We Share a Passion For Education, A Commitment To Teach Knowledge For Life—And To Live What We Preach
Our parents are our best supporters: read for yourself what they have to say about LePort; why they think Knowledge for Life is right for their children; and what they view as LePort’s unique approach to the What, How and Who of teaching.
Unless marked otherwise, testimonials are written anonymously by LePort parents writing on www.greatschools.net and other online review sites. Some testimonials are excerpted for conciseness, and edited for grammar and punctuation. None of the meanings have been changed. Testimonials with names or initials were given directly to LePort Schools by parents or students.
Montessori Toddler and Preschool
What we deliver
I cannot say enough about LePort Montessori! Both my daughters cannot wait to go to school in the morning, and they are truly thriving. The staff and teachers are always available, courteous, nurturing, and friendly. They truly understand children and are able to tap into their potential and innate curiosity. My children are constantly exploring, engaged, thinking, and excited about learning. I don’t believe there is anything better out there!
My husband and I both work as public school teachers and this school is beyond superior. Our 5 year old will start kindergarten in the fall and is already reading, writing and solving arithmetic problems. Before entering Kindergarten, he is doing work 1st graders do in the public school. Both of our kids amaze us along with our friends and family at the things they are able to do at such a young age. The best part is that they love school and want to attend even on the weekends. The teachers and staff are extremely caring and educated. You won’t find a better school!!!!!
My son has attended Le Port Huntington Beach for 3 years. He spent his first year in the pre k program. By the end of this year he was reading the scholastic 3 letter word books. He knew all his colors, continents, and numbers to 100. He started his kindergarten year and exceeded all my expectations. Before the end of the fall semester his teacher and the school administrators approached us about moving him in to the elementary class after the winter break. He is leaving the school at the end of his Kindergarten year knowing how to write in cursive, having a strong understanding of geometry, long division, multiplication tables, and addition and subtraction. He is reading chapter books and has an understanding of the differences between nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives. I highly recommend this school to anyone wanting to give their child a head start for their educational career.
My son has been at this school for two plus years now, and at the age of 4 he is enjoying going to school and is reading, writing and doing math at a the level of a first grader. The fact that he wants to go every day is a testimonial to the teachers. The entire staff “gets it” and they care about each child. I would rate this 6 stars if that were a choice.
I am a very proud father thanks to Leport School Mission Viejo. The advantages my 2.5 and 4.5 year old boys have now because of this very special school are breath-taking. The entire staff is remarkable, thoughtful and caring to a degree that is second to none! When you get to watch your boys intelligence and personality blow away their peers that go to different schools, it says something. It has given them skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. All thanks to LePort’s advanced academic program. I am grateful my wife and I found Leport, and highly recommend it.
My kids have only been enrolled in Leport San Marino since last September, but the development and the social skills they’ve picked up in the few months here have been amazing. Another school in Irvine called me when they had a spot for my kids and I turned the spots away to keep my kids at Leport.
We started our 2-year-old daughter at LePort in July 2009 and I truly cannot believe what a difference a school can make! LePort has taken a ‘terrible two’ and with the proper guidance and caring turned her into a ‘terrific two’! Within a short time at LePort, our daughter’s vocabulary excelled to complete, full, understandable sentences, she can count to 10, and knows and sings more songs than I know the words to! Last but not least, they had her potty trained within just a few weeks! Besides seeing my 2-year-old transition from a typical toddler, to a respectful and helpful little lady, LePort just feels like home for our family.
While my daughter has been enrolled at LePort, I have observed exponential development in her, both intellectually and socially. LePort Montessori provides her with a vibrant center of academic achievement, collective service and fun. The school presses for excellence with great teachers and the administration’s responsiveness to parent concerns. By not asking how smart is the child but how is the child smart, LePort is able to guide the student to see their full potential, and equip them to pursue it with passion and purpose.
