Cascadia Montessori School (Redmond) is an amazing school. My kids have loved their experience there. The student/teacher ratio is low, with top notch teachers plus low turnover. What distinguishes the school in my opinion is it's focus on developing the whole child - academically and socially. It's has the right amount of academic rigor (very reasonable daily homework plus school work) and personal attention to the kids' needs (socially, developmentally). As the kids progress to the higher grades, the teachers are excellent in instilling a greater sense of responsibility, independence, and critical thinking. You truly see the difference grade by grade. All the kids are really respectful, nice and driven. As parents, we've loved the community feel too among parents and kids. Mrs. Franklin cares a lot about the kids and you can see it in her daily interactions with them. They love and respect her. My daughter has since graduated and all her peers have gone on to be accepted at top schools - public and private. Cascadia has a strong reputation. It's a hidden gem that we found only through word-of-mouth. Highly recommend the school.
Both my kids have been going to Cascadia for 2+ years now and we couldn't have been more happier that we found this school. The quality of education is top-notch and the teachers are well rounded. Mrs. Franklin is really amazing with the kids and provides a great learning and nurturing environment for them. The student/teacher ratio is also excellent and kids get a lot of attention and i can see them grow every day. After care program is awesome too and kids have a lot of fun in the huge playground. They offer a variety of classes other than the academia that one can enroll kids in for after care program ranging from art to dances such as bollywood or African dance or learning chess. Apart from the academics, students in their school curriculum get a lot of exposure to other skills like music, drama, dance (hip-hop) and these performances by the talented kids are one of my most favorite moments of the school years. Overall, a great school and we are really happy and thankful.
I have two kids studying at Cascadia. This is our sixth year studying at the school, and we continue to be amazed by how much the principal, and the teachers, care about the kids. Both my kids are very different, and the teaching styles are adapted to ensure that they are both successful. The teachers recognize their strengths, and work on their weak areas in a very collaborative way. The teachers are also available to talk and give constructive feedback. There have been times when I thought that my kid may have misbehaved at school and spoke with the teachers about it. It was interesting to see that the teachers had such a good understanding of how my kid behaves on the playground. The academic program is intense and I am happy to see that the kids learn by building strong foundations. It is not about rote learning, but about understanding why work is done in a particular way and understanding the logic. There is a strong emphasis on cursive writing. The lovely playground is one of the highlights of the school and my kids insist on staying back to play after school. They also get an adequate amount of recess time, Also, the school does not have any auctions or fundraisers.
Both my kids have attended Cascadia. My older one finished size years there starting at Pre-K thru the 4th grade and my younger one is still a student there. I have found that both my kids have really blossomed in the environment there, despite they being very different kids. You might find other reviews here complaining about different things, but one thing that really sticks out with Cascadia is that the staff and director REALLY care about the kids and do the very BEST for them always. They are able to provide an extremely caring and nurturing environment for the kids. Given that most of the teachers have longevity in the school, they are able to KNOW each individual child to a depth, that is frankly unmatched by other larger schools. They then use this deep insight and knowledge that is built over several years to provide for the best for the children. At the end of the day, that's the most important characteristic that you want out of a school.
Both of my children went to Cascadia Montessori from K-4 so I am writing from many years of close personal experience with this wonderful school. Both the kids, simply loved going to Cascadia. It was like a home away from home for them. The school has a rigorous academic program and the children learn a lot there. The teachers are caring and know each child personally. The teachers coach and work with each child individually to help him or her attain best level of personal success. The director of the school has been running the school for a very long time. She loves children at Cascadia and is immensely proud of them. The school has a large, picturesque playground in the back with natural grass (a rarity these days!) where my children enjoyed playing almost every day. The school has extracurricular activities like singing, hip-hop dance or school play in which everyone participates. In addition to all of that, I feel that Cascadia played an important role in encouraging my kids to become well-behaved, respectful, independent children. Overall, it was a great experience for my kids and I am grateful to the school for providing an amazing educational foundation for them!
If you are looking for a nurturing, yet academically challenging environment, then Cascadia is the school for you. The teachers at Cascadia believe in growing well-rounded kids. They do this by helping them build confidence and self-esteem through numerous occasions for presenting in front of the class, solving problems collaboratively, and learning to resolve conflict in positive ways. Cascadia also boasts a very high rate of its graduating class entering top-notch independent schools in the area (Lakeside, Overlake, Forest Ridge, Eastside Prep, etc.) and the Quest Program in the public school system. Every teacher from pre-K to 4th grade is outstanding. Mrs. Franklin provides leadership and guidance in a thoughtful and caring way. Cascadia is her family. We are delighted that we chose Cascadia for our kids.
Very small school with less than 70 kids, no diversity (95% Asian) and no resources (no gym, no cafeteria, no library). They hire bus companies to take the kids twice a month to the gym or library. This is definitely not a Montessori school so make sure you ask for the teachers qualifications before enrolling. They try to sell you a low teacher/student ration but in reality there s only one teacher per class, the rest of them are there to do paperwork or police the kids. Their only focus every day is getting the paperwork done. If your kid is slower, he will have to stay in at recess and finish the paperwork. Also, if the kids don t behave, they take time away from recess. Lots of parent volunteering required. Also, this school has more vacation and days off than any other school. The main problem with the school is the principal. She is very controlling. Everything has to go through her and she never accepts any feedback. If your kid has any problems in school, she will question your family values and dynamic. She talks down to the parents. She doesn t have a good communication system with the parents. She will spam you every day with tones of emails and papers send home.
This is an excellent Elementary private school in Redmond area. If you are looking for quality education as well as discipline for your child then this is the right place. CMS has a strong and unique academic program right from Pre-K to Fourth grade that comprises progressive education, as well as it provides a warm, nurturing environment.
Cascadia may be a good school, but it is not Montessori at all and should stop using the word in their name. Montessori schools have classes with at least a 3-year age range. Children in Montessori choose what to do, with help from teacher-given lessons. You will not find this at Cascadia.
Our daughter attended Cascadia Montessori pre-K through part of the 1st grade until we moved to another state. Since then, I had an experience with 2 different highly rated private schools. Cascadia Montessory really shines in comparison! The academics , the small, caring nurturing environment and the way the schol is run are simply superb!
This is a solid, safe learning environment for most children.Children who need a formal and relatively structured learning environment may feel a bit lost but self-motivated kids do superbly here.For instance,we have one son who has only ever attended Montessori and thrives while one of our daughters has thrived in another, more structured school.As a smaller, private school it doesn't offer the extra-curriculars that a public school might have but does well with music and art offerings.New school building opened in 2003 and is in a beautiful setting with plans to add another building within the next couple of years.Parent involvement is strong as well as the vision for the direction and future of the school from its Principal.Great alternative to public school in an area sorely lacking in private school options.Graduates of Cascadia's 6th or 8th grade usually report success outside of the Montessori setting.
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