My grandson has been attending Hammer since kindergarten and is now a 4th grader. He loves the system and is thriving. We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to send him to Hammer. His mother also attended a Montessori school but we had to pay for her private elementary school education.
This school is a well kept secret. Public montessori education!! Well educated teachers who manage 30 individual learners in their classroom! I have two children at this school. My daughter is GATE and just finishing 5th grade. She is never bored. She loves her teachers and takes ownership of her homework and research projects. I feel like she is well prepared for middle school. My son is in kindergarten and excited and engaged in his learning process. He takes pride in what he has mastered already this year and is looking forward to his next steps. Hammer is strong because of its committed teachers and engaged parent community. It is frustrating that all of the budget cuts are increasing class size and reducing opportunities. But despite this, I feel like my children are getting an excellent education.
My daughter has been at Hammer for two years now and I am very happy with the teachers and the education she is recieving at Hammer. Though the school infrastructure and after schools programs need some improvement. Her primary education is well taken care of and the teachers are excellent and the montessori approach suits my daughter's temperment and learning style.
I am so glad there is a public Montessori option in San Jose Unified. My daughters are in 4th and Kinder this year, and are both thriving. I see them taking ownership of their learning and growing in confidence and initiative. They have had wonderful, committed teachers who bring out the best in them. I am also excited about the parent community at Hammer, which is growing and deepening every year. We love our school.
My son has been at Hammer since Kindergarten and is now in 4th grade. I am a believer in the Montessori philosophy and went to a Montessori school myself. I was so excited when I found that SJUSD offered a Montessori option. The children learn at their own pace and truly feel a part of their community. The teachers are incredible and caring and the parent involvement is extraordinary.
Hammer has been a perfect fit for my son. He has learned how to be a part of a community, how to help others, and how to come out of his shell to be a leader. This is a great school with superior teachers (all of them are state and Montessori credentialed.) Next year is his last year and we will miss the community.
Our daughter went from K-5 at Hammer and I know it absolutely contributed to her ability to problem-solve at a higher level than other kids when she mainstreamed into 6th grade at a 'traditional' school. They encourage creative thinking, teach by doing, not telling, and truly love the kids and new ways of learning. Our son now attends Kindergarten there and he is really excited and happy about school every day! Love the Montesorri model as part of the public school model... totally unique and a treasure of SJUSD.
This is my son's second year at Hammer Montessori School and he loves it. The teachers are warm, caring and just fantastic. The skills learned in the Montessori way will last the kids a lifetime.
Hammer has helped my daughter become a betther thinker and problem solver. Her teachers have been nothing less then AMAZING!!!!
The teachers and parents at Hammer Montessori care a great deal about the kids. Budgets are tight and the atmosphere can be a bit chaotic at times yet we are digging in to make things better and the sentiment of helping the children is always present.
My child has attended this school since kindergarden and she is now in 4th grade. I believe in the way the teaching is set up, because i have personally seen my daughter succeed. I also like the tutoring opportunities given to help the children work on subjects that are difficult. The teachers are very open to allowing the students to explore and be hands on. They allow the children to work on their strengths and be confident with themselves. I took a year looking for the right school for my child and am very happy with my choice.
We are happy with how our son and daughter are educated at Hammer. The teachers are good, and do a great job in hard times with the state budget.
Montessori program is very good. Extra curricular activites are not so good. Parent involvement used to be very good 2 years ago but not any more. Teachers are great but there are so many students below average. I think students need more parent involvement.
We have been at this school for 5 years. The Montessori philosophy of independence within a highly prepared learning environment has been outstanding for my children. Unlike most Montessori's this school is free because it's public. Wonderful community of children and parents and we have had the most amazing teachers.
This is a very organized, and well ran school. The Montessori style of teaching is designed to accommodate the various needs of each child. I have 2 children attending and I am very please with their progress and the attentioned paid to each one of them. One of my children is in the GATE program. Many schools cannot afford to supply differentiated education for those students accelerating or struggling, however, the fact that all of the teachers in the Montessori program have been educated and certified to teach to these different levels in one classroom. This is a major win for these students. And my other son learns much more slowly and requires more attention. He too is doing great at this school. The school has on-site daycare that works closely with the school in terms of assisting students with home work and managing afterschool programs. I am pleased.
The administrators and teachers who work at this public school Montessori program are committed to providing the best education and environment they can. Not much in the way of extracurricular activites but given the recent move to this campus, they are doing wonderfully.
I had one child attend hammer before the move to the new campus. My middle child now attends the combined campus environment. She is doing well and likes the montesori approach
My son has been in a Montessori school since pre-K. I could not have been more relieved to find Hammer! He has been there for two years now and we could ask for better teachers! Each year we say my son has the best teacher and each year his teachers get better and better. A parent couldn t hope for a more caring and supportive environment than the Hammer classrooms. Although Hammer is going to go through many changes, I am confident that the teacher excellence we have always known will continue.
My son has attended Hammer from K through 4th Grade and is thriving in the Montessori environment. My daughter has attended Hammer from K through 2nd Grade and is also thriving. My daughter's K teacher even came to our house to attend my daughter's birthday party! Each Hammer teacher has been high quality and wonderful for my children. The Hammer Walk-a-Thon annual fundraiser is a memorable event that we hope won't be lost when Hammer transfers to Galarza School. I am angry that our national and state priorities permit a friendly neighborhood school like Hammer to be closed due to budget cuts while we can spend millions of $$$ on tax breaks for the wealthy, welfare for corporations, a failed and misdirected war on drugs, and a bloated military budget that enables the murder of untold thousands of innocent civilians in other countries. But at least my children will have a brighter future because of the time they spent at Hammer Montessori School and its dedicated teachers and staff. The School District has done a wonderful thing creating such a magnet school.
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