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K-8
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Southgate, MI
Students enrolled: 633
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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15100 Northline Road
Southgate, MI 48195

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(734) 284-5600
(734) 281-2637
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August 05, 2014
School is slacking in many areas. Teachers are allowed to sit at computer and leave children to work alone with no help. When asking for help they are yelled at. Too much work, not enough time to finish or give children the required skills to learn. All independant and left to fail on there Own. All they care about is money and fundraisers instead of education. Headmaster is very rude and so is office staff. The one good thing is the pta cares about the school. I Will not send my child here another year. Do not let their smiles fool you to belive in them.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
Ive never would not suggest you attend this school. The pre- school was the best downriver not anymore the ladies have no idea what they are doing very unorganized Montessori forget it I don't think they know about Montessori. Headmaster all I can say is wow!!!! has she been trained. Im very disappointed in this program.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2014
The school is good. The only problems I see are that when ever I come to drop off my son , I see teachers on their cell phones all the time. It doesn't matter what time of day they are on their cell phones or when outside they are talking to each other and not interacting with the children. Also the field trips the teachers put all of the children with parents and the teachers do not converse or spend time with the children. It seems that they go off by themselves not to be bothered with the children. It's a free day for the teachers which I feel is not right especially if you have behavior children. They should not be put on other parents. And teachers HANG UP THE PHONES! Teach the children!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2014
This school is horrible. If you don't want to be heard or your children to succeed then don't attend here. Office staff is rude. Work is well advanced and teachers get away with what ever they want. Parking is terrible and absolutely no room. Driving your children to field trips also. They make their own rules and don't care what the parents think when they are questioned. Plus kids are thrown together in small class rooms with three grades present. Will never attend this school again.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
Horrifying the office staff is terrible. The head master can see and has heard how Robyn has treated students and parents. .unacceptable! I am reported her to state and charter school association.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
I have 2 children in this school and a third about to start preschool in the fall. I will never look anywhere else when looking for a great school because this is it! The teaching staff is fantastic, they keep you up to date on your child's progress and help them when needed. It is definitely a family environment and my children love it!!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
My son has gone to this school for the past 3 years and we love it. He was enrolled in a public school for Kindergarten and struggled through it. Since going to CMA he has thrived. He is now testing about his grade level, and loves going to school. We also love how the students are placed with the same teacher for 3 years at a time and the classrooms are blended with different grades.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
This is our first year at CMA, we love the school! My daughter's kindergarten teachers are great. She goes to school excited everyday to learn something new, they make it exciting for them. The staff is friendly and are happy to help with whatever you might need. I can't wait to see where they take my child, academically these next 7 years! Amanda Cuevas - Kindergarten Mom

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
CMA is like a family we have good days and bad, but we work them out. The kids are the main and only focus of each of our goal, so we work together to make them happy. The school has worked hard to help me with my two children. My daughter left and is now in 9th grade and is so proud of heself she is getting all A's and B's. My son is receiving the extra help he needs as while. Thanks Micole Jameson- The box top mom!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2014
CMA has very special teacher's who are caring to all the children. I am thankful the children can interact with higher grade levels within their own classrooms. Kristina Weddington mom of a 2nd grader

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
Our son attends Creative Montessori Academy. We absolutely love this school and more importantly so does he. We originally decided to send him to CMA after meeting Deana Wall at a local street fair. Both my husband and I could tell right away that she was a very genuine caring teacher and we just knew that we d love her to help educate our son. Between Mrs. Wall and her assistant Ms. Natalie we truly could not be more pleased. Our son is happy, ahead of his grade level and learning at a higher rate than we could have ever expected. Both of his teachers display a tremendous amount of education and nurturing for all of their 1st-3rd graders. You can truly tell just by observing them with the children that they both have their heart in it for all of the right reasons and as a parent we simply could not ask for any more. Feeling blessed to have our son in Room 105. Tanya Whitaker - 1st Grade mom

