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Montessori School-Iowa City

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Posted January 12, 2014

I was nervous about sending my preschool son to any school after he was at home and cared for by a nanny and grandparents for the first 3 years of his life. I have been amazed how happy he is to go to Montessori School every day, and I have also been amazed with what he has learned. I love that the "work" that he brings home is things that clearly he has accomplished on his own and that he is very proud of. The staff at this school have always been very welcoming. I would recommend this school to any parent who is interested in Montessori. Visit a classroom and I think you will be impressed!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 6, 2013

My daughter had a fantastic Montessori experience at this school for four years, from age 5-8. Her teachers were very well trained and believe strongly in the Montessori method. The classrooms were kept in beautiful condition and created a soothing and enchanting learning environment. I loved the hot lunch program where the children ate freshly cooked healthy meals. I felt that was a feature which was not matched at other schools. Now that my daughter is in a traditional school, her Montessori training is very evident. She is organized, can concentrate, and has good writing and study skills. Her transition into a non-Montessori classroom was very easy for her. Overall, I am pleased with the early elementary education she received at this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 18, 2013

Our girls had a great experience here. Learned to read and worked with mathematics far beyond grade schoolers years older then they were. Also loved their teachers.
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Posted October 10, 2013

My son's preschool classroom is nurturing and calm and a sense of quiet order is maintained (it's a mystery to me how Montessori teachers do that!). He s made good friends and has fun. I love that the learning follows the child. He s not pushed to do age inappropriate academics, but he has made real strides in early literacy and early math. The teacher knows where he is and what he's ready for. The teacher is easy to talk to whenever I have any concerns. It's just a very sweet, caring place for him.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2013

The ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is fabulous! But first, let me address some previous negative comments. It is true that the school underwent a transition with staff departing. As a parent, I was not privy to the personnel decisions. But I will say, the overall school quality has *improved*. The remaining teachers are all top-notch, I would recommend any one of them whole-heartedly. My child is thriving in the elemenatry program. The teaching is phenomenal. This is the kind of teacher you remember your whole life as the best teacher you ever had. Really. Last year, my daughter was with a group of kids from traditional school all saying how much they hated school. My child looked baffled and said quietly "I love school". I asked her why, and she said she loves doing math. I swear she s a normal kid! The kids at Montessori are not motivated by grades or punishment, but by their innate love of learning. Not only that, but her math and reading are ahead of grade level. Montessori cares about the WHOLE child, not just academics. The teacher helps them learn to handle their social interactions. In a world where bullying makes the news, this is critical. I'm out of room and there's so much more...
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Posted October 10, 2013

The building is beautiful, well furnished in true Montessori fashion, and conveniently located on Holiday Road by First Ave convenient to the interstate. The outside playground is amazing and they have a path through the woods beyond the fence. I had great experiences with Ms. Kathy Dumont, Ms. Zanzie, and the assistant teachers and staff. Both teachers truly embodied Maria Montessori's self-empowerment model of helping children learn - both never raised their voice at anyone but communicated respectfully in a way that the class then learned to be peacemakers. My five year old daughter not only was reading chapter books after two years at Montessori but doing and really understanding four digit addition and multiplication. My daughter was sadly way ahead of the rest of the first graders when we transferred her to our public school when we could not afford tuition for two kids - we should have asked about family discounts.
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Posted June 25, 2013

We used to support this school whole-heartedly, and my 6 year old really benefited from her Montessori experience. However; since the school has changed hands in leadership, there has been extreme upheaval including the departing - voluntarily and involuntarily - of several Montessori-trained teachers and long-time staff. The Montessori School of Iowa City is tarnishing its good name by representing itself as an elitist, segregated, and bottom-line-driven school who has forgotten their initial mission - to serve the children of the future by teaching them the Montessori way of early education.
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Posted December 19, 2012

The other day, my 3-year old daughter said to me "Mom, I think school is the wonderfulest place ever!" What could be a better review of the school than that? I love knowing my kids are getting a wonderful experience from an educational and developmental standpoint. It's fantastic to know that they think it's so much fun, too!
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Posted October 24, 2012

We would not recommend the school to friends and family at this point. There has been negative changes in place since last year. Several teachers and students have left the school since then. Please do your research before committing your children.

