We finally decided to leave after 4 years. If there hadn't been one year with an exceptional teacher, we would have left earlier. Even though there is sometimes a waiting list, that masks how many people leave. There are fewer than 50% of the kids that my child started out with in Kindergarten still at the school in 4th grade and there are reasons for that. Huge class sizes, disorganization, and noisy classrooms has been our experience. There are assistants to help, but for the past 3 years my child had one that didn't speak English well, one that focused on the boys, and one that focused on the youngest in the classroom. The "revolving door" of staff included many who were Montessori trained but not all had teaching licenses. 3 out of 4 years my child had a teacher who was new to the school. The Montessori elements that we were hoping for- delving deep into a subject, exploration, and "going outs" just didn't happen. For some reason a library full of books sat idle for 2 years with fabric covering the shelves. The school almost had to close in the spring of 2015 due to overspending by the admin and lack of oversight by the board. The parent community had to come up with $200,000 in about 3 months & several provided loans to the school. Be prepared to be asked constantly for $ and to volunteer, although don't expect to spend time inside classrooms. That is reserved for people who are invited & they seem to be the same parents year after year. My kids also went to school in a different location for 3 out of the 4 years, as the school had to move to accommodate other district plans. Luckily the school was able to find space but we are uncertain of where they will move to next. With good intentions, the school has spent considerable effort investing time & resources into various community causes- farmers markets, feeding seniors, adult yoga, etc. but we feel the efforts should have been focused toward the classrooms and children. If your child is average, they may do well here, but if your child is particularly bright or faces learning challenges, there are not adequate resources or emphasis placed on their education. Look at the test scores (below district), the state report card (level 2), and read the school board minutes before selecting this school. There are many lovely parents & teachers, but not worth the risk of your child not learning the basics.
My son has attended LCMCS for 6 years. He will be starting their Middle School (MAC) program this fall. He has had an amazing experience and education. Montessori has truly give him a whole child education. He wants to be a physicist when he grows up. He's well on his way! The staff and parent community here are also amazing!
This was our first year at the school and it has been a wonderful experience! My son didnt even want school to be out for the summer, that says a lot right there. His teacher was great in every way and I completely trusted him. We will be having a new teacher next year and I hope its as good as this past one.
My daughter has been at this school for a few months now and has had a difficult time to adjust but I have found her teachers to be very responsive and caring about the students. The admin staff has also been great. The school has a very nice "family" environment, very organized and peaceful. VERY welcome change from the public school we came from. We have only been there a few months but already feel like a part of the school. I would highly recommend this school to other parents. Also since some of the last reviews they have moved to a new school and the environment has changed, communication is excellent.
Moving our child out of LCMCS and into East Orient elementary school was the best move we could make for our child. I wholeheartedly agree with the Montessori method, but this is NOT it. The blend of Montessori and District requirements seems to be a huge challenge for the staff here and the collision of district requirements vs the "purist" Montessori way has not been pretty. Staff communication was horrible as well. Greatly disappointed!