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
I absolutely love this school. My girls have thrived in this type of educational style. I have children in 6th and 7th grade and they began in this school in kindergarten. The only downfall I have had is the parking is horrible. But as long as you have patience it is more than worth it.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
My son is currently at CMA in the first grade and I am not pleased at all. 3 weeks after school started his teacher Mrs. Scotte claimed he was extremely behind and was talking about holding him back (how could to make that type of determination after 3 weeks) because byte doesn't know how to write complete sentences and read fluently. I have a daughter here as well in K she's learning to write letters and i highly doubt will be writing full sentences by the end of the year since she's not writing full words now. So I guess she'll be considered extremely behind and have the same issues my 1st grader is having now. I watched outside of the class room and my son was looking around (as if looking for help and direction but the teachers just sat at the desk on the computer not helping anyone. They told a 3rd grader to help my son but he just yells at him and talks down to him. Needless to say I'm looking for another school.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
I Love this school My son started in kindergarten and my daughter in the 6th grade. At first i thought i my daughter wasn't gonna make it threw due to she was so far behind, but the teacher helped and notice were she needed the most help in and she made it, she is now in the 9th grade and my son is in the third, "Also with my son he had speech problems they noticed right away in kindergarten and he received speech and is doing great now in the third. I like the system 1-3, and so on the kids interact with the older ones and they learn from each other. This school gets a five star rating from me, I am also the Vice President on the PTO. I Volunteer a lot for reading and field trips. the teacher really help the students and try and work at their level.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
Ms. Robinson the assistant headmaster is very rude and doesn't care about the families of CMA. If there is a problem she will try to fluff it off instead of trying to help resolve issues. Not personable and doesn't make an effort to get to know the CMA families. Unorganized and poor communication with students and families. This type of headmaster will lead to a failing school. Too bad it was great until we got this new administration. Will put my child in a another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
Creative Montessori Academy has the worse parking lot. No organization whatsoever. Your car will always be muddy. If your child is a diabetic do not sent them to this school. You will have to come to the school daily to administer your child's shots. They are so unorganized. The Headmaster does not know families personally. Office staff and lunch coordinator is so unpleasant.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
CMA used to be a wonderful school but in the last few years, the school has really gone downhill. A good portion of the dedicated staff have left or will be leaving. There is too much turn over in the staff. The Montessori concepts are basically thrown out the window. Bullying is a large problem that the administration refuses to deal with as it is far easier to blame the victim. I have two children in CMA and we loved the school, adored the teachers and promoted the school at every opportunity. Now, I'm searching for another school. It's very frustrating and sad to see just how much CMA has changed not for the better.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
Admittedly, I'm a fan. My son has attended CMA since Kindergarten and will be completing his last year in 2013-14. The dedication and abilities of headmasters, core teachers and specials has been 99% outstanding. Core values, small class size, child-centered academic plans, adherence to Montessori philosophy and curriculum while fulfilling state requirements are indicators to me that this is an exemplary organization. Regarding organization, over the years I have seen many improvements implemented. This fact speaks more than words of the collaborative and responsive child / staff / parent / management relationship. The proof is in how beautifully my child is developing, growing and evolving into a fine young adult human being.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
The management team, that was hired by the school, stole the school from the headmaster and fired her after she put her life's work into it. Now they are slowly eroding away at the Montessori principles. Just Sick to my stomach over the whole thing. Such an awesome school that is now tainted.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
I have 2 children attending CMA. One is in 6th grade, the other is in 4th. They have both attended since kindergarten, and I could not imagine a better school for them. I have 2 older children who attended Catholic school, and by far CMA has offered a better learning environment and dedicated teachers who will go out of their way to help. Both of my CMA children are above grade level in everything, my 6th grade student is doing Algebra! If you have smart children who are not being challenged in a traditional school, please consider this school! You will not regret it!

