Posted June 24, 2014
Thank you for taking time to visit the Great Schools website. I am excited about the prospect of your family joining our school and reaping the benefits of all we have to offer. We have an extraordinary school that produces strong minds while creating a sense of responsibility and respect for the environment. As you know, providing a child with a Montessori education gives a child all the tools necessary to become a strong, vibrant, caring adult. Children innately reach out to experience and understand the world. Our Montessori classroom presents the possibilities for this exploration. Our Directress' have all graduated from academically rich Montessori programs and are certified teachers. Our Directress' and teachers: have acquired comprehensive knowledge of Montessori instructional methods and materials appropriate to specific age groups; most have both a Montessori certification along with a bachelor's and/or master's degree in education; are able to articulate the relationship of learning at a specific age group to the broader continuum of human development; are able to apply knowledge to the design integrated and interdisciplinary curricula; have developed the academic, professional, and personal skills to independently direct a Montessori classroom; have demonstrated their ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize research; consistently practice facilitation skills to elicit independent student activity and exploration; consistently demonstrate consideration and respect for each child as an intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual being; have developed community building skills based upon a fundamental respect for children and adults; and, advocate for the rights of all children. I look forward to hearing from you soon about your decision.
Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School is a remarkable environment to be in. I had the opportunity to have a summer internship with this school last summer. Not only did I have the chance to interact with the students every day and help out with their summer program, but I was able to learn so much about the Montessori curriculum. In addition, being exposed to cue speech was great. After having a wonderful experience the first time, this summer I returned as a receptionist for the school and I enjoy being able to communicate with parents on a daily basis. The teachers, broad, and administration are phenomenal and are always willing to answer any questions. I would strongly recommend parents to come visit AGBMS if they are interested in enrolling their children at a Montessori school.
Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School is a wonderful school. Our school was preparing to close and the AGBMS principal offered us a new home. Their generosity has been remarkable. My two children are happy and thriving. The administration, board, and teachers are to be commended.
This is a wonderful school with wonderful leadership. I am thrilled that the founding families are still a vibrant part of this school and continue to be invested in what they began 27 years ago. Their dedication and continued support speaks volumes for the school and the leadership they have put in place. Sandy Mosetick is the Board president and had two children graduate from this school. She was the major player in building the new "green" school in Wheeling and continues to advocate for the deaf services program using cued speech as well as the Montessori programs which partner with this so well. I applaud this school, the highly qualified teaching staff, the leadership, the Board, and all of us who help fund this amazing school. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a full-inclusion school for their hearing or non-hearing children. Also, this school is home to children from around the world. All you have to do is walk in the front door and look at the map on the wall which illustrates all of the countries represented at AGBMS-AEHI. It is truly a remarkable school.
I love the teachers in this school. They are so involved with the children and the different activities and education they provide.
Our son has been at AGBMS for 3 years and we have always been happy with his education and the way the staff treats us. After reading these reviews, I am saddened that people post things without knowing the facts. First, the current executive director came to the school from The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and holds a pHd. Second, the communication with the Parents Association since the staff turnover has been great. Third, there seems to be very good reasons why the staff and teachers were let go. The school should be and is now all about the children and the education, not politics. The new language and physical education programs only strengthen the curriculum and we always enjoy the special events. We have recommended the school to friends that have enrolled their children, too.
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.
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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