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PK-8|Private
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In July 2016, Fraser Woods Montessori School welcomed a new Head of School, Chris Robertson. For over twenty years, Chris has worked as an educator in independent schools. He began his career as a Lower School teacher at a Quaker School in New York where he taught 3rd and 4th grade, then Lower School Science for fourteen years. After teaching, he was a Lower School Director for nine years before becoming Head of School at Fraser Woods Montessori. In addition to being a school administrator, Chris also developed and led a program for teachers exploring independent school leadership. This program, open to eighty-five schools in the Washington D.C. area, was administered through the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington. Chris received a BA in English with a minor in Secondary Education from Hofstra University and a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Queens College
September 29, 2016

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My son attends Fraser Woods. I love the staff, the atmosphere at the school and the freedom for the children to learn at their own pace and engage in learning activities that interest them and are tailored to suit them individually. Every activity is a learning activity- very often the children don't even realize they are learning. The teachers guide and direct the children to ensure the children are learning the skills they need to while at the same time giving them the freedom to have a say in what they do and the opportunity to take pride in independently accomplishing goals.

Handles bullying effectively: Strongly agree


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The message and atmosphere of the school is one of compassion and respect. With that in mind, the environment is not one where bullying would be allowed or tolerated by staff or students. Neither I nor my child I have heard of or encountered any instance of bullying - but if for some reason there was bullying of any kind it would not be tolerated at FWM.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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Attentive, caring, thoughtful, knowledgeable and fully invested teachers



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My children came here in 3rd and 2nd grade. Public school didn't fit our needs. One child who needed assistance wasn't receiving it. The other child was very bright and getting bored in school and teachers wouldn't provide extra work. At FWMS the needs of both children were met. Our child received assistance in managing learning issues and our other child was encouraged to work at a higher grade level. We have always found teachers and the Head of School outgoing and willing to meet with parents to address any concerns. Children here not only receive an excellent education, they also become well socialized and respectful individuals. The class sizes are small and the friendships made last long after graduation. We invested in our children's education and their future and we regularly see the value of the choice we made. Come see this exceptional school!

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SCHOOL LEADER
In July 2016, Fraser Woods Montessori School welcomed a new Head of School, Chris Robertson. For over twenty years, Chris has worked as an educator in independent schools. He began his career as a Lower School teacher at a Quaker School in New York where he taught 3rd and 4th grade, then Lower School Science for fourteen years. After teaching, he was a Lower School Director for nine years before becoming Head of School at Fraser Woods Montessori. In addition to being a school administrator, Chris also developed and led a program for teachers exploring independent school leadership. This program, open to eighty-five schools in the Washington D.C. area, was administered through the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington. Chris received a BA in English with a minor in Secondary Education from Hofstra University and a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Queens College
Posted September 29, 2016


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Our Mission: Fraser Woods Montessori cultivates compassionate, self-confident, joyful citizens of the world. Respecting the individuality of each child Challenging students to achieve their full potential in a nurturing environment Inspiring curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and social responsibility
Posted September 29, 2016



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We are very pleased with our experience at Fraser Woods. So far, our eldest has been through his first year of Lower School. He has excelled in his interest in math, practical life and simply wanting to learn, ask questions and do thing independently. He is almost four and excited to go back in the fall. The teachers are caring and skilled educators. I really like that he will be in the same class, with the same teacher for 3 years. They have an amazing learning experience that goes from the universe to the home town. Each year, they get to experience it again but on a completely different level of understanding. It is also so great that this year he was able to learn from older kids and next he will have older kids to learn from and younger kids to help out. While they encourage independence, they learn to work together and learn from each other. Outside of the classroom, the school is a wonderful place where everyone knows each others names. They encourage kindness, respect and teach children to think as global citizens - not just kids that learn but empowered humans that care and respect others and the planet. My younger son will be joining the toddler room in the fall where I look forward to see him exploring and growing in the care of these lovely teachers. It is a small school where many of the parents whose kids have been there for many years all know each other and are very involved with the running of the school. This seemed intimidating to me at first, but it is not like many exclusive private schools. These parents too, are kind, caring people who want to include all the parents and kids in being part of this wonderful community. We are happy to have found Fraser Woods and are looking forward not only to our children's growth but, as a family, continuing to be part of the community.



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We have been part of this school community since 2006. Both of my children began attending the school at the age of 2.5 and my eldest is now in 5th grade. Both of my children love school, and are eager to get to school each day. The school is accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. Each head teacher in grades Toddler through 5th grade is an American Montessori Association certified teacher for their grade level. Because of that and a Head of School that was trained by one of Maria Montessori's original students, the research-based teaching method has a strong foundation at this school. The classroom environments are well-kept and full of beautiful, interesting and highest quality authentic Montessori materials. I am especially impressed with the language and mathematics materials--learning complicated multiplication is interesting, fun and completely logical. My children have an understanding of the basic principles of mathematics that is an unshakeable foundation. I look forward to next year, when my eldest begins in the middle school!




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My child was in this school from kindergarten through 6th grade. When he went to public school for 7th grade, we found that he was behind in every way with the exception of math. His writing, reading, organizational skills, time management skills and music knowledge were all behind his public school peers. It was a very expensive lesson.



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Understand who your child is before you decide to place him/her in FWM. For preschool, if your child is not a "self-starter/cookie cutter child", they will get lost in this maze of "figure it out yourself". There is rampant bullying, even at a young age and teachers usually choose not to see this but rather focus on the child who is "loud". It is a very polarizing environment and the head of the school has no idea what business she is in. Enrollment is way down and there is a reason for it. There are many other great education choices in Newtown. My child after only one month out of the FWM environment and in another preschool is blossoming and make huge strides with more confidence, skills sets and is genuinely happy and learning.

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