Students enrolled 328
School leader Chris Schoenherr
District Four Corners Montessori Academy
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1075 East Gardenia Avenue
Madison Heights, MI 48071

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(248) 542-7001
(248) 542-7901
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4 stars
Based on 38 ratings

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September 11, 2014
It is important my children attend a school that nurtures the WHOLE child, and we found such a school in Four Corners. Their teachers care about them as people, respecting their academic, social, and emotional growth. FCMA's focus is on creating an independent learner, and I appreciate the care and attention my childrens' teachers put forth in helping them grow each day. This is a humble, caring school with a staff that is highly committed to students. With regard to the negative comments here, I would urge parents who are looking into FCMA to come to the school and see if it is a good fit for your family. Many of the negative comments are simply untrue, or based on a perspective that illustrates the school wasn't a good fit. And, to clarify, the head of school lead a campaign to encourage parents to write reviews on this site, but said nothing of what types of reviews to write. It's simply not her style. Four Corners is a very special school, one in which my children thrive. I am grateful!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
My child is going into 4th grade and has been there since 1st grade. FCMA is the most authentic public Montessori program in the area. The staff and administration are fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2014
We love FCMA! My sons are heading into 1st and 2nd grade, having started there in pre-school. The teachers are dedicated, both leads and assistants, the head of school really cares about your child and their success, not something that is evident in all schools. The school requires a minimal amount of volunteer hours, on any day you will see parents in the school helping, it is a very involved community, which we love. There is emphasis on character at this school, something that is tough to measure on a test score. While the school lacks sports, it does have after school enrichments like band, cooking, dance classes, etc. While you pay for field trips, my children have been exposed to ballet and the DSO, which have been cool experiences for them. Ultimately, what you and your child put in, is what you get out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2014
In theory a tuition free Montessori is an opportunity that should not be passed up, but unfortunately if you're experienced with other Montessori schools, you'll see Four Corners does not measure up. All you need is a little online research, like Great Schools, and you'll see how poorly Four Corners measures up in test schores and student performance across the board. Their teaching methods are the loosest translation of Montessori. They rank way below all the public schools in my area, and the success of my kids is the most important thing to me. I think we'll be going back to public school, which offers more in terms of sports and extra-curricular clubs. Yes, the office staff does not seem to want to be bothered with questions, but that's no different from the public schools my kids have attended (unfortunately).

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
I am disgusted by a principal that offers incentives to bribe parents to write positive reviews! My child encountered bullying from older children that seemed to be attending this charter school because they were no longer permitted in public school! It was frightening! The staff is short and cold, and difficult to talk to. Most importantly, the curriculum is laughable. Instead of encouraging the brightest students to excel, they are kept at the level of the lowest in the class. My child is in upper elementary and this is just not tolerable. And lastly, once a week art is NOT ART, plastic flutes is NOT MUSIC, there is no LANGUAGE, NO SPORTS, not even playground equipment! It's crowded, unorganized, filthy and institutional-feeling. It's absoultely uninspiring. This school is a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2014
I amazed by the negative comments. I have 2 kids in the school. One is academically advanced and one has mild special needs. This school is a great fit for both of them. The teachers are wonderful. The front office staff can be a little bit guarded, and not particularly warm, but they are efficient. Each class (of approx. 28) has 2 teachers. Kids have art, gym & music. There is after school care for those who need it, and there are also a lot of after school enrichment programs offered (fee-based). My children bring homework home once a week and have 3 or 4 days to complete it. Neither of them have experienced and bullying, and have lots of friends. There is wonderful diversity and it feels natural and organic. Kids don't seem to clump themselves together by race as is often seen in schools. If your family is looking for something a little different, check FCMA out.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
Curriculum is weak. Tests below national average. MEAP scores below average. My child's teacher very pleasant; office staff and principal rude or indifferent. Lack of structure and organization. Parents expected to put in time towards activities or sent a letter at the end of the year reprimanding them for lack of involvement. My child likes her friends and teacher there, but feels she is not getting the "full school experience". ie. lack of sports, cheerleading, band and other school programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
This is my third grade daughter's first year at the Four Corners Montessori Academy, and she is very happy at this school..Her schoolwork at Four Corners is stimulating and challenging. Her teacher is very involved in my daughter's education, and whenever I see her, I am impressed with the way she interacts with the students. As a third grader, my daughter serves as a rold model for the younger students in the class, and I feel that this is helping to raise her self esteem. The school is also great at communicating with parents. I've read in other reviews that the office staff is unfriendly. I do not find this to be true. The principal always greets me warmly when I see her, and I always see her talking to parents at the school events. I see staff members meeting with parents on a daily basis. Other great things about the school are the healthy lunches, monthly field trips, fun after school events and the nature walks. As for the Montessori method, I would recommend doing research on the subject before sending your child to a Montessori school. It's a perfect for for our family, but it may not be the right choice for other families,

