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Posted February 23, 2015
- a parent
Montessori Academy is one of the top schools in Broward county. My children started in Kindergarten and graduated from Middle School last year. Thanks to their strong and solid academic foundation they were placed in AP courses in High School. The school provided them with a loving and nurturing environment while developing a strong sense of responsibility and independence. I will be forever grateful for the education that this school provided to my children. I strongly recommend it without hesitation.
This strikes me as a money making enterprise. The trappings are pretty - nice building, tight security - but the quality was not impressive. I have more than one child, so I have quite a bit of experience with schools. What was most alarming was the lack of access to the children. When people say they "love it" I wonder what they mean. You only see what the schools lets you see - and that is tightly controlled. My favorite moment: the school called me about something and started out by telling me "your son is fine," which I like to hear. The problem is, he was not even at school that day and had not been there for 2 days! Facade.
The teachers provide a warm and caring environment while still managing to encourage my girls to learn and discover new ideas. Both of our girls started at one year old! and now our oldest is currently transitioning into the upper elementary program offered by this school . I have seen first hand the impact this school has made in their education and in our lives. This school offers extra curricular activities such as ballet, flamenco, viol n and chess just to mention a few . This school offers so much and despite its large campus size!! The staff takes the time to really get to know you it gives you the feeling of family centered learning . They care for your concerns and resolve any issues right away! Let's face it's a private education !! If you want a school where your child is encouraged to achieve their potential in a warm and friendly environment at their own pace with no restrictions on how far they can grow this is the place!!
I believe Montessori Academy is one of the best schools in Broward County. My daughter is safe, the staff cares and academically she is head and shoulders above children her age from other private and public schools. I have read some of the other comments and it appears like in any business there are disgruntled people out there. You have to be a proactive parent. Montessori Academy is not perfect. However whenever I feel like there is an issue with my child I always seek assistance in resolving the problem. My child has been there for many years because they work with parents in educating your child. Shame on the parent that thinks that the school is responsible for everything and should know better. It really has been the teamwork approach that I believe has made my child so successful. Thank you Montessori Academy (teachers and administrator) for being on my daughters team.
Words cannot describe as a parent how happy I am with Montessori academy for my son. The nurture and education he is receiving is beyond words. The school director has a heart that extends beyond many and her love of the school, children and parents is something you don't find everywhere as I went to many schools before choosing Montessori academy. I am very happy with my choice and am hooked on the Montessori method and the way the school runs all around.
Our daughter has been a student at Montessori Academy of Broward for three years now, and we would not change her school for anything in the world. Everyone at MAB is absolutely amazing, from Ms. Monica, who leads the school taking care of each small detail, not only from the academic perspective, but from an integral development of every child at the school, to each an every one of the teachers and fabulous staff at the school. The classroom experience is designed following Dr. Montessori's methodology, the teachers are impeccable in their being and mostly for how much they care for each child and their family. The school has a nurturing environment in which families meet and become friends for life. Our child is experiencing an education that flows respecting the integrity of her being, nurturing who she is as a whole, not just focused on her academic progress (which is amazing), but also in developing herself as a conscious individual, loving and honoring nature, the environment, her friends, her community and herself. Ms. Monica, her teachers and staff are more than our school, our community, our friends and our family...
My son is in his second year at Montessori Academy and we have loved it thus far. Ms. Monica knows all the children by name and makes each one feel special. His teachers in both the toddler room and young montessori classroom have been great. We love the two open houses, family days and other events they have through out the year. It makes everyone feel like they are apart of the school. He will be attending again next year for VPK. My son has also thrived. He has always been advanced for his age so finding a school that challenged him was top of our list. He is only 3 and knows the continents! They make learning fun (singing songs, coloring) and he think he is playing a game. The Montessori lessons are also fantastic. I can not say enough about how great this school is.
Horrible experience!!!! They used up all my sons VPK hours to only conveniently tell us that he's being kicked out of school for his behavior! Mind you, we had ONLY 1 parent teacher meeting AND HE'S ONLY 4 YEARS OLD!!!! I specifically explained to them that the culture from his previous school was COMPLETELY different then Montessori but they ASURRED me that he was going to be "just fine". Clearly all they cared about was the $ signs!!! What they want are kids that don't have a mind of there own in order to make the teachers jobs a whole lot easier. As far as curriculum is concerned, they're way behind from where other VPK schools are. I wouldn't recommend this school to ANYONE!!!!
My daughter started Montessori Academy when she was 3 years old and is now 8 years old in third grade. My son voluntarily started as a toddler at 23 months when we went for a tour. I had to buy him a uniform and leave him because he was so excited to stay. He is now almost 5 and in pre-k. My children have never come home with ant bites, they have rarely if ever been sent to the thinking chair, and even during the one year that proved most challenging(my daughter's kindergarten), she never wanted to leave her school or change classrooms. My children are rarely ever sick. They are happy to go to school and are very well rounded. Ms. Monica is available for any concerns and knows every child even now that the school has become so large. Just today, when faced with the decision of moving to an amazing home on the beach they both absolutely loved, or staying at Montessori, they both chose Montessori.