Our family has been extremely fortunate to be part of Manhattan Academy for the past six years. Our two kids have flourished in Manhattan Academy’s incredibly warm and loving environment and we have been amazed by how much they have grown in their confidence and independence during this time.
Manhattan Academy has been a wonderful preschool and Pre-K experience for our children. Our kids have been nurtured, loved, and very well prepared for Kindergarten. The teachers at Manhattan Academy are top-notch – Mrs. Woolard, Ms. McIlraith, Ms. Maldonado, Ms. Perkins – they’re all fabulous! Most importantly, the Director, Mrs. Robley, has been an amazing leader of the school. She was recently promoted from Assistant Director and has done a great job continuing the high standards while also making some excellent improvements to the school.
We really appreciate that our kids have received a well-rounded education. The Montessori Method has allowed our kids to proceed at their own pace and prepared them so well for Kindergarten that they’re at least 1-2 years ahead of the curve. We also appreciate that the school offers Spanish, Science/Outdoor Environment, P.E., keyboarding, music, and art as part of their standard curriculum.
Manhattan Academy is a great option for working parents because they have early morning and extended day care options. Our kids really enjoyed the after school enrichment classes like swimming lessons, chess, and sports camp.
Somehow, while maintaining a nurturing learning space they encourage an academic rigor that we have not found anywhere else in the South Bay. If you want a great place where your child will be challenged as much as he or she can handle (but never more than that), Manhattan Academy is the best place in the area. We love everyone there and think of them as extended family.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.