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PK-8
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Gainesville, FL
Students enrolled: 227
Before care: Yes
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8505 Northwest 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32606

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(352) 375-6773
(352) 374-7125
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August 28, 2014
Millhopper Montessori is a wonderful school in which we have seen our daughter absolutely thrive. All the teachers have been warm, caring and talented. There is also a great sense of family and community among the teachers, parents, and students. We couldn't be happier with the quality of the education our daughter has received.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
My child attends the middle school at Millhopper Montessori. We are incredibly pleased with the curriculum and the teachers at Millhopper. The atmosphere of teamwork, friendship among the kids, and the ability of the teachers to attend to the needs of the children, in my opinion, is unparalleled with any other middle school in town. I've watched many of the middle school graduates transition into the IB program and Cambridge programs without any trouble and expect our child to do the same. It's been a pleasure attending Millhopper.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
This school is well worth my daily 50 minute commute to get here. I have taught for more than 20 years. Most of my experience has been in Montessori kindergarten and pre-k but I have also worked in the public school system and for Head Start . When I moved to this area in 2006, I looked at this school and all the other Montessori programs in the area. I knew right away that this was the school I wanted to work at. Unfortunately at the time they were not in need of a teacher so I left my name and resume and took a job teaching second grade at the public school less than a mile from my home. While I enjoyed very much working with the children there, I certainly missed the Montessori materials and methodology I love so much. When I was called and asked if I was still interested in a position here a year later I chose this school and this job, taking a pay cut and adding a long commute daily. I do not regret that decision one minute because of the quality of this school, and the people who work here. It is the best and I want to be a part of this superior team. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants the best learning experience for their child.

- submitted by a teacher
April 17, 2014
Although I was concerned with the negative reviews I read here, I have enrolled my two sons at Millhopper Montessori. After two tours and several interviews with other Millhopper Montessori parents, I am certain that I have made right choice. As an educator myself, I am impressed with the format and rigor of the curriculum. The teacher appear to be committed to providing relevant and engaging information to their students. The facility is bright and clean. The staff are friendly and inviting. I am excited about my decision to enroll my sons, and look forward to what Millhopper Montessori will bring to my children's education.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My two children both attended this school from preschool to their elementary years. I loved the calm, peaceful, and beautiful environment for them as young children. They were allowed to progress at their own pace, utilizing their strengths or taking extra time when they needed to. The teachers showed a deep care and understanding of my children, who were always happy to go to school. Their was a strong community feel between the families and teachers. A Montessori education is not a fit for everyone, and of course, no one school can serve every child's individual needs. However, I am extremely happy with my children's experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
Being a fellow educator, my husband and I spent a great deal of time searching for the best learning environment for our five-year-old. We visited several schools in town, but Millhopper was the one school that met all of our needs (and has continued to do so for the past two years). If you are looking for a school that cares about your child, promotes self-confidence, is academically challenging, and very communicative, than Millhopper is a perfect choice. Our daughter has been with the same teachers and friends for two years, and she just adores them. Every day she tells me something new that she has learned. She is reading very well and has begun multiplication. Most importantly, she is a confident young person who enjoys learning and school very much. I highly recommend Millhopper Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
Terrible place for my kid. Some kids may succeed here but they struggled with even a moderately active boy. we ended up pulling him out and within two weeks, three more boys all left additionally, when they divided up class, they put all the white kids in one room and all the rest in the other. they sent home a letter saying that it was by chance, but it was pretty remarkable to see. kids are not little adults and shouldn't be treated that way

