This will be out last year at Community Montessori. My son attended this school from preschool and is now in the 6th grade. I began to have serious doubts about the school's academics when he was in the 4th grade but decided to hang in there based upon the representations that had been made to me by the director about how children progress at CM. Now, two years later, I realize that my son is behind his peers at other schools academically. My son has never received a negative report in any teacher conference. My husband and I have always been told that he is doing just fine with no concerns but when he completes grade level work at home (we bought him 6th grade work books to supplement his education at school), he struggles with basic concepts including the concept of hypothesis in science (my son informed me that "we don't really do much science in my studio"). I pride myself on being someone who is not easily taken advantage of but even I was sucked in. I send my child to school to learn the basics of what he must learn as defined by Indiana law and after 8 years at this school, I can see that it is not happening . Steer clear.
Please do yourself and your child a favor and read the reviews for this school before you consider it. I wish I had. I was not turned off by the poor test scores, because I am a believer in alternative methods of education and do not think much of teaching to the test. I dismissed the stories I heard from former CM parents as well because I thought maybe they just didn't understand Montessori and how it works in the long run, and I do. However, the negative reviews on this site are true in my experience. I really have nothing to add, it has all been said on here before. I just encourage anyone considering this school to think long and hard about it and not get romanced by the tour and the hype. Once you are on the inside, it looks very different. I must add that there are some wonderful teachers there working very hard and doing the best they can, and they are not the problem.
I graduated from here two years ago, after attending for seven years. I was so fortunate to have found this school, without it I doubt my life would be as successful as it is. This school is not for everyone, but I had a fantastic education that gave me a true love of learning. Montessori education is very different from the education normally received in public schools, so if your child is coming into the program in high school, and sometimes even middle school, it's likely too late for them to adjust to the Montessori method. This school has many issues, staffing issues, lack of security, inconsistency between classrooms, the director, but overall I was fantastically lucky to attend there and have the love and support that I did. It's not perfect, it underfunded and stressful to the employees, but it's miles above more common education. I have never met teachers that cared so much and worked so hard as I did there. Thank you Montessori, for such a great start.
Both of my chidren attend school here and while I don't think it is perfect, I do believe that it is the best option for my children right now. My son did not learn to read until he was in the 1st grade but he had no interest in reading and within two months of being around older kids reading, he was reading without any trouble and he loves to read and now, at 7, is reading chapter books. I spend a good amount of time at this school and have never in two years witnessed kids running up and down the halls or screaming or fighting. Both of my children, one in K and one in 1st last year, brought home work that showed they were learning math and reading and english and science. Having multiple parent teacher conferences throughout the year is great. It was in these conferences that we really saw all the hard work they were doing while at school. Overall I believe it to be a great environment for kids that want to learn and parents that want to be involved even if that involvement is only cleaning classrooms. What's wrong with cleaning classrooms? If your child isn't learning here it is because they lack motivation to want to learn and as a parent you're probably not involved.
Our daughter went to CM for K & 1st grade. I would not recommend this school for a variety of reasons. By the end of 1st grade our daughter still couldn't read...at all! After talking to her extensively, her dad and I discovered she was having problems with reading. Instead of helping her with the problems she was having, the "teachers" told her she was lazy and to sit by herself and "figure it out." We also leaned that she was being bullied and, after bringing it up with the "teachers," were told there wasn't really anything they could do unless they personally saw it happening. What kind of a "teacher" actually believes that 6-year- old kids can teach themselves to read and thinks that bullying should be worked out by a little kid on her own? What kind of a school administration can stand behind this kind of attitude? Luckily, we took our little girl out of this environment before it was too late and are on the road to getting her caught up academically and trying to build her self-confidence back up! It is my opinion that young children should be taught at least the basics in a safe environment before being able to make the best "self-guided" decisions.
I don't really understand all the negative reviews... I just went here for seventh grade and shall be returning for the eighth grade; perhaps I shall go to Community Montessori until the end of high school. This is one of the most wonderful educational experiences I've ever had.
I would rate this as a one star school, in fact, this is not a school but more like a compound,with kids being rated and some degraded even, made to feel worthless and ashame of who they are, not what was told in the observation walk thru. I agree with another parents comment on here that the director is a "crazy lady". She runs the school, while her husband runs behind her. Sorry but that school is not ran the way a school should be.No requirements for teachers to actually teach, kids learn on their own? Not much help either from the teachers. The only discilpine is "if the do not like you", they do something to eventually get you out. I feel BSU should stop funding these people. I was told from a relative I was making a mistake putting my children there.They were right. I can teach them more @home than they learn there. NO home work,or work brought home to view what your child is working on. I wouldn't recomend this charter school to train a dog. This is for lazy non caring kids/parents not someone who wants a real edu. And they say they don't believe in punishing a child, yet that's NOT true to all kids, just those they like.B.F. pushes kids/parents its her way or the doorway.
This is a school that should not exist. After attending kindergarten here for an entire year there was zero progress made. I am not sure what they were doing all of that time, but it was not school work. I do know that my daughter brought home about 10 or more drawings or paintings a day, but there was not any academic work brought home. I removed my children from this wretched school and upon putting them in a new school we have been told how behind in basic skills our daughter is. Her first grade teacher is getting her caught up and has made us understand it is not due to a learning disability that our daughter is struggling, but due to a minimum of schooling last year. I wish I would have known before losing an entire year.
