As a parent of two students at this school I have to say that I m amazed at the growth I ve seen in my children since they began attending. They have really come into their own and learned to be more independent learners, finding things that interest them and knowing how to explore them on their own. I m especially excited about the changes that are being undertaken for the 2011-2012 school year with more Montessori-certified teachers with more years of experience than ever before. The school is beautiful with wonderful indoor and outdoor classrooms as prepared learning environments for the students. The extracurricular activities including piano, violin, and girl scouts are great options but more are needed. Still, this is a wonderful school with terrific students and wonderful teachers who are truly committed to the development of their students. Expect great things in the year to come.
This school is small. Therefore a student who has gone to this school from age 3- eighth grade may have difficulty socially if they were to go to a large private high school school or public high school school. It is a VERY sheltered environment. Many may see this as a good thing, but socially it is not. The whole "Montessori" philosophy I personally find ridiculous, but if you want to learn about it for yourself, read some of Maria Montessori's books. Academically this school is excellent. The teachers are extremely educated and qualified for their jobs. The students are taught to be kind and helpful. Age three through third grade I believe are the best years academically and socially in this school. The problem is they group 1-3 grades as a class, 4-6 grades as a class, and 7-8 grades as a class. The maturity level of a sixth grader is higher than that of a fourth grader. The academic level of a sixth grader is higher than that of a fourth grader, yet they do "group" lessons. Overall this is a good school and I would recommend it to parents more concerned with the academic future of their child.
I am a student at this school. This school is very small we don't have a gym, library, or cafeteria and there isn't a lot of students either so its hard to make friends, also we don't have extracurriculars. You don't have tests untill your in 7th grade, so you can't see the progress you are making. The thing I like about this school is that all the teachers and students are very nice.
I am a student in the Middle School classroom. Ive been going here for about 7 years, and i absolutely hated my 4-6 grade years. I hated my teacher and the fact that the class barely had any people. I had no friends. I entered seventh grade this year and moved into a new classroom because you change classrooms every 3 years. I could never be happier! In 1-6 grades we didn't get grades or report cards, and me and my parents could not see my progress. Starting in seventh grade they give you midterm reports to show how you're progressing in each subject, which is really helpful in showing me which subjects I need to improve in. My teachers are also very nice! I only have 9 people in my class, but this allows me to get to know each person better. I would not recommend taking your kids there before middle school.
my child spent two years in a primary classroom at this school, while I loved the social/parental involvement aspects of the school, after two years my child had made a lot of bracelets but had few math and reading skills to show for those two years. I felt like I had wasted my money. Every child is different and I would say if your child needs a little pushing this is not the right school for your child.
My experience has been disappointing when I look at the educational levels of other children my daughter's age that attend private schools. Since there are no benchmarks, it is hard to measure her progress. The school allows students to work at their own pace and sometimes children need more leadership.
I have two children at the school. One has been enrolled for six years, the other for three. I am very pleased with the school. My children, who are quite different from each other, have confidence in their academic abilities and a love of learning as well as the ability to function independently in areas ranging from food preparation to research projects. Both of my children are well above grade level in reading and math. I have also noted that students who stay at the school for the full program (through grade 8) are well-rounded individuals who have gone on to some of the top high schools in the area. Making the effort to learn about Montessori education at the various levels is essential for parent understanding and communication with teachers. A good book to start with is Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard.
This school is little more than a glorified day care center. The academic curriculum and extracurricular activites are sorely lacking. The classes are overcrowded and poorly staffed. Based on the school's policy of no report cards or progress reports , there is virtually no accountability. There are no standards and no leadership. Please dont waste thousands of dollars on this farce. If you can teach your children to be friendly and courteous at home, you'll have acheived the full and total accomplishment of this so- called school.
I disagree with the previous response. I have been delighted with the Montessori School. The Primary Director particularly is outstanding! Besides the basics, they learn Spanish, Music, Drama,and more. The school actively teaches values that I believe in - peaceful problem-solving, self-discipline, love of learning. The curriculum is not only comparable to other schools, the hands-on methods that build a foundation for future lessons is refreshingly logical. Families confused by their methods should read some books on Montessori methods; it will begin to make more sense.
My child has attended the Montessori School of Covington for 6 years. I believe the education technique is excellent and unparalleled. The cost is reasonable compared with other private schools. The School is very difficult to deal with as a parent and is very rigid. In all situations I'm aware of, the shool is right and the parent is wrong. It can be extremly frustrating as a parent to deal with the rigidity of the leadership. However, the happiness and education of your children is obvious.
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