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.
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.
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.
I love the Montessori learning style coupled with a greater emphasis on Spanish than you see in most other schools.
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.
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.
Where to start. The caring , dedicated, focused and highly qualified staff.
Casa is not just a school, is an amazing family-oriented diverse school with a wonderful dual-language montessori education for our children.
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!
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.
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+
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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