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K-5
Public charter
Mount Clemens, MI
Students enrolled: 333
 

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1070 Hampton Road
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

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(586) 465-5545
(586) 465-2283
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June 16, 2015
This is a school that promises quite a bit but delivers very little. The administration seems very unorganized and incapable of handling problems with parents effectively, the parents provide everything, clearly this school is broke, and the teachers are a mixed pot, some great, some completely inadequate. There are no crossing guards, no parking lots, no stop signs, safety is clearly not a priority here. There are few to no field trips, there's a lack of worldly application to the work. They have hot lunch, but it's catered and about $4 each which is insane. Brown bag it. Some of the assignments are....odd. Manipulative in wording, lack practicality, above child's grade level. Just, odd. And yet, it seems that the grading scale doesn't really exist. They will do whatever they can to just push your child through the system with no regards to consequences or teaching proper protocall. Their reputation seems much more important than your child's education. And the cherry on top has to be the rude, catty woman who answers the phones who always has something to say and an attitude. Switching our child out of there was the best decision we ever made. There are a few good teachers, but why risk it? Don't make the mistake we did. We wasted years.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
June 16, 2015
There are maybe a few that are up to par but they should jump ship. That school is broken, and the teachers seem inexperienced.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
June 16, 2015
On average we would spend 3-6 hours a night because they would send work that needed to be corrected back home. I've never seen that before and it prevented any long term retention in memory.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 16, 2015
After my child attended here, we had to do everything we could to re-motivate them. They left feeling defeated and confused. A dreadful system indeed.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
June 16, 2015
The administration is rather disrespectful sp they are not setting a great example for the students. Their problem solving techniques are also completely inadequate and futile.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Disagree
June 16, 2015
They are nice people, but not great leaders or role models. I've met one or 2 teachers that were exemplary.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Neutral
June 16, 2015
I think they do not bother teaching these things so it is not applicable. Their sense of morality is skewed.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2015
Not sure why the principal and teachers post reviews posing as parents? Could it be that the school is sub par? Couldn't pull my kids out of there fast enough. Too many kids in a classroom and there are NOT 2 certified teachers in every classroom. I fell for that And saw the truth after being in the building after a couple visits. Take your kids to anywhere but here...you'll sleep better

- submitted by a community member

June 09, 2015
I can't say enough great things about this school. The atmosphere is kind and caring. The teachers and staff all genuinely care about each child and their interests. I have two students in the school right now, and as of next year I will have four. I wouldn't dream of sending my children to any other school. They do a great job challenging my children, as well as taking their time to help in the areas my children need to strengthen. Keep up the amazing work!

- submitted by a community member

June 08, 2015
This is a wonderful school! My son has been attending since he was three years old and I can't believe he will be beginning his final year in the Fall. The staff is so caring and does a great job keeping him challenged and caring about the interests of all the children.

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2015
My son and family love Mt Clemens Montessori. We feel so lucky because he has made huge academic gains. His teachers always put their students needs first. He has two wonderful teachers that teach math, language arts, science, geography, practical life, and sensorial lessons. Plus he gets Physical Education, French, Music, and computers twice a week and he's only in preschool. He loves school! As a parent I am thrilled because he can't wait to get to school and learn and play with his friends every morning.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2015
We have two children currently enrolled (one since preschool, the other since 3rd grade). We love that the children are exposed to music, science, computers, gym and French in all grades. We have built wonderful relationships with the staff over the years (from the principal to the daycare/latchkey staff) and they truly care for our kids. Our children are thriving at this school and so will yours.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2015
Where can you find two teachers in one classroom and an excellent education? Mount Clemens Montessori Academy. As a parent, finding a school where your child is not just a number is very rare. This school goes out of their way in order for your child to feel part of a community and, better yet, to have an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2015
Mt. Clemens Montessori is an excellent school. The teachers truly work hard to meet the needs of each child as an individual. Teachers are the strength of this school and are in constant contact with you on how your children are doing (in a positive way). This school is like a family and everyone gets to know everyone. You will not regret sending your child to this school. They even have a fun Summer Camp program.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2014
The communication is sorely lacking in utilizing the teacher websites that still have information for orientation from September!!!!! It's the end of October!!!! Why go paperless if websites are not kept current??? A feeling of disconnect with teachers and that their technology is as old as the building. Beyond frustrating to rely on your children to relay classroom activities and not being able to check to keep current with updates. Teacher communication is sub par compared to any other school. Please update the websites!!!

