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PK-4
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Ellicott City, MD
Students enrolled: 326

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4465 Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 461-6070
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December 02, 2014
I have been a parent at Children's Manor Montessori school, and I have to say that most of these reviews do not represent the true CMMS. The teachers are wonderful, and really do care about each and every child that is in the classroom. I was constantly greeted every morning that I came in. The students were also greeted with warm a warm welcome, and other parents as well. It is a wonderfully positive environment for a child to come in to. There is a reason that there are so many children in one class. The reason is that there are 2 teachers in every classroom. There is a lead teacher and an assistant, and in fact if class sizes go above 27, there will be 3 teachers in the classroom. Another reason for the class sizes is, not every child will be in class everyday. This is why CMMS has part time and full time schedules. If you are looking for strict montessori, this school is not the perfect fit for you, that being because CMMS is a mix of modern, and traditional montessori. I believe that CMMS does a wonderful job mixing the two together. Administration at CMMS is questionable at times, however, mostly all of the time they come through with questions and concerns.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2014
I am familiar with the preschool pgm in EC. The school is clean and safe. The teachers I have met are good and caring. My main issue with CMMS is the class sizes - they cram in as many children as possible. The "Montessori" mixed age approach is used I feel to get away with putting 2 year olds (where MD ratio is 1:6) into classrooms where the ratio is 1:9 (or I heard from other parents, sometimes more!). It feels like a childcare factory, which needless to say is not a great environment. I have struggled to get to know other parents due to turnover and class size. It is also not possible for the teachers to give the kids the 1-on-1 attention they deserve as such young ages; nor do the parents have an opportunity to learn much about what their child is doing every day since the teachers only have time at best to photocopy one daily note to hand out to the entire class. (Sometimes, there are no notes at all.) Overall, I feel the administration sees their goal as to bring in more money, rather than to educate young children. If they truly cared about building on the individual strengths of each child, there is no way they would allow so many children in one class.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
I don't even want to give this school a star but this website makes me. Management has no respect for the employees or the parents. They do the BARE MINIMUM and all of your money goes to the owner. Classroom supplies are broken, old, and non-existent. The teachers aren't all certified and don't know the first thing about teaching/handling kids. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE.

- submitted by a community member
July 01, 2014
We unfortunately had a bad experience with CMMS for our 3 year old. Our child was kicked out due to behavior issues that manifested after attending. We worked with the school to try to curb behavior issues (which were not experienced at home) and then went outside the school to seek professional help. After jumping through all the hoops, nothing wrong could be identified with the child. However, we were told from observations in the classroom that class size has played a part in the behavior issues. CMMS does use Montessori method but they work in large classrooms and group lecture. This means that the class is NOT structured to provide individualized attention from faculty at this age bracket. We did try to work with CMMS in mitigating behavior issues but couldn t prevent the expulsion. It was terribly frustrating for us and our child, for weeks after, asked why she couldn t go back. If your child is not developmentally ready for sitting in large groups for long periods of time, then be warned that CMMS isn t suited for individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
My husband went to visit recently. He walked right in and had to go find the lady himself. Huge red flags to me. Administrator said side doors are not used but someone was trying to get in during the tour in one of the side doors and they clearly had done it before. Administrator uncomfortably let them in and said that they know him. School curriculum seems great but we both get very bad vibes from the administration. How does a complete stranger off the street walk right into a preschool these days?

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2013
Before we went for our tour, we tried our best not to be biased but sadly as many reviewers here have said before, the staff is truly unfriendly. The front desk lady needs to be replaced, he was extremely cold and rude. My husband and I were on a tour and heard this teacher scream at the kids, it shocked the wits out of us. I don't think this 'strictness' of being mean to the kids is part of the Montessori philosophy. We decided not to pursue this school and joined another school last month where our child is at least learning in addition to smile and be happy. Something weird about this school....

