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Walnut Creek, CA

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800 Hutchinson Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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November 20, 2014
Excellent school and awesome teachers. Our daughter looks forward to going to school all the time. We love EPMS!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014

- submitted by a community member
October 11, 2013
Eagle Peak is the main reason that our family still lives in Contra Costa County! It is the very best place for our children to attend school. The education is superb, the teachers caring and attentive to the individual needs and learning styles of each student. One size does NOT fit all, and EPMS certainly understands this. Both of my boys would have been labelled as "behind" in traditional public school, but at EPMS they were able to go at their own pace and develop a true love of learning. Isn't developing a passion for learning what it's all about? They are now thriving, and the oldest well above grade level now. The community spirit is phenomenal, and the principal is passionate about her job and love of the school, children, and community. We are so grateful to be a part of EPMS. It's the essence of what a charter school should be.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
I have 2 children at Eagle Peak and am so grateful that this amazing school exists and that my children get to spend each day there. The principal puts her whole heart and soul into each child, as do the teachers. Every child is truly honored for who they are. Not to forget about the academics. I am always amazed to see all the things my children are learning and how much they love going to school! Thanks Eagle Peak!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
This is a fantastic school! The Montessori philosophy of this school is right in line with our philosophy at home. We wanted a school that would encourage independence, self initiative and self confidence. Not to mention the support system amongst all the teachers, staff and parents is tremendous and wonderful. We are so thrilled to have found this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
EPMS is a wonderful school with amazing teacher involvement, outstanding parent support, children who love their community and work to improve all aspects of their lives. EPMS combines the best of the Montessori Philosophy in the framework of the PUBLIC school system. Remember, this is an anomaly, a charter school dedicated to a specific philosophy of community, learning and life skills in the bureaucracy of a State school system. Now the Montessori Philosophy and paths may not be for everyone. Those seeking a "pure" Montessori elementary school will not find it, as EPMS works in the frame work of public school. Those searching for an alternative to traditional Public Schools may not be happy, as success in Montessori does require a unique mindset from both the child and parents. The teachers of EMPS are dedicated to their field and students. The Principle, Ms. Hammons, speaks at the American Montessori Conference in S.F. every year. The entire school takes one day off, so the teachers may attend up to 3 days of workshops & seminars, then bring new knowledge and insight back to EPMS. How many other Public schools have such an investment from their teachers?

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
To The previous comment, I disagree my daughter has a learning disablity and the school has been working with her to meet her needs and she is in fourth grade allready. They are all great @ Eagle Peak.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2012
Principal has her own agenda. If your child has a learning disability they just want to get rid of him/her. The public schools in the area are way better.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
Have our 2nd son at EP and we love the school. The important factor for deciding on attending EP is whether your child is capable of self direction. Some children need to be told what to do next. At EP the children are given the overall picture and they are left to work at their own speed.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
We have been at Eagle Peak for 3 years and currently have two children at this school. While Montessori is not perfectly suited to every child and learning style, most parents feel privileged to have their children here. The staff is respectful of the students and one another; most of the parents are eager to help; and the school is well-run. If you like to be involved and you want your child to learn independence and personal and environmental responsibility as well as academics, this may be the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
Both my kids attend Eagle Peak. Every year they excel and excel.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Not all children learn in the same way. Eagle Peak offers the best of both worlds - an alternative hands on Montessori learning approach within the framework of the state public schools. Teachers are dedicated, holding multiple credentials and parents are involved with their child's program and the school. It is large enough to offer a variety of peers for all the ages but small enough to feel like a close knit community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2009
Eagle Peak truly offers their students a unique opportunity to learn via Montessori methods. Students learn so much more than I did in my traditional school. Moreover, they learn how to think and solve problems. I consider my kids very lucky to have this experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
My daughter is doing well at the school and loves it there. The change of teachers has actually been a benefit to her. Her confidence, maturity, and independence has really grown due to the environment and support she has been given. Though, I do agree with the uber-controlling parents bit in the last post. I've seen the prinicipal try to negate that in encouraging new parents to volunteer and trying to find more creative ways in allowing more parents to become involved rather then just the same set everytime.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
Pros: Caring, competent faculty, active parent body, small school community, emphasis on community and service. Cons: Wish there had been a little less teacher turnover recently, although it's not the school's fault. A few uber-controlling parents who have little else to do but shuffle around in chairmanship and member positions on the boards and parent-teacher group. But, that's no different than most schools. Overall I am pleased with the education my child receives, and most of the parent, administration, and faculty interaction has been positive.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
I drive half an hour each way to take my child here. It's an amazing school, full of caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
This school is excellent. Caring faculty, active parents.

