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PK-9
Private
Renton, WA
Students enrolled: 120
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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15828 SE Jones Rd
Renton, WA 98058

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(425) 271-9614
(425) 271-6934
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February 14, 2014
Our daughter attends Cedar River Montessori School and we couldn't be happier with the experience so far. Everyone from the assistants all the way to the Head of School seem to be on the same page when it comes to focusing efforts on the children and their learning. We like to think our daughter was already a gifted learner before CRMS, but she has truly blossomed in this environment. The way the children help each other learn, and all know each other is wonderful. A big thanks to their entire staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
Our children attended Cedar River Montessori for several years. While many teachers and staff work above and beyond for the students, the lack of leadership and oversight negatively affects the whole school. Our kids did not have a good overall experience, resulting in poor academic progress. The board of directors is very hands off, not having a true feel for what is going on in day to day operations, allowing a substandard administration and head of school to continue. I would not recommend this school until significant leadership changes take place allowing teachers & staff to provide what they are truly capable of... a great education & community for the children who attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Cedar River Montessori School is truly a gem. The staff are well trained and intentional about their teaching. The children are curious, responsible, and kind toward one another, and the community is supportive and engaged. The spirit of this place brings out the best in all of it's students, who are more capable of independent problem solving, academic achievement, and cooperating with others than students I have seen anywhere.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2013
Cedar River is where both my kids grew up and learned to be independent, successful and caring. They loved the teachers and staff and we enjoyed activities to bring staff and parents and students together.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
This is a great school my son has been going there for 6 years. The teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
Cedar River Montessori (CRMS) is a great school to provide your kids a solid foundation in learning to learn, responsibility for one's self and awareness of the larger community. My sons have been 'ahead' of grade level for various topics and the Montessori classroom experience allows them to follow the passion for learning. Great campus rounds out a great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
Cedar River Montessori does an outstanding job at teaching my kids to be independent. It allows them to follow their interests and gives them time and room to grow

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
I have two very happy kids at Cedar River. The campus is beyond beautiful in a natural forest like setting. The staff is very caring, they really love the kids and love of learning and gentleness are everywhere. Very nice parent community and great academics. Not to say everything is always perfect but there is a real drive to make it the best it can be. I feel privileged that my kids can spend their childhood in such an special learning environment. Of course, Montessori philosophy is pretty amazing

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Great school for those looking for something beyond a typical educational experience. The class ratios are amazing and the learning experience for my son has been top notch!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
A wonderful school and a great learning experience for my child. We are very pleased with the teachers, administration and other parents. It is a warm and caring environment. The school grounds and animals are an added plus. I recommend the school to everyone. The Middle School is new and appreciated.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
We LOVE this school. There are three things that stand out most: 1) outstanding teachers who obviously love their jobs and love teaching kids, 2) lots of great all-school activities where all of the students and their families get to know each other, 3) the sense of community, which is sort of an extension of #2. The kids all know each other well (from the youngest to the oldest students), and most of the parents know pretty much all of the kids. Also part of the community spirit of the school is that the older students frequently help out the younger students by supervising, helping them learn "the ropes" as it were, and helping them with their work sometimes. We plan on having our kids here through all of the grades offered. We love the place and the people.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Our son is beginning his second year at Cedar River. Since he started here, we have seen a complete transformation from a once wild child to a little boy with an eagerness to learn each day. The teaching staff is so wonderful and have a unique gift for helping young minds flourish. I only wish I found this school when my daughter was younger. Above all, the one thing I find so wonderful, is each parent and child is part of a community. I have need seen this level of parent involvement from any school PTSA.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Our daughter is in her 3rd year at CRMS. She absolutely loves her teacher and loves going to school each and every day! The teachers are amazing. Not only do we love the education she is getting but we also love the Summer program.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Great school with placements for kids 3 years to 9th grade. It has animals inside and outside the classroom and is situated on a wooded campus with a garden. Some of the teachers are award-winning and have been at the school for several years.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2013
I want to concur with the previous poster's comment that the teachers are excellent and the families are wonderful. In fact, this school has one of the most supportive communities we've ever seen. Where I would disagree is with the comments about the head of school. In my point of view, the firm decisions of our Head of School have created the exact environment that attracts excellent teachers, and wonderful families. Those things don't happen by accident. And the community of this school has improved immensely since she was hired. That's a head of school's job first and foremost, in my wife's and my opinion, to steward the learning environment of the school and foster its growth in positive ways. We couldn't be happier with her decision making, and refusal to give in to demanding parents who have since moved on from Cedar River. We love this school, and are thrilled they've added a middle school!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
The teachers are incredible, the families that attend are wonderful. The head of school should be replaced. Too many reactive decisions and unprofessional choices. Her poor management effects the parental involvement and teacher moral.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
We love this school. Our son is in his 3rd year at Cedar River and is simply in love with learning. The school does a great job of honestly pursuing the Montessori ideal, fostering a love and interest in learning I'd never seen before with kids as young as our son. The environment is beautiful, the staff are warm and very approachable-- the family community is excellent-- but bottomline, I can't imagine our son having a better experience at any other school, at any price.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2012
Just an overall terrific experience! The teachers and staff really are great and actually care about my child's learning. I love the individual pace that has allowed my child to work ahead of his grade level. For a private school I have never experienced such a well grounded and diverse group of parents. The community here is really is outstanding! Also the summer program is awesome:)

