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Montessori In Redlands School

Private | K-6 | 202 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $255,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,050.

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Posted September 7, 2014

My son attended this school for 2.5 years. As he grew older it became a progressively bad fit for him. He needed access to physical exercise, otherwise he ran in circles. They have no systematic access to outside time, and when a child needs it, on rare occasions they will let him garden with an aid but more often the will make him lift chairs. Of course that does not put a dent in his energy and he becomes disruptive, at which point each teacher handles it as they see fit. If your kid is bright and does not need the watered down version they will be bored, confused and stressed out if they keep being send out of the classroom because the teacher can not handle them you will watch your child spiral downwards as they tell you how unnormal he is and you need to leave but not before you pay for the OT services. This is not a place for kids to explore their intellect and their bodies or to feel a part of a group. This place relies on your kid pursuing an activity alone and in the exact way they were told to do that activity. Kids that follow and do not question.
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Posted July 21, 2013

MIR is an incredible learning place for my daughter. She has been there since the toddler years and is now moving into third grade. It is worth every penny. I feel blessed that my daughter is getting this experience. Academics are incredible, but beyond that is the social and emotional developmental support. I wish I had gone to a school like this.
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Posted July 2, 2013

The majority of the teachers are just wonderful . Beautiful campus. Beautiful classrooms. Natural learning. Parents- insist on staying informed, especially in elementary when your child should be learning the fundamentals. Lovely atmosphere for the students.
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Posted June 13, 2013

Great school up thru K. Into elementary, be careful with your child. No grades + No homework= Parents who may not know what is going on with their child. Some teachers are more effective than others, ask around before committing your child & trust your gut.
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Posted September 17, 2012

The school is great for toddler and preschool through or up to kindergarten. Don't make the mistake of attending elementary at montessori. There is no homework (yay!), but don't expect that your child is going to learn what they need to learn in 1st-3rd grade with out your help. MIR fail to realize that parent support in teaching the students is essential in the child's success. What ends up happening is 1 year or 2 yrs later you find out that your child is poor at math or in english/reading. Because there is no homework or feed back, you have no idea how well they are doing. Where you could have worked with your child on a daily or weekly basis to grasps the concepts, now you have to work on a full year or two of concepts they should have learned from the onset. Now you have to go back and reteach everything and break the bad habits they learned! They think they are doing everything right because that is the feed back they gave themselves. Montessori philosophy with a small student teacher ratio and proper teacher guidance/ structure can be successful. However Montessori in Redlands is currently not providing that for their students and the leaderdership is failing to see that.
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Posted January 16, 2011

Montessori in Redlands has fantastic teachers and staff, a beautiful campus, and offers a top notch education.

Posted January 16, 2011

MIR in Redlands does a wonderful job in implementing Maria Montessori's ideas, thoughts and principles effectively and creatively. Makes for a wonderful learning atmosphere for the kids.
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Posted April 11, 2009

The worst school! They need more structure and the students play all the time.

Posted February 15, 2009

Great school. I have two kids there now and I'm very satisfied with their progress. We drive 20 miles each way for them to attend this school and it's worth it. The tuition payment is the best money we spend each month. The teachers are very caring, the kids aren't forced to learn, no workbooks or hours of homework (no 'real' homework at all), their peers are all smart, caring kids. The elementary program is like a learning utopia. The classroom seems so natural and stress free. Kids work quietly and are self-directed, learning how to learn, something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. The learning here isn't forced. Kids learn in such a natural way. The staff and administration do a great job. I am so thankful I'm able to give my kids the opportunity to learn and flourish at this school.
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Posted October 9, 2008

People move to Redlands to go to this school. It's got a national reputation. If there were such things, it would be a Division I Montessori school. AMI certified. Beautiful setting in a grapefruit grove. And it's got a great community around it, nice people with good values. Our children have flourished there.
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Posted July 12, 2008

From my son's first day (starting in 3rd grade) at Montessori in Redlands he felt like he was surrounded by friends; not the odd man out being new. It's the most friendly, positive school environment I've ever seen. The teachers are dedicated and skilled. If considering Montessori for your child, the only difficulty I ve ever seen in the Montessori method is with students that NEED a structured, regimented environment to be motivated. Montessori is highly individualized rather than the usual whole class working on one assignment at a time structure. It lets your child work at their own pace. So, your child can work at ANY level regardless of their grade. This makes it a great place for students that enjoy learning, and encourages them to do so. We ve been exceedingly happy with Montessori in Redlands, and feel lucky our kids are there. It s a happy place.
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Posted June 26, 2008

Our daughter attended MIR from kinder (called 'Primary') through 6th grade. While the MIR atmosphere is nuturing and creative, sometimes the teaching is under par. Our experience is that certain teachers are quite weak in math and science, especially math. This posed a problem when my daughter went on to 7th grade. Also, the administration and front office staff aren't very welcoming or cooperative with the parents. The head of school is very difficult to communicate with, despite the repeated efforts of several parents, over the course of the years my daughter attended, were met with frustration. The school board isn't really as involved as it should be in helping to deal with these issues. The office staff is quite 'click-y'. While your child will enjoy his or her education at MIR, good luck with the administration.
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Posted June 23, 2008

Both of my sons attended this school from pre-school (from 3 yrs and 16 mos., respectively) until 6th grade. The school atmosphere/learning philosophy works very well and is very hands on (not traditional book learning) and integrates real world experiences, even at the toddler level. The preschool is exceptional. I had mixed results with elementary. One teacher had my older son most of his elementary and he floated under her radar and was never truly challenged (be he did learn); my younger son had a teacher for most of his elementary that encouraged him to reach his potential with high (appropriate) expectations. The sense of community within a given class is incredible (your child spend most of their elementary years with the same teacher/classmates in this integrated, multi-grade classroom environment). Yes, it is expensive, but I believe it was worth it.
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Posted April 10, 2008

I have my kids at MIR and we love the school and their teachers. Liana is great in the toddler area! I do wish they had more extracurriculars, more music, and more language classes. It's very expensive and the tuition keeps going up, uP, UP! Yeeks!
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Posted May 26, 2006

This school is a bright spot in an otherwise unimpressive place. The teachers are fantastic for the most part (there are a couple of exceptions, but classroom visits will make that obvious). They are very well trained in Montessori philosophy and methods. The school tries hard to build a sense of community with frequent carnivals, parent-child activities, field trips. One downisde is that it is expensive, and they constantly barrage you with funding drives.
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Posted February 22, 2006

Great school,encourages self learning at their own pace, makes learning fun, inspires lots of confidence in children. Also encourages children to help younger children learn. But some concern about non traditional method of teaching,not too many extracurricular activities,not much emphasis on sports,computers etc
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Posted January 3, 2006

I've had both my kids enrolled at this school since they were 18 months old (now 3 and 8) and so far we have a great experience. MIR enrolls children ages 18 months to 8th grade. The teachers are caring and approachable and the curriculum puts as much emphasis on the children's social development as well as academics.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 26%
Hispanic 13% 52%
Black 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Maura Joyce
  • Coed
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  • AMI


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1890 Orange Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: (909) 793-6989


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