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14501 North Haggerty Road
Plymouth, MI 48170

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(734) 420-3331
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August 26, 2014
I am a New Morning School graduate. I recommend this school to anyone ! I was challenged academically, encouraged and supported by my teachers, and had fun while learning. New Morning School fully prepared me for High School. They taught me how to plan ahead (so helpful dealing with my massive homework load), problem solve, and work in groups. The small class size allowed me to develop friendships with all my classmates. I will always look back to my time at New Morning School with happy memories! Another reviewer wrote this school is magical. It is! I am fortunate to have been part of this amazing school.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2014
There is 2 points that I would like to say about how this School is special: - They view children as conscious beings , and not as skilled workforce for an uncertain future. The implications is that every single student will develop a multitude of skills in many directions...but mostly they will have a deeper understanding of who they are and the world surrounding thru science, music, art and foreign language . The curriculum is presented according to appropriate stage of development, not only cognitive, but emotional and social. - The school also has a great amount of natural lighting and is located next door to a beautiful park

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
This school is magical! It transformed my children into engaged, active, involved students. I would recommend this school to anyone! The teachers, parents, and staff are absolutely committed into making this school the best learning environment for every child! I would also recommend their summer day camp programs. The science camps are so much fun the kids do not realize they are learning!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
We have been so happy at New Morning and feel its been a great fit for our child. They have a great community of families and wonderful administration. We feel they 'just get it' when it comes to teaching kids. We really value the small class sizes and individual programing the most. I highly recommend you consider this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
Wonderful in theory, falls down in actual practice. Unable to be more specific online; ask around of longtime families and even recent alum. We did make wonderful friends in our several years there.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
EXCELLENT VISION AND PHILOSOPHY! . Teachers AMAZING!!! My children are thriving and very challenged academically here. They tailor their reading and math program to where the kids are at. The science program is incredible! There are amazingly very bright gifted children here yet there is something for every child. Music, arts, foreign language....each child is unique in their gifts and talents and love that New Morning School offers something for each child. ALL the teachers are taught to work with different learning styles and different abilities within the classroom. The teachers go above and beyond for the children!! Our lives have been changed for the better because of New Morning School.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
If you are looking for a daycare option for your preschool-aged child, you must look here- they offer a full day preschool option now! My child woke up this morning asking if it was a day for school. Our experience thus far has been stellar. My child is encouraged to explore interests, while appropriately encouraged to try new things. It is a co-op, so parents participate and contribute, which can seem like a lot compared to other daycare options, but it is a lovely community to be in as a parent as well. So much of our lives as parents is about our kids, it's refreshing to be in a group of parents "just like us". Children are loved and respected at this school and I never leave a drop-off wondering if this was the right place or if my child will have a good day. Every day is a great day! We are fortunate to have a school with 40 years of history and experience in our community.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
My daughter asked me this morning if summer could end faster so she can go back to school! Our family is looking forward to a great year!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
Not sure if this is true, but there are rumors that the school is close to being in foreclosure. This may be related to declining enrollment. You may want to verify the school's financial status before enrolling.

