I want to relay a recent example that illustrates the dedication the principal of Baltimore Montessori PCS has for the children attending the school: on Saturday, Ms. Allison attended the city-wide public schools chess tournament that some of the students participated in and on Sunday she attended the Bridges (string program) concert that some other Montessori students participated in (along with students from several other city public schools). It should be noted that her own three children do not participate in these programs but she took time out of her weekend to attend these programs. I watched as children ran up to her excited to see her and proud to share with her what they've accomplished on their string instrument. We need more leaders in education like Ms. Allison for city schools!
If the parents of the students knew half of what goes on in those classrooms there wouldn't be a school anymore. This is not opinion it is fact. There is no discipline in this school. I personally believe deeply in Montessori principals but one has to be a realist when considering that this is an inner city school and discipline is necessary. In general, the school survives because of the demographic. The wealthy children from Roland Park have parents who won t let them fail and can tolerate the lack of basic education because they force their children to do homework at night. The impoverished children from the immediate area have negligent parents who aren t really paying attention. Please be careful with allowing your children to go to school here. I'm disappointed that my tax dollars are funding this experiment.
I second Dr. Alonzo's call for opening more schools like this in Baltimore City. It's no surprise that he would say this about Baltimore Montessori Public Charter. The city and all of the parents I know at the school love what is happening there. I have one son at this school and he has really taken to the challenging curriculum and the engaging surroundings. The principle, Allison Schecter, works tirelessly at knowing every child and their families. The involvement of the parents, teachers, staff AND the local community, make this school a gem. Intensive academic instruction is exceptional and teaches kids to really understand the depth of each track. (Not simply staring into a textbook and reading back the words) I'm also very impressed with the exposure that the kids have to everything from planting organic vegetables, doing yoga, learning to cook healthy meals, and the list goes on. I'm incredibly grateful to everyone at the school and the leadership that Allison shows on a daily basis. Locking down plans for the new middle school is yet another example of her dedication and creativity in a part of the city that needs it. If you can, get your kids into this school!
I find Ms debeka to be truly outstanding and wonderful. A true asset to this otherwise dreary and poorly run institution, I suggest that they, the administration,ask Ms Debeka to give lessons from her vast wealth of 37 years of teaching in the Montessori school system how to run this school better. It could only be a big improvement. I would rate this school as excellent if all the students were lucky enough to have Ms Debeka as their teacher.
My child is in his third year (also the school's third year open) at BMPCS. He's in a classroom with a new teacher, but she already knows him and can challenge him in a direct and personal way I can't imagine possible elsewhere. This school just attracts great people -- great teachers, great families, great students! I'm also thrilled with the extras that happen -- Bridges, sciences, yoga, bake sales, chess. No matter what he's involved with or not, we love having him here. It's relieving to know his development is progressing positively across all aspects, not just academically, but socially and relationally. The academics are wonderful alone, but with everything else it's just what he/we need.
A unique charter school in the city. Visionary, committed, leadership. An excellent board and very engaged parents. Making the principles of Montessori-style education work within the Baltimore City public school system is an extremely difficult proposition. As a parent of two BMPCS kids, I am continually impressed and encouraged by the dedicated work of the principal and her staff. Expanding BMPCS to middle school shows great determination and resourcefulness.
Working in public education for 15 years, my husband and I have worked with a variety of teachers, administrators, and schools - we have been accountable for growth in test scores on a variety of levels. We chose to send our 3 children to this school because of the visionary leadership that values the whole child, and the dedication of staff to make the vision a reality in everything they do. One of our children has special needs and is fully included in the classroom with appropriate supports and is flourishing. All of our children are engaged and are encouraged to take ownership of their learning by making guided choices. The curriculum is rigorous and naturally engaging. We have seen the learning in action! There is always room for growth, and this school seems to keep growing in different ways to meet the needs of the children they are committed to.
We have one child who is attending Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School and one child who will begin in the Fall. Every great school starts with great leadership. The Director is an amazing leader who has ensured that the school stays focused on its mission to provide an authentic Montessori experience. We have been very impressed with the quality of the teachers and their commitment to understanding and supporting each individual child. The level of work and development of our child over the past two years has been incredible. The school is very committed to ensuring the development of the whole child - intellectual, social, emotional, and to develop and honor each child's individual strengths. We feel very fortunate to have our children attend this school.
