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PK-3
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Columbia, MD
Students enrolled: 76

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9760 Owen Brown Road
Columbia, MD 21045

(410) 730-5056
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December 18, 2014
JBMS at Columbia is a wonderful place for students to grow and cultivate fundamental skills of how to learn and to love learning. Our child thrived there and in his future elementary school. His ES teachers consistently commented on how well he had been trained. They noted that he was able to excel so quickly in a new environment and was advanced in many reading/language and math areas. We could not have been happier with the broad based, hands on education he received at JBMS. The parents had the children involved in local community based activities to supplement (music, sports) the exposure at JBMS. I did not find this to be an issue as we would have enrolled in these activities anyway. For us, the school was a great fit.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2014
We're looking at our child's next school. JBMS was ok at the PK-K level, but the instructor turnover and student departure rate has affected the educational quality. They have a new (young) administrator; the previous administrator called occasionally with status reports, and sent home notes when events were happening. The current one sent a note indicating a student had pink eye - and I believe that's all we've received. We ignored some obvious signs that we are now looking for. A music/arts program, an PE program (not simply "let them outside and run around in our tiny yard"), as well as solid science and some type of social studies or history. JBMS said these programs were in place and they really aren't - what JBMS has is superficial, at best. There's also no sense of community fostered by the school. As noted previously, Montessori schools don't encourage parental participation, and JBMS has the same approach. They also don't facilitate family interaction - that would allow the parents to band together and get the school to improve. Their position is "trust us with your child and give us your money." And that would be a mistake on your part.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2014
This school is just as bad as Crossway Community Montessori School, DO NOT HAVE YOUR CHILD COME TO THIS SCHOOL. Scandalous administration.

- submitted by a community member
June 17, 2014
We have been sending our daughter to this school for the past two years and are very happy with the quality of education provided here. Our daughter has developed well and is learning a lot of stuff from the Directress (Ms. Anderson) and the Assistants and has a good group of kids to learn and play with. Clearly the communication style practiced with the parents is different here compared to other schools and might add a bit more anxiety early on for parents that are sending their kids to a school for the first time (and might expect frequent feedback on how the kid is doing each day/week). Once they are past this phase, this is no longer an issue. Of course, the school encourages parents to set up meetings as often as needed with the Directresses. The one suggestion we have for the school is to add a few more "play area equipment" for the kids. We absolutely plan on sending our son to this school when he is ready.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
Parental involvement: When I visited various other Montessori Schools, they all seem to have varying degrees of limited access to the classroom and teachers. It seems they all feel that the parents presence can often be an intrusion or distraction to the daily process. Expulsions: I do agree that the school should give reason for the dismissal of a child. However, in majority of private schools you will find that the schools are able to terminate a relationship at any time if they believe that a child/ parent is not in line with the schools mission. However if no specific reason was given for the dismisal upset feelings are understood. My personal experience: The classrooms are in good order, the teachers & assistants are all involved and the tone is very calm. This is a school environment, so the happy go lucky tone of a daycare would be absent here. The school is on the older, more lived-in side, however due to the fact that the tuition is much (significantly) less than surrounding Mont. schools, give me the clean older environment over a new building any day. I will update as my experience goes further but as for now, I am more than pleased.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Great schools! For those of you who are complaining, remember, you had your chance to check the schools out before YOU enrolled your child! My child left for public schools and could have been placed 2 years ahead of where we decided to place her! Maybe trying to be a parent at home and working with your children on things for their development would be a better idea instead of expecting teachers or schools to do so for you! All I will say is the staff is almost always professional, and the children seem to really mature and develop abilities beyond their years! My advice is to research what Montessori is! It's about teaching children to be more independent, the way the classes are set up, just look into it more! You would be very surprised. My children were in more than one of the locations due to the purchase of a new home and never had anything but positivity and professionalism! They are not a day care center, or parents, they molders of young minds!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
