while learning is not a concept that this school endorses.

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June 27, 2013
This is a GREAT school. One great thing you can pick the class you want. For toddlers I highly recommend Ms Kumud, she is an Indian teacher, she ensures your child eats, is warm and talk to her and she will give you a clear picture of your child's day. In preschool Ms. Sonia you will be amazed when you see your child color, read and know their numbers, and Ms. Elizabeth, your 3 or 4 yr old will be reciting the preamble, the 44 presidents and little anecdotes about them, the original colonies. Just amazing. Kindergarten Ms. Sora, or Ms. Natalie. Your child will gain confidence and discipline too, both teachers are so good at instilling respect. 1st grade Ms. Grace and Ms. Shubhada's combo class. The combo class has REALLY high standard, so be prepared to have a HUGE load of homework but your child will be so prepared for higher grades. But this class can be very taxing if you or your child are not ready for it !! Third grade I have heard of Ms. Preety but don't have any personal experience but although she is strict her students love her. Great school. My only complaint is I wish the elementary director was more visible and more approachable.

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June 20, 2013
I agree, Ms Sonia is a really GREAT teacher. You don't find teachers like her these days. She is so dedicated and her children just love her, in spite of the fact that she is VERY strict, but she is loving too and her children know this. I am also so happy with Ms. Elisabeth what a wonderful teacher. I was so amazed to hear my child list the preamble this from the mouth of 4 year old baby. i really thank RB for hiring such wonderful teachers. I know that in all the grades there are wonderful teachers, Ms Sora and Natalie, Ms Preety, Ms Shubhada, Ms. Grace, Ms Dory ... This is an amazing school. Now they just need to find a good principal/director for the elementary side.

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May 19, 2013
Both my sons goes to RM and they just love it. We started when my son was 18 months old and we had a wonderful experience with staff and teachers. Ms.Khumud, Ms.Sonia & Ms.Padma are amazing teachers who are so caring & loving. I never seen any teacher like Ms.Padma who comes with innovative ideas & helps kids to move quickly up the ladder. Ms.Boi is so helpful and understanding. I would strongly recommend anyone to send their kids to this school.

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April 29, 2013
My son has been attending this school for almost 5 years. If you drive into the parking lot, drop off your kid and then wait in line to exit, it's a real mess. Too many cars from too many different places trying to converge towards the sole point of egress was a big cluster "you-know-what" . Fortunately, they have started using cones to redirect traffic around the lot and it is a LOT better (I wish they had done this sooner!). I used to park outside on Duane Ave. and then walk my son into the school whenever possible, but now I don't mind driving into the parking lot to drop him off. I"m guessing Dave R. was the one who improved the situation. Hats off to him! He has also done a lot of other things to improve the school like restriping the parking lot and adding that outdoor staircase so it's easier to exit from the 2nd floor. Good thing he's there! As far as the teachers go, I've had old and young, strict and not-so-strict, and so on. Personally, I have found all of them to be patient and willing to talk to me about anything. I felt that we were treated fairly and I don't feel that any of the school's protocols or requirements were unreasonable. Just my .02

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March 14, 2013
Yes, my child too knows the presidents and the first ladies thanks to Ms Elizabeth. Thanks Rainbow for hiring the best teachers. My child is not in Ms Sonia's class, there was a wait list to this class, I know I should have insisted but went with another class. I have heard Ms Sonia is the best teacher for preschool, children will read, know their numbers etc. My 2nd child will go to this class for sure!!! Rainbow Rocks!!!

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December 20, 2012
How safe is this school. Last time when I am looking for schools and stop by. I didn't take appointment and entered the school. No one at gate or no one stopped me. No one even notice. So, I can enter the school if I want anytime. Looks like management don't care who is coming and leaving. I also do the same at The Wonder years Preschool in Mountain view. They stopped me at the gate and didn't allow inside and said I have to make an appointment before coming. Parents, next time when you leave your kids somewhere, think about their safety. Schools should focus on safe measures

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December 03, 2012
I cannot believe that the School does not resolve the parking situation. Each time parents walk up to the Director we are turned to someone else and the issue soon dies. Parents are put through daily torture living with the parking situation and it was not this bad until they redid the parking space.

