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Love of Learning Montessori School

Private | PK-6 | 125 students

Academic Excellence

 

Living in Columbia

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $280,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted March 24, 2014

The elementary school program did not fit our child's needs. While our child very much enjoyed the spanish lessons and the guitar lessons, the math curriculum was not even remotely challenging and we were disappointed by the inflexibility and defensiveness we encountered when we raised the issue respectfully with the staff. If your child is academically above his or her peers (particularly if he or she is highly or profoundly gifted), this is not the right school. There were also issues with bullying that were not addressed by the staff - cruel, vicious behavior by other students. Our child felt alone and without true peers or advocates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

This school is the best Montessori school in Howard County. Both of my kids attended preschool there, and my younger one started an infant. We kept our older child there for the Kindergarten year (instead of a highly rated HoCo public school) and are very glad we did. However, the teachers and school do follow a strict interpretation of the Montessori method, so be sure you understand the Montessori principles and are confident that it is the best way for your child. (Personally, it is great for my kids! However, I know there are some kids that just need a different approach.) There does seem to be some turnover among the assistant teachers, but the lead teachers in the Children's House (preschool program) are the best teachers anywhere. Not only do they develop great readers and thinkers, but also confident, independent, curious, and polite little people. These skills are useful in interactions throughout life, well beyond the school years. You will be amazed at what your 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old can do after a couple of years at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Both my children have been at this school since pre-school. My eldest graduated from 5th grade and today she is a very confident, well prepared, and above average High School student. My younger son is on the Elementary Program at Love of Learning and continues to strive performing above grade-level in Language, Math, Geography and Science. The foundation of the Spanish curriculum is strong, which was a very important factor for our family to continue to strengthen their native language, not only spoken, but the proper use of grammar and reading. I can t say enough great things about this school which nurtured my kids into independent, strong learners who can think and lead on their own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Academic Excellence * The most robust Montessori curriculum in the area. * Students are consistently 2 to 4 years ahead in math, reading and science than the national norm. * The Best and Brightest* Lead teachers are Montessori trained and qualified with an average of 10+years of teaching experience. * Fully equipped and intimate Montessori classrooms that offer more individualized attention. A Diverse & International Community* A community of teachers and parents from all over the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America. * The only school in Columbia with an intensive Foreign Language Program. In Kindergarten, our children begin to read and write in Spanish and continue increasing their comprehension and fluency so that by 6th grade, students can communicate comfortably with native Spanish speakers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 6, 2013

While I think some of the teachers here are excellent, I think the administration at this particular school is less than professional. My kids attended one year here (2012-2013) and during that time, the director treated my family's concerns as an inconvenience, eventually telling us that if we complained one more time (valid security/teacher communication concerns) they'd cancel our contract. The worst part is that on one occasion, I came to pick up my 2-year-old daughter and they couldn't find her. While she was ok in the end, no one ever apologized or tried to fix a system that is clearly broken.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

As a parent of 3 children, I have experienced one other local Montessori school for pre-school and the highly-regarded public elementary school for kindergarden and first grade. I have to say that Love of Learning far exceeds all the other learning environments, both academically and socially. The teachers seem to know exactly how to inspire my children to perform at their fullest potential, the foreign language program that begins at age 3 is truly remarkable and the entire community is diverse and international. You won't find a more nurturing, well-rounded, dynamic and professional environment for children to thrive and succeed. Lastly, if you compare this school to other private schools with the same high academic standards, then the tuition is a great deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

A Great School for Developing Children and Leaders. My children have had the opportunity to experience Love of Learning since they were 18 months old. They are Elementary school students at the school now and I couldn't be more pleased about their growth and development. I believe that they are academically advanced (don't all of us parents) and that goes without saying, but more importantly the think their Love of Learning experience developed them as well rounded, thoughtful, kind and caring leaders. It is evident in school, but it really stands out when they are placed in peer environments and extra-curricular activities outside of school. Time and time again, people tell me what great leaders my children are. I appreciate that the school environment has provided numerous opportunities for them to be lead and to lead with style and grace. The fun part for me is that they don't even realize that they are great leaders yet. It's just the way they are. The administration has always been more than supportive and bends over backwards to meet the needs of the students first and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

