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Go Like The Wind Montessori School

Private | PK-9 | 205 students


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Posted September 9, 2014

I was so impressed when I toured Go Like the Wind Montessori School. The environment is calm and not overstimulating, which fosters calmness in the children and a readiness to absorb the rich classroom experiences. I watched classes of children walk through the hallways, holding hands, smiling, and alert to their surroundings or instructions from their teachers. It was obvious to me after visiting the classrooms and learning about the Montessori teaching philosophy, that this school could significantly contribute to developing a child into a life learner, and an engaged/contributing member of society with the self confidence to lead or pioneer. After seven months, I continue to be impressed with the "maturity" of learning demonstrated by my granddaughter and the depth of problem solving skills she is developing at 3 years of age. I feel that my investment in making this opportunity available to my granddaughter will be one of my greatest contributions to my family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2014

My son started at Go Like the Wind Montessori school in 3rd grade. My husband & I were unhappy with the public school system in South Lyon. After visiting many private schools we decided that Go Like the Wind was the best choice for our family. Our son is entering the 5th grade and has developed a love of learning because of the fantastic teachers and staff at Go Like the Wind. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 2, 2013

I have been a teacher at this school for over 10 years and I wouldn't want to teach at any other school. This school is an authentic Montessori school and strives daily to provide the best Montessori education to it students, Infants all the way through Middle School. The staff here is exceptional and the administration could not be more supportive. The families are wonderful and there is a great sense of community here.
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Posted February 28, 2011

I am very pleased with this school. Acedemics are number one on my list and I feel that so far it has been a good fit for my son. I do find that the teacher of hos class is not very personable and I sometimes feel that I have to pry for information, but my son is doing fine so maybe that is why. I would like it more if the staff addressed me when I came in to pick up my son but at the same time I can tell that he is really learning a lot and is making great strives in his development.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2010

This school has been fantastic for our son. He loves school and has not missed a single day. The teachers care and are extremely well trained in both content and method. We like the Christian philosophies. Parents are involved and are part of the global school culture. We give GLTW a two thumbs up! :)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 15, 2010

I can not say enough good things about Go Like the Wind (GLTW). GLTW has a program for infants all the way through 8th grade. This is my fourth year with GLTW. I have a child in the toddler program and a child in the pre-primary program. What impresses me most is the focus on the development of the whole child. The environment encourages the children to love learning. It is about more than academics. The teachers create an environment that nurtures the child to think about grace and courtesy, music and arts, practical skills and physical activities. The child leads the way, with the teachers guiding them. As an example, my 5 year old expressed a sincere interest in Mother Theresa. Her teacher, recognizing this as a wonderful teaching opportunity, purchased the book Great Peacemakers to be used in the classroom curriculum. Go Like the Wind Montessori is my school of choice!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2010

Mediocre teachers and very poor leadership (administration) describe this school. For tuition exceeding $10K a year, there are many other private schools in Ann Arbor that are better.
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Posted October 31, 2009

I would disagree with the previous opinion of the school's teachers. I have two children in the preschool, one with an experienced teacher and one with a relatively new teacher. Both of my children are receiving an excellent education. Both of their teachers are caring with the children, professional with the parents and dedicated to the Montessori philosophy. One of the things I am particularly pleased with is the consistancy of excellence between both of their classrooms. The two classrooms have differences of style but no difference in the quality of the education. I look forward to my children being at Go Like the Wind all the way through Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 17, 2009

Facilities are very good. They have large class rooms. They have large indoor play area, indoor basketball court, Music class. They have been increasing cost regularly and seems little high. There teachers have large difference. Some have lot of experience and some have very few. Over all this preschool is good if you get an experienced teacher. If you get a new teachers you are better off find another school as cost is high and teachers have to maintain order in class room before teaching.
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Posted April 20, 2009

Go Like the Wind Montessori has shown us that children can and do excel when placed in an school environment that truly honors who they are as individuals first. Certainly, GLTW has a Montessori curriculum they follow over each three-year classroom experience, but they do so with the individual child in mind. We had always thought the 'Montessori thing' was just popular amongst parents, now we understand it is popular because it offers what we, as parents, want for our children when done well. We are beyond grateful we chose Go Like the Wind for our child. It continues to be one of the top three decisions we've ever made for our child!
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Posted December 16, 2007

