Just an outsiders view of my initial impressions. The school definitely offers the wide range of activities that any average school would have. There was a calm atmosphere in the rooms, lots of things going on without disruption. Definitely a place for self starters, the kids were so interested in their work--very refreshing to see.
Have been a Villa for years and years since toddler age. It is wonderful for infants/toddler, preprimary and lower elementary. A bit less satisfied with upper elementary and middle school...but this could be due in part to this being a more difficult age for kids.
There are tons of great extra curricular activities like a chess club, drama, hip-hop, and cooking. The only sport available through the school is soccer. The teacher turnover for my son's classroom has been ridiculous. One teacher just left in the middle of the year without saying anything to her students or thier parents. If you child is not a self-starter or very self disciplined, this school does not do much to help them. I find that I tell the teachers when my son's homework has not been turned in. They don't seem to notice on thier own. The sense of community between parents is nice. We're leaving the school this year. They just don't seem to be trying to better themselves anymore, thier test scores are unimpressive, and I'm tired of feeing like I'm the only one taking a special interest in my son's individual sucess.
Villa Montessori is a wonderful school. My child was not successful in a traditional school setting. She has been very successful at Villa. With their hands-on Montessori Math, she has made a great deal of progress. The school offers Music, PE, Art Masterpiece, and many fieldtrip experiences.
I have two children at Villa - both under 4-years old. They love it and they are thriving so I am very pleased with the programs. The teacher to student ratio is good. The programs keep children interested and involved. I like the parental involvement required - 10-hours/year. I researched many options before placing my kids at Villa. I have never regretted my decision.
Excellent program. Kids work at their own pace. Student responsible for making sure tasks are completed on schedule. Values stressed. Non-violent, peaceful resolution to problems practiced. Bullying is not tolerated. They teach to the whole child, working with the student's strengths and weaknesses. Teachers are very caring and involved with the students. Small groups, hands-on teaching. Low student-to-teacher ratio. Parental involvement required, 10 hours per family per school year. Many parents actively involved in all aspects of school life. Several teachers are former Villa students.
What a great year! Villa has got their act together!! Staff working fabulously together, campuses just seem so peaceful! Definitely upward and onward! So organized and ready for a great year!
My son starts 3rd grade at Villa Montessori this year, and has gone since Kindergarten. He loves it there. He has needed some extra attention, and he's gotten it. Their philosophy of teaching each child at their own level works out great. We have really been impressed with the level of parent involvement at its many functions. They offer P.E. twice a week, music, Spanish and pottery once a week and many extra-curricular activities. Even among other Montessori schools, we think this one is special. Worth driving 30 minutes each way for!
My daughter has attended Villa from kindergarden through 5th grade. On the surface the Montessori method, their teaching philosphy, seems like a great way to approach elementary education. Unfortunately, lack of structure, academic discipline lead to under permormance and weak motivation. The teachers expectations of the students performance is too flexible, allowing them to turn in homework assignments and projects 'whenever they get them done' doesn't teach real world consequences. I'm dissapointed in the education my child has received and will be transferring her to another school next year.
My child hs been at Villa since he was 2. He just completed second grade. His teacher's at Villa have all been diligent at seeing to his academic development. But equally importantly, they have all been equally attentive to his emotional and social development. I am also very happy that the school hads a peace curriculum and works hard at helping the children to resolve conflict. I love the warm encouraging atmosphere of the school as well. I do wish that the school had more of an emphasis on the arts. There is not a music program(i.e no band or orchestra), not is there theater. There is some art, but not as frequently as I would like to see. My other greatest concern is the amount of staff turnover of the assistants, though the lead teachers have many years seniority. We are very happy with the education our son receives.
This school has great community/parent involvement. My children love the school and the teachers.
We just love this school. It has a great foundation of teachers and after school support staff that makes it great. Parent Involvement is a must at the school which makes it more like a family atmosphere and the kids stick around for several years - our son has known the same bunch of kids since he was 2 years old. We love the activities they have for the kids; gymnastics, soccer, cooking classes, ceramics and the retile man. Our son has turned out to be very compassionate, a quick learner and very social person and we believe that is thanks to the team work between school and parents.
This school has a fantastic middle school program. It has allowed my daughter to feel as though she has been part of a family of fellow students and teachers. The academics are challenging and are complemented by a curriculum that focuses on the whole. A very well rounded, balanced education in store if you are lucky enough to get into this program.
The school grounds are pretty big and the kids seem to love it. Parent involvement is mandatory, and the group can be somewhat cliquish. It is very different from a public school and not pure montessori.
The teachers and administration are very compassionate to the needs of their students and parents.
My god daughter goes here and it is a great school full of caring people.
Teachers are great, learning is made fun. Great student to teacher ratio. The outdoor environment is supposed to be an extension of the class room but is not overseen directly by the teachers. In some areas it has become and afterthought and neglected. The after school activities are expensive and there is not a sports program available. Art classes during school are run by parent volunteers and not funded. There is not alot of school unity because of the scattered campuses. Although we loved the teachers and beautiful campus we knew our kids would benefit from a sports program, library, computer lab, science lab, school auditorium, and lunch program. There is a heavy financial burden placed on the parents to fund the growing needs of the school. Highly recommend for preschool and early education not strong enough for most 4-8th grade students.
The teacher at this middle school are dedicated and very organized. The curriculum is strong and interesting. My child loves her school and her teachers.
Our child attended this school from prekindergarten through sixth grade.He received good to excellent academic attention and this was objectively seen through great Stanford 9 scores. However, accountability for student's behavior is poor.There was no attention given to playground bullying or general disrespect students showed each other. Also, they were continually asking for more money and parents were beginning to question appropriate use of funds.
What a great school! My two children are thriving and I couldn't be happier. The classrooms are enticing to a curious child, so much to do and see. Parents are encouraged to be involved and contribute to an overall sense of community. The school is clearly operating with the children's best interests at heart. There is a waiting list, but definitely worth the wait.
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