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Posted April 21, 2015
- a parent
Arbor's administration lacks good communication skills and treats any parent with a question as an adversary. They refuse to listen to the parent Board. They play favorites with the children of their friends/friends of their children. They do not deal well with bullying behavior, especially in girls, relying on outdated and widely disregarded methods such as mediation between bully and bullied child. If you decide that your child needs a different learning environment, the school will torch your child's recommendations. As everything is subjective, their version of your child's abilities will be all you have to show for many years of time, money, and energy you and your child have poured into his education. The classroom materials are adequate, but the facilities are outdated and overcrowded both inside and out. They have not adequately prepared for growth or change. There remain a couple of dedicated, skilled teachers, and if you get one of them, your child will have a beautiful experience in that one classroom. The school has had a very high rate of teacher turnover in the past 3-4 years to date. This instability further accentuates the administration's shortcomings.
The poor spelling and lack of almost any punctuation in the student review below should tell you all you need to know about the academic standards lacking in the upper program at this school. Buyer beware.
Arbor montessori is an ok school. There's an issue with there system they advertise freedom for the adolescent program. The issue is there isn't a lot of freedom at all and honestly the 8th grade math teaching skills aren't great and she is not very supportive we are treated like 5 year olds sometimes and I think they need a lot of help with some things and there is also an issue with bullying and it's troubling they let things get out of control I wouldn't recommend the school
Arbor Montessori School. If you did not attend a Montesori school as a kid, the Montessori approach is different from what you know. Arbor does a great job explaining and displaying the teaching approach for the different age groups. All the teachers work hard to educate the children. Along with the parent involvement, the Arbor community is great and inviting. If we have more kids, they will go to Arbor
After being at this school for primary through first year of middle school, we can note the following strengths: promotes enthusiasm for learning (our kids HATE to miss school), promotes independent and critical thinking skills, promotes compassion. We would do it all over again!
Despite the rhetoric thrown around by media pundits, there is no one-size fits all education solution. And this is exactly why Arbor Montessori has provided excellent education for my two children who have very different learning styles. For my "big-picture" learner, movement through elementary in into the adolescent program has enhanced her focus and strengthened her courage to experiment with disciplines in which she does not naturally excel. My "sweat-the-small-stuff" child is being nurtured to include empathy and patience alongside justice in her repertoire of tools for learning. No school is perfect, and misunderstandings sometimes arise. When I assert an alternative viewpoint at Arbor, I find teachers and staff willing to listen and willing to learn from my experience as well as to share their insights. The respectful environment at Arbor is very much aligned with Maria Montessori's assertion: Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.
This is our fourth year at Arbor with one child in upper elementary (4th through 6th) and one in lower elementary (1st through 3rd). Having the same teacher for 3 years really nurtures a strong relationship between student/ teacher as well as the entire family! Here, the whole child is cultivated, not just academically, but also supports social and emotional needs. The grounds are beautifully and thoughtfully maintained, including class gardens and even beekeeping at the middle school level. With extensive outdoor programs and multi-level geographic research, Arbor does a great job at exposing our children to environmental and global mindfulness.
Arbor Montessori is one of the premier Montessori schools in Atlanta, and with good reason. They are passionate about Montessori education. Our children love going to school every day and are disappointed when summer time comes. We have two children who started in the primary program and are now in 5th and 2nd grades. We have found the school to be accommodating to our specific needs (ADHD and reading difficulty) and have tailored our children's education accordingly. While the Montessori method is strict and not for everyone, we have found it to be a wonderful fit for our children.