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Manhattan Beach, CA
 

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1740 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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August 02, 2014
I loved the school, and thought it would be a perfect fit. We spent 5 yrs here, and it was not until leaving did we realize the truth. My child adjusted well to the new school, but would not engage in some work activities. When questioned by the school psychological department it was discovered that there was a fear of being wrong and what the teacher would do. Nothing physical, to be clear. In the Upper Primary classes apparently when a child is questioned and gets the wrong answer they are ridiculed in front of others and torn down. It took some time for my child to be comfortable in the new school... just be aware. My other children did not have this experience, and I believe it was only isolated to a certain teacher.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
What a fabulous school. We have been part of Manhattan Academy for a couple of years now. Two kids...super happy! Love the teachers and staff. I love it when I drop off my children and I people laughing and singing in the halls or at the copy machine. What a happy place to be and I feel great leaving my kids for the day. I know they are well cared for, learning a lot, and happy to be there! If you haven't already, check this place out!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
We stumbled upon Manhattan Academy in 2011 when I heard they had opened an Infant Center. I was hooked from the first introductory meeting. My daughter is now in her third year at the school and is thriving! She is loved and cared for by all the teachers and administrative staff. She is confident, outspoken and happy. Since she spends more time there then at home (let's be honest about this), I can only thank all the teachers that touch her life.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
Both of my sons attend Manhattan Academy, my younger son goes to the infant center and my oldest is in preschool. Our family is so happy here. The infant center staff are very loving and friendly, everyday he comes home with something new he has learned. My older son loves his class, we have tried 3 other schools here and none of them met my standards. He has learned so much at this school, more than I expected. I don't understand why this school doesn't have better reviews because We LOVE it here!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
We have 3 children at Manhattan Academy since 2008. Our first child has gone through the Toddler, Primary, Upper Primary and now is in Elementary 1st grade. He has developed wonderfully and into a well-rounded, smart, articulate, social, confident young boy. Every teacher he has had has been an inspiration to his life. We have the utmost confidence in MA to continue his growth and development through the Elementary program. Our second child has been in Toddler and now in Primary. She has the same qualities and development as our son and a completely different personality. She is reading, understanding numbers, very creative and artistic. There is a wonderful group of parents and involvement in her class with a variety of events and solid curriculum always happening. We are very pleased with her progress and she just turned 4. Our third child started in the Infant Center, which we have recommended to many other families. She moved through Infant Center to the Toddler campus and on her way to Primary. Again, a completely different personality from her siblings but on her own accelerated path and has grown tremendously. Overall, MA is a brilliant school we highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2013
Our child has been at the Academy for over 5 years and is currently working through the elementary program. Over the past several months, the enhancements being made to the elementary campus, as well as administration, will only help strengthen this great school. The amazing teachers that surround each and every child work together as one unit, not only to provide very strong academics, but continually guide them through these important years by providing the appropriate tools, love and support to help strengthen their character and build self-esteem. Other programs that are offered far exceed what is out there in the public schools. A dynamic physical education class, public speaking, current events, technology, Spanish, art, music, theatre, dancing, and cooking, are just to name a few. These children will leave this school very well equipped academically and personally to tackle middle school and beyond. I highly recommend scheduling a tour to see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
This is a great pre-school. From 18 months of age, the toddler environment follows the Montessori method. As children move up to the main campus, at the age of 3, the children are treated to an absolutely lovely, light, bright and true Montessori classroom experience, complete with access to an outdoor environment with greenhouse and play structure. The school has a pool, offers swim lessons after school as well as many other wonderful extra-curricular programs. The emphasis is on following the child but also on preparing the child for an academic career and a life-long love of learning- whether you decide to stay for their small but excellent elementary program or move onto another school. It is an excellent school for working parents, the after-care is very high-quality and the school doesn't take too many vacation days. Children will be reading fluently and silently with a great emphasis on comprehension and phonetic spelling by the time they reach kindergarten or 1st grade. Use of the Montessori math materials ensures great conceptual awareness of high-level math at a very young age. Teachers are warm, caring and dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2013
