I sent my kids to DMCS for a little over a year. While DMCS has some of the lowest class sizes around, the average DMCS teacher is very young and inexperienced. DMCS operates on a shoestring budget. (Young, inexperienced teachers are less expensive.) The reason I pulled my kids out of DMCS was because (as of 2 years ago) the school had NO reading curriculum. At the time, DMCS was using BOB books (sold by Scholastic Inc.) to teach their beginning readers. For those unfamiliar with BOB books, this is a series of 8 page (or so) booklets which Scholastic markets to parents to supplement phonics instruction at home. Thus, Scholastic does NOT intend for their BOB books to be considered a comprehensive reading program for beginning readers and Scholastic does NOT intend for their BOB books to be used in this manner. Rather, Scholastic presumes the children who are using their BOB books are being taught to read by a classroom teacher who is using a state adopted comprehensive reading curriculum. Also, the teachers worked with my kids (maybe) 2-3 times weekly on their reading, relying instead on parent volunteers and other students to supervise my kids' reading instruction.
We love DMCS! Friendly, helpful teachers that care about the kids and give them extra help or let them excel, don't teach the same thing to all students. Kids K-3 get jobs that they do with a classmate, no desks...the Montessori way! One of my kids had a speech problem and they provided her excellent assistance.
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