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Sammamish, WA
Students enrolled: 115
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1107 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075

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(425) 392-3866
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November 21, 2014
Our family has had some difficulties with the social growth of our youngest. The teachers and support staff at Arbor have been wonderfully supportive and we are seeing great progress in our child's social, emotional and academic aptitude

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
We love being part of this school. Everyone has been very welcoming to our family. The teachers and administrators have done a great job explaining the Montessori philosophy of student based learning as well as explaining the curriculum guidelines and expectations for the coming year! We are very excited.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
My two sons are starting their second year at Arbor. I can't imagine sending them anywhere else! Both of their teachers pay very close attention to my boys and know exactly what they need. I am amazed at how quickly my older son has learned to read and how much he loves school. My toddler has learned to put on his own shoes and wash his own dishes - and clean up after himself! He is so proud of himself, and I am happy to see toys put away at home. The teachers are also potty training him at school! Most of all, I very happy with the culture of kindness and supportive community at the school. The students are taught to care about each other and their environment. They learn to help and to be responsible. The older students read to the younger students and teach them how to work with the math manipulatives. I can see that my boys are thriving here, and that the teachers care very much about them.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2011
Avoid this school at all costs. You will spend equal to the tuition to tutors in order to fill in all the gaps the school leaves in education. Any local public school is better.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
This is our family's 4th preschool on the plateau and BEST one ever. Every teacher knows the name of every student and in the classroom he was understood by his teachers. Only disappointment came from his teachers not responding well to my request to push him out of his comfort zone a bit more (thus the 4) thought Montessori would probably support their choice to leave him. I was concerned about the negative reviews but actually found a few current parents who had thorough, positive attitudes toward Arbor before we joined and glad we did. The older, lower reviews have been outgrown and corrected.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
Arbor School has been a fabulous alternative to public school for our elementary school aged child. He can focus and excel in core academic subjects taught by highly educated, respectful teachers. We are pleased with the fine arts and social responsiblility he has learned at Arbor, too. The school puts emphasis on teachers in the classroom with a low student to teacher ratio. Our child is recieving an excellent education at Arbor School.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
Our family has had a very good experience with Arbor - I personally like the small class size and think this is very good for kids. This school really cares about the kids and we have gotten tremendous support. I myself have seen a great deal of individualization. I also applaud Arbor's emphasis on true respect for others as well as the academics. I am happy the original director is back and glad to hear the junior high program will be managed by excellent teachers next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
My child is Thriving at Arbor. His confidence has grown in a short period of time and I'm amazed at how well he has progressed academically. Arbor is a fantastic school with individualized attention, strong teachers and a caring atmosphere. I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2010
I am very pleased with the direction the school has taken with their new director. Academic programs have been redesigned, excellent enrichment activities such as a string orchestra were introduced along with additional after school clubs and sports. I feel that the respect and acceptance taught to Arbor students is rare in private schools let alone public schools. I couldn't be happier and will be re-enrolling my daughter all the way through 9th grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2009
My son is returning next year for his third year at Arbor. His academic and social growth this year has been phenomenal. The community we have found here is supportive on all levels which is something I have not found at public schools. His confidence he has gained here, not just as a learner, but as a person has given him a new outlook on life. I can do anything I put my mind to. I am successful and people like me for who I am. My nephews spent seven years at Arbor and their transition to their new school was very successful. Their new teachers were amazed at their academic ability as well as their social and emotional strengths. Arbor has the children's interest as the heart of the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2009
The year is almost over and I have seen my child blossom. She has received the attention she needs that she would not have gotten from public school. There are no more than 20 children to a classroom and two teachers! How can it get any better? She has grown with confidence this year and the academics she has learned this year have been amazing. She has learned through materials in the classroom, not just text books. I look forward to many years with Arbor.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
You will love this school if it is important to you, like it is to me, that children are taught by caring teachers, surrounded by polite and caring students (with the same caring attitude in the after care), academics are excellent but not in-your-face. The teachers will be more than happy to give you and your child as much material as quickly (or as slowly) as you choose (as long as your child keeps making progress). The only other thing to add is how convenient it is for those in and around Sammamish - the school is on the main Plateau drag, the 228th, bus stop is next door as well, and is next to the new library and the planned Sammamish Town Center. It is a hundred times better than any surrounding public schools, because it keeps control in parents hands and because the education is never about passing WASL

