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PK-5
Private
Corrales, NM
Students enrolled: 181
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3896 Corrales Road
Corrales, NM 87048

(505) 897-8375
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August 14, 2013
Time to go back to school and our family couldn't be more excited to get back to Cottonwood Montessori School! Outstanding program with dedicated professionals and a tremendously warm community. Check it out.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
I have to respond to the last review on March 28, 2013 in defense of this school. I have two children that attend this school and the surroundings are charming and beautiful. The grounds are well taken care of and there is absolutely no smell when you walk into the school. That is absolutely absurd and it pains me when people choose to make such terrible reviews that are so off base to those of us who currently have our children enrolled in the school and feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to do so. The teachers are amazing and dedicated and deserve nothing but gratitude. We are happy to help with fundraising because it helps the school continue to facilitate classes like art, music, environmental education, violin lessons, a steel band led by artist Frank Leto, physical education, and other activities for the children. Fundraising is voluntary, however, and if you can't afford to contribute more after tuition than you don't. It seems as though the last reviewer had issues with the school over finances and is lashing out. I walk into school on Monday and every other day of the week and feel my heart lift with gratitude for being able to be part of the community.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2013
This school is constantly asking for money yet the tuition is close to 10k/yr. People are very nice but instruction is decent to poor at best. The facility is poor, many areas lack heat and it is extremely dirty. On Monday mornings walking into that school will make your stomach turn because it smells like fecal matter; apparently they do not clean the facility regularly and after a weekend the stench builds up.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2013
Our two daughters attended Cottonwood Montessori. We moved out of state and my girls and I still miss the school and community greatly. The learning environment at Cottonwood was focused and engaged. The teachers were warm and encouraging and very knowledgeable. The families were very invested and involved. I felt it was a joyful and nurturing place for my children to learn and grow. In response to critical reviews, I would say that it is always important to advocate for you own child's learning needs and your goals for you child. Some rooms needed upgrading but the school was in process of completing new buildings. There was some resultant pressure to bring in the additional dollars required. Meanwhile I felt there was beauty, intelligence and inspiration to be found in most learning spaces. I believe children are lucky to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
We have never found a school with a more well rounded curriculum than this place. Our children are able to study things like art, music, environmental Ed, gardening, violin, steel drums, etc. the list goes on and on, and these are just the fun things. We have noticed a huge jump in our kids understanding of math, reading, and language concepts. All we have have ever seen in this place is a staff who is committed and happy. The director, Trish, is a gem. She truly believes in the vision of this school and acts upon it. We would never send our children anywhere but here.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
My son has been a student of Cottonwood Montessori for four years. The teachers are amazing! My son has a passion for learning and can't want to go to school everyday. I could not imagine a better education or a happier child.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
Very disappointed in this school! The parents provide everything from lunches, snacks, handyman work, janitorial services, & anything else they can get the parents to do. I don't mind helping out but when I am paying so much money for my child to attend & I can't see where the money is being used for the children then I think there is a problem. The staff of Cottonwood is also constantly asking for more money. Even going so far as asking parents to take out personal loans to help expand the school. Children have classes in greenhouses. The school is unsafe & the children are largely unsupervised. My child burned her hand badly on an exposed pipe, broke her hand, & received a severe cute on her head by an exposed piece of metal on a door frame. After starting this school last year she even regressed to having accidents in her pants again. We changed schools & have seen Huge improvement & a much happier child!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
I sent my 4 year old son to Cottonwood for summer school as I was looking for a school to send him to during the school year. I experienced a high teacher turnover and poorly organised programs that did not meet my expectations. Communication was poor regarding what was expected from parent and the programs did not deliver what was described in the brochures. Overall teacher satisfaction seemed low and based on this I decided to place my son in a different school for the semester.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
I could not agree with the review posted on July 9 more regarding the constant "lack of finances" even though parents provide lunc, snacks and pay for supplies and the limited oversight of children on the playground. The toddler program is seriously lacking the ability to guide and manage toddlers and the preschool program is pretty depressing. The location and environment is pretty and perhaps we are blinded by that because the quality of care completely ruins this school. I placed my children in a different Montesorri school and noticed a change overnight. I would not recommend this school no matter how pretty the location and "fun" it might seem - there is nothing joyful about this community.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
