Ancona has been a pleasure on so many levels. The teachers are committed, passionate and truly gifted with children. The curriculum is innovative and student centered -- yes they teach the basics and core curriculum -- but the kids get to express their interest in various subjects and delve into the topics that interest them at deeper level. The school encourages the students to take academic risks and try new ideas and as a result they have exceptional problem solving skills. The school is small and nearly every teacher and administrator knows every student's name which means that every child is well cared for.
I am the parent of a student who graduated from the Ancona school in 2007. I can only say that the true test of your child's ability and knowledge will come during their freshman and sophomore years of high school. My daughter is so far ahead of her peers that I had to question her high schools academics to determine if she was being challenged enough. She is ranked #4, with a 3.9 GPA and is in all honors courses. My daughter consistantly receives the highest grades in Spanish more so than children who speak it as a first language. The critical thinking skills, sense of community, and socialization skills that Ancona prides itself on are quite evident in my daughters approach. She is very involved, volleyball, cheerleading, campus ministry. I could go on and on. Ancona is worth every penny.
This is our first year at Ancona. My daughter is a preprimary student and I absolutely love the school, the teachers and the administrative staff. I couldn't have asked for a more nuturing, receptive, Montessori based school. The school has a small family atmosphere which allows you to take an active role in the school if you would like to do so. I am very pleased with Ancona and I'm glad I made the choice to attend. My daughter is flourishing academcally, socially and emotionally. The Montessori curriculum may not be right for every child or every family, but if it is, ANCONA is the place to be!!!!! K. Jackson
I am a parent of an 8th grade student, who has been at Ancona since pre-K. This was an excellent choice - an excellent academic program, outstanding, caring teacher and a true partnership between the school, parent and child.
This is our first year at Ancona and we could not be more pleased. We have two preprimary kids, both with very different personalities, and both are flourishing. Their academic work is as much as we could have asked for, but more importantly their daily experience with teachers, students and administrators is both nurturing and engaging. The school is culturally diverse, understands the need for recess, PE, music and other subjects too often pushed aside in some schools; and gives kids the chance to explore their own capabilities. We are thrilled with it.
exceptionally strong preparation and backgrounding in the basic subjects. very strong reading, math, and science programs. Focus is on children learning at their own pace to experience the power and the joy of learning
Ancona is a wonderfully economic and ethnically diverse school that offers an innovate, child-centered curriculum. My kids have excelled here and I have seen tremendous progress in their academic and social evolution.
Hello. I goo to the ancona school. It is a very good school and takes extra time to help you or push you ahead in sujects you are good/ bad in. the have a very good sports program allowing 5th and 6th graders to play. I am very glad I go to this school even if I sometimes am upset with the curriculum. I give it 4 stars.
My daughter is definitely being challenged and she is thriving. The focus in the primary grades is reading, writing and math. Her educational experience has been enhanced by exposure to multiple teachers (Art, Music and Spanish are all taught by different teachers). I don't believe that Montessori is right for every child but I am thrilled that it is working with my child! The Ancona Parent Organization is very welcoming. There are several opportunities for Parental involvement. The school publishes a newsletter weekly which helps keep the parents informed. I wish the classroom and school website were updated more frequently.
Great, small, Montessori-influenced school. Preschool-8th. Diverse student body. Experienced, dedicated teachers. Does best with core subjects: reading, math, science, etc. Spanish program is also excellent (Spanish is only foreign language offering). Enthusiastic parents. Kids learn about respect, and community.
Ancona is warm and stimulating environment that allows children to find self-direction and work at a pace that suits their ability, while giving them many opportunities to learn. My daughter has flourished since she attended the pre-school program. Her teacher Peggy is so caring and calm and dedicated and in tune with each child's strengths and weaknesses that she is able to redirect and guide them to reach their potential. Part of the building has new facilities and part of the building is older.
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