My child had an excellent experience at this school. As parents, communicating with the administration was challenging and they often weren't very organized. So, as parents, I found navigating Crossway to be challenging, but it was a fantastic experience for our daughter.
My two daughters attended Crossway from preschool through K for one, and pre-K for the other. I cannot say enough good things about our experience with the school. My younger daughter started there at 15 months, and I feel the infant community gave her a strong foundation for learning that serves her to this day. My older daughter transitioned well from Crossway to MCPS in 1st grade. They thrived under the Montessori model and as a parent I learned so much from the teahcers, administrators and the parent education opportunities that were offered. From the moment I attended the open house, saw the amazing outdoor space, vegetable garden, and classrooms I knew that it was exactly what I wanted for my children. I knew little about Montessori when we started, but learned a lot through the teachers and staff there and came to understand why it is such an effective method of learning for children. I wish we had the resources to continue a Montessori education but I am grateful for the tools that I was given while we were there to incorporate it into our home. They led by example to instill the values of courtesy and grace - teachers sit with children at meals to model behavior, children are given age-appropriate responsibility to foster self-confidence and independence - all in a warm and loving environment. I entrusted my children to them during the most formative years and highly recommend the school. I found the teachers and administration responsive to my requests or inquiries. I didn't always agree with the choices of the administration but I felt I was able to dialog with them when I had questions or concerns. I believe they try to keep their overhead low as they are not only running the private preschool but also their program for single mothers, so they don't have extra staff and sometimes you need to reach out more than once for a response but I haven't found the administration at MCPS to be more responsive to parents and I don't feel MCPS provides as much support and educational opportunities to parents.
While I would have to agree with many of the posts about Crossway's administration, we kept our two kids at the school for six years due to our belief in the Montessori system and the excellent, dedicated teachers. We also appreciated the diversity in the classroom, something not found in other private preschools in this area. Our kids loved the school and really flourished there. My older child had a very easy adjustment to an MCPS elementary school. I am indebted to the dedicated staff for providing my children with a safe, stimulating, calm environment that encouraged independence, risk-taking, and respect.
I don't think anyone at this the school has any respect for anyone else. Parents, children, teachers, and staff are all constantly disrespected by the administration. This has created a very toxic environment.