2014-2015 Lottery Information is available!  Please visit the Student Services page for more information.

We will be holding our next lottery Monday, May 5th at 5 pm in our Carmichael campus located at 5325 Engle Road, Ste.200, Carmichael, CA 95608.

Superintendent's Message

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to share that at last night’s Buckeye School District Board Meeting, the CMP Shingle Springs Charter was renewed for another five-year term (the maximum!).  The Resolution that the Buckeye Board approved stated that “CMP Shingle Springs has exceeded the statutory requirements” as set forth in the Education Code for charter renewals!  Based on our track record with the district, and our ability to meet and exceed our API growth target, our statewide API rank of 9, and several other noteworthy accomplishments, the board unanimously approved our Charter Renewal for another five years.

Congratulations Team CMP! 

Gary S. Bowman, M.S. Ed., CMP Executive Director

Kim Zawilski, Principal, Shingle Springs Campus

California Department of Education NEWS Release


CONTACT: Pam Slater


PHONE: 916-319-0818

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Outdated assessments set aside to measure readiness for college and careers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Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated Governor Jerry Brown and the State Legislature for their work to sweep away outdated tests in favor of modern, computer-based assessments that will measure student readiness for the challenges of college and the workplace.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

2013-2014 Superintendent Welcome

2013-2014 School Year

Dear Parents and Guardians:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of California Montessori Project, I extend a warm welcome to our new and returning families. I appreciate your trust and support…thank you for choosing CMP!

Serving over 2000 students on seven campuses as we enter our 13th year of operation, CMP continues to pursue “Excellence in Education.”

I am especially excited about the opening of a new CMP-Elk Grove facility on Bradshaw Road. CMP has collaborated with numerous agencies over a 10-year period to arrive at this point! We are grateful for the overwhelming support we have received, and are looking forward to serving students and families at the new site. CMP is also collaborating with the Cosumnes Community Services District to renovate the CMP-EG site on Elk Grove Blvd. Further, we are collaborating with the Carmichael Recreation and Parks Department for the extensive renovation of the 200 and 300 wings at CMP-Carmichael (La Sierra Community Center). CMP-Shingle Springs is poised to construct a new school, as well, anticipating a completion date during the 2014-15 school year. CMP-Capitol, CMP-American River and CMP-Orangevale continue to lease facilities through their respective Districts.

Three other areas of special interest in the coming year are   1) CMP’s network-wide alignment of Common Core Standards with Montessori Methodology,   2) CMP’s preparation for acquisition and implementation of a Wide-Area-Network (WAN), and   3) expansion of CMP’s Special Education Team.

In closing, we have the opportunity to promote sense of mission, respect, and dignity within our learning community. We believe that, through our collaborative efforts, California Montessori Project can be the vehicle that allows us to raise our children as responsible, caring, and productive people, fully prepared to contribute to their local and global communities. Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey!

Gary S. Bowman, M.S. Ed.
Executive Director

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

2012-13 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 2012-13 fiscal year, CMP used these funds for teacher salaries and benefits.  Please see the link below for amounts received and spent broken out by Charter.
2012-13 EPA Amounts


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 (CMP) is to offer a quality, tuition-free Montessori education to every student."



Quote of the Week

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

Mon, Apr 14 - Fri, Apr 18
District Event
Spring Break - Network Closure - All Campuses Closed
All Operations Closed
Monday, April 21
Governing Board
Monthly Governing Board Meeting
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
American River Campus
6838 Kermit Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Mon, May 12 - Fri, May 16
Standardized Testing
STAR & Physical FitnessTesting
Monday, May 12
Governing Board
Monthly Governing Board Meeting
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Capitol Campus
2635 Chestnut Hill Dr., Sacramento, CA 95826
Mon, May 19 - Tue, May 20
Standardized Testing
STAR & Physical FitnessTesting