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
I am very disappointed in the quality of this school. The office staff is unfriendly. The principal is hard to deal with. They pride themselves on montessori method but didn't provide an instruction on the math till March 20th. The human touch is missing from the school. They let children make choices without understanding how the choice will affect them. Our families experience has showed us there isn't much expected from the students enrolled in the school. The math, social studies & science scores are weak. Government education doesn't truly exist here. There is a teacher and a assistant in each room to 28 children. If you child doesn't want to work they will send her home for the day instead of sending her to the office. I truly regret enrolling my children there. If you notice most of these positive comments are in Feb when principal does prizes to write good reviews. Communication with teachers is difficult and getting learning outcomes even more.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
I have never seen more polite & respectful students in schools my child has attended or that I have worked in as a sub. Bullying is not tolerated. Teachers do not raise their voices. Classrooms are generally quiet and peaceful. My child's class has 28 kids in 4-6th grade w/ 2 full-time teachers (not para-pros), a very low ratio compared to other public schools. I wish the office staff was friendlier, but they get their jobs done efficiently. Teachers I have encountered are outstanding - respectful of parents & students, encouraging and willing to go out of their way to help students succeed. The principal is all about the "Montessori method" and has years of experience. I don't care one way or another about Montessori and I am tired of hearing about it. I just send my child because he was not able to fit into the boxes his local schools expected him to. He spends more time in areas that challenge him and zips through those which are easy for him to master. He can choose which activities to do in his own order. He can get up/move (not sit at a desk for hours on end), & have a snack/drink if needed.Principal has certain ways of doing things & suggestions are not really welcomed..

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
This school is a joke simply put. teacher student ratio is high. They cant control their children. The office staff is rude and unfriendly. Your child is a job to them not a person. They pretend like they care about education but they value good reviews and that is all. Most of these positive comments are because the principal sent out an email with prizes if you gave the school a positive review on this site. Instead of tutoring or giving your child's curriculum they want to stick kids in special ed. A child can chose to act out and remain part of the class. They use the city bus for field trips.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
A teacher spoke unprofessional about my child in this school. The math program is weak. The principal is all about numbers. The positive reviews are all around Feb each year and it is because each valentines day the principal does incentive activities to get good reviews. earn free spirit wear program. She values marketing more than your children. Good luck if you want to understand the math. they will gladly teach you how to support your children's math needs in March! At the end of the year after you struggle all year. Terrible school

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
I have two boys at this school, 1st and 5th grade. We absolutely love it! Montessori isn't a great fit for every kid, and I think that might be reflected in the negative comment below. It's true there is very little homework as most of the work is hand-on. My kids are progressing in leaps and bounds though, and they have time for after-school activities. There is never any busy work! My older son was bullied at his previous school, and he was very timid around other kids as a result. It took him some time to warm up but now he has a community of peacemakers as friends. Couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
The teachers and parents and students are awesome but the office staff are snobby and rude.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2014
I've never seen the level of kindness, respect & courtesy from a student body that I see when I go into Four Corners. The students are learning to become a community of mutually respectful, responsible young people. The Head of School, Ms. Chris Schoenherr, has gone above & beyond the call of duty to help our daughter. I am thankful to have found FCMA & appreciate all they are doing to better the students & the community. Lisa Scarborough Parent/Grandparent of students at FCMA