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2013
Even the positive reviews here show the basic problems with this school. 1. Most current students have struggled elsewhere and eventually landed at NMS, where enrollment is so low that they are likely the only student at their grade level. Very few families stay for longer than a couple of years, so there is little continuity from year to year. 2. The school leadership actively fosters the idea that families who choose to send their kids to other schools are ignorant, don't care about kids, and/or have harmful intent. It's an insulting attitude toward parents who never chose NMS to begin with, and a smokescreen to distract newer families from thinking critically about why so very many families and teachers have left. The intolerance and hostility toward former and non-NMS parents is contrary to the principles of critical thought, open-mindedness and acceptance that the school claims to teach. 3. Student-led learning is great in theory, but at NMS the teachers don't ensure that the students are meeting basic academic standards. If parents aren't paying close attention to academic progress, kids can fall way behind, especially in elementary math.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2013
Did not meet our expectations at all. Was not as advertised in the brochure and by the principal.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2012
The most meaningful reviews come from parents of CURRENT students (rather than from parents of children who left NMS because those parents were unsuccessful in taking over the school for their own ends). Scroll down and see the great reviews from those current NMS parents. The school has small class sizes, very individualized attention for each student, committed teachers and staff, and a warm nuturing environment. No wonder enrollment continues to grow as we head into January 2013. I am lucky my child continues to benefit from a school that has provided a great education to its students for 40 years!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
I can see the negative comments that are placed on here. Let me ask this: 1. When you entered into the school, did you not understand what co-op meant? Did you not understand it takes a village to raise a child? My child has been to three schools, with New Morning being the 3rd. My child was bullied in the first school, cried to please not send them again to school and in the second school, was not challenged AT ALL!! At New Morning, my child has found out who she is and is working on how to deal when she may not get something right the first time. My child is reading at a 3-4 grade level, writing cursive, doing multiplication and obtaining skills that will last her a lifetime. The parents who thought that closing down a school to fit their own personal gain(s) are the ones that feel that the school is failing. Even though it is a smaller school, I am thankful those who did not have the children's best interest at heart are gone. If it was such a horrible place, then why are you trying to emulate the values and the teachings of the school?! I apologize if you dont know what the word means, but i can tell you, my child does thanks to NMS! A Happy NMS MOM!!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2012
I have a son in middle school at New Morning School. He is twice gifted and has attended five schools. He calls New Morning School his "dream" school. He has an individual learning plan at NMS. He can be himself and is supported in every way during his school day. I am an active participant in his education and this is welcomed and encouraged at NMS. Our entire family wishes we would have found NMS sooner but we are grateful for the three years we have had at this very important time in our child's education. Our son is being recruited by top high schools throughout the US for his academic ability. This is thanks to NMS who made it OK for him to be diffrent, to be himself, to be confident in taking on new experiences instead of just trying to "fit in". New Morning School is not a "just trying to fit in" school. It is a school for individual learners, teachers and parents who share the same goal--be yourself, accept others and work together to accomplish your dreams and goals.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
The school consistently loses students year over year, yet the administration will not change anything. The school is good in theory, and functions well as a preschool, but has not kept up with the times for elementary and middle school. Their materials, curriculum and teaching was progressive a few decades ago, but has not changed since then. You can now get the same small group attention at good public and cheaper private schools. The tuition is expensive for what you get, and there is an enormous amount of work as part of the coop. Don't be fooled during a visit, save your time and money and choose a different school

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
If you want your child to academically progress and at the same time learn the fundamental principals of being a part of a community, then New Morning School is the place for your family. As a teacher at NMS, I am witnessing the tremendous growth in the students on a daily basis. I am very proud to say that NMS is my place of employment. Come check us out for yourself, our classroom doors are always open!