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April 03, 2009
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February 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
I would agree with the parent that complains about the prinicpal and discipline. The discipline for one is not Montessori and for two is extremely inappropriate and seemingly tied to a personal agenda rather than one centered on the child and the school community.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
I have had two children attend Eagle Peak. We believe in the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. The staff here is dedicated to the students and the school community. I feel that my children have received an excellent education and have learned how to be respectful, concerned citizens. We love Eagle Peak!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
I have one child at Eagle Peak and one to come. I could not ask for a better place for my children to go. They are exceed ing beyond my expectations. Eagle Peak is a choice. Its my opinion to leave if one is not happy.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2008
We are extremely unhappy with this school. Our daughter was suspended for 2 days for 'defying authority' because she didn't want to apologize to a child who said she hit him when she didn't. It is my opinion that the principal is authoritarian and does not follow the montessori philosophy of respecting the unique qualities of a child. The montessori philosophy is to let a child work at their own pace, but they base our daughter's day on how many jobs she gets done.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2008
Eagle Peak is a great fit for my child. Like many children, he excels in some areas while needs assistance in others, and the environment at EPMS meets his needs. The classes are larger, but have two teachers, so the teacher-student ratio is fine, and the students are more independent than in a traditional public school, so they don't require the same level of attention. The classroom is a small community in which the children are taught to collaborate, and older children are encouraged to teach/mentor younger children. Because the school is small overall, my child receives attention that he would likely not receive at another school. The staff and faculty know the children personally. Eagle Peak reinforces the values that I teach at home: care of self, others, community, and environment, self-confidence, independence, in addition to excellence in education.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
Eagle Peak is a great alternative to standard public schools and classroom structure. Children must learn self sufficiency, self motivation, and community building behavior all of which are challenges at times for each student. Parent participation is a huge reason for success. The classes remain very large (34), but have two teachers per room so it does get loud and depending on the teachers seemingly unruly at times. Most inappropriate behavior is dealt with quickly by the principal. Main drawback is the lottery process becasue of so few spots.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
Eagle Peak school is very good for kids who can work on their own. Can get very little help from Teachers, but they will learn more with the senior students mentor. Academic standards are very good. Students get more exposure to the future syllabus(next grade) once they are comfortable and performing above the average of the current grade. Only drawback is Eagle Peak has upto 5th Grade only.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
My daughter is challenged there, unlike in her previous public school. She is developing great confidence. The school community is irreplaceable in terms of parent involvement, teacher commitment and the respect, both given to and earned by, the students. This is how all schools should be.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
We love this school. As in all Montessori programs, the classrooms are multi-grades. Older students help younger and peers work together frequently. Two full time teachers are in every classroom, so someone is always available to answer questions. Each child is given multiple choice task lists for the week, and can complete their assignments in any order (generally six per day including math, language and cultural assignments). Art, music and P.E. are all offered at least once per week and the field trips have been fun and educational. Parents are asked to volunteer 40 hours per school year, including class and general hours (including gardening). Parent education is offered once a month and social activities are offered off-campus as well as on school grounds. My son is thriving at EPMS and is pushing himself to learn new things. He loves the extended care program and has made many friends.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Eagle Peak is a public charter Montessori school...an opportunity for children to get a quality Montessori education without the high cost of private school. The school is only 4 years old, and is still experiencing growing pains. The teachers and administrator do an amazing job, and the children learn in an authentic montessori atmosphere. There is a sorry lack of music, art, sports, and P.E., however, and I feel the school barely meets state standards in these areas, where their goal is to excel. I feel confident that with time and money, they will be able to grow in these areas as well. The school demands a very high level of parent involvement, and the results show. Parents are on campus and involved every day. It is a wonderful school, with a wonderful staff, which still needs some help in the extras.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
I think the faculty try to hold true to the Montessori method of teaching and learning while trying to abide by California State Public School standards and regulations, which is a definite challenge. Sometimes I feel the faculty and staff are a bit unorganized, but I understand it is still a very young Charter school that has moved to a new facility. They have their work cut out for them! All in all, I am very happy with my boys experience at Eagle Peak Montessori Elementary School. They have learned a lot and have established good friendships with their classmates. In addition, it seems the faculty really try to understand my boys' strengths and weaknesses and use what they know to help emphasize the basics, as well as introduce new concepts.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
We withdrew our son from this school after he spent a miserable 3 months in the first through 3rd grade classroom. First off, there are too many children per class- 37 in a room with 2 teachers. The high number of children creates a poor learning environment. Although the school is supposed to prepare an individual learning plan for each child early in the fall semester, none had been prepared in my son's class even as of late November. The teachers in my son's class took a hands off approach to discipline and social issues. Academically, despite the rhetoric, children are forced to work through the Montessori materials that they may already have mastered. I would avoid this school at all cost; there are many other school choices in this area.

- submitted by a parent

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Eagle Peak Montessori School
800 Hutchinson Road, Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 946-0994
Last modified Eagle Peak Montessori School is a Charter school that serves grades 1-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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