"We foster enthusiasm for learning, independence and cultural awareness."
Students enrolled 380
Hours 8:05 AM - 2:50 PM
School leader Diana Bush
Transportation options None
District Casa Esperanza Montessori
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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4 stars
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June 03, 2014
We are a bilingual Montessori program. The school when it started was wonderful. We currently have a weak leader and a lack of clear direction in the teaching staff particularly in the upper grades. Many good teachers have left or are leaving. It is a shame to see this decline,

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2014
Casa Esperanza Is the best thing to happen to our family concerning our children's education. We currently have 3 children at Casa. I have one child with "challenges" and Casa has helped him SO much in his first year of school. I am positive he would have been heavily labelled and regarded as a "problem child" if he had gone anywhere else. The support staff at Casa helped us to give him the guidance and help he needed to be successful. Nothing short of a miracle! Casa has had some bumps in the road with some hiring/firing stuff, but what school doesn't, right? Overall, I am very pleased with Casa and my children will even be earning High school spanish credits so they can skip it in high school!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
We love Casa. My fourth child will be a kindergartener there next year. Currently, I have a daughter in the immersion program who was reading and writing in Spanish by the time she finished Kindergarten. It was an amazing process to watch her learn so much in two different languages. We are so thankful we found Casa through friends when my oldest was starting school!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
We are a proud Casa family of the past 8 years. When our children had issues in the classroom, the staff was responsive and provided solutions that were effective. We feel comfortable bringing concerns to Administration, if needed, and they will be addressed. At times we may not understand all of the decisions made by the Board or Administration, however, we have many years of outcome evidence that decisions were made with the best interest of the students' education in mind. The community is diverse but close-knit; families support staff and each other. Our children feel safe and free from bullying or mistreatment. Our children have learned to manage their work independently and effectively organize their own projects. The love for learning is a daily experience--the passion of the staff is seen in the exciting, diverse curriculum and the nurturing approaches of the faculty . The individualized guidance and instruction is outstanding. The commitment to striving for excellence in both practical life skills as well as academics is apparent. We believe Casa is paving the way for our children to be successful and confident in their future educatsional endeavors.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
Casa Esperanza is a wonderful school. Not only are the children taught the ABC's they learn grace and courtesy. The combined aged classroom allows for children to learn from their peers as well as become role models themselves! The Montessori Method layered with the language has really made my kids well rounded students and human beings! You will not find a school with more caring and committed teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Casa Esperanza Montessori is a wonderful school for families who seek **a community focused on kids** in every aspect of life. The Montessori method naturally pairs the curriculum to the child. Need advanced work? You'll be encouraged to challenge yourself. Not quite understanding the concept? Work on skills until you're comfortable and ready to move forward. Friends indeed? Yes! Children of different levels are grouped together so they recognize that sometimes they need help, and other times it's their turn to help others. Healthy minds, healthy bodies? Yup! Junk food not allowed. Playground needs repairs? Parents chip in to help with all kinds of tasks to improve the children's environment. Volunteering is a rewarding way for entire families to meet and support each other. Our family's been at Casa for 2 years. We have a 1st grader and a preschooler. Both children embrace Spanish language immersion. Private preschool is worth every penny, especially considering the exposure to a second language at the ideal developmental age! We feel lucky to be a part of this great school with its uniquely effective educational model and great community - including very loving teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Teachers make all the difference and we love our son's teachers in the immersion program. He has been there for two years and is speaking Spanish at home, progressing in both reading and math, and demonstrating care for his work and environment. We love the Montessori concept and we are glad that it works for our son. The communications are hit or miss, which is sometimes frustrating for us as working parents who find out about some events and calendar changes without much notice. They had way too many early release days this year, again difficult for working parents. I agree with an earlier review about the Head of Scool being aloof, but that is fine because the teachers are more important in the daily life of students. Overall, we love the school for our child and deal with the minor inconveniences we experience as working parents because of the high value of the Casa community, the quality teachers, and the immersion experience. Can't be beat!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
We are so happy at Casa. The teachers honor the students and work to find out their interests and strengths and focus on them. I love that our children are learning spanish and about the world. They also instill values such as hard work, respect, and peace. We're thankful for our school community!!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Fabulous School & Culture and they really care about their students. They go the extra mile to make sure your student gets what he/she needs.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
We are thankful for Casa! It is not just a school, but a community of people that encourage, teach, and support each other with the children's needs as a priority. My daughter is excited to go to school and has a real desire to learn. I believe the teachers and staff at Casa are completely dedicated to helping my child achieving her fullest potential.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Casa Esperanza Montessori is a wonderful school with an incredibly loving, warm and exceptional group of teachers and staff. When searching for an elementary school for our daughter we were not only looking for a dual language program, but also a place where we felt our daughter's spirit and abilities would be nurtured and celebrated. We have found that at CASA. Our daughter loves her teachers, the staff and the globally focused, challenging and dynamic program that CASA offers. We are very pleased with our decision.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
