Corvallis Montessori School was like a second home for our son from when he was 3.5 until he left at age 9. We loved CMS and the caring, loving environment it provided for the children. There was not a single day that our son wasn't excited to go to school. He had wonderful teachers who supported and helped sustain his interest in and love of learning. When leaving 4th grade, he was reading at the 8th grade level. We also truly appreciate the emphasis placed on helping kids focus and work in depth with a subject, and the self-regulating abilities that the Montessori approach teaches. In this media focused age, we also greatly value how Montessori shies away from all things related to media characters and mainstream commercialism. We couldn't have asked for a better school for our child.
Excellent! I have had my children in the school since they were 4 and 2 1/2, now beginning their 6th year there. Montessori is a wonderful method that attends to 360 of the child, shaping their lives, as well as their minds. Corvallis Montessori has a warm and kind environment for my children. The guides are loving. The school is integral to our lives.
My daughter went to CMS from 2.5 years old through 5th grade. In spite of some rocky turnovers, she came out of CMS ahead of the curve.. She is now in 8th grade, straight A student, and is going into geometry. When she started in 6th grade, she was put into prealgebra which unfortunately she was bored in (but she loved her teacher). She decided she was going to skip a year in math and start algebra in 7th grade (there is a math class between PA and A). She took a couple math books home over the summer, studied and took the math placement test that August. She went into Algebra for 7th grade. What I like most about Montessori is how they teach kids to be self directed and self motivated for learning new skills. Sometimes they need a push, but they are getting the tools. That is more important to me than just rote memorization of facts that get forgotten after a month. Her 6th grade language arts teacher was very impressed with her writing. They did rough drafts and then edited for the final. My daughter was one of only 2 kids that edited the rough draft for content and improvement rather than just spelling and punctuation.
Corvallis Montessori School was my daughter's second home for five years, and what a home it was. It was a safe, caring environment where the teachers, guides and head of school knew her well and made clear that they cared about her. Everything about the classroom was tailored to her age and developmental level and, while she had the freedom to explore any of the hundreds of hands-on activities, she was gently ad expertly guided by her her teacher to help her find the ones that were most appropriate. She learned not just to read, but to love reading and to seek out here own books. She learned not just how to do division and multiplication, but understood in a very concrete way how the operations worked. She didn't just make friends, she was taught how to handle conflict in an appropriate way and work through problems peaceably. We really loved this place and, once she had aged out of the early elementary program, she was very well prepared for public school. The transition was painless. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Enrolling my children in Corvallis Montessori was the best parenting decision I ever made. I have had children in the toddler, primary, and elementary levels. In reading, my child jumped up 5 grade levels in 1.5 years. My children learn math concepts tangibly, intuitively, that I struggled with even into adulthood. In this era of attention disorders, I especially value a learning environment that allows a child to pursue an interest in depth and focus on it as long as they are interested--instead of having to switch subjects at 30-40 minute increments. The blended age classrooms enable older children to teach younger children, which reinforces the lessons and fosters self-esteem. My children have also enjoyed learning theater, spanish, science, and art from local experts.
My children attended for 6 and 3 years respectively. We finally pulled out, and I wish we had done so earlier. This school just seems to never be able to pull it together and find stability, one erratic leader after another. So much turnover in teaching staff. The upper level classroom just doesn't work. I've heard story after story from other parents about how their kids were very far behind after attending elementary level for three years, as was true of my child as well. The much-vaunted 'peacemaking' procedure seemed to never be utilized. Too bad, because there is so much potential for Montessori teaching methods, most of the guides are really talented and caring, and so many of the parents believe in the philosophy and want to support the school. But constantly changing leadership has worn away at the community good will and engagement. I would discourage any of my friends and acquaintances from attending; not that I need to as most of them already know it's an unstable place anyway. Really, the mystery is why we stuck with it as long as we did. Wanted to believe.
This school is a true interdependent community. Where else can you buy fresh laid organic free range eggs from a 2nd grader's farm project? Children don't have to be put through the SUCCEED extruder -they thrive on the respect they receive for their own authentic interests; trust is in the process of child development which keeps teachers and parents from intruding. I can see a difference in the kids who attend - they're so confident and work hard because they are genuinely excited about the work they do.
My three children have spent 7 yrs, 5 yrs and 3 yrs respectively at CMS. They have truly blossomed in the Montessori environment under the leadership of the staff at CMS.
Our son attended CMS from age 3 thru the elementary program. We were very pleased with CMS's adherence to the Montessori method, its teachers and staff. The community of parents we met continue to be our friends. I have recommended CMS to several people and will continue to do so.