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
Our son attended MMS for his first year of preschool (age 4), but unfortunately didn t enjoy it. We loved many things about the school: the teachers were friendly and professional, providing him with activities that matched his interests and letting him move at his own pace. The academic side was there, but the social guidance part was lacking. Most of all, we wanted him to grow in character, confidence, and social maturity. Instead of each day greeting the people he should have become comfortable with, he would hide behind me, begging to go home. At the time, we just thought it was his personality. But we are seeing such a dramatic difference at his new school that now in hindsight we can see he just didn t feel accepted and cared for the way a 4 year old spending his first year outside the home needs. For his first year, I wish he d had unlimited hugs, acceptance as a whole person, and a strong bond with his teachers and class fostered as a top priority. Thankfully we have found that in his new school. While he did grow and develop in many ways at MMS, and most of his classmates seemed to be thriving, it just wasn t the optimal environment for our son.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
The best quality school in Gainesville. This is our fourth year in MMS and totally satisafied with the teachers, their teaching philosophy, and curriculum itself. Everyone in school tries to provide a safe learning envionment for every child regardless of race, culture, and religion. This school is very acedemic but also humanistic as well.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2012
We love this school! When you walk through the door it has a peaceful atmosphere, the children are "children" and don't act or dress like 25 year olds. Yes there is a high standard of behavior, but we wanted that in a school. Children learn best in a structured, calm environment. Our daughter had a speech delay and began MMS at 21/2 this past year. She sings constantly (even in Spanish!) and is speaking non stop since her language explosion. This school has made all of the difference for our little girl and her confidence. The middle school children all know her name and say good morning to her and give her high fives. We know she loves school because she stands at the front door on Saturdays and asks to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2012
My daughter attended Millhopper Montessori School from Pre-K through 8th grade. We had an excellent experience and found the teachers and entire school community to be like family. Many of the staff members have been with the school for nearly 30 years which in my opinion speaks to the professional leadership of it's Owner and Director Christina Miller. Our family would highly recommend this program to anyone looking for a Montessori education for their child in the Gainesville area.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2012
This school does not embody the typical Montessori school principles of self-learning and creativity. The Gainesville Montessori in Millhopper is based on rules and conformity. If your child does not "fit in", then they will be put in time out frequently. On any given day, children in the elementary program will be in time out for frivolous reasons such as not crossing your legs during circle time or running backwards during recess. As far as learning, my child was told by his teacher that he wasn't very smart. This did wonders for his self esteem. Parents with two children in this system have even voiced their concerns that their children have been compared to each other. Look, do yourself a favor and ask other parents who have their children in this school. Ask parents who have removed their children from this school. Get a real objective opinion before sending your child here. I really wished I did. There are a lot of families in Gainesville who regret sending their children here. You will too, if you don't do your research. We are learning that there are a lot of great schools in Gainesville, this isn't one of them.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2012
My son began kindergarten at MMS this year. I was initially trepidatious about enrolling him as there were some unfavorable online reviews stating that the teachers were cold, too strict, and had no patience for normal "child" behavior--and my son is a child who can be, at times, silly, distracted, challenging, etc. I don't want to discredit the other reviewers, but this has not been our experience at all. While our son's teacher is not effusively affectionate, she is kind and patient, and you can tell from her dedication to the class and her excitement about the curriculum that she is passionate about teaching. As for the expectations of behavior--yes, they are high. But, isn't that what you want for your child? At my son's previous school, there was minimal discipline, and as a result, constant noise, chaos, and distraction in the classroom so that the kids barely had a quiet moment to focus. At MMS, the children are expected to behave in a polite/civilized manner in the classroom, respecting peers and teachers, and saving the silliness for the playground. Other pros: Ethnically diverse student population, challenging/diverse curriculum, shaded playground, polite staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
My 2 children have attended this school since Kindergarten. The oldest wishes MMS had a high school. Our entire family has the highest praise for this school and for the teachers and staff. Thank you MMS!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
My daughter had a horrible time there and begged us to pull her out. Her best friend's mother was told that her daughter was not a "Montessori Learner" whatever that means for a kindergartner. Needless to say both young ladies did very well elsewhere and love school. Perhaps it provided them a relative metric for distinguishing good from bad, so perhaps my child did learn something beneficial while she was there.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
MMS is my home, wheni first came here i loved it from the start. they made me feal like family. the school is tought using the Montessori way created by maria Montessori. the pricipal is a nice, young, smart, and reasonable lady. the school is not a waist of money or time. i would personally recomend this school to anyone. i should know because i am still going to this school.

