Have 2 children currently at school. Much better now since French Immersion has left. More space and creativity in school environment. Very strong PTSA which helps set the learning and administrative tone of the school. Appears to be maintaining quality teaching staff and gaining more. Administration is quietly committed to following through on Prince George's education mandates. Presence of new school nurse over past 2 years is a welcome addition. Main concern as of now is whether area will transition into a more economic and socially thriving environment. The shopping center on side of school and certain businesses across are quite ghetto. Main reason it was given a 4 instead of 5. Need to change. This school would be fantastic in Loudoun County Presence of new housing and families at National Harbor and beyond will be quite intriguing when it comes to student population and type at John Hanson.
We give this school a try for 3 weeks and decided to withdraw at the end. The administration system is not organized. Some of the staff are friendly but others are not helpful. Some didn't seem welcoming to the parents. I have been to one school activitiy and is not well organized. The pick up system of the little kds (3 or 4 year-old) is chaotic. The environment is old and not clean. Despite it is a public school with little funding, they should show some effort of making it a fun and cheerful learning environment for the kids.
I love JHMS! The staff is very caring, and encouraging. The office staff is very friendly. The work that is given to students is challenging and encourages them to grow. In addition to academic skills, children learn to work together in groups and to teach each other, and to help each other. I have never had a negative experience with this school community. This is truly a school community that works together in the best interest of children.
InvoInvolved parents and dedicated teachers. Administrators are friendly and proactive. My child was in private Montessori school and this Montessori curriculum is pretty comparable. There are a few things I would change but overall I am happy with the school and my younger child will be attending next year.
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?
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 :(
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.