As a parent who enjoys attending Open Houses for schools in the area, including all the other Montessori schools, I believe that Love of Learning has a good quality program. They have better equipped classrooms with high quality materials and have trained teachers in each classroom; with each of the teachers in the classroom are trained at the level they teach. As a parent of children who have attended other Montessori schools, I think Love of Learning meets all of my expectations academically. I like the community that the teachers and parents create and that my daughters are exposed to. I also feel that Love of Learning is not priced out of the range of other quality private schools in the Metropolitan area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

Despite the fact that we live in Howard county and have access to some of the best schools in the nation, I think that that Love of Learning is a great value and well worth the money. We are glad to be a part of the Love of Learning family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

I would NOT recommend this school. My child's teacher didn't acknowledge bullying in the classroom and did not ensure the welfare of the students. The elementary levels are based more on a cram-school schedule instead of any Montessori principles. Finally, the cost is more than double the national average for a private Montessori education and the result does not warrant the money spent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

The school is a very family friendly environment. Both my children have gained so much and grown academically. I respect the schools adherance to the philosophy while assuring a TOP NOTCH education to the children. I am extremely happy with our children progress and look forward to continue through the 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

LOLMS is a strict Montessori environment. Be sure to understand the Montessori Method before sending your child to LOLMS. All teachers are college educated and certified Montessori Instructors. LOLMS is expensive but worth the price. The school is a very family friendly environment. All the of the teachers and staff know my son and myself by name. His teachers and I have great communication. I receive constant communication via email and toddler blog. I especially love that my son is being taught a foreign language. I am extremely happy with my son's progress and he will be attending LOLMS through 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

Love of Learning Montessori has many faults including poor administration, rigid interpretation of the montessori concept leaving no room for teaching flexibility, and sub-par teachers who observe rather than teach. The school is very expensive for the poor quality of education that it provides. In some instances, the school is twice as expensive as its competitors. If you are considering sending your child to this school, insist on making a couple of observation visits, and inquire about your ability to drop in to observe your children in the classroom after you have enrolled your child/children. They frown upon this request. Beware of schools that have such closed door policies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Although this school is pricey, we have found that it teaches invaluable lessons that no other school in Howard County teaches, such as manners and grace. Our daughter knows to be respectful to her elders, and that is something most kids today are lacking. We have looked at over 15 schools in the area, even tried out a Goddard, and this beats them all hands-down. Plus, the emphasis on diversity is priceless. We live in a global envt., and there is so much learn from each other. My husband and I didn't find any form of diversity that matches what LOL has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

The most wonderful place for your child to be if they can't be with you. The staff and owners are tremendously invested in the well being and acedemic success of all the children here. There is not enough good things I can say about this school, it's just wonderful. Both my sons went here through kindergarten and both were extremely happy and learned so much here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

Great, great school! We have 2 children enrolled and 3rd on his way. We have been with the school for 3 years and we love the education our children are recieving. We could not imagine to have them enrolled into a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Hit or miss on teachers - high teacher turnover. Pricing is extremely high - not even close to the market pricing. Facility is very nice and that seems to be what you're paying for. The staff is largely spanish and program is 1/2 spanish 1/2 english - not good for young kids learning fundamentals. Also, weak in math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

Wonderful teachers with loving hearts. I am very happy for the years my daughter has spent there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

The school is waaaayyyy too expensive for what you get and the principal is unaccomodating. The price is even going up and the class sizes approach 30. This school is nice but certainly not worth the price!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

My son spent 4 years at LOL and they were wonderful. My daughter just completed her first year there. We have become friends with many other LOL parents and find the overall atmosphere friendly and cordial. Like all schools, some teachers and administrators are better than others, but LOL weeds out the weak teachers over time. My son has had a wonderful experience and it has prepared him superbly for entry to 1st grade. His math, reading, art, and science skills are astounding. I cannot say enough good things about LOL...highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Two or more races 64% N/A
Black 16% 40%
White 13% 45%
Hispanic 4% 10%
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Urdu
Tagalog
Spanish
Japanese
Urdu
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:00 am
School end time
  • 6:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Carmen Awilda Torres
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMS
Fax number
  • (410) 715-9667

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Affiliated with Soccer Shots
Girls sports
  • Affiliated with Soccer Shots

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Model UN
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
More from this school
  • Love of Learning strives for excellence at entry level. All of our Montessori teachers are certified from the American Montessori Society (AMS) or the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). They all hold bachelor's degrees or higher education and have been teaching for several years.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
135
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
260

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$9000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Glenelg Country School
Stone Ridge School
Howard County Public School System
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9151 Rumsey Rd. Ste 100
Columbia, MD 21045
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Phone: (410) 715-9600

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