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October 19, 2012
My kids went to RM for 4 years. Of course the montessori method of teaching is great, but not all teachers and specially the Director is not so good, with her it is always one way communication.In 4 years for my two kids i sent thousands of dollars , I dont think we got the value for money. Kids learning capability doesn't improve, it remains same. Teachers are more focused on preparing and printing out the hand out and homeworks and individual attention is not there. Teacher/student ration is like 1:23 for 2nd grade, so most of the time they are over tired. Parents teacher meeting is twice in a year that is 30 minutes in a year- that is to show the progress reports. Lunch they provide is so that most of the time kids wont eat. As in Sunnyvale there is not many choices for a full time school, the school still has about thousand kids.

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August 31, 2012
Our daughter attended RM from 3 mths to almost 7 yrs old. Our twins attended from 3 mths to almost 5 yrs old. We then moved to Europe where our daughter attended 2nd grade in a private school (local public school hours were way too short for working parents) and our twins attended a public Kindergarten. None of our kids spoke much German at the time of the move. My daughter still ended up being the best student in her class in math, sciences, writing and even German spelling. I credit her RM education for giving her learning skills that served her well in her new environment. My twins had a blast in the German KG playing and singing all day, but they lost much of the writing and counting skills they had acquired in preschool at RM. At RM, KG kids know at least how to write their names. In Europe, pictures were used to identify kids' stuff. At RM, you get accident reports every time something happens, which we missed in Europe. Also, RM enforces discipline by counseling students and parents as needed. In Europe, we experienced bullying and foul language from kids without teachers doing much to stop it. Overall, we look back to our kids' years at RM with respect and gratitude.

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August 20, 2012
My Kid currently goes to Rainbow Montessori & I love this school. The staff is flexible if the child has any particular needs. The teachers are always willing to talk to you about your child s progress and help out. I would highly recommend this to every one.

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August 20, 2012
Both of my kids go to this school and they both love it very much. Whenever, I had any issues I always talked to the school director to sort out any problems. I am glad that she respects parent s opinions instead of thrusting her own and is willing to make a positive difference as much as possible. The fees are very reasonable for a private school and the kids seem very happy here. I have toured other private schools also but in the end this is where the kids seemed to be most comfortable. Therefore, I made my decision to put both my kids here. For any parents who are looking for a private school don go for the exterior things like how pretty the school looks like instead see how happy & confident the kids look like in that school. In early ages of their life that is all that matters.

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August 11, 2012
This is a great school and fits all our requirements. My kids have been there for the past 6 years. Education Standards are very good and they have a lot of extra curriculars like Spanish, music, art, computers. The good thing is there are several sections and you can choose a classroom/teacher that fits your child's needs. The only complaint I have is about the new uniforms which are not readily available in every store.

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June 23, 2012
Parents who are posting bad reviews, should just leave the school, but not, they blame everyone around- teachers, director, classmates,secretary. Forgot the janitor.I think Mrs. Rodenborn who's been running this school for more than 30 years knows what she is doing. Enyone can post anything since there is no face immage. Wher e is your selfesteem?Dignity? Just leave the school and be happy with your life.

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June 21, 2012
I am not a big fan of Rainbow's elementary section, but I want to respond to whoever posted "Our disappointment about our child's Kindergarten teacher has no limit." - seriously, did you not see your child writing his own name in the whole year at K? and your child never volunteered to read you a book in the whole year.. Usually kids are pretty good at bragging about this basic reading\writing skill to everyone they know. So, problem is not the teacher here.. its something else. As a parent, you should first figure that out instead of blaming a teacher. Also, what credibility that first grade teacher has that she is recommending tutoring for a 5\6 year old on the third day of summer school? Are you sure that teacher is not trying to run her own side business. Many so called great teachers at Rainbow have their after school classes in the name of teaching kids advanced stuff. I wonder why school even allows that.

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April 03, 2012
I have a child in V16, also. I must say that the last review is completely false. The teacher has prepared the students well for the next year. They have covered beyond the standards in almost all areas. She is organized, prepared, and is always working to make learning fun for the students. My child is very happy there. As for correcting each other's homework, I know that this is a practice done in other classes also. Laps are also used by other classes. Teachers need some recourse when dealing with discipline. I am extremely lucky to have had this teacher for my child. My child will not only be prepared for the 5th grade but will also have respect for those around them. Thank you for everything you do. My child is extremely happy and has never complained...they love their teacher!!

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March 23, 2012
I was so disappointed about the fourth grade teacher in V16.She did not have any experience in montessori philosophy and she was so rude to the kids.The classroom was in chaos and she did not teach math,spelling,language very well.The students had to correct the other kids homework.She punished the kids by giving them quizzes or tests daily.The worst thing was the several laps during recess.Some students were assigned by the teacher to be monitors and they had the authority to punish other students with additional laps.The class environment was so hostile.