My son began attending LePort Montessori School in Yorba Linda when he was 18 months old. We immediately began to see advances in his vocabulary, speech, peer interaction and social skills. The staff at LePort has been amazing and made what could have been a difficult transition, one that was easy and incredibly beneficial to our son. I can’t say enough about the care and support, both educationally and emotionally, my son receives every day. I would recommend LePort Montessori in Yorba Linda to anyone who truly values education provided in an open, nurturing and positive environment.
My daughter Aanya had stayed with me completely at home until she turned 3 and started school. I was very anxious as to how she would adjust. It must be said to the credit of the friendly and experienced staff that they made a big difference to Aanya’s approach towards school. She is learning to be more self reliant with each passing day. I highly recommend this school to all parents who are looking for a school to launch their child in to this routine. I feel it is an excellent foundation to groom and prepare your child to take the next step in life.
Who We Are
Our 3 year old and 18month old boys are both currently enrolled at LePort Montessori School. They both started school at 18 months old. As a family we love this school; it’s our boys’ home away from home! The teachers and staff are the nicest and most caring individuals. Our boys truly enjoy going to school, not only to see their friends, but also to see all the teaching staff at the school. All of the staff makes it a point of knowing every student on campus, regardless of whether they have them as a student or not.
Expensive but I think it’s worth every penny. The primary teacher is great and has a lot of experience in Montessori education. She focuses not just on academics but more important the child’s character. The class size is small so you can expect 100% attention given to your child. My daughter loves this school!
My daughter has been coming here since she was 18 months and she has loved it every day. She is always excited to go to class. The pre-primary teachers are great! They are nurturing yet still will enforce polite and courteous behavior. The staff is always available and quick to respond to questions. They also offer many opportunities for parent involvement to learn not only more about what sets their school apart from other schools, but also to learn more about the Montessori Method. Overall, a great school!
I am very pleased that the teachers are all supremely dedicated to the Montessori method and are open and available for meetings, updates, working with parents on their child’s idiosyncrasies (such as learning how not to hit others…). The school holds informational sessions to educate parents and involve them in the teaching process (at home or by observation) monthly and covers such topics as the different Montessori specific materials in their respective phases, Montessori educational philosophy, etc. I find these useful as I have a better idea how to complement my son’s progress when he is not in school.
I absolutely love this school. Both my children attend LePort Montessori and I am very pleased of the way they have both blossomed. The teachers are very knowledgeable and talented. I love the personalized attention that my children receive from their teachers. My children love it there and are very fond of their teachers.
My son has been in this school for almost a year. He really loves this school and his teacher. The staff members are very approachable too. My son has been enjoying his time in school and he has also been learning a lot of things. Everything is well organized and his teacher is one of the most talented and understanding teachers I have ever met. I would definitely recommend this Montessori.
I am a parent of two and this was my first time looking for a pre-school for my 4-year-old daughter. I am very lucky to find a school that has a comprehensive curriculum and fine staff members. There are many positives that the Montessori has brought to my child and I will continue to keep her here as long as I can. The teachers are committed to providing the children with quality and advanced work as well as a very trusting environment. I love LePort Montessori schools!
When our daughter turned 2, we needed to find a school for her. Our daughter attends the preschool class and loves going to school every day. She can’t wait to tell me about her day at school. Her teacher is everything the last parent’s post mentions. She IS truly one-in-a-million. We really owe the growth in our daughter’s maturity, independence and intellect to her. I would not hesitate in recommending LePort to other parents.
What and How We Teach
I started looking for a preschool when my son was about 20 months old. At that age, they are like sponges, they need to be with other children and have a stimulating environment: there is only so much you can do at home. It was really important for me to find a real learning environment, to find a school, not a day care. LePort Montessori offers that: I didn’t come across any other preschool that make it so simple and clear that a 2-year-old can and should really learn a lot. The teacher and assistants work with my son one-on-one, they really know him as a little person, and they make learning a lot of fun for him. – Donna T.
Our son learned how to read and write at this pre-school and is so immensely proud of himself. And we are really impressed. At first I was worried that it might be too academic but I found that there is really no achievement pressure, no forcing kids to learn, no rewards, no punishments, no competition. This school is just a great example of how children do so much better when internally motivated as opposed to externally motivated.