This school is amazing. Knowing that I am getting a high level of education is very important to me as well as my family. I agree that building is a bit dated, but it makes the school feel more approachable. The classroom I work in feels almost like a home to me now and I have only been in it for half of the school year! You can be free with opinions and creativity. Along with the building itself, the grounds are wonderful. Acres over acres of land surround the building. I am very grateful to have spent so many years here. Truly a great school for students as well as parents and family.
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Posted October 11, 2007

I have read some people commenting about the school facility being dated. I am shocked that people find the looks of a building more important than the quality of education. If these parents valued education than they would that know this school rocks!! There is no getting around it, this school is special and the teachers are wonderful. The director of the school is awesome. He is always available, approachable, and excited about his school. You can see this by all the family involvement programs that they put on. The teachers really care about the children and there education. They all seem highly trained. My main concern is education and this school provides the best! They do not treat kids like babies, they treat them with respect and value their true potential and make them believe in themselves. You really cant understand until you visit this place and feel it out for yourself. We had to move so I am no longer in the Ann Arbor area, but I can honestly say that this is the best school my children have ever been to. I am sad that I had to leave.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2007

GLTW is Montessori school at its finest. The teachers are well-trained and loving. They really do care about each child and each family. It is a wonderfully diverse environment where children are taught to respect themselves, each other, and their surroundings. Our daughter is just finishing second grade and is absolutely thriving at GLTW and loving school. We have been active in the PTSA and have found a community of families that we are happy to be a part of. Each of the teachers in the enrichment classes (art, Spanish, music, and gym) are wonderful as well. They go out of their way to make a connection to each child, to support them in the subject, and to encourage them to grow regardless of how much/little talent they have for that subject. This is a fanstastic school for academic success, social development, and personal growth.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2007

As a guardian of a preprimary student,my experience has only been rewarding and positive. My child is in a classroom with highly qualified, compassionate teachers where she not only feels at home, but is challenged to preserver when learning may be more difficult. I have observed this child blossom from a shy, frightened child into a confident, considerate, proud achiever. She has not only learned academics, and self-discipline, she has learned how to concentrate and how to complete tasks. What more can I ask for? My experience with the principal of the school has been one of true compassion and professionalism. Because of our families current financial status we are unable to afford to pay any where near full tuition. Mr. Collier knows of our circumstance and granted our child a substantial scholarship, without which our child would not be able to attend. We are truly grateful to GLTW & Mr. Collier!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 22, 2007

This is a genuine Montessori school that practices and delivers true Montessori principles. It is small & out of the way but once inside you can feel the peace. A nuturing enviroment where love & respect for all children are evident. The Principal & team of talented teachers are humble & do not take credit easily. To watch a Montessori classroom in action at GLTW is fascinating. A room of motivated & self directed children all doing a different task in a calm & happy way is amazing, Personally, it was great to find a school that places emphasis on spiritual & social growth, individual expression, ethnic & cultural diversity etc. Yes, i would like my child to reach her academic potential but I would firstly like her to have the confidence, character & conscience to express a mind of her own. GLTW creates individuals. We made a good choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 13, 2007

Principal does not care about what is best for the students, but is only looking at his bottom line as this is his business. They do not treat their good teachers very well and the leave. Facilities are very run down (old public school) and does not have adequate space for their growth plans. Their are many better schools and montessoris in the area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2006

This is a school dedicated to the Montessori method and to continual program improvements. The academic expectations are high and the talented staff is very student oriented. Your child can be respected here for who they are, where they are from, where they are going, and how they are growing. A family's voice is important to them and a family is welcomed into the community. School activities keep families in mind and no one is left out of the social fun. I can't say enough about the positive and energetic environment here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 11, 2004

Great school, faculty is very experienced. School is managed by second generation Montessori family with many many years of experience. Extremely diverse family population (over 43 countries represented!), first rate arts & music programs as well. PTSA is VERY organized and involved. Many extra programs available. Highly recommended!
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 69%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 3%
African-American 9% 19%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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3540 Dixboro Lane
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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