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Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs

Private | PK-8 | 260 students

Proud to offer a high quality individualized Montessori education experience.
 
 

 
 

Living in Cumming

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $244,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 11 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 10 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted August 19, 2014

My daughter said to me tonight, "I love school!" We never tire of hearing this. I do want to address a previous concern from a former parent. Yes there was a much needed change in the elementary staff, but the new staff are AMAZING!!! My daughter loves art and her new teacher is an artist who is amazing with her. We are more than thrilled with school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2014

Love this school! Such a nice change to have them care about each child emotionally and academically!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2014

After hearing about the changes being made in the school, we have have decided to return to MASS. We met with the director who welcomed us back with open arms, answered our questions, and shared with us the vision for the school. It is exactly what we always hoped for. After we met the teachers we were relieved and confident. My daughter was excited to see her friends again. MASS is where she belongs and where we want her to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2014

Can't begin to express what a wonderful school this is. We moved our oldest out of the public system last year to Montessori so this is our second year. We are also bringing our other child over this year. The faculty really cares about each students success. The learning enviornment is amazing and built for every child to succeed. The technology investments this year are going to be such an asset. The only thing I hope to see change is adding 10-12th grade soon. I would love to see both my kids graduate from this amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2014

We are new to the school but not new to the area. We are friends with other families in the school and they were glad to see the changes. We were told about the changes when we toured. Resignation letters are dated. Teachers move-teachers can choose not to teach anymore. I can't expect them to stay for our sake. We met the new teachers and WOW! They are highly educated and very friendly. We asked them all of our questions and knew this was the best place for our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2014

Our child went to the school for several years; however, there was significant turn over in the elementary programs so we decided not to reenroll our child. The school also has a lack of communication with parents. We thought certain teachers were going to teach certain classes and then the situation changed at the last minute. It seemed like this was planned and the parents were being kept in the dark once again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

Great School. Very good Montessori program. Teachers are very involved with development and progress of the child. My son joined at age of 3 1/2 years. He adapted well from daycare setting to Montessori setting with help of the teacher. Within a year he started reading. Second year he started showing his leadership skills guiding other younger kids with their activities. The staff and all teachers are very loving and caring. My son now has a solid foundation for next phase of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Hello. I am a parent who shopped around for a great pre-school before deciding on Montessori at Sharon Springs. I didn't know anything about Montessori, but decided to enroll my 3 year old. The reason I chose Sharon Springs was that I was not rushed to just sign-up. I felt a lot of pressure from other schools, but the director at Sharon Springs was patient with my thousands of questions and suggested I read about Montessori and have my husband take the tour, which we did on another time. I visited a lot of daycare's and two other Montessori schools, and when asked to just listen to the quiet while watching little children doing incredible things, it blew our minds. We are the parents that do our homework, and have long debates over education, and we are thrilled with Sharon Springs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

I have two children at the school one in a primary class and on in the upper elementary classroom. I am very very happy with the teachers of both my sons, they are truly talented. There has been a change in ownership this school year and already the changes are apparent - more organized, more effective management, better communication. The school administration is extremely attentive, responsive & available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

My four-year old son just started at Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs. We moved from another state where my son attended Montessori for one year, so I am familiar with the program. I am amazed at the dedication of the staff, and the warmth of the administration in making my family feel welcome to our new school. My son is a typical four year-old boy who at times can be a handful. For example, my son was having difficulty around the same time every day. The teacher and director tracked his behavior and found that he was not eating snack on days when they were serving vegetables or fruits my son does not like. (He's a picky eater!) Now we make sure he has a snack he will eat, and my son's grumpiness, while not 100% cured, is much less than before. This is one of the many examples I can give that demonstrates the professional way in which my child's "behavior" was addressed. Not only does the staff listen to what I say, they watch over him like guardian angels. I am so thankful for this school, and the care they take with my son, and my family as a whole. I cannot imagine a better school for children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Our children have attended Montessori Academy since 2008 and 2011 respectively, and are currently in the Lower Elementary and Primary programs. We are huge believers in the Montessori philosophy - respect of each child as an individual; encouragement to really experience and internalize learning vs. simply memorize facts; importance of community, responsibility, and care for others in every facet of the classroom environment; lessons that meet each child where he or she is developmentally - and the implementation of that philosophy at Montessori Academy is second to none. Each of our children's teachers and assistants is so committed to truly seeing and knowing each child that, though our son and daughter have VERY different personalities and approaches to academics, social interaction, and new experiences, they have both been guided in such a way that they fully thrive and grow. They are truly met, nurtured, and loved right where they are - respected for who they are, challenged to learn and grow, and really valued for their role and uniqueness in the classroom community. I could not ask for a better environment, or better individuals, to invest in & care for my children each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