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
I sent my child to the school last year, but the teacher who I liked and who was there for a long time was fired or something and my child was told before me. While the replacement teacher was good, the parents like me got very little information and many were visibily angry at a board meeting several days after the teacher was let go. For the rest of the year, a lot of parents were disappointed and frustrated with the staff and board and some parents seemed to have gotten mixed in to the school troubles. The school is in a great setting, and they have cool llamas and goats, but the buildings outside of my child's classroom were visibly dilapidated. When there was a plumbing problem one time it stunk something awful. The rest of the year was OK, but something changed and the community that I felt before seemed to disappear. I didn't re-enroll my child and we are at a differerent private school now.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
I m very disappointed in the leadership and overall direction this school is heading. Our child attended for over 5 years and although the education from the teachers has generally been great, something that has kept us there; the attitude and treatment towards parents has definitely been poor and inconsistent. For instance, as a parent, I have shared ideas & suggestions for improvements, fundraising and other things, which were encouraged and supported by a large part of the parent population, but then ignored when it came to implementation. Another scenario where previously approved projects were discontinued without discussing with the parent volunteers owning the effort, after countless hours of contribution. I have continually seen favoritism for some families efforts over others, especially if you go along and don t question processes. The board shares very little information about what parents want to know regarding the operations, direction and vision for the school. I have experienced a significant lack of transparency in the board s actions. Over the years our family was unable to confidently share concerns with the board or administration without fear of retribution.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
The summer program here is EXCELLENT. It has a good balance of play, learning, and SWIMMING! The teachers are gentle with the students and VERY caring. My child loves coming to school. She loves Ms. Sarah. We have seen lots of "growth in her" at the Pre-K level. The price is right and we're glad to hear it's a non-profit school so we can write off dollars over the tuition. Great job, CRMS! (One quick suggestion for the school: We came from a very parent friendly school to this one and we miss the warmth of the teachers and administration and parent to parent that came with the other school. I wonder if there is anything that can be done with this. This is just a minor observation and maybe thought for those in charge. Otherwise, great job!)

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
We did a great deal of research into local schools when our son was born. We were referred by other parents and fell in love with the beautiful campus. From that point forward we had our hearts set on Cedar River Montessori. Our son started at age 3 for half days and is now moving to Lower Elementary for First Grade. It has been a wonderful experience being a part of this very special community. The Montessori methods are amazing and this school's approach has been especially enlightening. I am so grateful to have my son learning at Cedar River.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
Over the course of the past 5+ yrs, CRMS has had inconsistent leadership. Unfortunately, this inconsistency has led to a lack of accountability with parents. In addition, I question the decisions that have been made. Many decisions do not seem to have the children's best interest in mind. While it may have appeared to be a great school initially, upon further investigation it failed to impress.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
Our child attended Cedar River Montessori for several years and did have a nice experience there, but we are disappointed by the direction the school has taken. Cedar River relies heavily on the volunteer hours and financial contributions of its families in order to maintain daily operational needs, however fails to have any accountability to the families when it comes to major decisions that affect the children. There are some wonderfully caring teachers on staff, but the administration and board have failed to show the caring and compassion that should be present in a school setting.

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2010
Our family has been at the school for 4 years and feel that things just keep getting better. Our son has confidence in completing tasks. We have seen him grow from a young preschooler to a leader as a kindgergartner and this year looking for guidance from the 3rd graders. We really like that the kids are with the same teachers for three years. As he moved into the elementary classroom his new teachers were aware of who he is as it is a small school. The hands on approach to learning has kept our son interested in learning and enjoying school. They truly follow the Montessori philosophy. The school is set in the woods with animals. This is our second backyard since our yard at home is small. Our son said recently that he wants to go to college at CRMS! He feels safe and comfortable at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
Not the best Montessori school compair to other school in Seattle and Bellevue. My son has been attending it and haven t see any progress. Talked with other parent they have same concerns. Staff is not friendly and they are always doing fundraise for something every other week. School in the middle of a jungle. Giving it one start.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
I sent my son to CRMS for summer program, because i like the swimming lessons they provided. Overall, it went OK. I like the rural setting, big playground and animals, but the disadvantage is too much insects and bugs around the campus especially, during summer time. My son was strung by a spider on right arm, and swallened badly. Administration seems cold, but some teachers are very friendly and helpful. Lack communication, as mentioned above, when my son was strung by a spider and swallened badly, but nobody told us anything and we just did not know what happened until we found out ourselves. The tuition is on the high end, but the school is too cheap to provide milk for lunch. We have to send milk to school in a cooler, otherwise, it will go bad at lunch time. OK for summer program, but not for long term regulars school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
We love love love this school. This is a small school that really has a great family atmosphere, and great teachers. One of the best features is the barn and all the goats and alpacas that live there.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
We can't say enough good things about this school. The academic program is great thanks to the great teachers at the school. The learning environment is taylored to the kids so they fell invested in what they are learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
Excellent academic programs with wonderful caring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
Excellent early childhood education, committed teachers and parents. In a beautiful, bucolic setting.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
I've read that Montessori schools aren't for every child, but I can say that our experience at Cedar River Montessori has been wonderful. Our 3 year old son, who is in the early education primary class, has thrived there. The academic program at this early stage focuses mainly on the very basics of reading/math/science, etc, and daily life activities. But their methods inspire the child to explore and discover and to develop a love of learning. It is a very 'hands-on' style of teaching, with a great student-teacher ratio (2 teachers in his class of appx 20 kids). There is a high level of parent involvement, w/ lots of community building activities avaliable to bond the families together (totally voluntary). Because it's a small school, there are not much sports programs, but plenty of music/art and other extracurricular activities. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
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Cedar River Montessori School
15828 SE Jones Rd, Renton, WA  98058
(425) 271-9614
Last modified Cedar River Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-9
Cedar River Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top