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
We had good experience with teaching staff, and their focus continued to be on educational development and learning activities. However the administration staff and communication of polices is not consistent, many of them are not clear about the basic policies and provide conflicting information. Our kid is completing the kindergarten program, at first administrative staff mentioned no notification is needed for the kids not planning to continue in the next school season, not registering will be taken as completion of the school year. When we told the school that we are not sure about the summer plans school administration asked us to fill the summer registration form along with the registration fee to reserve a seat and asked us to notify school before the start of the summer program. When we notified to CMMS about the not joining in the summer program, they are asking that the failure to pay the fee for three month will result in submitting the payment to collection agency. We were surprised to see this this behavior of the administrative staff, please be cautious of all their conflicting information and be ready for their non-cooperation on these matters.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
As others have mentioned, the administration, especially the Director does not believe assisting the parents. My child has improved somewhat, but only in the last couple of months after a year. Registered for summer school, but summer plans changed, and informed them that he would not be attending. Was told that we still had to pay for tuition for 2 months because of the 60 day advance withdrawal notice requirement. This was on the registration papers for the regular school year, but NOT on summer registration materials. Was informed by director that their program is for year round, and so the withdrawal requirement also applies to summer. So why not print it out on the summer registration documents, and why the need to register again for summer? I asked her to show me summer registration documents that als o had the withdrawal language, and she could not. I told her my child would not be attending summer school, and so we would not pay for tuition when he was not going. Director was very inflexible, and rudely told me that they would be sending me to collections for non-payment. And these type of poeple are supposed to educate your children?

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
My child has gone to this school for over 2 years and later this year I will be sending my younger child to be a student here as well. I don't pretend to believe that this school is perfect for everyone, but what I can tell you is that they do a terrific job educating and working with the parents to try and accommodate request for teachers and classes. For the record, the Teachers are awesome. my child has had nothing but positive experiences and has grown leaps and bounds with regards to reading, writing, math, social skills and self confidence. The teachers, in my opinion, truly love their children and believe that they are making a difference by teaching through the Montessori methods. Highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
One of the best decisions we have EVER made! I am a proud parent of a 1st grader at CMMS (our second year). This is by far the best Montessori program in the state. My child has been in the Montessori program since age 22 months and we have attended 2 other Montessori schools in Maryland. This school offers the perfect merger of a traditional Montessori program combined with vigorous teacher guided academics, advanced non-core curriculum (Yoga, music, computer class, Spanish etc.), and the social development that all parents hope for their child. My child is at least 2 grade levels above Howard County Public School students for comparable grade level and has scored in the 98th percentile for math and reading on state standardized exams. My advice make the sacrifice, invest in your child s future and give them a chance to LOVE school and learning. Get on queue for the wait-list TODAY! You won t regret it!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
Unless you cannot find any school that fit into your schedule or budget, otherwise DO NOT GO THERE. Fee might seems reasonable at first place, but there are some hidden fee you just don't know it. This place basically just a daycare. Is not worth to put your child into this school. The director there, she is mean, she seems knowledgeable, but you can't ask any question, because she will tell you " oh, I don't know anything about it, I have to ask such, such person...I don't run this place....." well, but you are the director for the center. .... bad experience. Goddard School at rockville is the best.... your children will be happy everyday.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2011
Thought Montessori would be a good school for kids but teachers here are not encouraging kids and has no patience to handle the kids as they feel stressed. It doesn't feel welcoming for kids in this school and I never recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
Even though this is Montessori and offering up to 8th grade, this school is good only for Primary and Pre-K,. My child started at CMMS at 2 1/2 years age for Primary class. I was happy even for Pre-K there. Now My child is in Kindergarten. I drop my child before 9:00 AM, I see new teacher almost every single day. I don't know why the teachers change every day for before school program. My child was not happy to see different person everyday neither me. Some teachers are very mean( No smile in their faces ) they don't wish parents and they don't cheer up children as well. I complained at front desk and they didn't care about it. I hardly see the Director/Owner at the premises, there is no way to reach the Director at CMMS also. I don't believe the assistants at CMMS are certified for even entry level. They don't know even A,B,C's in terms of treating children. I will never recommend this school to any one for Kindergarten and above.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
everything looks good but i have not seen 'a' child or a teacher smile during my tour :) my two year old looks like the happiest kid compare to the kids i saw there. my daughter is indeed a very happy child but i am afraid she might change if she goes there

