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Lexington Park, MD
Students enrolled: 82

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20525 Willows Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653

(301) 737-2421
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June 04, 2015
There are many good things happening at Bay Montessori. The community is a good one, with parents who are involved and teachers who care. The grounds are beautiful. The classrooms are well stocked with all the Montessori materials. Administration tries to work everything out so that parents and teachers are as happy as possible. However, there is an underlying dysfunction at the school that I could never quite identify. Children are rough on each other - much more so than any of the 15 other Montessori schools I've visited in my teaching career. Teacher turnover is extremely high: more than half of the teachers employed at the school left or were fired during my four years teaching at Bay. In their effort to keep parents happy, administrators frequently give partial information to parents and staff. (As an example: I'm almost certain that both 5 star reviews of this school were written by "a parent" who is also an administrator.) I wanted to love Bay. I have personally dedicated a huge amount of my time, money and energy to Montessori education, and Bay is the only Montessori school within an hour of the base. However, after teaching there for four years, I handed in my resignation. My children and I needed respite from the drama.

- submitted by a community member

March 17, 2015
Check first the accreditation of this school. This is a mediocre practicing "Montessori skills" school. The school continually accept students throughout the schoolyear, which means your kid will not stay in one class for the whole year. They will distribute the kids in 2 classes at some point if they feel that they are overload with students enrolling in the middle of the year, because of the "open enrollment". Make sure to read their enrollment policy first, since this school is expensive for what it really is. Make sure you're paying for an actual Montessori program with a Montessori accredited teachers.

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 28, 2008
The best for life learning in So. MD.

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June 03, 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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 09, 2008
I am very unsatisfied with this school, the teachers and owners need more traning!

- submitted by a parent

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Bay Montessori School
20525 Willows Road, Lexington Park, MD  20653
(301) 737-2421
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Bay Montessori School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top