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8742 Dill Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

(586) 797-5600
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September 04, 2014
My daughter is going into her second year at Messmore. So far, this school seems great. She has excelled in all academic areas. She has always been a bright kid, but this school (and the Montessori method) brought out the best in her. The new principal seems like a good fit for the school, too, as he is friendly, understanding, and proactive. Perhaps one negative aspect is the somewhat elitist attitude some parents bring, but that isn't necessarily against the school itself.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2014
We are currently in the Pre-K program starting Fall 2014 (my son was in the nursery school program for the 2013-14 school year). I was concerned first about sending him to school 5 mornings a week, but he LOVED it and came out of his shell!) He enjoys the autonomy in the classroom and the fact that he has so many choices of what to work on in class. We chose this preschool specifically because it was Montessori AND a public school. We look forward to many more years at this public/montessori school. On a side note, the parking lot situation is a work in progress...with all the children being driven to/from school by parents, it's a bit hectic in the parking lot. I know there is a committee working on this and hope for some improvement this coming Fall.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
It's really sad that you have to pay to get into this school, meaning paying thousands of dollars to attend the preschool program, in order to get in to the free kindergarten through 6th grade. Living near by, I have been almost hit by, either in my car or walking my kids to their bus stop, by these parents who can't read traffic signs, don't know the rules of the road, or think its the Indy 500 because they're late for work. This school needs to move out of a highly dense neighborhood and on to a main road since all of these kids are dropped off.

- submitted by a community member
July 19, 2013
The secretary is polite with students and that's the main point. If you think the secretary is rude, then maybe you are not being well-mannered towards her, and you need to work on your people skills. You can not boss schools' personnel. As for bullying, they do punish kids when it happens. If you know how to handle bullying, please give your ideas to the new principle, sincr you have high hopes on him. I agree with you, he is a great addition to the team.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2013
I also feel that the staff is not properly trained or effectively handles bullying. I have high hopes for the new Principle who seems to be on top of things. As for the office staff, I can only say that yes, the secretary is rude and needs to retire.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
Messmore Mavericks Rock!!! Academics are Great. The science and Math olympiad teams to 1st place last year (2010-2-11)

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2011
Best school in Michigan. We left MI and came to east coast, public school not even close to Messmore. Had to pull her out after 1 month of boredom due to really low curriculum (in a highly rated school and town!) compared to Messmore. She was YEARS ahead of the local school. Had her tested, and, yes, YEARS. Found a small private school willing to work with her at her advanced level. Explained that all Messmore kids are like this, they were IMPRESSED. What a treasure you guys have in Messmore, don't bash it.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
Wow...I cant believe another school year is almost ending...We at Messmore have met all challenges that came our way this year...New Principal whom has worked on blending into our wonderful school...She did a great job at our play...Great MEAP scores once again...a wonderful secretary whom keeps our children safe..and shows up for all after school programs...I have been very challenged through my children due to this top notch program..Best wishes to our 6th grade graduates...class of 2011.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
I have 3 children at Messmore Elementary, my oldest a 6th grader. Academically, Messmore is a wonderful school. Socially, well that s another story. The school, being culturally diverse, (Polish, Indian, and American) I find that there are clicks . The bullying is very present in the school. I also feel that the staff is not properly trained to effectively handle the bullying. That being said, my kids continue to go to Messmore and I have no intention of removing them any time soon. The Messmore families are very helpful and care for all the children. I have high hopes for the new Principle who seems to be on top of things. As for the office staff, I can only say that yes, the secretary is rude and needs to retire.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
I am a parent of 3 children at Messmore. My oldest child is in 6th grade. I have been happy with all aspects of the school. My primary reason for writing this review was prompted by the ignorant comment left by a parent about our new principal. How can you bash a principal in the beginning of the school year (Sept 16th) that is new to the school. You did not even give her a chance. You did not even know if the changes she made would work. Which most have. I have approached her with my thoughts and she was very open minded. The things she did not agree with, we talked through. Again she gave me a chance to review my thoughts. This school is a real gem in the district. We are lucky to have it. DO YOU think they would just give it to anyone?