This is one of a number of schools the owners have. It is run more like a business than a school, and the directress is hit and miss. She can appear warm, but also ignore emails and inquiries. They have a higher turnover of teachers than other similar schools and a past teacher confided that the problem is the directress. The owners appear to keep her because she fits their business model. There are better alternatives to this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I visited every private school in the South Bay. Some even twice. First off, as a parent, you need to know exactly what you're looking for as far as an education for your child. For me, I wanted a healthy structured environment run by a no nonsense director. I believe it starts at the top. Some of the comments about teachers leaving in droves...very confusing as the one's I've spoken to genuinely seem to appreciate the environment they're in. My daughter is currently in primary. Never went to school before this year. She's knows all her numbers, letters, is starting to read a bit, is writing clear..and very often comes home singing in Spanish. She also comes home nightly, without being told, and practices her letters because it's so much fun to learn. She constantly tells me how much she loves her teachers and school. I think a big problem with our education system is that the teachers aren't stern or focused enough in preparing our kids for their future. Most schools lack structure and have a too care free of an attitude. I'm paying good money for my child to not just learn, but retain knowledge. And so far, in what I've seen, my daughter is doing just that.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
extremely dishonest people working at this school... I would NOT trust this school to teach my children any honesty or morals.. at least one person working there is trying to deny fault in a collision after clearly admitting it to the officer...Thank God for police reports...

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2012
My child attended this school starting at the younger building. I was expecting the elementary building to be great for my child, but it ended up being a complete failure. One teacher in particular cussed at my child. My child was only in the 1st grade. When some kids were bullying him, I spoke to the principle and was astnonished to hear her ignoring me and dozing off. Get away from this school while you can.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
Beautiful school with wonderful teachers!!!! You have to visit Manhattan Academy. They have an amazing program. I have 2 kids at MA. My youngest is in their toddler class and my oldest is in Kindergarten. We are very happy with the school and would highly recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2012
Manhattan Academy is an excellent school. My son is in their kindergarten class and he has been there for 2 years. My daughter is in their infant center and I feel so comfortable knowing she is in good hands. The most important thing to me is that they have so many teachers with the babies so you know they are being watched and are getting lots of attention. Thank you to ALL of the wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2012
Our baby has been at the infant center for a few months and we are so happy. We visited many infant centers and this was the only one that exceeded the common teacher to infant ratio. Many centers have just one teacher to 4 babies and my husband and I felt that was too high. We are extremely happy now and look forward to seeing our little angel move on to the preschool in a couple of years. Great program, caring staff, and wonderful director!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
They advertise a 3:1 ratio which was never executed to.Often times I would come pick up my child and see 5or6 infants to 1 teacher. 1 teacher in particular was horrible.She would glare at me,be evasive when asked questions,ignore me when I walked in,and generally look very unhappy to be working there.I oftened wondered how she was with my child when I was not there.There is high turnover with the teachers.Teachers were often gone and unknown subs were there to take care of my baby. My baby consistently came home with diaper rashes.It got to the point, I started providing my own diapers and wipes, I feared they were not changing her frequently because they were rationing their supply of diapers.Id tend to her over the wekend, and sure enough come Mon eve she would be in fits with a terrible diaper rash.The responsiveness from the school director was appalling. She rarely returned my calls when I had an issue with the infant school.The accountant on staff, surely couldn't be an accountant.Not once did I receive a bill that was correct.I thought the extra money I was paying would ensure great care.Wrong!I would not recommend this daycare to anyone who wants their baby in good hands.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
I have two kids in this school for 4 years. Majority of the teachers are good but I agree that due to the meaness of the Principal, there is a high turnover among teachers. Also, I feel that this place is run more like a business than a loving school. In this difficult economy, they have raised their late pick-up fees from $2 per minute to $25 for the first 15 minute block and then $2 per minute thereafter. No one meant to be late to pick up their little ones but we do live in LA and traffic is unpredictable at times. Most parents are within 5 minutes late, if they are late, and have to pay the whopping $25 on top of the pricey tuition. Greedy!!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2011
In my brief experience, it's been a pretty disappointing place. While I'd heard the teaching staff was generally strong, that has not been our experience; the teachers I've had contact with (upper primary) have been relatively inexperienced and unprofessional, and seem to lack warmth and passion for the teaching profession. The administrative staff is also a mixed bag with some of them genuinely lacking the interpersonal skills necessary to run a quality program. Although I'd read several unfavorable reviews of the school, I overlooked these comments as well as other red-flags; I wish I would have listened to my gut and avoided this place.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