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2010
I am an MMS graduate and i loved the teachers and experience. The teachers are helpful and are very caring .They care about the students and are always willing to help. MMS is like a community and i loved the eight years i spent there.

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2009
The Montessori philosophy is only a portion of the reason we chose Millhopper Montessori School. The school's founder is a hands on creator and visionary. Her training and intuition have been the driving force to bring together and retain a group of teachers and staff who have given the school a spirit and personality that is inviting, safe, stimulating and above all a true center of learning for children and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2009
The teachers at Millhopper Montessori School are well-prepared, creative, and kind. We find the curriculum to be challenging in the best possible way, as it is both advanced and stimulating, with plenty of hands on learning. Their is a focus on education as a life-long pursuit. . The methodologies used by the teachers encourage global awareness and personal responsibility. In the three years our daughter has been at Millhopper Montessori school she has received individualized education (small group learning), many experiential learning opportunities, and less busy work and computer testing than at her previous private school. We wish we had switched her to MMS sooner. Her abilities and her enthusiasm have increased threefold. .

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2009
As a parent of a pre-schooler, I have been extremely pleased with my child's progress at this school. The atmosphere is just like I would provide at home - structured and organized. The teachers set rules and the children learn respect and boundaries. They learn to be kind to each other. Their confidence soars as they accomplish new tasks which most children wouldn't even be exposed to until much older in public schools! Our child is ecstatic knowing she can go to school everyday and be challenged and treated with respect. She is proud of what she learns. We would not get this from ANY other pre-school or public school around. Our family would highly recommend this school for any age!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
I, as a student love MMS! It is a creative and hands-on enviornment. I am in the middle school program, and we are a tight-knit group who have fun with every assignment in drama, video production, art, music, and drama. Wehave specialized classes that tie into each other with a vast ciriculum. Though we may have lots of homework, it is worth it, and we have great oppurtunities in our futures.

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2008
I disagree. The Millhopper Montessori School compared to public school is teaching 2 to 4 grade level above. The teachers have a long track record at the school and I think the school is serving as an amazing educational opportunity for children. Very worth the money spent.

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December 26, 2008
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no rating May 29, 2008
We were disappointed with the school. I took my 2yo out. The environment was cold and too strict for kids at such a young age. I found the teachers to be stern and unfriendly, really didn't know how to interact w/ young children.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Most private schools in Gainesville are a waste of money. The teachers are underpaid and undereducated, they are no good. The admin puts the teachers first, so the admin is no good. The kids and parents end up losing and te whole community. Go to public.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
Millhopper offers one of the worst examples of private schooling as per our experience with our 2 kids. Their main concern is tuition and teachers... their last, is unfortunately the students and their parents. They are not cooperative with the smallest of issues.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
Our daughter has attended MMS for three years. As a kindergardener, she can add, subtract, multiply and is learning to divide. She reads at a 3rd grade level and can converse on any number of topics. The faculty and staff is outstanding. From the reviews you can see that the people who have a problem with this school are parents who have kids who can't or don't perform. The school has taught us that children are little sponges and the more you expose them to the more they learn. If you're not willing to invest the time in your child's education, this isn't the school for you. But if you are dedicated to being involved in your child's development, I can't think of a better school. Parent involvment is superb and that's one of the reasons that my wife and I like it so much.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
My 4 year old son goes to this school and I have mixed feeling about it. On the good side, they have wonderful educational materials that enhance learning at a young age, the teachers have excellent training, the classes are well prepared, the children learn to behave and be respectful, and they get more opportunities to socialize than in a classical school environment. On the down side, I feel MMS is a very cold place, too rigid and serious to make learning fun for kids. Most children get used to this and learn regardless of the pressure, but they could achieve twice as much by making learning an enjoyable and relaxed experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2008
My child attended MMS from age 3 to 7 and really blossomed. She loved being able to learn at her pace and never had to wait for the rest of the class to catch up - or struggle to catch up to the rest of the class for that matter! The teachers were fabulous! Expensive, as private schools are, but worth every penny. Wish I could still afford it.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
The school has more 5 stars than any other school that I have seen. I am very comfortable with the way they teach and discipline my children. I feel fortunate to have found such a wonderful learning environment for my children.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
Our family struggled with the stiffness of the teachers and admin for our two boys. Academically it's ok, but socially it places enormous pressure on the kids and the parents

