I have only superb things to say. First, the educational component is excellent. My
daughter has been there just over a year and she comes home daily surprising me with
what she has learnt - from her alphabet to her numbers to songs. If I had known about
Cloverdale Montessori before, I would have sent my son and I would not be so
concerned with his learning right now.
The educators are very knowledgeable and personable. They touch base every
afternoon and let you know how your child is progressing and works closely with any
problems you might have with your child.
My daughter loves going there. She started out part time and very quickly within a few
weeks wanted to go everyday! I only wish she could continue next school season but
sadly she is starting kindergarten.
~ Jennifer Jomphe
First off I would like to say that I have had three kids that have attended Frances's
program. I was looking for something that would cater to my twins different leaning
styles. They started with her when they were 3 and have continued for the last two year.
I then had my little one start at almost 3 and she will be attending again this upcoming
First and foremost I would like to say what a wonderful woman Frances is. Obviously this
is my first experience with a teacher, but I couldn't have asked for a better one. She is
very emotionally connected to the students as well as understands their individual
academic needs. My twins have very different learning styles and she has been able to
adapt the program to each of them. With her guidance as well as the other teachers
they have let all three of my children thrive. My littlest one just turned three in December
and is already telling me the days of the week, continents, counting and tracing letters
and numbers with accuracy. She has a way with the children that is very natural. Her
compassion for teaching as well as being a mom herself gives her a good grasp on
what kids need.
I would not give a second thought to recommending Frances' s Montessori program as
she is dedicated and self invested in teaching children what they will need to be
successful in the school years to come. I feel my children will be well prepared and be
able to settle in to the kindergarten routine with minimal issues. They will be well ahead
of the basics taught and focused on in regular kindergarten as well as socially equipped
to make new friends and understand how to focus and be on task in a leaning
I hope this as given you an idea of what kind of learning facility she is running. Also I
hope it has eased your mind in making this decision. I know it was hard for me but I
really don't think I could have made a better choice.
~ Amanda Anderson
We have 2 girls (Addison 7 and Cameron 4). Cameron is currently in her second year of
preschool at the Sundance location, and Addison was at the Cloverdale class for 2
years for her preschool.
They also go to the Sundance location for daycare in the summer for a few days a
Our experience has been outstanding. Addison was always a little ahead in learning and
this school kept up with her! I believe it made for an excellent transition to kindergarten,
and fostered her desire to learn, as well as develop her social and listening skills.
Cameron on the other hand is a little slower in learning (she has hydrocephalus) this is
why she is in full-time preschool (where her sister only went 3 days a week). The small
class size and more one on one teacher time has made a world of difference for
Cameron. Ms Frances and I are in contact often which keeps my mind at ease. I know
where Cameron is struggling, and I know where she is doing good. I have spent time in
the classroom and it is a very calm and friendly environment. I am very happy to
recommend her classes, my girls love being there, and I am very happy with the care,
attention, and skills they are receiving while in Ms Frances' care.
~ Jessica Patterson
My husband and I made such a good decision to put our daughter into the Cloverdale
Montessori School! Our daughter, who is a very "grown-up" seeming 5 year old due to
having been born early in the year, had initially been attending preschool at the local rec
centre and it wasn't long before we realized that she needed something more. More
structure, more learning and more skill development. This lead us to the Cloverdale
Montessori. She has been there almost 2 years and is thriving. She has always been
independent and intelligent, she just needed a good place to focus her high energy
levels into something more productive. She has blossomed into such a self sufficient,
compassionate and understanding young girl. She is more than ready to start
Kindergarten in the fall. Our 2 year old is already enrolled for the fall class with
Cloverdale Montessori and we are eager to watch her grow and prosper in the excellent
learning environment provided by the Cloverdale Montessori School.
THANK YOU so much for everything!!!!!
~ Jessica & Steve Patterson
My son has been attending Cloverdale Montessori School for the last year in the extended
preschool program. He amazes me everyday with the skills and knowledge he is gaining from being
at the school. Ms. Frances has a way of bringing kids out of there shell and speaking their
language. He has gone from a timid, shy little boy to a much more confident outgoing one.
The focus on respect, caring and friendship while learning fundamentals is exactly what I
was looking for. I could not be more proud of the little boy my son is becoming, and so much
of that is owed to Ms. Frances and the staff at Cloverdale Montessori School.It’s obvious the
amount of one on one time he gets in the classroom and the benefits of attending a smaller school.
It has been the perfect learning environment for him, allowing him to progress at his own speed.
The positive connections and experiences he has had with all of his teachers and with the other
students is exactly the way I wanted him to start his educational path.
~ Holly Klashinsky
School was a great place for our son to learn and thrive. The
level of one-on-one attention is very effective and the teaching was
focused on his unique individual needs, which was important to our
family. Children do not get ‘lost in a crowd’ here. He is very ready
to start full day kindergarten in the fall, with many thanks to
teacher Frances. And now his baby sister can’t wait for her turn to
go to preschool!
~ Kim Cox
Our daughter has been attending Cloverdale Montessori since she
was 2.5. It was an emotional transition as our daughter did not
experience the greatest daycare environments. Since the very first
day of meeting Ms Frances, I knew that she would be in great hands.
Ms Frances and staff treat their students as if they were
family. They want to see your children succeed & challenge
themselves and grow into the little people that we are proud of.
Not only has my husband and I seen our daughter grow up to be a
nice happy young lady but she is smart, social and yet has
learned about boundaries, respect and the fundamentals of her
Now entering Kindergarten our daughter has surpassed all
expectations. She can read, write, verbally spell words, and
count. Teachers are very important in our children’s lives, and
when you get to share years with an extraordinary teacher like
Ms Frances, it is hard to say goodbye.
Ms Frances is one of the best teachers I have ever met. Not
only has she taught my child, but she has also taught me about
the different mental stages in my daughter’s life, which in turn
has made me a better mother.
As the next huge step in our daughter’s life starts in
September, it saddens me to not be part of this wonderful school
every day. With baby #2 on its way... we will be back in 2014!
Thank you Ms Frances for a great 2.5 years!!!!
After-school care is an important extension of our children's
education and choosing the right school was easy for me. My
youngest started at Cloverdale Montessori in 2007 at age 5 and
his older brother in 2008 at age 10. Ms. Frances brought my boys
'out of their shell' to overcome their timid nature and learn
to share friendships and have fun with all the children -- boys
& girls -- from toddler to 12.
I value the school's emphasis on
respect, kindness, friendship and effort while nurturing their
creative side and encouraging them to try new ideas. The
principles and ideals of Montessori and the commitment of Ms.
Frances combine to create a happy and structured environment
that my children truly enjoy!
~ The Richards