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2014
Mt Clemens Montessori Academy rocks! I could not have chosen a better school for my children. The teachers, and office staff are awesome. My children actually enjoy going to school. I am proud to have my children attend this great school.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2014
Mt. Clemens Montessori is a great school !! My daughters love school now when I used to have to fight with them in the morning to get up and ready , now they get up and ready without any problems at all!! My girls learn a lot of things that their old school don't teach anymore due to it not being required by law anymore so it's not important but it is to be educated you need to know !!! So more than pleased with the choice I made two years ago!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
I have been a parent at the school for many years. MCMA has provided them with an extraordinary education. I have seen my children gain confidence, flourish, and excel both socially and academically. I strongly believe a child's education has to be a successful partnership between parents, teachers and administration--this is definitely one of MCMA's strong points. Individualized attention, personal recognition, and encouragement is a part of each of my children's education and strongly contributes to their success. When my daughter was going through some "girl drama" issues, the teachers and administration dealt with it swiftly, personally, and kindly--recognizing how important it was to my daughter, even when most adults may perceive the issues as "silly". They truly care about each and every child that is in their care and I have the utmost respect and confidence in the school's ability. I wouldn't even think about going elsewhere. My son had some academic issues--the teachers identified it quickly, met with myself and my husband, lined us up with additional help, as well as providing us with the tools he needed. He is doing amazing now because of their interventions!!

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2014
When I see negative reviews I have to chime in. This school us nothing but great and I highly recommend. Teachers are excellent and it's small size allows them to focus on the children. Great gem in Mt. Clemens.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2014
NOT HAPPY PARENTS-we don't write reviews, but in the case we felt it necessary. Approx 30% of these reviews were negative should have read them before we registered, but now can speak from experience. First, we see schools not only as a place of academics, but also a place where we entrust our childs safety and emotinal well being. Administration is ineffective! Very poor communication from Administration unless payment is needed. Bullying not addressed effectively, with the exception of Administration telling kids not to do it. Heard teachers outside & during summer camp complain about things involving the school and their work. Heard some teachers speak rudely and impatiently to students. Not a Montessori philosophy. We loved our kindergarten teachers, but my child attended a true montessori pre-school then we transfered to MCMCA so I agree this school is Montessori in name only. Wasn't worried so much about the state of the building until I saw the principal pull up in a Mercedes while the daycare kids were all roasting hudled up by 1 fan during the hot summer months. SHAMEFUL! Summer Camp, expensive. Flyer makes it sound great, but truly not the case. Transferring to public.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2013
this is not a school. it is a FOR PROFIT business. it claims to be a Montessori yet the staff is not Montessori certified . just ask . * the wait to pick up your child is 30mins every day. * hot lunch has to be ordered a month in advance and its expensive. * the building its self is in a poor state and resembles a juvenile detention center. when I first approached the building I was not sure where to enter as the front doors looked more like a loading dock. * they introduce the children to a second language, french. in this country the french language is a useful as to them as learning to skin an ant. most schools introduce spanish as it is not a waste of valuable brain power. After 3 months i pulled my child from the school and it was the best decision ive made since ....ever.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2013
I am very happy with the education, values, and work ethic my children receive here. They are being prepared for future endeavors and are making valuable friendships.

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September 21, 2013
A lovely little school. Its not going to impress you in terms of facilities, but as your child attends - you realize it has a homey feel to it. Its also not "so nice" that the adults spend all their time trying to keep the kids from breaking anything, lol. All the kids know each other regardless of grade. And there is several fun functions through out the year to get everyone together. I have genuinely liked every teacher my son has had so far. They will work with parents regarding special needs and they are up front about how much help they can offer. It is a small charter school after all. I appreciated their honesty when my son was facing certain issues. Thankfully, i was able to attain help for him in different ways and he is still attending. I honestly have no complaints with this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2013
If you have a perfect child he/she will get a good education. But if you have a child that is slightly off perfect or especially has any special need, this school is not for your child. They will fail as a school for your child because they are not prepared for anything but perfect students.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2013
WE LOVE MCMA! It will be sad when my son has to change schools! The teachers and staff are AWESOME! Highly rate it on all levels.

