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Cedar River Montessori School

Private | PK-9 | 120 students

We are best known for strong Montessori program.
 
 

 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 15 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted November 30, 2009

Cedar River Montessori School serves students ages 3 through 6th grade. We provide a thorough yet nurturing academic, social, emotional and physical learning environment founded in the Montessori philosophy. Students grow into self-confident thinkers, creative problem solvers, and lifelong learners. They develop a respect for self, others, the environment and their community. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule a tour.

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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
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Posted 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
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Posted 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!
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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!
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Posted 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.
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Posted November 9, 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.
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Posted 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:)
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Posted June 1, 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.
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Posted March 5, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 64%
Asian 15% N/A
Two or more races 14% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 16%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Korean
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Charis Sharp
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Montessori
Associations
  • AMI
  • AMS
  • Other Montessori
Fax number
  • (425) 271-6934

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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15828 SE Jones Rd
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