We joined this school last year and absolutely love it. The growth we have seen has been incredible and we are happy with the school's commitment to our child.
My daughter attended AGBMS last year. When we choose the school, we meet with a Montessori teacher who was the principle at the time. We loved her, the building and the programs. About a week before school started we learned that the principal was replaced with a CEO Executive Director . Several months into the school year we learned that all of the extra programs were gone as well. Like music, art and gym without notice to the parents. They were losing staff so fast I could not keep up. We also learned that the woman who took over the school had no experience in Education or Montessori. My first meeting with her I left with the worst feeling in my gut that I had made a bad choice in schools. I pulled my daughter out a month early because the staff/student rations had changed to levels I WAS NOT COMFORTABLE with! Now that my daughter is in another Montessori school and I see how much she is learning I regret not leaving sooner! I always assumed that the problems stayed between the admin and teachers. It is clear that it affected the children as well. I actually feel like last year was a complete waist. I hate to say this but, if you are looking at AGBS RUN A WAY!
This school used to be much better. Under new administration this year, good programs were cut and good teachers were let go. The best interest of the students is not taken into account anymore, sadly. I would stay away. I have a feeling this school isn't going to make it much longer.
We love this school! My daughter started in Our Nest in the summer! AGBMS fits all our requirements for a great Montessori school without paying a lot of money! The new building was designed by the staff so it's very spacious and child friendly! The teachers are experienced, knowledgeable and friendly! The school program is an authentic Montessori curriculum!
I had 2 kids in this monessori and they were full time, but after a year I pulled them out. I think they did a horrible job of keeping my younger child challenged through the day, and the staff didn't communicate well with me or my younger child. Overall it was just a waste of money....
This school definitely feels like a second home to children. It's very small,but quality of education is good compared to other private schools. The school mainstreams deaf and hard of hearing children with hearing children, BUT it is by no means a school for deaf children. Authentic Montessori materials are used throughout Children's House and Elementary. Presently, the drawback is lack of space, so if you have a very active child, this is not the place to be, but there is good news! The school will be building a brand new building and has high hopes of increase enrollment. The staff is not always professional, but somehow things get done/ Definitely recommended for age 3-6, and depending on the child, elementary may work as well IF there are many in the same age group. If there is only 1 twelve year old in the whole school, it's not a healthy sign.
My son has been in the Children's House program at AGBMS since September of 2003. What he has learned in this short amount of time is truly amazing. He has developed at a rate I didn't realize was even possible. But that is largely due to the great teacher/child ratio in the classroom and the teachers ability to educate and guide the students in a manner that truly fosters a genuine desire to learn. The school is small and I wouldn't let the size deter you because the quality of the teachers and the education, both in Children's House and the Elementary program is top notch.
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