Read what some of our parents are saying about Montessori on the Lake!  We want to hear from you, please email us at: comments@montessorionthelake.com

“Our daughter is very happy at Montessori on the Lake we have been equally impressed with the program, the curriculum, and the teachers there. We have seen tremendous development gains under your leadership, and we are so very grateful for the individual love and attention you have given her. As a parent, it is very difficult to leave your child with someone else for the majority of the week; however, we found solace in the fact that each teacher truly cares about our daughter such that it felt like we were leaving her with “family” every day.

I have had much training on organizational effectiveness in the education sector, and I firmly believe that Montessori on the Lake is a five star operation.” – Sandy & Pete parent’s of an 11 month old 1/23/15

“Montessori on the Lake provides a truly unique learning environment for children of many ages. My son has been attending MOTL since he was an infant and it is his home away from home. He has developed great friendships and grown beyond my expectations during his time here.”  – Megan, parent of a preschooler 4/21/14


​”My daughter is part of the Mandarin program. It is truly amazing how much she is learning and how much she loves it. She is not only speaking full paragraphs in Mandarin, but her skills in language arts and mathematics are increasing rapidly as well.” – Sarahparent of a kindergartner 4/14/14


“Both of our boys attend/have attended MOTL and I can’t say enough about how happy we are with our experience here. The teachers and support staff are exceptional! The education my boys receive here are second to none and as an educator myself, I would highly recommend MOTL to anyone who wants their child to be successful!” – Peggy, parent of a preschooler and a 1st grader 4/11/14


“School is great. My daughter loves it. The whole staff are very friendly and helpful.”   – Sara, parent of a preschooler 4/11/14


“The class sizes are small and there are several teachers per class room. The staff is extremely dedicated to the parents, teachers, and children. Most seem highly trained and if they are not they have me fooled! I have seen the director bend over backwards to make parents happy. They strive to pamper the parents!

Very clean – 100% satisfied with sanitation. Not like a day care setting. No chemical smells from cleaning. This is wonderful school and I would HIGHLY recommend Montessori On the Lake to anyone.

We travel quite a distance each day to school but we don’t mind as long as my little one`s happy.”  – Rhonda


“We discovered Montessori on the Lake (MOTL) when my son was 2 years old. MOTL was one of several preschools we visited. Although the surroundings are a bit non-traditional (it is in a shopping center), my husband and I both liked the atmosphere and the less “clinical” feel of the school. We thought we would stay through preschool and then move on to public school. Well, our son loved all of his teachers and made wonderful friends. We stayed and our son is now in 5th grade.

Our experience has been excellent! The teachers really care about the students and provide a very personalized education. This style may seem less structured than public schools or other private schools, but it works. There is a strong focus on learning (not just academic performance) and individual responsibility. And that non-traditional location? It turns out to be a great environment. The local businesses are excellent neighbors and it really gives the area the feel of a small town.

We are confident that our son is getting an excellent education and know that he will be fully prepared for high school when he eventually leaves MOTL. Yes, private school is expensive, but I feel we get our money’s worth because there are no furlough days/minimum days and my son gets a full day of instruction each day including physical education/art/music and all the subject areas that are missing at many schools today.

I would definitely recommend MOTL to any parent seeking a truly nurturing environment for their child!” – Melanie, parent of a middle school student


“My son started at MOTL’s sister school, AppleTree in Mission Viejo when he was 2 years old. He transitioned into the larger school, Montessori on the Lake (MOTL) the summer before first grade. Do I like it? Well, he’s in 8th grade now and still at MOTL!

He loves and I love it. The staff is helpful, teachers are great and the kids here learn a lot more than just reading, writing and math. Life skills are taught also, these children tend to behave a bit better and be more respectful than children I’ve come across from public schools.

Being a private school, MOTL uses annual testing to make sure the children are in line with the educational level of their public school counterparts. My son has always scored in the top 5-10% of all the children in the country that take those tests. Last year he was evaluated at the level of a freshman in COLLEGE!


“My daughter started at MOTL in preschool at 3 1/2 years old and is now in third grade and we both LOVE this school! All the teachers I have meet are very kind, firm, creative & loving! They are very patient, supportive & encouraging to the children and you can really tell that they love what they do. There is a great balance between learning traditional school lessons (reading, writing, math…) and important life skills such as manners, respect, being on time, making friends, and it’s all taught in a kind and loving way. When they say it takes a village to raise a child, MOTL is part of that village in my eyes. My daughter is very proud of her work in school and wants to go every day to explore, have fun and learn about all kinds of new things!

The teachers, staff and management at MOTL understand the life of working parent & support them by helping with drop off for the shy kids, giving many options for after school care, occasional care, extra fun activities for the kids. You know your child will be happy, in a great learning environment and safe at school all day. Me and my daughter are so happy to have found MOTL!” – Patricia, parent of elementary student 


“Four of my young friends have been attending MOTL for the past year. As a friend and mommy’s helper, I witness and listen to the girls through their behavior and conversation, and I am impressed. For example they come home with the “What”, “Why”, and ” How” questions in their imaginary play. It extremely fun to listen to them interact, disagree, and even encourage one another…Like debating. They even want to put their knowledge into to action…planting the seed and watering it. What magnificent teachers.

The staff is very helpful with the children and their certain needs.They care! They are always friendly when anyone walks in the door, especially the students.

With the very busy schedule for this family, It’s so nice that MOLT offers special programs after school like ballet and of course childcare…It’s a peace of mind and the kids love it.”  – Linda