Buyer Beware. There are other better run schools. The leadership seems to be making it up as they go along to the detriment of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

I have seen embarrassing behavior as well. Take the owner out of the picture and this is a great school with great staff and great kids. I agree happy teachers = happy kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

I have seen and heard how the owner treats her staff and teachers. Horrible. That explains the high turnover. Happy teachers = happy children.


Posted August 20, 2013

Its a great business for the owner however not a so great school for kids. Its all about $$$ and the continue teachers turnover makes you think that something is going on there...


Posted October 26, 2012

The Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs has proven itself to be an excellent authentic Montessori school. The Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs earned both SACS and AMS accreditation. Both accrediting bodies rated the school as excellent. The Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs and Montessori at Vickery are the only fully accredited Montessori schools in North Georgia. It is unfortunate that individuals on this site post false and misleading information. I encourage you to come to the school and research the program; we are certain you will agree our school is one of the finest in the community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 19, 2012

I think this school is a lot of marketing. They this school has the appearance of a good school but it is not what it seems. I believe that their teachers are well prepared but everything is business 100%. The only thing they care about is money and not so much welfare or students or employees . I do not understand why they promote Montessori philosophy if they not practice as they should. Just Be careful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

I have 3 children that have attended MASS for the past four years. The 2 older ones are in MASS middle school. I'm not a fan of standardized testing, but I'm frequently asked if I'm concerned with how my kids will do in high school by not attending a traditional school in regard to testing. Well, with zero prep time put into ITBS testing, the class as a whole scored in the mid-90's percentile. Also, with the encouragement of the middle school teacher, several students took the SAT in their 7th grade year and mine were accepted to the Duke TIP summer studies program due to their scores. More importantly to me, they love to go to school every day and have thrived in this enviroment academically, emotionally and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

Great school! The teachers are so dedicated to the children and their needs. They develop well rounded children in the end and I have been so pleased. Thank you Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

Our family has been at this school for five years and we are so happy we found it! My oldest daughter started when she was 2 years old and is now in her first year of Lower Elementary. She is reading well above her grade level and loves going to school every day! My youngest daugther also started this past year and she always talks about how much she loves school! We love the caring teachers and the time they take to really bring out the best in our children. M.A.S.S. has amazing teachers and a strong curriculum that really teaches children to be active learners. We love it here!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 3% 37%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Korean
Spanish
Hindi, Farsi
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Hindi, Farsi
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Cattel
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Montessori
Associations
  • Other Montessori,AMS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Hindi, Farsi
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Georgia Association of Montessori Educators
  • Montessori Administrators of Georgia
  • Georgia Association on Young Children
  • National Association of Education of Young Children
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess Club
  • Chess club
  • Girls on the run
  • Lego Robotics
  • Ukulele Group
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • We serve children starting at 18 months through 15 years with a rich and rewarding Montessori experience. Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs provides a comprehensive method of education resulting from an integration of research on development, learning, curriculum, and teaching. Our curriculum offers children a carefully prepared environment, rich in learning materials and experiences. Through careful observation and guidance, children are directed toward meaningful activity.
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2830 Old Atlanta Road
Cumming, GA 30041
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Phone: (770) 205-6277

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