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Spring Lake, MI

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17339 Roosevelt Road
Spring Lake, MI 49456

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April 15, 2015
My son and my daughter have been attending Walden Green since 2010 an 2011. Both love the Montessori environment. Walden Green has nurtured and fostered their intrinsic desire to learn and explore. The ability to move freely throughout their school day, work with others, the possibility to choose their own works during a 3 hour work cycle, and the opportunity to teach (and learn from) their peers in a multi-age classroom has turned my children into self-motivated, respectful, creative and curious learners. The Montessori environment with its wonderful materials, caring teachers who meet my children where they are at and its freedom paired with responsibility has been a great fit for my children. I highly recommend Walden Green Montessori!

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2015
Walden Green Montessori has been a phenomenal place for our children to grow and learn. A Montessori education produces creative, resourceful, independent kids who know how to reach and challenge themselves. They understand community and personal as well as social responsibility. A tuition free Montessori school is a complete gift! So happy we found it and so grateful to be a part of such a great community of families as well!

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2015
I am so very happy to have found this wonderful place where I can be a part of an environment that meets the children where they are at. I love to see how the children grow and discover their talents. It is wonderful how they care for each other- not just in their classrooms but school wide- since we are a small enough school that our community has a family atmosphere. Parents have lots of opportunities to get involved and all staff work well together and support each other and each others students. Every day here at Walden Green is a wonderful opportunity for growth and learning for both students and staff - my kids teach me new things every day!!!! :-)

- submitted by a teacher

April 01, 2015
A school has a choice, to simply meet the expected standards or exceed all expectations and benchmarks. Walden Green is a fine example of going above and beyond to ensure that each student is empowered and equipped to become their best self.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2015
Walden Green is an excellent school that meets the child where they are and assist them in achieving academically. My daughter is in her fifth year and I am beyond pleased of her academic growth and love for learning. The Walden Green Community creates a learning community that allows the students to explore and take ownership of the learning. I would highly recommend Walden Green Montessori to family and friends.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2015
Excellent teaching practices- like the child-led Montessori techniques, making it a joy for children to learn and grow. Also like the size of the school- small enough to be able to get to know the staff and some other parents, but large enough to have a diverse group- and small class sizes! I feel like each student, including my own daughter, gets a lot of personal attention.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2015
Walden Green has been a great school for my boys. They have been at Walden Green for almost four years now. Walden Green focuses on caring for the community as well as striving for independence in academics.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2015
We have been grateful for the opportunity to send our child to Walden Green Montessori. We understand that there were some difficulties that arose a few years back when there was rapid growth within the school, however, we have been very happy with what we have seen and experienced while a part of the Walden Green family. The current director is an amazing leader who is actively involved with teachers, parents and students. The teachers are very dedicated to helping each student grow in many different ways. Academics are tailored to individual student levels and student interests are explored and encouraged. Parent volunteers are welcome and frequently active during the school day as well as with after school activities and events. Issues may arise at times, however, our questions and concerns have always been addressed with courtesy and respect and we have been satisfied with the end results. If you are looking for a Montessori education for your child, or want to know more about the Montessori philosophy, we highly recommend you check out Walden Green Montessori.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2015
I love teaching the students at Walden Green. They have a unique energy for learning which is missing at other schools I have taught at. It is such a joy to teach students who are kind to one another and willing to help each other. Regardless if your child is an A.P. student or a student with special needs Walden Green is more than capable of providing them with an outstanding education.

- submitted by a teacher

February 25, 2015
After several years in traditional public schools, we switched our son to WGM. He has thrived in the "follow the child" environment. He can work at his pace and still be with his peers. Their ability to be flexible with children with special needs is wonderful. I would highly recommend Walden Green to anyone looking for a challenging, yet loving learning environment for their child.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2015
Walden Green Montessori has been a wonderful extension of our family philosophies regarding learning, respect of self, others and community, responsibility and family connectedness. Our girls have thrived since their first day at this wonderful school and we are grateful to the commitment of the staff to provide a safe, peaceful and respectful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2015
Three of our children have attended Walden Green Montessori since 2005. It has been a great experience academically and socially. The teachers at Walden Green and the Montessori methods are the schools biggest assets. Our kids all had very different personalities and challenges. We enrolled our shy quiet academically strong student, our student with a learning disability and our child who was adopted at the age of 12 and didn't know the English language. All 3 thrived, succeeded and were valued for their own personal strengths, and learned at their own pace. The life lessons learned reguarding honesty, integrity, compassion, grace and courtesy were also valuable, and rarely seen in public school's. The director is a knowledgable, sincere and valuable resource for parents and teachers alike. I highly reccomend Walden Green Montessori for a unique, effective learning experience that follows each individual childs' interests, and needs.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2015
"I am a 7th grader and I have attended Walden Green since 1st grade. My parents chose Walden Green because the kids can progress more at their own pace and the teachers are great to learn from. Walden Green is special to me because you can get personal help from the teachers and students. I have great memories with teachers and friends. I love that Walden Green has super nice kids to be around and be friends with. I have plenty of time to turn in our classroom work. The school has nice Mac desktops and laptops. Montessori Education is unique because they have plenty of material to help you. You don t have to sit in desks, don t have to change class every 45 minutes, you have hands-on work, and instead of many tests, the teachers like to help build onto your knowledge. Walden Green has helped me be a more independent person, prepared for the future, and be responsible for my actions. I would recommend Walden Green to other kids because you learn how to cooperate and collaborate with others you like and don t like. Finally, Walden Green has prepared me for my future by being academically prepared. We work on every subject at challenging levels."

