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1625 Montessori Point
Oviedo, FL 32765

(407) 678-3879
(407) 678-3987
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May 28, 2014
I was extremely disappointed with the school. The class my child was assigned to was led by a teacher who lacked creativity and who seemed overwhelmed. The classroom was dreary and bare. My child's folder, when it was sent home at all, was frequently sent home with other students' work. I would make sure you know which class your child will be put in and tour that room. I feel like I experienced a bait and switch. I regret sending my child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
All I can say is Wow! Unfortunately I had to transfer due to my job and withdraw my daughter from an awesome montessori school. Luckily I found Tuskawilla Montessori Academy is a rare gem. Her two teachers are experienced and went above and beyond. Their enthusiasm was felt especially in the holiday play. My daughters teachers are creative in their homework assignments and I could tell they enjoyed teaching science because my daughter could retell her science lessons. The teachers even teach sign language! Anyways, this is the perfect school fr my child.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2013
We have attended here for 3 years and it's upsetting to see the unfair characterization that some of the hard-working and well-credentialed teachers have received on this site by some clearly disgruntled parents. It's one thing to be unpleased, take your money elsewhere and provide an honest and objective review. Our child is impulsive/accident prone and we have never had safety concerns at TMA. They have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. A core part of their philosophy is peaceful behavior and respect towards others. I have seen this implemented on a regular basis. After much research, Montessori was the only method we could find that allowed our high achieving but overactive child to work daily at her own level and continue to excel. Her unique behaviors are respected and accommodated. Children often work independently or in small groups on tasks specific to their own work plans, but I have never observed problems with classroom management by the teachers, which is highly impressive to me. Ultimately, I would hope any parent would take an opportunity to read about how Montessori differs from traditional and visit the school before making any kind of judgement.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
NOT GREAT. My child was in 4-5-6 grade last year, and is now at least a year behind in math. Was doing more advanced math in 2nd and 3rd grades than at TMA. Classroom disorganization, lack of communication, and an administration that goes out of its way to let parents know the school is a business, first and foremost. Look elsewhere for your children. Now that my child has started at an A rated public school, I see what a costly and truly unnecessary mistake I made. Alienation of arithmetic! Spanish class... a joke. Band... not so much. No real musical training goes on unless the student's already advanced. Low student-teacher ratio... nope. Classroom size of 21 vs. the 22 child cap in public elementary school. It's easy to post here, and I suspect that the glowing posts may be administrative plants, esp. the ones referring to the administration. To the good side, some teachers/staff were caring, + some interesting field trips. And I don't think my child lost IQ points outright. Skill loss yes; curiosity, critical thinking, love of learning (somewhat) nurtured and still intact. Highly suggest you reconsider if you're evaluating this school for elementary child.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
This school is fantastic! I love the family atmosphere. In fact, my husband wants to move and I won't let him until my youngest is finished with 6th grade and he's only 4! I have two complaints....they need a high school program & a more organized communication program. Sometimes I get a one or two day notice on needed party supplies or upcoming school programs. Unlike public schools, all responsibility falls on the child.(Which is great!) If you are looking for an overly structured, rote memorization type of education for your child, this is not your place. If you want a self responsible child who is allowed to be curious and learns from many different platforms, then this is your place!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
We absolutely LOVE TMA! Our son has been there for 2 years in Mrs. Fisher's class and we've seen him excel. He also is part of the extended care program as we both work out of the home. We are big supporters of the montessori education and hope and pray we will be able to continue to be able to afford the tuition. We receive regular emails from the teacher, school, newsletter, and I also keep up with all the activities via TMA's facebook page. The entire staff is tremendous and we are proud of our son's montessori education!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
Great teacher and student body, the main problem is administration the lack of communication is how they monitor parents. I have had my daughter here for 3 years and she loves it, I had her take the FCAT in previous years and she always scored high so the education is above par. She has been in 2 building and is moving to the upper school next year. There is plenty of opportunity for afterschool activites also. The positives far out way the negative.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
Horrible on so many levels there is not enough room here. Look elsewhere for schooling your kids. I agree with every negative post already here and could add a list of my own. Spend your money somewhere else...I'll leave it at that.

