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Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs

Private | PK-8 | 260 students

Montessori Education

 
 

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4 stars

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

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Posted Friday, April 18, 2014

I don't even know how to begin to explain what a blessing this school has been for our son! This is his first year at Montessori and I wish everyday I would have moved him here sooner. They brought The child back to is that the public school had destroyed! We immediately felt welcome at this school by the teachers, parents and staff! I love going in to volunteer with the staff. They are so welcoming! Can't say enough good things!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Friday, 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 Friday, 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 Monday, 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 November 21, 2012

We have found this school to be a true blessings in our lives. Our son is excelling with wonderful teachers. This school holds true to the Montessori principles. It is unfortunate that a former parent would take to a website to air their complaints versus going to the administrators. Any issue we have ever had has been handled quickly and to our satisfaction. Yes it is a business and thankfully they work their business. If they didn't we wouldn't have such a wonderful place for our child now and his siblings in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


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


Posted April 25, 2012

We love the Montessori curriculum, and we loved the primary and Lower Elementary which is quite good with fantastic teachers. However, there seems to always be regular staff turnover, which disappoints us about the leadership. The teachers (most) seem to be very devoted to its students and school. It's rumored that the Upper Elem. teacher is leaving and so is the middle/high school teacher. We really loved the facility when we first came here a few years ago, but our older child is pretty far behind. We would have been better off academically had we just kept our children in public school. But it is a really good school for the 3rd grade and below ages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2012

Although the teachers are very good, and the curriculum impressive, the school management i agree with previous reviews is just there to scheming to get the max money out of your pockets ! if you can ignore that one thing then the school gets a good rating - primary and lower elementary that is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Per the other parent's review, I didn't realize that Montessori was not for ALL children, even those who may need special help. I don't think that excluding children with some special needs was in Maria Montessori's original vision of educating children. I for one am thankful that this school would not discriminate against children moving at a different pace. Montessori is suppose to follow the child. Clearly this parent is not well versed in this method of teaching.


Posted February 3, 2012

The Lower Elementary (6-9 year olds) has some very gifted guides and is a true Montessori environment. The Upper Elementary (9-12 year olds) however does not follow a traditional Montessori format, utilizing main stream public school teaching techniques such as the CRCT and Saxon Math.. Further, the Upper Elementary is taking in more children with special needs but does not have the propper staffing to handle them - resulting in a lowered quality of learning for all students. I highly recommend the Lower Elementary, but due to the issues with the Upper Elementary can not give this school a ratting any higher than 2 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

Many of the teachers are truly wonderful. The campus is beautiful. Be aware that the school is a business that is run for profit..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2011

At the Montessori Academy my child was given an excellent academic foundation. My daughter began to read at a very early age and she continues to love reading because of the positive techniques used at the school. I have seen my daughter blossom with confidence. The school provides a safe, loving, and fun environment. They encouraged the sense of community and incorporated character development through grace and courtesy lessons. The children visited an assisted living facility providing attention to the elderly which helped them to understand that they were part of a larger community. I highly recommend that you visit this school and speak with the director. She has been teaching for over 15 years and is truly dedicated. The school regularly conducts parenting classes on teaching you how to teach your own child using the many Montessori methods. The classroom environments are beautiful and fully equiped.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 44%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian 1% 2%
Black 1% 40%
Hispanic 1% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

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
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
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
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mary Gilbert
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website
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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  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Georgia Association of Montessori Educators
  • Montessori Administrators of Georgia
  • Georgia Association on Young Children
  • American Montessori Society
  • National Association of Education of Young Children
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

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

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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  • Montessori is an approach to the education of children. It is a way of looking at, and understanding, children. It is a view of how children develop and learn which has been translated into a systematic method of education based upon careful scientific study. The Montessori education system is unique in that it has successfully undergone continued development for over 100 years.
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2830 Old Atlanta Road
Cumming, GA 30041
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Phone: (770) 205-6277

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