School Details

Casa Esperanza Montessori

2600 Sumner Blvd 13, Raleigh, NC 27616
(919) 855-9811
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-8 380 students 23 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

69%
47%
63%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Casa Esperanza Montessori average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
48%
60%
44%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Casa Esperanza Montessori average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
48%
50%
40%
69%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Casa Esperanza Montessori average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
39%
65%
46%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Casa Esperanza Montessori average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

29%
39%
43%
48%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Casa Esperanza Montessori average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
34%
91%
41%
91%
59%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Casa Esperanza Montessori average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Casa Esperanza Montessori is a charter elementary school in Raleigh. The principal of Casa Esperanza Montessori is Diana Bush, who can be contacted at cemcs@cemcs.org. 380 children attend Casa Esperanza Montessori and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at Casa Esperanza Montessori is 23:1. Body of Christ Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 49% 49%
Asian 3% 3%
Hispanic 24% 24%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    After spending two years at a traditional public school we were accepted at Casa for my oldest son's 2nd grade year. The difference in education attention to who my son is as a child and just not another student is very apparent. Our youngest son started in the Children's House program and is speaking more and more Spanish everyday. The caring teachers and staff are no match for what we have experienced before. The teachers work with you and communication between parents and the classroom teachers is fantastic. I can honestly say this school is the best thing that has ever happened to our family and our boys will be there until high school. We will be forever grateful to Casa.

  • (6 months ago)

    We have both our kids going to Casa my son since kinder he is now in 6th grade my daughter is in 1st grade. Its a wonderful school great teachers and a safe supportive environment that teaches kids excellent life skills.

  • (6 months ago)

    There are only two or three Montessori teachers left on staff this year at Casa. To say this is a strong Montessori program is a farce. How they keep their charter as a Montessori school needs to be challenged. The majority of dual language teachers are not NC certified teachers. Great Montessori Dual Language education?! The extremely high number of "IEP" students is now creating serious classroom management issues. Charter schools are a big draw for parents with adhd kids high anxiety kids and many others kids who do not function in public schools. Unfortunately in large numbers if your child is not special needs this is a bad learning environment for them. Ask Casa what percentage of IEP kids would be in your child's class. You could be shocked. Many of these positive reviews have been written by Casa front office staff. This once was a truly great school but I would ask a lot of questions before I sign up now.

  • (6 months ago)

    Our children have been at Casa for many years and we are very happy with the education they have received. I believe the Montessori and Dual Language mission of the school is strong. I would caution people to read the negative reviews with a grain of salt. Sometimes leaders have to make difficult decisions and parents may not understand all the reasons. This year I see strong teachers who are implementing Montessori philosophy and pedagogy at all grade levels I see students and adults that are respectful to each other I see a community that is working together. I would not have my children at any other school.

  • (6 months ago)

    If you want a Montessori education for your child do NOT pick this school. Montessori is not a priority and is phasing out. If you do not want to know any of the politics of the school and how the money is mismanaged and only goes to the top business and admin people and the teachers are underpaid burned out and fired for no reason then yes this place will be fine for you. If you don't mind a large turnover in staff every year then feel free to jump onboard because there isn't much of a waiting list and you are sure to get in. If you are absolutely okay with longterm subs especially at the middle school level rather than teachers who are actually certified and highly qualified in their teaching areas then by all means put in for Casa! If you want a school with a rapidly growing special ed program where students "get away" with quite a few misbehaviors such as screaming hitting cursing etc. because no one there knows how or wants to deal with it and if your child is an angel when it comes to behavior but you do not mind him or her putting up with many children who are not then yes this school may be just the one for you.

  • (7 months ago)

    We have been at the school for many years. My fourth child started kindergarten this year. It is a wonderful environment for children and parents. Many opportunities to be part of the community. I have two older children one which has aged out of Casa. The education he received at Casa has allowed him to successfully transition into high school. He has been very successful in all honors classes. The independent learning and time management skills taught at Casa really help the kids as they get older and the curriculum becomes more rigorous. In addition the immersion program is a wonderful way for children to learn a second language. The teachers are native speakers and it is obvious they love what they do. I love that my kids have the opportunity to learn a second language now and become fluent speakers while in elementary school. Casa is Raleigh's hidden gem. Robyn Bennai (parent)

  • (7 months ago)

    This school now has only 2 Montessori teachers left on staff. It has had almost 50% teacher turnover in 2 years. This was once such a good school but it is no longer. I was a long time parent who is leaving for the good of my children. Good news is it is probably easy to get in this year because of all the children who have left!

  • (9 months ago)

    We are a bilingual Montessori program. The school when it started was wonderful. We currently have a weak leader and a lack of clear direction in the teaching staff particularly in the upper grades. Many good teachers have left or are leaving. It is a shame to see this decline

  • (9 months ago)

    Casa Esperanza Is the best thing to happen to our family concerning our children's education. We currently have 3 children at Casa. I have one child with "challenges" and Casa has helped him SO much in his first year of school. I am positive he would have been heavily labelled and regarded as a "problem child" if he had gone anywhere else. The support staff at Casa helped us to give him the guidance and help he needed to be successful. Nothing short of a miracle! Casa has had some bumps in the road with some hiring/firing stuff but what school doesn't right? Overall I am very pleased with Casa and my children will even be earning High school spanish credits so they can skip it in high school!!!