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February 11, 2012
Our family has had children attending Rainbow for nearly a decade. Sometimes we made teacher requests and sometimes did not. In all cases, we have been extremely satisfied by the caring and committed teachers who have worked with our children. If you have concerns about something happening in your child's class, please talk with your child's teacher directly. It is harmful for the whole community to position the teachers in opposition to one another. We have a child in L8 kindergarten now, and we are very happy with the progress she is making in all academic, social, and emotional areas. Do we finish the homework on time every week? No. We check in with the teacher regularly and let her know what we are and are not doing regarding homework. She has always been very supportive and kind. As a whole, we appreciate the increased number of field trips and assemblies we've seen across all grade levels in recent years. We are not supportive of the pending changes to the school dress code requiring skirts for girls and ties and dress shirts for all on Mondays and field trip days. We believe this must be repealed because it is discriminatory and not aligned with Montessori philosophy.

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February 10, 2012
Well said by another parent below - KG class doesn't define their success in life, but stress at age 5 can lead to problems in life. Parents, you know your kid the best, first figure out what will make your kid happy and then decide. Final note: yes, teachers do matter, but please do not completely rely on outsiders to work on your kids.

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January 12, 2012
My child goes to school here. I just want to say that I am really happy with the program. I wish the parking situation could be improved.

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October 12, 2011
My children have been going to RM for several years.Just this year,the uniforms changed.This is a bad decision.The school must have made a deal with a second hand store in East PaloAlto because this is the only place that has the uniform.Why couldn't the school pick styles and colors that are sold in safer and larger stores like Target, Kohls,JCpenny,Sears,etc? The uniforms look terrible and are colors (gray and burgandy) that are hard to find in stores,and must be EMBROIDERED with the school name (which cost extra)!!! The boys sweaters look like girls sweaters.PE uniform requirement (a green shirt with gray sweatpants). On a 95 degree day,my child felt dizzy wearing such heat-contained PE clothes. The school does not consider heat strokes when wearing this ridiculous uniform.He never had any dizziness with the old uniforms which allowed wearing shorts on hot days.In a time of recession where everyone is conserving money,this school thinks parents are a money-tree.The tuition is high and is an additional $100+ for a new set of uniforms.One of the best/unique things about this school was the freedom to choose and diversity about the uniforms,but it has turned into a military school.

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July 03, 2011
Our family has been with Rainbow Montessori for 8 years, since our two daughters entered preschool. There is an old saying You need a village to raise a child and Rainbow Montessori is our village. As parents we are deeply touched to see how the teachers over the years have helped our daughters to grow in their own personal development while becoming more empathetic and cooperative with their fellow classmates. Our Daughters want to go to school as early as possible in the morning for playground time and want to leave as late as possible. What better way of saying how much they love being there. All teachers we had over the years had a passion toward their profession which translated into a classroom atmosphere of learning and respect. Thanks again Rainbow Montessori for a wonderful and exciting year and we are looking forward to seeing you in September for another year of passionate learning. The Guettaf Family

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June 23, 2011
My kid is in Preschool and teachers behave very rudly with the kids especially in the rest rooms.Teachers are very strict with the kids in the classroom. No fun for them. Parent teachers communication is very poor. No report is given to the parents about how the child was or regarding his progress.Director should take step to improve this.

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May 20, 2011
I love Rainbow Montessori. My child goes to the Class room C with MS Micki. She is just awesome. Very kind, loving and always ready to talk and inform us about our child. I highly recommend her. The classroom is bright, beautiful, clean and there are a lot of activities for the little ones. in just a few weeks I noticed my child knows more words, rhymes, and uses please, thank you and sorry so well.

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April 08, 2011
I am very happy with Rainbow Montesorri. Adminstration Staff (Ms. Irene) is friendly and very helpful. I have two children, in Infant and Preschool program. The teachers were all friendly and highly interactive with the kids. It's a great school for my two children.

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March 30, 2011
My older son went there when he was 3 years old. It was a bad experience for him, and very stressing for the family. It was crushing his spirit. The whole experience was similar to an army drill operation. The classrooms were too big, too cold and the teachers too. The recesses were short, and few. Kids needed to have a personal space to concentrate. There was not background music, and no laugh or group fun. There was no talk, no noise, no non-sense allowed. The music during the circle time was ominous, and that felt like an old Soviet Union march. So they marched. Comments from the teacher: it would be easy to just put some silly music and make silly jokes, but then the kids will just lose control and the class will be a mess . If my son was unhappy, she said: kids at that age lie, He is ok . She told me that people should not listen to a three year old. It was not easy for the kids to get to all areas and activities of the classroom. They could just have 6 to 8 kids at the time in the art area. So he needed to be really committed to it to get to paint. I am still beating myself for letting my son stay there so long.