- submitted by a teacher
April 17, 2012
Our kids love going to school at New Morning and our family loves the sense of community. It's a place where minds are cultivated in a natural way. Children are already thinking and wondering. New Morning encourages and supports them individually. We are more than satisfied here!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
My daughter is finishing up her first year as a preschooler at New Morning School (NMS) and she loves it there. New Morning School s approach to educating children using Piaget s proving philosophies makes a lot of sense to me. Skills required to be successful in the 21st century are adaptability, flexibility, people skills, creative thinking and problem solving. NMS does a great job of making learning fun, creating strong work ethic and refining these skills in the kids. I also love how they have reading buddies, where the older kids partner up with the younger kids to read together. The older kids have a chance to be a role model for the younger kids. NMS is a Co-op school so if you are an involved parent, you will find this school a great fit for you. I strongly recommend taking a look at NMS to see if it is a fit for you and your kids. They have been creating strong and intelligent leaders for over 38 years now.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
Ignore the last two positive reviews, as they are sadly outdated... the school has changed SIGNIFICANTLY over the past 8-10 years. Not for the better. The preschool teacher and her family are leaving. So is the kindergarten teacher. It is iffy if the school will even open it doors next year as they have a total of 16 students for next year. That includes preschool through 8th grade! The school had 60 students a few years ago. You do the math. Beware- "lifer" families like us are leaving in droves!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
My daughter attended NMS for 10 years and we loved the school. She has a September birthday and we were looking for somewhere that was between preschool and kindergarten that offered before and after school care. NMS fit the bill and after a short time we were hooked on the NMS style of education. Fortunately, we were able to continue in the school until 8th grade graduation. We held a variety of co-op jobs to help keep tuition costs down and gradually got more and more involved as the years went by. We still support NMS and consider it a beacon of light in the Plymouth community.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
New Morning School is an outstanding, unique school that offers individualized programs for all children. Due to this approach, children's needs are able to be met, recognizing that all children have gifts,plus small class sizes and extra help in the classroom. Being a co-op, the parents are involved in all aspects of the school. I was involved in the school for many years and know that the leadership has always been interested in providing the best learning experience for all. The director, who started the school over 38 years ago, has been the constant who has made it possible for the school to survive and maintain its philosophy, even at times going without pay. The teachers are dedicated to providing interesting, appropriate, challenging, and brain development strategies, planning active simulations such as The Oregon Trail, Colonial Times, Ancient Olympics, a variety of plays, research projects chosen by the children with great displays and many more creative ways to help children with all learning styles learn and be involved. New Morning School is an excellent school for anyone who wants their child to learn, enjoy learning, learn to think and love going to school.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
Our child is in 2nd year preschool at NMS and it has been has a phenomenal experience. The teacher wears education, sincerity and love on her sleeve. NMS appeared to be an answer to all of our needs and wants for our child, a school where all kids were the focus and equal. The philosophy behind the program is amazing. The teachers that implement it combined with family participation and support are what makes it work in an inspiring and loving way for each student to receive what they need and DESERVE. Unfortunately, the lack and misuse of leadership has pushed us out the door. The resignation of teachers, lack of transparency and trust has greatly saddened us and has proved there are larger issues than just the much needed updating of materials, particularly in the later elementary and middle school. The internal issues creating conflict has gutted the attention of the school's main focus, our children. In the past we recommended friends and family only to be disappointed and embarrassed by the current state of the school. When a program can no longer function to nurture and elevate the education and social development of each child an in depth reevaluation must be done.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
We feel so fortunate we found this school! It is a dedicated community of families and teachers that go out of their way to make learning meaningful and fun. The kids are happy and loved. For us the investment is worth it. We believe we are providing our children with a foundation that will be to their advantage for years to come.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
Excellent Learning Institution: My husband and I investigated many private schools in the Metro-Detroit/Ann Arbor areas. We are confident that we made the right decision to trust the Head of School, teachers and Board of Directors with the education of our son. The Elementary Program is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
Don't look behind the curtain. Although the director knows all the right buzzwords and things parents want to hear when looking at NMS, the puppet master is inept and the school is a house of cards. The director has NEVER had a performance review and uses the Board as her puppets. There is no written curriculum. There are very few written procedures for many important school functions. Children are not held accountable. Some elementary teachers are truly incompetent and the classroom environment is chaotic. Teacher turnover is rapid and good teachers do not stay for long. Many great knowledgeable families have left over the past few years. Do not waste 10K+ every year while you figure all this out... instead invest in a more sound school that will serve your child better.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
My daughter attended NMS for 2 years of preschool. It was a really creative and fun learning environment. expensive than . They have a co-op option, but if your main aim is to save money, its not worth it. I have a younger child, and had to find a sitter for everytime I was scheduled to work in the classroom. This usually entailed atleast four hours, with preparation and cleaning. It was fun but also exhausting. In addition to the classroom work, you are required to attend the auction and purchase at least 2 tickets , which at the time were $75 each. We did not send our 2nd child there for preschool, and found ourselves relieved when we were done with our NMS obligations.The director's and t communication skills are very lacking, something I would have thought someone in her position would have spent some time and effort cultivating (i.e.toastmasters)

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2010
New Morning School is an amazing, outstanding, and unique place for both children and adults. If you are an involved parent, who cherishes your time with your child and trusts in the intentions of teachers, you will find this school to be a great fit. Teachers are accessible and knowledgeable, and the program is based on sound, proven philosophies of how children learn best. From preschool through middle school, students are provided with multiple strategies to get to the heart of their own learning. It is the rare student who would not fully benefit from an individualized approach. We're so thankful for our school!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
My child is in preschool at the New Morning School. I love what happens inside the classroom. Despite the fact that there is a lot of playing, I have not seen 3 and 4-year olds writing their names, let alone stories and doing math problems at other schools. I like that the kids have to 'plan' their days and report back. My child now likes to do that at home too. The kids are all incredibly comfortable - a real feat for my excessively shy, attached to Mommy's leg child. He runs off the minute we arrive. I do wish the children were a little more directed into the direction of the very cool art, science, sensory table, and math/language games, but this really only happens for the young 5's. The rates are reasonable, but be prepared for a slight shock of the expectations of you. Would go here again.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
New Morning School offers an individualized curriculum for every child focusing on their strengths. The sense of community between the students, teachers and parents is tremendous. New Morning School focuses on building independent, self confident students that know how to work within a community of others.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2008
New Morning School is truely a very unique school with a unique teaching philosophy. I am personally an advocate of unconventional or 'out of the box' teaching methods. I also feel that every student learns differently and progresses at different rates. New Morning focuses precisely on this human nature and accomodates the differences in how children learn. When choosing a school for your child you research, tour, talk to staff, and current students to decide if the school will fit your childs needs. What might be a great fit for my child may not be the same for yours and visa versa. I think that if you are looking outside of the public school system there is this hidden gem in Plymouth, MI. an incredible school available to your child that is fostering a love of education and learning resulting in incredibly intelligent, confident and respectful young adults....our future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2008
New Morning School really helped my child get a great Math foundation. thanks,