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2014
My daughter has attended FCMA since the first day it opened and is now in grade four. The wonderful feeling of community and the amazing dedication of the Head of School has kept us coming back every year. My favorite part of the Montessori style of teaching is goal setting and reaching. I can't think of any other skill that will help her, in every area of her life, no matter what path she chooses.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2014
FCMA was a dream come true. As a toddler Montessori guide myself, my daughter has had a great educational path since the tender age of two with Montessori. The odds of finding an elementary/middle school offering a higher standard of learning alongside a great staff was a dream come true. KHamm ElmRoom

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2014
I have 3 children in this school. We have been there since they opened! We love it! My boys come home happy and always have lots to tell me about what what they have learned that day!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2014
FOUR CORNERS GIVES ALL THE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXCELL AT THERE OWN PACE, THROUGH HANDS ON MANIPULATIVES AND THE SUPPORT OF A VERY COMPASSIONATE STAFF. EACH STUDENT HAS THERE OWN INDIVIDUAL WORK PLAN THAT THEY WORK THROUGH ON THEIR OWN. THIS SCHOOL IS KNOWN FOR WORKING WITH FAMILIES TO BETTER ALL ASPECTS OF A CHILDS EDUCATION. Kelly Wylie Mother of kdg, 6th, 7th graders

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2014
My school is fantastic and allowing my children to grow at their strengths while still introducing them to new and wonderful things. They are very person oriented, teaching each child how to be the best person they can be, the classrooms are always full of happy kids who are excited to learn

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2014
Science. Social studies and math are weak. Hardly any homework. Principal isn't very friendly. Communication with teachers is difficult usually takes about a week to week and half to receive email or phone call back. If you want to know your child's curriculum good luck !! In Sept we were told their would be a Montessori math night to show families how to support their math studies at home ....then again in December we were told there would be a math night ... Still waiting. High teacher student ratios. I would not recommend this school to other families. If you the type of parent that likes to ask how your child did today at the end of the day. Don't bother you either have to email or schedule an appt.. On the positive side The pick up drop off is very efficient and it the best we have to say about this school. Parent of 3 registered at this school. Lower el to mid school

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
My 4th grader is new to the school this year after leaving a very highly rated school in another district, where his sister thrived. Unfortunately all kids are not alike, and he was miserable. We came to FCMA on the recommendation of several friends and have been thrilled! Our son is feeling safe, confident, cared about and happy to go to school--a complete turn-around! The Montessori philosophy of peace and self-directed learning has benefitted him tremendously. His math skills have improved significantly with the ability to learn and understand at his own pace and style without being expected to fit into the same square box as every other child in the classroom. The children are polite, caring, and respectful. Additionally, with the focus on the classroom as a community, the children are learning to deal with disagreements with compromise and empathy. Having an assistant teacher allows for much more individual attention to each student's needs. For my son, this school has made all the difference! THANK YOU FCMA!!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
We recently switched our son from a top rated school in a different district that was not performing to standards. We have found the Montessori environment now engages him in learning and participating. He is so excited about his work and is able to articulate his day in a very enthusiastic manner. With the assistant in the classroom the child/teacher ratio is fantastic. The communication with both the teacher and administration is excellent and informative. The entire team at FCMA is dedicated and professional, thank you for providing such an incredible school!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
FCMA has shown my family that teachers who care equal students who succeed! I have a struggling reader who has gone from reluctant struggler to enthusiastic reader. His teachers, peers, the principal, even the office staff encourage him in his efforts to learn new words. I have been a parent with this school since it opened it's doors. Two of my children have since graduated from here and are doing well in high school. FCMA gave them the tools to think, plan and strategize in today's academic arena. Denise - second grade parent

