Our experience over several years at the school is that there are two main issues: 1) There are internal issues causing significant turnover in teachers; and 2) The teachers are not sufficiently directing the students to make sure they engage in areas that they are less interested in. The result that we saw is that our children made amazing gains in areas that they were most interested in but fell behind in areas where they needed more attention (i.e. writing). Although they have an amazing amount of knowledge, they are well behind their peers in core skills like reading, writing, and math.
My son has been a student of Ms.Geiger for over a year. She takes so much time with each child and makes sure that each child's strengths shine. The way she teaches the children conflict resolution, problem-solving skills and patience is just amazing. My 4 year old is reading, writing, doing math, and leaves everyone who talks to him speechless after listening to him talk about animals, nature, geography, culture and science. When the pediatrician heard him talk about the cranium, skeleton and the different bones in his body, his mouth fell open. The vocabulary of the children in the classroom is years ahead of the typical children of that age. In addition, my son is about to start piano lessons and next year he will begin yoga. He also receives spanish lessons. The classrooms welcomes visitors frequently who expose the children to all kinds of new ideas and adventures. Since attending MSC he has become very independent and self-motivated because of the Montessori curriculum. Ms.Geiger is a warm, kind and patient. My son and his classmates adore her. We are very lucky to have her as his teacher. also, school is designed for parents to come in & observe at any time. big plus!
Our 2 children have been going to MSC for 4 years and both of them are way above average because if the staff, teachers and Montessori curriculum. We had only planned to keep them through kindergarten but after becoming part of the "family", we were hooked. Our children have a love of learning and are excelling because of this amazing school's love and attention to every child. PS. There are no FCATs so the focus everyday is on the child and THEIR needs! Amazing!
Our children have been attending here since pre-K and we could not be happier with their progress. These teachers go well beyond normal roles to ensure each of my kids gets the support and encouragement they need as individuals. We wouldn't send them anywhere else!
Our son has attended this school for 4 years and we have been very pleased with his progress and the attention he receives from the entire staff. He has some challenges and they go above and beyond making sure he succeeds. What I love most about this school is its sense of community. It is truly a family. I would highly recommend this school to anyone, but especially for students that don't "fit" into the cookie cutter way of learning.
Our children love attending this school. As parents we are pleased that they hire teachers who are properly educated and qualified to teach our children. I would recommend this school to anyone and if you have questions then ask the director for answers. Don't rely on rumors to get your information. This is a great school.
I'm not sure WHAT transpired which has "may parents" so upset: Teachers come and go for a range of personal and professional reasons at all schools. Name dropping, calling out and finger pointing at specific people on an OPINION rated site reflects disgracefully on the person who wrote it. Since the Director (who started the school) was mentioned, it should be noted: She is forthright, concise, fair and looks at each family, student and situation INDIVIDUALLY. In regards to MSC business, she would not with-hold (public) information. Perhaps she didn't know the status of her staff which coincided with the timing of deposits. Odd since our money for the 2011-12 school year is due THIS month. ??? Give the "new teachers" a chance. We don't know their credentials, personalities or what our child(ren) can gain academically and socially from them. As with ANY school: It's only as good as the parent participation ALONG WITH the abilities of the faculty. HELP create a "stable" environment by WELCOMING them, not creating a raucous over something you can NOT "guarantee." Our son is looking forward to a "new" teacher! ---There's your "good review (from this point forward!")
This used to be a great school because of the amazing teachers they had. Unfortunately the Director, Karen Simon does a terrible job administrating the school and she lost all her teachers this summer except for 2 assistant teachers and one of them happens to the only one all the children can't stand Mrs. Geiger. What a shame the school became so unstable and lost the most amazing teacher they had Mrs. Orraca. My son had an incredible year in her classroom and I am so disappointed that she is gone along with all the other amazing teachers they had. I just had a meeting with many of the parents this afternoon we are all very upset with the fact that the director kept the truth from all of us about loosing all her teachers until we had all paid our deposits ($775) and some of us already paid for the entire school year. As parents we are all committed to getting the word out so that other parents are not misled by the director. Don't be fooled by Karen this used to be a great school but now it is unstable with all new teachers. I guarantee no good reviews will be added from this point forward.