Casa has been great for my children who have grown into independent learners. The culture at Casa allows the students individual personalities to emerge without peer pressure in regards to fashion or pop culture. The expectations are to work hard and be respectful to yourself, others, and the environment. In my experience introverted kids do well at Casa. They can work on their own if they need a social break but the Montessori model allows for socialization within the classroom a great deal of the time. Also, in the younger classes, observing your classmates doing a "work" is just as beneficial as doing the work yourself. Once you are ready you can then use the Montessori manipulatives on your own. Math, reading, grammar, geography are all taught in a very concrete, hands on manner in the Children's House classrooms. The children are rewarded with work of their choice when they are done with assigned work, not with stickers or candy. It's great to hear your 6 year old say, "Mom, I got on work of choice today! I drew the map of South America!". Older kids do lots of research papers and projects with most (if not all) of the work done in school. We love it!!
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.
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!
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.
Great school, teacher take time to work with students, dual language is a benefit to any child, best school in Raleigh.
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.
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.
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.
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