My child has been at DHMC for three years and we have nothing but the best to say about our school! DHMC puts students and their families first in every decision that is made. Our child is receiving an education that is far superior from any other choice. I am a public school teacher and chose this school for my child because of the high academic standards and emphasis on character education. Grace and courtesy are part of the curriculum at DHMC. Peace and kindness are at the center of all they do.
The graduates of our middle school are recited by highly reputable, collage preparatory high schools. High schools ask to come to our school and recruit our middle school students because they have a good work ethic, high academic achievement and are solid citizens.
As a parent of two DHMC graduates (both attended from preschool all the way through eighth grade), I continue to see the benefits of not only a Montessori education, but a Dearborn Heights Montessori education. Both of my children are turning into wonderful adults who have incredible work ethics, are very respectful and are well on their way to having degrees, careers and happy lives. I believe that the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, combined with the caring and dedicated staff, played an integral role in my children's development throughout the years. So glad to have made the decision to send both of my children to DHMC!
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.
The administration tried to tell me that my child had artist when he was 6 years old. They secretly had him "evaluated" without my authorizations. When I withdrew both my children, the DHMC administration called child protective services and stated that I was failing to protect my child. My son saw a child psychologist for 6 months. The diagnosis; He is completely normal, but he was being bullied by a class mate which made him withdraw emotionally. Now 8 years later, my son is a straight A student, plays football, basketball, and baseball. He has friends and is a well-adjusted teenage boy. Beware of this school.
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.
I agree with this parent - the academics is very sub-standard. My child studied and did well there. When we moved to a public school we realized the vast difference in standard. My child is now very motivated. I no longer have to push her. Their sports program is equally bad. There are no qualified teachers. In public schools I find most teachers with a Masters in the particular subject. I feel I have wasted all that money - it would have been enough for paying for her college tuition. There is a lot of favoritism in the school.
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