I love that the children get to choose what they work on: they have so much more ownership in what they learn. Because my daughters have a choice in what they learn, they really enjoy learning. I am a public school elementary teacher, and I know that at times it can feel like pulling teeth to get children to learn. With my daughter, who is in first grade at LePort, it’s just the opposite: she feels good about herself, her “work” feels rewarding, and she enjoys doing it. I think you can’t really teach that, you can’t give that to a child, except for the Montessori system, where work is just something that’s rewarding for the children, right from the beginning. – Trisha F
Since both our sons have been enrolled at the school, we have noticed that their vocabulary skills and independence have tremendously expanded. In our oldest, we noticed right away a willingness to engage in conversation and interact with not only children but with adults as well. This is not only due to the teachers, but also to the entire environment as a whole. The campus is clean warm and inviting and continues to improve with new equipment and landscaping, which includes plush green grass that our sons bring home on their jeans every day, and a sandbox, which they also brings home in their shoes. Keep up the excellent work, LePort Montessori.
The multi-age, family-like environment at LePort really helped our daughters acquire strong social skills. When they are together with their cousins, we could notice a difference. Our kids tend to get along well in a group; they know how to share, take turns – and that’s quite different with the other kids who don’t have such a quality preschool experience. – Kim T.
I tell all my friends how worthwhile it is to find a good Montessori school. It’s about the quality of the learning environment, but also about the little things: They are very clean, very organized, there’s space in the classroom, the teachers pay attention, and they show kids how to do things for themselves, like cleaning their little noses. I can’t say enough about the Montessori method, and LePort Schools in particular. – Erica G.
LePort Montessori in Huntington Beach is an amazing school! The policies are fair and the administrators strive to educate parents about the Montessori system and how their children learn. They actually have teachers give out detailed progress report cards to each student twice a year. These report cards are even more thorough than those given out at public elementary schools.
LePort Schools Mission Viejo campus is amazing! The environment is safe, warm, and caring. The staff is exceptionally trained, organized, excellent at communication, and deeply committed to providing the best education possible. My daughter attends the preschool at LePort and I couldn’t be happier. She loves going to school—her teacher is wonderful and my daughter learns new things everyday. The staff is incredibly helpful and greet her everyday we walk through the door. On an aside, the facility is cleaned regularly and is pristine, which is important to me. It’s been a great experience, we wouldn’t change a thing.
My son started preschool at LePort, Mission Viejo at 4. The AMI-certified teacher is not only extremely experienced, loving, and perceptive to each student’s abilities and personality, she is attuned to the students’ needs and develop his/her potential accordingly. When I asked my child what he did at school, he always said that he played all day long. As my son grew older, the teacher is able to individualize the curriculum to further challenge him. The staff and administration is organized and responsive. They are constantly implementing field trips and a variety of events. The school also offers different after-school classes like chess club, art classes, etc. Finally, the school is focused on providing a good education so that the students can thrive and mature into independent and responsible individuals.
Before we enrolled my son at this school, we visited numerous preschools in the area. This facility was by far the cleanest and the staff was very friendly and attentive to the children. It also helped that the Director took the time to explain the Montessori system in detail—which sets truly them apart from a daycare or regular preschool. I am very happy with the results and all the positive changes I have seen with my son.
Upper Elementary and Junior High
What we deliver
Two of my children have attended LePort Montessori Huntington Beach. One of my sons is currently enrolled in the lower elementary program. He loves going to school, and he loves his teacher (she is amazing!). My oldest son left LePort after third grade and is currently attending fourth grade a local public school. Very little of what he has learned this year is new. Most of what he is being taught he learned in second and third grade at LePort. The academic program at LePort is exceptional. The only reason we left LePort is because the school does not currently extend beyond the third grade at the Huntington Beach location. The lower elementary program has prepared my kids for a bright academic future, and I’m looking forward to my toddler joining the LePort Montessori family.
