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The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. The method is centered around the specific developmental needs of the child. Montessori believed that every child learns in her own way and at her own pace. She created a new kind of classroom, called the prepared environment, designed to stimulate the individual interests of the student. Montessori is the only method of education that was developed from observing the child and following the natural desire and needs of a child at every age. More than a century later, River Valley Montessori is honored to be part of her legacy.
August 29, 2015

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- a parent
From a parent's perspective, the school doesn't show enough accountability. If a student is behind academically, it's extremely difficult to determine the problem because there is no standarized testing done below the 3rd grade level. If you have a child in the primary or elementary classroom at this school and your concerned your child is behind academically, please go to an outside source for testing to make sure there are no issues. I would not recommend this school.

Amount of homework: Agree


- a parent
I think homework should be at a minimum. The bigger problem here is that in class work rarely comes home so that parents can consistently review and see how well the student is doing in the class room on a weekly basis. Without checks and balances, a parent doesn't have a good way to really know what is going on the classroom. This leaves parents feeling like they don't know what is going on and out of touch with their child's progress.


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- a school leader
Divided into age groups that span several traditional grades, students in Montessori classrooms gain several key benefits from being part of the larger group. The youngest students in each class observe and are helped by the older students both in academic lessons and social skills. The middle group sees themselves as traversing towards the responsibility of the oldest group and also serve somewhat to help the younger students. Finally, students in the oldest group in each class assume leadership roles in classroom jobs and responsibilities and also serve as social and academic leaders.

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- a school leader
The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. The method is centered around the specific developmental needs of the child. Montessori believed that every child learns in her own way and at her own pace. She created a new kind of classroom, called the prepared environment, designed to stimulate the individual interests of the student. Montessori is the only method of education that was developed from observing the child and following the natural desire and needs of a child at every age. More than a century later, River Valley Montessori is honored to be part of her legacy.



- a parent
I discovered this school halfway through its first year of operation. I had already enrolled my child in another Montessori when I discovered River Valley. I was so clear about the difference I saw that I moved my child immediately. We've been part of this school for 12 years. My children have grown and thrived here, having learned social and academic skills I don't see in other kids their age who attend other schools. We love the school and the guides, and have close friendships with parents. Experience and dedication to real Montessori education is what you'll find at RVM. They aren't interested in so-called "fluff" here, and the students are all the better for it!




- a parent
We chose River Valley Montessori after carefully visiting and observing all of the Montessori schools in Little Rock. The difference at RVM was astonishing! The children were calm, peaceful and so engaged in the lessons. There was simply no chaos in any of the classrooms, nor was there the stilted look of students using textbooks or worksheets. My husband suggested we "drop in" a second time and we popped in at lunch. This sold us on RVM, right then and there! We love having teachers who are very experienced and also that the school founders are teaching in the classrooms. We love this school and are happy to be part of a dedicated family community.



- a parent
We couldn't be happier with a school than we are with River Valley Montessori! The school was recommended by a friend a while back and we liked their page on Facebook and were blown away! After observing the classrooms we were sold! Our child loves it there and can't wait to go back when summer is over!



- a community member
We love RVM! Our child is receiving an authentic Montessori education in a warm and caring environment. After touring other Montessori schools around town, we saw something special at RVM. Most of the faculty has been there for a very long time and they are very dedicated to the work they do. This school offers a great education and has a wonderful parent community!




- a parent
Not only is this the best Montessori school in Little Rock, but also the only one that truly follows the Montessori Method and Materials. I was blessed to watch this school blossom from merely an idea to what it is now. This school has the most devoted faculty and staff, a beautifully prepared environment, and deeply values the best interest of every single child that attends. RVM is not just a school, it's a family. It's roots are firmly planted and Little Rock is LUCKY to have such a wonderful place for children. I could not have imagined going to school anywhere else and not only was I academically advanced due to this school's thorough methods, but I also had a much deeper desire for learning, working, independence and responsibility. This school works extensively to build strong, honest, independent and responsible beings, and does so in such a tender way. The primary classroom is carefully prepared and child-centered. The three to six year olds work independently and find much joy in their accomplishments and work. They are also highly self sufficient for what most consider them capable of. This is a direct impact that the primary guide has had on this classroom. She is wise beyond her years and her experience (as well as her heart and compassion) cannot be found anywhere else. They have an amazing and unique elementary classroom, in which upper and lower grades are combined - a transition that has been MORE than successful and practical. This classroom is rich with materials and beautiful lessons from one of the wisest teachers since Dr. Montessori and having such a wide age span allows the older children to soften and guide the youngest in the class. The Adolescent Community also sets RVM apart from the rest. The guide for this class has been with the school for nearly a decade and not only is she brilliant but she deeply understands adolescence - a rare trade. She values their many strengths as well as gently guides them through operating a business, peer relations, and strong academics (and a great deal of humor). Never have I seen more smiling young teenagers than in this classroom. If you are looking for a place that will guide your child towards independence, responsibility, honesty, kindness and a sound moral compass, you have found it - OBSERVE and ABSORB, because nothing like this exists anywhere else.



- a community member
One of the most authentic Montessori Schools in Little Rock. Excellent faculty and staff, proper use of materials, wonderful outside play space. The children are also thriving and happy. Schedule an observation and see it for yourself.

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