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.
The teachers and parents and students are awesome but the office staff are snobby and rude.
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
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.
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
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!!!
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
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
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
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!!
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!
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
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
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!!
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.
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.
The great sense of community. Childs able to work at own pace, but also in groups. Teachers and staff are great.
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.
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
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.
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