We have attended MA for 3 years now. I have 2 kids in their preschool program. We absolutely love their program, it is true Montessori experience and mos of their teaching staff is amazing. We believe it is a great option for working parents because they offer extended care after regular school hours. I'd have to agree with some of the reviews, the direction of the school lacks warmth and charisma, but when in preschool you don't really deal with the principal unless you get really involved. The parents are really involved even though a lot of them have full time jobs. Both our kids really love it and have learned so much, both their teachers are great and they saty in close communication with us. It's a bit pricey but if you need the full day 5 days a week it's a great option.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
My daughter loves MA, and so do we. We've had nothing but the best experiences - her teacher (UPT) is amazing. Our daughter has blossomed this year - not only is she reading, writing, doing math, speaking basic spanish, etc, she's happy. Very happy. She loves going to school. She loves the kids in her class and all the different things they do every day (art, music, PE, literature, etc). We've never had a problem with the staff - the directress has been nothing but nice to us (she even offered me her parking space one day in the garage). The main teaching staff has been the same all year - the only teacher who left was the art teacher for medical reasons. If you can afford it you should do it - its been a wonderful first year for us and our daughter will be back next year for kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2010
Our child attended M.A. for many years. The pre-school years were great so it was hard to fathom how the elementary experience could be so lousy. The person in charge, the director-M.M., lacked communication and social skills. Her extremely rude and unfriendly behavior has caused parents and teachers to leave in steady droves. While the academic curriculum is good, M.'s nasty attitude created such a negative atmosphere within the elementary school that more than half of our child's classmates had left by the time the school year ended. Fearing repercussions, teachers and parents alike often left without giving the school their 'true' reasons. Thus, the school may sugar coat their sparsely populated elementary by stating parents are taking advantage of M. Beach's top-rated public school system in this challenging economy (blah, blah). Don't believe it! My rec-Talk to parents away from the school to get the real story.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
My children love going to school and always have a fun story to tell. They have made great friends and are receiving a great education. I alos find the director to be phony and not always truthful! I have seen her yell at parents for parking in the wrong place. You will not hear from her for weeks and then get nasty memos. She does not always return phone calls or emails. She also likes to flaunt her authority. The teachers are great though and Miss Key (secretary) and Mrs. Robley (assistant director) are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The directress is focused, smart, caring, and no-nonsense! She runs a tight ship and, as a result, the students receive the absolute BEST education money can buy. My son is in his third year at Manhattan Academy and we are more than thrilled with the well-rounded education he is getting at this fine school. The primary and upper primary programs/academics are second to none. The teachers are wonderful and caring and the children are treated as individuals, not numbers. Our son could not be happier and looks forward to going to school every M-F. They offer a wide variety of enrichment classes from yoga to mandarin to chess to karate...We love it.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2009
I think people have to uderstand that private school has a business side. While the directress may not be the best in her 'people' skills, look at the facility as a whole. I toured this school and stopped in one afternoon unannounced and was greated warmly. I was given an impromptu tour and welcomed. The kids at this school looked happy and busy. The teachers all were on the floor with students working and everyone was very happy. While no school is perfect, I think people have to remember what a difficult job it is to cater to parents who can sometimes be demanding and at times believe their own children are perfect and could do no wrong. Public education is changing, and I believe this school offers an affordable option to growing class sizes and no more funding for PE and Music.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2009
During the tour, we were told a different story. As my husband and I were upset about several issues, we approached the directress about it. Sure enough, she was rude and very unaccommodating. The teachers have changed and good teachers don't seem to stick around for very long. We are not re-enrolling our child for this new school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2009
My son is in the Preschool (transition room) and I love it! The teachers genuinely care about your children and they learn a lot. Thanks MA

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February 18, 2009
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February 13, 2009
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February 08, 2009
My two children started in the preschool program ('primary') this past fall. It's amazing how much they learned in the short period of time they were there. By Christmas/Dec., they were writing,reading and doing simple math (addition & subtraction). Both were ready to learn but was doing neither when they started there (@ 4 1/2 year old). Their two main teachers and 2 assistant teachers are phenomenal -so kind and hardworking. Our kids love them. Our kids also really enjoy the music and spanish that is offered as part of the curriculum. The directress doesn't appear to be a bad person but if she had better people skills, I would have rated the school a 5 star. They really do have a great preschool academic program.

