Casa De Montessori is located in Silver Spring, MD. It is a private, montessori school that serves 3 students in grades PK,K-1. Casa De Montessori is coed (school has male and female students) and is nonsectarian in orientation. The school belongs to the Association Montessori International.
In 2010, Casa De Montessori had 2 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Maryland average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
I have enrolled two children at Casa, and can't say enough great things about the school. I am so happy a neighbor suggested I visit. I suggest you visit too, if you are considering it. The lead teachers (Burkhardt and Jones) have years of experience behind them, and you know they have seen all kinds of kids and know how to engage them all. I love the fact that the kids take virtual tours of countries around the world and that parents from the countries they visit participate---it shows that the student population is ethnically diverse and that the kids are starting to learn that the world is a big, interesting place ready for you to explore. The classroom is the most peaceful, beautiful environment for learning I saw in all my tours of other preschools---I was really impressed by the orderly and light-filled space. My oldest child spent 2.5 years at Casa and went onto public school kindergarten and thrived.
Casa is a terrific school. My son was there from age 3 through kindergarten. He truly loved every day there and came home excited about what he learned and how he learned it. His teacher, Ms. Jones, is a cheerful and highly-skilled teacher. We will always be thankful for her!
Being a Montessori educator myself, you can imagine how I searchrd for the best school for our kids. I found it at Casa! The teachers are dedicated to the method and are even more dedicated to the children. They truly respect each childs unique personality and potential. Our children have loved their time at Casa and have reaped the benefits of not only a solid academic foundation but a love of learning they carry with them wherever they go. Our youngest is in her second year now and I love watching the amazing process she is engaging in as she becomes a confident learner and most importantly a creative and caring individual. Thank you Casa for your loyalty to Montessori and our children!
Both of my children attended Casa and we were all sorry to see their times there come to an end. They received fabulous instruction that has laid an invaluable groundwork for learning in their upper grades. Casa focuses not on rote memorization but realizes the full potential of children to fully understand concepts at their core from math and reading to the manipulation of complex tasks that hone dexterity skills. Casa staff see children as gifts with limitless abilities to learn.
Casa is fantastic! My children happily hop out of the car in the morning and run into their classroom. The faculty and staff are kind, patient, loving, and talented educators. The classrooms are bright, organized and engaging. The small class sizes enable the faculty to get to know the children well and adapt their guidance accordingly. We are so delighted and grateful to be a part of this community.
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By H.S., a Parent on
I can't say enough good things about the Montessori philosophy, and Casa is a wonderful small school with a relaxed, family feel. My sons' teacher is the school's founder, and the boys love her. They've been talking all summer about going back to school--they really miss the classroom work. We decided to keep our older son there this year for his Kindergarten year, and our younger son loves being in his brother's class--the multi-age classrooms are a nice perk (and philosophically preferable, according to research). Casa is also quite affordable compared to other area Montessoris (and they offer before- and after-care).
Music and art are incorporated into classroom work; there is a little weekly exposure to Spanish with one of the classroom assistants who is a native Spanish speaker. They offer weekly after-school soccer through Soccer Shots in the fall and spring.
The classrooms are large, light and inviting, and the daycare room is also large and well-outfitted with toys and an eating area.