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Patuxent Montessori School5
Posted May 23, 2011
- a parent
Our daughter graduated (6th grade) from the Patuxent Montessori School and received an excellent education. As a result of our experience at this school, I would highly recommend this Montessori School to anyone who is interested in having their children experience the best Montessori School in this area. The administration and staff are all AMI trained and adhere to the Montessori principles set forth by Dr. Maria Montessori. The warm and friendly atmosphere at Patuxent Montessori School was very nurturing to both our child and us. We will be forever grateful to this school to have received this educational experience for our child.
I highly recommend this school!! I have visted numerous schools and this one was very impressive and highly maintained. The atmosphere was conducive to learning, very clean and well maintained. The children seemed to really enjoy the learning environment.
Both of our children attended Montessori schools, and this was by far the best! Not only were the academic standards high, but the expectations for parent cooperation and support on the home front was there as well. All parents have equal access to their child's teacher, and the communication lines are always open. This school has a loving & supportive community approach with a staff that is dedicated to helping parents become better parents!
This is a very good school in terms of its education, however beware - there are many conflicts of interests in how it is run. The founder is also president of the board of directors is also the elementary directress. Her husband runs the school with her and her daughter and daughter in law are the other two teachers. Should you have any issues with the school, understand that there is no recourse. Checks and balances do not exist as it is run more like a dictatorship. The founder has incredibly strong view points and that she will not take well if you challenge them. Approach this school with much caution. If you want an excellent education, but don't mind being controlled in every way, shape, or form.
My two sons attended Patuxent Montessori in Bowie, Maryland (son#1-2001-05; son#2-2003-2007.) Academic standards are very high; children spend six hours in 'time on task'. It is a pure Montessori school, expecting cooperative learning among students and long attention to 'work'. There are 100 students ranging from 2-14 years (pre-school through 6th grade). The headmistress/proprietor is extremely serious about the moral climate of the school, and is a gifted teacher in math and history. While there have been many skilled and devoted teachers, there is high turnover of teachers. Perhaps typical of smallish private school. Parents sometimes feel denied real participation in what their child is learning- a regrettable Montessori tendency. The business side is well run by the husband of the headmistress. The costs are on the low side for a private school in the D.C. area. All in all, this is an excellent school, and my two sons thrived and benefited
This school is very small and 'family-like' and offers a wonderful Montessori cirriculum. The classroom are spacious, well-equiped and very clean and orderly. They are ,however, difficult to get into because they are very small and do not have many openeing each year. They also strictly adhere to the Montessori principles so parents should be informed about Montessori education if persuing this school.