When my child was there (a different location at that time), we were initially very happy., especially with some of the teachers. "Kate" stands out in my mind. I had twins there, and paid a LOT of money to have them in a private school. The school directer, "Chris" at the time was another story. Coward is the word I see best describes her. She asked my son to leave (he had ADD), but had the nerve to tell us our daughter was still welcome. I will never forgot how poorly she handled that situation. Needless to say, my kids went on to Saint Lawrence, and then high school at Archbishop Mitty, both graduating with honors. I wish they could see him now! Executive Chef, having graduated from one of the top Culinary Art Academies in the country. He's more and more becoming a a recognized name, has been interviewed by news stations and magazines, TV, and radio. This kid they didn't want was truly blessed by leaving Pioneer Montessori.
Pioneer Montessori is the second pre school my son has been in in the last 3 years. So, I have ample experience in two pre schools to compare and rate, Pioneer Montessori is a fantastic school. I'm quite shocked at some of the bad reviews it has received. But, looking carefully these are from parents who have taken a tour and do not have their kids enrolled in the school. Clearly its a case of judging the book by it's cover. The teachers are very experienced, caring and follow all safety guidelines. They have a perfect balance of group lessons and individual attention! Art and music is part of the curriculum unlike in the previous school. There are regular parent teacher meetings and they are very receptive to parent input regarding the child. I see professional cleaners everyday cleaning the facility when I pick up my son in the evening. The sleeping arrangements are very clean and tidy, yes, there is no shade in the playground! Honestly its a non issue. The school adheres to the Montessori method of teaching and my son is doing very well here. This school was recommended by parents of kids who graduated and are now in public schools, and I highly recommend this school as well.
This is one of the schools my husband and I went to see for our then 3 year old. Not sure about the academic program but what really gave us a really bad first impression was how bad the carpet looked and then we were told that the kids sleep on the floor with a very thin mat. The first thing that came to mind is all the little crawlers we don't see with our nake eye. Secondly the unsafe playground. This school needs major updates.
My daughter started Pioneer Montessori this June and it has been a wonderful learning environment so far. The teachers seem very caring. They provide guidance and structure to the kids. Kids can learn at their own pace and are allowed to do tons and tons of arts & crafts everyday. I have to agree that the school is not "physically" attractive or appealing and can use many updates; however, if you care about your child's learning then this school tops most schools in the area around Evergreen.
Not sure what happened to this school. It seems to have gone really downhill. A friend said it was great a few years ago. We had a strange experience while visiting. We were asked to stay and watch the class for while. At first, the teacher acted like we were not even there. When my daughter went to look at some of the activities the teacher ran over and as if we were intruding and we were not supposed to touch anything. She was very off- putting and we were glad to get out of there. I found out another friend recently pulled her child because he was really unhappy there. There were very few kids for what appears to be a large facility. It seems they having a hard time keeping kids there. Education is important but children need a warm, loving environment as well.
The facility is old, carpet is dirty and no shade in playground. The worst is that the teachers are not willing to spend time on kids and help them to get used to the environment. Plus they don't refund you the money. Very bad experience. Other preschools nearby are much better.
Pioneer Montessori is a great school with teachers who have been there for over 10 yrs and they provide a great learning environment. The children learn to be independent along with learning their phonics and math. My daughter entered kindergarten with a solid foundation on Math and reading she was reading beyond kindergarten level. I will recommend this school to all the parents looking for a well balanced school with teacher who are their just for kids and always greet you and your child with a smile.