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no rating November 12, 2008
My daughter started kindergarten at Manhatten Academy this year. We are MORE than pleased with the education that our child is receiving. Her intellectual growth in two and a half months is amazing. There might be administrative issues (though we haven't seen any), but they do not affect the children in the least. I give the school five stars! The school is definitely worth a look for all prospective parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2008
We've had our child at the school for a couple years, and am very pleased with the education and nurture the school offers. There are many posts of the directress being rude, but our experiences with her are very pleasant. We find the staff to be quite caring, personable and attentive to our child's needs. I'm getting the feeling that disgruntled parents are taking it out on the school's ratings by purposely writing bad reviews. What a shame to rate down a terrific school. We're happy with the outstanding curriculum and our child's current teacher. Our child is almost four, but he's already reading. Aside from the academics, he's also become a very well mannered, and respectful young man. It would be hard to find a school full of preschool children behaving so well! The school does an excellent job in using the montessori method in their teachings.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
Horrible staff, very rude and unprofessional. Took my child out.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
When my son was about 10 months old I put him on the waiting list for Manhattan Academy. He began when he was 18 months old. The toddler classroom was devoid of any colorful or nurturing decor. The turnover rate of assistants was amazing. Parents were warned in the Wednesday forlders not to ask where or why staff had left. When my son moved to the Primary building he had an incredible teacher. However, she left. Over this past summer he eas enrolled in summer school and we paid extra for swimming lessons. He had more than 8 different teachers over the 10 week program. The kids only played outside for 30 minutes a day, and the swimming program- hah! The poor classroom teachers had to do that too. The only problem with the school is the Director. The teachers are caring and compassionate.

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August 28, 2008
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no rating July 15, 2008
I'm so relieved that I'm not going crazy. I have kept silent the entire year my child was in this school because I thought I was a difficult parent. This school has been a constant source of stress to my family but I've been terrified that we would get kicked out and left without options, or have my kid suffer through unnecessary transition just for my own peace of mind, so I never say anything. Really, I never felt so denegrated and disrespected my entire life. I am without dignity in this school but choose to live this way because they do have very good teachers and want stability for my kid. However the directress needs to to abide by the same principals the teachers teach our children, namely respect and kindness to others.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
OMG are these parents reading my mind? I must admit that their are Great teacher employed in that school. However they bolt like flies once the school year ends! 'Its like watching a magic show!' So true how they put on a good show until they rope you in. They forget we are the ones paying the bills. I will not be returning my child to this school in the fall. My child deserve the best and this is not it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 03, 2008
Ditto to the June 24th and 25th entry... The school gives the children a fabulous foundation, teachers are great for as long as they last. Parent school participation is wonderful, great family friends are made which enriches the children further in their social and confidence development. Complaints and Concerns are not welcome for fear of retaliation from administration. We are contemplating having our children return to that school for the Fall.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2008
Individual teachers are great while they last. Director is very difficult to work for or deal with. Parents have no input and those who complain are troublemakers. Lots of drastic staffing changes happen at school year end, but parents can't comment or question, and those who dislike the way the school does things can just leave, since there's a pre-school waiting list. But parents had to sign a renewal contract with non-refundable deposit in February, the only other Montessori school around has a longer waiting list, and if you get in, your kids lose their schoolmates/friends. Frightening turnover. Wonderful teachers/staff disappear suddenly leaving parents and kids stuck with an administration that cares only about $$. They put on a good show, until they rope you in, then forget you're paying the bills. Parents & staff jumping ship as fast as they can. Almost no kids left beyond upper primary (kindergarten).