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December 02, 2010
As a parent of four children at the school, I cannot begin to describe how pleased and amazed I am with the program. My children not only learned the English language in a matter of a couple of months, but fully developed the culture in America rather quickly as well! They now are YEARS ahead of their cousins in local public schools. I recommend Tuskawilla Montessori tto any parent(s) who seek the best education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
I'm glad we found this school! My daughter started reading at age 3 and continues to blossom academically. In Pre-K/Kindergarten, she became proficient in Language Arts, Geography, knowing all states in the US and identifying all of the Caribbean Islands. She started addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. She was reading at a 4th grade level and loved chapter books! The curriculum is challenging and engaging for her at the same time. She has a strong foundation that will take her anywhere. The staff is so passionate about teaching children. I know my child is in good hands when I drop her off in the morning. Everyone is so centered on the children and make the environment as positive and productive as it can be. I can't afford NOT to send her to this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2010
My child has really blossomed under the Montessori school. The hands on learning, interactive materials, and fantastic teachers have ignited my child's desire to learn.

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May 17, 2010
AMAZING! I leave the school everyday in goosebumps of amazement at my daughter's experience at the school. She comes home everyday telling me more and more about her teacher and all of the fabulous adventures she shares with her students. My daughter has never had a particular liking for her schools, but our decision to come to TMA two years ago has been one of the greatest decisions we have ever made! I vehemently suggest TMA for its strong curriculum, low student teacher ratios, and amazing faculty and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
A terrible Montessori experience. I do not recommend anyone consider this an educational experience. The only lesson learned here was that we had made a terrible mistake.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
No star would be more appropriate, if it were an option. While parents of the lower grades seem to appreciate the education and environment, the middle school program leaves much to be desired. It's a chaotic and disorganized environment with no parental communication. A lack of supervision during field trips and at various points throughout the day lends to student safety concerns. The administration, all related, are dismissive of parents who bring concerns to their attention. I've never been more disappointed in an educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
I am a prior middle school student. The people at this school are very nice but it's very disorganized and the rules only apply when it's convenient. There was poor communication, a lack of supplies needed to complete projects, poor time management on behalf of our teacher, which made it difficult to manage our own time. Grading was very subjective in many areas and favortism was obvious. I would not recommend this environment for any middle school student.

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2010
A terrible environment with a lack of concern for student well being and safety.

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January 04, 2010
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November 09, 2009
This school has great teachers and staff but the administration and curriculum are horrible.

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August 23, 2009
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no rating August 08, 2009
Seems very unorganized and lack of communication.

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September 30, 2008
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September 10, 2008
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April 04, 2008
I'm a former student of Tuskawilla Montesorri, having attended from young to the end of the middle school program. TuskMont's forte is with the preschool and elementary school programs, where the Montesorri methods are more applied and more relevant. Enrollment for the middle school program is significantly lower than that of the younger programs, primarily because of a lack of focus by the school on these aspects. (This may be because the middle school program is relatively new, and they're still struggling to find a proper balance for older kids and the Montessori methods at this age. The preschool and elementary school programs are exceptionally strong, though quality can vary depending on teacher. I would recommend asking to sit in on some classes first to get a feel of this school. Overall, I would recommend for younger grades and caution hesitancy for middle school.

