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Casa Esperanza Montessori5
Posted August 07, 2014
- a parent
We have been at the school for many years. My fourth child started kindergarten this year. It is a wonderful environment for children and parents. Many opportunities to be part of the community. I have two older children, one which has aged out of Casa. The education he received at Casa has allowed him to successfully transition into high school. He has been very successful in all honors classes. The independent learning and time management skills taught at Casa really help the kids as they get older and the curriculum becomes more rigorous. In addition, the immersion program is a wonderful way for children to learn a second language. The teachers are native speakers, and it is obvious they love what they do. I love that my kids have the opportunity to learn a second language now and become fluent speakers while in elementary school. Casa is Raleigh's hidden gem. Robyn Bennai (parent)
Unfortunately, Casa is going downhill fast. An overreaching board that puts personal interests first, a weak Head of School who does whatever the board says, and the wrong people running the school (business office who gives themselves huge raises) has left a school with intimidated teachers. They are fleeing at a fast rate. Over 21 staff changes out of 49 in just a little over a year? That should speak volumes, folks. There are some wonderful people who have been run off or who got out while they could. Scratch beyond the surface, do your research, before choosing this school. It is sad to see what is happening to a once great little school.
This school now has only 2 Montessori teachers left on staff. It has had almost 50% teacher turnover in 2 years. This was once such a good school but it is no longer. I was a long time parent who is leaving for the good of my children. Good news is, it is probably easy to get in this year because of all the children who have left!
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,
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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