My experience at this school is nothing short of traumatic, for my child and myself. The constant changing of staff and programs put me on edge. I feel like the administration is constantly trying to pull the wool over my eyes. How can I feel safe leaving my child there when I feel like I am being deceived? Then I found out that the woman running the school is not a Montessorian, not a teacher and has never even worked or studied early childhood education. Well that pretty much sums it up! Now I am on here looking for a new school.
I have sent three children to this school over the past 7 years, starting at the old location. It was a lovely school with a strong curriculum and a great community feel. With the beautiful new building came financial difficulties that impacted the quality of the school greatly the last 2 years. I am posting because I have seen a huge improvement this year. They have added 2 foreign language programs and physical education back, the communication has been more open and forthright, and the curriculum and instruction continues to be strong. Most importantly, my son loves going to school each day. The school continues to have a diverse student population and many special family events. I would recommend visiting this school if you are looking for a Montessori school in the area.
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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