Beware parents this school has a lot to hide. The school looks wonderful on the outside and the classrooms are beautifully set up as well. However, management is extremely poor & certain teachers haven't finished their internships and are not yet certified as actual Montessori teachers. Enroll your child at your own risk. My child suffered greatly while attending ABC Montessori School. It is not anything more than an expensive and glorified daycare for the lower elementary children in EC1. I will regret sending my child to ABC Montessori for the rest of my life. I love the Montessori teaching methods and my child has since been enrolled in a true Montessori school that has a loving, caring, peaceful, encouraging, and calm environment along with a professional staff and certified teachers. Please use extreme caution and have the principal show you proof that your child's teachers are actually certified, show up unexpectedly to observe if your child is already enrolled, and ask your children plenty of questions about their day everyday. I would not recommend ABC Montessori School to anyone; it is a highly deceptive school.
While from the outside this looks like a great school, there are many issues with the overall school. Montessori is awesome, the methods and techniques is what sold me, however this school has no training. Most I discovered where parents, not Montessori trained teachers. This school turnover is horrible. Just when you are getting to know the staff, they are gone. They main teachers they do not get rid of only because the parents would complain. My next issue would be the poor training that the school provides. My kids were often left with one staff member while handing 16 other kids, especially after school/and before school programs. Again its part of the Montessori system, but dangerous when one than one student have need of the teachers, especially in summer. Another thing is the forced participation of the parents. Having to bring snacks and clean up materials should be part of the tuition, however that is also extra and forced. I would not recommend this school , and I am glad we have moved to a new Montessori school with the correct fundamentals is place.
My son absolutely loves ABC Montessori. He has expanded his interests to subjects well beyond his years. At three he could recite the 44 US presidents. My wife and I love the constant communication with both the teachers and staff. We look forward to what the future holds for our son and the school.
Amazing school for my gifted child. He is happy and never complains about going to school and the teachers and staff are caring and compassionate. They are also very willing to work to continually advance my child!
As a parent looking for a new school I was impressed with the staff at ABC. As a family we attend Montessori School in California. My daughter loved the school so much that she is more willing to relocate to the area. I say keep up the good work & soon your school will be filled over capacity. I truly love the diversity, animals, outside grounds, and atmosphere. I hope our relocation takes place so we will become family with ABC.
After reading some of the not so kind reviews I am amazed by people s perceptions. I want to defend ABC since my daughter has grown up there from the age of 2 two. The school does have chickens, goats, and a horse. These animals are not hidden from parents and then suddenly appear once their child begins at the school (reminiscent of a Far Side Cartoon). The animals are brought into the curriculum and are one of the many positive points for the school and program. So, when parents are complaining or appalled by the animals you knew they were part of the school when you decided to register here??? Also, AMI certification is not the end all be all of Montessori teachings. Just as there is not one university or college of education that public school teachers attend. There are several Montessori Programs for certification. I find it interesting there are negative reviews about a private school when individuals have the right to a public education.
I give the ABC Montessori School at Luella, GA my highest rating. It is the school I would choose for my grandchildren if they did not live so far away. I have taught Suzuki violin, piano, and cello at ABC for the past 6 years and plan to continue teaching there. The director and staff are highly trained and certified in the Montessori method. What I like best about the school is the diversity of the students and staff and the tolerance it teaches. Children learn and flourish at ABC because they feel loved and accepted. It is affordable for all because of the Apogee scholarships.
Okay first of all there are two kinds of people in the world, the negative and the positive. The negative people pick at every little thing and try to find even the smallest thing to fuss about. Positive people look to find the positive in all things. NOTHING is perfect! We are all a work in progress. I need to put this out there because I feel like ABC Montesssori made the biggest, most positive and amazing difference in my childs life. We put her at ABC in the 5th grade because she just wasn't doing well in her academics or social skills. She was picked on so bad by children because from grades kingergarden through 3rd grade she had seizures. . She was under the direction of the most amazing teacher I have ever encountered! She mentored my child and that entire staff supported her and encouraged her in such a way that she grew wings! The love at that school changed her little life. They taught her to stop allowing people to victimize her but to stand tall and be confident. Sadly due to illness we could not afford the tuition. My daughter returned to public school and to my suprise is ahead of her peers. She ranks 71 out of 389 kids! 2011-2012 Wilcats Cheerleader!
In response some people cannot be pleased and are asked to leave the ABC family. We are vigilant about providing a safe and positive learning environment. Please come by our office to view the staff certifications. Our staff is highly qualified and it demonstrated in our children's performance. ABC is a great place to be.
The school claims to be a "Montessori Certified" school but how many teachers are actual Montessori teachers? Are there AMI Certifications? How many? Are these certifications posted or available for parents to view? Is the school zoned as a farm? Goats, chickens, a horse and these animals are free to roam and defecate on the playground. The prinipal/owner is all smiles but is not at all helpful.
I have two daughters that attend ABC Montessori School and I can not say enough good things about the school. The teachers truly care! The communication between the teachers and me is amazing. It gives me great joy to know my daughters are a part of such a nurturing environment. ABC Montessori is a great school.
i am a student at ABC and they are the nicest people in that astablishment
When entering this school, you feel the immediate feeling of comfort and hospitable atmosphere. I know my child will be treated and taught with great respect and concern. Love the staff
This school is extremely unorganized. The director is very manipulative and tell you what you want to hear to get you to enroll your child. The education is mediocre at best. Some of the staff members are under qualified. When I enrolled my child at ABC I was very excited about the Montessori method of teaching. ABC lacks materials and qualified teachers to follow through with this method. I pulled my children out of this school because of their lack of educational advancement. The parents are what make the school happen.
My son is learning to do his work correctly the first time vs. doing until its correct. And in public school he would not have this chance to excell. I am so proud of him.
Had my son enrolled here and found it to be an amazing experience. While we no longer live in state I would not hesitate to recommend this school, it's administration, and the amazing caring teachers to anyone in the area looking for an amazing alternative to public education.
Be careful, many schools may claim to be Montessori but in practice truly aren't be it AMS or AMI neither is better than the other, just different. Also, watch out for teachers that tell you your child isn't ready to try something they are interested in, and ask about teacher turn around rate, as well as all the volunteering you will be practically forced to do.
My daughter has attended the school for a year and I cannot say enough how great it is! The teachers are so caring and loving, the director is absolutely wonderful! The level of education is incredible! Public school cannot even compare to the level and quality of education your child gets at this school. I love ABC Montessori!
Excellent program. Quality with a personal touch.This is not the rigid classroom that you might find in state schools. By the time my son was five he was competent in adding long digits, writing stories in cursive an can tell me all about the parts of every plant and animal I think ever existed. The whole child is at heart, it is not about test scores. You have to learn about Montessori and then watch the process unfold.
My child joined the ABC Montessori Family in the middle of his first grade. ABC welcomed us with open arms. I am very greatful for ABC Montessori. They have helped my child excel in every area of academics. Not only has the school helped my son but they are always ready to assist me with any issues I experience. I recommend ABC Montessori to any parent. I am very proud to ABC Montessori our second home.
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