Greenmount has been an incredible experience for my son. The creative, multi-disciplinary curriculum, the quality of teaching and small classes, and the support and warmth of the entire school community, all combine to create a truly unique and wonderful learning environment. The thematic curriculum has enabled my son to explore topics in great depth. He's had the chance to define and explore his interests and understands the relevance of the subject matter in a way that really resonates. He has also gained tremendous confidence--both academically and socially. He loves going to school, tells me he enjoys his homework assignments (!) and is constantly bringing up topics---from science to politics--related to subjects he's studying or that were mentioned in conversations with his teachers and other students. Before he began at Greenmount, I was concerned that the curriculum wasn't going to be rigorous enough. That has not been the case. In addition to receiving the firm grounding he needs in math, science, history, etc., he's also learned to write, speak in public and make connections between complex, abstract concepts. Most importantly, he has discovered that he loves learning.
Pros: Close knit welcoming community, socially conscious environment, really sweet kids Cons: Child centered approach means more lax academics. Academics behind city schools (math, for example, is lagging by 1 year)
We could not have been less happy with this school. Suffice it to say that the school talks a good game about being an open-minded, inclusive community that teaches respect for all people, blah, blah, blah. However, it's not much more than talk. Our child was bullied horribly, and the teachers did nothing to stop it. In fact, when they noticed it all, it was to reprimand our child for responding badly to the bullies. By the time the administration stepped in to deal with the bullies, it was too little too late.
I joined this school in 6th grade. The teachers are very enthusiastic and try hard to help all of us. The school makes me think for myself and really encourages creativity. GreenMount welcomes students from different backgrounds and with different personalities, and it's cool that everyone can be unique. We do a lot of research, writing, and multi-media presentations and projects.
GreenMount's nurturing environment, small class size, accessibility to teachers/staff, and parent involvement have made for a great educational experience for our son. As part of the first K class 5 years ago, he only wishes the school went through high school. The K is a great mix of academic learning and social skills development. AND, the K teacher is awesome! All the educators at GMS are committed to their profession and to being in an environment where they can be creative and teach our children on many levels without having to teach to the test. The theme-based curriculum offers opportunities to delve deep into a subject, explore creativity, through art, music and academics, and gives meaning to what the students learn. Educating the "whole" child in my opinion is a hallmark of the GreenMount School, and its philosophy and teaching practices work to create "learners not just the learned." This kind of learning can be applied to any discipline and students graduate with important skills they can use beyond their education. The proof is in the comments we hear from high schools our former students attend and from the students themselves about their time at GMS.
WONDERFUL,WONDERFUL school! The Kindergarten teacher is the most amazing teacher and ANY child would be blessed to be in class with her.
The school has an awesome sense of community that is hard to find at other schools. The teachers are phenomenal and the kids are learning real-world stuff as opposed to being taught to pass a state test.
Small class sizes, parents are part of the classroom, creative teaching, theme-based....my dream school!
The Kindergarten teacher is the most engaged and dynamic educator I've ever met. She teaches kids to learn through experience and I am always amazed at how she gets the kids to follow along.
The school is designed to challenge the children. The school is committed to teaching, challenging, and most importantly invoking creativity. For example, a noted children's author Nancy Patz ( you can look her up) held a writing workshop for the eight graders. This workshop resulted in the eigth grader writing, illustrating, and yes PUBLISHING three children books. This is the kind of place that you want your child to belong to; Where he/she challenged to expect and achieve success.
We enrolled our daughter at GreenMount starting in 6th grade, coming from a fine public school in Baltimore County. I'm so glad we did. Her teachers not only expect the kids to do their best, but show them how. The small class size means that kids are engaged in learning (no hiding out, or waiting while the teacher focuses elsewhere). The relationship between teachers and students, and among the students, are respectful, focused on learning, and the engagement among the middle schoolers is genuine. Themed studies are an important method for the students to investigate ideas, information, and competing perspectives. The school lives and teaches the core values for building and tending a diverse community. We could not be happier with the school.
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