Shelley Boatright, January 17, 2014
An authentic Montessori school like Dearborn Heights Montessori not only prepares a child for the real world, the curriculum offers many opportunities to experience the real world. A quality Montessori program provides a rigorous curriculum that satisfies the needs of all children no matter what level of ability they may have. Also, one of the primary components of a Montessori curriculum is to move the child to independence. This requires that the student must be self-motivated and learn how to manage his or her time. As a student moves into the upper elementary and middle school grades in our program, these skills become invaluable. Regarding homework, the volume does increase at the upper and middle school grades but does not replace the work required in the classroom. Homework typically includes subject areas that require repetition and practice, i.e. math and reading, and is never simply busy work . If, however, a student is not able to complete required work during the school day, he or she has the choice to take the work home so that a deadline isn t missed. Other at home projects may include finalizing reports, creating presentation boards, etc. The real world of high school and college requires not only homework but also time management and self-motivation. Regarding music and art, we are thrilled to be able to continue to provide these programs when many schools are forced to eliminate them. At Dearborn Heights Montessori Center, music and art are offered in addition to physical education, world languages, technology and a variety of other opportunities both during and after the school day. Our music program, executed by an educated and talented music teacher with many years of experience, provides exposure to many things including learning about famous composers; learning how to use a variety of rhythm instruments; learning to read music through playing the recorder; dance and movement; singing and performance; and much more. Our art program offers students at the elementary level a 75 minute class, once per week, led by an educated and experienced art teacher. The elementary curriculum is presented using the elements of art line, shape, color, and texture with the express purpose of building skills at all levels. Students have the opportunity to learn about famous artists and their styles and the chance to expand their artistic ability, using symmetry drawing, sculpting, still life drawing, performance art, and much more. In addition, art materials are available in the classrooms for use by students in creating presentations and illustrating their work. At the middle school level, art is offered as an elective in which the student creates work in a medium of choice. Art at the preschool and kindergarten level is embedded in the classrooms, with a variety of art materials available at all times. In addition, a weekly art appreciation lesson presents stories about artists and their work in an entertainng way. Visit our website or schedule a tour to see for yourself how a quality Montessori school like Dearborn Heights Montessori Center can benefit your child.
I am continually impressed with the personalized attention my child receives. My child has been at the school for three years now and we have had a wonderful relationship with the teachers and administration. The whole school community is warm, inviting and friendly.
Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment, unifying academic challenge with quality opportunities for social, emotional, and intellectual growth. This includes a multicultural emphasis that values individuality and attainment of each child s fullest potential. With the Montessori philosophy as our foundation, we guide development of responsibility and respect by cultivating independent thinking, self-awareness, cooperation and inner discipline.
Dearborn Heights Montessori teachers gave my children very little personalized attention. The school body was divided, with a large population of children of Middle Eastern descent, and a smaller population of white children. The two groups of children did not interact with each other. It has been a few years, so I'm not sure if that is still the case. One of my children did suffer daily ridicule from a few children, and we were repeatedly brushed off by administration. My child was even forced to share a locker with the other student who was constantly teasing him. After enduring months of this we finally pulled all three out of DHMC, and we are so happy that we made the right choice. The staff at this school is overly concerned with how the public views them. They tend to brush matters (of importance) off to avoid dealing with the negative feedback that the school might receive.
Toddler program was great. Preschool was a disaster. We had to pull out our son after two months. We don't know if the Montessori system was just a bad fit for him or if this specific classroom was the issue. Unfortunately, we will never know since we were not allowed to try him in a different classroom. Thankfully, he loves his new preschool and is doing great! None of the problems we had at Montessori. Be advised that you have to commit to the full year's (substantial) tuition which will not be reimbursed if your child has to leave the school for whatever reason. Even with a tuition reimbursement insurance (that we paid for) we were only able to recover 50% of the tuition and lost more than $2000!
this school doesn't prepare you for the real world. The staff are nice but they really only focus on the ones who are thriving in a classroom setting, for example i was struggling and the teachers did little to help me other than to finish all my work, as i fell farther and farther behind. Also we did a lot of homework, but not very much of it actually mattered, it was mostly busy work. Also we had to go to a music class 2 times a week were we sang the same songs over and over again, then in the end of the year we had to stand on bleachers in the 100 degree gym and sing songs for the audience for three hours. Also if you have an artistic child this is not a good school because you have very little art opportunity, and very bad art assignments to improve your skills. If your considering this school, save your child and your money and send them to a different school.
My child has been at DHMC for several years now and has had a wonderful experience. The teachers have been concerned, caring, and very supportive of my child's development mentally and emotionally. My child was bullied for a short time by another student who was asked to leave the school. The teachers and staff were very careful about their approach with both children. Educationally this school prepares children with how to learn, not just learning rotely.
In this school, its all talk, not do. If I had a dollar for every time they said no to my child for asking for help, I would be a millionaire. They are extremely concerned about how the public perceives them. When you go to apply to put your child into this school, they have people that can speak in a way that will make you believe your child will be taken care of. WRONG. The only time they were actually concerned about my child is when we said we were leaving. They tried to talk their talk to me, but I realized how manipulative they can be with their words. If you are considering putting your child in this year.. think long and hard. The only parents that are happy with school is the ones who donate and help out a lot to get treated special from the teachers. The staff was afraid of the principal.. too much discluding.. so much drama.. never come here. Take your child to a real school before they graduate and go off to high school and be confused about everything.
I am beyond happy with both of my childs' education at DHMC! I have never had a problem with disrespectful teachers or administrators. If I have ever needed to talk to a teacher they have taken time to call me within that day. My children are amazingly prepared because of the outstanding education given to my children. I wouldn't send them anywhere else! They have bent over backwards to help with my child's food allergies and molded two great, energetic and inquisitive children. Thank you DHMC!!!
