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Summit-Questa Montessori School

Private | PK-8 | 390 students

Our school is best known for excellent Montessori education.
 
 

 

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Posted September 30, 2013

What attracted me to this school was it's strong base in Montessori teaching. However, I found the school administration is extremely disorganized and several of them to be rude ( please trust I had many personal experiences before I came to this conclusion). For one, they lost my enrollment packet and later blamed me. My daughter was put in a situation where she could have been in harms way. The school quickly wrote an incident report and in it blamed HER! I guess they wanted to cover their tracks. Security is an issue.The individual classrooms are exposed to whomever wishes to drive in. (You hope the classroom door is locked at all times while the children are in there). I was happy to see they started having a guy at the main gate to screen those who entered during the day. However, I found that he was not there half the time. The Montessori teaching was just average. Certainly not like the one we came from, which unfortunately did not go into the higher elementary grades. The principal seems like an A quality educator, and kind hearted person. However, those who work below her and help create a positive image of her school, have grossly failed in doing so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

We were super excited about this school after a tour and ready to enroll our child into the pre-K program, but first wanted to observe the other children to ensure their level of satisfaction and contentment. We called 3x and were repeatedly told someone would return our calls to schedule the observation. We gave up and eventually found a better fit at a different Montessori preschool. I give this school 3 stars because it seems like a great place just needs to have a better communication process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2013

This is a wonderful school. My child was on McKay scholarship and excelled there. Ms. Judy the principal is an amazing human being who radiates kindness. The school has a strong focus on positivity and environmentalism. They truly focus on the whole child with plenty of time outdoors, taking care of animals, and physical activities. Every teacher I encountered was wonderful. It is a very unique school environment. Some of the kids are cliquish, but this comes from their parents, not the school. The school is very down to earth. Excellent experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2012

Summit Questa has neen a part of my family's life for 12 years. My grandson graduated with Honors and now is in his second year of high school. My granddaughter still attends and will for the next four years. We connected with Miss Judy's vision and with great enthusiasm have watched SQ grow and grow. When a teacher doesn't follow Montessori methods, that teacher is allowed to move on somewhere else. The students come first, consideration is given on a personal level and the students learn responsibility and integrity, good manners and empathy along with top educational subjects and results. If a child isn't a genius upon enrolling, if they stay with SQ, the best that is in him or her will be found and encouraged. Our graduated students are invited to the most prestigious high schools and colleges. So proud to be a SQ family!


Posted June 13, 2012

EEducation is very good, however I do agree this school needs some maintenance. Paint inside and out, needs new flooring, bathrooms should be remodeled a bit dirty. Gardens could be cleaned up a bit, playground could use some new equipment too. I do agree a bit dingy and dark. Makes it very hard to decide to keep my children there. Great education, wonderful teachers, but property could use sprucing up. Especially in the younger side of the younger children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

My son has been in Summit Questa for 3 years . This is the best school for him . He was ask to leave a school in kindergarden , and my husband and I where so upset til we found Summit it has helped him turn into a delightful student and person. Thank you to Mr.Jose ,Ms June,& Ms.Caroll and all Family Staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2012

My daughter has been attending SQM for the past 12 years, since she has been two. My son has been attending for the past 5 years. The teachers and the staff are so loving and caring, always willing to help and always have the time to listen. The foundation that is established in your child is unbelievable, I can definitely say it is because of this my children stand out in any crowd. They are loving, grateful and extremely bright. This is my daughters last year, we are so grateful we have been so blessed to have been part of this wonderful SQM family. It is because of this school my daughter has become the beautiful young women she is today. Thank You Ms. Judy, Ms Gabi and Summit staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

I have 6 children & came across Summit Q when my youngest was starting 1st grade. I have experienced 6 elementary schools w my other children & wished I knew about S-Q earlier. My daughter is bright & has been fully challenged with the curriculum, not only academically but has practiced public speaking skills since 1st grade. A lesson sometimes not taught until high school or college. S-Q Principal is very nurturing, she really listens & offers great solutions to all issues. S-Q has grown tremendously under her guidance. PTO is very supportive and give our children a wide array of fun experiences. I Finally found the right place with a good mix of academics, and real life learning lessons taught. Can't imagine going anywhere else. Kudos to Ms Judy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2011

My son started 6th grade at Summit-Questa in August. Our family loves the school, the teachers and the administration. He loves going to school every day and is doing unbelievable academically. He has learned to be independent, work with partners and in groups, become organized, focused and the other kids are a great influence on him socially which is a big issue in middle school. This is the first time in five years he did not require a math tutor. The teachers are very focused on the kids and are warm and nurturing. 11 year olds still need that. The school is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

