Lots of parents and students at JBMA love it. For sure, if you are coming from Alabama public schools (some of the worst in the nation) you will be very happy with this school. On the other hand, the families here who have a higher standard are not as impressed. It's acceptable. Despite professional development problems there are a few gems who work at the school and the campus is nice.
We have been at this school for six years and are very pleased with the education our children have received. The teachers are highly educated (most with master's degrees and Montessori training) and take special interest in the children. Parent-teacher communication is exceptional here because the teachers not only communicate academic progress but they are also concerned about the development of the whole child. Lessons are given to the students in small groups or one on one and are only presented once the child is ready to be successful at the new concept. Children are allowed to learn at their own pace giving them the opportunity for the repetition of concepts leading to mastery of the subject material. A large number of the students who graduate from this program are accepted to the top private schools in the state. The campus and classrooms are beautiful. The learning environment as a whole exudes peace and inspires a joy for learning that is evident if you observe the children enrolled there.
This school is amazing! I am a fifth grader there. I have gone ther for three years and absolutely love it. When I first got there all the teachers and students were very nice and helped me get used to the new ways of learning, I feel like I am learning a lot more and am a lot smarter since I have been here.
All you haters are wrong this is a great school I am a fifth grader there i have been going there seven years and it is great. Everyone learns at there own pace so if you get confused a teacher will sit down with you and help you with it. There are many extracurricular activities at this school. We even have a robotics team that is one of the best teams in the state. Students can participate in school plays and musicals. We have music, art, library, and drama classes. Overall it is a great school.
Like a previous reviewer, we have received near daily phone calls from the administration. Early on, the administrator insisted we get a pyschological evaluation for our 4 year old. When the findings did not meet her expectations, she demanded a second opinion. The experience has been unexpectedly stressful, and this is our first and last year at the school. We plan to cut our losses and not return after the winter break.
We would not recommend this school to anyone. The administration at this school is unprofessional. We enrolled our child in the preschool and were called within the first hour of the first day to collect our child because our child didn't adjust to the Montessori method instantly (it was new to our child). On the second and third day, we received a similar call by lunch. We received daily phone calls with complaints like "your child played with a stick" (why was a stick available?), or "your child works better one on one" (don't they all?) or "your child pretended a box was an airplane"(the teacher confirmed the assignment had been completed prior to the imaginative play). We removed our child in the sixth week of school because our child had yet to complete a full day. The staff continually removed him from the classroom rather than working with our child (placing our child in the workroom between the classrooms). The school staff never helped our child adjust to the school, they simply excluded our child. We regret leaving our child in the school as long as we did. Be aware tuition is non-refundable under any circumstance before you sign the contract with this school.
We also had horrible issues with the administration at this school. It is a beautiful campus and the teachers we dealt with, all of which have also now left the school, were wonderful, but the administration is severely judgmental, non-cooperative, and lacks all professionalism. Extremely disappointing for a Montessori Academy. We expected so much more.
This is a wonderful school especially if you can start your children out in the preschool. The staff is dedicated. If you are a veteran of Montessori, this is your place. If you're thinking of Montessori, read more about it and then come here. I have 3 children at this school and couldn't be happier nor could they.