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Clay-Platte Childrens House

Private | PK-8 | 130 students

Montessori Education

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $146,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $770.

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted March 10, 2014

Clay-Platte Montessori truly is as good as it gets! My daughter is currently in attendance at CPCH. The school has a nurturing environment, that is supported by a talented director and educated staff. My daughter has been able to successfully learn, thrive and prosper! Her teacher is supportive, compassionate, and truly respects each child's individuality. I have seen the "spark", and creativity return to my child's overall outlook, as well as see an increase in her self confidence, since she has joined the school. I am forever grateful to the Montessori "method", and the caring staff at the Clay-Platte Montessori school. My daughter constantly amazes me with her newly found desire to "learn more" as a result of the teaching methods used! Additionally, I have seen my daughter become more "well rounded", responsible and compassionate. She has also developed strong, lasting relationships with her classmates. I would recommend any parent to consider CPCH for their child, as I am thankful for the trained, caring and devoted team, and the positive influence they have helped instill in my daughter!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

My son started his Montessori journey in the primary program at this school and is now in the Middle School (7th and 8th). He loves it and we love it! The opportunities he is offered inside the classroom and outside the classroom are priceless. He has been learning fractions, geometry, zoology, physiology, and botany, among many other things, since first grade. Everyday after lunch, he gets to run and play outdoors on grass surrounded by trees and nature. Yes! They still get to enjoy recess in Middle School! Clay-Platte Montessori is a wonderful school with a beautiful campus- every child should have the opportunity to go to a school like this.
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Posted December 13, 2013

My daughter has been going to this school since the beginning of this year. She is in 3-6 year old classroom. The two negative reviews surprise me. The teachers don't expect your child to know how to do everything - the Montessori method is one that fosters independence. I have also never seen anything I'd consider dirty. The classrooms are clean, the bathrooms are clean, and the staff is groomed. All of the teachers are patient and seem to genuinely care about children. I continue to be thankful my daughter is enrolled here and hope to be able to continue my daughter's education in a Montessori setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Class sizes for the preschool level are way too large. Teachers seem lazy and expect children to be self-sufficient at this age, and don't want to deal with anything outside of the norm. I agree with the reviewer who stated that the facilities are filthy. It also smells bad. This is a lot of money for children to be herded together in such large classrooms. The messiness of the rooms and florescent lights are also distracting for children with sensory issues.
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Posted April 29, 2013

This school teaches academic work, practical life skills and personal development using materials that accommodate multiple learning styles. We see self control, independence, and a love of learning addressed in addition to traditional subject matter. After having one child in the public school setting (successfully - in gifted program), I have decided to keep the younger one in this Montessori school so that he can excel at his own pace and grow further academically through a combination of self-directed learning, collaboration with older students, demonstrating skills to younger students, and hands -on practical application of skills. The skill my child has shown at this school has has outpaced the academics taught in the public school. The teacher / student ratio encourages a feeling of ownership, community, and parental involvement. The teachers in the classrooms genuinely love their jobs and their students and are committed to the Montessori method.
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Posted January 25, 2012

Clay-Platte Children's House is a great place to send your child. I was only looking for a great preschool, which I found, and was then introduced to the Montessori philosophy of child-based learning. Now my son is in the 2nd grade and he amazes me weekly. He is studying geology, botany, does in-class research, and is learning math in ways I have never seen in a classroom. It makes me almost jealous of the child-driven Montessori approach - I wonder what I could have learned in the time wasted sitting faced forward waiting for my classmates to finish their work (and often getting in trouble for talking in class!). His teachers are fabulous as well, overly qualified, dedicated and highly accessible. With that kind of quality and a 12:1 ratio, I guess I should not be surprised. :) As a transplant to this area, I feel so lucky to have found this treasure for my children!
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Posted September 5, 2007

My daughter has attended Clay-Platte Children's House Montessori School since 4th grade and is now in her 8th grade year. The teachers are caring and excellent. Class size is small. The curriculum is excellent with a tremendous exposure to earth and human history, geography, botany, zoology, etc. s
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 74%
Two or more races 11% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black 3% 17%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Russian
Spanish
Urdu
Bangoli
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Bangoli
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Andrea Scott
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
  • Other Montessori

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Adult education
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Bangoli
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • parents provide own
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Kickball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • running club
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
43
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
45

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
State assistance

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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private
home schooled
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5901 NW Waukomis Dr
Kansas City, MO 64151
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Phone: (816) 741-6940

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