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Atlanta Montessori International School5
Posted March 21, 2014
- a parent
AMIS is one of the best kept secrets in Montessori education in the Atlanta-area. The school is very Montessori and very inclusive with its diverse(race, gender, thought) student body and teachers. Our child started at eighteen months in the Toddler class (Young Children Community) and within a month, she learned toileting, putting on a jacket, pant, and shoes, and setting up a dining table. Not to mention her increase in vocabulary. She says a new word to us everyday and is now able to string together 2 - 3 words. We couldn't be happier. We also love the welcoming environment and the opportunities for parents to receive feedback from the teachers and to learn about how to implement Montessori at home. We are especially fond of the curriculum nights - an avenue for parents to learn more about a Montessori topic. The school is more transparent about school affairs than the previous school our child attended. The head of school regularly holds teas and coffee sessions with parents to address parental concerns and to exchange thoughts and ideas on how to improve the community. Overall, we're glad and happy about our choice of AMIS for our child's Montessori education.
This school is a real money maker for the owners. The student to teacher ratio is over 2X, the cost is 4X and the teachers have no qualifications. It is a glorified orphanage. Parents were really mislead to think students can work at their own pace. Our child has been held back. The program is archaic. Parent involvement is discouraged. Big mistake!!!
My son has been at AMIS for 3 years. We are overall very happy with the school. PROS: His teachers are very supportive and encouraging. I love how they (and the Montessori philosophy) allow him to excel in areas he's interested in. As a 5 year-old, he's already being exposed to division concepts and he is thrilled. I also love the green space, actual use (not just talk of) sustainable practices, insistence on healthy foods and non-commercial practices (ie-no branded sippy cups). CONS: They are "very" Montessori, so if there is any part of the educational philosophy you don't like, you will not be happy here. Though the student-teacher ratios are great, the classroom sizes are huge (over 28 in one primary class). Finally, there is no community feel or much parental involvement.
I absolutely love the AMIS community. While the school has had some growing pains, the families, teachers, and administration have weathered it together as a true community. My children are are happy to their cores - and truly love learning. I would recommend this school to anyone who values the growth and learning a child finds in a loving, nurturing community of adults and kids alike.
This is a fabulous school community, with truly wonderful and caring teachers. My child is in second year primary and his progress has been amazing. But more importantly, the montessori environment has given him a true love of and excitement for learning. I could not ask for more. I cannot say enough good things about AMIS.
My child has been attending AMIS for 6 years and is now in the Elementary class. I am ooverall exteremely happy with the school, how well my child has continued to learn and enjoy learning, and with the many ways the school involves parents. I feel her teachers have been truly outstanding, I almost can't imagine better. The school is nurturing and supportive, and works hard to embrace all types of families. I was not familiar with the Montessori method, and the school has really worked hard to ensure parents have may opportunities to learn about Montessori both at the school and at outside venues. The enrichment activities available after school are stronger every year, and although sometimes pricey are very conveninent for working parents. Overall wonderful school.
I have two sons that have been in the toddler and now primary class at AMIS. It is still a fairly new school (founded 2002), and as such there have been bumps along the way, but overall my children have been very happy here, and I feel they are getting an excellent education, both academically and socially. We have them in an all-day, all-year program and they are comfortable here, like home away from home. The teachers at this school are consistently wonderful! The student body is very culturally diverse. However, the administration has chosen a path of rapid expansion that gives me some pause. I wish they would focus on being the best small school they can be, and on stabilizing the program and the staff, instead of adding middle, and high schools as currently planned. They are constantly expanding, and that worries me.
This school has potential but unfortunately has chosen a path that does not honor or adhere to Dr. Montessori's Philosophy of Education. They are very "selective" in their choice of children to "normalize." Very elitist environment, which is sad and not Dr. Montessori's aim for education of the child.