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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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