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Harbour Oaks Montessori School

Private | PK-8

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $118,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $870.

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Posted June 30, 2014

Should be called As the Harbour oaks Montessori world turns or Days of Montessori. Drama drama drama,


Posted June 28, 2014

We are going on our 4th year at Harbour Oaks. I have been extremely pleased with the curriculum and the teachers go above and beyond. My son loves going to school now and is able to enjoy so many things that public school doesn't offer. Montessori teaches real word skills along with regular curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2014

Harbour Oaks Montessori School is absolutely amazing!!! As a Montessori teacher who has taught nationally and internationally I have seen many schools. After speaking at length with the staff and viewing the classrooms I am confident that Harbour Oaks is as fantastic as they come. Truly, if I had a choice of where to send a child of my own, I would not only choose Harbour Oaks but it would be my top choice. It is clear from speaking with the staff and seeing the classrooms and campus that authentic Montessori is their top priority. This is huge to me as it shows their professional integrity.


Posted June 26, 2014

Anna one of the owners is an absolute delight. She is knowledgeable, kind, helpful and just what any parent looking for a wonderfully run school and teacher would like to see. She cares about the children and the quality of education her school offers to the children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 14, 2014

Harbour Oaks Montessori is a fantastic school! I have 2 children there, a son in upper elementary and a daugther in Primary. They are both clearly excelling at this school. We came from another Montessori that merged in Nov 2012 and I like this school much better because the teachers are excellent AND there are more afterschool options like guitar, ballet, chess, science club, art, play ball... AND as an extra perk, it even has a gymnasium that allows play on rainy or cold days. Yes, afterschool options are separate fees varying in price which isn't paid to HOMS. The PTO does do fund raising for the school, but I only know of fund raising for overnight field trips from the school. They send weekly email updates. I can text and email the teachers. Easy to communicate. I asked one of my children's teachers if she had any idea why they've had such awful 1 star reviews here, mixed with so many 5 star reviews; especially when I've only seen good at this school. She told me that they thought it was one disgruntled person, but there wasn't anything they could really do about it.. If you really want to know who's tellinig the truth, come observe a classroom and all will be clear.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

Horrible experience, safe your time, your child's time, and your hard earned money, do not take your child to this school. It is cheap and only worried about money. They don't care about your child, only the money. All the other bad reviews were more than correct, read them! I can't stress it enough..please, please, please...do not bring your child here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

Harbour Oaks is a truly amazing school with highly qualifies teacher and an outstanding ability to meet each child's needs. My son was failing in the public school system and is thriving in Montessori because the curriculum is individualized to meet his needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

Harbour Oaks is a fantastic and truly authentic Montessori experience. I read reviews on this page all the way back to 2010, and the majority of them are great. This is in clear support of my experience with Harbour Oaks. Teachers work tirelessly to maintain classrooms in which Dr. Montessori herself would be at home. Harbour Oaks is an AMS school with Montessori trained guides in every single classroom. Guides in these classrooms are either AMI or AMS certified, and as far as one school of thought being better than the other, that simply is not true. Montessori is education for today and for the future. This is a family run business of Montessorians, all of whom attended Montessori school themselves. Simply walk into the school, attend an event, or let your child spend a day in the classroom and see the difference for yourself.


Posted January 14, 2014

Wonderful learning environment for student of all ages and abilities. Your child will get a chance to learn at their own pace and be challenged in many different areas. Each child is an individual and treated with respect and kindnees!


Posted January 14, 2014

Harbour Oaks is a great learning environment. Its a place where kids can go, learn the way that THEY understand best, at THEIR pace, and know what its like to be able to be themselves. The staff truly cares about the kids, the student/teacher ratio cannot be beat, and the classrooms are amazing. Not the mention that the learning goes so far beyond "reading, writing and arithmetic".


Posted August 23, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2012

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 : )
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2012

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?)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2012

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!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 44%
Black 32% 37%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 12%
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1741 Athens Highway
Snellville, GA 30078
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