BEST SCHOOL EVER AND BEST TEACHERS
My family and I couldn't be happier with the school and the teachers. Both my daughters attended and we have had a great experience. The teachers are amazing and truly love teaching and the children they work with. The school is organized and clean. My daughters could both read and write at 1st or 2nd grade reading level by the time they were 5 and that seems to be the norm for all kids that go to this school and BEST of all -my girls LOVED going there.
I can’t say enough positive things about the Montessori Academy of Culver City (MACC). I HIGHLY recommend it. Not only are both of my daughters running out the door in the morning to get to school, but what they have learned has well-surpassed my (admittedly) high expectations. Both of my daughters have been very early readers and my older daughter (4 years old) is doing first grade level math. I know that all kids will be at the same level by first grade, if not sooner, but MACC has made learning fun at a very young age. I also want to stress that the kids play, play, play at school! The rooms are bright (lots of windows), clean, colorful and full of art supplies, music, play mats, Montessori toys and books (they even have a little library/reading room for the kids). The teachers are caring, loving and patient and go above and beyond to keep parents updated on their child’s daily activities, friendships and overall progress. They treat each child as an individual and both of daughters have felt much loved by the teachers they have had. MACC offers many optional on-site after school activities, including dance, gymnastics and yoga, which are well-run and free up weekends that would otherwise be spent on those types of activities (for our family, at least). I could not be happier with our school choice. My only suggested improvement is that MACC offer a full elementary school program as I would happily have both of my daughters attend for many more years.
My son attended MACC for a year and a half and he has really thrived here. He's going to pre-K next year but he's already doing two-digit adding and subtracting and can read starter books on his own. The location is convenient and parking is plenty and close to the door. They're flexible with drop offs and pick ups (at least for mid-day pick ups). The neighborhood is safe. Another perk is they'll actually heat up your kids' food for them at lunch so that you can take real food instead of just packaged food or sandwiches every day. They do music and yoga and art, although their art can improve (usually it's teacher-directed instead of free crafts). But they have painting available every day. I was also impressed with how well-behaved the kids are. I didn't find that in other preschools I toured where they were running around and loud. I also like how they don't have computers or TV even for "learning purposes." All the teachers are hands on and my kid knows them all and even the kids from other classes. A really good school and I'm so happy my son was enrolled here.
My daughter attended the Montessori Academny of Culver City for 2 1/2 years, from age 2 1/2 to age 5. It is an AMAZING school. Not only did my daughter love it, but at the end of her time there she was reading at a 1st grade level and doing 1st grade math problems. Now in kindergarten she's so advanced that she has a "special" for reading where she goes to the first grade class for her reading lessons. In addition to the outstanding academic curriculum, the school fosters independence and self reliance in the children. Through doing her "montessori work" my daughter has learned the discipline of working by herself and finishing projects without too much direction. I love this school. Unfortunately, we moved out of state so my daughter could not attend Kindergarten there. I would VERY HIGHLY reccomend this school! The only negative thing about this school is that when your kid leaves to attend kindergarten they are over prepared! LOL The teachers are amazing! And most importantly, the kids love it. My daughter never wanted to miss a day of school....not even when she was sick. She was devastated when she couldn't attend kindergarten there with her beloved Ms. Gaby.
Best thing I ever done to my daughter. My daughter loves this school. She enjoys it and is leaning a great deal. In less amount of time upon her enrollment, she wrote her name, knew her alphabet and now can count her numbers and write them till 100. I am very impressed as how much she is learning and fast. The teachers are great, facility is always kept clean. I will recommend strongly this school to any parent hesitating between schools.
Daughter loves this school. It's why I keep her there. Here's the good and the bad: Good 1. Great teachers. 2. Kids learn a lot. My child is under 4 and can write her name, recognizes sight words and recognizes numbers. Also a lot of free play so it's a good balance of both. 3. They keep the facility very clean. 4. One teacher in particular handles everything, I thought she was the Director but she has her own class. When her class is empty, she cleans or helps other teachers. Bad 1. Expensive, especially considering they're not accredited. Their monthly tuition is equivalent to accredited early childhood education centers. 2. Bulding is small. 3. Zero involvement by the schoold Director. My child has attended for 1 year and I have yet to meet her. This is kind of scary and a shame for the Director but luckily the teachers are GREAT! 3. Child's work is given to parents weekly but progress reports, or parent/teacher conferences would be good. 3. There is little parent involvement. Parents schedule playdates with other kids on their own. The school doesn't encourage or bridge communication between parents at all.
We love this school! Our son started in the fall when he was JUST turning 3. Now it's spring and he has learned his alphabet and his numbers. He can write the letters and numbers, he can say the phonics, he can identify things that begin with the letters, and he can count and even add and subtract a bit. He's picked up some Spanish, too. I think it must have changed since the parent who wrote about no painting or music, they do a big art project every friday, and it frequently involves painting. AND there is a lot of singing, my son is always singing songs he learned at school.
my 5 yr old was reading within 2 months of joining Montessori.The staff are amazing gentle with the children and it is a family atmosphere-I mean families that get on really well!Their classes are small and children get a special welcome here and thrive.Now my daughter does not want to leave when I pick her up!No painting or music activities but dance classes yoga gymnastics classes are all available at extra costs.