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
My daughter will be starting this summer. We both are very excellent! We felt right at home with the tour we received along with answers to all of the questions that I asked. We will see, I have high hopes.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
Thank you so much for this school. My daughter is 2 grades above the rest of her classmates. She has loved being in this school. I would recommend coming here. She has emotionally and socially has done very well. The administration and the owner have been more than accommodating.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
Please request school report from the board of education before placing your child here please. I wish I did.Do not be fooled by just the way the sell the program. Academically this school does above avarage other montessori school but socially and emotionally they could care less about the children. They are very impatient and will blame the child for everything that goes wrong.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2011
My child wasn't progressing the way I hoped, so I express my concerns to the front office administration and they did everything to help my child excel. My child is on track and I am very happy with CMMS. I even like how they always follow up with my concerns!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
I am very happy with my sons progression, he has been here for nearly 6 months and I am amazed. The caring enviroment was been a wonderful help with adjusting. The adminstration has been very helpful with suggestions and ideas to make my child more comfortable in his new enviroment. Now he is quite happy, he doesnt want to come home some days.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
The staff is wonderful at CMMS. The front office is helpful and understanding, accommodates all my wants and needs. The teachers are attentive and caring. My daughter loves coming to school everyday and she learns so much! She is above her grade level! I would recommend Children's Manor to anyone who wants a good education wih a side of smiles!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
My children excelled at CMMS. The older one passed the Howard County early admissions test with flying colors. The younger one cant get enough of the school. The environment is very stimulating for active children. The teachers loved my children and i would feel very comfortable leaving them there for the full day program. We usually struggle to take them home from school as they love to be in CMMS. In contrast, i had my sons earlier enrolled in La Petite it was a forgetful experience for all. I would strongly recommend enrolling your child in this school and give them the opportunity to be brilliant and be lovingly taken care. One request to CMMS, bring Maria back on the front desk please!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
My son attended for one year after attending a montessori school in NYC. Childrens Manor was a disaster, as the owner decided to change the curriculum to reflect less of the montessori philosophy that I sought for my child. This change was made after I'd enrolled and paid for the year in full or I never would've left my child there. I walked into the school on several occasions to find the teacher screaming at the children. She had no control. The office staff was rude to say the least but I think that was largely in part to the fact that the owner was a first class jerk. PhD or not, he was condescending to the women. In the end I received a bill for additional workbooks that were never distributed or even necessary. Awful, and not run like a real montessori school at all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The teachers and curriculum are satisfactory. But the entire administrative staff have a very bad attitude. I have seen a lot of them come and go during the past four-five years of my association but it has gone from bad to worse. They have a very condescending attitude and explain away every problem brought to their notice with a shrug. But majority of the teachers are very caring. The student-teacher ratio these days is unacceptable. Parents should do something about it. There might be three teachers in a class but there is only one music teacher, one Spanish teacher that visit the class and other resources including the space will be spread thin if the number of students keeps going up. I am very concerned about the facility too. It is getting old and needs a lot of remodeling.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
The teachers and curriculum are very satisfactory. The administrative staff is less than excellent - they are unaccommodating and with a poor demeanor to boot. Their attitude almost suggests that the child and his/her parents are receiving a favor, rather than that they are the customers/clients of the school. But, as said before, the teachers appear to be well trained and are very caring; however, the student to teacher ratio is too high for pre-school and primary age children.

- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2010
My 3 year old son just started the pre-K program this past August when he was just 2.5 years old. I've been so pleased with how far he has come along socially, emotionally, and academically. He adores his teachers and classmates and enjoys the activities that take place at school. I am always so eager to hear about his day when he arrives back home. I also appreciate the cultural diversity of the staff and students and feel fortunate that my son is a part of that school community. I couldn't be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2010
My child has been going to this school 3 years now, I love the teachers and the administration I feel that they always are eager to help. My son actually likes to come to school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
Above average school; It is set up like a school (even for preschoolers); There are field trips to the farm, env. edu. with animals from the Maryland Zoo, and there is also Yoga and Spanish class for 3-5 year olds. Rewarding environment. They do not provide lunch, but keeping a little extra time in the morning to make a good lunch for my child is worth it (pasta with sauce, turkey and cheese, pizza, beans and rice, sometimes even a pop tart). Good mix of activities and coursework. Sometimes a little too disciplined; but that really depends on any teacher in any school anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
My daughter just started attending this school and I plan to pull her out. I dont like that the teachers are all foreign and I can barely understand what they are saying. The office staff are unhelpful and unfriendly. They don't invest in a microwave to heat food so you are not allowed to bring foods from home that need to be warmed...well, try coming up with meal plans for cold lunches for 5 days a week, all school year!! That's ridiculous. U pay all this money and nothing is included, not even courtesy.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
This school offers a disciplined atmosphere, which I think is something children need at an early age. It is accommodating in terms of their social development. I did not quite understand Montessori at first, but now, I think it makes a lot of sense, and the children benefit much more in this Montessori school. It's a good experience for every parent! The staff are very pleasant.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
Ethnically and culturally rich environment, with trained teachers; Very structured environment. Very good curriculums especially in geography (particularly discussions about continents and countries), reading (well-thought out lesson plans) and math; good attention to environmental education, music and art. Teacher to child ratio good since Montessori provides for self exploration and independence. Teachers are sincerely devoted and very encouraging; Children learn LIFE SKILLS and being more responsible; lots of good group dynamics. Impressive teaching methods. I've seen the changes intellectually in my child after 3 weeks. After 1 week my child was completely comfortable (no crying) and excited to go the next day; we chose 5 days a week and it proved to be a very good decision. We were new to the area, and interviewed 6 other schools before we made our choice for this one. Competitive school fees (very reasonable for the good curriculum that is offered).

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
we love CMMS! our daughter is 2 1/2 and she is so far ahead. it's great!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
I am the mother of two children attending CMMS. My daughter is in 5th grade and has been there for 5 years. My son started at age 2 and is in his second year. The elementary classes have a good tacher/student ratio as well as a great curriculum that pushes the child the right amount. Each student can work at their individual level and most (if not all) of the kids are performing above their grade levels. They are given structure and discipline along with independence. The younger children are given just the right mixture of academics and play/crafts/socialization. My son is extremely happy and looks forward to going to school. The teachers add care and nuturing to each child's day and get to know each student. Prior issues with the office staff have improved greatly and have not been problematic this year at all.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2008
Our daughter has been attending CMMS for the past year and a half (PreK and now Kindergarten). She was in a structured environment at home, but was never in a daycare/school setting. The teachers were very thoughtful and helpful in helping her assimilate to her new school. She has benefited immensely from the curriculum and the social interactions. The programs CMMS offers (Spanish, music, field trips) are wonderful and extremely beneficial to her wellbeing. The diversity in the teachers as well as the students has helped her understand how wonderful our differences are. Her reading and math skills are amazing (she is reading books that they offer 2nd and 3rd graders). She is well above children of her age that are not going there. The classes are mixed with children of relatively the same age, however each child learns at their own pace. The staff is very sweet and loving and really cares for their students. I only have two concerns. Sometimes there is a lack in communications on upcoming events. The monthly newsletters work well perhaps some additional detailed information would help. The other concern I have is with the facility itself. It seems like it is in need of an upgrade. However this should not be reflective of the wonderful teachings that are happening there. I am definitely going to continue her education there.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
This school may be good for students who are already adjusted to school life, but not for those who are not. Reasons: 1. Students with more than 1 year age gap are mixed in the same class. 1 year gap is huge if your kid is 2 year old. 2. Too much emphasize on discipline. Kids suppose to play rather than behave like a soldier. I barely heard laughs in the classroom. 3. Student/teacher ratio is higher than many other places so each kid receives less attention. 4. The facility is a little old and the hallways are so dark. The A/C is also not enough in the classroom. 5. The school is not very patient with kids who need a longer transition time. I believe the default time is less than 2 weeks. After that, your kid may be expelled.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2008
My son has been attenging CMMS over a year now and has improved a whole lot in speaking. He loves the school as well as his explorers teachers. Overall his class teachers are phenomenal. I don't believe they are paid well at all. Which raises a concern on how other teachers performance. Also the head mistress is unapproachable and never around the school. There are times that the toilets are so dirty and no hand soap for the kids.She was no where to be found to make her aware of this.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2008
I am having a satisfactory experience, my daughter has been going to Pre-K and we like it.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
Our son has been attending CMMS since he was 2.5 years old. He is now in Kindergarten at CMMS. Academics/Curriculum: Teachers and the school very focused on maintaining high academic goals for all children. Our son has benefitted tremendously from the curriculum, the discipline to follow through, and the social interactions. Enrichment Programs: FREE Spanish, Music, and Computers program! Holiday Concert and Spring Concert put on by the children each year. Paid programs include gymnastics and soccer. Bring back the dance program! Numerous age-appropriate field trips during the school year. Tuition: Lowest rates in town AND fewest days closed. Front desk: Lots of staff turnover. Teacher Attrition Rate: Long-term teacher and aide staff (10+ years). Diversity: Lots! Physical Facility: This is the only reason I have taken off a star. The physical plant needs major updating. But I would rather the school pay its excellent staff well and put the focus