- submitted by a community member

March 26, 2013
Our daughter has been at Walden Green from K-5th. We have been very happy with her education and her teachers. Caring, individualized attention that fits each child's learning stye. Conflict resolution, self discipline, time management and a culture of child empowerment along with many other very important life skills are taught. I wish I would have been able to attend a Montessori school like Walden Green when I as in school.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2012
Our two children are receiving an excellent education at Walden Green Montessori. Both have excelled academically in a very peaceful environment. Children are treated with great respect and each child is able to learn in an environment that encourages them to achieve to their highest potential. Our children show enthusiasm for learning and each is given great responsibility. In the absence of "grades" to provide feedback on student achievement and progress, I find our two classrooms provide excellent feedback to parents in the form of much more detailed one-on-one conferences, progress reports and an open door policy that allows us to ask any question (or visit) at any time. The school also provides many opportunities for parent education (on the Montessori teaching approach) and involvment. We are blessed to be a part of this school community.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2012
There are some very dedicated and exceptional teachers here. Then there are teachers that do nothing more then have students go back a level of work if the child struggels with a new concept. What the school also lacks is leadership. The principle is useless. She will not engage parents in discussion, let alone look them in the eyes on the rare occasions you force her to. She wants a "pure" Montessori school but has no plan on how to deal with students transfering in from non-Montessori schools. Equally inept is this charter school's governing univerity. No presense, accountability or monitoring. Be involved, sit in on classes, and be sure to push your child. The lack of structure and feedback in this school allows for alot of kids to fall through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2011
I have a daughter who went from Kindergarten all through eighth grade. The school teaches to manage their own time in a way traditional schools do not. She is now a straight A student in high school and she credits what she learned at Walden Green to her success. I give the school 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2011
I'm only giving three stars, the jury is still out with me on this school. I have observed in class, and firmly believe if your child is not good at self direction, they may fail in this school setting. However if your child has potential to learn quickly, they have opportunities to advance just as quickly. It is certainly not for every child. My child seems to be doing fine with it. I think the self direction is ultimately preparing him for the working world.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2011
In 3 days of observation I saw many examples as to why my child did not feel safe at Walden Green. In the classroom I saw boys pinching bottoms, slapping frontal private parts, raising of fists to faces, hitting and wrestling on the carpet, all within close proximity of two teachers. The lack of supervision extended to the playground. Most times there was only one teacher supervising the class in a vast space with unclear boundaries. They didn t guide conflict resolution conversation or correct behavior with Love and Logic. There was a major lack of professionalism, huge communication issues, and no true desire for parent involvement. They informed us of a decision to limit our child s school hours, during an all school holiday event, with no discussion and/or offer of discussion. Repeatedly, requested information was ignored. No volunteer schedule was presented, despite many willing parents. They spoke to children and adults manipulatively and disrespectfully. Parents should observe at least one full day and pop in to draw their own conclusion. Parent satisfaction surveys and exit interviews are needed. Check how many withdrawals are from moving vs. dissatisfaction.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2009
This is the 4th year my children have been students at this school, and it is a very inviting setting. Parents are welcome to come and observe at any time they would like to. Parent involvement is actually quite high here. Just go into the school and walk down the halls, you see parents all over. My only regret is that it ends at 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 07, 2008
This school is amazing. Top notch teachers who REALLY care about the kids and an administration that REALLY cares about the teachers. And the proof is in the pudding--go watch a class and see Montessori in action. You'll be amazed at how articulate, polite, intelligent, and engaged the children are at all ages. Needless to say, we're THRILLED to have our child in this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2008
Excellent in every category. We could not be happier with this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 27, 2008
Walden Green is a fantastic school. We have been very pleased with the education they are receiving. Parental involvement is very much encouraged and appreciated. The school went through some growing pains last year with their new building, however things are much improved. My girls love this school and so do we!

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2008
They have you drop off kids at the door and walk them out to your car after school. They do not encourage parental involvement since moving to the new school. They do not encourage you to enter the school or be part of child's school experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 05, 2006
Walden Green has done wonders for me! Before I came there, I was not very good at applying myself to work, I also was not very good at working individually. I have only been there for two years, but it feels like I have been there my whole life, because I have learned so much in the little time I have been there. Unfortunately, it was my last year there, and it is now summer break. But, I know when high school starts, I will use the knowledge I have gained from Walden Green, and I will use to my advantage. Thank you very much Walden Green! ~Allison O.

- submitted by a student

October 26, 2005
Walden Green Montessori sets high academic expectations, yet recognizes that each child learns in different ways. Hence the motto, 'Follow the Child.' It is a very small and comfortable school. The teaching staff is second to none. No anxiety at the beginning of the school year. Mixed-grade classrooms mean that many students are comfortable with the same teacher for a couple of years (and vice versa). Everyone knows and respects each other. Spanish, music program, Scouts... there are a number of nice extra-curricular activities for such a small school. Soccer, swimming and other programs offered nearby. A before and after school program is available for working parents. All-school picnic, musical programs, and breakfasts are nice. Great field trips for the kids (parents have fun too). Kids take pride in their school (note the previous student review). It is a unique place thanks to Jean Hicks (founder) and all staff.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2005
i just became a member of this school not that long ago and i love it. one of my brothers didnt have alot of friends but when he came here all the kids gladly welcomed him! this is the best school too! if you get below a ninety you must redo that work and most kids at this school never get below a 94 on tests. except for the meaps, sometimes they dont do so good but mainly they are almost the best in the state. and the teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a student

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Walden Green has a long standing tradition of excellence within West Michigan. We believe in a small school approach where each of our students receives the individual attention they need to flourish. Come check us out.

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Walden Green Montessori
17339 Roosevelt Road, Spring Lake, MI  49456
(616) 842-4523
Last modified Walden Green Montessori is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Walden Green Montessori Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top