My two children were students at Hermosa from pre-school through middle school.They both received an excellent education that prepared them very well for higher education and future employment. The Hermosa staff is excellent, including the principal who founded the school. They are caring individuals, excellent teachers, and outstanding role models for students. Many of the staff have been consistantly working together since 1979, and there is very little staff turnover. I read one parent's comments regarding the administration and wondered if they were commenting on Hermosa Montessori. The administration, a small staff of four, was always kind, caring, and very accessible, including the principal who was always available to both students and parents. The parent organization plans many ways for all to be involved. Hermosa was a terrific experience for my children and myself.
Lots of problems with this school! The teachers try to do what they can with limited resources. Physical education is practically non-existent. Principal is mostly absent and hard to communicate with. Refuses to address parents concerns.
My children love their school! The teachers create a love of learning in the children. This school is such a safe and wonderful environment for all the children.
Would Not recommend this school. The administration is unfriendly and unresponsive to problems and suggestions. There is no Parent Teacher Organization only a Volunteer Organization that has strict guidelines to not get involved with the school. The main obj. of the Volunteer Org is to monitor & track parents, who are required 10 hours of volunteer work each or pay an additional $300 per child. Though the Kindergarten teachers try their best, there are not enough resources for all the children to use. This leaves the students with much free time while waiting for materials to come free. This problem also effects the Lower & Upper Elementary School. Extra activitivs are rare and limited. There is no music program and art is once a week. Gym is taught by a parent with little to no resources. Please do your own research, contach the Dept of Charter Schools, etc.
Problems are plenty at this school. We removed our son after it became evident that the administration wasn t interested in listening to the parents or the many concerns that they had. Montessori is supposed to be about learning at your child s own pace, but competition and intolerance is rife at Hermosa. There s not much Montessori about this school.
The teachers are doing the best they can under the circumstances, but resources and materials are stretched beyond capacity. We removed our child from the kindergarten program after our concerns were ignored.
At first sight, Hermosa looks to be a very good school. Their numbers for registration are always high and pre-school parents wait overnight for the opportunity to enroll their children. Unfortunately, this once great school now coasts on its reputation won while it was still a private school. Now the teachers are stretched beyond capacity, the children are over-whelmed with the pressure to achieve high scores and the non-competitive, tolerance-teaching philosophy of Montessori education has been lost. All of this could be rectified, or at least addressed, if the Administrator was more available to parents, but she is not. We removed our son after numerous problems and unaddressed complaints.
My children have been attending this school for the last 6 years. I currently have 4 children in the program from Kindergarten to upper elementary. Over all I have been happy with this school. I love the teaching methods. My children have had just about every teacher and I must say over all I have been happy with them. I enjoy the enviroment that the students learn in. The facilites are great and incourage learning. I enjoy the way that the Middle school children speek around the younger students. Everyone shows respect for each other.
Strengths: Montessori Method utilized well. Superb teachers, Beautiful school, Scenic setting. Wonderful opportunities for learning evident in classrooms and exhibited by students' performance. All teachers seem to know all students. Weaknesses: No P.T.O.. Minimal communication between administration and parents. Dirt playground small relative to number of children. Outdated playground equipment.
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