This is a terrific school if your child is inquisitive, smart, and enjoys being with great kids. Kudos to the teachers and administration for putting the fun back into learning! The school also has great after-school clubs. Don't judge a book by its cover. Just because a school is newly constructed does not mean it is better.
Not only are the classrooms and school old, the textbooks and classroom materials are very old and outdated as well. There is no structure to the curriculum, and when you ask administration, be prepared for them to get defensive and avoid your questions. The teachers are nice, but very inexperienced.
I really love Apple Tree Montessori school. My child is in 3rd grade and we used to attend a public school and my gosh in the past year he has learned a lot more than he would have ever learned in his public school. I am floored and how much he knows just with one year at Apple Tree. He loves to go to school and has made many nice friends. Hist teachers are excellent and he has Ipad classes as well and Spanish classes. I would recommend Apple Tree.
I enjoyed my children attending Apple Tree. There teachers were lovely and really cared for them. I find my children are highly educated and you can tell by the way they speak and behave. My children adore Apple Tree and there time they spend there. The education is superior and is worth every penny. I would recommend this school.
I will not be sending my boys back this coming year. I am interested to know how the reviewer below believes her children are "at least 2 grade levels above their public school peers"? Like one of the previous reviewers I had the unfortunate experience of discovering PreKindergarten at Apple Tree did not prepare my son for Kindergarten at all. This is a FACT, not just my opinion. I decided to tour other schools for Kindergarten because Apple Tree has become very run down and I noticed that there was more "play" going on than academics. I was told by the admissions office at the private school my son will be attending that he barely passed admissions testing, but they will be able to get him caught up over the summer in a summer scholars program. At that point I decided to pull my younger son out as well.
I have both my children at ATM. They are at least 2 grade levels above their public school peers. I have been more than happy at AT. As a high school teacher, I am very picky about my children's education and believe that they are receiving the best primary education possible. In response to the preschool comments, both of my children were reading at 4. They would have been more than prepared to move to any school after preschool. My ATM first grader, who went through ATM preschool, is doing dynamic multiplication and long division. My fifth grader will be taking Spanish I for high school credit in 7th grade and Algebra I. In my opinion, ATM academics are excellent.
If you have any questions or concerns don't bother to ask anyone from the school for help because they won't do anything for you or even return your calls in a timely manner. They always excuse their actions and they're always "right". This school puts in no effort to teach your child, and as soon as you question them about it they become very defensive.
My son adores his school. He loves his teacher and feels very safe here. I really admire how much the teachers care for the kids here. The teachers are over qualified and it shows by how much the children learn here. I would recommend Apple Tree to all.
Excellent Education! Love it here. The standard of education here is high and you can see it in the children. I love this school.
Total lack of communication and structure at this school. They discourage parent involvement. I pulled my child out in Kindergarten because I felt that the school was not providing my child with a good academic foundation. I asked for a copy of the curricuulum, but was never provided with anything substantial.
My daughter attended preschool here, and now I really regret it. It was more like daycare than school. I know that preschool is suppposed to be fun, but she was not taught anything. I did not realize the extent of it until I brought her for admissions testing for Kindergarten at several very well known private schools. They all told me that her previous school had not prepared her for Kindergarten. She made a lot of great friends at Apple Tree because she had been there since she was 3, but I am so glad she was accepted into another school despite the fact she will need to attend summer school to "catch up" and we are moving on.
I have a child in the middle school at Apple Tree and I love it here. The teachers are amazing at the school, my son loves to go to school there. He is 2 grade levels above age. The schools curriculum works with the speed of your child, if they are faster than the child can move forward to harder work and if your child is slower you can stay at there pace. Love it at Apple Tree!
Love Apple Tree Montessori! The education is by far the greatest! My children are very smart because of the school. The teachers make it fun to learn and the children have choices when learning. They teach Spanish, Computers, and PE during the school day besides the normal curriculum. The teachers are great! My kids feel at home when they go to school. Love it!
I go to school here and I love it! My classmates are my best friends! The education I have received here is great and my SAT scores show it. I love all my teachers here and they really care for us kids.
I am giving this school 5 stars based on the education my girls have received while attending the school. Both my girls started in PRE-K (AGE 3). They are now 10 and 7 (4th grade and 2nd grade). They love their school and all of the staff. It is very expensive but you get what you pay for with regards to your childs education. My only complaints are the lack of communication, the lack of parent involvement (not allowed to attend field trips, etc), and the facilities. There is little communication with the parents. They do not allow for parents to attend field trips..I was looking forward to doing this with my kids like my parents did with me. The facilities are old. They are functional and safe but very old. I have attended open houses of other schools that require parent involvement and facilities are first class. Everytime I choose to send my kids back to Apple Tree...you cannot beat the education and my kids love going to school there!!
I love the preschool here, the teachers are amazing. My child is learning so much more than she was in her last preschool. In one week I have noticed her speaking so much more and in full sentences. I love it here and hope to stay till 8th grade. I also feel very safe with my child here. Mrs. Breen the VP and Mrs. Levine the Principal are really nice and caring!
My child attens this school. Kids here do work 1 to 2 grades ahead. Great teachers. Dont bother too much about Ms. Levine. Except her everything is too good.
The academics are outstanding at this school! The children are learning two or more grades ahead of grade level if not more. Great school!
I am an Apple Tree middle schooler and have been going to this wonderful school since I was in 3rd grade. I think this is a great school and even thought it might be small it defiantly does not have small goals.
My daughter attended Apple Tree from Pre-K through middle school. I found the teachers to be very knowledeable, kind and very attentative to each child and their education. Although my daughter has graduated and is now in High School, her basis for loving education was planted in Apple Tree.
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