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2013
I am a fellow student of can I was there for 5 years and at first it was pretty cool. but then I went to go to ask for help. I was yelled at or told to figure it out and go sit down. the school it ok to me but some teachers if you we're not a perfect Angel they would show that they hated you. many teachers we're very rude to my parents and so they enrolled me into Allen Park Middle School and my sister in Allen Park Lindamen there are 2 other commentaries these are very awesome schools.

- submitted by a community member
December 29, 2012
My son is in the Preschool program at CMA in Mrs. Donna, Mrs. Myles and Mrs. Battle's class and he is really thriving in this enviorment both academically and behaviorally. The beginning of the school year was a little rough with him adjusting to new teachers, but Mrs. Donna always communicated with me and worked with us to get him to where he is now. These women are stern with the kids, but the amount of love they show to them is something I've never seen before, especially in a class with 36 children. I know my Son needs teachers who are stern and pushes him as well as lifts him up and nutures him and these women do exactly that. I almost hate for him to have to leave them and go to kindergarten next year, but Mrs. Donna has assured me that she always places her kids with the appropriate kindergarten teacher for their individual needs. I am really happy with my choice to place my child here.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
I am a former student at cma, went to school there from preschool to 8th grade. Academicly the school is pretty good because it has prepared me for High School but they are overly strict because if you talk they will try to suspend you, ecspecially this one teacher( Mrs. Long) she must of never heard the word detentio because everything was a suspension, and she always picks a favorite student. Overall the school is good up into 7th grade then is a disaster

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2011
I attended CMA myself. From preschool to 8th grade. My grades were always poor, and they let me fall behind drastically before they took notice. Mrs. Marzec was a good teacher though. They do not teach anything really past 3rd grade. They give you assignments on a board and expect you to learn it on your own, and when you ask for help it doesn't always help at all. Sometimes it left you more confused then before. Most typical "lessons" involve checking work. They give a lot of assignments to do in a day, and if you have to learn from a book it can be quite confusing and poorly explained. I failed algebra 1 in 8th grade, and had the same book as a ninth grader at a public high school and did extremely well all thanks to the difference in teaching. I was taught in ninth grade, in eigth grade I was given a book and expected to learn two lessons in one day. In math they don't spend much time in each different type of problem they quickly go over each. In ninth grade we could spend as many as three days on the same material honing our skills.They teach science well, however. The quality of the spanish teaching is very poor. The teacher teaches the same few lessons every year and grade

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2011
I enjoy this school. My children excelled in the K-3. However, when she went to fourth grade it went downhill. Wordly Wise is used as busy work and is very complicated for the age.The work load was thrown at her and Montessori method was not used. No communication from teacher like we had in years before. The office staff is RUDE! the two ladies in the office tend to be mean and snotty. Loved my children teachers and other teachers there. My child can excel farther than her friends that are in public school in our neighborhood. My kids love this school and its worth the drive.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
Awesome learning enviroment. Kids are really guided to reach there full potention individually, instead of everyone learning the same for all. The life skills that are taught are equally as strong as the acedemics. I'm extremely happy with the school and hope they expand it to a k-12.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
My two daughters have attended CMA since Kindergarten through 6th grade. The ability for the teachers to accomodate the levels of learning of each child amazes me. They individualize the lessons and the learning according to each child's ability. If your child excels and thrives, they pull work to give your child a challenge. The multi-leveled classrooms are a bonus and the children can feel equal on social and academic levels without being criticized. My daughter's are now in 7th grade, both on the Honor Roll. One is achieving all A's and is on the Principal's list. I am so blessed to have had my children experience the Montessori learning...where the teacher prepares the environment and the child directs his own learning. Montessori may not be for every child, but it was FANTASTIC for my children. Keep up the wonderful work, CMA!!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2010
(continued from below) in class because I LOVE to socialize, so I don't get much work done in class. Not to mention the fact that besides socializing I'm easily distracted, which also makes it hard to concentrate at home. And to the people writing bad reviews on this school, you are just jealous that you didn't have this good of a school to go to when you were a kid because half the bad reviews have misspellings, bad sentence structure, and misuses of words. Although when I'm in school I don't like it, I have to admit, that CMA is a pretty good school! :) Submitted by a CMA Student.

