This school is just Phenomenal it has really Great teachers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My kids love it there.
Every child learns differently, and every child does it at their own pace. At IVMS, no children are left behind in the rush to move forward and no children are held back because their learning pace doesn't fit into a arbitrary plan. When one of my children struggles with a concept in any subject, their educators are promptly looking for new ways to present the material so that the concept is understood. The arts are alive and thriving here as well. Math and science come alive as the kids are always doing experiments and learning concepts that pertain to the real world, making the concrete learning of math and science much more tangible. The educators at IVMS care and it shows in their learning environments and their lessons. With educators from such diverse backgrounds, the kids are exposed to a much broader view of their community and world...all this without sacrificing strong academics. My children wake up excited and eager to go to school...and yes that includes my teenager! At the end of the day, I can count on my children coming home as healthy, happy, well rounded global citizens. What more could a parent ask for?!
What a difference a learning environment can make in a child! My son transferred from a traditional school setting to IVMS. Every Sunday nite was a struggle because he had to go back to school Monday. Despite his receiving all A/B's, we were slowly loosing our son to depression and a hatred of learning. The pressure to 'perform' tasks via rote was strangling. In 4th grade we made the transition to IVMS. Asking him to compare the two school settings he said, "At my old school you had to BE the best, at my new school I am MY best." Now he rattles on about what he is learning endlessly. I have my intelligent gifted son back. What a gift!
For the parent concerned about algebra, IVMS has many 7th and 8th grade students who successfully complete the Algebra 1 curriculum and pass the state End-of-Course exam for high school credit. 7th graders who pass algebra go on to take Geometry 1 for high school credit while in 8th grade. Students who aren't ready for algebra in 8th grade complete pre-algebra. If there aren't any specific issues with math, most of these students will be fine in high school algebra. As far as study habits, strategies are taught at school, but it is up to the child and family as to how they will handle it at home. For many students, the Algebra 1 class is the first class where they need to work on a subject at home every night, which can be stressful for the child and parent. Hopefully this helps!
Sending Angel to Island Village Montessori School was one of the best choices that my husband and I made as parents. My son, a shy child who returned to IVMS as a 7th grade student after attending schools in Hawaii and abroad completed the 9th grade as a confident, motivated and social teenager. He literally blossomed, thanks to the guidance and support. from IVMS teachers. They really care about students, and I felt a lot of love coming out of them. At my son's graduation ceremony at IVMS Middle, the director at the middle school got choked up with tears. Everyone in the office was very nice too, unlike many public schools where staff is distant and mechanical. I highly recommend IVMS.
I have 20 years of experience in Montessori education. I was extremely pleased to find that IVMS uses Maria Montessori's philosophy and the materials she developed. The staff is professional. The students are treated with respect. The parents are welcome to schedule conferences whenever they feel the need. The campuses are beautiful. The best part is that it is affordable. Every child deserves a Montessori education.
It is reported by most of the faculty at a local private school that most students who enter their 9th grade algebra class from any Montessori in the area have BIG problems with algebra. The faculty from this private school report that these students cannot perform mental math fluidly, do not have their multiplication/division memorized, cannot perform factorizations and have challenges with study habits. As a current parent of IVMS, this concerns me! What can be done about it?
I cant believe i fell for it, My little sister was going to this school when i was going to another, I heard many good stories from her, The Art, The Learning, and etc. The art got my attention....i love art and it even made me change schools, My brother was forced to come with me and he was really sad about It. When i first did the art i was excited it was really fun until...I got handouts to work on, i learned that i had to put a conclusion, and read a passage before i do it! i know this might be the standards for art. But it doesn't feel like art. Then theirs the learning, i don't really like it. They start contracts in the middle (which where i am) so u only have a limited amount of time (3 weeks) to *Learn* about specific things and then u have test about it. Theirs no specific order on how you do things so its really messy. This school pays more attention on being a "Self-Directed learner". Also this school claims that they are different in better ways... But their barely any different. I REALLY don't recommend this school if you want your child to be really academic. (This is a Student as you probably can see)
Teachers (and principal) think they're superior to everyone else, the communication is horrible.. in order to talk to your childs teacher they request you schedule an appointment or e-mail them first (and those are not promptly answered), It's rather ridiculous in my opinion to have to go through all of that in order to talk to your childs teacher about your child. I am not satisfied with the "education" my child received while attending this school. It's mediocre and mickey mouse, to say the least. I am referring to the North Campus.
As a person who just successfully graduated from high school, as an alumni of IVMS, as a student who attended opening day, I can guarantee that this school has much to offer and can help any student become successful. I can also say that any bad review I ve seen here seems really immature to me! However, this school has a beautiful aspect on education. Encouraging independence, working on social and academic skills, strengthening the community, and having understanding for people, places, & things are things I have observed & learned in my many years here. I was always surrounded with educators & staff that were willing to answer my questions or open doors to new opportunities. If you re looking for a school that instills in your children independence, organization, healthy social skills, & of course academic excellence, I would seriously consider contacting this school. I know it s hard to trust a random person on a website, but I would consider myself a well-rounded, successful person & I would honestly contribute much of my success to Island Village Montessori School!
