Our daughter has been at Geist Montessori Academy since the beginning of her 3rd grade year, 2010, and is now in 8th grade. We are thankful every day that she has this school to attend. It's so amazing that we have a tuition-free Montessori school as an option for her. Just tonight her grandmother commented on what a blessing it has been and how positive the environment is every time she enters the school. She noticed that the students conducted themselves well voluntarily as opposed to having discipline maintained by having it thrust upon them.
Parent involvement is high, which has a very positive impact as well. Often there are more chaperones for a field trip than are needed and all school events are well attended. There are often opportunities for parents to help out that do not require them to be at the school (can be done at home), which allows working parents to participate/help as well. All of these factors and many more work together to provide the students and their families with a unique feeling of community.
Our family is so grateful to Ms. Deb. She has a passion for teaching and her students. She genuinely cares about the well-being of our son and we couldnt have been happier to have her as our son's teacher for the last 3 years
Our son started GMA in the first grade and is now in 6th. It was a rough start with the teacher turnover, but we have been fortunate to have the greatest teacher for the last three years. She teaches leadership skills and challenges him academically. The kindergarten teachers are amazing and i have been impressed with my other son's current lower el teacher.
My children do well here because they are able to work at their level without having to wait for the rest of the class to catch up with them. Alternatively, if they need more time on something, it will be given instead of moving on without mastering the material. We also don't deal with judgement here. My children don't have to worry if they are wearing the latest and greatest or else be ridiculed like you find in nearby public schools. Acceptance and respect is taught early on.
My daughter is extremely shy and struggles to engage with peers and teachers. In the couple months she has been there she had made friends and come out of her shell. She has enjoyed learning new things and seems to learn quickly the montessori way. Looking forward to seeing her progress even more.
Geist Montessori has been the best decision our family has ever made. The teachers are kind, caring, and work with each and every child at their own pace and academic ability. This is a great place for children to attend. I don't know why anyone would choose any other school.
Learn about other cultures. The class is varied in the abilities of each student so children are more aware of the different children around them. They are shown respect and are included despite their disabilities.