Here are a few things to know about Maximillian Montessori Academy, Owensboro, KY.
1) If you are looking for a true Montessori school, this is not it. The majority of the teachers are not Montessori certified. The school is basically a catholic school that uses some Montessori materials.
2) Some of the teachers have their babies in the classrooms.
During last school year, the first grade teacher had her baby in the classroom all day. This year, the newly hired second grade teacher has her breast feeding baby in the classroom during the school day. Both the kids and the teacher were distracted and there was no order in the classroom. On top of that, the second grade teacher does not do good job at tracking the progress of the kids. One of the mothers complained to me that her son had to complete the same study materials several times because the teacher kept messing up the progress report. Also this was discovered by the mother, not the teacher of the student.
3) If you have smart kids and want them to be more challenged, this school is not it.
Last school year I felt that my son was not challenged enough in math. When I talked to the teacher, I was told that the child has to finish all the materials before he could move on to a different level. This year, when my son started the second grade, I had a similar situation. I ended up going to talk with the principal at which point he was finally tested and moved to a more advanced level. If I was not reviewing all the material the kids work on and demanding changes, my child would still be stuck doing the same thing.
When we switched to an alternate school, we realized that my second grader was behind on writing, spelling and solving math word problems simply because these were not covered enough in the Montessori school.
4) The school was ill organized on a global scale.
The school materials were chosen at the end of summer and some classes did not have them for the start of school. Some books were ordered and never used. The science component for the first three years consists of solely learning the planets. Finally, the test to evaluate students at the end of the year has changed every year and results are never discussed.
If you do cost benefit analysis, this is not a good choice of school. You have other better choices in the area like Catholic School or Highland school.
Students of families who have a great deal of money to give or are family relations are given top priority. Students who's family is different in any way are talked bad about and the children are judged more critically.
This school works well for preschool aged children as children are free to learn at their own pace and are also encouraged in practical life skills. However, be very weary of allowing your child to continue their education at this school. Not all of the teachers have an education background and there is no regulations, standardized testing, or other form of ensuring that your child is learning what they should. It is often found that once a child transfers to another school they are held back a grade level. An attempt to update materials is typically frowned upon which has left students using outdated text. There are no opportunities for extra curricular activities or for a well rounded education.
Maximilian Montessori Academy serves a diverse sample of families from the Owensboro area. MMA students are able to learn core academics at their own individualized pace using the Montessori Method of education. Beyond academics, the students learn practical life skills and values that will equip them to be responsible citizens of the world. Students learn in unique classroom settings that foster a natural love for learning and personal responsibility. MMA offers students the opportunity to reach their full potential at every stage of development. The school receives no government funding and relies solely on tuition and students/parent fundraisers to operate. Families that desire to send their children to MMA are not turned away for financial reasons. Several MMA families who are not able to pay full tuition complete work around the school to offset the expense of school for their child. Our teachers are also extremely dedicated to their work, even though they receive salaries that are far below the average for most teachers. As a mother of 6 kids, all of whom attend MMA, this school far exceeds my expectations of the environment in which I want my children to learn.
MMA is a wonderful school, where children are taught on an individual basis. MMA meets the needs of every child, particularly gifted students and students with learning disabilities. Students are taught to be respectful and kind, and appreciate one another's differences. With small class sizes, teachers are able to give each student the one-on-one attention they need. Parents are encouraged to be involved and students feel like they are part of a family.
I'm very thankful to have chosen Maximilian Montessori Academy for my daughter. The Montessori approach, used at MMA, provides my child with the guidance and freedom she needs to learn at her own pace and to, more importantly, want to learn. The small teacher-to-student ratio ensures personalized attention and the dedication of all the teachers has been apparent to me and my family from day one. I would recommend MMA to any parent that wants their child to succeed in their own education.
Great for preschool, risky beyond that. As a parent of 2 children that use to attend & having invested over $30k+ in tution I feel parents need to use caution before placing MMA in charge of their child's education. Teachers children, and closely knitted friends of the teachers tend to create a tense learning environment, and classes are often controlled by unruly students. Many of the motesorri methods are used to a small degree, but children are not guided to complete tasks in an effective manner, and things like computers, reading materials, and other learning supplies are in short supply for some reason. Lack of standardized testing is also an issue. Several of the teachers are younger, and not very resourceful often choosing to yell or bully students. For the tuition paid it is insulting that the school does not produce actual results. I have recently moved away from the school, and both of my children are having more fun, and more accomplishments at Sutton Elementary a top rated local public school. Also be advised that due to the MMA results an alarming rate of students need to be placed in one grade lower to meet the standard grade levels. Caveat Emptor.....