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June 28, 2010
My two boys attended this school until first grade as we then moved them to Catholic schools so they could also receive their religious education. They got an excellent education. My eldest is now a critical care RN at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, NE. He was accepted at the med school but decided he wanted more patient contact. Our youngest son just finished his sophomore year at University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He has a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in International Economics. He has been invited to study at Oxford this summer, 2010, in Economic. I think the Rainbow Montessori did an excellent job in educating my children. My sons will be an asset to the world.

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September 02, 2009
I don't know how anyone can compare Rainbow Montessori to Challanger or Stratford. Rainbow Montessori's math & english are way ahead of the other two schools. The individual attention given to children too are just amazing in this school. Do your research as most other parents have said and enroll your child in these teachers' classes and then just sit back and see how well your child does.

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July 29, 2009
This school needs a lot of improvement, this is a montessori school where many things are missing. Personal attention to my child in many cases was impossible they are more than 30 students in each class. Working with montessori materials is also very difficult, the classroom is missing a lot of materials and my child needs to go to other class to borrow those materials very often. Academic level, its depend of the teacher that be on charge, some are good and others needs their montessori certificade before be on charge of the group. My son will not continue in this school, l will find another montessori school that be serious and follow the montessori philosophy.

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July 24, 2009
This is a school without discipline. I had my daughter for 3 years in this school and I decided to move on to a different school because this school doesn t take discipline seriously, one student was constantly disturbing others children in the classroom including my daughter and the School did not take any decision about this. A school without a serious discipline system cannot be a good school and cannot be a good place for your child.

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July 21, 2009
This is not a good school, many classrooms in Elementary have more than 28 students In a very small classroom , many times the teacher assistant is not in the classroom because she is helping in different classroom when others teachers are absent. The Students doesn t have the attention that they need because they are many students in one class and nobody that work with the head teacher to give the time and the attention to your child.

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June 11, 2009
Our kids go to Rainbow Montessori for the past few years and we are very pleased with their academic and personality development. It is difficult to rate the school because some of the teachers are exceptional while others are ok. If you do your homework and ask for reviews on the teachers before you send your kids to the school you will be happy. On the other side it is great that they have only 7 holidays a year and they run even during the holiday shutdown. Great return for the money. 5 Stars.

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December 02, 2008
After extensive research on daycares that accept infants, I chose Rainbow based on friend referrals and also from reading online reviews. My 13 month old has been going there for several weeks and I am very pleased with their infant program. Prior to enrolling I sat in the class several times to observe the environment and staff. The teachers were all friendly, educational and highly interactive with the kids. The room is filled with age appropriate toys and is always neat and tidy. I work closeby and drop in often, and I always leave knowing he is in good hands. Another plus is that they use cloth diapers. I must add that price was never a factor for choosing this school, however Rainbow offers the lowest tuition for infants.

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September 04, 2008
My daughter is going to Kindergarten here and she's enjoying the school and learning lots of stuffs. This school charges the lowest fee around this area and curriculum is at par with the highly priced schools. The regular academics have just started, will wait and see and post my review about the school in detail.

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July 04, 2008
I am very happy with Rainbow Montessori school. My daughter is in preschool ,she knows how to read and write and I am very happy with the teachers(s3)

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July 02, 2008
Teachers have a low level of interest in kids. Rather than being nurturing & caring, they only took care of necessities. There was practically no learning, either academic or extra-curriculum. Toilet-trained kid like mine went back to wetting pants. My kid also went from being fun-loving, friendly to being scared of teachers/other kids.

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March 23, 2008
My son attended Rainbow Montessori from the time he was 8 weeks old through 1st Grade. Rainbow Montessori, in its capacity as a daycare facility is fine however, as an educational institution, it fails miserably. In both Kindergarten and First Grade, I was told my son was behind (even though the Montessori Method on the Rainbow website states that 'children learn and progress at their own pace. . . slow learners are not frustrated by their inability to keep up'). On top of tuition fees, I was encouraged by Rainbow to hire a tutor for my son (additional $360/month). I pursued this route and even so, my son still had to be held back. I am pleased to report that I've switched my son out of Rainbow to our local public school . My son has gone from zero confidence to excelling in the areas he was told he was behind.

