May 19, 2003
There are several areas I would like to address regarding this school, the first being this is not a montessori school!!! The name is misleading. My child (who is dyslexic and gifted, plus has ADHD) attended this school as a 1st grader. The teacher turnover was very high (4 teachers in one academic year) and very little classroom discipline was offered. The classroom was extremely noisy, making it even more difficult to focus and attend to any material being presented. The only true redeeming area was teaching reading by using the Lindamood Bell system (LIPS). The computer program portion was excellent, as it not only taught phonemic awareness and decoding skills, it also allowed for greater attention to the task as students wore good quality headphones that drowned out the classroom noise. The computer program also allowed students to work at their own pace and offered immediate feedback. While my child was in attendance at Einstein, it was clear that this school was not equipped to deal with children having special needs beyond language problems, developmental delays, ADD, etc. When my child began to attend public school the following year, it took almost a year and a half to eradicate many of the negative behaviors he had picked up from from observing his peers at Einstein including spitting, biting, scratching, kicking, throwing objects, etc. In addition, it seems that my child, being one of the youngest in a mixed 1st thru 3rd grade class was smaller than most of the other children and was often picked on by older students, as reported to me by teachers. While my child had a terrible experience at this school, I must say that the teachers were all very nice. I appreciated their efforts, but it was clear that they were often just as frustrated as my child. Most were not very experienced (the teacher my child had for 4 months was a 1st year teacher) and I think a lack of guidance from the principal (who was not an educator by profession) made their job that much more difficult.
- submitted by a community member