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
This school nurtures children, and encourages a life-long love of learning. Children progress at an individualized pace. It is possible for a student to be working several grades ahead of age level in mathematics, and a grade behind in reading, making the school a good fit for gifted children, or those with a learning disability. Teaching methods foster a life-long love of learning. Inquisitiveness is encouraged, and talent in any area is nurtured and encouraged. Go to New Morning School on any day and see a dedicated group of teachers and a fabulous group of kids!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
My daughter started preschool at New Morning School and has continued into the elementary program. She is happy, well-adjusted, has reading and math skills way beyond her grade level, has high self-esteem, a strong peer group and loves school. You will not find a safer, more nurturing environment for a child. In over 5 years my daughter has never reported a negative social altercation. The children are not perfect, they are after all, kids, but issues are immediately and appropriately addressed. The focus is on doing the right thing, not simply avoiding punishment. Because the class sizes are so small, any type of issue immediately rises to the surface, both academically and socially. Students work within a required framework of academic activities but are allowed some extra pursuit of things they particularly love. Academic program is strong with emphasis on individualized learning, parental involvement, small class size.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
There are many significant problems with the elementary program at this school. Teacher turnover has been high, while student test scores are low. Decreasing student enrollment over the past few years provides solid evidence of families' overall discontent with the quality of the elementary program. The classroom environment is chaotic and loud, making it a difficult place for children to work. Students plan their own day, but are held only minimally accountable for completing work, so many end up being distracting and/or disruptive while other children are trying to work. Classroom materials are worn and out-of-date. Computers are ancient. The two high points of the elementary program were the science and Spanish programs. The science teacher moved away, a real loss to the school. The Spanish teacher continues to be outstanding. This school needs to rethink its elementary program and find a way to return to the successful program it once was.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
New Morning School is an excellent opportunity for children who might have a difficult time assimilating into a traditional educational environment. There is an exceptional focus on individual solutions to learning issues. Some teachers are the best you will find anywhere, others are simply average, none are below average. Most are state certified. Significant parental involvement is expected, both in time and monetary donations; it is after all a cooperative environment. Some parent-run fund raising groups are very political, others are not. There has been significant turn-over in staff during the past year, with some new staff being better than others. Multi-age classrooms provide plenty of real-world socialization skill development. There are, however, some concerns with parents who do not heed the professional advice of the teaching staff which can affect the personality of a classroom for many others. That might, however, be the trade-off for significant parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
This school used to be great. However, in the last year, 9 staff members have left and 2 staff members have gone from full-time to part-time, discipline policies are not in effect and there is still no written curriculum for parents. Also, tuition has gone up to help compensate teachers but there has been no raise for staff members in the last 4 years. This school advocates parent involvement but most parents work and are not able to aid or get burned out from aiding. My child was bored, had too many choices and not enough adult intervention and was always getting in trouble. We have since moved on and are now enrolled in a school where my child is challenged, rarely gets in trouble and is held responsible for any unacceptable behavior. What is preached at New Morning is not practiced.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
New Morning is a private school whose techniques are based on the theories of Piaget. The school has Preschool through 8th grade with all classes being multiaged. Parents are encouraged to aide, participate in the auction, and make yearly monetary contributions through the capital campaign, bowl a thon, and other fund raisers. Most teachers are certified. Curriculum is based on each child's individual needs. Children also plan their day, deciding what they want to learn and what materials they wish to use. Discipline is not very strict until middle school. There are few extracurricular activities. Tuition is high-about $8,000 a year. Elementary teachers also give homework packets for students during the summer time. It is a good school for children of average intelligence. However, children of higher intelligences could become bored.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
Our daughter received an outstanding education at NMS from pre-school through 8th grade. After graduating she attended a very competitive college preparatory high school where she will soon graduate in the top quartile of her class and as a National Merit Finalist. She was very well prepared for high school in all respects. As a professor at a public university, I know that if more of my students acquired the skills and attitudes for learning that NMS instills, they would be more successful in college. NMS is different- it requires parental commitment to both participate and understand the system. The system works for most children, including learning disabled and gifted. Each child is treasured and nurtured as an individual. The school director and teachers are incredibly dedicated and talented. The cooperative system allows families of modest means to afford a private education. This school is a gem.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
This school is great for kids that want to have fun. Great Science teacher and Middle school teachers and music teacher but the rest are not good at all.The principle or founder never works in the classroom only stays in a 4x4 small room which she calls her office, and likes to meet with people. This school has never posted there by-laws or posts or hands out there minutes from there board meetings,and never comes to who really owns the land and school. Stay away from this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
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New Morning School
14501 North Haggerty Road, Plymouth, MI  48170
(734) 420-3331
Last modified New Morning School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
New Morning School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top