My son has been going to Julia Brown Montessori for over a year and half. He is an active, creative boy and I was worried how he would not be able to sit still in a traditional classroom. JBS has been wonderful and helped him to focus. One day I asked him which teacher was his favorite - he looked at me puzzled and replied, "all of them". He really does like all his teachers and I have never heard him say one negative thing or express words of frustration. In fact, its usually pride he expresses for a project he worked on or a new activity he mastered. The administrator of the school has always been very helpful, professional and attentive to my concerns, as well as my sons (he will let you know!). If I call and ask about behavior or a time to discuss his progress with his teacher they have always worked with my schedule. I would agree Montessori isn't for everyone. But I have seen a big difference in my son from his manners, behavior, focus and an overall love for learning.
Ms. Mooreland is really a hit with the kindergartners. She does a nice job in having the students engage in projects that spark their interests. She also is attentive and picked up on my sons strengths and areas he needed more encouragement.
This school is absolutely the worst place to invest your money and or your children's success in. First of all, JBMS's mission is a false pretense of the Montessori way. They operate in a closed society, in which as a parent you will have no insight or input into the walls of JBMS. God forbid a parent is observant and not afraid to speak up. Your insight or views are not welcomed. At JBMS parents have no clue how the children's day went; if they ate/or didn't eat, if they slept or not, what they worked on or with, how their mood was, & the list goes on. Parents are instructed to drop kids off at the door and pick up at the door. You are not permitted to go any further at any time. The environment is extremely militant. There is no sense of love or compassion. The teachers speak to the children in very stern unappealing tones. They have a very high staff turn over and lack staff. They use the excuse that your child doesn't have set teachers to compensate for their inadequate staff. Most times you will observe one teacher in a classroom with as many as 15-20 children. Dare you if you say something about anything. Trust when I say, do not send your precious investments to JBMS.
Julia brown montessori is a very quite school at an affordable price to cater all section of the society and more diverse. The montessori methods are adopted but children and instructors are actually quiet normally children will make noise and be active but here kids are not that physically active may be the environment suits certain type of kids but the interaction between teachers and students may be OK so i would rate this as a OK school but for this price to get montessori education this is unbeatable but i recommend to look at other montessori schools keeping this a secondary option.
My son and daughter both attended the Julia Brown Montessori school in laurel and I can say they loved it! The teachers, assistants and administrator were very kind, caring and compassionate. My children enjoyed the beautiful lessons and developed a sense of pride in the their accomplishments. The classrooms were clean, organized and inviting for the children and you could tell the teachers invested a lot of time and making the classrooms warm and welcoming. If I had a question or issue to discuss with the teacher, the administrator would make sure that I was always contacted in a reasonable time. Everyday when I dropped my kids off, I knew they were going to be well taken care of in a safe learning environment. I was very impressed by the level of learning and excited to see my daughter excel in reading as well as my son in Math. This is a wonderful school environment and I am glad that our children had the opportunity to learn so much at such a young age. My children are now attending public school and their teachers are impressed with how much they know and how respectful they are to staff and class mates. I am very happy they attended this school!
Firstly, let me begin by saying that Montessori education is not for everyone. My eldest, now 18, went one year to a Montessori in AZ and did just fine in the MD public school system. My 16 year old daughter has never attended Montessori school, and is also doing very well through the public school system. My youngest came out of the womb obstinate, mouthy and ready to run the household. He required a little more in the way of rules and regulations. Yes, this school can seem a tad rigid at times, but I have to believe that, especially when they are younger, the kids are given very distinct boundaries and the teachers' expectations are set for a reason. My son is in his 5th and final year here at JBMS in Laurel (PK-3rd). It was a tough adjustment for him for probably the first month; suddenly he wasn't telling everyone around him that he's in charge. He has come out of this school respectful, independent, thoughtful of other's feelings, and easily 2 grades ahead academically. He and my 16 year old were literally doing the same homework last week. My son is 8. He loves school! He loves learning and he has loved his teachers (Guavara and Sensenig) and the Directress of JBMS!
One thing that I think most parents who send their children to a montessori style school love is the mission that was started by Maria Montessori herself, that each child should be able to create their own space to learn and to develop in an environment that caters to that. I feel that this julia brown montessori school in laurel, md FAILS to do so. The environment is very choking, almost militaristic, and the teachers nit pick at every rule that is set for the child. It is sad and unfortunate. I would not recommend anyone sending their child here.
We are very happy with the level of learning my child is experiencing. The classroom teacher is wonderful. As many of the other parents noted, parents are not allowed to be involved. The administrator is very rude and uncoopertive. It is as if the school is a secret society. You are not allowed to observe your child's class other than the one scheduled time. If you call to speak with the teacher, the administrator refuses to allow it. If you ask how your child is that particular day, the administrator ALWAYS says she was just in the classroom and the child is fine. Although my child is advanced for his age, we will be looking into changing schools next year due to the inability for us to be involved and due to the secret society attitude.
My daughter has attended Julia Brown in Laurel, MD for 2 years now, Preschool and Kindergarden. I did a lot of research regarding types of learning before I picked a school for my daughter. I choose Montessori for her because it is hands on, self paced and allows for a child to become their own independent person. I have attended parent observation days and actually seen and loved the learning enviornment that is enhanced by classical music playing in the background. They also get an hour in the morning and another hour in the afternoon to play outside or indoor activities during inclement weather. Which allows for full concentration during class time. The parent teacher conferences also kept me up to date on my daughters progress. I feel safe in knowing my daughter is in a closed to public enviornment and cared for by such loving individuals.
My son went for a year for kindergarden. I have to say i was disappointed by his progress. I don't see it as a real school now. You can say its an extended day care. If you really expect your child to learn lot of stuff, then this is not a good place. The main problem with this system is that they don't give any feedback on the progress of your child. They never tell what your child did and if he is lacking on something. They don't give any kind of homework or handouts to home. So parents won't have any clue as to what the kids learnt or did at school. So i moved my son to public school for first grade. I am quite happy now. For the kind of fee they charge, i don't find it worth.