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January 13, 2013
I have had kids in this school for 9 straight years, both of my boys have/had a wonderful experience!! My youngest requires extra support for reading and speech, and has recieved not just support but one on one support. He sees at least one support teacher everyday, rather it be for reading or speech. I have nothing but the highest amount of respect for the teachers and the office worker who work so hard to give all of the students what they need to be successful. Ms Genie is wonderful and as a parent with a child with extra needs I can say that she has been on the side of what is best for my son and answered every question that I have had. I do not have concerns that he is being bullied or picked on because of his speech, at this school that is not tolerated. As a side note, I want to say that Ms Kay in the office, knows every child by name and even with my son at a factor 15 on the drama scale she is kind and patient. I have and will continue to recommend this school highly!! I drive 30+ miles round trip for each drop off and pick up, and it is worth every minute that I spend in my car.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2012
Absolutely LOVE this school. My daughter is in kindergarten and has learned a lot through the Montessori cirriculum.I have watcher her excel in areas I origionally thought she might have problems with. The teachers and staff are wonderful. I would highly reccommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2012
If there is an available space for your child to attend this wonderful school, race over there right now and register. This is a very unique school which continues to celebrate the curiosity and exuberance which naturally occurs in young children. Although a charter school cannot be totally Montessori, the Montessori spirit and philosophy thrive in this building. The kindergarten and preschool rooms are more traditional Montessori. All classrooms have an assistant for at least part of the day. This is a huge benefit which lowers the student to teacher ratio in favor of the students. The teachers are dedicated to helping children reach academic and social goals. The administration is responsive to parent and student needs and will often think outside the box to problem solve. I truly love this school.

- submitted by a community member

July 24, 2011
I have been in the field of education for 22 years, the last 12 as a member of the MCMA family. The staff works tirelessly and selflessly together for the success of every student. Staff and administration work with parents and students as a team in a caring and respectful manner. I often read about schools opening with new teaching methods and have to laugh to myself because these new methods are often ideas that have their very roots in the Montessori Philosophy. These methods have been implemented and proven successful at MCMA since the school s inception 40 years ago. I whole heartily recommend this school.

- submitted by a teacher

July 17, 2011
An incredible school. The entire staff from administration, secretarial, assistants and teachers makes you feel welcome and truly care about the children at the school. I would recommend this school to family and friends without a hesitation. My children have attended the school from preschool (21/2 yrs. old). I have twins who are now in the fourth grade and they look forward daily to go to school. They cannot wait till the fall. Obviously, every comment written by anyone needs to be taken with a "grain of salt:."

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2011
I loved this school the first few years as an active parent & the lower grades were wonderful. The teachers make this school! It doesn't have a lot of the special things that you equate w/ elem. ed. & the administration lacks the problem solving skills that are essential for effective & respectful parent communication & children that are growing/learning. Although the principles have been at the school for yrs, that's the selling pt of their expertise. Now that my children have transferred to another top notch elementary school in SH I see it's not so hard to go the extra mile to get alot of the amenities that our children deserve! This school has wonderful MEAP scores, however it's up to the teachers/parents to go the extra mile for the children in terms of making the building/educational offerings better because the administration won't although they seem really nice. As far as Montessori ed., it's really just a name here. Pre-school & kindergarten uses Montessori Materials, however beyond that there are no Montossori materials used. This is really a school that everyone has to experience for themselves & see if it holds up to your standards & what matters most to you...

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2011
I am thinking about enrolling my student in MCMA. I was a a bit worried when I took the tour of the school. It seemed a bit old and disorganized and most importantly I didnt see much of the montessori methods being used. I did see a teacher correcting with red pen, and instead of groups of children working together on one goal the teacher was teaching. Now obviously these are not nessisarily bad things just not what I was expecting. Also, I can not get a true opinion of the school from one look around. I would love any parents to really tell what they think about the school. (Children attend this year, please.)

