AppleSeed Montessori School - Dunford

★★★★☆
  • 1095 Dunford Way 500

    Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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  • 408-260-7333

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Both my sons have been attending Appleseed Montessori School for the last two years. There are so many things I love about this school. First, as a parent, you want to feel your young children are in an environment that is safe, loving, nurturing, as well as educational, and Appleseed is truly that. What makes this school so unique is the teachers. I would say that I would feel comfortable with any teachers my children were enrolled with. They are very compassionate, loving, sincere, happy people.
The curriculum and educational material they use is very special as well. They use very unique, hands-on material that children can use to help with their motor and sensory skills to challenge themselves on an individual basis.
This school offers a variety of curriculum, such as international or bilingual classes where kids can learn different languages at the same time. There are many extra classes that are offered as well, such as art, kung-fu, Jump Bunch, gymsters, chess, etc. It is not a mundane school where every day is the same. They celebrate everything with many fun field trips, activities, parties, et cetera.
My children have attended other schools so I can make a true comparison. My sons get treated as the stars they really are as opposed to the children being just a number on their enrollment. The toddler classes even offer a "How my day was" paper that gives info about what they learned that day, what times they went potty, how long their nap was, what their mood was like, etc, so that you understand what their day was like.
The school is very well run, with a well organized structure and office. Communication is very efficient with Wednesday folders distributed to each child's home with notification of anything related to the classroom. Behavioral issues are dealt with very fairly and compassionately, with always positive reinforcement being the number one goal.
I am extremely pleased with how my children are doing. They are well-centered, articulate, social, and intellectually way beyond their years. I feel it is because they are in this environment and given the support from the school that they are at this level.
It is for those reasons I would recommend Appleseed Montessori School to anyone, hands down. They are my number one choice for any preschools by far!

5
★★★★★

Both my sons have been attending Appleseed Montessori School for the last two years. There are so many things I love about this school. First, as a parent, you want to feel your young children are in an environment that is safe, loving, nurturing, as well as educational, and Appleseed is truly that. What makes this school so unique is the teachers. I would say that I would feel comfortable with any teachers my children were enrolled with. They are very compassionate, loving, sincere, happy people.
The curriculum and educational material they use is very special as well. They use very unique, hands-on material that children can use to help with their motor and sensory skills to challenge themselves on an individual basis.
This school offers a variety of curriculum, such as international or bilingual classes where kids can learn different languages at the same time. There are many extra classes that are offered as well, such as art, kung-fu, Jump Bunch, gymsters, chess, etc. It is not a mundane school where every day is the same. They celebrate everything with many fun field trips, activities, parties, et cetera.
My children have attended other schools so I can make a true comparison. My sons get treated as the stars they really are as opposed to the children being just a number on their enrollment. The toddler classes even offer a "How my day was" paper that gives info about what they learned that day, what times they went potty, how long their nap was, what their mood was like, etc, so that you understand what their day was like.
The school is very well run, with a well organized structure and office. Communication is very efficient with Wednesday folders distributed to each child's home with notification of anything related to the classroom. Behavioral issues are dealt with very fairly and compassionately, with always positive reinforcement being the number one goal.
I am extremely pleased with how my children are doing. They are well-centered, articulate, social, and intellectually way beyond their years. I feel it is because they are in this environment and given the support from the school that they are at this level.
It is for those reasons I would recommend Appleseed Montessori School to anyone, hands down. They are my number one choice for any preschools by far!

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We went to an open house and the school was presented as a nice Montessori school and indeed there were some things that I liked, and others I'm not quite sure about yet.
More about their open house here: http://myfriendisyourfriend.wordpress.com/2007/01/21/appleseed-montessori-school/

We've scheduled an observation visit on 2/2 and I will update my notes then, but here's what I think for now:

- The school is situated in a nice location, in the former building of a high school and it has several playgrounds, most of them with some trees and greenery and shade. The toys and playing structures are OK, nothing that jumped out of ordinary.

- Most of the classes are nice, with enough light I think, although the toddler room was quite dark with only a few high little windows.

- The preschool classes had a real Montessori setup and the teacher in one room (if I remember right room 3) was talking nicely about the Montessori method and the class curriculum and daily schedule.

