I have been very please with the family atmosphere at this school. My daughter has thrived in the environment and loves going to school every day. I am ashamed to say sometimes I have to carry her out of there. Tour the school, and you will see the difference.
More concerned about fundraising than helping your child learn. Most of the staff and administration are related or childhood friends. This should have sent off warning bells in my head sooner. They USE Montessori by telling you that your child is progressing and not having to show results. I still believe in montessori but this school is truly a bad example.
This is my child's first year at HO and it will be his last. Communication is poor. We thought that private school would provide our chld with more attention but that hasn't been the case. His public school teachers were easier to connect with and have been more on top of things. I'm not sure what he actually learned this year either and just hope he's just not too behind his peers next year. The school is very attractive but that's where it ends. It is not AMI certified either. Parents should be aware of that when choosing a Montessori school. We didn't research this and realize now that anyone can call themselves Montessori-that doesn't mean they are official. I would not recommend this school.
This is my children's first year at Harbour Oaks Montessori. I have to say they have a great group of teachers. I love the time and attention the teachers take with each student. They have allowed the children to learn and grow with support at their own pace. I highly recommend this school!!
This is the sixth year that my children have been enrolled in HOMS. We moved from another Montessori school in the area that is now merging with our school. I have heard that some of the families that will be joining us have some concerns based on reviews given here. I encourage anyone with a concern to visit the school and speak with both staff and parents who currently have children enrolled here. My families experience at HOMS has been really good. Both of my children are happy and sucessful. The administration has been fair, supportive and really goes to great lengths to have the school be a community. I have so enjoyed our time at HOMS and sincerely welcome everyone to stop in for a tour. Parents are welcome to stop in anytime and are encouraged to get to know everyone. Don't just go by a review on a web-site. Stop in and form your own opinion. I would not have two children at HOMS for so long if I did not believe strongly that HOMS is a GREAT SCHOOL : )
My husband and I have 2 kids attending HOMS. We think the school is just great. Our kids seem to be doing really well. We like getting to know the other families at the school and knowing that the staff really has our kids best interest at heart. Our plan is to have both kids stay at HOMS through middle school. (wouldn't it be great if they extend the programs through high school?)
My child has been enrolled at HOMS since January of this year. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the teachers and leadership at the school. The teachers are all certified Montessori teachers with experience and it shows. They genuinely care about meeting the needs of each child and go above and beyond to do so. They respect individuality and creativity and encourage each child to be themselves while successfully teaching them academics as well as life skills. The kids love the school and are supportive of one another. If you have an opportunity to observe the classrooms and take a tour of the school, I highly recommend doing so! The kids love the school and are supportive of one another. It is amazing to watch and I would encourage you to do so. HOMS is always supportive of observations and tours.
My kids have been enrolled at (HOMS) Harbour Oaks Montessori for over 5 years now and I could not be more excited witjh the school. Recently there was an annoucement that another school would be merging into Harbour Oaks. I can not wait to meet the new familes. I was speaking with the staff at HOMS today and said there were concerns from the new parents about the bad reviews on this sight. I am completely confused by those remarks as they represent nothing in my experience with the school. The teachers are great and my kids enjoy attending the school. They have learned far more than their peers in the neighborhood. I am also perplexed by the comments about the school being a daycare. The teachers take years of training to be a "TEACHER" and the materials in the classroom are nothing like you would see in a day care. If you visit the school and observe the class rooms you will see the truth and all doubts will be gone.
My child has attended HOM for three years now and I have been nothing but thrilled at the level of education. The Montessori process allows my child to excell at there pace and not be held back to the slowest child in the group. We got the Iowa test results recently and she scored an average of three grades higher. Not to mention she loves going to school! I highly recommend Garboyr Oaks!!!
My oldest son was enrolled for a year and two months before we pulled him out because of concerns whether he was learning, as well as how well he was being watched. I found him wandering outside alone twice in one week. My second son was enrolled in a different Montessori program, which woke us up even further: the differences between the two programs were drastic. Harbor Oaks excuses a lot of bad teaching and management practices under the name "Montessori" when they have no clear principal what it means. Skip this school and go to a good AMI rated ( NOT AMA) school. Your child will thank you later.
