Peace Montessori is an exceptional school!! We put our older son through the 3-5-yr old program & he is now flourishing in 1st grade. When he entered Kindergarten right out of Peace, he was reading 2 grade levels above his peers, & his understanding of math & science concepts far surpassed his public school classmates. Not only did he start elem. school w/ a leg up in academics b/c of the fantastic start he got in preschool at Peace, he also displayed superior self-control & a consistent ability to follow directions & be a positive role model for others. Our younger son is currently in his 2nd year at Peace in the 3-5-yr old program, also having an absolutely wonderful experience! The talented teachers @ Peace have used their nurturing instincts, kind hearts, & deep understanding of Montessori education to help guide each of our children to develop his own intrinsic motivation for learning & a sense of personal responsibility & self-sufficiency that we were amazed to watch evolve. The child-centered education our boys have experienced at Peace has taught them the true joy of learning! Peace is an authentic Montessori preschool, not a typical play-based program. The deliberate Montessori materials they have encourage the kids to practice such skills as careful observation, hand strength, letter shapes, & counting. All the “works” the kids do build sequentially & are self-correcting, so the kids can often work independently of the teachers & learn to problem-solve on their own. This has benefited our younger son a lot b/c he tends to get easily frustrated w/ even the simplest things, but the frequency & intensity of his impatient outbursts has decreased dramatically & incrementally over the last year & ½ that he's been at Peace. The patience his teachers have shown him, along w/ the problem-solving skills he's picked up during free work time, have given him the tools he needs to function more calmly & confidently throughout his daily life. Putting our kids at Peace for preschool was the best decision we ever made!!