Teachers communicated very poorly and would not adapt to students' needs. They also treated parents like children and refused to work with them or try their ideas to facilitate students' individual needs.
This school is a fantastic educational experience for the whole child. We wanted the Montessori method for our child, and we toured two in West Des Moines. Our search stopped with Sayre, as it has small classroom learning environments, the traditional "multi-age" model, and amazing teachers. While the Montessori method might not be for everyone (as evidenced by a few reviews), if it fits your child as well as it fits mine, this is where your preschooler should be.
Sayre is a great school with teachers who truly care about the students. My child is in the Pre-K program (Primary), and is learning so much through the materials, but also the independent learning model. The previous reviewer who stated that the "environment is warm, calm, respectful and all the staff members treat the children with dignity" is absolutely spot on. Have a tour, you won't be disappointed!
My son is in his second year at Sayre and we're very happy with the choice. He loves going to school daily, he enjoys the work, and above all loves Miss Ghrist. The environment is warm, calm, respectful and all the staff members treat the children with dignity. At Sayre, they recognize and build up the child's natural motivation and curiosity. The lessons are not about passing standards but about giving care and attention to every life process from taking out materials to putting them away with care. For me, they provide what is missing in a conventional education.
Sayre Montessori is a great school. Our daughter has been very happy there, and we have also been pleased with the progress that she has made while attending. The teachers & director truly care about her needs and her learning. I also love the fact that they really stress that parents provide healthy nutrient rich foods with limited sugar content. They recognize that education is not just putting a lesson in front of children, but rather all the experiences that one has contribute to learning. So happy with Sayre!!
My children go to Sayre currently (and since 2010), and it is a wonderful school. If you are considering it for your child, or would even simply like to come and learn about Montessori, please come observe a classroom in addition to reading internet reviews to guide your decision. Having our children at Sayre has always been a very positive experience.