This school is truly amazing. At first my son had a bit of trouble adjusting but now I am simply dumbfounded at the change he has taken. I brought them an unruly child that i was not sure what to do with anymore. Their methods and patience has really just made him blossom and has taught us a lot as well. High teacher and staff involvement and co-operation is top notch here. This is also a parent owned school which means parents involvement is not only highly encouraged but required. This is one of the most important parts of having a full learning experience. the montessori method is just phenomenal. The Journey presentation is a must to get the full understanding of why this school is so successful!
MSS offers a wonderful learning environment with excellent staff. Our family experience has been very good. We recommend it to anyone that wants to be an active participant in their child's education. The administration is approachable and the school is parent board governed. The board seems diligent and fair about matters presented. General board meetings are open for any parent to attend. Many MSS parents are educators in area schools, college/university faculty and business owners. They are assets to the school because they serve as volunteers, board members and classroom speakers. I have been delighted how engaged parents are with students at MSS.
The Head of School is not qualified for the position she holds. As stated in The Montessori School for Shreveport Staff Handbook under Qualificiations, Skills, and Abilities for Head of School: Master's degree or equivalent in education or related field, or have experience in a previous position and have demonstrated competency in the areas of administration and educational philosophy; knowledge of developmental, safety, and regulatory issues surrounding schools in the state of Louisiana; and so forth. The MSS Board of Trustees is aware of her education (accounting). She clearly is not qualified educationally and does not understand children. She does not put the needs of children first with every decision as stated in the handbook. I would not rely on this individual's advice regarding children.
We have been with MSS for 2 years and it is absolutely the best choice we could have made for our child's education and well being. I have found the teachers and staff extremely knowledgeable and accessible. I love volunteering for the school and feel like we get hands on experience in seeing how the school operates. Reading some of the reviews below, I can honestly state our family has not experienced any of the negative things listed. I would highly recommend this school for self motivated students and families.
Boys Beware. Only 5 boys graduated in 2012, two of those boys were children of staff. Not one boy graduated in 2013. Zero boys. That's a boy graduation rate of 2.5 per year the last two years. The bottom of a long decline. Ask why? Ash to speak to former board member whose son had to be homeschooled, he wasn't ready for ninth grade. "100% of of all middle schoolers finish college in top form . They perform well in HS (sic) and make a difference." That hasn't been true for the sons of staff in the front office. Ask them. The head of school has no experience in education prior to being named head of school some years ago when there was a crisis. The current crisis results from the lack of experience, education, and continuing education in the current leadership office. Ask to see credentials and curriculum vitae. It's a lot of money,NAND it is your children's behalf that has you in the position of researcher. Give it the due diligence. Compare and contrast to the experience and qualifications of other school leaders and look at the graduating classes. We judge a tree by it's fruits, and with much at stake you need to ask hard questions. We didn't.
This school has a rich Montessori tradition that is being eroded. Most of the staff are not certified to teach anything and the bare minimum are certified to teach n a Montessori school. The rest of the staff is made up of mother's of current students so the school can save money, I would never be able to recommend this school to anyone based on the current situation.
This is a wonderful school. My children have attended MSS for many years and it has been a great environment for them. They have had excellent teachers (except for one who is thankfully no longer at the school). I would recommend taking a tour of the school, watching how the class rooms operate, observing the interactions between the students and their teachers, and making an educated assessment of the school for yourself.
My children have attended this school since 21 months old. It started out well but has deteriorated! I would not send my children there now.
I have two children who attended MSS from the age of 21 months through 8th grade. Most of their teachers were phenomenal and kept my children engaged and challenged. My children never wanted to leave school when it was time to go home because they were so close to their friends and teachers. This was true of most all the elementary children I came across. When any problems arose that needed to be addressed, the teachers were very knowledgeable about my children and wanted to work closely to resolve any struggles. The staff is very dedicated to the school. It seems parents would want this approach rather than rely on report cards and impersonal ties to your child. A private school should expect parent involvement and every teacher my children had invited us to observe their class room. As for tuition, it is one of the best schools in Shreveport, with one of the lowest tuitions!! High school teachers love kids from MSS, stating that they are able to think for themselves, are self motivated, are able to organize their work, and are respectful. I have found nothing but willingness in the staff at Montessori in addressing the education of my children. It's a great school!
The Montessori philosophy is brilliant. They respect the child and foster independence and individuality. I am for it 100%. The teachers are great at this school. But the administration is not that great. Poor communication and very much driven by money. There is a lack of support and team leadership. The director is not qualified to be in her position. As a former employee, I wouldn't recommend being employed there at all. They overwork you and don't respect you as human being. The director has unrealistic expectations and has no business working with kids.