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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2008
As a parent I would like to say that for over 20 years Tuskawilla Montessori School has provided the children of this area with a high quality education. This small private school offers a comprehensive academic education for children in Pre-K (ages 3 and 4) through Grade 8. Additionally, the teachers and staff nurture and instill the importance of achievement, leadership, social responsibility and values. Diversity is reflected in each classroom with students of various ethnic, religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Directors and staff of TMA have helped to build a solid foundation for the growth of an academically diverse student body that functions together as one family.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2008
My son attended Tuskawilla Montessori from age three until twelve and now both of my younger kids (age 8 and 6) are there. The attention, care and overall education they have received there is excellent. Some people believe the Montessori way is not for every child, I completely disagree with that train of thought. My three children are all completely different with individual needs and Tuskawilla Montessori has found a way to help each of them thrive. He now attends a Private Prep School in the area, is an accomplished musician and speaks two languages. Tuskawilla Montessori gave him the best possible learning environment. I would highly recommend Tuskawilla Montessori to any parent looking for a school that is completely focused on the childs best interest.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2008
I have two children at Tuskawilla Montessori and can not say enough wonderful things about the experience we have had over the last several years. The community is very tigh knit with parents, teachers, and administrators all working together to guarantee that the children not only have the best possible academic education, but also that they grow to be confident, motivated, self directed, responsible young people conscious of the world around them. I am continually impressed by the maturity and joy of the children with whom I interact. My boys love their school time so much they complain when there are holidays, and I have even overheard our middle schoolers talking together about their appreciation and gratitude for the educational opportunitites they have been given! I think that says it all!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
I used to go to TMA when I was a kid, and still speak with parents and teachers of the school and know they are doing very well! I am close to the adminstration, and I know their dream of growth and educational success is the underlying force behind any and all changes to the previous system. They are a Montessori school-meaning their market is a Montessori-themed classroom following Montessori guidelines and philosophy. The 'changes' were made to bring the entire school to what they are supposed to be-a Montessori-enriched community. It's sad to hear the administration being called money-hungry or capitalists. They are one of the most generous and caring individuals I have ever met. Before judging a school based on the opinions of disgruntled parents, you should take the opportunity to visit the school yourself!

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2008
We have been at Tuskawilla Montessori for 5 years. Our children are well-rounded and involved in sports that no other school in the area offers. The school focuses on the child's academics and values. The teachers and administration care deeply about their students and challenge each child to their academic ability. The options for extra-curricular activities are excellent. Our experience at Tuskawilla Montessori has been very positive! We love the school and the caring staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2008
Let there be no mistake, I am a Parent who is thrilled to have my children at TMA! This is the first time I have submitted a review of this school, but I have read the reviews over recent months, and I must say that the negative comments are absolutely ridiculous, and likely make by one or two disgruntled parents who are maliciously trying to ruin the reputation of the school, since they no longer attend TMA. There have certainly been some changes in the 4th-6th grade level this year, to make that department entirely Montessori . There was an adjustment period, but from what I have seen so far, the transition has been very successful. I intend to enroll my children in the nearby prep school, and after speaking with the admission staff, I have every confidence that we are in the right place! I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
This year TMA made significant changes to their 4th thru 6th grade classes and it was a disaster. The new classroom environment was chaotic and lesson plans were made up as the year went along (definitely not Montessori-like). Our son and many of his friends were constantly asking for more school work. After a few months he became so bored with school, no longer enjoyed attending TMA. Our family was with TMA for over 8 years and previously very happy and supportive. Now it's a very different place and we finally had to remove our kids from this school. The administration did not address these problems in the classroom, routinely dismisses parent s concerns and doesn t appear interested in anything but building a new gym. There are many other good schools in the area, I would suggest you look elsewhere.

