To answer your question...
Good question. The name of the school is Montessori University, which can be misleading. It is named "university" because it is across the street from the university and located in the faculty housing neighborhood. But, the students who go there are not necessarily children of the faculty (although many are); anyone in the community can apply to attend the school. My daughter starts kindergarten this fall so she doesn't attend that school, but I know people through my daughter's preschool whose older children do. Also, I enroll my daughter in city activities that has allowed me to get to know parents outside of the "university community." The community outside of the university is very conservative and upper middle-class. Much different than the university community and the nearby affluent beach communities. This is a really strange area that we live in. Orange County is very conservative; however, there are pockets that are very liberal.
The parents whose children's names I listed above are affluent (upper middle class) and educated (advanced degrees) but not necessarily in academia. I know the Evan and Avery families are associated with the university but I don't know which dept. Most of our close friends are in history and English with a few exceptions. Among them we know a Frederick, Fiona, Olivia, Anne, Samuel, Noah, Makaylah (sp), and Thomas. Our children's names our Alexandra and Henry (no gender bending here)! But, I think the people we know are very nerdy and have attachments to names that have literary and historical significance. I wonder if people in liberal arts used these types of names before they became trendy. I think names like Emily (Dickinson), Olivia (Shakespeare), Emma, Elizabeth, Jane (Austen), and so on would always have been a popular choice among people who study literature.
Thu, 05/16/2013 - 6:10pm