We have been thoroughly impressed with our son's teacher and the overall experience at BMPCS. He will be returning for his second year and is very excited about it. Throughout the school year last year, his teacher communicated consistently and clearly with us about his academic progress and social behavior. Whenever there was a concern, on her part or ours, it was addressed immediately by her. In regards to the school as a whole, you can see things are going well just by looking at the children; they are, for the most part, smiling and on task. We found the administration to be very friendly and helpful. Something that exemplifies the high quality of the school is the morning drop off; the Director is out in front of the school everyday greeting all of the children personally. It is a great way to start the day.
I have two children at Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School and I could not be happier with the education they are receiving - the rigor of the curriculum and the quality of instruction and the overall spirit and values of the school. My kids love coming to school and we feel so lucky to be part of the school community. I am also incredibly impressed with the capacity and dedication of the leadership, teachers and staff - constantly rethinking and refining the program to address the needs and potential of every child. I have also grown to appreciate the montessori approach. We actually chose the school, not for montessori, but because we were so inspired by the Director and confident in the capacity of the Board to help implement the vision. I love how and what my kids are learning!
Our son has been a student at Baltimore Montessori for the past two years, and we are unbelievably happy with his time there. The administration bends over backwards to try to meet the needs of the varied student population, and has been quite successful in our opinion. The structure of the classroom allows for many different learning levels and styles, and this has been a real bonus for our son. He spends his days in a caring and challenging learning environment where he is always asked to be his best. The dedication of staff; both teaching and administrative is incredible. The school has had its growing pains over the past two years, but each step has provided a stronger foundation for the next steps. We are grateful that there is such a wonderful option as part of the Baltimore public school system.
I have two children enrolled in this school and I am extremely pleased with our family's experiences. The director is an outstanding leader who is truly dedicated to the school and its mission and cares deeply about every child and family. The teachers are so responsive to the children, and I see a level of professionalism and dedication to the classrooms that is all too rare these days. I am also very impressed with caliber of work my children are doing... speaking as a former private school teacher, I can attest that Baltimore Montessori is really preparing these kids to be successful in high school and beyond. What impresses me most about this school, however, is the staff's sincere commitment to the school's mission, vision, and goals. Those aren't just words on a plaque for this team; they are the principles that guide and inform everything the administrators and teachers do.
Our daughter will be starting her third year at this school. She has shown so much growth, both socially and academically in the past two years. The school provides an authentic Montessori environment, which is peaceful and challenging. The leadership has a great vision and the rare ability to implement that vision. The school fills a dire need for quality public education in Baltimore, as the waiting list of hundreds of children attests. My husband and I refuse to compromise where our daughter's school is concerned. This school has allowed us remain in the city we love and watch her thrive among a diverse group of peers and outstanding teachers.
I am surprised by some of the negative reviews below. My son just finished his second year at BMPCS, which itself is only 2 years old. There has been a steep learning curve, but the dedication and caring of leadership and staff are extraordinary. Many teachers are relatively new, but they are bright, hard-working and, w/support, growing. The leadership thinks carefully and innovatively about working with children with extra academic, social and emotional needs while trying to create calm structured Montessori classrooms of 24 children who often have no Montessori experience and/or have not succeeded in traditional schools. There are bumps in the road, particularly in the area of parent communication, and apparently bruised feelings along the way, but my son is learning something much more important than what you'll find in the curricular objectives: he's learning why and how to learn.
I am grateful for the opportunity to send my two children to begin their 3rd year here. While they have had amazing private education on 3 continents, without this public option, I'm sure our family would give up on living in the city alltogther. I'm impressed with the teachers ability to energize and assess my kids so deeply and accurately. The Founding Director is a benevolent listener who believes all children are different and all concerns from all community members can be addressed in her smaller school setting (270 kids). If your looking for a school where you drop your kids off and forget about their education, if you're into rewards and test scores, this is not the school for you. If you want your children to be educated through hands on learning with a community spirit, and be involved in making that community thrive you will love this school.
I thought we were the only ones having problems with this school. I took my daughter out because they kept labeling her as 'angry' and 'frustrated'. There was a double standard. If you were part of the 'founding family and friends' group, you will do fine, but those who were not, had problems and they made us feel like they did not want to be bothered with our daughter. This school is not recommended at all.
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