- submitted by a community member
June 17, 2010
I have only great things to say about CMA. In my opinion it is one of the best schools in the area. The teachers and principals take time to listen to concerns and do their best to make sure they are addressed. I am so glad that my family is part of this school. I hope more parents take time to write about all of the great things happening at CMA

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2010
CMA offers so much more than the traditional neighborhood schools. My kids love going to this school. They have the same teachers for three years so they are like part of an extended family. There are 2 teachers in each room to work with the children. There are a lot of opportunities for parents to participate at CMA - family fun nights, PTO, school fieldtrips, family picnics, love and logic for parenting, volunteer lunch room helper, coaching, tutoring and more. Teachers care about all of the children and will meet with you to talk about things you can do to help your child. The headmasters have an open door - just pop in and they will listen and help you, they have a monthly coffee with the headmasters.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2010
My child went here last year and in 9/2009 and I had to take him out of this school. They don't know how to handle or solve problems.I will never forget when my son was injured by another child . They suspended my child and not the other child. And they saw what happen an sat there and was laughing about . That's so unprofessional . And they have their picks on who they like the most. And they are lazy and not respondsible enough to solve a situation. The Principal don't seem to care either. And they will lable your child because they are too lazy to take the time out to help your child if needed.

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November 18, 2009
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May 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 10, 2009
As a 2008 graduate, I can tell you this school is phenomenal. Of course, it has flaws, though this is true of any school. The biggest flaw though, was I was not quite prepared for switching classes going into the ninth grade. I was, however, academically higher than most of my peers. My brother and two younger cousins go there, and they love it! Keep it up CMA!

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2009
I took my daughter out of lincoln park school district for lack of learning, after being enrolled at cma one semester i noticed a big difference, my three girls love reading more now then ever there grades are somuch better, the teachers at this school are wonderful. Not only do they have a teacher to every class but a student teacher as well ...This was the best school i could have picked, thank you cma...Keep up the good work!...Roxanne smith

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March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
I have 2 daughters that just started this year. Previously, the attended Wyandotte Public Schools. I can see such a difference in them. They have become very good readers, good in Spanish and enjoy their teachers. Mrs. Wallace is my favorite!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2009
I am greatly disappointed in the level of education at this facility. The teachers are lazy and non resonsive to the students needs. I feel my grandson is learning more from me and his father than at your facility. I rate this school at c-----

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2009
My daughter just started school at Creative Montessori, and I can't imagine having her any where else. Her teacher Ms. Cathy (K)is great, my daughter loves her very much and is excited to be in school now.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2008
My 2nd grader & I love CMA..her teacher's are awesome! She has thrived in math,reading,spelling & loves coming to school everyday. I would like to see a new school be built that is Pre-K through 12..that is my daughter's dream. There are NO Montessori high school's around & don't know where I will send her after 8th grade. So if CMA Headmaster's read this....PLEASE open up a new school up to 12th grade....Thank's

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August 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2008
I am a parent of two children attending CMA. My children have been fortunate to have teachers who geniunely care about the success of their students. I would, however, like to see more music/band focus on the younger students (i.e., 1 - 4th grade). There also needs to be more physical education classes for the students. My fourth grader has physical education once (1) a week for 35 minutes. Most students at other schools are receiving phys ed three (3) times a week. Submitted by a Parent

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
I am a prent of a 6th grader at CMA. Although I can not say this school is 'Perfect' as many seem to expect it to be. I have only small complaints. I would like to see the dress code enforced a little better and I would like to see the kids get more physical activity during recess and free time but thats it. I think the education offered there is above reproach. My daughter has a learning disabilty that was flat out ignored in our local public school and in the two years we have been at CMA she has thrived. I couldnt be prouder of my daughters hard work and the educators that guide her. If I have ever had an issue with anything my concernes were heard and addressed to everyones satisfaction. I think this school is wounderful and wish they went all the way to high school!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2008
I'm an eighth grader at CMA, and it's a good learning experience that I would defenitely reccomend. The teachers are nice, there's a resonable amount of homework (but not too much), and plenty of help if the kids struggle. For example, there is a resource room teacher who comes into our class everyday and helps kids with their math. There is also a band, chorus and art program. I would say this is a great school.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 20, 2008
Excellent academics. My son thrived in this school... Teachers are excellent and care about the children.. They are not just numbers