  • (9 months ago)

    We are a proud Casa family of the past 8 years. When our children had issues in the classroom the staff was responsive and provided solutions that were effective. We feel comfortable bringing concerns to Administration if needed and they will be addressed. At times we may not understand all of the decisions made by the Board or Administration however we have many years of outcome evidence that decisions were made with the best interest of the students' education in mind. The community is diverse but close-knit; families support staff and each other. Our children feel safe and free from bullying or mistreatment. Our children have learned to manage their work independently and effectively organize their own projects. The love for learning is a daily experience--the passion of the staff is seen in the exciting diverse curriculum and the nurturing approaches of the faculty . The individualized guidance and instruction is outstanding. The commitment to striving for excellence in both practical life skills as well as academics is apparent. We believe Casa is paving the way for our children to be successful and confident in their future educatsional endeavors.

  • (9 months ago)

    Casa Esperanza is a wonderful school. Not only are the children taught the ABC's they learn grace and courtesy. The combined aged classroom allows for children to learn from their peers as well as become role models themselves! The Montessori Method layered with the language has really made my kids well rounded students and human beings! You will not find a school with more caring and committed teachers and staff.

  • (10 months ago)

    Casa Esperanza Montessori is a wonderful school for families who seek **a community focused on kids** in every aspect of life. The Montessori method naturally pairs the curriculum to the child. Need advanced work? You'll be encouraged to challenge yourself. Not quite understanding the concept? Work on skills until you're comfortable and ready to move forward. Friends indeed? Yes! Children of different levels are grouped together so they recognize that sometimes they need help and other times it's their turn to help others. Healthy minds healthy bodies? Yup! Junk food not allowed. Playground needs repairs? Parents chip in to help with all kinds of tasks to improve the children's environment. Volunteering is a rewarding way for entire families to meet and support each other. Our family's been at Casa for 2 years. We have a 1st grader and a preschooler. Both children embrace Spanish language immersion. Private preschool is worth every penny especially considering the exposure to a second language at the ideal developmental age! We feel lucky to be a part of this great school with its uniquely effective educational model and great community - including very loving teachers!

  • (10 months ago)

    Teachers make all the difference and we love our son's teachers in the immersion program. He has been there for two years and is speaking Spanish at home progressing in both reading and math and demonstrating care for his work and environment. We love the Montessori concept and we are glad that it works for our son. The communications are hit or miss which is sometimes frustrating for us as working parents who find out about some events and calendar changes without much notice. They had way too many early release days this year again difficult for working parents. I agree with an earlier review about the Head of Scool being aloof but that is fine because the teachers are more important in the daily life of students. Overall we love the school for our child and deal with the minor inconveniences we experience as working parents because of the high value of the Casa community the quality teachers and the immersion experience. Can't be beat!

  • (10 months ago)

    We are so happy at Casa. The teachers honor the students and work to find out their interests and strengths and focus on them. I love that our children are learning spanish and about the world. They also instill values such as hard work respect and peace. We're thankful for our school community!!

  • (10 months ago)

    Fabulous School & Culture and they really care about their students. They go the extra mile to make sure your student gets what he/she needs.

  • (10 months ago)

    We are thankful for Casa! It is not just a school but a community of people that encourage teach and support each other with the children's needs as a priority. My daughter is excited to go to school and has a real desire to learn. I believe the teachers and staff at Casa are completely dedicated to helping my child achieving her fullest potential.

  • (10 months ago)

    Casa Esperanza Montessori is a wonderful school with an incredibly loving warm and exceptional group of teachers and staff. When searching for an elementary school for our daughter we were not only looking for a dual language program but also a place where we felt our daughter's spirit and abilities would be nurtured and celebrated. We have found that at CASA. Our daughter loves her teachers the staff and the globally focused challenging and dynamic program that CASA offers. We are very pleased with our decision.

  • (10 months ago)

    My daughter has been at CASA Esperanza Montessori school for the last two years and so far it has been a great place. As a parent I feel comfortable leaving my daughter in such a safe and caring environment every morning.The school is smaller than other regular public schools which allows for more personalized interaction between teachers/staff and students. The teachers are very knowledgeable and always undergoing training. Although i have to admit that i was skeptical about the Montessori methodology in the beginning it has significantly helped my daughter throughout her first few years of schooling. I personally wouldn't change Montessori for traditional instruction.

  • (10 months ago)

    Casa Esperanza is a wonderful community with excellent staff and curriculum. Our 8 year old son has grown tremendously in the two years that he has been a student at Casa -- we believe the Montessori approach along with caring teachers has been essential to his development. We also enjoy the diversity of the student body and staff at Casa; we believe it is more reflective of the world our children will experience as adults and being a student at Casa allows our son to build relationships with people from many backgrounds and experiences. We also appreciate that the head of school conducts Casa Community sessions where children can discuss communnity concerns and learn valuable lessons about good character. We highly recommend Casa Esperanza to any family seeking excellence in education values and character.

  • (10 months ago)

    I personally believe that a school is never any better than its teachers. At Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter Scholl they have great teachers. You can be sure to find a dedicated staff of professionals that love their work. It shows in the way they interact with students. My daughter has now attended for 2 years and my son will be going into the immersion program next year for pre-k. I love the way they encourage student achievement on an individualized level never openly comparing one student's performance with that of another's. Always meeting the needs of the student on that individual basis. When My husband and I went through the process of looking for schools we were afraid our children would end up in an institution that herded them around like cattle both physically through out the school day and academically by treating them like a number or statistic. I am happy to say that has never been the case at Casa. The school is more of a second home than an institution.

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 45 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools