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PK-12
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Sarasota, FL
Students enrolled: 110
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5237 Ashton Road
Sarasota, FL 34233

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(941) 922-4949
(941) 308-5441
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September 08, 2014
NewGate is always focused on the true Montessori method. This means not only the in the high quality of education, but also that families are involved and educated. The learning more individualized than any other school I've seen. After working in various public, charter, private and alternative schools for 15+ years, my biggest frustration was always the inability of schools to change the things that needed to be changed. NewGate is a small school and the administration is always available for discussion. This means that when changes are needed, they are discussed promptly and remedied. The families are so involved with the school that we are all one big family. I'm so happy that I found this treasure for my children.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
You know the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child"? NewGate is my village. My son has been at the school since he was 18 months old. He's 9 now. Every day when I pick him up he still begs, "Please, Mom, can we stay a little longer?" Yes, he is an amazing reader, conversationalist and does math that most children don't do until they are 13. But more important, he is happy and confident; He is a good friend, a competent mediator (when necessary), and a fair leader. He doesn't need pressure or stress to achieve, NewGate has given him a love of learning and the confidence to keep striving for his goals, even when they seem out of reach. I know he will be successful because he is not motivated by outside factors (like needing to pass a test), he is motivated by a love of a learning and the feeling that comes with true achievement.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
As a former Montessori 3-6 teacher at the largest Montessori school in the Bosron area and former Montessori student myself I came to NewGate with very high expectations. My six year old and 4 year old have been at NewGate two years and have run in the door every day - thrilled to be there. I love the community which has tons of engagement and events making it feel like a family. My kids are thriving and we will be there for many years to come.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2014
For 12k per year, I expected better. Maybe my expectations weren't right. As a professional, I thought I would receive communication and feedback. There are no report cards, no assessments and the only feedback is parent-initiated conversation. Is my child learning enough? I really don't know. There is never any homework at mid-grade level. Are there home reading assignments? Not sure. Did my child turn in every assignment? I don't know. It is a very positive, supportive environment, which is great. We will find out when she changes schools if she learned as much as she should have.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
Montessori is a great philosophy, but this school does not have the best interest of the kids at heart. This may have once been an excellent school, but now the quality of education is not up to grade level standards. Many students that leave this school are in need of tutors to catch up when they join another school.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
We are firm believers in Montessori for early education & our 2 older children in Montessori from 18 mths to 4/5 years of age in the NorthEast. Our goal was the same with our youngest. When we moved to Sarasota we placed our youngest in New Gate (he was 3 & turned 4 during the school year). HUGE disappointment! The class had over 25 students & the primary teacher had zero kill or energy to help the children learn. Our child was allowed to wander outside without any supervision & we only learned about it from another parent who frequently volunteered & was worried about our child because the teachers didn't notice or care when our child was repeatedly outside unsupervised. Additionally, when we inquired why our child still didn't seem to know his ABC's, we were 1st told he did but he was just stubborn, a month later we were told he may have a hearing problem, & their final excuse was that he may have a learning problem. Both doctor & psychiatrist said he was perfectly healthy & intelligent. Apparently, 2 other sets of parents had the same experience. Montessori YES - NewGate NO- this school is overcrowded w/ incompetent or uninterested teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
As a long time parent at this school, I've seen many leadership changes. With all those, the bottom line still remains the same. Great for the younger children, still trying to "figure it out" for the older children. This school can't be beat for the younger children, hands down the best in town. From middle school on, it's just the opposite. Montessori is done well in other parts of the world right up through college. Not here! It's a "labratory" school in the true sense of the word. You don't have the time to waste with your childs education, once they're a certain age, you must leave or your child will fall behind students in other programs around town. Sad but true. As for the "pending" IB program, they have along way to go.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2012
Last May a parent wrote a review critical of the school's leadership. NewGate was, and continues to be an excellent school. It lost its way for a time, in part because of the economy, but also because there was a strong perception that NewGate was drifting from its Montessori roots. Independent schools must have a very clear identity and offer an educational experience that is distinctly different from what is found in other schools. In 2010, NewGate's board asked the Montessori Foundation to take the school under its wing as its Lab School. NewGate is once again under the same leadership that originally developed the school into one of the best known independent Montessori schools in the US. Montessori does not appeal to every family, but it works! When done without compromise, it prepares students exceptionally well for both university and for life.NewGate sees each student as an individual, not a number. It teaches students to think deeply, enjoy the process of discovery, and find their own voice. The school is a community of people who share common values. This is the sort of school that most of us wish we could have attended. Come see for yourself.

- submitted by a teacher
May 16, 2012
Very poor leadership here. They have a new headmaster now... and I believe it has perhaps even merged with another school (?) or something to that effect. I wish them better success. Montessori is definitely a great approach to high school academics and self esteem.--this school just needed some real leadership with some more vision. Perhaps they have it now. Love the idea of Montessori. Wish I had done the same with my son when he was younger, as opposed to traditional public schools. It makes a WORLD of difference. Try montessori based schools. They are not for everyone, but I like the whole idea and think it helps build self esteem as opposed to what they very often do in the public schools ( often tear down any self esteem).

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
At the heart of this school is a community of teachers, parents and leaders who truly care about their students and who are dedicated to the Montessori philosophy. You will not fully understand this approach until you have spent time in a classroom observing. Take an hour out of your day to see what it's all about. I am so proud to be a New Gate-Field School parent!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
My son has been attending The NewGate-Field School for the last three years. I can't say enough about the quality of the education he's received. The schools commitment to helping each child reach their own potential is truly commendable. Montessori's focus on self-control and self-respect make for a wonderful, kind and nurturing environment. We are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
NewGate-Field is one of the best known Montessori schools in the USA. It serves as the model school of the Moontessori Foundation (www.montessori.org). It offers an authentic Montessori program from the infant-toddler level through secondary Its curriculum is international, and its graduates speak to its success. The culture of the school is warm and close-knit. Fundraising is deemphasized, and the school attracts a diverse and very committed parent community.

- submitted by a teacher
July 24, 2010
There are so many wonderful aspects of New Gate School that it is hard to sum up in a few short words. My child has been attending New Gate since 2003. The teachers, staff and community are amazing. The environment at New Gate is safe, secure, peaceful, facilitates learning and encourages children to respect and help one another. When observing the children in the classrooms it is wonderful to see how happy and confident they are. If you are looking for a school that provides superior academic, social and emotional needs for your child then New Gate is the place for you!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
We have two children who have attended New Gate School since they were 2 and 3 years old. They are now in upper elementary classes and my son is looking forward to joining the First Cycle (7th grade) class in the fall. The sense of community from teachers, administration and families is wonderful. The ability for each child to learn how to learn, plan, research, communicate, collaborate, and enjoy the experience will forever benefit them and the world around them as they develop into adults who can do wonderful and creative things. As my children have grown in the Montessori environment, I've appreciated this opportunity even more than when we first joined in 2000. I look forward to continuing our education experience with New Gate School and seeing the enthusiasm with which the children learn.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
Respect, Responsibility, resourcefulness. Three additional R's that are taught at New Gate School that adheres to the concept of not just focusing on academics but educating the whole child. Character,inner drive, motivation, esteem, independence, conflict resolution, social skills and confidence are developed throughout the entire program. Children have no 'fear of failure' - if the problem doesn't work they go back a few steps to see where it went wrong. Students are encouraged to take calculated risks in trying out new concepts. From first grade on, students are given their weekly work plan in which they need to individually time manage their week versus a teacher telling them what to do when. All these skills are adherent to the Montessori progam and areappreciated by our college daughter who informed us that she is amazed at how few friends in college have developed these skills.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
There us no other school like New Gate in Sarasota. The students in the elementary grades are given lessons in chemistry, biology, algebra, geometry, history of the universe and the history of life on earth. Not only are the students held to an advanced academic standard, but they are encouraged to find their passion, manage their time, and pursue their interests. New Gate has an excellent Spanish, Music, Art, and PE program. There are after school activities in Art, Chess, Athletics and Performing Arts. All the elementary students are given a chance to perform in an annual Musical. Teachers spend 3 years with the children allowing them to truly understand and assist each child on his or her path to excellence. Teachers plant seeds and inspire wonder at the marvels the universe holds. I cannot imagine why anyone would send their son or daughter anywhere else.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating January 31, 2009
What a great experience our 12 yr old son, Elliot, has benefited wonderfully since coming to New Gate. We moved from Northern California in 2003 and have watched caring teachers execute a balanced program of academics and personal development.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2009
Our 7 yr old daughter has been a New Gate for 4 years now and we could not be happier with the experience. New Gate is about helping children understand that personal reward comes with accomplishment not simply test scores. It teaches children that there's no greater reward than feeling good about what they doing or accomplishing and having them feel skilled and competent in the lessons that they are taught. New Gate Students learn how to think for themselves, and understand how to solve problems. With New Gate is more about the process, and not so much about the results that they see on a test paper. To be quite honest, if it were not for New Gate we would be forced to home school our children.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2008
As the involved grandparent of 2 students with a combined 15 years of New Gate education, I can't even find the words to express the joy I find in the bright, confident and kind people they are becoming. The school community is like family, the teachers are amazing and I feel they are being prepared for whatever the future holds for them. The tuition is high, but what better gift can you give your children than a love of life and a love of learning.

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2008
As a former parent of 3 children that attended New Gate for 5 years, I have to say the school is very disappointing in several aspects. One, it's in the middle of nowhere. Two, it has LAME facilities and almost no sports, music or after school programs. It basically reminds me of a little house on the h prairie homeschool environment. Some teachers are good, many we experienced were just average. After having moved my children to a NEW private school, I was shocked to discover how far BEHIND they were. I paid over $100k to this school to end up having to pay for tutoring for my kids every day just to be 'average' at their new school. I think Montessori is great for 6 and under...but if you're looking for a college preparatory environment, this isn't it. School has constant financial problems, leadership problems...etc..

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2007
We have 3 children at New Gate using both campuses! We love the education our children are receiving in the elementary (6-9yr) age group and the primary (3-6yr) age group. There is no better school to prepare our children for the challenges that they will face down the road. What more can you ask for when your children want to go to school, are learning at an advanced level and love to learn no matter where they are. You are surrounded by other families that know this approach works better than the traditional education, and support the school through volunteering. The school just started an activities program, added a reading coordinator this year. The tuition is on par with other area schools, but the more you know about Maria Montessori and her approach, this is the best deal out there!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
Our child has attended New Gate since he was 18 months old, he is 5 now. All I can say is when your child wakes up on the weekends and will ask to go to school you know you have found a great environment. He has accelerated in all aspects of learning because at New Gate they grow with your child and no one is left behind. Yes, we all know the tuition is high but you tell me what private school is not? My Husband and I agree you cannot put a 'price' on a great education!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
The New Pricipal's Leadership is incredible. The teachers and staff are some of the best I have ever experienced. The teacher's excitment and enthausiasm is contagious, it makes parents want to be involved, and students want to go to class. Every level at New Gate is one of the Best Programs Sarasota has to offer. The thing that is memorable after a visit to the campus is the quality of students. Their respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness speaks volumns. NG academic programs are challenging and interesting and teach the studnet to think and apply the knowledge. I like the fact they can progress at their own pace in their areas of strength. I am confident this education will prepare my sons for the world. I like the fact they like school and like to learn. It is a safe campus that allows a 12 year old to be 12.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
New Gate is a wonderful school, from the toddler level right on up to high school. The children are happy to go to school - and that, in my experience, is very rare. The teachers are exceptional, with a very long average tenure, and my three children are thriving in an environment that is stress-free. New Gate teaches thinking and reasoning, not rote memorization. It is arguably the only true gifted program in Sarasota, by truly allowing all children to perform up to their own level, not merely at an accelerated rate. Responsibiltiy, respect and resourcefulness are the Montessori cornerstones of this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
All of our children have grown beautifully and benefited tremendously at New Gate. We find the staff to be enormously talented, the curriculum ideally suited to teaching young minds how to learn, and overall rate is as the best value today. If New Gate didn't exist, someone would have to start it! We're so glad it's there for our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
All 3 of my kids attend at full price. Forget about the politics and focus on the what is good for the kids and you will find that this is the finest education and start in life you can give a child. I am constantly in awe at what and how my kids learn and jelous that I did not receive an education like this. I can't say enough good!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
Fabulous academics; very strong all the way through high school. Experiential learning is the focus and it shows. My kids really KNOW things, they didn't just learn them to pass the tests. Parental involvement is impressive. So is the close family feel of the school. This is more than a school; it is a community. For those of us whose extended family lives elsewhere, it is the village that raises our children. Excellent arts at all age levels. Good music and theatre programs, although at the secondary level some improvement is still needed. The selection of sports is somewhat limited, but the culture is one of athleticism and almost all kids participate in the sports that are available. Healthy minds, hearts, and bodies are what you find here. Especially in the secondary level, the community service program is outstanding. Unbeatable.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
Fantastic Montessori school for kids 18 mos to 12th grade. Has definitely gone through some growing pains, but as of 2005/2006 has a new Headmaster that is now running the school like a business, as well as a Montessori learning center. Our kids have thrived here. Many parents concerns are the lack of grades and/or standardized testing. I just had one of my kids privately tested today, and he is two grade levels beyond where he should be in both math and reading. Perhaps most importantly, they love the school. They love to learn. That alone is worth the price of tuition.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2006
I have 2 young children attending New Gate, and overall it's a very good school. Pros: excellent choice for toddlers, as you won't find anything even close to New Gate in terms of developing self sufficiency and respect for others. Most of the teachers are very warm and loving. It's an all day program where the children nap for 2 hours after lunch. Cons: It's rather expensive for the lack of facilities that other schools provide nowadays. The teacher turn over is getting quite high and that is disconcerting. The 'management' can be difficult to deal with as a parent and they tend to be unwielding and too rigid. And lastly, the upper school is soooo far away it's insane, so for a long term choice it's not practical.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
My daughter started in the toddler program when she was 20 months old...she is now five. I have always felt comfortable with her being at New Gate...she loves school & loves learning. Spanish begins at age 3. There is lots of opportunity for art which my daughter especially enjoys. There are very limited extracurricular & after school activities, not so much a problem for us but might be for older students. Fundraising is BIG & parents are expected to make significant contributions of money AND time in addition to the already pricy tuition.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2005
The school is poorly run from the top and completely over run by financial aid recipients. (I have never heard of a private school giving financial aid) Even the local rich and important people DO NOT PAY, they all trade 'something'. Ask before you sign...I believe that the school will have 'another' cash call soon or just close because of mis-management. The board members are all in it for themselves and their childrens 'free' education. There are so many financial aid recipients who live in $500,000 + houses and the board no longer welcomes questions from the public regarding these issues. The teachers and education are fine, the teachers are grossly underpaid and have to deal with unruly board members children whom they are scared to properly discipline for fear of their jobs. The public school next door is a good choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2004
New Gate is the only school in the area that provides developmental education: the focus is on the kids, not the teachers. The students learn how to learn, gaining an unparalleled flexibility and creativity. The children, furthermore, are happy! Parents, consider giving your children the greatest gift of all; check out New Gate school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2003
New Gate teaches much more in addition to the academic subjects. Cooperation, tolerance, kindness, responsibility and a love of learning.

- submitted by a community member
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The NewGate-Field School
5237 Ashton Road, Sarasota, FL  34233
(941) 922-4949
Last modified The NewGate-Field School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The NewGate-Field School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top