Casa Esperanza is a wonderful community with excellent staff and curriculum. Our 8 year old son has grown tremendously in the two years that he has been a student at Casa -- we believe the Montessori approach along with caring teachers has been essential to his development. We also enjoy the diversity of the student body and staff at Casa; we believe it is more reflective of the world our children will experience as adults and being a student at Casa allows our son to build relationships with people from many backgrounds and experiences. We also appreciate that the head of school conducts Casa Community sessions where children can discuss communnity concerns and learn valuable lessons about good character. We highly recommend Casa Esperanza to any family seeking excellence in education, values and character.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
My daughter has been at CASA Esperanza Montessori school for the last two years, and so far it has been a great place. As a parent, I feel comfortable leaving my daughter in such a safe and caring environment every morning.The school is smaller than other regular public schools, which allows for more personalized interaction between teachers/staff and students. The teachers are very knowledgeable and always undergoing training. Although i have to admit that i was skeptical about the Montessori methodology in the beginning, it has significantly helped my daughter throughout her first few years of schooling. I personally wouldn't change Montessori for traditional instruction.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
I personally believe that a school is never any better than its teachers. At Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter Scholl, they have great teachers. You can be sure to find a dedicated staff of professionals that love their work. It shows in the way they interact with students. My daughter has now attended for 2 years and my son will be going into the immersion program next year for pre-k. I love the way they encourage student achievement on an individualized level, never openly comparing one student's performance with that of another's. Always meeting the needs of the student on that individual basis. When My husband and I went through the process of looking for schools, we were afraid our children would end up in an institution that herded them around like cattle, both physically through out the school day, and academically by treating them like a number or statistic. I am happy to say that has never been the case at Casa. The school is more of a second home than an institution.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
My daughters have been enrolled at Casa for 7 years and cannot express the gratitude I have for the education and support my girls have received. Casa really meets students where they are at and they focus on lifting up each student. My daughters have never felt pressure or the feeling of failure even as they have struggled in different areas. The independent learning has rolled over into our home life and both girls independently get themselves prepared for each day and after school independently complete homework. It is a safe and nurturing environment that have helped my children evolve and thrive.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Our family was blessed with the opportunity to have both our daughter and son joined this school this year. We are so pleased with everything. Excellence is the best word that describes what this school is all about. My kids are in the immersion program which will guarantee they will maintain their bilingualism (we came from PR 3 years ago) while also becoming critical thinkers who are developing great working habits that will be invaluable for their future in life and career. In Casa they manage to bring the best of both traditional and Montessori methods of education while also integrating the Spanish language and culture. I believe this model is very effective but it takes a team of committed teachers and staff to bring the best. I congratulate all of them for a job well done!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
I am a parent of two students at Casa Esperanza. My oldest started in Kindergarten and will graduate from the 8th Grade, this year. I am extremely thankful for Casa and it's wonderful teachers and staff!! My oldest is more that ready for High School and is a wonderful, respectful and kind child. I believe that Casa is a big reason why.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
CASA is the best kept secret in the Triangle Area. Both daughters attend CASA and love it. I love the curriculum, teachers, administrators, and the sense of maturity the students have and learn with the Montessori environment. I recommend CASA to anyone looking for a great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Casa is a remarkable place where children are treated with respect and kindness from the teachers and staff which carries through to the peer to peer relationships. It has been the best place for my son and am grateful for the opportunity that he has to attend Casa. They give students the opportunity to shine. Thank you Casa!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
My daughter has been at Casa since kindergarten and now is in the first grade and my son now attends Casa and he is in kindergarten. Casa is the best school there is. From the head of school & administrators right down to the teachers, everyone is so caring and loving. I love how Casa has a dual language program. My children come home singing and talking in spanish all the time (with english being their first language). Casa teaches the children to be independent and solid education as well as preparation for social interaction in future schools and life in general. I recommend this school to anyone who is looking.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Casa Esperanza Montessori the best school, have great opportunity for the students. The every student have the opportunity for shine and learning, casa is friendly for every people. Super good school

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
Casa teaches children grace, respect, and responsibility by role modeling and positive reinforcement. Test scores are necessary but not the focus. Faculty at Casa realizes that fostering well rounded, independent learners is so much more important!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2013
