hands down there is absolutely no other place that your child will be more loved, enriched, engaged and allowed to be themselves in a safe environment than at this school. The teachers are amazing and the children learn to be independent. It is done so in a way that they are SO excited to learn and play and have fun.I LOVE the different ages in the classrooms. The older children are such great teachers to the children and it's such a great way for them (the younger kids) to get excited about learning more. My daughter is the youngest year of this age group. She is supported by the most amazing teachers that let her explore writing, practical life all while her little mind is interested in. The staff, teachers, administration, parents and entire community that comprise this school is unlike any other that you will find elsewhere. It is truly a community of individuals that want what is best for the children and will do anything within their means to make your child feel loved and succeed in this environment. seeing how my kids have grown and are just happy little people I could not imagine going elsewhere else. Emily B
I am the mother of a 14-month currently enrolled in the infant classroom. She has been at the school for the past 4 months and I am so impressed with the loving attention she is given every day. She is thriving at the school and seems to learn something new every day! I would urge anyone to look into signing up their kid for this school.
Our kids attended this Montessori for several years before we finally got fed up and pulled them out. The system works ONLY for completely cooperative kids who will do what they're told. Once faced with intelligent, willful children, the entire system falls apart; the kids are sent to spend most of the day in the office, and parents are NOT CALLED when these situations arise. If your child is not either mega-cooperative, or autistic (because the Montessori method, as applied there, works very well for the latter), save yourself several thousand dollars per yer... as our kids had to RE-LEARN how to do math, etc. anyway, once enrolled in the public system. The "Montessori Method" became an obstacle instead of an opening. And btw - don't EVER be late on any payments - they'll have your head.
As a member of the Montessori School of Ojai's office staff, I appreciate the level of attention and caring that each of our teachers, assistants and specialits give to each of the students. I am amazed at the patience, commitment and love that they all bring to the school, day after day. The bonus for me is that it is a fun place to work!
My daughter has attended MSO since she was three. She is now a middle school student and still thriving and excelling in a healthy and positive environment. Every student is treated as an unique individual and taught to be a confident and critical thinker. I know my daughter will be well prepared for high school due to the solid academic and social foundation she received at MSO.
The Montessori School of Ojai is the school I wish I could have attended as a youth! The children learn at their own pace, they are encouraged to learn and discover. The Children are happy and are going to be life long learners. The Montessori Method and stong course of academics inspire the children. Spanish, Art, Music, Science and Gardening round out the education. Staff is dedicated and responsive. Farmers Market, Field Trips and a wonderful day care program are offered. The Middle School has a class camping trip and takes part in the Montessori Model U.N. Program. All classes are actively engaged in Peace Education and Community Service projects.
This is a wonderful school! Staff consistently follow the child centered Montessori philosophy. The schools has a dedicated room for art, a room for science, and a room for music. PE includes an intro to a variety of active sports (cricket, tennis, golf, hockey, etc). Teachers are long-timers who genuinely love & respect the kids. Visit the campus and you will see every child is active & engaged with big smiles on their faces. Every kid deserves a school like this.
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