Our family loves this school! The students in my son's class are working way ahead of their grade level and love it! The teachers are really good at getting our son excited about school. It is so different from the private school he was in for Kindergarten. It is like watching a little community go to work with kids doing many different things and working happily without the teacher standing over them. Unlike other places we visited before, the teachers don't seem to be 'guessing' about how to teach or what my child needs. We have a toddler and I can't wait for her to go into their pre-k program! We love you RMA!
Both my daughter and son are students at Riverstone Montessori Academy in the Elementary and Primary programs, respectively. Having experienced the traditional public school setting through my daughter's Kindergarten year, I can say without a doubt Montessori is the right approach for my children's education. And Riverstone is the best place for them to be. At RMA it is not only about the hands-on, advanced academics. Children are taught to respect themselves, each other and to resolve conflicts peacefully. They are taught to take care of their environment and to help others through countless community service projects. They are also given choices and encouraged to become independent. I have seen amazing academic and personal growth in both my children and they will remain at Riverstone through their Middle school years. Hopefully (fingers crossed) before then they will add high school.
My daughter is part of the middle school program at RMA. It is a caring, safe, family-oriented community of well behaved and likeable students, This program has so much to offer, not only rigourous academics, they participate in community service on a regular basis, a micro-economy in the way of a student run coffee house, access to the outdoors, spanish immersion and much more. My teen has learned so much about conflict resolution, compassion and empathy. RMA has helped our daughter become a well-rounded, confident and caring individual.
My daughter and son are both in the Primary program and they absolutely love it. They are exposed to advanced concepts in Math, Language, Geography, History and Science. The Spanish is an awesome bonus!!!
Riverstone Montessori is a great environment. Children can progress at their own pace and do so much more than academics. Community service, business skills, presentation skills, grace and courtesy, gardening, just to name a few, all are built into the day-to-day operation of the classrooms. They go on field trips but take the time to study the subject of the field trip before going. For instance, they just read Hamlet and then went to see a live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera performing Hamlet. The kids also learn leadership and responsibility. They must manage their time and are accountable for their work product. This builds confidence and self esteem and kids that love to learn.
I love the RMA Primary program! My 4 year old is learning and doing wonderful and constructive things during her day instead of just doing coloring pages and sitting in front of a tv. She is reading, writing and doing marvelous things in math already!
The middle school program at RMA is fabulous. The students do 'real life' work, rather than sitting at desks most of the day. They work together doing research, presenting what they've learned, solving problems and serving in their community. My son is getting an advanced education and is very happy there. I often wish that every child could have this wonderful and unique middle school experience.
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