- But they have almost all the Montessori materials displayed on the shelves! The teacher said that the materials in the sensorial area for example don't change so that the kids will always know where to find them as opposed to those in practical life. While I do agree with the structure in the sensorial area, I think that the Montessori teachers usually have a good sense of the level of the classroom and challenge the kids with the right materials, changing them when the kids mastered what's on the shelf. It seemd to me that the crowded shelves were there for the open house, I'll check them again at the real observation visit ...

- On the same note on materials, there were some big difference in usage, some of them looked really new (well, might be because they were good quality Nienhuis, but on the other hand most of them if not all were Nienhuis ...) and others almost worn out, with even missing pieces ... And I've noticed missing pieces in the 2 classrooms I've checked some materials...

- They have quite a few preschool classes (7 or 8 only in this building) and at least some more in another building in their International school (chinese only). There was also a kindergarten room for kids 41/2 and older.

- We have also talked to a preschool teacher in the "fabulous" new room G from the International school. Well, I didn't quite like this teacher, she didn't seem to be Montessori certified although I might be wrong (her English was not that good) since they said that every class has at least one Montessori trained (I've asked what is this training about and I'm still not sure if it's the same thing as the Montessori certification ...). But that room and building was somewhat special, it had its own restrooms :-) The main building with the most classes had shared restrooms at the entrance of the building, well ... like in a regular highschool building I guess. While that's not that bad, I didn't really like the changing table for infants and toddlers in the same room, near the eating area and all ...

- The ratio is not that great either, I think it's exactly California's required one: 1-4 for infants, 1:6 for toddlers, 1:12 for preschool. But the preschool classes have fewer kids than in HeadsUp, 24 with 2 teacher vs 30 with 3-4, so that should be better ...

So I'll try a 3-star for now and change if needed after the 2/2 classroom visit. We'll probably post more here:
http://myfriendisyourfriend.wordpress.com/tag/appleseed/

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★★★☆☆

We went to an open house and the school was presented as a nice Montessori school and indeed there were some things that I liked, and others I'm not quite sure about yet.
More about their open house here: http://myfriendisyourfriend.wordpress.com/2007/01/21/appleseed-montessori-school/

We've scheduled an observation visit on 2/2 and I will update my notes then, but here's what I think for now:

- The school is situated in a nice location, in the former building of a high school and it has several playgrounds, most of them with some trees and greenery and shade. The toys and playing structures are OK, nothing that jumped out of ordinary.

- Most of the classes are nice, with enough light I think, although the toddler room was quite dark with only a few high little windows.

- The preschool classes had a real Montessori setup and the teacher in one room (if I remember right room 3) was talking nicely about the Montessori method and the class curriculum and daily schedule.

- But they have almost all the Montessori materials displayed on the shelves! The teacher said that the materials in the sensorial area for example don't change so that the kids will always know where to find them as opposed to those in practical life. While I do agree with the structure in the sensorial area, I think that the Montessori teachers usually have a good sense of the level of the classroom and challenge the kids with the right materials, changing them when the kids mastered what's on the shelf. It seemd to me that the crowded shelves were there for the open house, I'll check them again at the real observation visit ...

- On the same note on materials, there were some big difference in usage, some of them looked really new (well, might be because they were good quality Nienhuis, but on the other hand most of them if not all were Nienhuis ...) and others almost worn out, with even missing pieces ... And I've noticed missing pieces in the 2 classrooms I've checked some materials...

- They have quite a few preschool classes (7 or 8 only in this building) and at least some more in another building in their International school (chinese only). There was also a kindergarten room for kids 41/2 and older.

- We have also talked to a preschool teacher in the "fabulous" new room G from the International school. Well, I didn't quite like this teacher, she didn't seem to be Montessori certified although I might be wrong (her English was not that good) since they said that every class has at least one Montessori trained (I've asked what is this training about and I'm still not sure if it's the same thing as the Montessori certification ...). But that room and building was somewhat special, it had its own restrooms :-) The main building with the most classes had shared restrooms at the entrance of the building, well ... like in a regular highschool building I guess. While that's not that bad, I didn't really like the changing table for infants and toddlers in the same room, near the eating area and all ...

- The ratio is not that great either, I think it's exactly California's required one: 1-4 for infants, 1:6 for toddlers, 1:12 for preschool. But the preschool classes have fewer kids than in HeadsUp, 24 with 2 teacher vs 30 with 3-4, so that should be better ...

So I'll try a 3-star for now and change if needed after the 2/2 classroom visit. We'll probably post more here:
http://myfriendisyourfriend.wordpress.com/tag/appleseed/

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