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January 04, 2008
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December 11, 2007
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December 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
I have multiple complaints with this school but above all they should not be allowed to call themselves a Montessori school. If you are seeking the Montessori experience for your children, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2007
The work is tedious and the staff doesn't allow your child to master skills. They move them along whether the get it or not. My child struggled. I had to monitor the teacher daily just to make sure my child did well. I moved her and in just 2 weeks at the new school she is excelling wonderfully

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2007
I move my son and daughter out of this school at the end of this school (6/07) My daughter started 5th grade and couldn't remember how to write cursive because at CMA it was mainly taught in the lower elemtary but not enforced in 4th grade. So she spent a year 'printing neatly'. Her new school also teaches old fashion English not that Wordly Wise CMA uses. Some of the staff is not trained to handle signs of struggle in a child. They 'label' them instead.

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May 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
This school is great I tell all my friends to look into this school you can not beat the education the kids get here its hard to belive it is free. All of the teachers have been great.My kids love this school.Alot less behavior problems here than in public so if your child seems to be getting over shadowed by the behavior problems in your school I would look into this school. School is for learning not a babysitting session. Thank You CMA !

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
I, and my child love CMA. My son has been coming here since pre-school, and is now in first grade. I cant beleive how much he has learned. The teachers are wonderful-very helpful when I have questions. I am very concerned about the parking situation(just awful and frustrating-also the congested hallways-Yikes.) Otherwise, way to go CMA.

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December 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
I have a third and a fifth grader attending this school. They seem to really like this style of learning. The only thing that is sometimes tough to deal with is the amount of homework the kids are given in grade four and above. They are doing homework after dinner until bedtime in most cases. Overall, good school.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2006
I attended a 'parents day' while my son was still in preschool. I sat in for an hour. The teacher read a story to the kids, who all sat quietly in rapt attention. Even my son. Then, the kids each got out a rug, and some materials, and sat for at least twenty minutes working with them. Even my son. One child came over to the table i was sitting at. Soon a teacher came over and also sat down. The child began reading a book, out loud, fluently. It had to be 2nd grade level or better. But this was preschool. When i was in school, excellence was discouraged, but here it is cultivated. I knew it was going to be good. Not only are the teachers good, but, for the most part, the parents are involved with thier kids. I help my son in math and reading. His mom and i quiz him relentlessly in spelling, Spanish, and social studies. Every day. All weekend. And all summer. And the results are worth it.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2006
Excellent academic programs, especially for those students who are above grade level. The teachers do a wonderful job addressing all students needs. Love the music program! My daughter talks about her music class more than any other. Mr. B is fantastic. Too much emphasis on the gym program and 'field trips' to the YMCA, Bowling, and gymnastics are a bit much. I would lik to see educational trips planned rather than these.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2006
My daughter has been going to CMA since first grade. We pulled her out briefly to try another academy with a different focus, but it was horrible, and we came back. Because my child is a self-starter, Montessori has worked very well for her. While she felt very challenged going from her third grade class, where she'd been three years, to her fourth grade class, she has since improved. Now in fifth grade, the teacher has had time to understand who she is, and she has had time to adjust to the new teacher's expectations. Yes, she had a lot of homework in the lower grades, and I can see some parents being very frustrated by that, but it pleased us. We like the accountability on the kids, and we love the music teacher, whose heart is truely in his work. Wish the techology class was more effective.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
The Jr. High teacher should be commended. She is one who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. She makes sure that all the children have the opportunity to learn. She takes the time to email all the parents to let them know what is going on in the classroom. So, many times in jr. high parents are quickly cut from the picture. This wonderful teacher provides independence for the students, but allows parents to stay up to date with what is expected from the students. This teacher gets my vote for teacher of the year! This a very well rounded school for all. I have a younger child and I couldn't be happier with her teacher as well. This school is giving my children the best of everything!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
My daughters 7th grade & 3rd grade.The teachers in 7 & 8 grade are great.Although in 4-6th my daughter did fractions & decimal for 3 years. Since removing my children my 7th grader placed low in fractions.How is that possible with 3 years.My 3rd grader was advanced to division yet did not have her times tables mastered? Doesn't make much sense to me and was very discouraging to her.She also cannot spell peaches but can spell words that have 12 letters in them.What about basics before higher learning.I also found the lack of outdoor recess to be very distressing.How are children to work quietly when they can't release any energy.Would you like to set in class for 8hrs. w/no fresh air? I'm so happy we left this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
CMA is the best school for childern. The teachers are very nice and the principals know what they're doing.Parents asked to be involved in the shcool all the time! The specials are good except for the stupid music teacher. My child is in 4th grade and is on the A Honor!Once again the teachers are great!