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February 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
I came across this website. My children did attend this school. I read the last 3 positive reviews and they are obviously written by the same people. (the administration) I have been in many meetings and read my updates from the admin and it is all the same lingo. They blame the parents and children for their bad decision making. This school will never improve until the administration takes responsibility and starts behaving in a professional manner. Sorry, but I must agree with another review. Look elsewhere for a quality education or be prepared to hire a tutor!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
My children were at TMA for years. While the Pre-School and 1st-3rd grades are good, the 4th-8th grades are terrible. They changed the curriculum without having lesson plans in place when school started and the teachers were not certified. For the first 2 to 3 months of the year, the children were told to color and draw. One of my children went nearly a month without doing a math problem. The amount of students in the 4th-8th grades is half of what it started with at the beginning of the year. Kids are leaving left and right in the middle of the school year. How can the administration blame the parents when we are paying them good money for an education our kids are not getting? The school is no longer recommended by the nearby prep school as a feeder for high school either. TMA has only itself to blame!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
TMA has an excellent curriculum, and has made some advances to their approach. The school is only trying to maintain a positive, uplifting image. The bad reviews only voice the opinion of some, in efforts of damaging the school's image and reputation in the community. Its a shame. This school rocks!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
I have enrolled my three children at this school, two of which have graduated and moved on to excellent local private schools. They have been above average in every subject, and this is due to the emphasis on success and learning at TMA. TMA has maintained a level of excellence which far surpasses those of other schools, and I will continue to have my third child there to follow the vision of the school. The school began the year with an entire new approach, which is now working smoothly and the education is better than before! The school just constructed a beautiful gym, and the system will continue to flourish in the efforts of establishing a tradition of excellence. I encourage anyone and everyone to entrust your child in the system. A+++

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
It saddens me to see the reviews that have been written about the administration, teachers, the education, and even the grounds. It is not true that the only thing that they care about is money. If it were about money my children would not be attending Tuskawilla at all and my family has been a part of the school for 4 yrs. They are very caring and loving to ALL children. Their education is above all other schools. My son is way above average for his age. The school is going through some changes and yes it takes time for kinks to smooth through. I guess that some people don't know how to handle change. Kids definently DONOT come 2nd or 3rd. I HIGHLY recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
I'm very dissapointed with the school, my son started when he was 3-1/2 years and he is 9 now, the last two years he is having problems,I think there is lack on supervision, and as other parent commented here I also see how the school is decline. I think administration is paying attention to others areas since the school is growing, moral values, friendship and respect are less important now. Maybe you need to be very involve with the school so your child is not relegate and put aside, I have been very busy at work or I was not smart enough to understand that. I hope the administrator understand that sometimes growing bring another problems and they can take some time and see what they had before, a lovely school. My son won't attend TMA next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2008
I had to pull my child out of this school recently. The website does not reflect the truth about the school. The bottom line is that the administration is out to make money, and the kids come 2nd, or 3rd. I would not recommend sending your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2008
My children went to this school for several years. I watched the school decline until I finally felt the problems were unfixable and pulled my children out. Look elsewhere for a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2008
I was very dissapointed in this school. The administration lacked professionalism. Supervision and saftey of the students was poor. The Web site did not reflect what actually was offered and is very deceptive. Academics in the older grades is below average. Students are obviously not the number one priority. Up keep to the campus is also very poor.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2007
My child attended this school for 2 years (3 to 4 1/2 yrs old) and while the teachers were very kind and knowledgeable, I was very disappointed in the lack of supervision with regard to the children's use of the restrooms. This school might be more appropriate for older children.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
Awesome! My boys love being at school. The knowledge and enjoyment of learning that they have developed is amazing. Both are a full year ahead of what they would be learning in public school. No problems with learning to read! Children learn to read, write, and do math through a natural, child-centered process. Everyone is a reader by Kindergarten! All students participate in sports, band, art, and the science fair from 3rd grade and up! Full activity participation is achieved through full inclusion instead of only the best or brightest being chosen to participate in band, sports, or the science fair. We love it!

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April 17, 2006
This is a growing school. It is a good school if you can get good teachers there.

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March 24, 2006
My son has attended school here since first grade and is now in sixth grade. We love the small atmosphere, and the teachers are very dedicated.

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August 23, 2005
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July 27, 2005
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February 13, 2004
I was disappointed in this school. They told me it would be Montessori, but there was nothing Montessori about the Middle School. Too much homework was given. It was a small school, but they had playground aides at recess time, and not enough supervision was given to the children.

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Tuskawilla Montessori School
1625 Montessori Point, Oviedo, FL  32765
(407) 678-3879
Last modified Tuskawilla Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Tuskawilla Montessori School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top