We have had an absolutely fantastic experience with DHMC. I'm shocked at the negative reviews. I have two children in this school & from the Toddler Program up I can't say enough good things about it. The teachers are attentive & involved. I can come in any time/day & see the class. I can contact the teachers by phone/email at all times. The parents and families are top tier everyone really cares about the DHMC community. There is no school around this area that can touch DHMC. I searched high and low for something for my children by visiting several schools & speaking with alumnae. DHMC was clearly the best choice. As far as these reviews about media in the room, get with it, this is the age of technology if you think your kids are sitting in a public school not watching DVDs your wrong (although probably VHS). As for power point & interactive learning, get with the program that's what your kids will use in the real world. One last comment on bullying. I had a small instance where I was concerned with another child. I brought it to the teachers immediately and it was addressed immediately. Nothing out of ordinary for any school and NO bulling is tolerated here.
I am very surprised to read the negative reviews about this school. I have 3 children that attend. I have had a child go through every level (preschool - middle school) at Dearborn Heights Montessori. I am very impressed with the level of commitment from the teachers, their patience and knowledge. I have never seen the Head of School be anything but calm and supportive. There are many opportunities for parent involvement, and every email or phone call I've ever made to a teacher or support staff has been answered very quickly. I love the diversity of students that attend, and the school's focus on creating a peaceful environment in the school as well as the community. Bullying is NEVER tolerated, and is addressed immediately by staff. Children develop a level of confidence that is hard to match in a public school. I've been very happy with the education they have received.
I would also like to comment on the school. As my children move up from preschool to upper elementary, I am continually impressed with the staff's dedication to the child's education. The teachers and administration encourage the parents to visit the classroom and discuss any issues. I have found them open to working with each child's unique needs and development. The most impressive piece is that the child is nurtured both emotionally and academically. It is a very positive and encouraging environment.
continued... friends who attend schoolcraft that the work they did in middle school at DHMC was more challenging and engaging than the education they are getting at schoolcraft college. the academics at DHMC are whatever you (or more specifically your child) want them to be. when i attended middle school in the mid 2000s, there were groups who were studying basic middle school math, groups who were studying advanced middle school math, groups studying average high school math, and groups studying advanced high school math! overall, i feel as though the parents who posted such negative reviews had a personal conflict with the staff, based on the montessori teaching style and accompanying methods. because they did not do the necessary research required to determine if a montessori education was the right education for their child. as you can see by all the other reviews, which are mostly five stars, those who go into DHMC knowing what to expect to get out of it are among the most satisfied parents in the world. i hope that my review(s) have helped anyone reading this in clearing up any misconceptions about this wonderful school, and i strongly encourage those of you thinking
I also am shocked with the negative reviews, and agree with the previous post. If you are considering a Montessori education, PLEASE visit the school and decide for yourself. I have 2 children here - one in preschool and the other in lower el, and I have the greatest respect for the teachers, the staff, and the children who attend. This is a MONTESSORI school, so if you understand the philosophy of developing the whole child, then you come to appreciate the materials, the curriculum, and the teachers that guide the children to reach their potential. If you need grades and standardized tests to tell you how your child rates against other children, then a Montessori school is not for you. This may explain why you see such opposite extremes in the postings. When I was looking for a school for my oldest son in 2005, I remember visiting this site, and was very cautious of the school based on some of the reviews. So I visited the school, and confronted the admissions counselor with some of the remarks here. She walked me through, point by point. 6 years and 2 children later, I am happy with my decision, and more importantly, with the progress of both my children.
Amazing School. Received an excellent education. Graduated in 1995. The teachers are great, and they are extremely helpful.
I have to disagree with the last two reviews. My son, who has high functioning autism, graduated from 8th grade at DHMC. The entire staff was extremely supportive of his social and learning differences. He was very happy there -- in an environment where differences are appreciated and celebrated. They bent over backward to be flexible and work with us. Thanks to his years at DHMC, followed by high school at Ann Arbor Academy, my son is doing very well and is now attending college.
I couldn't agree more with the parent who said DHMC is not for kids with ADHD or other learning issues. This school is ok for kids who would do well wherever they went, but for my child, who has borderline ADHD and sensory processing issues, it was just short of disastrous. The main problem is the principal; she is egotistical and vindictive. The staff is clearly afraid of her, and disagreeing with her as a parent is likely to bring severe consequences to your child. It makes me sick to think of any other child going through what mine did. It will take a long time for him to get over it, if he ever does.
A word to the wise - parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD diagnoses should not waste their time on the admissions process at Dearborn Heights Montessori. Although I was assured by teachers within the school that their program could accomodate, and had experience with, children with 'different' learning and behavioral concerns, once we completed the admissions process, I was advised that the school does not generally accept children who stray outside the norm. The admissions process was extremely disorganized. From the outset, it was nearly impossible to have emails and phone calls returned. It took months to schedule a simple one day visit to the school for my child. I wish I had know, before wasting my time and energy, that the Dearborn Heights Montessori Center prefers not to admit LD and ADHD diagnosed children.
Since my daughter started at DHMC as a fourth grader, she has truly blossomed. She is challenged and motivated to do well. Even when she is in before and afterschool latchkey (a long, 11-hour day) she is happy and full of stories to tell me when I pick her up. No one holds her back (our experience in parochial school) and she is supported in her desire to keep learning beyond grade level.
It's a good daycare center, even for the older teens! That is about the only positive comment that I can give. There is a lack of quality curriculum, with large gaps in the language arts and math department. Save yourself the trouble and the money, and try a public school.
i have been impressed both by the level of learning and the commitment of the staff in caring for the students.
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