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2006
This CMA review offers a mixed view of the school. I have a child in a mixed class of 4,5,&6 graders, he is able to do 4th grade Social Studies, and 5th grade math. This is essential for keeping my child from being board. They also focus on independent learning, which in my opinion better prepares him for the world. My other child was enrolled in Kindergarten and placed in a poor classroom. The teacher was very inexperienced and lacked control over the classroom, resulting in a room of chaos where very little learning had opportunity to happen. My child began dreading to come to school and after a day of observing the negative environment, it was easy to see why. The admin. said they would work on it, but I didn't want my child to have to be disatvantaged any longer. I moved him to another school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
This is my kindergartener's first year at CMA. I am extremely happy with Montessori's program, her teacher and my daughter's accomplishments thus far. She loves her teacher and school and is excited about learning. Two thumbs up CMA!

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2005
CMA emphasizes good student discipline skills and parental involvement. The personal skills your child learns will benefit them throughout life regardless of their occupation/career path. The staff is dedicated and caring. They will provide assistance to anyone making a strong personal effort. This is not a school for parents whose involvement is limited to dropping off and picking up their child. You need to stay involved on a regular (daily) basis. Strong home support is part of the program. School board performance is average,but they try. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a Montessori academic program.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
I agree with many of the comments made so far. Our first three years were very montessori and our children excelled. When we moved upstairs things changed. The stress on my children was too much. The atmosphere was that of a junior high. These fourth graders (AGES8-10)are in a classroom with students up to 12years. This is a big age difference. The children moving upstairs to fourth grade were in my eyes not prepared for the workload,or the change of the enviroment. I strongly feel that the fourth graders need to be better prepared to move upstairs and that they need to be downstairs until fifth grade. There did not seem to be much tolerence for the children who were having a hard adjusting. They were left on their own to deal with stresses of change.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
I was very impressed with this school when my child attended 1st through 3rd grade. The fourth through and fifth grade has been horrible. My daughter's grades have dropped considerably. While she is very smart I don't feel as though her 'new' teacher knows how to apply the Montessori principles. Last marking period her class had only two children on the honor roll while all other classes had over a dozen in each class. I have spoke with several other parents who have the same complaints. I see very little control in the classroom as I have a teacher telling me that she will sometimes find my daughter out of her seat talking with her friend instead of doing her work. Their grades also suffer because they are not told to hand in their work. I just see many of these problems caused by unorganization and uncontrolled classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2005
My child has attended here for 4 years. I was completely satisfied with the 1-3 program, and not satisfied with the 4-6 program. Many other parents I have talked to have echoed my concerns. Montessori principals are being completely ignored my most 4-6 teachers. I believe most children are being pushed too hard or not hard enough and these differences vary by teacher, not by student, as montesorri would indicate. One important reason these children are kept together for 3 years with the same teacher is to build relationships, which is a montessori foundation to independant learning (the theory is children want to learn more when they are emotionally connected to the teacher.)I do not see this fostered at all. Overall I believe my child is getting an education that is simply equivalent to the local public school. Parent involvement is positive, but minimal. Extras have the same problems listed.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
The school has an agenda. The staff can't hear you when you try to address concerns. They smile and nod and defend 'the agenda', even if that's not what you're talking about. I've had very frustrating experiences just trying to get better communication about assignments. It's supposed to be individualized w/your child in mind, but it's really 'cookie cutter' style. I am very disappointed. This is my child's third year and this year has been especially frustrating. I've had it. She won't be going there next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2004