I have been a Cottonwood parent for over 12 years now. My 2 students started as 18 month old toddlers and one has finished (and one nearly completed) the elementary program - through 5th grade. This school is second to none in campus, staff, programs, and parent communication. Not only was my oldest accepted into every private middle school we applied to, but when we decided to enroll her in public education she has excelled far beyond her peers. My children have loved every single day of school at Cottonwood. They are happy, well rounded, safe, intelligent, socially aware, and have a deep love of learning. The rates are competitive, and there is minimal fundraising - only a large annual auction and pledge drives. If I had the financial means I would give more to this amazing program. Every cent has been poured back into the school, and the gorgeous new buildings, exceptionalt staff and specials programs are evident of the Director's dedication and teamwork. We have seen little staff turnover in our 12 years, and feel like the school and it's community are our second family. I only wish we could have stayed longer. Cottonwood is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2012
We chose this school due to it's good reputation and it being Montessori. In the end we found it to be very expensive and there are constant reminders from the owner that additional financial support would be appreciated to the point of it being an underlying (and annoying) theme to the school. We also found teachers to be lackadaisical in providing oversight of students during outdoor activities and teaching some basic skills for toddlers. And we were not overly impressed with our son's primary teacher. Some of the programs were very good however, including the music program and the locale and environment is great. We put our daughter into a different Montessori in the North Valley and think she is getting a better overall learning experience there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
The learning environment in the classroom and out of the classroom is a warm, nuturing, and inclusive experience. My children have learned to manage themselves and their learning in a responsible manner. The teaching staff truly enjoy their role as mentors and educators. I originally chose the school for the external environment. I continue to enroll year after year for the internal classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Cottonwood School in Corrales has helped my children in problem solving both in the academic and social arena.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
I love Cottonwood Montessori because it provides a cohesive school community that fosters curiosity for learning, compassion for others, and respect for all living things.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
Cottonwood is nestled in the Bosque of Corrales, NM. The tranquil environment combined with energetic teachers who create a happy learning space is the best place to go to school. When your child runs to class... you know they are in the right place. All the children are happy, independant and have great self esteem. The Montessori system allows them to know the "whole" of it. From preschool to 5th grade an activity such as simply washing a desk teaches writing skills. "Specials" are included: Drama, PE, Music and Art. Each of these specials integrates the theme for the year such as Greece or Africa. It is a place where everyone knows everyone. Empathy is taught along with respect and you know how special that school is in helping guide your child when they are out in public and the wonderful compliments you recieve about your child. Please pick this school! It is well deserving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
It's a nurturing environment that promotes education, emotional intelligence, peace and diversity!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
Cottonwood school is a place where education is stimulating and exciting and never grows dull or boring. Children learn to explore their worlds on multisensorial levels. Educational themes are delicately woven into each aspect of learning and the children are exposed to not only the academics but also the arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
The teachers are beyond amazing - their expertise and enthusiasm make such a difference in how much my kids have learned! The 7-acre campus adjacent to the Bosque provides such a unique learning environment. And the way the arts are integrated with the curriculum helps students to be very well-rounded.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
The teachers continuously provide an excellent learning environment: my daughter is in 4th grade and she loves to learn. She comes home each day from school with more and more information that she learned that day. It's not about how you dress or who your friends are - it's about what you know and what you have learned. She has always felt safe and loved and accepted no matter what she may say or do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 14, 2010
I have two children that attend this school and we couldnt be happier!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
10 Stars!!! I am so thankful I found Cottonwood for my two daughters. It is what school should be. We felt so welcome and there is so much respect between everyone in the community. The teachers are world class. There is a Montessori trained teacher in every classroom and an assistant. All of the kids (PK too!) receive instruction in Art, Music, PE, Environmental Ed. every week from experts in their fields. There is a garden, orchard, chickens. Elementary walks to the river/bosque. They use the nutured heart approach to discipline that catches kids being 'good.' Kids learn the core academics, respect, responsibility, manners, conflict resolution, how to work independently and together, critically think, time management. Don't let the buildings fool you. New buildings are in the works. The children go on to the best schools in Albuquerque.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2004
I am a former employee of this school. I have taught at many montessori schools and what really has stayed with me about Cottonwood is the community that the staff, parents and students have created. It felt like family.

- submitted by a parent
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Cottonwood Montessori School
3896 Corrales Road, Corrales, NM  87048
(505) 897-8375
Last modified Cottonwood Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Cottonwood Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top