My oldest daughter attends the public Montessori school in Colorado Springs. I am a teacher myself for another local district. My 3 year old had never been to school before and we added the transition to me returning to work. We were looking for a school that was true to the Montessori atmosphere, relatively affordable compared to other options, and a peaceful environment. I toured several schools and ultimately chose this one because of the above reasons. Hope Montessori had cramped classrooms and did not seem to diligently follow the Montessori philosophy, but rather used Montessori materials. The other two schools were fantastic as well, but cost well over $1200 for full-day care (compared to the $925 for full-time care here). As a teacher, my salary is rather low for a professional, so this was a great option to secure the Montessori teaching methods for my daughter. Her teacher was very knowledgeable at the parent-teacher conference and was taking an approach similar to what I would have done with homeschooling my daughter. My daughter is always willing to go and says she has a "happy day." The home-cooked meals are a bonus! 7am-6pm care. She has attended for 4 months and no issues for us!