I have to children attending the school. I have found for k-3Rd grade the school is excellent in the attentiveness to my childs needs. However, once your child attends the upperschool for 4th grade the staff is not as qualified to deal with the diversity of the children's needs. The work is tedious and not at all challenging for the more intelligent child, and it is one dimensional. This is ashame because the children are looking to be challenged, and don't want to do the mundane work. My 1st grader was dissecting animals in science while my sixth grader was told to research a lima bean. Between the two the younger child was definitely more challenged.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
Absolutly no tolerance at all. Leaves all responsibility on the child to learn and track everything. No guidance to child in obtaining these skills, just told to do it.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
This school started out just great. They said everything you wanted to hear. Later, however, we found out different. The teacher to student ratio was not what they said. Each class I entered was 25 students not the 17 they said. They stress independence on the students, which may be fine for some children, but not all. My children were disciplined for little things and other children were just overlooked when doing the same things. Teachers were not very understanding when the class work was not understood and were told to sit down and figure it out. Please research this school more and talk to other parents in the hall before sending your child. My children and as well as a large number of families I have spoke to have pulled their children from this school. The administration wants to stress accountability to their students but have no accountability for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2004
i feel this institution needs to communicate more often with what is going on in the school. it is very hard to get your child to class when having to deal with the parking lot and the congestion in the halls and if you arent in your seat at 8:00 am they mark the child tardy. they are not very understanding to situations at all. half the time you show up to school and then find out there is a 1/2 day. i was told on a few occations to find another school ifI didn't like there policies. they really need better organization. oh and don't try to find out anything on their school website, it has not been updated and the info is months behind.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2004
My daughter attends kindergarten at C M A and I can't tell you how pleased I am. To be compleatly honest at first I didn't think that she was learning as much as my nephew who attends a southgate public school in the same grade. I think she has learned more than he has since the begining of the school. Not only has she blew me away academicly but she has learned how to get along with others with her being an only child thats real important to me. She has came along way and I couldn't be more happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
I think Parents should really check this school out before getting involved. My Son Spent 1st. grade thru 3rd. grade at this School and he didn't learn very much. He is doing 3rd. grade over at a new school and all the while he was at C.M.A all they did was push him into harder and harder work before he even mastered the skills of the present work. So really check this school out. Oh plus they gave him up to eight pages of homework a night. It was really hard to be a family and for him to be a Kid with that kind of work.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I have two children at Creative. We transferred from private school and we are astonished at how well our children have done since last year. It is an awesome program with teachers who really truly care about their students and families. I love the fact that our children can do higher grade work if they are able and are also allowed to help one another when needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2003
I believe this is one of the very best schools in wayne county. My daughter just excelled in school and while in the first grade she could do 3rd grade work. Its unbelieveable how well she can read. I also like the fact that all the students wear uniforms to school and that there is alot of parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
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CMA classes bring children together in multi-age groups. Children stay with their teachers until they are ready to move to the next house, allowing the development of close, long-term relationships with their teacher and peers while nurturing a strong sense of community. We are very proud of all we do here at CMA. We are committed to the education of the whole child, and strive to meet the needs of all who attend this school.

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Creative Montessori Academy
15100 Northline Road, Southgate, MI  48195
(734) 284-5600
Last modified Creative Montessori Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Creative Montessori Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 78 reviews. Top