In November 2017, we released our school’s first ever alumni surveys for youth and adult alumni, and for parents of alumni. Using a survey based in part on Cornell University’s longitudinal alumni survey, we have heard back from alumni who attended Cedar River Montessori over all parts of our 37 year history! It has been really interesting to read about our alumni experiences, check in with their life satisfaction, and learn about their impressions of how their education at Cedar River Montessori has served them since graduation. Read on to learn about the some of the alumni experiences that we’ve heard about so far!
Cedar River Montessori alumni report very high amounts of life satisfaction. When asked “In general, how satisfied would you say you are with your life right now?” 100% of adult alumni report that they are very satisfied or generally satisfied, and 91% of teen alumni report that they are very satisfied or generally satisfied with their lives right now.
Cedar River Montessori alumni feel well prepared for their future schooling. We asked “How well did Cedar River Montessori prepare you for future schooling?” For adult alumni, 89% responded “very well” or “more than adequately”. The response for teen alumni was similar; 91% responded “very well” or “more than adequately”. Alumni parents were asked “How well do you feel Cedar River Montessori prepared your child for future schooling?” and 100% responded “very well.”
Cedar River Montessori alumni are satisfied with their Cedar River Montessori education. When asked “Overall, how satisfied are you with your education at Cedar River Montessori?” The majority of adult alumni (56%) were very satisfied with their education at Cedar River Montessori (89% very satisfied or generally satisfied). Teen alumni responses were similar – 64% of respondents reported that they were very satisfied with their education (92% total either very satisfied or generally satisfied). 100% of responding alumni parents were very satisfied with their child’s education at Cedar River Montessori.
Where do our alumni go to high school?
Over the years, our alumni have attended (info from surveys and other sources): Bellevue College (running start), Eastside Catholic HS, Hazen HS, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Hillside Student Community School, Kennedy Catholic HS, Kent-Meridian HS, Kentlake HS, Kentridge HS, Liberty HS, Lindbergh HS, Renton HS, Renton Preparatory Christian School, Seattle Preparatory School, Tahoma HS
Where do our alumni go to college?
Our graduates have gone on to attend (list to date): Bellevue College, Central Washington University, George Washington University, Gonzaga University, Hawaii Pacific University, International Academy of Design and Technology – Chicago, Oregon State University, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, University of Washington, Western Washington University, Willamette University
Alumni stories: Has your experience at Cedar River Montessori influenced who you are today?
From our teenaged alumni-
“I really feel like I stand out at [high] school academically and have a deeper understanding of the world then my classmates, and I am very grateful for that.”
“I’m able to communicate with others very well and have many new friends at my new school. In most of my classes I’m advanced in my knowledge over the rest of my class because of my learning at CRMS!”
“My time at Cedar River has contributed to me being independent and taught me how to work in ways that benefit me and how I learn best.”
“I think going to CRMS has influenced me a lot as a person. The educators, environment and the way things are taught have influenced how I’ve grown up and person I have become. Of course there were bumps in the road, but I was taught how to take those in stride and learn from them. My experience at Cedar River has made me more resilient, patient and determined. Though there were ups and downs, I wouldn’t [have wanted] to spend my ten years at CRMS at any other school.”
From our adult alumni-
“… early on, the school equipped me with important core academic skills and values. After leaving CRMS I attended public school, terrific colleges, and have spent the last 14 years working to advance progressive social change and civil rights in advocacy and the Obama Administration, including several years in the Obama White House.” -Gautam R.
“Cedar River Montessori taught me how to make and manage my priorities. Having the freedom of choice coupled with the expectation of completing work taught me how to value my time and follow my interests while keeping obligations in mind.” -Ann B.
“I am an ICU nurse and I always want to know how and why things work the way they do, which is a huge part of my role in the ICU. I feel CRMS gave me the tools and the drive to ask questions and never stop learning.” -Whitney S.
From our alumni parents-
“CRMS was a great foundation for my son. I’m grateful that we found the 12 acre campus and fell in love with the program. It was a worthwhile investment and he’s transitioned well into public school. We all miss the CRMS community and I think the skills he learned there will last him a lifetime.” -Renae H.
“CRMS gave my daughter the confidence to step into a wholly unfamiliar environment – public high school – and deal well with nearly every aspect. She learned to be a good citizen; to resolve conflicts; to ask questions and sometimes, to question the answers she received; to go beyond the surface and look for deeper information. She learned how to do research, a skill many of her current classmates lack; and how to construct an argument. Most importantly, she learned empathy, respect, and how to listen to and care about the other people around her. She genuinely values those she interacts with, and it pleases (but often surprises) everyone in her orbit. Montessori makes good students, but far more important in the long haul, it makes good PEOPLE.” -Kitt B.