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June 30, 2007
They should not be calling themselves a Montessori. They seem so confused. Lost between academics and disciplining. I was not happy with the teachers either.

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April 26, 2007
Our first son started going here for kindergarten because it has such a good schedule for working families - seven holidays a year and 8-5 care everyday, just like a workplace. He thrived in kindergarten and turned into a great reader. Our other child joined Rainbow for preschool and is still there, doing well, and loves the teachers. If you get a good teacher, you'll have a good experience. If you get a bad teacher, I'm sad to say you can expect little help from the school administration. Interview the parents of older students to find out if they were satisfied with their teacher, and fight to get your child into that class.

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January 19, 2007
We liked the school a lot. I am sending my son since he was 2 yr 2 months. They will send him to KG room next month. Overall we are satisfied the teachers and the curriculum. My son a lot with reading and writing in the preschool.

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December 31, 2006
We've had both our kids in Rainbow from about 6 months. Our oldest is now in kindergarten, and the younger in preschool. We've been very pleased with the teachers they've had. They seem to genuinely care for the kids and are giving them excellent academic preparation. The price is excellent, and the full-day aspect is a lifesaver for working parents. My impression is that there is a fairly large variation in the quality of the teachers, however. I think we've been lucky to get some of the best of the pack. Also, it seems there's less of a focus on art and music (read creativity) than one might hope for kids that young.

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December 04, 2006
My daughter started at Rainbow at the age of 6 months. Now she is in pre-school. Right from the beginning we have been very pleased with our daughter's learning curve. We have been very happy with the school's curriculum. My daughter is ahead of her age in Math & Reading. At Rainbow kids are encouraged to learn and not forced to learn. My daughter is now so interested in reading, writing and doing math, that at times we need to tell her to do something else. The key thing here is that she is 'interested' in doing it on her own rather than doing it as an assignment. Also, there is a good mix of kids from different ethnicity. Last but not the least, if you are a parent who likes homework (even though you are doing it instead of your child), then this school is not for your child.

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December 04, 2006
My son loves this school. He is in pre-school. Academics is good. Great extracurricular activities.

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June 15, 2006
For starters I would like to say that my daughter loves this school! She runs to class every day. We have tried her in a couple of other preschools and this is the first time I have seen her so happy. That said I am dissapointed with the academic standards and the level of parent participation.

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April 19, 2006
Extremely poor discipline. Rude staff

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April 10, 2006
Child is in Pre-school. Appears to employ good teaching based on Montessori program. Some extracurricular activities available mainily in summer- woul dlike more throughout the year. Very little parent involvement other than talking on parent -teacher meeeetings. Do work with individual parents if prompted

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February 20, 2006
The good thing about the Montessori program is that kids are not pressurized. However, the quality of teachers is not good.

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January 24, 2006
The quality of the academic programs at Rainbow is very good. The extracurricular activities offered are excellent. Parent involvement however, is lacking.

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January 07, 2006
My daughter attend preschool. She learned a lot in two months.

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January 07, 2006
My daughter is in preschool. She is 4 and half years old. She learned a lot in sing songs, read story. But she has less progress in math and ABC, words. I felt that she even reverse back (we were from different school) and forgot she learned in the past. I felt that the school let kids play too much and the kids can not get teacher's attention since there are over 30 kids in one class, although the teachers are friendly.

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January 05, 2006
My daughter had preschool and kindergarten at Rainbow Montessori, and she loved it. The academic programs and teaching styles are excellent. Also many extracurricular programs to choose from. Highly recommended!

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December 19, 2005
Rainbow Montessori is the largest private school in the Bay Area, comprising upwards of 600 kids. The infant, primary and elementary areas are separated so that the kids play in areas with their peers. They follow part of the Montessori philosophy, in that kids can learn at their own pace, and can move up grades in certain subjects. Teachers and style vary greatly. My daughter loved her 3rd grade teacher, who was hard, but fair and loved the kids. She had greater difficultly with her 4th grade teacher. We enjoyed the school, and you really can't beat the price, but they appear to have difficulty keeping teachers, and sometimes the programs that are set out for summer never appear to happen.

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September 23, 2005
Hi, My experience with this school is kindergarden level here. Very nice environment and friendly staff. Philosophy is good but implementing has different ways. I don t know whether kids are getting into there system the way staff explains to you. Academically I feel kids tend to go on easy ride. Parent involvement as far as kindergarden level is less than I expected. I would say if it is best if you child is preschool, daycare, kindergarden level.