My daughter has been at this school for two years, and we couldn't be happier. I'm not sure where a previous reviewer saw a campus full of trailers and bedroom-sized classrooms, but it certainly wasn't at this school. The teachers are well-educated and caring, and my child performs at an academic level well beyond the "standard" found at other schools. She loves going to school, which was something that was missing before we came here. I also appreciate the emphasis the school places on independence and personal responsibility. It is well worth the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2011

I'm sorry, but if you are going to review a school, please get your facts straight. Most teachers are Montessori certified. Many have degrees from 4 year universities. However, the classrooms are not "dark, depressing, tiny and dirty." And there is only ONE trailer. The majority of the rooms are homey and inviting. It is definitely not your typical school room. The people who give the tour will show you any place you like; it's not as if some areas are "off limits" as you imply. Summit-Questa students far exceed most academic standards. Where else can a 5 year old do multiplication if he's capable? Montessori allows for that. I'm sorry if your child had a poor experience at Summit, for many, such is not the case. Maybe my opinion doesn't mean much because I am a teacher at the school, but I could be teaching anywhere. There are not many places where you will find teachers that genuinely care for your children and their education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 12, 2011

I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL. We are pulling our child and going elsewhere. I agree with previous reviewer. This school IS a threat to the Montessori way of teaching. They use the word Montessori as a marketing tool but do not fully embrace the teaching philosophy. INCONSISTENT QUALITY of TEACHERS. Some classes are good but most teachers at this school are average to POOR in quality. SCARCE RESOURCES FOR A PRIVATE SCHOOL. Classrooms are almost all trailers. Dark, depressing, tiny and dirty classrooms. They show you the most beautiful parts of the campus on the tour but several classrooms are bedroom sized (if that). Children are stepping all over each other and WORKING IN A VERY CHAOTIC ENVIRONMENT There is TERRIBLE COMMUNICATION all around between administration, teachers and parents. TWO THUMBS DOWN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

Two of my children currently attend Summit Questa and love it. The environment is very peaceful and the teachers and staff are very caring and loving. Academically they are on track, and I couldn't ask for a better school, especially for the price compared to some other private schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

This school is a threat to the montessori way of teaching their methods of teachingare very poor many of the teachers are extremely mediocre Total Waste Of MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 16, 2011

RED FLAG . "I want your money school" . facade . The PreK is what sells the parents into thinking other grades will be just as nice . .School is like a day care till 8th . Like sending child to a school with No teacher .But tons of work for the child and parent to do . Many fund raisers , holiday expect to give teachers money for bonus . No real exp a montessori training course at the school /owner ceritfies them herself .Get the picture ? end up investing 60 grand by 6th gade, so your child can stay with his friends . Parent will be teaching their child more then school . Do not be fooled .The good reveiws they sound identical to the words the staff uses. Hint .Go back further ,hope your child does not show more energy then a tomato or they will be labeled . teachers in upper are the worse , yell ,.If you complain expect your child to be treated poorly .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

It is an amazing environment to foster the whole child, teacher's, staff etc. Is exceptional! We love this school because our son is blossoming into an amazing human being!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

This school is amazing. Friends' children are learning their ABCs and how to count to 10 at kindergarten level. My son is performing multiplication, talking about animal classifications in depth, learning different types of land forms. But more importantly, his behaviour and level of confidence in himself has improved tenfold at this school now that he is recognised as an individual with his own personality, interests, and learning style. Fantastic school for developing the child into the person that they were meant to be. I would highly recommend checking this school out; I don't think you can find any better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

It is a fabulous school that teaches to the child. There is a wonderful community spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

My son just started here in PK4 and has been transformed from a child that hated to go to school to one that runs into his clasroom with a huge smile. Both his behavior and attention span have improved dramatically due to his phenomenal teachers and the program they apply. They truly seem to respect and understand each individual child and exhude complete faith and passion in all principles of montessori. Parental involvement is awesome; the school really views itself as a community with a common goal of raising phenomenal children. In the 6 weeks that my son has been attending, we have had parent orientation, a welcome breakfast, PTO meeting, a parental lecture on the principles of Montessori, a parenting workshop, a peace celebration and a community BBQ. This school is a perfect fit for us and we could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

I am in the eighth grade, and currently going to SQMS. I absolutely love it there. We learn fantastic leadership skills, how to care for animals, and so much more. The teachers are great. I must say that although this school has some flaws, such as the ongoing construction, it is a great school. Your child(ren) will love the hands-on experience they receive here. It is not for everyone, but overall, an amazing school.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 42%
Hispanic 15% 29%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Black 5% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Arabic languages
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Gardening
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Judy Dempsey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AISF
  • SACS/CASI
Fax number
  • (954) 584-7816

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Kayaking
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Kayaking
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Gardening
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
390
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
550

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
VPK, McKay and Step Up

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St Thomas
Nova University
American Heritage
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5451 SW 64th Ave
Davie, FL 33314
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Phone: (954) 584-3466

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