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2008
This school focuses first on their bottom line and then on the children's education. The principal is rarely seen but the pre-k and kindergarten teachers are super. Parent participation is very high and expected.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2008
An administrative nightmare. Staff and parents are in constant fear of retailaition. Preschoolers start school for the first time, are taught the Montessori way by wonderful individual teachers they love, and form close friendships with their classmates. School year ends and their beloved teachers and other staffers dissappear in droves. They quit, contracts are not renewed, or are fired, and this happens year after year. Turnover is horrendous, and enrollment once kids are school age drops drastically. Directress is unapproachable and intimidating to everyone, including parents and we have no contact info for the owners. Parents are afraid to question or complain, for fear their kids will be expelled, when it's too late to find viable options other than ordinary daycare. Parents' Catch 22: further harm our children by taking them away from their friends/classmates or silently tolerate disrespect and victimization by people we're paying to educate our kids. It's sad.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
Ditto to the June 11th entry. Also, the turnover rate among the teachers is extremely high which creates a disturbing degree of instability in a setting that should be quite fluid. The teachers are dedicated, loving, nurturing, and effective........they just don't seem to last long at Manhattan Academy. The school's director is less than warm and rather aloof. The administrative staff is usually very slow to respond to phone calls and/or correspondence. There is subtle, unspoken pressure to walk the line, smile, and not ask questions for fear our kids will be asked to leave the school. I hope to have my child placed in a more user-friendly learning environment soon.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2008
My children have been at the school for years. We have kept our children there because of great teachers. However the teacher turnover this year has been horrible and we are at our wits end with the administration. The condescending treatment has gotten worse every year. I would only recommend this school for K and under and only if you have a strong stomach for insulting weekly memos.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2008
My daughter has been to this school for three years.The number of students seem to drop for the older ages. But this means better teacher - students ratio. This school is for the people who really focus on their child's academic education. But if you want a bigger shool with basic education, this school is not for you. The principal and the owner used to be hard to approach, but this year they are making big efforts to talk to as many parents as possible. I received an email from the principal to let me know her fun chat with my daughter during a recess time. They are also making more effort to put emphasis on Physical education this year. I am very pleased to this school effort to make children happy and focused.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
As all other school this school has also both pro and cons. If you want excellent education with all teacher know your child well, this school is perfect for you. But if you want to have your child do OK in academic but have more time with big number of friends, this school does no suit you. But the school try to change their Cons. They almost finished building Swimming pool. And they will have better classrooms in a new building from this fall. My child is very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2008
This is a school who puts more emphisis on the dollars they earn, as opposed to the quality of education they provide. The childs needs play second fiddle to the money earned... wouldn't send my child there.