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September 19, 2005
The academic program is average. It depends on the teachers. I would like to see different selections of textbooks being used. There are some good teachers but I felt the turn over of the teachers seems a bit high in the last few years.

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August 27, 2005
Academic programming is limited. Some parent involement.

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August 26, 2005
They tend to fucus more on making money than improve quality of the service and education. Really disappointed.

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August 16, 2005
Pro - Nice Teachers, good school environment, Cons - lots of teachers are English as a Second Language

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August 01, 2005
My Boys started at rainbow in early November 2004,one was 2 the other 4. I was a little put off by the size of the school and by the minority of caucasion children attending. I was obviously used to a small montessori and a limited ethnic scope.I like the enormous diversity now, I realize it reflects silicon Valley's demographics.There are several extracuricular activities (available at extra cost) including Gymnastics,Music,Chinese, Tae kwon do and dance.My children like it very much. Most of the teachers I have encountered are loving and dedicated professionals. There is no parent involvement though,nada,zip. We bring in food for celebrations and in the elementary they sometimes need chaperones for trips, there is not even a parent website. Meetings with teachers must be scheduled independantly. The food service is adequate but the snacks all contain sugar or trans fat and nothing is recycleable or reuseable.

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July 28, 2005
Good quality academics. Moderate availability of music, arts and sports. Not necessarily the best teachers. Very low level of parent involvement.

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June 29, 2005
The school is highly disciplined and the amount of learning is just right. But we do not like the facility that much since it is kind of old.

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June 25, 2005
Good pre-school program. Excellent teachers, personal attention and decetn facilities. Not too excited about Kindergarten as kid just started.

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June 11, 2005
Only thing that I felt was not up to the mark was the play ground. Lots of hard surface. My son falls down a lot so I ruled this school out till he is older. He is 30 months old now.

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May 21, 2005
We tried this school for KG and 3rd grade, and although the academic instruction is great, the teachers attitude towards the children is questionable. They are strict, disciplinary. Bottomline, academics is good, but whole child development skills are very lacking.

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May 15, 2005
My son has spent 8 months here in Kindergarten. He has shown remarkable improvement in his academic performance and he seems genuinely interested in learning new things. He was 4 weeks too young to get into Kindergarten in Public school, but Rainbow Montessori enrolled him in Kindergarten and now my son is good enough to go to Grade 1. Even the fees charged here was much more reasonable as compared to other private schools such as Stratford, Challenger etc.

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April 15, 2005
This school is an awesome school. I have had my daughter in Rainbow since kindergarden and she really has developed very good study skills and a large bandwidth of knowledge.

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March 31, 2005
I think its a great school. I only have knowledge of the elementary program, and we are very pleased.

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February 07, 2005
Not impressed with their curriculum. Most teachers and Instructional Assistants do not seem to be well trained enough. On the positive note, they do have a varied extracurricular activities.

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January 18, 2005
My daughter is enrolled in the infant program and is 18 months old. She started 4 months ago and she is doing wonderfully. All of the teachers are great and the Program Director is very involved in every class. I like the teacher/child ratio and they have had a good schedule for each of the rooms that my daughter has been in. They have also been very responsive to me and have kept me well informed of my daughters' progress. I plan to keep her at this school for as long as we are in this area.

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December 25, 2004
I like this place. Very friendly staff, I like idea of Maria Montessori. The problem is that teachers (in preschool) are mostly not native English speakers.

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August 01, 2004
Daughter went to this school (pre-school) for a year. She did very good until the end of the first year when kids started going to kg... when she completely became distressed and listless. I think the problem was she got distracted because pre-school is all kids from 3-5 in the same class until you get to KG. The disadvantage is for kids who are in the range 4-5 who are more advanced and get easily distracted/bored by the same stuff they have learnt last year being repeated to the new 3 year olds. Otherwise I liked this school.

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May 03, 2004
The pre-school and Toddler program is below par. Teacher quality and experience is lack luster at best, and the ability to motivate linguistic or academic skills is non existent. Teachers & Principal alike rarely give feedback that allows parents to identify or intervene, if a student is not upto par. There are absolutely no written evaluations, and asking for one will only have the parent run around in circles. Safe and well maintained.

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Rainbow Montessori C.D.C.
790 East Duane Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA  94085
(408) 738-3261
Last modified Rainbow Montessori C.D.C. is a Private school that serves grades K-6
Rainbow Montessori C.D.C. Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 93 reviews. Top