I am thrilled with my child's experience developmentally, educationally and socially. The school offers relevent, current teaching and I am excited that my child can be a part of an amazing community like this one! Thanks to the staff, my child who was unhappy and not learning is now flourishing!
My child has been at this school for 3 years and is in the elementary program. We transferred from another school and couldn't be more pleased at how happy, well-rounded and excited our child is about learning. The teachers are dedicated and treat each child as an individual. My child has a few years to go, but am hoping that the schools offers high school because I can't imagine ever being anywhere else.
The school we are transfering to asked incredulously..." What do they teach". Well, sadly, as we watched our child slip further and further away from her progress of past years we could only come up with one word 'nothing.' This school sadly lost dedicated staff devoted to an incredible curriculum that excited and challenged my child...now at the dinner table, instead of excitement over what was learned during the day, statements are made like "brilliant people don't go to college". Well guess what? Brilliant people don't pay thousands for their kids to float through their day, ending up a year behind other programs either!
This place is more like a daycare than a school, a bad daycare at that. Run the other way and find a different Montessori school, one that practices the theory.
I just wanted to warn everyone this is not the school you want your child to go to. They do not update you on your child learning instead they ask for donations everyweek not including the $500-$1000 a month for your child tuition. Like the parents say on the reviews it's a scam and the kids have to suffer for the school actions. Education is very important to me if I'm willing to pay for my child schooling. Harbour Oaks Montessori School staff is there to collect money not teach your kid(s). Please note that I am not mad just disappointed and schools like this should be shut down.
imagine our dismay and distress today after a meeting with our new school guidance counselor and teacher to find out that our child is operating more than two grades below current level, not because of any disability, not because it was shown "in a different way" as the Harbour oaks teacher kept telling us for the past 2 years but because the concepts were never ever introduced! Neither the teacher nor the director ever would take our concerns seriously and now we sit embarassed like we are bad parents when the couselor tells us unfortunatly that is the reputation this school has with the public school system...and now our kid pays the price!
Hands down the worst schooling experience I have had with my two children. It's a waste of money and time. I would never recommend this "school"!
I have been affiliated with HOMS for about 4 years now. I am not a parent or a staff member. I believe that this school has true montessori principles in place and the best interest of the children at hand. Although there are some glitches in the administration and/or the staff turn over; not any more or less than any other school you pass through. I have had a fantastic experience with both the administration as well as the staff and would definately recommend this school to families!
Harbour Oaks is a wonderful educational opportunity for children, and young teenagers offering authentic AMS teaching. As a former privately employed one-on-one teacher, I found the school to be nothing less than OUTSTANDING. Staff members work tirelessly to create and maintain an authentic Montessori learning experience for children of all ages and ability levels. In my year and half there, Harbour Oaks was the most wonderful school at which I have had the pleasure to work. Children are encouraged to be independent thinkers and to learn outside of conventional "public school" mentalities. This not only provides for a better educational experience, but also to help children grow into responsible and capable individuals. Rather than being asked to PERFORM at an unrealistic rate, children are given the opportunity to learn naturally and holistically. It's important to understand that failing test scores and plummeting graduation rates are a result of the way that our educational system is currently operating. Montessori method completely bypasses this "teach the test" mentality and creates valuable learning opportunities. I could never say enough good things about Harbour Oaks!
I have just read all of the reviews regarding HOMS and, as a past teacher at the school, felt called to respond. As with any product/service, reviews are helpful and necessary for making decisions in today's world. That being said reviews are very open to interpretation and can really ruin a school due to one or two disgruntled customers. So please take that into consideration when reading about and discerning HOMS. Yes, this school is run by a family; an extremely close family that is constantly growing, changing, educating and loving children! Their close family ties are their strongest assets. When I was a teacher there I was given everything I asked for and needed for my classroom and students. This would not have been the case if all they cared about was making money. They also paid for further training, conferences and at school workshops to help their staff continue to grow in knowledge. The classrooms are GORGEOUS and the thought and care put into the environment is astounding! This is a true and authentic Montessori school and any child that can go there is a very lucky one indeed.
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