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Crabapple Montessori School

Private | PK-6 | 165 students

Quality of education and caring staff.

 
 

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Posted August 7, 2014

This school was like second home to both my boys for the past few years. The owners are always there and they keep their standards high. The school is very clean and well maintained. It is a very calm and pleasant environment for kids. Some teachers are better than others. We were lucky with great teachers. I definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2014

I enrolled both my children at Crabapple Montessori at the age of 3! When I first went to observe this school I knew that I had found the place I wanted my children to begin their education experience ! My children learned so much and really enjoyed being there on a daily basis. They gained confidence in their social interactions and in their abilities to read and write. They learned about different cultures and customs and became aware of our world. I am so happy that they received such a strong base to begin their education!i highly recommend this school and cannot wait until my new baby is ready to experience Crabapple Montessori too!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2014

My daughter attended the Crabapple Montessori for 3 years. Her toddler teacher was positive, full of energy, yet firm. She was potty trained right after her 2nd birthday. She moved to the Primary Class when she turned 3 and it was a beautiful experience. Her teachers instilled a love of learning, respect for others as well as all living things. She developed a strong self confidence as well as learning how to read and write when she was 4 years old. Birthday celebrations were beautiful as well. Instead of focusing on sugar treats, we made a poster with pictures from every year of her life. Her teacher put a globe of the world in the middle of a carpet with the class sitting in a circle around it. Then my daughter would make trips around the globe and share a memory from each year of her life. Lunchtime was peaceful. The lights are turned off and the children eat in natural light from the windows while listening to peaceful music. The children are responsible for setting up lunch and cleaning up afterwards. My daughter took pride in helping teach younger children because she had learned from children who were older than her. I strongly recommend the Crabapple Montessori.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2014

The environment is very clean and the classrooms are bright and make the studying environment very good. The staff is very friendly and co-operative. My children loved the teachers!!! Awesome School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

We have had a very positive experience at CMS. We had two children attend and both were very happy in the classroom. Additionally, both kids made progress academically and benefited from the multicultural environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2014

Make sure your child is a good fit with his/ her teachers. Some teachers are very sweet but others treat the children coldly. Go with your instincts and observe the classroom if possible. Our child's teacher was a nightmare!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2014

CMS is an excellent school focusing on building foundation for children's learning, personality and behavior! My daughter has been in CMS for past 3 years. She has mastered many good skills and manners from the school, and enjoys going to school everyday! This school also has great environment which is maintained clean and tidy, I noticed fewer kids get sick in this school. The owner and most teachers make us feel this is a big family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Crabapple Montessori is full of professional, caring teachers that believe in the students' ability to achieve success and overcome challenges. My toddler developed valuable skills while attending the half-day program. She's confident, independent, and curious about learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2014

My two kids went here and we pulled them. Some teachers ae great, some are plain awful. Seems like the great ones don't stay that long. Director is nice, but doesn't listen to parents regarding some of the poor quality and downright nasty teachers. Such a shame!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

My daughter has very much benefited from this school. We love the quiet and peaceful environment in the entire school and this suited my daughters personality. She has become very independent and confident by attending this school. The teachers are all great. The after school programs are also fantastic. And the management staff is very helpful as well. Overall my experience about this school has been wonderful and I recommend it to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

We have had all our children go through Montessori schools from toddler up to high school and would thoroughly recommend Crabapple Montessori's elementary program. You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated Montessori teacher! The staff are always helpful and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

The elementary teacher has no communication skills with the parents and/or children, does not seem to even like children and lead them by scaring and bullying them. This person can potentially create irreversible psychologic trauma on fragile children. Use of sarcasm on very little kids and Belittling of others for not real cause.
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Posted August 17, 2012

This school is one of the best Montessori schools I have ever seen. I have had children in several schools through the years (I have 4 children) and this one is by far managed the best. The administration is absolutely not just out for money! They met with me several times before we joined the school - allowed my son to attend FOR FREE for a week to ensure this was the best fit for him. Both my children who attended this school not only learned academically, but BLOSSOMED and THRIVED. You just can't ask for more! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2012

The teachers at this school are wonderful. However, the teachers never seem to stay. The teacher turn over is very high at this school and I think that is a reflection of the administration. The administration has one goal in mind and it is money not what is best for the children. I would not recommend sending your child to this school.
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Posted February 29, 2012

Our toddler had a great experience at Crabapple, his first school experience. The teacher was fantastic -- we never worried about him or his well-being during the school day. The facilities are well-maintained and reflect the strengths of the Montessori discipline. The administrators are welcoming and open to parent involvement. This is a great educational opportunity for local families.
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Posted May 23, 2011

This is a wonderful school. I cannot say enough positive things about our son's experience there. He had been at another local preschool, and I was concerned about the transition to Montessori, but it was seamless. Wish I had known about this little jewel earlier. Our son absolutely thrived at this school. Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay is the assurance that we will definitely send our infant son there once he is 18 months old.
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Posted April 19, 2010

Our daughter started Crabapple Montessori at 18 mths and now at 2 1/2 has completely blossomed. Her vocabulary has increased, her independence and her confidence in completing tasks herself. The teacher in the toddler program are amazing and provide monthly newsletters to allow the parents to know what happens in school. The programs for parents/families are amazing. I would definitely recommend this school.
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Posted February 25, 2010

Both of my children have attended Crabapple Montessori. My son is in his third and final year. There are not enough good things to say about this school and the experiences my children have had here. Each day I see behaviors in my children that I know were learned at Crabapple Montessori. I know we made the right decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

My daughter has attended CMS since she was 18 months and she is now just over 3 years old. The director, teachers, and assistance are skilled and loving. This school offers support and education not only to the children but to the parents. We are very happy with our decision to enroll our daughter here and would not change anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

My daughter has attended Crabapple Montessori since she was 18 months old. She is currently 4 years old. We have been so pleased with the quality of the curriculum as well as the high quality and dedication of the teaching staff. We didn't live near this Montessori school when our other two daughters were in preschool and now I wish we had. Our 3rd daughter continues to surprise me with what she can do and what she is learning. She loves school and we couldn't be more satisfied with our experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 33% 3%
Black 6% 37%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Urdu
Spanish
Hebrew
Arabic languages
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Maria Haider
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMI and SACS
Fax number
  • (770) 569-5291

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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12387 Crabapple Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004
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Phone: (770) 569-5200

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