My daughter attended LePort for fourth through eighth grade. When she entered LePort she came from a “top rated” public school, but was struggling with basic concepts. LePort provided a stellar educational environment in addition to tutors who knew what she needed– both worked together to help her master previously missed content. As a result, my daughter is now thriving in high school. She’s on the honor roll, has a 3.85 GPA, and is confident beyond what I could have ever imagined. I’m so thankful to LePort and its staff for helping her achieve to her greatest potential.
Leport should be an inspiration to other schools. Everything from the academics to the teachers, Leport has the ideal formula for producing well rounded, well educated and happy kids. My kids have excelled above and beyond their dreams. Their confidence level has soared, and that makes for two grateful parents. Thank you, LePort Schools.
For many children, the jump from 8th grade to 9th grade is really difficult—but with the preparation they received at LePort, both my daughters excel. They attend Sage Hill, a highly sought-after college prep school, and both are straight A students there. I attribute much of that success to my daughters’ time at LePort Schools: this school developed their interest in learning, their study habits and their confidence in their own abilities. After their success at LePort, my daughters had the pick of prep schools here in Orange County—and to see them be shining stars in the very achievement-oriented prep school they now attend, to see the confidence they now have, to see them blossom as eager learners, I just say: “Yeah God, it is just amazing.” I don’t want to over-credit LePort with the changes we saw, but I don’t know where else they would have come from.
LePort made my daughter love learning again. Within a few weeks at LePort, she went from not being interested in her studies at all to being so excited about science that she would pull her dad outside at night to look at the stars. Just a few weeks at that place, and she was valuing education. She really thrived there in 8th grade. She was coming home during that period, and she’d set her alarm at night for certain astronomical events. There was that sudden thirst for knowledge, she wanted to learn. Early in her time at LePort, she said something like “It’s ok to be smart—I like being smart. I guess I am smart after all”. It just shocked me when she said that—both the implied part of not thinking that she was smart before, and how quickly LePort managed to change her.
LePort has turned around my relationship with my son. With the old school, they brought me in for every issue in the classroom. I became very proactive and involved; initiating conferences with the teachers at the start of the year (they would have me sign a parent/teacher/student expectations contract at the conclusion of said meeting), regularly communicating with teachers/administrators throughout the year, etc. This involvement required that I become more of a tutor and disciplinarian at home, constantly after my son to do his homework, battling him over papers, telling him to please pay attention in class. At LePort, it’s exactly the opposite: they set the students up for success, and help the parents become part of the overall encouraging atmosphere. They are professionals; they work out the problems in the class, and provide the support at school—and equip me with the information I need to be encouraging and supportive. I no longer have to be so involved with his homework and assignments because my son proudly has it covered. With the organizational skills that he is taught at LePort and the unwavering support and mentorship that he receives from his teachers, my son is quite the independent and confident student. It’s wonderful to have a positive, happy relationship with my son again!
My son was on an Individual Education Plan in public elementary school through Grade 5. And despite the extra help he received, he struggled. After three years at LePort, he now goes to a public high school and did not re-qualify for an IEP: he tested above grade level in every single subject! LePort had a transformational impact on my son, both academically and socially. He learned to interact maturely and respectfully with other children, and became socially much more confident. Academically, although the LePort curriculum was very difficult for him, he rose to the challenge. I can show, objectively, how much he progressed: his recent testing in the public school system showed him above grade level, sometimes by quite a bit, and even in his weakest area, mathematics.
The changes we have seen in our son in the 1 ½ years he has been at LePort have been nothing short of transformational. I can’t say enough about LePort: every child should have this experience; it should be the norm, not the exception. If every child was educated the LePort Way, if we had this kind of educational approach in more places, we’d have a lot more brilliant, well adjusted adults in the world!
LePort has cherished my child, helping him to find his confidence and challenging his intellect. My son was close to dropping out of public school due to persecution and boredom. In the two wonderful years we’ve been at LePort, his outlook, his options, and his life have undergone an incredible turnaround. The team of staff and teachers at this school have the passion, and the TIME, to care for each individual child. I feel truly blessed that our family found LePort.
