Chairez Montessori Preschool
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I highly recommend Maestra Lupe's Chairez Montessori School. As a Spanish Immersion teacher myself I couldn't have found a better preschool for both my children. Lupe and her staff are reliable, respectful, committed and knowledgeable. Both my children loved the school and grew socially, emotionally and academically while they were there. Una escuela bilingue que realmente es un lindo espacio para los ninos, con maestras dedicadas y atentas. Andrea
My son attended the Chairez Montessori from ages 2-5. He thrived in the small, highly attentive environment. He forged a strong bond with both his primary teachers. The teachers speak spanish a high percentage of the time, which we appreciated. My son was very well prepared for his transition to kindergarten. We also liked the physical environment of the school, with a wonderful backyard and plenty of indoor space for the kids. Homemade, delicious food is provided for breakfast and lunch. We highly recommend the Chairez Montessori School! Lynn
The great thing about this school is that it's a daycare and a preschool combined, so your kids can start going there as babies and keep on going there all the way until kindergarten. It's so nice to not have to switch and deal with looking around again! Also, the kids form very strong bonds with the staff and other kids there over the years.
About the staff: Rosa takes care of the babies and is sweet and kind. She only speaks Spanish, and I love that my kids learn both languages. Gaby (Rosa's daughter) is the preschool assistant and Maria (who goes by Lupe, and is also the owner) teaches preschool. So the kids are together but separated into groups based on age. The school only has about 13 kids with 3 staff (sometimes a 4th staff member part-time) so the kid/staff ratio is wonderful.
The school is in a home owned by Lupe, but she doesn't live there, so it's very clean and tidy and feels like it is 100% a school. There is a great garden and they do lots of outdoor projects. I am constantly impressed by how much my kids know about plants, animals, geography, science, etc. Lupe is very organized with her lessons and makes sure the kids are (more than) ready for kindergarten. I feel like my preschooler will be ahead of other kids going into kindergarten. Happy Parent
Both my kids went to this fabulous preschool. Homemade meals provided with many ingredients coming straight from the garden. Also, Maria prepared the kids for kindergarten, socially and cognitively. Highly recommend this great preschool.
Re: A home based Montessori preschool in Berkeley
Our daughter goes to Chairez Montessori Preschool, which is home based and bilingual (Spanish/English). We just love it. It is operated by Maria Chairez -- (510) 524-5012 or jardincito [at] aol.com. The location is in Berkeley at 10th and Camilia, near REI. Sarah