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Former students and parents on their CMS experience.

School an extended home, a place where you develop your confidence and skills for a great future. Elementary years in a child’s life is a very important period and we believe is crucial in shaping an individual.

We as a family have moved quite a bit and have had the pleasure of being a part of three great Montessori communities in the country. It was very important for our family to find the best elementary school when we moved to San Diego last year. When we met the teachers and the administrators during our first visit to Country Montessori, we knew we had found Rithvik’s extended home.

School and home go hand in hand, it is imperative that both the places work hand in hand to provide the best for a child’s education. We believe you can get a great education anywhere in the world, but you need to have a great community to bring the best in a child and to grow the confidence for a great future in what every your child pursues later on in life.

To work and collaborate in groups; to develop your social and Intellectual skills, it is not only essential to have a great community but great teachers. A community filled with love and compassion, to correct the little minds when they are wrong and to let them know that it is ok to make mistakes and guide them in the right direction is significant. We are privileged to be part of Country Montessori community and the experiences that our son has experienced for the past couple years a home away from home.

Kripalini Raguram - mother of Rithvik 5th grade 2017

Our son Dillon started the Montessori system at a previous school for roughly one year and although we were happy with his development, it wasn’t until we moved to Rancho Bernardo and enrolled him into Country Montessori did we really see the value in choosing the right school. At 3 years of age, we were amazed at how quickly, yet subtle his personality started to develop, even though he’d already been in the Montessori setting for over 12 months. For example, within the first couple weeks of returning home from school, we noticed a change in his mannerisms; he was less likely to have an outburst and used his hands to request attention by tapping on the person whose attention he sought. Additionally, over the first couple months, we noticed an intense desire to be involved in household chores such as sweeping, moping, cleaning mirrors and feeding the animals. When it came to cooking, we had to purchase a step stool as he demanded to be a part of cracking eggs, mixing batter and chopping vegetables. Now that he’s been with Country for 8 months, as well turned 4, we’ve grown into this new normal where our lives seem to have a sense of order, structure and healthy communication. We are able to gauge this time in his life against our older son who is 11 and did not experience the Montessori, rather a play based preschool and public elementary school system. If I had someone to tell me back then what I have been able to see now, I’d be so grateful for the information as the value is simply worth every penny. We are thrilled to have him at Country Montessori where he has developed incredible interests, shows to have respect for others beyond what is typical for this age and his love for learning is apparent. We would recommend any family who is considering Montessori to visit CMS and are confident they will not consider any other program, it’s far superior to what we have experienced.

Shannon Miller and David Rice: parent of Bumble Bees student 2016

Ms. Corrales, the teachers and staff at Country Montessori truly foster an environment for learning and community. The school has great Montessori materials, lessons and parent education. They take the time to teach each student at their skill level helping them progress to their potential.

My son’s teachers provided constant feedback regarding his progress and made helpful suggestions for improving his learning. Additionally, Ms. Corrales has an open door policy and is always available to respond and address concerns. The Office staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.

I highly recommend this school and group of passionate educators. They were committed to my son’s needs and success. They have made a lasting impact in my son’s life and provided a solid educational foundation.

Charlene D. Gilliam

parent of Lennox Gilliam, Bumble Bees student 2015

…Now that the school year has been under its way for almost a month, we look back and realize how true the staff’s remarks were and how much relaxed we are all as a family.
Despite the occasional initial fussing, our son adapted wonderfully to his school environment. He has become confident, more verbal, expressive, and very social! He has learned how to work/play independently and in a group setting as well.

As for his separation anxiety, it has been reduced to a minimal and we do not experience frequent bouts of tantrum due to his improved communication skills. We owe these changes to Country Montessori School’s teaching system, to his teachers and the entire school’s environment. Our experience further confirms how much a suitable educational setting can influence and nourish young minds and souls. Thank you Country Montessori School for providing such outstanding service to the community! We all look forward to many great years of learning together. We feel very lucky to be a part of this family.

The Binaei Family

Dragonflies 2015

My husband and I made a big change for our 4th grader last year and decided that we would pull him from a Poway public school (Spanish immersion) and put him into Poway Country Montessori. My son has a soccer mate who attends the Montessori and their family has raved about it. After a lot of contemplating, we enrolled him. Now as a 5th grader, he has been attending the school for a little over a month and already the quality of work produced by him, his confidence level and his love of learning has increased by 100%.

What is the biggest difference between Montessori and public school? To summarize:

  1. the class size and student to teacher ratio is A LOT smaller. Nothing and no one “falls through the cracks”.
  2. The child is made accountable for both their schoolwork and their behavior. Everything is corrected and looked at and the progress is closely logged FOR EVERYONE whether you are high or low academically. Work is explained/redone if they need more help with something.
  3. The children are more confident and the student environment is very positive because the kids are happy and stimulated.
  4. The children are eager to learn and develop a love of learning because they can work at their own pace.
  5. The environment is very hands on and conducive to a typical boy who needs to move and learns tactilely. All lessons are done on the floor with a group of NO MORE than 7 other children.

Most importantly though for me is my son and his attitude about school. We would leave his old school almost daily with him feeling angry, competitive, “bored all day” and not wanting to go back. Homework was a BATTLE. He hated school. Now he comes home happy, confident and eager to share with me all the cool things he learns in class every day. He says it is like going to camp every day and the time flies by. I personally feel that it was an excellent move for him and I feel confident that he will be ready to be put back into public Middle School next year. I can’t wait to see what the next 8+ months bring for him!

The Barnes Family

Owls - 2015

It took us a long time to finally decide the elementary school for our daughter Serena. We only have less than few weeks to apply for the school, take the assessment and complete her enrollment. We just want to say thank you so much for everything that you have done to help us make it to CMS. It only took several hours between we submitted the online application and received a phone call from CMS. Sheila, Adela and the whole CMS staff are amazingly efficient! We are also happy that CMS team was working with us to determine Serena’s level before her admission. The individualized assessment is highly appreciated.

So far Serena and us have been part of CMS family for over a month and we are grateful we have been able to find a school that would help us focus on the basics of our child’s education. CMS is wonderful and Serena really enjoys going there. CMS is a school where the teacher really cares about the students and the small class size really helps the teacher to know each student and what they need scholastically.

Thank you again for helping our child and welcoming us into your family.

Lisa and Michael -

Eagles - 2015