My daughter has been at Casa Esperanza Montessori since kindergarten and is the 5th grade now. It is an excellent school where the parents and teachers care . The teachers are always accessible to talk to either in person or via email. The parents of the kids that go to Casa also talk to each other frequently to update each other and help each other. The school focuses not just on reading, writing, math, sciences and history but also good behavior and how to be more responsible. I really like the fact that they have 2 teachers for each classroom.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
We're at our 2nd year at Casa and we could not be happier with our son's experience and the overall school environment. He is excelling in areas that were lacking when he started Kindergarten there (mainly an interest in reading and drawing). We can also see him striving harder to complete his works every day- his level of independence is definitely growing. The sense of community is also strong at Casa. They have big family events, including cultural presentations, and plenty of opportunities for the kids to work with the school. This year, the Middle Graders have created their own micro-economy which consists of coming up with their own business plans, marketing materials, and executing the actual business. Very exciting to see young kids becoming entrepreneurs right before our eyes. We are in the Enrichment program, which consists of one Spanish class, 2-3x's a week. We prefer this program for our family, but have heard nothing but good things about the Immersion program. The only thing we would like to see is more parent involvement on a volunteer level. There are some really awesome volunteers, but it would be great to see more. We look forward to many more years at Casa!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
Casa does focus on independent learning. If the kids have questions about there work assignments they are encouraged to reach out to the other students before going to the teacher. In my opinion and with my combined 7 years with my 2 kids at the school, I would find a different school. I my opinion your son would be pushed aside if he needs more individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
My son is scheduled to start kindergarten here in a few weeks, but I have some concerns. My son attended another charter school and they recommended that he be held back(at the time he entered kindergarten he had just turned five). Now he just turned since and is going to start kindergarten at Casa, I am concerned that he may be lost if the environment id more independent learning and he is also very shy. Any thoughts, similar experiences would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
My daughter is in her 7th year at Casa Esperanza, and I have a son there too! We enjoy the Montessori method and the way the teachers really care for their students' success as a person. As kids get older, the writing requirements increase, and most students who are at grade level work independently. I love that my kids write in cursive! I have seen teachers come and go, but I think they didn't fit with the unique environment that emphasizes hands-on learning, and lots of teacher-student interaction. Because the Montessori method is about student-centered lessons, teachers really have to know how to work with each child on their own level. I really love the way the upper grades have unit plans and the students are constantly working on projects. Each project has writing and research with displays to present to the class. Students learn to plan ahead and pace themselves to get the work done on time. The students are taught to be polite and respectful. I don't see that in my daughter's friends from other schools. I would like to see more administrator contact with the parents, like opportunities to chat with the principal, but that doesn't seem to happen anymore.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
Great school, teacher take time to work with students, dual language is a benefit to any child, best school in Raleigh.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
The idea is fantastic, a dual language public Montessori. Unfortunately, since the change in leadership, the school has underwent significant changes. There has been significant teacher turnover. Many of the teachers are not Montessori certified. Class sizes are large with ~27 kids with a teacher and a para. Anyone who knows Montessori knows that it is difficult to implement with such large class sizes. Great, small, healthy community though. This school would be great for students who are naturally to themselves and independent learners.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2012
My son started at Casa in 2010 and his siblings will follow this year (2012). Casa is a whole different environment of learning. The environment really is focused on educating young responsible individuals who take responsibility for their own education. It is invaluable and I am so glad my son began his education here and am excited that my twins are beginning soon. The teachers truly are academically fluent in spanish. My son has learned so much conversationally and is at grade level in reading and writing in spanish. He is also above grad level in reading and writing in english. Casa focuses on their grasp of english before they dive into the spanish fluency because the kids do have to pass the state tests. Additionally, I am so glad to bring spanish to my children. I did not get that from my spanish speaking parent so I am glad they get this part of our culture. They are a step ahead now.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
The school is a wonderful place for your child to learn. While some parents cannot be as active in the school, there are many parents assisting and the sense of family really shines through.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
As the parent of a first grader, there are regular writing assignments with a good focus on sentence structure. The children are encouraged to write in cursive, a Montessori practice, but are allowed to write in print for their personal work if they desire. There are daily cursive writing practices. the class size is just right. As a Montessori school, all classes have a lead teacher and a para professional - most of them are degreed teachers who may not have taught in a while or are changing professions. The classes are well-run environments for children to thrive. The administration is very responsive to reasonable requests.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
