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Bay Montessori School

Private | PK-6 | 82 students


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Posted July 19, 2014

We enrolled our 3 yr old in Fall13. After a few days, he refused to return and we pulled him out. During this experience, we noted: The facilities are impressive at first. But we found the rooms were not really clean: a glance behind furniture revealed at least a year's worth of dust. The nap room smells of mold or smoke; our child's clothes reeked of it. The staff does not answer phones. Calls go to voicemail and usually not returned within a business day. Parents are expected to drop a 3 yr old off at the curb! If you walk your child to class, you must remain outside. An appointment is required to observe a class. When we removed our child we were informed there is no refund during the "30 day trial period". A complaint was filed with the BBB, Maryland Dept of Education, and the American Montessori Society (AMS). The BBB complaint ended in an unresolved status and can be found on their website. The DoE informed us that Bay was a private church school; interestingly we saw no church related activities. The AMS profusely apologized and informed us Bay is only a member and not an accredited AMS school. I do not encourage anyone to avoid this school but get all of the information.
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Posted June 12, 2013

With 13 acres, the openness and natural setting of Bay Montessori was appealing as we were looking for a school for our child. We were even more impressed with the classrooms we visited and observed. We were sold on the school as we observed children moving throughout the classroom unimpeded by the teacher as they chose lessons to perform. Our son has blossomed in this environment and Bay has exceeded our expectations in every way. The low student to teacher ratio allows my child one on one teaching and we really think this has allowed him to flourish. Bay Montessori is the best educational option in Southern Maryland.
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Posted June 12, 2013

Bay Montessori has provided our children with an excellent educational setting. We like the independent learning of going at their own pace, rather than the pace of the teacher. The classrooms are designed in a way that invites learning and the children are not just sitting in chairs listening to a teacher tell them what they need to learn. My first grade daughter is reading on a fourth grade level and my pre-k son is reading and writing and has become more sociable and outgoing since enrolling at Bay. Montessori is not for every parent as there is an expectation that what is practiced at the school should be adopted at the home (i.e. items placed at the child's level to serve themselves, special area for children for reading materials, places for their shoes, etc.). Montessori is not just a method of learning, but a way of life for many Montessori families.
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Posted January 20, 2010

My child has been at this school for three years. The school is sound academically, although in my opinion the curriculum is geared towards exceptional and gifted students vice the average student. The school has several good programs and events, which are fun and educational. My daughter loves the camping and school plays/musicals. If there is any down side to the school, it is that there seems to be a lot of self-governance expected of the kids and they can be rough on each other. The teasing and name-calling has been tough. I had hoped that a Montessori style school would be a little better socially and more of a tranquil learning environment but I suppose you cannot have everything. Overall, I rate the school as average with a plus for academics and cultural and a minus for the day-to-day environment for the students.
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Posted August 28, 2008

The best for life learning in So. MD.
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Posted June 3, 2008

My daughter has been a student at Bay for nearly 3 years. We have been very impressed with both the administration and the staff. She has learned so much during her time at Bay and we wish we did not have to move! I had my daughter tested recently and she scored nearly two years ahead of her expected level for her age. I attribute much of this success to the dedication or her teachers and the beauty of the montessori method. I was shocked to read the previous review and can honestly say that the parents I have spoken with rave about this school.
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Posted January 9, 2008

I am very unsatisfied with this school, the teachers and owners need more traning!
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 42%
Black 23% 35%
Hispanic 15% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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20525 Willows Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Phone: (301) 737-2421


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