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2011
My daughter attended Mt. Clemens Montessori pre-school through 5th grade. She is now attending Wayne State University on 4 year scholarship and is getting ready to enter Medical School there. The school is to get the credit for her ability toLISTEN. And if you think about it, we teach our kids to talk, walk but do we teach our children to listen, with both ears? Because of this, my daughter is and has been a 4.0 student, very level headed and I thank you Ms. Genie and Mr. Costa for the gift you gave my daughter, Alicia.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2010
My child has attended MCMA since kindergarten. They claim to be a Montessori school, but that pretty much ends with the signage. The teachers are WONDERFUL, but the administrators are sub-par and the facilities themselves are below standard. This school does not have a kitchen (school lunches are catered in and cost a fortune), an art program or a real library...just a wall and a half of bookshelves. And heaven help you if your child requires special educational services! They are sorely lacking in this department as well. After many years as an MCMA parent, my husband and I are finally fed-up and plan on transferring our child next year.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2010
My child has also been in the school for three years now her 1st two were great had no complaints about anything. Now that she is being bullied by another child and I see nothing is being done to this child I have a major issue with their safety. They have a great step by step process on what is suppossed to be done but this child still is not expelled. Its great to see all the positive reviews but if YOUR CHILD WAS IN THIS GRADE IT WOULDNT BE SO NICE........Most will say well its not happening to my child but rest assured when it does we will see your review.

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April 27, 2010
I am a parent of three who attend Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy. We have had wonderful experiences at this school and look forward to many more! The teachers are some of the most dedicated and talented that I have had experiences with. I always feel welcome at the school and in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 26, 2010
The class size is small. A language is taught from Pre-School on. They have great staff and curriculum.

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no rating
April 20, 2010
My child has gone to MCMA for 3 years. This year has been the worst year for my child. The staff has a poor personality, but the good part is when ever you want to interrupt the class the teacher will always cater to you. This school has gotten worse now that it depends on state money and parent donations and fund raisers.

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October 02, 2009
When my granddaughters Alexis and Adriana call and leave me a message in French, or are all excited about what they've learned, then I know that a great teacher is doing their job in waking up the possibilities in the minds of our future! Thank you Mt Clemens Montessori Academy!

- submitted by a community member
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October 01, 2009
Mt. Clemens Montessori has caring teachers and staff and a great latchkey program. They have helped my child become more creative and independent while building his academic skills.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2009
I am very impressed with Mt. Clemens Montessori. I myself am a teacher and struggled with sending my daughter to our local district. I could not be happier with our choice to send her to MCM. She has flourished and loves not only her teachers but the office staff as well. Not only do I find the academics at the school to be above average but, the atmosphere and respect that is seen between the adults and students in the school is wonderful. I do wish more Montessori techniques were followed more closely in the higher grades.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2009
My personal experience with MCMA has been the Best. When entering this school 3 years ago my daughter and me where treated like a people not just another number. Now after 3 years I am proud to be apart of the family, that is how your treated. I am proud in having my daughter and myself be apart of such a personable, and committed staff. Being apart of such a wonderful school (family) we all know no family is perfect and so do the teachers and office staff. Knowing this they are always striving to teach our children diverse curriculum, hands on learning, and make sure they are self confident on their accomplishments, which in turn builds self esteem in all. I would like to say Thank You to the Staff and Parents on behalf of my daughter and myself. Words can not say enough. Thank You, Joe Woods Parent Guild

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2009
Our experience at MCMA has been very positive, we have been here for 3 years (pre-school and Kindergarten). The staff is extraordinary in their committment to cultivate a rich, diverse curriculum and student body, as well as utilize alternative teaching methods that stimulate the child's love of learning. The staff is always available and enthused about your child's success and they are extremely personalble. I love that they teach a second language. Recently, however, enrollment has significantly increased and it seems that the school could use more space in order to expand art, science, music and language programs and to improve student/teacher ratios. Additionally, the children come from all over and when they have to go to middle school, they will all dispurse to different school districts in either private or public schools. I think that it may be a hard to make all new friends at that age.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 31, 2009
My kids have been there since preschool. Oldest in fifth. The school has gone down hill the last couple of years. Administration gives it a business feel than the family atmosphere it used to have. Signs on the door - parents aren't welcome. (Used to be that you could sit in your kids class and watch.) Parents are restricted on visiting and attending field trips.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 12, 2009
I am very pleased with my child attending this school. The staff at Mt. Clemens Montessori makes every student feel important. The school has a very caring atmosphere. They are always making parents feel welcome. They are good at meeting the individual needs of each student. Administrators and office staff have always been friendly and cooperative. I highly recommend this school to others!

