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Children's Manor Montessori

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Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted July 1, 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

Posted 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?

Posted 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....
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Posted 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.
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Posted June 3, 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?
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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!
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Posted 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.
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Posted October 3, 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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
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Posted 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.
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Posted April 5, 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.
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Posted 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.

Posted 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!
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Posted 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.
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Posted December 1, 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!
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Posted 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!
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Asian 42% N/A
White 35% 45%
Black 17% 40%
Two or more races 4% N/A
Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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4465 Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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