My child has attended Montessori since age 2. I couldn t ask for a more marvelous, rewarding, & academically fulfilling experience for her. Immediately my wife & I knew this was the place for our child & she loves this school. Her reading & math skills are far beyond what mine were at her age. Unique programs like the outdoor nature classroom are exemplary. The positive, approachable, dedicated, highly competent staff & leadership have embraced our family as part of a community. The school provides a nurturing environment for children while providing an impressive array of learning materials--balancing structure with independence. Our child s passion to learn blossoms at Montessori thanks to the active involvement by teachers. The classroom observations have been eye-opening. The yearly Journey explaining the curriculum for the upcoming year makes me wish I had been a student here. Volunteering is a joy & I value its role in keeping tuition affordable. As a practicing physician & subspecialist surgeon, I enthusiastically support this school & recommend its curriculum under the guidance of the marvelous teachers to other parents & their children. Sincerely, Antonio R. Pizarro
My children have been at Montessori for 5+years. This will be our last year there. Initially, I LOVED this school. The pre primary & kindergarten classes were amazing. Most of the 3 year olds were reading. Now, you would be lucky to find one who could read...My youngest child just "plays all day". She might as well be in daycare. Actually, she would probably learn more there! All parents are required to volunteer 10 hrs each (20 hrs per couple). They say this is to keep "tuition cost down" but I don't find their tuition to be any cheaper than any of the other private schools. They also have an annual drive and expect every family to donate money. If you don't donate, the staff is rude to you. They also do a fundraiser and make every family purchase tickets to sell. Of course, they are impossible to sell, so again, you are paying for them. The staff seems "burned out" and little education is taking place in the lower levels. A few years ago, Montessori was the place to prepare your children for Magnet. Now, I doubt any of the 4 year olds could place in any of the Magnet programs. The principal is very close minded & doesnt listen to the parents. She only cares about $$$$.
MSS is a good school, but there are some questionable things about it. Montessori is no doubt one of the if not the best education your child can receive. I have had problems with one teacher , but since then she has left. There are somethings about the close minded of the leadership in the staff. It has shown that this school is probably the best education ever. Many of the top graduates in Louisiana are infact from this Very MS. By the way it's Montessori not Montessory ! FAIL
There's a reason why most of the kids who attend Montessori School for Shreveport (MSS) have parents who are doctors, lawyers and other educated professionals. These people want the best for their kids! I see a parent left a 1-star review on Aug 25, 2010. There's always that difficult person who is never satisfied. Her kid probably had issues or was slow and she blamed the school. Teachers are always involved. As part of the Montessori philosophy, there are times when children have their own time to learn and play. I also don't know what she is talking about in regards to the teachers and administration... they are open-minded, helpful, kind and motivated about teaching and mentoring our children! The school does expect parent involvement but it's for your child's own good, and it helps keep tuition low. How can you complain about a school who wants you to be involved in your child s education? The hours required are minimal and can easily be obtained. It's obvious, this was a difficult parent and/or difficult child and NOTHING was going to satisfy her. I don't normally leave reviews, but when I saw this negative review, I just had to leave one also because I LOVE this school!
This years marks our 8th year for our oldest child to attend Montessori. It has truly been a blessing to us, as he is allowed to be an individual and think outside of the box. It has also been a wonderful place for my daughter as well. The person who gave it one star probably has a problem with her child and life in general. The classrooms are highly structured and there is so much learning going on all the time. Just because the teachers are not directing every decision for the child does not mean they aren't working. In fact, Montessori allows for our children to develop critical thinking skills that are often lacking in other schools. If you want your child to be an active learning, rather than passively regurgitate information fed to them by a teacher, then this is the place for you.
My interaction with this school for one year when my daughter attended it in preschool level was totally disaterous. The teachers and the administration have a very narrow and almost snobbish outlook over the montessori philosophy of teaching which I know for a fact is a great way of teaching and that is why we went to this school but to my amazement I noticed that there was no structure in the classrooms, teachers not actively doing anything with the students. The administration wants you to devote a lot of time volunteering which is good but it should be optional and not mandatory. I would advise to please stay away from this school. If you like montessory way of teaching then find alternative schools. The underlying philosophy of the school leadership is flawed.
My daughter was in the Toddler class and Pr-Primary class and she loved it. As someone else stated, you have to see the class to appreciate Montessori education. Both of my kids attend now in Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. The education is amazing! I went to public schools myself but wish I could learn the way my kids do... kids don't watch the teacher at a chalkboard; it's hands-on learning. You must observe a class to appreciate!
The best school in Shreveport/Bossier by far. She walked away with an abundance of knowledge, respect for herself, and a high self esteem. I love this school, the teachers, and the staff. They became our family. I recommend this school to any parent that cares deeply about their child's education.
My children attended this school for 3 years. It was such a wonderful place - a kid Utopia! The administration seems to treat the teachers with respect, the office staff is friendly and helpful, and the teachers really care about the kids and their needs. I would recommend this school 100%
I truly believe that the Montessori School for Shreveport laid the foundation for my two daughers academic success.
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