Horrible school! The "teachers" sit on facebook all day and do nothing. I went there for several years, half the time I played hide and seek with my friends. In HIGH SCHOOL. I did no work what so ever, if I did it was copied! I ended up leaving and was so behind by the time I got to a normal school. I know several people who have flunked a grade because of how behind they were. Do not send your child there EVER if you want them to be smart. This school MAY be good for elementary age, but not high school. The director is a crazy woman who wont let you say God, or even the pledge without going into a different room. Craziness, pure craziness
I am a student here at Montessori, I don't want to say that this school is a five star school but I will give this school a fantastic 4 stars. I have been going here for three years and LOVE this school. The reason your children don't learn anything is beacuse they are not motivated enough to teach themselves. We do not have "teachers" to teach us, we have dedicated Advisiors who help us realize what it's like to live and work in the real world. I suggest you send your kids to this school if they are creative and willing to teach themselves and others.
Absolutely the best educational option in our community. Unfortunate that some families are running from problems and find their problems follow them wherever they go. No one could spend a day at this school and not find how outstanding each teacher is as the spend time with every student. This school has high expectations for staff, children, and families - it is definitely not for every family. The family involvement is terrific - there are always parents in the building. I feel very fortunate for my child and my family to have this type of support for her education.
Poor academic quality and no discipline. Different treatment for different children (i.e. they function as a tribe, if you are slightly different from what the chief says your child will pay!) Teachers are not well prepared. The parent "involvement" opportunities are limited to housekeeping. I brought many projects, and they won't even listen what we had to offer. My child did not learn anything; and was so stressed out! one semester was more than enough! So glad that this torture is over! I agree with all the negative comments above. So dissapointed!!
Painful! This has been the worst decision in my life! Parent involvement is limited to cleaning classrooms, you have to pay extra to the teacher in regular school hours to read and do crafts. I seen the worst actitude from teachers. I found only one friendly and effective person in the school: Kim (curved desk). Waste of time and energy, nothing like I was told during the orientation with the liason :(
My two kids went here for three years and we had to hire a tutor to teach them for a year before we could put them in traditional school, they learned nothing. But the kids were happy because it was "fun" to go to school because you were really on your own. The staff thinks they know whats best for your kids and you know nothing. Please, if you are researching this school for a good education run away as fast as possible.
SURE WISH THERE WAS A SCHOOL LIKE THIS WHEN I WAS A KID. MY HS WAS GREAT BUT THIS COMMUNITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL IS A SHINING GEM. MY DAUGHTERS TEACHERS ARE, WELL;DEDICATED, PASSIONATE, GO THE EXTRA MILE, ALL THESE WORDS DO NOT DESCRIBE HOW THEY ARE. THIS IS A ONE OF A KIND DEAL. SURE GLAD WE ARE THERE AND PART OF IT.
I was a student at this school for almost 8 years, the only reason I left is because I had to move. I will be honest this school is not for everyone this school gives a lot of freedom and some kids cant handle it. So there parents blame the teachers and the admininstrators for there children not learning well. Unless your child has other mental issues a school can not make someone go into deppression. Parents need to stop blaming Barbra ( The Director ) and Glenn ( The Family Laison ) for all there kids problems. Instead they should be teaching there kids to be more responsible with freedom. A school DOES NOT RUIN SOMEONES FUTURE. At my time at this school I learned very valuble lessons... Like not blaming everyone else for your problems and start finding the problem in yourself. For anyone who is looking for a school that is going to Teach your children life and acedemic lessons. As a long time former student. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL.
All of the "Bad" Reviews on this school is absolutely wrong. As a student to This school i have to say that it is a excellent school. I have more here then i have at a local "Public" School. We have the freedom to learn what we want to learn, though there is still educational guidelines within the school. There is still standardized testing, and the choice of work. I would say this school is a great choice for anyone who is wanting the freedom to learn!
This school is horrible, the instructors and director/principle (Barbara) are not willing to work with anyone. They are very demeaning to the parents and students/learners. No matter how many discrepancies are brought to their attention, the parent/student is always wrong. My child has been at the school for two years, he is brilliant, but due to the lack of structure/discipline, he has fallen way behind and now is suffering from depression. Thank you CMS for RUINING his future. My advice, DO NOT send your child to this school!!
My 3 children went there for several years and made very little progress. The poor planning, lack of discipline, lack of concern for a child having trouble, unfair decision made agaist non favor children, and the utter chaos. Please DO NOT fall for the speach given at the tour, it is a wonderful sounding idea, however they do not work the way they claim. If your child is special needs like 2 of mine are, you do not want your child there. The Special needs program is even more chaotic than the regular program. When I placed my children back into public schools they were at about the same levels they were in before going to CMS. If you care about your child do not enroll them at CMS, if you still put your there stay very invovled. Don't drink the Kool-aide. It is sad to read the misguided comments.
I Love Community Montessori My 5 yr old just got accepted there for Kindergarten, I couldnt ask for a better school for her to attend, She will be attending Community Montessori for the 2010-2011 school year
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