- submitted by a community member
February 02, 2008
I am very happy with this school. I find it very accomodating for working parents as the school is open from 7a - 6p. They do not charge for before school care the after school extended care charge is nominal. For the younger children, the classrooms are bright, interesting and challenging. For the elementary and soon to return middle school, the class rooms are in a day basement facility for now but a new building has been purchased so that may change. The staff is phenomenal and very dedicated at all levels. As for the previous comment about expecting parents to give time and/or resources - tht is not true. Parent involvement is encourage as it should be but never expected or required. We have never found the administration difficult or unapproachable. Whenever we have called and made an appointment, we were met with courtesy and politeness. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
My kids have been attending since Summer 07 and here are my impressions as a relatively new parent to the school. This school has an unbeatable program for pre-k and I chose this school based on the caliber of teachers, programs and facility. What I did not anticipate however, is that the school seems to have a very sloppy and disorganized administrative staff. Seems they concentrate on hiring the best teachers, then skimp out on their administrative people. Checks get lost, enrichment program enrollment orders get misplaced, and phone calls do not get returned unless you call them back 2-3 times. I have a love/hate relationships with the school. Love the school and teachers, hate the disorganized administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2007
Unfortunately courtesy towards the directress is not always reciprocated. The academics are good but the space for grades 1 - 6 is very limited and the class sizes can be as small as 4! Not good for social skills but adequate academically.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
The school has a wonderful program for Primary and Upper Primary (Pre K and K) classes. But, at first grade the children get moved to a dungeon-like classroom in the basement of a three story building. The windows are at ceiling level, so you cannot see out of them. There is no outside play area. Sometimes they walk to a large, public park, which means taking them out of the protection of the school and crossing a busy street.The school building just seems too small for this school. This school has been around for 30 years, but the directress is still trying to figure out how to run the school. The teacher turnover is astoundingly high. Overly focused on grades, a lot of going to 'Study Hall' if you get even a 79 on work, which means missing recess, which means more sitting. There is a lot of sitting.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
MA does not teach to test; unlike public schools which must in order to comply with No Child Left Behind law. The toddler, pre-K and K programs are phenomenal as are the teachers. Each child has an individualized curriculum tailored to their strengths and weaknesses so they progress and succeed at their own pace yet remain with their social peers. There are exceptionally gifted children learning at an accelerated pace yet kept with their age appropriate classmates. As for the School Director - if the parent is respectful, it is reciprocrated. Unfortunately, some parents feel that they have the right to barge in whenever they want & expect to be accomodated. They question school policy and want change to fit their needs. It is a business but with care and concern. Highly recommend this school. Wish Elementary was bigger but maybe there are plans to expand.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2007
My child has been here for 3+ years and we are very happy. The teachers are fantastic, the toddlerm, pre-k & K programs cannot be compared. Parent involvements are enouraged and appreciated. We've never had any problems with administration - show them respect and you'll receive the same back. Enrichment programs are on par and leading edge - Hope they enlarge their elementary program and find a bigger space - that's the only negative. Better academics cannot be found anywhere else in MB and the safety and secureness is grade A. Long waiting list to get but worth it!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
Great academic program. In thee upper grades there is not enough recreation area at the facility for physical education in an outdoor environment. No playground available for 1st thru 8th grade. (Some trips to nearby park to compensate) Clasrooms located in basement area, no natural light. I foud it difficult to communicate with some teachers and both the vice principal and directress. Overall my child was quite happy there. The Upper primary program was oustanding. The 'Kindergarten' teacher was/is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2007
This school is best for pre-K through 1st grade where the Montessori curriculum is used. From 2nd through 6th grades the academics are good, but the facility is very lacking. The teachers are enthusiastic and uphold a good curriculum in math and social studies in particular, but the principal and owners are not very approachable.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
Pre-K/Elementary: The building is safe/secure & filled with lots of natural light. Children are able to come/go from classrooms to the outdoor environment; to play or to work in the garden/greenhouse or on outdoor art projects. There is a teacher outdoors at all times. Inside the classrooms are filled with traditional Montessori materials and if you peek in during class time you will see students happily working on all kinds of math, language, music, art, science lessons. To people not familiar with the Montessori method, it appears chaotic, but in reality, the children are learning at their own pace and rather than teaching to the lowest common denominator Most if not all the teachers have masters degrees. This is not a 'rich kid's school.' The parents are extremely dedicated to the best educational experience. The only drawbacks: smaller class sizes in upper grades due to small building, & an unapproachable directress.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
This is a great school for children who are gifted intellectually. Since the curriculum is individually tailored to meet the needs of each child, your child can go at his/her own pace -- and yet be with children in his/her peer group. As for the previous comment - I think that is a point of view that is not widely shared by parents at manhattan academy. The individualized curriculum is actually an alternative to the 'teaching to the test' approach that is so prevalent now in the public school system in the wake of the 'no child left behind' law.

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June 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
I allowed both my kids to attend this school for 3 years. The first two were O.K. The third year was horrendous for my son. Their goal is to completely 'teach to test'. I do not recommend this school to anyone.

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Manhattan Academy
1740 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA  90266
(310) 374-1804
Last modified Manhattan Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Manhattan Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top