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
I've been at Arbor for 5 years, and I can't tell you how happy I am with the school's approach to education. Arbor s progressive away of teaching the children is demonstrated through the student s performance. This year my child with her peers and teacher are going to NY to represent India at the Montessori Model UN; this is a life experience that is priceless. Thanks to the dedicated teachers and the whole school commitment. Please if you have any doubts about this school, just go for a visit and you can see with your own eyes. Parents are also available to talk to candidate families to answer any questions.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2008
this school is absolutely amazing. it gives you challenges at your grade level and doesn't just let you get by with minumum. the classes are fun and as you grow into it your thirst for knowledge also grows. i feel like arbor schools has really challenged me academically and i will be ready and prepared to go out into a high school and stay with my level of learning just fine.

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2008
I am a returning student, about to graduate from Arbor schools after my 8th here. This school has an excellent educational environment, in which you are given a personal time with the teachers to help improve your academic skill. A small environment teaches the student many different life skills that are necessary throughout life, including respect, companionship, cooperation, and a plethora of many others. When comparing the average grade level of Arbor schools to any normal public school, you have to remember that Arbor schools has a smaller community, so if there was just 1 bad test score, it would substantially lower the average grade. I think Arbor schools is a well-rounded Montessori school that I would recommend to any parent.

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2008
Our daughter is in the upper elementary at Arbor and has attended the school for five years. The school has met our every expectation. The curiculum is detailed and structured and our child progresses at the rate that she can successfully demonstrate the learning, as prescribed by the Montissorri methods. The instructors work with our chld until she is competent in each skill before allowing her to progress to the next activity. This was a challenge for her the first year at upper elementary, but once she accepted that her progress was her responsibiliy and not the teachers, she has thrived. This is in direct contrast to the public education our son experienced where everyone went through the curriculum at the same rate and those that 'got it' get an A and those that have problems get C's, but regardless, the class proceeds.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
My grandchildren attend Arbor and couldn't be happier or more engaged. The few disgruntled parents that attack the school here are just that. The facts speak for themselves. The average tenure of the staff at Arbor is over 4 years. The average CTP4 test scores of students who have been at Arbor since preschool is 'above average'. when leaving Arbor 99% of students get into the school of their choice . The use of manipulatives in the Upper Elementary is in line with the most recent brain research that states that concrete, multi-sensory and manipulative materials engage all four lobes of the cerebrum. This impacts brain wiring that will be available to the child as they grow into analytical thinking and problem solving. Elizabeth Noone