When we discovered Le Port, it truly felt like a miracle. Finally a place where not only could our son get excellent help in the areas he was struggling but also a school that would encourage and celebrate his areas of strength. [T]he small classroom size allows a teacher student connection that allows kids to never get ‘lost between the cracks’ and to find their own strengths and soar.
Who we are
Both my daughters have had great teachers through the years at LePort, from pre-primary through primary and now in Lower Elementary. I think it is important that parents realize that not all private school teachers have the same qualifications: at some private schools, they take teachers who failed to meet the public school certification standards. In contrast, at LePort, the teachers are well-trained and very knowledgeable. At the same time, they have been very nurturing, and helped my children develop their social skills. – Trisha F.
LePort gets students passionate about learning, because all the teachers themselves are so passionate about teaching, and about learning. While we were with LePort, the school grew significantly. We were impressed that the new teachers shared in this passion, and that the school leadership is able to convey their unique teaching method to all the new people they bring on board. The passion is just everywhere—across the subjects, across the grades—and the kids pick it up, because it is sincere.
The staff is exceptionally trained, organized, excellent at communication, and deeply committed to providing the best education possible. Students are taught to think about what they learn—making all the difference in the world. The teachers take the time to review the student’s work and everything (and I mean everything) is marked. No busy work is done here—and students learn quickly to finish what they start. Where else could an 11-year-old read Shakespeare—and love it?
LePort teachers love what they do, and care a lot. A great education boils down to the teachers. At LePort, every single teacher is very passionate about his subject, has deep knowledge, and cares personally about his students. There’s a personal relationship that grows between a teacher and each child. The teachers become the student’s role models and mentors. Our son wanted to please his teachers, because he respected and admired them, and that made him strive harder. When his teachers gave him their constructive feedback, it thus motivated him, and allowed him to go back and do even better. I really believe LePort teachers care—they take a vested interest in each student, and there is a strong personal relationship that goes on. You can see that—watching my son leave the school, and how sad he is to have to go, and to not be able to see his teachers every day any more. The heart of LePort is the teachers, individually and as a group. They are all a little different, they have put together a good mix of nice people with their own styles and personalities. Every single teacher at LePort actively engages the children in learning, and connects with them socially.
The teachers at LePort inspire their students. They are all young and engaging—not teachers that have been doing it for 20 years, and are just going through the motions. Every one of them is sincerely concerned about a student’s personal growth. As they do the academics, they constantly talk about how they relate to the rest of life. All the teachers at LePort are the same way; they have a passion for their work, and it shows with the kids.
My son is 10 years old and has gone to 5 schools & NONE come close to the education LePort gives. The teachers and staff are truly OUTSTANDING. Each teacher strives to understand what type of child you have. The class sizes are small and at the end of the day the children have a homework period with a teacher to assist his or her needs…need I say more? I have another son in the pre-k program and the teachers are LOVING and UNDERSTANDING which bring out the very best in each child. LePort is an academically advanced school which has allowed my child to learn as fast as his mind lets him. LePort filled in the gaps my child had due to grade skipping. This is a one of a kind school. I wish LePort went up to 12th grade.
What and How we teach
Our daughter has thrived while attending LePort from first through third grade. Her scholastic achievements were phenomenal and far exceeded our expectations. Possibly more important is the fact that the faculty and staff focus not only on the scholastic advancement of the students, but vigilantly provide social skill guidance on the playground and on field trips. There is zero chance of bullying or cliques on these premises. The field trips and school celebrations have been exceptional. Our family will treasure the memories of our experiences with our LePort family.
The clear focus on academics and education, and the logical curriculum approach. I was very impressed with Lindsay’s (the head of school) articulation of what the school emphasized—that they focus on core subject areas like grammar, literature, math. And I like their approach to teaching: they teach science from an evolutionary perspective, from the caveman looking up to the sky to today’s knowledge. The same with history: instead of jumping around like the public schools do, they teach history chronologically, so kids can really understand why the US Constitution was developed, based on what happened in Europe before.
