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Silver Spring, MD
Students enrolled: 110

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1300 Milestone Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904

(301) 774-6772
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June 17, 2015
My 4 year old daughter has been here for the 2014-2015 school year and the school was fantastic! The only reason she will not be moving on with JBM is because we are moving out of state. The teachers are friendly and respectful. My daughter's teacher is so happy and sweet, she takes the time to discuss any of my concerns or how my daughter is doing in between conferences. I can call at any time to find out how her day is going, which I liked. We met Julia Brown as well and she is a sweetheart, her daughters as well. This is an awesome school, I really felt like it was a family. They went out of their way to accommodate me and I highly recommend this school. I really enjoyed the experience.

- submitted by a community member

April 04, 2014
I just wanted to respond to the recent reviewer who mentioned fake positive reviews. I am absolutely genuinely a parent who commented, and not a fake. I have not heard of kids getting kicked out - it hasn't happened to my son or any of his friends, but maybe it does happen. It certainly doesn't seem like it's for any old reason. My son started at 2.5, and he is now 6, and still going there for first grade. We plan to have him attend again for second grade. They don't contact me outside of parent-teacher conferences, but I have found the teachers very responsive when I sought them out. This is most certainly not the school for heavy (or any!) parent involvement, but I preferred it that way. There does seem to be turnover among the teacher assistant staff, and some of them seem a bit detached. The teachers, however, have been wonderful. My son's reading and other academic skills are outstanding, they get significant outside play time (wonderful for children, and all too rare). He plays with kids of every ethnic background under the sun, and learns from them, too.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2014
I wonder who is putting up these fake positive reviews for the Silver Spring site. There is no community, commuication, or joy in this school. This school has the most disrespectful administration. Your child can and will be kicked out for pretty much any reason if you question them about anything. It's shocking how many children have been kicked out because of a spiteful admin. Please read the reviews at the other locations. They also treat staff like garbage which explains the very high turnover rate. Do not send your child here if you want a happy STABLE environment for your child's preschool experience.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2014
I love Julia Brown Montessori School in Silver Spring! We are new to this area and my 4 year old has been learning so much while making new friends. My son has improved tremendously in reading, writing, and even on how to use proper manners. I also like the fact that he is able to stay active by playing outside on a regular basis. I have had great communication with the staff as well, and they have provided great feedback on my son's performance. I highly recommend this school to parents that are looking for a positive and great experience for their children!

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April 19, 2013
"My daughter started at JBMS when she was three years old. She is an only child with food allergies and JBMS accommodated all her needs. I am not worried about her health being in danger by eating something she's not supposed to and I appreciate all their help towards that. My daughter was very shy and timid when she started at JBMS and she has blossomed socially and academically since she has been at the school. She is above grade level in all her subjects and I know that she never would've excelled at this level in public school. All the JBMS staff are very friendly and welcoming. They always give me feedback and are very informative during the parent-teacher conferences. I am a strong believer in Montessori education and the freedom of choice, but JBMS incorporated a perfect balance of independent learning and self-discipline. As my wife and I both work, it has been a huge help to have a child who shows her independence at home, respect to adults, and discipline skills. I recommend this school to all my friends and family since my child is always happy there and comes home with a positive attitude and outlook on life."

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April 14, 2013
All of my children attend JBMS and they thriving here! I find these reviews to be harsh and untrue in my experience. If you are looking for a wonderful montessori school you should come tour this school. The silence card is a game to the children. As it was explained to me the teacher holds the card up as a more respectful way to gain the attention of these students (instead of talking over them, flicking lights, etc). The children notice the sign and then wait to see how long it takes everyone else to catch on and it gives the children the opportunity to experience "silence" - something we have too little of in this day and age. This game was actually developed by Maria Montessori -- The Importance and the Nature of the Silence Game, 1930 was written by Maria Montessori. You can read it through the link, or read it here.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2013
I am familiar with the Montessori method and have a master's in care of children. I found this school extremely disappointing. There is virtually no communication from staff. I assumed before and after care would be more relaxed (my son is playful, goofy, & smiley) but it was rigid with a teacher holding a "silence" sign to children who spoke (and who also couldn't read, go figure). My son has become sad. He enjoys the actual Montessori class but everything else has hurt his spirit. I am withdrawing him immediately. They couldn't care less.

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January 27, 2011
We've had only positive experiences at this school. The administration (esp Ms. Cumbi) is wonderful. jbms is a text book Montessori. I think the calmness and organization one sees in the classroom can be mistaken for what others are calling "rigid." My only complaint is about the method itself, which could benefit from integrating pretend play into learning. There is now much evidence in favor of the claim that in many cases children learn better through pretense. The montessori method gets it about 90% right. This location is great.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2010
We have the best experience with our 3 children at JBMS and couldn't be happier. The kids have a very intensive academic program, the teachers are wonderful and our kids have been blooming since they started there 3 years ago. We observe that "montessori kids" are very polite, well rounded and calmer than the other children, they have a deep interest in learning, have a ability to stay focused and never, ever get bored about their school work. The Montessori method is GREAT for both boys and girls, but really WONDERFUL for very active boys. The children can move in class, work at their own pace and they are always learning. This is not the school for the parent who wants to volunteer, but we can tell you that it RARELY, IF EVER closes. You can count on them, rain or shine. We'd love if we could keep them there up to HS! A precious environment and the owners are always present, supervising everything closely. The staff is great and always very friendly.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2010
The management is terrible. They are arrogant and rude. They strongly discourage parent involvement and communication. That is not the Montessori method.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2010
I enjoyed my brief time at the school as a T.A. and it was brief not because I wanted it to be. The Director that I worked with was fantastic. He really cares for all of his students. The management leaves a lot to be desired. The turn over rate of T.A.s is EXTREMELY high. In the 3 months I was there, no less than 2 other T.A.s were fired or quit. The high turn over rate is extremely hard on the students and I imagine this may cause some students problems. This I learned from another T.A. who I, against the school's rigid staff policy, became friends with. My friend has since left the school as well. The students and teachers are amazing and it deeply saddened me to be let go on a Friday afternoon with no warning. It is the management's

- submitted by a community member

April 30, 2010
My son started at Silver Sprng at the age of 4 and transitioned to Laurel. He LOVES the school, environment, and instruction. I am thoroughly pleased with Julia Brown Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
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October 20, 2008
I went to this school and only two things made me change my mind, one of them safety. The fence on the playground that goes to 29th (colesville rd) it is very low (maybe only 4 feet - my 4yr old it is taller than that). Second they only provide vegetarian menu, if you don't like it you need to bring your own lunch.

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September 25, 2008
My daughter loves school and I love that I know that she is getting a good education and one on one attention. Hoever, there are things I don't like, for example the lack of field trips and there is no parent involvement what-so-ever. For the amount of tuition per month you would think that there would be book fairs, field trips and more parent teacher conferences or at least communication. I have no idea what goes on in her classroom aside from the research I have done on Montessori Schools in general because of the lack of response from the school when I inquired. So although I am not a fan of their policy I do love the Montessori Method itself.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2008
Nice and fun for kid's development

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2007
We have been very happy with JBMS for our son. The built in before and after care is wonderful and they are never closed for inclement weather! We love the Montessori method and our son is thriving at JBMS. My one complaint is that there is no parent board, so there is no way for parents as a group to get together to address any potential issues. That said, they are responsive to any concerns.

- submitted by a parent
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Julia Brown Montessori School
1300 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring, MD  20904
(301) 774-6772
Last modified Julia Brown Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-3
Julia Brown Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top