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February 12, 2008
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February 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
I am a single parent and feel fortunate to have my children at Millhopper Montessori. They have a great programs before and after school so that my children are safe and happy. I like this school a lot.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2008
We picked this school eight years ago and have never regretted it. Both of our children have been treated with respect and they in turn have learned to be respectful. These qualities are important at home and at school. Our children love going to school and they love learning from their great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2008
Firm but loving discipline is used at this school, just like at home. Children need boundaries set. The education is excellent too. Love the school!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2008
I think this has been a marvelous environment for my child. My child has learned to schedule her time and doesn't need me to tell her what is due and when. The school teaches responsibility. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
We particularly chose Millhopper Montessori because of their small student to teacher ratio, excellent curriculum and discipline policy (the one area we had problems with the public schools). Both of our children love the school and their teachers. We are very satisfied (and actually feel that the school's attention to academics has exceeded our expectations) and feel that our children are learning in a safe and loving environment. We would highly recommend Millhopper Montessori to our friends and are happy to say that our two children will be entering high school at an advanced (AP) level!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2008
Our experience is that this school does not follow the 'real' montessori system. It's a joke, there's no 'one-on-one' attention to students and they ridiculously strict during play time. That's not montessori. We took out our 4 year old and put him at Oak Hall where he's very happy now.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
Each class has less than 13 students for each of the most excellently qualified adults in the world. They are caring and whats more, teach the child to care also.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
This is a great school. I went to military and public schools...and I feel like I missed a great education experience. I am very pleased with the education that my children are getting at Millhopper Montessori. I thank Ms. Tina and her staff for such a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2007
Millhopper Montessori exceeds my highest expectations. The children work at their own pace while being gently guided by caring teachers. Two thumbs up!!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
I really didn't like this school, I had my son in a montessori school in California before moving here, and I didn't find commitment towards the students here. Unless a student is 'extremely' quiete the teachers complain. I wouldn't recommend it and it was a terrible experience for us.

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December 05, 2007
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November 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2007
This school is an excellent facility in all areas. Students are always given the necessary attention to succeed, improve, and grow. They are encouraged to strive, meet challenges, and evolve into a well rounded student.

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September 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
Great experience with lower level teachers, patient and caring. Most of the other staff appear professional and try to simulate a positive learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
Suberb. Stress independance and exploration. Outstanding!

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no rating December 22, 2005
Our son is in the second year of early childhood education at MMS. We are very pleased with the order of the classroom, the dimension of subjects covered, and range of learning styles encouraged. During parent-teacher conferences, we are amazed at how well the teachers know our child and the detail relayed about his aptitude and progress.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
This school is much different from the more 'traditional' cirriculum which teaches just reading, writing and arithmetic. All of those subjects are covered, but in non-conventional ways. Our child is becoming more independent, and enjoys going to school. There are after-school programs, i.e., dance and cooking, which are currently the only ones available at our child's age level. We like to see more sports and a wider variety of after school classes. It is a school, and many other local after-school programs are available at other facilities. Parental involvement is very high. Our first open house had a large turnout, in which many parents attended and shared their views and voiced their questions. The school goes through 8th grade which allows the kids to stay together for a long time. Overall our child seems very happy.

- submitted by a parent
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Benefits of Montessori • Each child is valued as a unique individual • Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration and independence • Students are part of a close, caring community • Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits • Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge • Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach

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Millhopper Montessori School
8505 Northwest 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32606
(352) 375-6773
Last modified Millhopper Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Millhopper Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top