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating December 04, 2007
My three children attended Arbor. While attending Arbor they were individually nurtured, academically challenged and became culturally aware. Of their academic memories those of Arbor are the most clear and meaningful. They have each choosen different paths toward becoming responsible citizens of the world, but each is strong in their choice in large part because of the strong foundation they built while attending Arbor.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
The reviews on this page miss the point of the Arbor education. I send my kids to Arbor for two reasons: --To foster the love of learning. --To help them become life-long thinkers. Arbor excels in both of those areas through a loyal interpretation of Maria Montessori's teachings. She believed a child reaches her potential through the overall development of her mind--not just bits and pieces. In math, for example, Montessori strives to develop the mathematical mind as a whole. That takes time. In fact, it is critical that an elementary Montessori student goes through the entire three or six year cycle of learning. At the end of the six years, the child will be doing algebra, but if you pull the child at the end of two, you are not going to realize the benefits. I have seen the strength of this approach with my children and wouldn't go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2007
I started at Arbor Schools in Kindergarten, and continued on through 5th grade when I transferred to Forest Ridge. Looking back at my time on Arbor I have never felt as listened to and responded to by teachers. The transition into Forest Ridge was very easy, as I was ahead of most of my friends in school work, particularly in Math and English. I remain close friends with the students that were in my class in Arbor, and I wouldn't trade my experience with Arbor for anything.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 08, 2007
With poor quality teaching and limited resources, Arbor does not provide more than a rudimentary education. Kids miss out on the breadth of resources available elsewhere. My lesson was that paying for a private education does not mean you get a better education. We should have moved our child much earlier.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
My child has been attending this school for over six years, so has been involved in primary, lower elementary and upper elementary curriculum. The expectations that are being set for the children are high, but never above their ability to achieve. The support structure is very sound, between the director of the school, the teachers, the specialists and the other parents. There have been bumps along the way, but like any solid community, problems are dealt with and resolved, with the goal for win/win solutions always being strived for. My child has had some challenges along the way and I am extremely grateful for the support of the director of the school and other parents in working through these difficulties. Even the involvement of alumni from the school is amazing, considering the size of the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
This is a wonderful school - I would strongly recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
My son has attended Arbor for the last seven and a half years. He loves it, it is his 'village' where the staff and other parents, as well as the other children, are all involved in his life in positive ways. Besides the general studies, the lessons he is learning here include responsibility for his actions, respect for others and life skills that will carry with him as he becomes a young adult. While the school is a very small community, there are specialists in art, music, PE and outdoor ed. There is a very strong snow sports program. Parents are involved in all aspects of the school, from volunteering in the classrooms to planning fundraising events. Like any small community, there are issues at times, but the director of the school works towards continually improving the quality of the education and life experiences that her students are exposed too.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
I currently have two children enrolled at Arbor Schools and am thankful everyday that we found this wonderful school when we relocated to Washington. Their primary teacher is exceptional and took the time to learn about how to manage boy energy and still have them be productive and responsible. She cares deeply for their academic as well as their emotional development and works with our family to help them achieve their best. My son is now in elementary at Arbor and his teacher has created an entire course load to specifically addresses his academic challenges. The principle of the school has personally gone down to evaluate my son and brought in a specialist to help him achieve his best. The community at Arbor is fantastic, the staff lovely and our children learn more than academics--they learn to be respectful of self and others.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
Our children are in their 4th year at Arbor Elementary. While no school is without its challenges, what sets Arbor apart is its wonderful principal! When faced with the mid-school year loss of a teacher, rather than hire a substitute, Ms. O'Brien became the teacher for the remainder of the year. The situation had been quite traumatic for the children, so Mary's presence helped to ease the change and foster productivity in the classroom. Our other child required testing through our local school district for learning disabilities. Mary was instrumental in working our child's teacher to identify strategies and supplemental materials which could be used in the classroom to address the needs outlined in the test results. Both of our children are thriving at Arbor academically and socially. We are not a wealthy family, but the support, love, and passion of Arbor and its staff justify the expense.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2006
After 5 years of experience as a parent with 2 childrend attending this school I can say with conviction that there are better alternatives for academic excellence. There are some very bright spots within the teaching staff but it's spotty. Be prepared to supplement your childs academic program as many former students have been lagging behind their peers once they've moved on to the next school. The program is very good through kindergarten and becomes weaker as you progress through the elementary grades.

- submitted by a former student
June 14, 2006
My son has gone to Arbor since he was 3 and he is now 6 and about to start the 1st grade there. I love this school. He's done very well there. He's reading at a level far above his grade compared to other children we know that go to public schools in the area. I can't say enough good things about this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Arbor Schools
1107 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA  98075
(425) 392-3866
Last modified Arbor Schools is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Arbor Schools Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top