JBMS has a history of kicking out students on a whim for any reason. It happened to me and I don't want it to happen to you! I was left without daycare for two weeks and had to stay home from work until I found something for my child. I could do it, but others could lose their job! My BIG offense??-- I asked the beforecare teacher about what activities my child does in the morning. That one question got my daughter thrown out without warning or discussion. I was in disbelief. Then I read on here how they have done the same thing to so many children. They are complete wackos and should have their licensed revoked. I'm considering a lawsuit. Please don't send you child here. There is no stability or security for your child here!!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I am very disappointed with the school. The concept of the school is not right for kids. It is just like a small prison. Parents are not allowed to talk to teachers directly which is ridiculous. The school cares their business much more than kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
I am a parent of two children one currently attending JBMS and one who has graduated. My family has been a part of the JBMS family since 2006 and we are very pleased to have chosen JBMS for our daughter s early education. My oldest daughter now 9, began attending JBMS at age 2. From the first day she absolutely loved it. We were new to the area and she was able to meet lots of friends and form bonds that are still tight today. The Montessori method of education was a perfect fit for my active and curious child. Being able to learn at her own pace was exactly what she needed. During the 6 years at JBMS she flourished. Now as a fourth grader in a public school she is doing excellent. She is on or above grade level in all subjects. She has a strong foundation, established at JBMS. My younger daughter age 2, is beginning the program for the first time this year. She is recognizing sounds, shapes and colors. More importantly at that age, are her manners. She is learning how to be polite, follow instructions and how to play effectively with her peers. Before choosing JBMS we toured other daycare facilities. None were as clean with such polite staff and well mannered children as JBMS.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
I am extremely impressed with JBMS. My daughter has been there a little less than a year and the staff has stayed consistent thus far. Every time I had an question or concern my I have never had an issue with speaking with anyone. My daughter is very excited when going to school and has made a lot of friends. I would have to agree with the other parents that if you are considering enrolling your child definitely do your research about the Montessori method because it's not for everyone. Please go visit the school yourself it's a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2011
My daughter has been attending the Columbia location for 2 years now. I've never seen the rudeness that people mention. One thing I don't like is all questions has to go the directress and not the teacher/assistant. My daughter (who is 4.5 now) has learned a lot over the last two years and especially under Ms America since Fall'11. I think the class size has fallen to about 15 from 25 last year and I think that has given a chance for the teacher to spend more time with the kids. My daughter's reading, counting, adding, singing has improved dramatically in the last 4 months. I gave 2 stars for the policy of not letting parents talk to teachers/assistants directly except for the bi-annual PT meeting. They also have two observing sessions a year where you watch your child but not interact with them during class hours. Also the fact that they serve Vegetarian lunch makes it convenient for us to let her eat at school once in a while as we are vegetarians. I might let my second daughter also attend JBMS if we are still in this area in another 2 years.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
I'm shocked at the negatives reviews and I believe many of these must not be for the Columbia location. We have been at JBMS in Columbia for three years and have had an extremely positive experience. We have had amazing communication with all staff members, to include receiving notification from the staff for every bump and scrape on the playground to having telephone messages promptly returned when we had a question. The Montessori approach may not be suitable for everyone and I would encourage anyone who plans to consider this school to read about the Montessori approach prior to visiting so you'll understand the environment and how it differs from "daycare".

