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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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..
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.
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
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!!
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