Love of Learning Montessori is a remarkable school. My children had previously attended La Petite and The Goddard school. My older son has excelled in math, reading and geography since starting Love of Learning for Pre-K last year. He is doing far more than any of his peers from The Goddard School. He made a map of South America on his first day of Kindergarten. The teachers are wonderful and most have been there for many years. They may not always have time to talk with you during the school day as it will take them away from the children, but they will gladly chat with you after school or via email. We have never had a problem with the teachers or administration and find them all to be very warm, welcoming and helpful. I am disappointed in some of the poor reviews on this site and I am thinking that these parents have not had any experience with other day care centers. One of my sons had 4 teachers leave his school in the first 2 months at the Goddard School. That to me, is a HIGH turnover rate. I also think that the tuition is comparable to other day cares/private schools in our area, but the children are learning so much more here. Love of Learning is worth every penny.
The admin is horrible and it impacts teacher happiness & the overall academic experience for the child. High staff turnover & staffing is low. There's not enough floaters to provide teachers daily breaks/sick days & teachers are TIRED. Finances seem to be poorly spent - filthy bathrooms, lack of books/materials in infants/toddlers, class trips/enrichment are infrequent &the playground is a mess. Parents are asked to DONATE to fund the playground-ridiculous given tuition. The behavior of the admin is embarrassing. When parents have valid concerns, they are slow to respond/cannot make time to meet w/parents. We often got the sense that this was a business about $$$ & not a school. Re:elementary program, from what we have heard it should be avoided at all costs. The school lacks the professionalism to run a daycare, I would not recommend chancing a child's elementary education to this kind of management. Elem is usually staff children-TUITION PAYING families tend to move on. Many of the 5 star reviews posted below are by the admin, which is SAD. If they spent less time policing this site & more focusing on their current community needs, they might see what we all see.
I have to agree with the previous posts regarding the poor administration. My daughter was in the school for 3 years and although was lucky enough to have excellent teachers, they are few and far between. The administration has been nothing but oppositional and do not treat their teachers well likely contributing to the high turnover rate. The school is a family run business and many of the elementary students are children of the administration. They repeatedly run fundraisers for the elementary students (overseas trips) as well as for building/playground maintenance. Given that this is a for profit institution, tuition fees (one of the highest in howard county) should be more than adequate to cover the upgrades to the facility/playground. There are also have been security and health concerns that were not communicated to parents in an appropriate manner. Overall, I do not recommend this school.
This school is less than stellar...I would not recommend this school to anyone. Some of the teachers are exceptional but are overshadowed by poor administration and overall lack of supervision in the toddler program. My toddler was bitten, scratched, pushed and shoved by other students and nothing was done by her teachers and I was never notified by the school. There is also a very high teacher turnover rate, which is disruptive to a child's routine.
This school is the best foundation of education that a child can receive in Howard County. Not only is the Montessori method itself a fantastic path of education but this particular school, and all of its staff make up a great faculty. I attended this school for seven years and then came back for an internship later on. The teachers in my kindergarden classes and elementary classes were exceptionally good teachers and people. I think the administration and teachers do an amazing job at making education a positive environment and make the students feel like they want to learn. The teachers in both the elementary and kindergarden departments, the two that I have had experience with, inspire the students to enjoy learning everyday and make school a place that is enjoyable. The teacher's will spend everyday teaching the students to meet their full potential and excel in the academic and social world.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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