My children attended CMS for 3 years while we lived in Corvallis. This environment was a wonderful asset to our family. As a new parent there I really appreciated the rich opportunites to meet other parents and carry-over the montessorri method in the home. Now we have moved to Seattle, and I really miss this school!
This is a great learning environment - wholistic education for children and their parents! Creativity, structure, autonomy, guidance... all in perfect balance! Fosters thinkers and dreamers and doers and believers in community and personal success!
My son has been in Corvallis Montessori School since he was three; now he s almost 10. He s gotten an encouragement of curiosity and the tools to transform that into learning. At CMS he s gained an appreciation for different ways of being, and a wide range of cultures. He s deepened his understanding of his own being. He's able to get big concepts. That's encouraged. The work challenges them to problem-solving . . .And it's all embedded in a culture of cooperation. They learn instrumental skills for carrying a task out, daily management skills. I appreciate the encouragement of peace and conversation, working things out. I'm happy with his moral development and sense of justice. I get a sense of how problems are solved in the school. The environment is very caring. CMS is a child-centered environment, which people shouldn't take for granted there are schools that are definitely adult-centered.
Montessori is truly a unique and wonderful alternative for children. It is surprising to me how many people have inaccurate beliefs about what the education methods and philosophies are--if you want another viable choice in education come observe and learn more about Montessori from the people who have trained and studied it. My child is now in the lower elementary and he loves his teacher and loves going to school. The teacher is dedicated to the children and her incredible organization and depth of knowledge shows in everything she does. He is developing incredibly in math, science, language and in social interactions. He is also practising self-inititation and responsibility. He gets to make choices in what he learns all the while working towards competancy in the basics. We would never make another choice! If only there was a Montessori infant and toddler program available here in Corvallis!
My daughter went to this school from preschool through 6th grade. It was a warm and caring environment with very involved parents. She benefitted from the small size in that she was able to be a leader. She was able to explore things that interested her and learned to work with groups that included both older and younger children. The Montessori method of teaching math is fabulous. My daughter has such a thorough understanding of math concepts that she finds it baffling that other people have a hard time with math. The accademics must have been adequate, she was valedictorian of her high school and is now in the Honors College of her university.
This school was a wonderful find for my family. The community is wonderful and connected to the parents, teachers, and children. I find the elementary program to be especially wonderful - I'm not sure where some of the information posted here came from, but come for a visit and see for yourself how well educated and excited these children are - at all levels!
In my experience, CMS is a caring, nurturing and supportive environment for children. The teaching staff and administration are totally accessible to parents and children alike. The respect shown to children is truly amazing to see; the Montessori Method comes to life in the classrooms at CMS. I would rate this school as top notch in academics and community building. It is family away from home every day of the schoolyear. Parents voices are heard and children receive and amazing education.
The best school! I'm so glad my children were in both preschool and elementary at CMS. Fantastically supportive faculty and administration. Warm community feeling. And true Montessori, the best academics and life skills. For children's self-confidence, learning enthusiasm . . . it gives them the inner tools to pursue their interests and goals throughout life. It's true that the best way to learn about it is to go and see for yourself. The parent forums and books help to understand Montessori.
My children love going to school here. They are constantly engaged and challenged to think independently. My children have attended the primary classrooms and are currently in the elementary program. Fabulous, caring teachers provide excellent support and encouragement. They are really learning to participate in a group community and solve social conflicts with strategies that will assist them throughout the rest of their lives. The lower elementary teacher is incredible--she has been there five years. She truly loves every child. She believes that challenges and challenging behvaiors are really oportunities for learning--opportunities for everyone. My children know that she cares for them and wants them to reach their own great potential. She quietly and gently guides them to continually discover their talents and helps them to see in a positive and constructive way their weaknesses so they can improve. I can't say enough about her! You must visit--you'll be amazed.
Corvallis Montessori School has a long tradition of excellence in all areas of their curriculum. It is truly education for life, giving children firm foundations in not only academic and social areas, but most importantly in the development of self-awareness, connection to one's own inner motivation and strengths. CMS has provided hundreds of children with the confidence to go forth and pursue what is of interest to them, with the skills to do so. My own children have greatly benefitted from this program and I have seen scores of graduates who are happpy, productive, contributing members of the communities in which they live. They are good friends, joyful companions, and excellent leaders and collaborative workers. Parents are welcomed,included, appreciated, and offered education and support in parenting. They are active participants in the life of the school.The Montessori approach to life benefits the child, the family, the community and the world.
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