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9704 Circle Drive
Austin, TX 78736

(512) 228-1245
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May 14, 2015
The grounds, the other families and children, and most of the teachers here are really wonderful, but that didn't make up for the problems we eventually had (and other families have had as well). My child was happy here the first few years so the very serious systemic problems were originally masked by those things. There are mysterious staff disappearances (firings?) without warning or explanation (and after they get your deposit money). I never thought much of this until something very troubling happened to my child there. The reaction from the administrator was not with concern to my child at all, but rather blame, finger-pointing at me and my child, and accusations of lying (after years with no complaints or issues to or about the school). I believe it may be like another poster said, a product of a family business that is too insular to realize huge flaws that hurt students in their approach.

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April 13, 2015
Both of our children have attended Cedars since primary level. They are now in upper and lower elementary. We absolutely love Cedars and the education that our children are pursuing there. The physical environment is amazing and provides such a unique setting for learning and growth. The staff and administration are truly committed to the Montessori way and consciously create an environment that provides the right balance of structure and freedom. Both of our children have thrived in that environment, developing a genuine love for science, math and literature. The community of children is exceptional -- I've been amazed at the deep level of care and support that classmates demonstrate for each other.

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March 30, 2015
While it is true that the school encourages the students to handle their conflicts privately, this is a predictable corollary to an environment where each child sets an accomplishes their works. My son's class is comprised of highly dissimilar individuals who are well on their way to developing the skills they will need to successfully identify and complete the studies that interest them most. The 'Lord of the Flies' analogy is apt, but my son's class seems far more intent on building something together rather than excluding anyone. The work is hard, the educational theory is solid, the staff is committed and the kids can look you in the eye and have a conversation. We are happy here.

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March 11, 2015
Friendly school community, incredible outdoor environment-- my son is thriving here! In addition to solving cube root problems & writing his own novel, my 5th grader really enjoys planning the garden, planting & harvesting the vegetables & trying new recipes. Every day is an adventure in learning.

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May 21, 2014
Hardly a Montessori environment. i agree with the previous review, it is more of a daycare, with a Lord of the Flies twist. The administration caters to a select group of 'in' parents; if you fall outside of that group expect your child to be treated unfairly and with little respect. Recess? Expect little supervision. Children are given few basic playground accessories to entertain themselves, so in the absence of having a ball to toss around, they choose to throw sticks and rocks. We made the mistake of trying to make things work, trying different classrooms and teachers, and it went from barely adequate to horrible the last year. No communication from the teacher - ZERO. No response to emails, no given phone number. No updates on progress. Our child did NOTHING for two months, and we were never notified, nor did the teacher address the issue. Every behavioral discussion, which were frequent given the horrible environment our child was subjected to, was handled at the director level. The one meeting that included the teacher resulted in said teacher walking out of the discussion. Apparently it's a privilege to pay tuition to this school. My only regret is not leaving sooner.

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June 04, 2013
This place can hardly be called a school. It is more of a daycare environment into the lower elementary grades. Most students will need to repeat a year of study to transfer into another school, public or private. My son went thru 3 years here including graduating Kindergarten without knowing the alphabet. When he took a reading test for a public school, he was classified pre-K. He is 6.5 years old. His teacher purposely misled us, and was quick to reassure us how hard he was working when we showed concern about his progress. The owners were not concerned. We invested a lot of money into this place, without any return at all. We are spending a fortune this summer to catch him up to where he needs to be. He is not alone. This seems to be very common at Cedars. My husband and I are very discouraged and upset that we were deceived. His final report blamed his slow progress on him! His teacher did not take any responsibility

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May 28, 2013
We sent both our children here, and invested over $40,000 in the course of three years. When our children graduated from Kindergarten we learned that one of them would not qualify for 1st grade, but would have to repeat kindergarten. During the course of the year, when we checked with his teacher she would reassure us he was working very hard. When he was finished with kindergarten, she said he had not learned a single sight word. She blamed this on him! When I spoke to the director about it, her attitude was ambivalent. We feel we were purposely deceived in our children's progress so we would not remove them from the school. We also had difficulties with feeling our child was being bullied. The teacher repeatedly denied any awareness of our son being punched in the stomach, and tripped. When I spoke with the primary administrator about it. She again blamed our son, saying he needed to learn to stand up for himself. Since this has happened I have spoken with other parents who have had similar experiences. They do not seem to follow any standard guidelines, and there is not any quality control. I would not recommend this school.

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February 21, 2013
Our children deserve the best. There are many educational alternatives, systems, methods, programs out there, but we want the very best experience for our children. How can we as parents decide? I've been a Cedars father for some time, and my wife has a Masters in Montessori Education, so we know a quality Montessori organization when we experience one. Having enrolled our son in several different schools in Chicago and here in Austin, I can say with certainty that Cedars is truly special. The staff is sincere and accommodating, and they create the most nurturing environment and education in Austin. My son has come a long way in reading, writing, and math, while having fun! He s also grown by leaps and bounds socially and emotionally, thanks to his guide Roxy. She s helped him to begin to learn to not be so hard on himself and to be more accepting of his mistakes. I drop my son off every morning confident in the fact that he s receiving the most developmentally appropriate and individually catered education, and in the most nurturing and compassionate environment possible. It s worth your time to schedule a visit and see for yourself.

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June 21, 2012
We have been at Cedars 3 years now, with one child about to enter second grade and another in the last year of Primary. We couldn't be happier. It is a very sweet environment and my children are both way above their age/grade level in academic performance, due to the Montessori system of being able to move at your own pace (my Kindergartener is doing multiplication after 3 years in the Montessori program). If you have a child who is bored in traditional school (I always was), Montessori is a fabulous alternative. The price at Cedars is fair for private school and the teachers are amazing. I hate to have to pay for private school, but this one is really worth it- the campus, teachers, admins, system. Highly recommend.

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November 04, 2010
The grounds are amazing and conducive to a well-rounded Montessori education and environment. Every one of the teachers are unique and complete the school in many ways. We have 3 children attending and I have seen each one of them grow in different ways - the education they are getting is remarkable. The family owned and involved campus is a HUGE part of the longevity of this school and the culture to which we all belong.

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September 29, 2010
Can not imagine a better place for my children! Not only do our kids love their school, but my husband and I also can't wait for the parent-related events. What a great group of people, and a great environment, for our kids to spend so much time with/in during the school year!

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September 16, 2009
We love this school! We have tried 4 other schools in the area and no other has come even close to the nurturing educational environment of Cedars. Our teacher have always been receptive to our concerns. Pattie even went as far as implementing new ideas and classroom tool to help with one of our concerns. I have always felt that these teachers go beyond the call of duty. Janie called us every night with an update when our son was new to her class! They have a library of parent resource books provided for parents and offer parent learning opportunities or conferences once every month or two. The classroom materials are educational and abundant. The grounds are beautiful The children here are nurtured and accepted for who they are. They are allowed to follow individual interests. The administration has always been wonderful to work with. I have seen my children flourish at Cedars.

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January 29, 2009
My child attended Cedars Montessori for preschool (primary: ages 3,4,5). It was a fabulous experience with an incredibly knowledgable guide (Jennifer Swenson). My child is now 9 and she still remembers her three years at Cedars with such fond, sweet memories. We're just sorry that Cedars didn't open its elementary school earlier so we could have continued there. The lessons we learned as parents have served us well through the years.

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Cedars Montessori School
9704 Circle Drive, Austin, TX  78736
(512) 228-1245
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Cedars Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top