While teachers are caring and genuinely care about the students, I feel they are set up to fail, at least in the lower grades. Class size is a real concern. 28 students in my daughter's Kindergarten, 27 in 1st grade. I don't understand how basic reading and writing can be taught to this many students (there is one uncertified TA per class). The teacher called my daughter a 'model student', but I fear her good behavior caused her to be overlooked. I pulled her from Casa mid-1st grade. She was not progressing in reading and there was no applied writing practice (such as a journal)-- plus they learn to write in cursive only. The Head of School (principal) has an aloof, 'too good to be bothered' attitude which might work for high school but is hardly engaging for elementary. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love that CASA has a dual language program, and an emphasis on montessori education along with NCSCOS. My children have blossomed in this environment and at their own level. I also love the emphasis they place on healthy eating at school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We have a wonderful Montessori school and active PFA. Despite receiving far less funding than other state supported schools, our test scores are strong and our programs are thriving. We are the first school in the Southeast to acquire a Touch Tank.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Where to start. The caring , dedicated, focused and highly qualified staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Casa is not just a school, is an amazing family-oriented diverse school with a wonderful dual-language montessori education for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 23, 2009
I am a student at Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School ,aka Casa or CEMCS! So I know more than the parents! Casa has been the best school I've ever had! Once you get in you don't want to get out of the school. They also have the best education. Right now I am doing AMAZING grades in spelling, math, and social studies! Casa's favorite word would probably be Hope. Every month the school gets together and sing songs. Our wonderful principal and teachers always remind us about friendship and respect. So if you are looking for a wonderful school for your child Casa is the school!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 12, 2007
My children have been attending Casa for a few years, and although there has been some teacher turnover, we have been pleased with the education that our children are receiving. The teachers are wonderful. Each teacher that my child has had has impressed me with their dedication and creativity. The school has incorporated worksheets but this is to ensure that there are no holes in the curriculum. They are working to ensure that our children will be well-prepared to move on and succeed in any other environment. We feel very lucky to be enrolled at Casa and my children love going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
As for most schools i leave a star for improvement. teachers and always smiling and friendly. i enjoy then class envirment over public non montessori schools. alot less negative disipline. A+

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
Ended up taking my daughter out of the school mid way through her first year at Casa. The communication with the parents is very minimal. We only get a brief summary once a month about class activities and her weekly folder always had very few work items in it. Tried to be an active parent and participate in all school functions. Teacher was not receptive at all with communicating to the parents of the class - we (the parents of the class) ended up depending on each other to try to find out what was going on at the school. Even parent/teacher conferences gave very little clue to my child's learning or progress. Met with the principal who seemed receptive at the time but never followed up. 29 Students enrolled in the class by December four already left Casa to go to another local school.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
My two children have been attending Casa Esperanza Montessori going on four years.They have an awesome,experienced group of teachers that makes the quality of the academic programs excellent!The only downside to the school is that there is no music/art program.The children still have plenty of opportunity to participate in their regular class with art projects and singing music.The school has a small community feel,like you're with a big family.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
My two children use to go to Casa. I was unhappy with the lack of structure and holding the children accountable for their learning. Your child needs to be a self starter and push themselves to learn. There is not a good discipline plan in effect.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
We are on our 4th year at Casa and think it is Raleigh's best kept secret. There is a unique culture and philosophy you see in the students and teachers at Casa--one of respect, peace, acceptance and a love of learning. Children can work at their own pace, in groups or independently, and are free to move around the room, as opposed to being lectured to all day. A 1st grader can be exposed to 3rd grade work because of multi-aged classrooms. I am glad that Casa does not follow the 'traditional' Montessori curriculum. My children will probably be in public school in the future so I want them to be comfortable with End of Grade Tests and worksheets and not be dependent on Montessori materials to learn. With uniforms, it is about one's character, not one's clothes that matters, there's a reasonable amount of homework, and the Spanish is phenomenal!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2006
Because this is a charter school (public) it doesn not follow an authentic Montessori philosophy of education for children in first grade and above. There are a lot of workbook type activities going on with more focus on traditional curriculum rather than montessori curriculum. With the rapid growth of the school there has also been more shuffling of teachers and classrooms then is desirable in a montessori school. While the children's house teachers are well educated and experienced, not all upper level teachers are certified or have many years of montessori teaching experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
My child is in her 2nd year at Casa Esperanza & we have been overwhelmed with the kindness of the students, the invidualized education they are able to offer. They have made extra efforts to cover the simple, basic skills in math, reading, & writing while allowing each student to pursue more complicated, Montessori works at their level. The parent involvement is phenomenal. I've also substituted in a few classes & have been impressed by the work ethic of the students. The teachers are very qualified, capable, caring & many are bi-lingual. What a great resource in our area!

- submitted by a parent
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Casa Esperanza Montessori
2600 Sumner Blvd 13, Raleigh, NC  27616
(919) 855-9811
Last modified Casa Esperanza Montessori is a charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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