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
I've read through a number of reviews and I'm shocked by the comments. My daughter has been attending this school for 4 years now and is thriving in this challenging academic environment. I have had no problems communicating with teachers and/or the principal. My daughter is WAY above grade level in all subjects. In fact, parents who have switched schools regret their decision. This Montessori school stresses independent thinking and provides a challenging academic environment for its students.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
The worst school in Maryland. The environment is prison-like and I can't figure out what the $1000 a month is for. My niece will NOT be attending!

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2011
Seems to be a trend on this board and one I agree with, the management and turnover at JB Montessori is quite absurd. We met with 2 nice folk at Columbia's JB school in considering enrollment. When enrollment time came we found out both had been fired and a new soon to be on maternity leave replacement had been chosen. We are so glad we got our application declined and money back, since the school refused to take our phone calls. We were shocked to see so many like minded parents on this site. We can definitely recommend St. Mary's of the Mills and Pallotti Early Learning Center for your children, they have been very easy to work with over the years.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
This "montessori" school is more like a rigid daycare. The owners do not care about educating children. They run the school more like a dictatorship.The children are not allowed creative expression, they are trained to be "well behaved" robots. If you really care about your child's education then DO NOT send your them here!

- submitted by a teacher
February 16, 2011
I would not send my kid to this school if you want to find a caring school for your kid.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
I received a phone call on Monday dismissing my child from the Columbia school because I questioned the high turnover rate of the administrator position. We are on our 5th or 6th administrator in 1.5 yrs. I was told that Monday was his last day, we should pick up all his belongings and he is not to return to school the next day. He is nearly 4 yrs old and has been there for more than 1.5 yrs (since he was 2.5 yrs old) and has made a lot of friends. I had to explain to him that he did not do anything wrong, he is being expelled because they are mad at mommy. He does not understand why he cannot see his friends or favorite teacher anymore. Why dismiss a child in the middle of the school year and disrupt his schedule if your main interest is childhood education? Especially since he did nothing wrong! I am very disappointed. After reading the reviews below, I realize that there is a pattern of dismissing kids as desired at this school. The children should not have to suffer because the adults disagree.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
Please DO NOT enroll your child in this school. I recieved a phone call last night at 10:45 PM and was told my child could not return EVER and i was not to come pick up her belonings. My child only went here for 2.5 weeks. I had yet to meet her teacher and to see how she was doing, I am not an overprotective parent, but I think I should at least know my childs teacher. He said I was not to interact with anyone but the directress. They also sent my child home with a 99.1 tempurature last tuesday. She was in school for 2.5 weeks and never brought home an art project or anything. She isn't even 3 yet, she should clearly be doing something creative EVERYDAY. These are children that should be having fun, not programmed into little robots. Please take all of these reviews VERY seriously. I wish I would have known about this website BEFORE i enrolled my child. No one should be recieving phone calls at 10:45 p.m. that there child can't come back to school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
I've read through all of the other reviews and would be remiss if I did not post. My children have been with JBMS for 5+ years now. Both are thriving academically and are happy. The environment at JBMS is nurturing for children to grow and learn. I can say that my children are almost 2 academic grades ahead in certain subjects and I attribute that to the teachers, etc. If either of my children are hurt, sick, whatever, the school calls and informs me. JBMS is absolutely open to parent involvment and communication. I can speak to any teacher, administrator or Julia Brown herself if I need to. Overall, JBMS is an OUTSTANDING school and I am sad that they only go to 3rd grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
Giving this school 1 start is and overstatement. WORST SCHOOL EVER!!! I am not sure how they are still in business. Its is a business only not a school. The owners are a disgrace to Montessori Education and should have their licensee taken away. PLEASE do your family a favor and remove your child from Julia Brown and never consider this a form of childcare/school. It makes me ill knowing what goes on in that environment.

- submitted by a teacher
November 22, 2010
My daughter was expelled because I asked to be informed on the days when she didn't nap. They strongly discourage parent communication.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
The school itself was nice. I liked the uniforms. however... They kicked my child (almost 3 years old) out because when she said her finger got burned and the teacher put ice on it, I went back in to ask about it. I didn't believe it happened (and even told them that), but needed to follow up on what my daughter said. they called my wife 2 hours later and said she may not come back to school because we don't trust the school. We asked to meet and have a face to face, and the directory said there was no discussion. one other earlier incident happened, there was a small bump on her lip. the administrator at the school (ms. America) said if my daughter says anything or complains about pains, come ask/tell them immediately. so following her advice I did so when my daughter was telling what I almost completely believed was a story.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
I've read some of the other reviews listed and felt the need to comment as my 3 children all attended/attend JBMS and we absolutely love it! My oldest began before they had uniforms!! (began at age 2 continued through 3rd grade). The uniforms are worth not having to argue over clothing with your child - I personally love that they added it. When my oldest changed schools for 4th grade, the staff at her new school commented not only the educational level she was at, but also the type of student she was. JBMS not only taught her language, math, etc but how to be a good student (completing a task, courteous to others, etc) This is a wonderful school and I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
We had our 5 year old and twin 3 year olds in the school. only one of the teachers was very good and caring. the owner is very pretentious. the management staff is very uncommunicative and non cooperative. I had to ask permission to talk to any of the teachers and was "reprimanded" and told to stop when I talked to my son's teacher. the teacher turnover is very very very high. my twins teachers weren't very attentive, I had to ask several times to pay attention to them and that they are doing the same work for over a month every day. they weren't learning anything. In Howard county all the pre-schools are full and thus the owners here don't really care about the kids, just make money. I wouldn't put my kids there.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2010
(From a former Laurel Branch Teacher's Assistant) I enjoyed my brief time at the school as a T.A. and it was brief not because I wanted it to be. The Director that I worked with was fantastic. He really cares for all of his students. The management leaves a lot to be desired. The turn over rate of T.A.s is EXTREMELY high. In the 3 months I was there, no less than 2 other T.A.s were fired or quit. The turn over rate is extremely hard on the students. This I learned from another T.A. who I, against the school's rigid staff policy, became friends with. My friend has since left the school as well. The students and teachers are amazing and it deeply saddened me to be let go on a Friday afternoon with no warning. It is the management's morals and integrity regarding their staff that I question.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2010
This school has been excellent for our oldest daughter, who has been there for a year and is about to turn five. The staff collaborate to make school a great experience for the kids. Our daughter has brought home a few mild nuisances, like little sayings we all used when we were kids, but it's far less common than when she was in a traditional daycare. There is true diversity here, not just all-white or all-black like many schools in the region. There is a great balance of Indian, Far-East Asian, western European, Russian, African and Central/South American backgrounds. Many of the staff members are well-educated immigrants. All of this results in a high level of discipline, a high level of intercultural interaction and equality, and plenty of opportunities for our daughter to learn things that she does not at home. Our other child will also go to