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
Wonderful! We came to FCMA from a local school that is praised by many. We chose to switch our son to FCMA in kindergarten because we wanted a school that focused on the whole child. We found FCMA to be peaceful in spirit and practice. Here are the cliff's notes: Montessori approach is sensory based and inspires, small school (flexible/nimble, tight/active community, plenty of opportunity for parent involvement), decent food policy (restrictions on sugar in the classroom and the school just switched to a healthier lunch provider), School uniforms (LOVE THIS!), relatively diverse in multiple ways. Take a tour and ask questions of current families... no school is perfect but this school is the perfect fit for us. We feel so blessed that we have this available to to our family. Rachel Murray - 1st Grade

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
FCMA was a choice of convenience, for me, when my second grader first started in kindergarten. Now it is a very good choice for a quality education with an emphasis on character building. My daughter has the ability to learn at her own pace with individual and group help. I really like the model of the students helping each other before a teacher will assist. I believe "teaching" others helps to reinforce the lesson. K.Williams, a pleased second grade mom!!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
The staff at this school is top notch and the academics are great too. I am always impressed with the work that my son brings home. This school places emphasis on other countries and cultures and on peace education. We could not be happier with this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
I am a parent of a 4th grader, this is our first year at FCMA. So far we have been very pleased. I like the mix of classroom: 4, 5 and 6th grades, so there is a lot of mentoring and guidance for the kids. The teacher is one of the best and a great fit for our child. With the assistant in the classroom the child/teacher ratio is fabulous. The communication with both the teacher and administration is excellent and informative. The enrichment programs are fabulous and the additional extra events and meetings make a great opportunity to meet other parents and staff. Curriculum is challenging and promotes independence.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
The great sense of community. Childs able to work at own pace, but also in groups. Teachers and staff are great.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
The staff is awesome - often go above and beyond to ensure that information is communicated with me about my child, be it his academics or his behavior. He's in his first year of preschool and comes home happy everyday.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
Both of our girls love going to their second home each school day. The teachers truly care about all the students, and everyone is given the chance to grow at their own pace. Academics are just as important as character development. In addition to the amazing staff, the students and families make the FCMA community incredibly welcoming. Lisa Harden - kindergarten and second grade parent

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
FCMA is an extraordinary Middle School. Our son has grown into an outstanding. teenager!! He studies and takes pride In his work! The staff have worked with him on his organization skills and it has made his academic life manageable. He is eager to go to school each morning!! We will be sending our other children to FCMA middle school.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
Four Corners Montessori has been a wonderful experience for our daughter. She continues to LOVE going to school and is surrounded by a supportive group of children and staff. The culture and education style of the school align with Montessori with the benefits of being a charter school! Very blessed 4th grade mom!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
Four Corners Montisorri Academy, Madion Hghts, MI This school ended up being just what my 5 yr. old needed. What a great experience! - Tracey Straith, Kindergartener mom

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
This is the best school. My child has needed extra help from the start and they go above and beyond to help her. If one thing doesn't work they do something else. She has the best 2nd grade teacher and the best special education teacher. She just needs that boost to get her jump started. Another great thing is she is able to call home if there was an issue and she can get it out instead of keeping it in all day until she is picked up. I think that is a great way to help all kids. Security is definitely under control. No matter when you go there you will see the principal walking around checking things out. If anybody can help. This child it is this school. Thanks for all you have done and will do. Dawn Tardiff - 2nd grade mom

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
This school is excellent in more ways than one. What really pleases me, is that the first two weeks are called orientation, where the kids really take time to get to know one another, so they are excited every Monday to get up and join another adventure with their classmates!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
This is a young and growing charter school integrating Montessori within the guidelines of the State of Michigan. The Head of School, has 20+ years of experience in teaching, training and leading students and staff in Montessori philosophy. Children in this school have the opportunity of receiving an exciting education and be inspired to learn more and understand what it looks and feels like to be a responible member of their community. Highly recommend this school! All of my children love it!! I have 4 children there and find the staff and administration to be top quality.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2013
This is a pretty good school. The social studies and reading are good in the upper elementary and middle school grades, science is weak and math just avg.

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Four Corners Montessori Academy
1075 East Gardenia Avenue, Madison Heights, MI  48071
(248) 542-7001
Last modified Four Corners Montessori Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Four Corners Montessori Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top