As a parent of a Middle School student here I think this is one of the best. My child's educators have challenged her in a way that shows up in her work. My husband and I have been very pleased with her grades and FCAT scores. She was also given a choice of electives that were exciting and allowed social time with friends. The learning environments are not over crowded because they put a cap on each one. As a past volunteer I have seen first hand that the ratio is about 1 to 14. Overall I say keep up the good work!
The IVMS middle school is absolutley horrible. I will never go there again the students think that it is ok to eat while your working . There is nothing you can do in private, the bathroom is built in the classrooms and they are not sound proof! They make you create an imaginary island with false beliefs . There is more than thirty six kids in a class . I decided to not sing a song in chorus because it said "no religon and no God" in the song and they said I had to because i filled out a form. The teaching ways are horrible they are supposed to nurture you and bond with you well they don't you don't get an agenda to plan everything!!! you get little squares on a paper , and each square smushes every day in it !! Take it from a student if your child likes being pushed around and eating next to bird poop , and being told it is bad to be a social butterfly and to laugh and enjoy there selfs by all means send your child there!!!!
I don't have experience with the upper grades as my child is in Kindergarten. So far I'm very pleased with the experience. Miss Kellie, is an awesome teacher. She has patience, kindness, and concern for each and every little one in her class. You can't go wrong with her as a kindergarten teacher! She is in the kilpatrick early childhood building. They have pet bunnies outside for the children to take care of. They teach your child how to write, read, and learn about the universe. Love it.
The administration at this school does not live up to the standards that Montessori envisioned for educators of true Montessori background and training. As an employee at this school I witnessed many issues being hidden from parents and other staff out of fear of public relations scandals. I have witnessed teachers and administration being fired for expressing concern over administration's decisions that were not in the students best interest. Staff is hired and fired over personality clashes instead of ability and performance. One of the most hypocritical, condescending and self-serving administration staffs I have ever worked with.
Island Village is a great school, with a strong Montessori foundation. As someone said below, all teachers are provided with the opportunity to take classes in Montessori teachings and methods for free, which helps keep all the educators on the same philosophical page. As a lifelong learner, I cherish this opportunity to continue to grow and develop my craft. We work hard, but the fantastic results we see from our students make it all worthwhile. Our leaders are dynamic and positive; they encourage us to innovate and support us as we take on new directions. Our students are empowered in their learning, and their interests have led us to create the wide range of courses we currently offer. In what other public middle school will you find fifth graders discussing the Big Bang with authority or students begging for more time to write? I look forward to many years of working at Island Village with its dedicated staff and inspirational students.
I love this school! My child just graduated 8th grade after being at IVMS since PreK and is now heading off to high school with incredible confidence and an enthusiasm for learning. The focus at the middle-level (5th-8th grade) is for students to become responsible, self-directed learners. The faculty have high expectations and provide the necessary support for each learner to reach his or her fullest academic potential. I have no doubt that I will continue to hear wonderful things from the IVMS alumni and how their Montessori roots impacted their future learning!
To the "teacher" who posted below: I for one am grateful for all the extra work and dedication that the teachers at Island Village give to my daughter. The extra comments you complain about are VERY much appreciated by me and other parents. How pitiful that you are using this as a negative for working at this school. I just want to commend all of the teachers currently at IVMS for their hard work in making my child's experience wonderful and let you know how thankful I am that you are there. I know the pay for teachers is never enough for what they do . . . but please know that there are many of us out here who are grateful that you do!
Teachers are overworked and underpaid. If you are thinking about working here, you need to know that you'll be paid less than at a regular public school. You will also be expected to write comments for your students 8 times a year! (Sarasota County public schools only need to do this 4 times). I feel that there is a higher than average of special needs students here, and it seems that the ESE department only makes suggestions but provides no actual help. I have heard about over a dozen teachers let go, and I don't think any of them were ever observed. At the middle school level, teachers are expected to teach specials in addition to their core subject. No extra compensation and little planning time overall. I feel that the founder only cares about working miracles with the "problem" students, and does not appear to be concerned that this inordinate amount of time spent on one student detracts from the other students. New teachers are also expected to take online Montessori classes created by the founder. I spent one whole day every weekend working on this. I like the philosophy but I feel like I have no time to breathe.
In my 14 years of teaching, 2 of which have been at Island Village Montessori School, I have never worked in a better Montessori school than this. The Head of School is a great driving force here who embodies the principles of Maria Montessori. The support for both students and staff here is second to none. I have taught in 3 Montessori schools in England and 2 in Florida:Sarasota and Venice. I couldn't be happier in this school.
After attending the Island Village Preschool for years, the elementary school left a lot to be desired, My daughter came out of the preschool ready to learn and excel in Kindergarten. Unfortunately she went backwards for the first half of the year. Walking in a number of times, and seeing her sitting on the floor, doing absolutely nothing was appaling. When I addressed my conerns -a number of times, I got a head nod and no action from the teachers or the staff. The number of children with special needs are extremely high in the regular classroom setting, which requires all of the teachers attention. When requesting a different classroom, one of the office staff said to me, and I quote "well, there are 36 children in that classroom, I guess we can start hanging them from the ceilings!" Disgraceful! Needless to say, she won't return.
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