I am a parent with 2 children at TVM, one without special needs and the other with special needs. I moved my oldest from another school to this one 5 years ago and could not be happier. It is always scary when a new leadership team takes over but the new principal and assistant principal did a phenomenal job replacing the much loved previous principal. They have a different style but they are still caring and loving. Also, I think things are even more transparent now. The new administration has always been very willing to listen to my concerns with an open mind and I really appreciate our discussions. The teachers and staff at TVM are amazing. (Not all parents agree that the teacher that left was a good teacher. I personally respected and admired the way that the principal handled herself during those discussions.) The bottom line is that both of my children love coming to school. Each year I am blown away by the new ideas and advancements that the TVM staff and leadership provide for my children. I really wish they could add a high school.
TVM is a school where I have had 3 of my children attend. Two still attend, and I have a 4th beginning this upcoming school year. Over the years there has been a lot of change. I feel as each year comes and goes the school grows. I remember a time where the previous principal (left 2013) would tell you whatever you wanted you to hear to make you leave with warm fuzzies, only to realize later the issue was never taken care of. The current admin. will take the time to listen and truly answer, helping you solve the problem. I have seen a school hand over more leadership responsibilities to the staff, which has created a more unified environment and positive place for children to attend. This past year a teacher choose to leave and it created an environment where parents, staff and children felt more comfortable, and didn't feel like they had to walk on egg shells. I feel like there is an open door where I can communicate with my children's teachers, the admin and my kids feel "at home". I also love how they integrate the Montessori and state standards to create a curriculum that is hands on, and truly allows for concepts to become mastered. I wouldn't change schools at all.
i WANTED TO TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL. FIRST OFF THE CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP HAS DRAMATICALLY IMPACTED THE FLOW OF THE SCHOOL. UNFORTUNATLY THE LACK OF ATTENTION TO CERTAIN SITUATION AND FOLLOW UP, HAS LEAD MY CHILD TO HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT WITH THE OUTCOME. I REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN THIS SCHOOL FELT LIKE A FAMILY AND THINGS WERE THE STUDENTS WERE THE PRIORITY TO THE LEADERSHIP TEAM. UNFORTUNATLY THIS PAST YEAR HAS LEAD ME TO CHANGE SCHOOLS AND LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MY CHILDRENS NEEDS MET. THIS IS A COMMON ISSUE AMONG A LOT OF PARENTS THIS PAST YEAR AND THE LOSS OF OTHER STUDENTS IN EACH GRADE HAVE OCCURED. ANOTHER EVENT THAT OCCURED THIS PAST YEAR WAS THE LOSS OF ONE OF THE BEST EDUCATORS THAT THE SCHOOL HAS EVER HAD. THIS IS THE MOST MONEY HUNGRY SCHOOL AS WELL.
I agree entirely with the last comment. A good school has a good leader. This past year with the new change of leadership has actually hindered the learning environment., attitudes of children, and delay in assistance for those with special needs. I too and running to another school.
You'll notice that most of the glowing reviews for this school are from 2009. That is before a new administration took over the school. Unfortunately the school has done nothing but go downhill since. The administration has alienated parents and teachers with their autocratic style of governance. More importantly, there is a very serious credibility issue regarding the honesty and integrity of the principal and vice-principal as a result of an unpleasant situation involving the dismissal of one of the most respected teachers at the school. I read one of the reviews that talked about how it felt like TVM was one big family. I remember those days! It was a wonderful school with a proactive and inspiring administration who brought out the best in the students, the teachers and the school. I would never have thought that I would be taking my child out of the school but we are running not walking to a new school this coming year (2014-2015) as are a number of other discouraged families.
This school does not prepare students for the real world. The children are coddled, given too many chances and too much flexibility. As a result, they do not know what it means to sit still, pay attention and be responsible for themselves. Students love the school because there is such a strong social (not academic) model. I loved this school too and didn't realize how laid back it was since it was the only school my child had ever attended. After going to a new school I was amazed at the productivity and the better quality education. The opportunities my child has at her new larger school is ten-fold and they are so far beyond TVM academically. She has learned to be productive, responsible for her own work, independent and is now learning the skills she will need to be successful in college. It was very difficult for her to get used to a new school at first after years at TVM, but now she understands what she was missing and tells me that TVM was a 'permanent recess.' I love how the school values health and making good choices and it definitely feels like a big family, but if you want your child to be successful in life-this school and the Keys are not the real world.
We went from a regular public montessori in another state, to TVM. My son loves his school, his teachers, his friends, and actually gets up everyday excited about going to school. Unlike so many other schools these days physical activity and outside time is daily, they teach the whole child not just math and reading. The art teacher, music teacher, librarian right down to the support staff are all wonderful. We are blessed to have TVM in our community.
TVM is continually changing to keep up with the highest standards. To have such a great education in such a wonderful setting is a blessing. I also love how they teach the "whole" student, about manners, respect, healthy eating, exercise and the environment. I couldn't be happier that my child is excelling and is loving it.
What a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are the most dedicated, caring, and all around fabulous people i have ever met and we feel very fortunate to be a part of such a fantastic school.
Our school feels like one big happy family. We all care about our children and we are blessed with wonderful programs the school offers.
I love TVM because my son loves it. The teachers and staff go above and beyond. We're very lucky to have such a great school.
It is the most amazing enviornment and the children love and enjoy going to school every day. The teachers and staff are always there and they treat the children as their own.
TVM SeaDragons are fun, friendly, highly educated, nurturing group that spend the school day in a castle seeped in Islamorada history.
Great people, small classes. Very much a family atmosphere. And it is a cool castle.
Treasure Village Montessori takes education one step further in the right direction. Your child is taken to their full potential by teachers who work with your child as an individual, cultivating strengths and overcoming weaknesses. Older children help teach younger, and in turn, learn themselves. All the education is not in the books. Our school setting is one of the most serene and beautiful schools you'll see anywhere. Everyone, from our wonderful Principal and Assistant Principal on down, love what they do and do it with passion and caring. We feel fortunate to have, not only a great education, but a great life experience going on with our child at Treasure Village Montessori- a true Treasure!
Some of the staff here is absolutely fantastic, but others are horrific. Principal is great; vice principal should be immediately fired. High rate of teacher turnover, especially in the early grades. Teachers do not seem to have the same ability to control their students as at the public schools nearby. Not sure if this is due to the Montessori philosophy or the teachers' own shortcomings. Library is tiny and insufficient. Some parents seem to think they 'control' this place and do not appreciate input from others. Atmosphere here is strange and uneasy. Given the high quality of the nearby non-charter public schools, this school just doesn't favorably compare. A lot of the kids here seem to be discipline problems-- those kids who couldn't follow the rules in the other public schools. Grades are ridiculously inflated, making everyone here feel 'smart', but they fall way behind other public schools' curricula.
The school is a relaxed yet challenging academic environement with the best of both a modern school and a traditional Montessori environment.
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