- submitted by a parent
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January 08, 2009
My children are at home at Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy. They have been here since preschool and I would not have it any other way. My son is in the 4th grade and my daughter is in the first grade. The teachers and the administrators have always made sure that my childrens needs are met. The atmoshphere is very family oriented. At re-enrollment time this year, my son came home with his packed and said 'Mom, you need to fill this out now!' What more can a parent ask for. Thank you MCMA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 08, 2009
My son has been at this school since preschool and is currently in the fifth grade. I have been extremely happy with the teachers he has had over the years. He gets alot of extra attention and is well loved by all of the teachers and administrators. I am also a teacher at the school and so I know first hand what an excellent academic education the school offers. I have been looking for a middle school for my son to attend next year and I am having a difficult time finding a school that has such a great academic and caring environment. I highly recommend this preschool and elementary program to all! :)

- submitted by a parent

December 16, 2008
Trust me when I tell you this school is much better than public schools. If any one thinks different go right ahead and put your kids in public schools. I have a 17 year old son who needed help with reading and it has been an up hill battle for most of those years in 3 different schools. Here at MCMA, my daughter's teachers have been so wonderfull. She has had trouble with reading also, but here they never made her feel less smart for that. Her first grade teacher tutored her for 2 yrs, and 2 summers. Helped me get her into a program with Oakland Universty that heled her so very much with her reading problems. So we may have some parking issues, and the classes are getting a bit larger, but come on people get involed to improve our school if your unhappy with some issues.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 15, 2008
Love the school and teachers.. They have worked with my son when he needs extra help. The teachers really love and care for the kids.

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September 12, 2008
This year is even more disappointing than previous. The classroom sizes are becoming larger, with 25 or more students in each room. It appears the school is bursting at the seams with even more traffic headaches at dismissal times and the nightmare of parking. The school leaders lack thorough thinking when creating new policies and never seem to have any goals. The few reasons that kept us at the school are gone and now it is no different than sending my children to our local public school without the driving hassles. They no longer have any competitive advantage.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2008
This school does have a few outstanding teachers who truly enjoy the kids. It's very disappointing they they call themselves Montessori. Many parents are fooled. This is not a Montessori school it is a full charter school. The curriculum in preschool and kindergarten has a few Montessori methods infused, but it isn't even close to a real Montessori school. Had I realized this I would have never put my kids here. There's way too much homework for elementary kids. Office staff is pleasant, but they can't handle those parents who are rude to others, continue to park on the grass after being asked not to, etc. I'm transferring my kids out.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2008
We love this school. My daughter attended 3-5, and my son has started Kindergarten here. Both of my children has flourished here. The office staff are caring and involved and know all of their children by name. The teachers are top notch! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the education they are recieving. My daughter started public school this year (6th grade) and has been able to assimilate well. (All A's) MCMA has given her an excellent foundation to build on!

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2007
My daughter has attended MCMA since kindergarten and is now entering 2nd grade. She loves her school and is doing extremely well! I do feel that the school needs to improve in the way of extra-curricular activities. I would definitely recommend this school to others!

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August 18, 2007
My children have attended MCMA for three years and have received an excellent education. In the end, it all comes down to the quality of the teacher, the rest is overhead. The teachers are exemplary. I just can't say enough about them, I've had experience with five of them already, and I am impressed! Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2007
This school leaves much to be desired. They don't teach according tothe Montessori principles that are laid out. My child would be better off in a public school. No on in charge takes responisibilty for anything. The principle is full of excuses. I would rather have my child home schooled or in the public school system then at this school another year. There are not enough afterschool activities and the teachers do not push the kids to keep going. Once they get to a certain level the the teachers don't bother working with them again.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2006
This school is excellent! My son has been in this school from K - 5. He loves school and the teachers are great to work with. He has always been on the honor roll. The level of parent involvement is also wonderful. There are always more parents available to help out when there is need.

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Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy
1070 Hampton Road, Mount Clemens, MI  48043
(586) 465-5545
Last modified Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top