My son has been at CMS since he was 3 years old, and he's soon to turn 7!!! My son is happy and secure at this school. He enjoys this school so much that he DOES NOT want to take vacation days off!!!! When it was time for summer break, he protested and said he wanted to go to school. Even on the days of school closure, he will ask to go to school and we're needing to explain repeatedly why we can't just go to school. And, this kid is learning and doesn't even realize he's learning; CMS presents their teaching in such a way that the kids enjoy it and wanting more! My son just started 1st grade and he can fluently add, subtract, multiply, divide, read 3rd grade reading level, can tell you about geography and where states/countries/capitals are located, can you tell you about art & music. The point-being, is that my son has learned more by 1st grade than my husband/I had....and he's enjoying school (no loving school!!). If only I was taught in the way CMS teaches I would have enjoyed school more and not have struggled so much. Our greatest value is that he is wanting to learn, and Mrs. Hanson and her team are delivering it as a GREAT launching pad for him to start from and allow him to set his own bar to reach for and he's wanting it!!! The foundation of this school is GRACE & COURTESY and this has helped us with our "highly-spirited" child. Because of CMS principles, my child has learned to respect himself and others, and they are supporting the fine tuning of his "filter". CMS honors my child as a whole-person and lets him be who he needs/wants to be - for that we have a happy & confident child who LOVES school and gets along well with others in/outside of his school. Just to let you know that we're not raising a robot...my son's interest is very diverse - HUGE sports lover & player (football, soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball) and he loves music (choir and instrument) and drama (he's performed in 2 plays), along with Lego building, chess, and just being silly. It takes a village, and we could not have arrived at the spot we're at with our son with out the love, guidance & support that was provided by CMS team.
4800 139th Ave SEBellevue, WA 98006
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We love the Montessori method of teaching and how it allows children to work at their own pace and develop independence. We also like the way it teaches responsibility for the materials. We love all of the teachers at the school and have had nothing but positive experiences working with all of the teachers over the years.
The school opened with a handful of students at the start of the economic downturn, and while others preschools had to close classrooms Chestnut Montessori grew to house three full classrooms. It's been amazing to watch. Our first daughter, now in third grade, has been at Chestnut Montessori since she was 2 and 1/2 (when the school opened). Our second daughter is now there as well. Very rare is the day when both girls aren't excited to go to school. The school has amazing community events, especially at the elementary level. The elementary students have a camp-out at the school just before the school-year begins, a zoo overnight toward the end of the year, and a field-trip per month during the year. The preschoolers have activities that come to them, such as the parent/child pumpkin carving before Halloween. There are numerous of opportunities to perform for their parents at school events. The director has been in Montessori education for decades. The assistant director has been with the school since it opened, went through Montessori training while serving as the school's office manager, and has provided the school with an amazing continuity.
I have my both kids going to Chestnut Montessori . I feel so blessed to have my girls attend this school. It gives them the perfect nurturing environment helping them in grow in so many things. I love the academics at school . Would not have found a better place for my kids...
Best Montessori in the area! It was a tumultuous journey deciding on this school, but well worth it. Let me tell you our story....When we transitioned from an in-home daycare to a school, we shopped around and did a lot of research into what type of school to enroll in. The Montessori philosophy really appealed to us. So we visited several Montessori schools in the area to examine their curriculum, facilities, and get the overall vibe. Eventually we settled on one (mostly based on their superior website) and enrolled our daughter for her first year in Living Montessori in Bellevue. It was a good school with many fine attributes (great website, yoga, some wonderful teachers, very safe, etc...) but our daughter was never really happy there. Some of this may have been separation anxiety due to her age, but some I think was because the facility was so large and sterile. It was intimidating walking down the long hallways. Every day at drop off she cried and clung to me. We also felt a little overwhelmed by the many many rules and demands on us. All the volunteer hours were overwhelming for 2 working parents to achieve. Additionally it was extremely expensive, so we made the decision to put her in public school instead.We found our local public school, entered the lottery for the all day (before and after school) care, waited anxiously to see if we got in, and we got in. We visited the school and although it was academically very good, it didn't feel right. I'd like to say this is all based on logic but my "Mom" instinct was screaming "no!" about this school. The Principal was rigid, the bus system was scary...it just didn't seem right for us and definitely not right for our sensitive, intelligent, daughter. At the last second, a parent from Living Montessori mentioned to me that she was moving one of her children out of Living Montessori into Chestnut. She said the curriculum was wonderful and Jeannine, who runs the school, was amazing with the children. So we booked a visit at Chestnut (very friendly easy process, even though it was close to start of the school year) and I was immediately charmed by this school. It looks like a home, with 2 little buildings and a yard, nestled amidst tall Chestnut trees. It's very woodsy and nature-filled, and soothing to scared little ones. Jeannine impressed us just as much as she had impressed our friend. We knew we had to sign up on the spot. It's still not cheap, but it is more affordable than Living Montessori was, and I feel like I get so much more for my money. Both my children attend Chestnut now and not only do they love it, I love it too. I even briefly thought I should quit my job, attend Jeannine's classes and learn to be a Montessori teacher so I can work there. It's THAT good. I trust Montessori to nurture and care for my children while enriching their minds. You can trust them too.
Sending my kids to the French Immersion School of Washington is one of the best choices I have ever made for them. I have four children, all very different from each other in their learning styles and personalities, and each of them has excelled in both languages and they all absolutely love going to school each day. Every decision the school makes is about what is best for the children. The majority of my kids have class sizes of 13-14 kids in each class annually. The French teachers are hired from France and we have never had a teacher that is anything less than amazing and devoted. The teachers LOVE their jobs and the kids in their classes, which makes the learning environment positive.From age 2 1/2, it is absolutely a great learning environment. Kids are taught things like independence and respect and accountability from the very beginning. By being accredited by the French government, WA state, Independent Schools, etc. their academic curriculum is well beyond anything I have ever seen, and yet... the kids love to learn because the school is focused on that love for learning. All of my kids literally beg me to stay for the after-school program activities. What kids ask for more school after being at school all day?? Only at FISW....
Great education that truly will last a life time. My favorite part is when my daughter comes home and does things that she's been learning at this school, such as folds her clothes, speaks polite and with manners, uses new beautiful vocabulary and enthusiastically talks about her teacher. Recommend this school, just make sure you understand and agree with their contract before signing.
If I could describe this school in one word, it would be "sweet." It's a sweet little school with really kind and dedicated teachers. The rooms are warm and welcoming with lots of Montessori materials, rugs, and small furniture. Everything always looks very clean. My son is in a different, larger Montessori preschool, and comparing the two, the things that stand out about Chestnut are:
My two girls attended this great school for many years. The first one spent her 7 years there (from pre-school to 3rd grade) and the second one spent 4 years there (from pre-school to K). The school not only provided the wholesome education that made the girls thrive but but also gave our family an opportunity to meet many wonderful fellow families, some of whom we came really close to. Our girls often said that Chestnut Montessori was their second home. Under the strong leadership of the director, the school provides the best Montessori education and the space surrounded by nature for children to enjoy and appreciate their early days. I think it's this strong foundation that empowered my girls to go through two different schools (since Chestnut) without much trouble and helped them do really well both academically and socially (we moved them to a local school first and then to a school in a different country due to job related relocation). I cannot give enough thanks to the director, Jeannine, who always cared for the students and showed her passion in the Montessori education every single day.
I highly recommend CMS! We love the school! We couldn't be more pleased with the care and attention our kids got from Mrs. Hanson and the CMS team. It feels like part of our family. I’m confident that the school has set a solid foundation for my children learning path and that they have developed a true love for learning. I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.