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American Montessori Academy Upper Elementary2
Posted February 18, 2014
- a community member
This school is okay. The teacher I have now is very friendly and she sticks up for us, I've been here since kindergarten and all my teachers were nice so far but all the other teachers are always mean, and they have the most strict uniform policy ever! They won't even let you wear a sweatshirt unless its red white or blue. Also some kids their are nice I have a ton of friends. Also they are too protective and won't let us do anything that a normal school of that grade is able to do. At first when I came it was a 5 stars from kindergarten to second grade. then it kept getting worse as new teachers came and went. So yeah, even a 2 is pretty high for me.
well i have been here since 3rd grade and at the beginning of each school the teachers are nice but after that it was not great. one day this boy was calling my friend a 'brat' and other mean stuff i didn't think that was right so i went up to my teacher's and i told her long story short when i told all the teacher did was look at me and and asked the other teacher did she want to she a picture of her dog!!!!!!!!! so my mom said i will finish this for 5th grade and get out of the on the last day of this school year i will bust out door doors and laugh till i cry
As a former Student at American Montessori Acadmey Upper elementry, I really did have a hard time. The kids in my class where rude and violent. One kid even got his hand stabbed with a pencil, another time a student threw a chair. No Bullying rule???? YEAH RIGHT!!! I was bullyed all the time, but was to afriad to tell anyone, in fear of what my bully would do. I always got good grades at my other school, but I found it hard to keep up with the home work here, because it was so unorganized. At one point I even had to do 1450 word essay, with 5 different categories (12 3x5 note cards with fact for each category), 3 sited sources from two different places, A rough draft and I final draft. This had to be done in two weeks. I WAS IN 5TH GRADE!! This assignment really stress me out, because the same week we had a science project to do too. I am in a new school and I love it! I have got my grade back on track and I feel safer here.
WOW Amazing.......A truly amazing experience. My children have been with this school since Jan 2008. I had one child graduate from this academy last year, another in 5th grade and the last child started at the lower this fall in kindergarten. I am so impressed in how much more educated my children are compared to other children of the same age in our neighborhood. My 7th grader had to take a placement test to enroll in school this year, wow. Above average all a crossed the boards. The principal and staff make all of the kids feel truly special. The BEST of all NO BULLYING going on here, because it is not welcomed. Everyone shows respect for all, the teachers show respect for other staff and the students. The students have GREAT respect for the teachers and other staff. We are so blessed and privileged to be able to attend this school.
I have the privilege of working with staff who genuinely care about each and every student. High expectations are set, and students are challenged in order to grow academically. The principal is greatly respected and appreciated by the staff, students and parents, and the teachers are highly qualified in their field. The teachers not only teach the curriculum but also teach responsibility, in order for students to be successful academically and successful in life. The whole child is addressed, not just the academic part. This school has a safe and caring environment, and it is a top-notch school for academic and personal success!
This school made the difference between success and struggle for my children. We began attending the first year it was open, and each year brought more success than the last. The staff were not just caring and committed, they forged relationships with my kids and became key partners in their success. I delayed moving until my youngest could finish, and if the school went beyond 6th grade, we'd still be there. I truly believe that the culture of the school (very peace-based - not sure what the parent who spoke of cliques etc. was talking about!), flexibility of the curriculum (every child gets individualized attention), passion of the staff (my kids' teacher were heroes) , and commitment to creating lifelong learners make this school simple amazing. My kids have both transferred back into public schools, and were at least equal to and/or advanced compared to their public school classmates.
I attended AMA from 1st grade to 6th grade. I think it was a great school, and it is the best school I have attended so far. The kids at AMA were so nice and I always felt safe and like I had a bunch of friends. I couldn't believe how mean kids were to each other when I left AMA and went to middle school. I think every kid should get the chance to go to AMA.
As the team shares during open enrollment, the montessori approach is not for every kid, but it sure was great for my kids. They learned to be responsible learners who took accountability for getting their goals done. The social worker at the school is amazing, and both principals (lower and upper) are top notch. This school offers a real and valuable alternative to mainstream public education, and was a blessing for my kids.
Awesome school. Staff really cares, and the kids are really great to one another. If your kid struggles in regular public school, this may be the place for you. They are very flexible with the curriculum and can be great for kids who aren't fitting in well. You do miss out on things like music and art, but I always felt the more important things were helping develop a love for learning and finding a place where my son would be accepted.
AMA has highly qualified teachers, a strong and respected principal, the best support staff, and students who are motivated to make a difference in the world. At AMA, we believe that building relationships with each and every student is the foundation to a successful classroom. AMA is a school community where we use strategies and practices that purposefully encourage and teach sharing, learning, interdependence, and respect. We provide a differentiated curriculum where we adapt the curriculum in different ways to meet the needs of all our students. At AMA we strongly believe that a recognition of differences is essential, if a school or teacher is to do the best possible for each child. Differentiation allows students to master core concepts of the curriculum; utilize their strengths, learning styles, and background knowledge. Students are able to set individual learning goals, and develop their personal skills and projects. AMA believes every child can learn and every child learns differently. The students at AMA gain the knowledge to grow academically, socially, and emotionally in an atmosphere that is stimulating and adaptive to their diverse needs.