I can't help but feel these reviews that are so great are either rigged by the school or written by parents who are not that involved. There are too many other parents who are leaving or have already left that say so much different.
We have been a part of GMA for four years and that is, sadly, too long. While it is under the current leadership, I strongly discourage anyone who wants to be involved in their child’s school to go here. Obviously, I am highly disgruntled but for good reason. The director of the school, Susan Fries, has run the school into the ground. Student turnover year-to-year is huge and community spirit is completely absent. The school board, because it is a charter school, is run by community volunteers, all who have no stake in this school, other than to put on their resume they are part of a board. I had to file a formal complaint with the Ball State Charter Office to get any response to my issues. When my daughter started at GMA in Kindergarten (Ms. Fries’ first year also) I was so excited to send her to a Montessori school so close to home and envisioned her being there through 8th grade. I am beyond disappointed this did not turn out to be the case. Being a highly-involved parent, I learned A LOT about how that school is run and it is not pretty. When I tried to help, I was turned into the enemy by Administration, as were other parents who were trying to help. There is so much more to this story but I’ll stop there. We will be sending her to a REAL Montessori school next year. I can also speak for others who have had children with special needs and this is NOT the place for them. The SPED department is embarrassing. Bottom line: Run Away – Far, Far away from this school until they get a proper Montessori Administration that knows how to create a true community.