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
I'm very upset when my daughter attended at JBMS in Columbia. At first, I thought that Montessari program was the best program for my kid. That was the reason why I sent her to JBMS. After enrollment, she need the uniforms that quite expensive. The most important point, this school lack of parent/teacher interaction. When I picked my daughter up in the afternoon, I never heard about her problems because her teacher was already back home. No one there knowed about her class. When I sent her in the morning, the teacher was very busy. The director is very unkind. She care about her business more than children. My daughter was suffered during the period she learnt there. After I decided to move her to another school, she loves to go to the new school everyday. I will not recommend anyone to study here.

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February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
I love their way of teaching and my kids love going there.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
My daughter has attended JBMS for over 1 year now. While she has blossomed in this environment, we (her parents) continue to be driven batty by two things: lack of parent/teacher interaction and cold weather policies. First, getting a sit down with the teacher is like pulling teeth for some reason? Then when you do get the sit down, the surprise you with feedback that you were completely unaware of. Have they not heard of this new thing called 'email'. Also, my daughter is asthmatic, so cold weather, particilarly cold weather is not a good thing. The JMBS policy is to force kids out into cold weather as long as it is not raining or snowing. This means that is the temps dip into the teens... your child will be outside. Very frustrating. Again, while my daughter has blossomed at Julia Brown, the above conflicts will force us to move.

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July 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2008
JBMS is amazing. All of the Directresses have been wonderful and anxious to communicate with any parent open to their suggestions. This is a very different environment from a public school as it is much stricter and very structured. My daughter cannot be bored and must be given a challenge in order to thrive. JBMS makes sure that children are not idle and are constantly making sure that all of the children improve themselves. This is not an ideal situation for all children, but for certain children is a much better and is defiantly more challenging than a traditional public school. Rather than focusing on what people expect children should know by certain ages, they focus on the proper introduction of materials. My daughter is much better with math than reading so for her, being able to do decimals in Kindergarten is a thrill. She can go as far ahead as she needs to stay challenged. I have never seen a public school accommodate children in this manner.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 13, 2008
I did not like this school. My son studied in the columbia branch for two years as a pre-school student and he was always cranky when coming back home. When i put him in public school when he was 5 years he enjoyed that school a lot and showed a lot of improvement in learning things.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
We love JBMS. My daughter has thrived and developed so much more than anywhere else. She is always challenged and never bored. The teachers as well as the owners never hesitate to call if there is a problem. I know that they do encourage parental involvement with progress of the children. Everyone is very pleasant. This environment is not a good fit for all children, but it is perfect for my daughter who received no benefit from public school system.

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March 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
I love Julia Brown Montessori. My daughter is in kindergarten and I am amazed at how much she learns. The teachers are great and I love how culturally diverse it is. The only problem is I don't know where to send her to school after third grade!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
I love JBMS. My son has excelled here more than anywhere else that he's been. I like that it's affordable for a Montessori school. The teachers really care about my child and the staff is very informative. Montessori is definitely not for every child but it's been wonderful for mine and JBMS had done an excellent job teaching him!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2007
I am disappointed with this school. The discipline/guidance of the students is lacking and the owners seem more concerned with appearances than actual learning. (There is a broken fence on the playground that's been broken for MONTHS!) Some children are bullied and harassed by each other and the school sits back and does nothing--the bullies go unpunished! The support staff appears to have a high turn-over or are being moved around to various classrooms which upset my child on more than one occasion. There are no sports or extracurriculars here (I do believe a music teacher still comes once a week though) there is also no parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2006
The Montessori Method can be great for children (not all children though). But, at times the directors of this school can be a bit pretentious, often seeming to care more about appreances than actual education.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
If you are looking for a wonderful Montessori enviornment for your children, I would highly recommend JBMS. Both of my children are enrolled--the older child having been with the school for 4 years now. I've been impressed by our children's growth and development as a direct result of their involvement with JBMS. I have full confidence that our children are in a safe and nurturing learning environment.

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Julia Brown Montessori School
9760 Owen Brown Road, Columbia, MD  21045
(410) 730-5056
Last modified Julia Brown Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-3
Julia Brown Montessori School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top