Eagle Peak offers an environment that supports creativity and the individual interests of the children while the basics are being learned. Families are engaged in a variety of ways. As a grandmother I experience much delight in observing the many children sharing their science projects, artwork, and pieces of prose, and working through their differences.
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.
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!!!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I drive half an hour each way to take my child here. It's an amazing school, full of caring staff.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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