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Cascadia Montessori is very unique in every ways. When we first arrived at CMS 6 years ago, we were taken by its quietness and its old world charm. We were very impressed by how well the school was maintained by Mrs. and Mr. Franklin. Our decision of enrolling our daughter at CMS in pre- k was the best thing we did for our little girl. Cascadia Montessori provided a wonderful learning environment for our daughter. The school emphasized experiential learning, with a comprehensive yet flexible curriculum that has helped hone her mathematical and music skills, while also strengthening her communication and social skills. Math camps and coding classes allow her to challenge her math and analytical abilities. Music, drama and hip-hop classes are part of the regular school day and enable the musical and creative aspects of her personality to flourish. Cascadia has also gave our daughter a nurturing platform to grow socially and emotionally. The teachers are supportive and they feel like a part of our family. The teachers even take time out to attend concert performances outside of CMS. The classroom environment is intimate, with children of different age groups in the same class, and this has helped our daughter tremendously with her social development and leadership skills. Our daughter excelled at all the subjects taught at school. The curriculum covered helped her get good scores in the gifted programs in our district public school and she scored well in SSATs, an exam for placement in private schools. We were thrilled to know we had options to choose from to begin our journey for the middle school. Our daughter still calls Cascadia Montessori “my other home”.



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The school principal is only interested in kids that will stay in her school forever. She is more interested in running as a business than the children .




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Cascadia Montessori is a home away from home for the kids and parents. While it is very academic with a strong curriculum, the school is also very dedicated to the all rounded development of the child in all areas - moral values, social, physical and emotional growth. The school provides a very safe environment for the kids and with a small class size, the level of attention to each kid is noteworthy. The events and activities for the kids vary with class and age and provide a good opportunity for kids to learn and experience other aspects of education like theater, dance and camps (4th graders). The teachers and principal will go the extra mile to work with you on all aspects of your child's development and make the Cascadia journey and transition after fourth grade to another school easy for both the students and parents.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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Cascadia is a journey. The school through various activities and daily behaviors, continues to instill values, compassion and respect amongst each other. There are food drives and 5K runs to raise funds for different organizations, involving the kids while teaching them the importance of being involved and giving back to the community.

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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The teachers are very qualified and will work with you 1:1 on any areas of concerns or improvements. They are also fun and make the learning environment very welcoming and positive for the kids. They strive to make the kids independent and self learners, and build their creative and analytical abilities.


Amount of homework: Strongly agree


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There is homework each day for the kids to work on, which is really a good way to instill discipline and a cadence to review the school work at home.



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Cascadia Montessori is a wonderful school. Our daughter is in 1st grade here and our son attended K and 4th grade. We were out of country during our son's 1-3 grades. After coming back to the country, there was no question in our mids where we sent the kids. The school surrounds the kids in an extremely nurturing, challenging and positive environment. We feel both our kids really enjoy going to school everyday and have flourished here. The school has a nice intimate setting, with a great student-teacher ratio. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and both our kids like all the teachers they have had. We feel the school strives to bring out the best qualities in the kids. Also the principal and the staff were very helpful with our son's transition out of the school to 5th grade.



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My youngest child attended Cascadia for just the 4th grade. It was hard for her to leave all her friends and the familiar routines of her previous school, but by December she was very well integrated. By June, she had formed many deeper and more lasting friendships than she had found in her three years at a private school three times larger. She was also well ahead academically and socially of where she would have been had she stayed at the old school. She is thriving now at a local prep school. Having had children at one Eastside public and three private elementary schools, Cascadia is hands-down my favorite. Both students and family are treated with respect. At all levels, expectations are high for academics and behavior. Even better, the staff actively work to enable the students to meet those expectations. They incorporate social-emotional learning, utilize a variety of learning styles and techniques, teach the kids to budget time and set mini-deadlines for extended projects, and so many other things. Cascadia doesn’t need parent volunteers to give spelling tests, file papers, or make photocopies, because the teachers have plenty of support and everything is well planned in advance. At Cascadia, parents chaperone small groups on field trips, chauffeur on library visits, serve as audience for student presentations on special projects, join in with annual events (Halloween party, holiday meal, etc.), and appreciate musical, theatrical, debate and other performances. And if you have a special talent or story, just ask and you’ll be invited to share it. Don’t be turned off by the small grade span at Cascadia (K-4th). When my oldest moved to private school, I thought that a K-8th grade school would be perfect: one admission process for eight years of school. But now I believe that K-4th or 5th is really better socially for the kids. 6th graders are totally different creatures than 1st graders, and both groups are better off when they don’t have to share staff, space, and rules of behavior. And the Cascadia staff are very experienced in helping parents and students with the transition to 5th grade at a new school.




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Cascadia Montessori School in Redmond, WA is a great school. My daughter attended this school from Kindergarten to 4th Grade. It is a close knit community with small size class allowing the kids to bond well with the teachers and fellow students. The teachers were awesome, supportive and played a big role in bringing my child out of her shell. The students participated in a variety of group projects that helped them learn working with peers to problem solve. Focus is on providing a solid foundation in Math, reading and writing concepts. Apart from a well rounded academic program, the students enjoy field trips to the Seattle Children's Theater, Mercer Slough etc. My daughter enjoyed Hip-Hop, Music and Soccer and French. We are very happy for having had the opportunity to get to know CMS. Like all other reviews, our only regret is that it does not go all the way to 8th Grade.



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We are thrilled to have found Cascadia Montessori School for our children. It has delivered above and beyond every statement it makes on its informational materials. Cascadia is a rare type of school in today's world: It does not advertise itself, preferring instead to impress parents and educate kids over time with real, excellent results. (Its graduates get accepted into Lakeside, Overlake, Eastside Prep, Forest Ridge, the gifted programs, etc. every year.) At this school, we have been lucky to have excellent teachers in every single classroom for our two children. They all have long tenure with the school and have truly insightful familiarity with each and every student. The school is kept deliberately small because the director, who also teaches in the classroom, insists on knowing each child. This “being known” has an invisible but very real effect: Every kid is confident that he/she is respected and cared for as an individual and is thus freed up to focus on learning and exploring his/her interests. As a former Montessori student myself, I can say that Cascadia delivers that critical influence on each child's learning and imagination. Its curriculum is a combination of topics and activities that are naturally fascinating to children at each stage, yet the daily work is organized by the children themselves under the teacher's firm but gentle guidance. The attention to detail here is impressive. Kids acquire skills at a steady clip but it never feels hectic to them. They progress from block writing to cursive writing to keyboarding in a few short years while mastering the mechanics of spelling, grammar, and writing. Aside from skills, students here acquire REAL knowledge at an advanced level and yet structured and thorough manner. They are patiently and consistently guided to apply that knowledge in ever more challenging ways while keeping to a high standard of work. By 4th grade, they are learning debate skills in the classroom. All of this happens in a warm and supportive environment without any artificial academic pressure, resulting in true lifelong learners. We didn't realize until two years in what a truly excellent choice we had made for our kids as we kept seeing all sorts of unadvertised benefits of the school. Our only regret is that it doesn't go on until 8th grade. Our own kids agree!

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