Posted September 22, 2012

Our child is having a wonderful year. Montessori of Iowa City is a caring, safe, and respecful place for children. The staff are warm, welcoming, helpful and very qualified. We enjoy listening to our child share all the wonderful things she is learning. The materials and activities in the classrooms are excellent. Thank you MSIC for providing such a wonderful place for our child to learn and grow!
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Posted September 22, 2012

My child is currently in her third year at Montessori. In that time I have been very pleased with her social, emotional and educational development. The staff are caring, professional, respectful and very qualified. The curriculum is excellent. My child is already reading, writing, doing advanced math skills and thorougly enjoys the learning process! Most important, my child is in a safe, caring, peaceful school where she is respected as a person. I have had many conversations with the head of school and am in awe of her knowledge of child developement, professionalism, and care and concern for all the children at Montessori. I fully intend to have my child continue into the elementary program at Montessori. I look forward to working with the staff and Montessori in the future education and growth of my child!
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Posted September 13, 2012

There has been a significant amount of staff turnover since the new head of school arrived. At least eight are gone and some of those head teachers/staff had been there for over a decade. This signifies a problem.
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Posted September 12, 2012

We've been with the Montessori School of Iowa City for three years, and I have always been pleased with the warm, experienced, and dedicated people who work there. The teachers are trained professionals who are sensitive and friendly and get to know the kids for who they are as individuals. The office staff is supportive and always is there to answer my questions. Their head of school is super-committed to Montessori, really knows her stuff and has always been kind and open with parents and staff every time I've been there. We love to see Montessori in action, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the school for many years!
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Posted September 11, 2012

Agreed that the new principal does not know how to deal with parents or colleagues. The board really needs to address the principal issue and her handling of parents' wishes and concerns. While the new principal is not an asset to the school. The school itself is fantastic. The teachers at Montessori are wonderful and the education the kids are getting is the best in the area. The teachers are all wonderful and caring individuals who are committed to the education of young children. I don't know of any instances of bullying as reported by one other. Actually I am not sure how it could occur with so many teachers and assistants around. I feel 100% safe having my kids at Montessori and think that the teachers are wonderful at communicating any concerns with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 7, 2012

My son is now in his third year at the school and our family's experience there has been wonderful. We love his teachers, who are warm and nurturing. They give him great opportunities to grow academically and socially. We appreciate that they focus on the whole child. Our son came to school extremely shy and a bit socially awkward. The teachers have done a lot to foster his growth in this area and help him learn to make friends and overcome his shyness. I've helped as a room parent, a PTO member and a board member and I've enjoyed working with all the staff and volunteers there. It's a great school community with people who genuinely care about your children and work to give them the best educational experience.
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Posted August 7, 2012

We were extremely disappointed with the way the school dealt with our concerning issue. Our child was repeatedly kicked, bullied and hurt by another student. We had expressed our concerns to the teacher and aide for several months, but nothing proactive was done. Due to our insistence, the principal met with us. At this time, there was a school program and she stated she was simply too busy to meet - maybe she would have time the following week. After meeting with the principal, she would not justify any of our concerns and also would not guarantee the safety of our child. My child's injuries were documented by our pediatrician, but the school would not recognize or acknowledge that this happened. The principal's statement to us was "I believe that's what you believe." The character of a school is tied to how the school deals with parental concerns. By minimizing and disregarding our concerns, coupled with the principals's complete lack of empathy and accountability, we would not recommend this school to other parents.
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Posted July 17, 2012

My family has been involved with Montessori School of Iowa for seven years. I have been on the board. I am acquainted with many of the children and their families, as well as the teachers and administrators. In general, on both the primary and elementary levels, I find the faculty to be dedicated, prepared and caring. They are devoted to each individual child's academic and emotional needs. MSIC is a joyful, nurturing environment. My experience with this school has been wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 17, 2012

I suppose if one is not familiar with the Montessori method of learning you may not completely understand what a child absorbs here at MSIC. We are caring, dedicated, and trained in the unique learning style that allows your child to thrive independently, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Kids will be kids! Learning doesn;t happen overnight, it is a 3 year process at MSIC (and yet a lifetime for some). Children learn from each other as well as from the adults in their life. It is not always peaches and cream, there are a few steps forward and another step back, but when learning is made fun (as at MSIC) your child thrives. They have only been on this earth a short time, step up and support their learning.

Posted February 17, 2010

My son loves Montessori and I have really seen him grow academically. Tuition is competitive, though it does not include any days that ICCSD does not have school, which can be difficult for working parents. I would recommend anyone sending their child(ren) here. As for the child that has been injured at school- kids are accident prone, it happens even with supervision- which I've never found to be lacking.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2009

My daughter has been attending to Montessori more than a year. I have been reluctant to send her although she likes the school. School facility is good but I could not not find enthusiasm from teachers. I am sure teachers in Montessori love children but clearly not as much as I expected. I always find myself watching kids play in the playgound whenever I go to pick her up but I never be able to find any teacher who pays attention to what and where kids are playing. In my point of view, teachers are more interested in talking to each other than kids. It has been about a month since the new academic year starts but my daughter went the pediatric clinic twice because she fell from high ground and hit her head. I am very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent

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White 50% 81%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 34% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 8% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 0%
Black 3% 5%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 0% 3%
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