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
My son is 3 and has been going there for a few months. i see a good return thus far. He is learning and his behavior has improved.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
My daughter has been at CMMS and we have been happy with it. She enjoys the activities - Spanish, Gym, Computers, Music - and loves the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
Its not worth to send your children to this school, its a just day care, poor quality of teaching. If want to enquire when your kid is sick, the phone call goes to voice message and never ever expects a return call.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2007
My son went to CMMS, when I took him out of CMMS & he went on the Howard County public school (Waverly Woods) he was below reading grade level. He did not benefit at all from CMMS. It was a big waste of money & my sons' time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2007
CMMS provides competitive tuition fee comparing to other established daycare within the area. The teachers are good but the teacher student ratio is too high. Only two teachers with a class size of 24! I understand that in a montesorri school, it s normal to have a ratio of 1:30. But CMMS is not a conventional Montesori School, CMMS just have the material of Motersori but the essence of it. Instead of mixing all ages together, CMMS has them divided by the ages, not their abilities. If the child is in the primary class setting, he s stuck in this setting,, even though he/she may be bright and talented to be in Kindergarten setting because it s not a conventional Montesorri School. Children do not have their own individual learning plans as other children in conventional Montesorri School do.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
CMMS has very good academic program. My children learned a lot compare to the day care they have been before. But I am not to crazy about their front desk. The quality of administrative staffs has declined since previous staff all left.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
March 10, 2007
Its not worth to send your children to this school, its a just day care, poor quality of teaching. If want to enquire when your kid is sick, the phone call goes to voice message and never ever expects a return call.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
My son has excelled at CMMS. He has been there for K and 1st grade and the education he is receiving is amazing. He reads on a much higher grade level and gets the one on one he needs. I am so glad I found this school!

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January 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
I am very satisfied with CMMS. My daughter has completed PK and Kindergarten here. Her teachers give individual attention to each child, customize homework to eachj child's skill level. They provide a warm, caring and fun environment for the children. They have arts, music, gymnastics, Spanish and computer classes in addition to academics. They also take the kids on Field Trips, average 6-7 per year. Parent Action Committee (PAC) is very productive, initiating teacher birthday celebrations, teacher appreciation week, fund drives, etc. Tuition is reasonable. Before & After Care is available. Excellent diversity of students.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
CMMS is a WONDERFUL school. From 2 years old and up. The teachers are wonderfully caring and very creative. It is a wonderful place for learning-they instill a love of learning from the beginning. My daughter is finishing up Kindergarten and is reading CHAPTER BOOKS! She is also doing all sorts of math and comes home everyday with something new that they have learned be it science, etc. Every class we have been in has been a wonderful learning experience. They have Spanish, Gymnastics as well as music in addition to basic academics. The only downside is that the tuition keeps going up and although it is in line or less than other schools in the area, raising it $50 or more per month every year is a big pill to swallow for parents. It is well worth the money though to give your child a good start and this school is awesome.

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Children's Manor Montessori
4465 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD  21043
(410) 461-6070
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Children's Manor Montessori Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top