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John Hanson Montessori

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Posted March 14, 2013

Kudos to the new administration. I find that with every organization you have adjustments. I find that collectively JHMS has worked for my kids and I really appreciate all experience. Most teachrs have been excellent. In particular Ms. DeLeon has really given my son the desire to want to learn. What more can you ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

Both of my daughters attend John Hanson. I love the Montessori method of learning. But as some parents stated, a few teachers are not up to par on passing on Dr. Montessori's ways. I think we've experienced having one of the best teachers at the school, Mrs. Lee-Sang, she's awesome! Unfortunately we've also experienced one of the worst, Ms. Whalen (who transferred from French Immersion). I think when the French Immersion left the school, they left Ms. Whalen behind intentionally. She is just batty in every way imaginable. She really just needs to retire! Even though she wouldn't remember if she did :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

The Montessori method of teaching has been completely lost due to the poor administration and leadership of the school. Most of the teachers are sub-par or average at best and the principal that just left as well as the new principal (who was the former vice-principal) both are apathetic in their approach to motivating the staff and fighting for the needs of the school. Numerous parents have had to get tutors for their kids because the teaching is so poor. The restrooms are a nightmare; you almost need a hazmat suit to use them. Thank goodness their is a strong PTA in place that actually cares and is willing to try and improve the school. Think twice before putting your child in this school. The test scores may be decent, but a child's safety and being in a sanitary environment are important as well. Parents should have a peace of mind that their child is in a safe, healthy environment when at school. John Hanson Montessori is not it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

John Hanson Montessori has and continues to exceeds my expectations. My son is doing an outstanding job and is even learning how to read, as a 3 year old. His teachers (Ms. Tuano and Ms. Avery) are great and partner with me in educating my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2010

I wrote an Rating of 5/5 APPLES on 06/11/2010 - informing readers of email that stated: " I am a TRUE BELIEVER of the program at this school; because they provide a warm, loving environment where your child can feel comfortable and safe. They encourage children to discover new knowledge, to create and work out relationships with others; therefore, openly allowing their students (with guidance) to express and acquire new skills and interests with one another !!! The teachers at this school "Primary Goal" is Caring For The Children :) Shirley Swinson"Battle :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

The Montessori method of learning teaches children to be analytical and independent thinkers, lovers of learning and highly self-motivated. John Hanson as one of only a handle of public Montessori schools in our nation embodies Dr. Maria Montessori teaching methodology and yet balances the rigors of required state testing for a public school. Our students excel on every level: academics, arts, instrumental, sports, and languages. We're proud to be eagles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2010

I took my son out in the middle of his first year at John Hanson. Coming from Bowie Montessori school to John Hanson was a shocking, at JH there was no reports of incidents at the school at all, his teacher Mrs. Koronowski was a nightmare, she failed to report when two other children groped my child, even though my child told Mrs. K she did nothing at all, when I reported the incident to the principal Mrs. Chappelle she was all to familiar with one of the perpetrators. Mrs. Koronowski was absent much too much. On one of her absents, two students were fighting over a pencil and my son got stabbed in the forehead, again no notice of anything from the school. In my opinion this has been the worst school we have experienced. My son was constantly bored at John Hanson, he loves his new school St Marys
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

i love my son's teacher Mrs. Ross who goes that extra mile to make sure my son is on task. We work as a team to get him what he needs to get it done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

I must say, I was not sure how well my three, now four year old son would do in school. Being that he was always with grandma. Since going to JHM he has truly developed to be a little man. He is learning and picking up on thing that surprises me everyday. He loves his teacher Ms. Brooks, she firm but patience with her students. I can't wait for next school year when he will be going to school on a full day schedule.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My three, now four year old loves this school and more importantly her teacher (ms. Tuano). I do too. She is generally a shy child and i see her coming out of her 'soft' shell. Blossoming so the speak. So far...........Love this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The teachers are wonderful. Although they have limited resources, they manage to do a superb job of educating the students so much so that the school's test scores are among the highest in the county. My children adore their teachers (Ms. Davis and Ms. Bannat). The school is an absolute jewel in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

I find this school to be excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

John Hanson Montessori have teachers & staff who are dedicated to their children. The children are learning things at an early age that many of us didn't learn until we were in middle/high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2007

This school is #1 in Prince George's County. I go to this school and I just love it. The Montessori program helped me succeed in many different ways.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2007

I worked at John Hanson for 3 years and it is a wonderful school for bright, independent thinking students. Rachelle Crawford Speech-Language Pathologist


Posted January 8, 2007

I've been a Montessori parent at John Hanson since 2002. This year has absolutely been the worst of the four. The Montessori program (except the primary program) is steadying losing it's identity. What we have is a Montessori title with a tradition program. We no longer have the fusion of Montessori and comprehensive that worked so beautifully the first two years. In order for this program to be truly be successful, we need a separate Montessori certified principal; a Montessori certified staff from primary to 8th grade. More importantly, we need our teachers to do what they know and that is to be Montessorians.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

This has been the first year my son has attended this school and I am so excited about the experience. He started the 3 yr old program and he is able to count to 100 and identify all of his numbers. His teacher is outstanding and takes major interest in him she even holds meetings for parents on her own time. The principal is excellent along with the other staff. I feel as though my son is in a private school setting although it is a public school. Kudos to everyone at John Hanson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2005

My son has been attending John Hanson Montessori School ever since he was 3 year old....he is now 6 years old. The Principal, teachers, hall monitors, cafeteria workers, librarians, nurse, etc. take such a personal interest in the students that they know each student by name. My son has learned so much at the tender ages of three and four, so, by the time he entered Kindergarten, he was prepared to take on the challenge of reading books and writing in his journal. I would especially like to thank Ms. Bannat, Mrs. Collier and Mrs. Quasius for challenging my son 'Q' to do great things. SSavoy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2005

John Hanson has a good program that is lacking support from parent. My son is having difficulty adjusting to some of the children in the school. I've been to the school 5 times for issues involving his behavior. A lot of the problems are caused by him but, most of the time it involves some other student bothering him in some way. If my son can't adjust at this school, I may have to place him in another. He's been at John Hanson for 3 yrs and this is by far his most trying period. As parents we make sure we address his behavior and offer as much support to his teacher as possible. I'm not sure if the other parents are as involved or concerned as we are. I wish he could be in class with more children who are there to learn and not cause disruptions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2004

I think this school is great for the kids they are learning and having fun and enjoying time with there class mates.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 88% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 3% 4%
White 2% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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