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PK-8
Private
Davie, FL
Students enrolled: 390
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5451 SW 64th Ave
Davie, FL 33314

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(954) 584-3466
(954) 584-7816
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November 18, 2014
My son is in his 5th year at Summit-Questa and I can't imagine him being anywhere else! We were only going to enroll him for one year because the Catholic school we were looking at didn't have a Pre-K 3 program at the time, but we fell in love with the school when we saw the effect that just one school year had on him. He looks forward to going to school everyday and is completely engaged by the Montessori curriculum. His teachers have all influenced him in such positive ways, not just as a student, but as a person. He is flourishing academically, but the amazing thing is how he is growing as a classmate and member of the community. The kids in this school work together daily to accomplish their goals - whether it be completing a challenging math lesson or tending to the classroom gardens. It is a beautiful thing to witness. The principal, Ms. Judy, has created a loving, nurturing and inspirational environment for her students. From the office staff and teachers, to the security and maintenance personnel, everyone is invested in making the campus a safe and happy place for the kids to do what they are meant to do - learn, grow and evolve as individuals. Thank you Summit-Questa!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
REVIEWING SUMMER CAMP ONLY. Underused campus! My child - 4 yrs old - comes from a different Montessori school that has an excellent curriculum but small playground. I wanted a change for the summer, a nature/ outdoors environment, and loved the campus/classes. Sadly, campus is underused or reserved for school year's children maybe? My child's class was allowed to see the animals once but could not get near the fence or pet them (too dangerous!) and was granted water play with a sprinkler hose every other week. Pool is nice but no access for children unless you pay for swim classes that are extra (and young kids swim early in the morning and are brought back to class with their hair wet in the freezing AC). Most teachers were nice but not warm and changing each week. They did maintain a bit of a Montessori curriculum which was nice. Afterschool was in a small, urine smelling overcrowded classroom. Gym in the gymnasium once a week was very nice though. Ms Judy was very nice but her staff could use some warmth, flexibility /customer service training. Overall it was not much of a change from his regular school year activities as he did not enjoy the campus as much as he could have.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
July 05, 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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
December 09, 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
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
September 09, 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
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
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
April 09, 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
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
no rating May 07, 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
no rating May 07, 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
no rating April 25, 2010
It is a fabulous school that teaches to the child. There is a wonderful community spirit.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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
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.

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April 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
I went to this school for 10 years, and i feel that it more then prepared me to enter other school settings and feel that I have above the average social skills. I learned about every aspect of life, about ethics and morals, as weel as getting an amazing education. I was able to be very successful is high school and graduated with honors. I credit this school, and my parents for putting me in an environment like this, with all of the academic and personal acheivements I have made. I don't think that this environment is for everyone, but it is more about the parents commitment, and them having an open mind, then the school not providing the proper foundation for the rest of their lives.

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November 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
Wow hard to say. Yes it is a holistic approach but not sure the kids are getting the basics like money and how to tell time. Your kids are safe here and they will have close friends and the teachers will get to know them well and yes the campus is nice despite all of the construction. Pre-K teachers are the best Ms. Jane and Ms. Sylvia are real stand outs. They are though a for profit corporation and you can't help to be reminded of this when tuition and fundraising season starts. I have always felt my children got a good foundation in Pre-K but the book is still out on lower elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 08, 2007
My child hated this school. Felt lost and uncared for. Previously a good student, lost self esteem. Judy, as well as other's do care. They are overworked and lost themselves. My child was left behind on a field trip due to poor communication. Some teachers, in my opinion, do not care or are exhausted. This is not, I repeat, not, a 'whole child' education. Preparing a child for an IVY league college is great but there should be more. I am not sure that every child can do well academically here but even if they do, that is ALL they will get. Knowledge without ethics or morals is dangerous. Buyer beware.

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June 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
My boys, twins, attended Summit from age three through 6th grade when we moved out of state. They were so well prepared to attend the number 1 schools in New Jersey that the teachers all wanted to know where they received their previous education. I am very proud to say they were recently admitted to all the colleges they applied to, including Cornell, Brown, Georgetown and Princeton. The essay they sent with their applications spoke of their Montessori education at Summit and how that prepared them for life. Nothing in life is perfect, but Ms. Judy makes sure it is as perfect as it can get! I will be forever grateful for the education they received at Summit. It has shaped their lives forever. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
Our child compleated the 8th grade here. She was not well prepared for High School and has had a struggle. Students need more instruction on how to take notes from a lecture, study for test and move about from one class to another. We kept our daughter here only because she had long standing friends. I urge you in the very least to do a great deal of research/observation before sending your child here. The 'democratic' approach to learning is poorly demonstrated here.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2006
Our child attended the middle school here. The discipline is futile. Their is terriable communication between teachers. Children are poorly supervised. The environment is lovley outside but the classroom is void of any beauty.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2006
The best school in South Florida with the most caring teachers and assistants. I don't feel there are too few kids in the middle school. Every one of them have their own unique personality and are not afraid to express themselves around their peers without feeling uncomfortable or outcasted. They share a bound I would have loved to have had the opportunity to build when I was their age. And it is remarkable to watch them mature into the outstanding teenagers they become. Assessments are necessary in any private school especially after a hurricane season like last years. I doubt you would be able to find another private school that didn't have an assessment last year. My son wishes they would expand faster so there is a high school ready for him when he graduates.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2006
My daughter graduated in 2005 from Summit-Questa Montessori School. She started in pre-school and completed the middle school program. I chose the school for it's excellent reputation, nationally recognized staff, and it's dedication to the wholistic education of each individual child. There is great emphasis on the importance of community and parent involvement is high. My daughter was accepted to the #1 High School in Florida, St. Thomas Aquinas, and is excelling in college. I would highly reccomend this school to anyone who is looking for a school that not only has national acreditation and a high standard of academic excellence, but in addition seeks to allow each child to discover their gifts and talents in order to achieve their highest potential Jane

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
My Granddaughter was a student @ Summit-Questa for 12 years. She graduated from Questa Middle this June and is well prepared for the challenges of High School. Summit-Questa has provded her with an environment that allowed her to grow to her fullest potential. I rate it the top Montessori School in South Florida.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2006
This is one of the best schools in South Florida. Low teacher-student ratios, excellent teachers, beautiful 10 acre campus with all kinds of animals and gardens. The school is a true Montessori school, in fact it is an accredited Montessori teacher training center. My children have never been happier going to school. I recommend it to all of my friends without reservation.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2006
My two children have been in Summit Questa Montessori School since 1996 and I only have good things to say about this wonderful school. I have complete faith in the teachers and adminstration and strongly support the programs. It is a warm, safe and nurturing environment. The school has highly qualified and experienced teachers with a very low teacher-student ratio. The school is growing and we look forward to the completion of the schools expansion and athletic additions.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
This is overall an excellent school thanks to the Montessori program. Recently, though, a construction project is withdrawing funds from the school budget, resulting in fewer teachers/more assistants with no relevant education and higher costs. Additionally, assessmants were levied and will be expected in even higher amounts the next several years. The ongoing construction will also make the school less attractive for students. The sports program is minimal. arts and music classes are offered, but have not yet produced great talent. The school might be great again at a later time, but right now you would be investing in the future of the school, not the future of your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
Probably the best in South Florida. Touchy feely, holistic approach. Fabulously woodsy and environmentally minded. Group approach teaching leadership. Downside: too few kids in the middle school leads to almost sibling rivalry.

- submitted by a parent
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Summit-Questa Montessori School
5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie, FL  33314
(954) 584-3466
Last modified Summit-Questa Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Summit-Questa Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top