At LePort, they instill curiosity; they expose them to a myriad of different disciplines, in a very interesting way. They tie the knowledge together. For instance, they link history to literature, and that enables the children to see why writers and poets wrote what they wrote, and it imbues both history and literature with deeper meaning. They deliberately create “Aha!!” moments, where the children discover an answer, like when they get why an author was so popular during a certain age. You don’t get that at the other schools, because their teaching is so fragmented. They might teach poetry now, and then some Victorian novel, and then California history, and then back to European history. It’s just haphazard, and then you can’t get that “Aha!!” moment that is so motivating to the children. At LePort, they make it easy to have that feeling—they make what they teach relevant to the children, so they want to learn more about it. My son is back to being a voracious learner—confident and excited about learning new things.
My daughter is in the eighth grade at LePort and has been a student there since 6th grade. LePort’s curriculum is very academic but, more than that, it is designed to integrate across subjects and engage the kids more actively in their education. LePort kids learn to think, not just repeat answers for a test. My daughter has excelled on standardized tests and is probably much better prepared for high school than my older kids, who didn’t go to LePort, were.
LePort is a fantastic school. The teachers and staff here have gone above and beyond meeting my children’s academic, social and emotional needs. Children are taught to think through problems and work with materials to better learn and understand. There is no ‘teaching to the test’ here. The children work in a supportive, peaceful and happy environment. I wish I had this environment as a child in school!
At LePort, the curriculum is really well integrated. They teach grammar—and show how to apply it in writing. They integrate math and astronomy. Throughout, they show the children how people grew to understand what we consider knowledge today, so students don’t just memorize, but really understand. An integrated, challenging curriculum was very important for me, because both my girls are naturally strong learners, but the previous school just didn’t provide a strong enough learning environment to support them.
I first became aware of LePort Schools by looking at their web site and reading about their unique curriculum. I was very impressed and excited to finally see a school which focuses on teaching the child to think; not just blind repetition of facts and figures, but actually thinking about why the facts are important and how they affect our lives.
I’ve never met Dr. LePort, the school’s founder, until my son graduated last year. I cannot thank Dr. LePort enough for making this school happen. Under the leadership of Lindsay Journo and Ray Girn, they have pulled together an amazing team, people who all share the same passion, the same ideas about the curriculum, and the same approach to teaching towards the needs of each individual child. If I could have planned the prefect school for my son it would be LePort: I wouldn’t change a thing. I am so thankful that our family found LePort Schools.
At LePort, they focus on the most important academic subjects and take time to really teach skills. At my daughter’s old school, they’d do a bunch of meaningless projects—like papier-mâché studies on whomever they worked on in social studies, or building a math game out of a shoe box. At LePort, they don’t waste time on frivolous things like that. And they don’t expect 4th or 5th graders to learn all kinds of things: they realize that there is a core that they have to master to succeed in life, and they focus on that. At our previous school, it seemed that my daughter spent so much time on “enrichment” classes like Spanish, Religion, Arts, Music, that the basics suffered. They were drilling them on Spanish spelling, when they hadn’t even mastered English yet. Her math class was 35 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week: that’s ridiculous for 3rd grade! They didn’t even really know where my daughter was in math until the test, and when she did poorly, their answer was to get her a tutor!
In contrast, at LePort they want to teach them the basics about math, language arts and literature—and give them a lot of time to really absorb and apply what they learn. In each class, it’s one hour per subject per day, so they have the time to engage with the students and to ensure they learn what they are being taught. They have the time to teach them the basics of learning, of being good students—they can show them academic skills like how to study and how to write and how to take tests.
At LePort, they teach not just a love of learning, but also the skills, self-discipline and organizational skills that children will need in high school, college and life. They teach from the basics; they showed my son how to use his binder to file his class papers properly. They taught him how to use a planner to keep track of homework and other assignments. He practices those skills every day, in every class—until they are a habit, like brushing his teeth. He doesn’t have to think about the organizational process any more. He lays out his papers, he sets up work plans, he sets goals and time tables, and he monitors his progress. His summer reading assignment was tackled this same way, without any prodding from me. All of the LePort kids approach it that way; being well-organized is just second nature to them.