Education Protection Account (EPA)

The Education Protection Account (EPA), created as a result of Proposition 30 in November 2012, requires that California Montessori Project post the amount of funds received and spent from that account.  For the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years, CMP used these funds for teacher salaries and benefits.  Please see the links below for amounts received broken out by Charter.

2014-15 EPA Amounts

2013-14 EPA Amounts
2012-13 EPA Amounts 

Superintendent's Message

Dear CMP learning Community,

Below you will find the links to our 2015/2016 – 2017/2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) drafts. 

As always, we welcome stakeholder input.  Please contact CMP Executive Director Gary Bowman ( or CMP Development Consultant Stephanie Garrettson (

CMP-Capitol Campus LCAP 2015-2018

CMP-Elk Grove LCAP 2015-2018
CMP-San Juan LCAP 2015-2018

CMP-Shingle Springs LCAP 2015-2018

Montessori 101

California Montessori Project (CMP), a Sacramento-based K-8 Public Charter Network, recently partnered with Sacramento News and Review (SN&R) to create a very special 12-page publication.  After collaborating with a team of CMP leaders to create a vision for the project, the SN&R team sent reporters and photographers to meet with students, staff and parents ‘to tell CMP’s story.’

Executive Director Gary Bowman states, ‘While the primary purpose of the project was to promote CMP’s tuition-free Montessori education, it was also important to educate parents about the ‘tenets of Montessori.’  He adds, ‘We hope to educate our prospective families about who we are, and to provide an accurate representation of how children are served at California Montessori Project.’  A highlight of the publication is the ‘Anatomy of a Classroom,’ a two-page center spread featuring a Montessori class, at work.  SN&R’s project editor, Michelle Carl, shares, "We had a great collaboration with CMP.  We used our 'outsider perspective' to craft a publication that newcomers to Montessori would be interested in reading, while using CMP's wealth of expertise and knowledge to keep the information true to Montessori."

The publication has been distributed at nearly 100,000 newsstands throughout the Sacramento area.

Access to the full online flip-book can be accessed here:

California Department of Education NEWS Release





October 2, 2013


State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Testing Overhaul

Outdated assessments set aside to measure readiness for college and careers

            SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated Governor Jerry Brown and the State Legislature for their work to sweep away outdated tests in favor of modern, computer-based assessments that will measure student readiness for the challenges of college and the workplace.  Read the full content

CMP 2013 Academic Performance

August 29, 2013

Greetings CMP Families,

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has released the 2013 Base Academic Performance Index (API) and the public school ranks, marking the start of California’s annual reporting cycle of academic growth and achievement.  California Montessori Project leaders will use this information to identify student and program needs, and provide instructional strategies and interventions. 

We are pleased to announce that all of the schools within the California Montessori Project exceeded the state standard of 800 on the Academic Performance Index, for the second time in the past three years.  It is also significant to note that each of the CMP schools met all of their target growth areas, for the first time in CMP history!  This is an exceptional accomplishment, and provides further evidence that Montessori methodology and instruction contribute to the academic success of our students, as measured by state standards.  Congratulations to our students, families, teachers, and school leaders!

Please click on the following links for your 2012-2013 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) Report, and the 2012-2013 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report.  Please contact your Campus Principal if you have any questions.


Gary S. Bowman, M.S. Ed., CMP Executive Director
Mickey Slamkowski, CMP Director of Program

CMP American River:

Academic Performance Indicator
Adequate Yearly Progress

CMP Carmichael:

Academic Performance Indicator
Adequate Yearly Progress

CMP Capitol:
Academic Performance Indicator
Adequate Yearly Progress

CMP Elk Grove:

Academic Performance Indicator
Adequate Yearly Progress

CMP Orangevale:
Academic Performance Indicator
Adequate Yearly Progress

CMP Shingle Springs:

Academic Performance Indicator
Adequate Yearly Progress

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

June 26, 2013

Dear CMP Families,

In our continuing effort to keep our families informed of recent trends in public education, I would like to provide some insight on the new national initiative for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how it will effect Montessori education for your child...

For the full document click on the following link:
Common Core Parent Letter 6-26-13


Mickey Slamkowski

Director of Program

California Montessori Project


April 24, 2013

Dear CMP Families,

Over the past several months our administrative team has been diligently working to refine our method of gathering meaningful parent input. This input gives us valuable information on how we can best serve our school communities. 

In an effort to create an efficient tool to collect useful parent opinion, we have designed three separate surveys each with a unique focus on particular aspects of our educational program and campus community.  These surveys have been created, based on extensive dialogue among CMP staff, as well as consultation with respected Montessori school leaders beyond our CMP network. 

It is our plan to post these three short surveys during the 2013-2014 academic school year. The schedule for distribution and area of emphasis is listed below:

  • Beginning of School Year – Communication and Parent Education
  • Fall Conference – Follow up on Communication data and Parent Conference Experience
  • Spring Conference –Follow up on Parent Conference Experience and School Community

For the 2012-2013 school year, we would like to survey our parents using the Spring Conference survey (noted above) which will be posted on our website in early May.  The information gathered with this survey will help support our efforts in planning for next year (2013-2014).

All parents are encouraged to participate in this survey process.  Your campus site will alert you when the survey is posted on the website and hard copies will be available if needed.

We look forward to hearing from you in our quest for excellence.  Should you have any questions, please refer them to your campus principal.


Gary Bowman                   Mickey Slamkowski
Executive Director           Director of Program 

AMS School Accreditation

This past May, California Montessori Project’s long-time quest for dual accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the American Montessori Society (AMS), culminated with an on-site visitation of a team of AMS leaders from Hawaii to New York and Florida.   School accreditation is a rigorous process that examines every aspect of a school including governance, curriculum, fiscal and personnel policies, facilities, health and safety practices, teacher preparation and learner outcomes.  This process includes the participation of the school community including students, families, teachers, administration and governing board members.   AMS school accreditation affirms that a school meets a high standard of excellence recognized by educators and Montessorians.   In June, CMP was notified that it had met all AMS School Accreditation Standards and Criteria and was awarded AMS school accreditation.   We are very pleased to have earned this important school recognition and thankful to all those who participated in this process.   Click on the link below to access the AMS School Accreditation Report.

And, thanks to all of the awesome teachers, school leaders, office administrators, parents, students and school board members for their involvement in the Accreditation process.

Gary S. Bowman, M.S. Ed. (Executive Director) and Mickey Slamkowski, AMS 3-6 (Director of Program)

FINAL AMS School Accreditation Report.pdf


CMP's Mission

CMP's Mission
"The mission of the California Montessori Project is to provide a quality, tuition-free Montessori Education that challenges our students to reach their full potential."



Quote of the Week

“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing.”
-Maria Montessori