The school changed their senior operations decision maker and the new head of school, Gena Engelfried, is going to make a great school even better!
She has all the kindness and caring of an experienced Montessori educator and the business sense to make sure the school is operating efficiently and in a way the children are learning the core competencies required in public schools.
So in the end you child is "happy" as one reviewer stated, and also well educated. What you also get, which is not the focus of regular schools, is a child who will have the sense and judgement to navigate the real world. They will know how to mediate issues, resolve conflicts, face challlenges (social and educational). They are the future models of respect and kindness while being successful in science, business, teaching, anything they aspire to.
Whenever any student is disrespectful or acts out negatively in an alpha mannor they bring the two (or more) children together and teach them both how to work it out and find the right way to communication and behave - and apologize and accept apologies.
Kids are kids and there can be misbehaving but anything that appears to be bullying is dealt with right away. Both students learn from the process in a respectful way. When you think about it, the "bully" may need more compasion if the aggression comes from within or at home.
A neighbor's daughter was excelling at everything except math in a public school and she was suffering greatly due to the inability for the teacher to focus on her individually and take her at the best pace - Montessori does just that: it tailors the lessons for each child which helps them greatly when they get stuck or when they are ready to fly ahead of the pack.
The Head of school is making changes and creating a better structure for the success of a charter school in this political environment and is doing a great job. She is every present. If a new approach needs to be changed, no pride gets in the way, she makes the change. And if a new change is made and people complain but she believes it is the right change, she asks the community to hold strong and keep an open mind as the navigate the new process.
The teachers at this school are dedicated. My son had a very hard time transitioning to school at a turmultuous time in life, and they never gave up on him. What's most interesting is that because the modeled kindness and patience, the other students did as well. There were no bullys or snarky kids, they all gave him chances after he had a disruptive day. (He's great now btw)
If you want to send your child so that they are "happy" children, this is the place for you . No homework, no grades and definitely no pressure to finish class work. They move kids up grade levels without checking if the kids are ready to move up. There seems to be a lack of guidance from the teachers . This school is definitely not for you if you want your kid to be successful in high school. Your child will be happy here but no guarantee that she will be able to read or write at grade level
Golden Oak Montessori is a beautiful diversed school. I love the dedication of the staff, families and students. My child started the school when it first opened. Golden Oaks focuses on the whole child and not just academic data. It encourages independent thinkers and inspires world changers. The students become more well rounded, thought conscious, caring young people. Yes, there are some bumps and always room for improvement, but growing and improving is a part of living and expanding on the journey we call life. I highly recommend this GREAT school!!!