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
The new principal at this school has control issues. This is very unfortunate for what was once considered the #1 school in Macomb county! She certainly does not foster a learning environment that incorporates, students, parents and the community.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
We were one of the first transfer families at Messmore and the experience was a total disaster. We were not welcomed by faculty nor the existing families alike. The principal was unresponsive to our concerns. The teachers were rude and condescending to us and our child. We were treated as an outsider who did not belong despite our 4 year experieince at a wonderful private Montessori. There is a strong sense of elitism at this school and respect is only for those who "belong" .There is nothing Montessori about Messmore except the title. We left the school after 2 miserable months and have been blissfully happy with another UCS school. Please do not consider Messmore,especially as a transfer student. Your child's self esteem and well being are a far greater value than than the suppoosed reputation of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The bar is set high at this school. The students are challenged in every subject and at every age level. Very hard school to get into. It is based on Montessori teachings, but still includes the Utica public schools curriculum. In order to go to this school, you have to start in Preschool. It works on a first come first served basis and there are too many people waiting. If your child starts as a 3 year old - they will make it into the 1-6 grade program. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND MESSMORE MONTESSORI! I am so GLAD someone told ME about it.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
My daughter has been attending Messmore from pre-school forward, and is now in sixth grade. She has had ample opportunities to work in accelerated learning (advanced math, challenging work otherwise). We've seen her grow emotionally, and learn well through these years. She is a motivated, happy kid, due at least in part to the faculty and program at Messmore. We believe Messmore has provided an excellent, safe, encouraging and fun learning environment. Test scores indicate most all kids fare well at Messmore. This school does well!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
I love this school for its curriculum. It is by far the most challenging in the area, and is better than most of the local private schools. However, after 3 years at the Morgan Montessori and now 4 years at Messmore, I continue to be unhappy with the staff at Messmore. In general, the principal can be unresponsive and does not want to take on new academic/extracurricular challenges and opportunities. The teachers can be more than a little rude to students and parents alike, and there is a definite vibe of the 'favored few' families. This is especially evident for academic extracurriculars like Science Olympiad, A.T.O.M, etc. On the whole, love what my student is learning, in spite of this elitism. I would recommend this school, but I am willling to look beyond these negatives and find academic & social support for my son elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 20, 2010
I cannot say enough good things about this school. My son has been there for almost 2 years (3 yr old and 4 yr old preschool) and he has made leaps and bounds as far as learning and maturity compared to others his age. The staff and teachers are extremely friendly, organized and very attentive to the students. I continue to be impressed each and every day. Though the parking is a little crowded - any parent would agree that it is more than worth it for the education and overall experience your child receives at Messmore. A+ all the way.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
The teachers are great! Such a wonderful environment for my children to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
A Great Schools Rating of 10 out of 10 - what more can I say? Messmore is the best! A school of choice, parents are dedicated to driving their kids to school everyday and many come from quite a distance. Great students, teachers, staff and parents set it apart from the rest.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
It's the best Public Montessori in the area! We have the best teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The teachers are the most involved with there students that I have ever seen!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The principal is wonderful, the teachers are top-notch, and the parents are very involved in their children's education. My children absolutely love their school and the children there. I also really like that it is a Public Montesorri.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Messmore Montessori is a first class school! The staff is very caring and the parents are very involved in their children's education. As a parent, enrolling my children in this school is the best decision I have made!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Messmore Elementary School has dedicated teachers and parents who are involved in their children's education. A great environment to learn!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
This school works at your kids level, and doesn't pass them up when their struggling!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
I would rate this school zero. The teachers are rude and unapproachable. The office staff are mean and unorganized. I am new parent and highly disappointed and planning to change school.

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September 16, 2009
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July 22, 2009
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June 27, 2009
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May 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
I really like this school! I have 2 children enrolled for 3 years now. We were on the waiting list but finally got in through the feeder school - thank goodness! I find the teachers are ALL very good. I really appreciate the responsibility they put on the children's shoulders b/c that is what the real world is like, as we all know. The academics are very high but the teachers are very patient. The parents have to be involved, no question there. It may not be 100% montessori but the students come out with a life long love of learning and lots of practical life experience. I can't stress enough that parents need to be involved at every level, homework, volunteering, etc. for the best possible outcome for any child's education. It's not easy esp. for us working parents but it is worth it in the long run.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
September 04, 2007
After several years with two children in this school I do not think its a good school. The way they select the teachers benefit only a few, of course you want the best for your child so you know who are the good teachers. But like a miracle, the same bunch every year gets send to those teachers, eventhough they have a rule for parents not to ask for and specific teacher.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
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August 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
Messmore is truly the best school around. The atmosphere is truly of a close knit community. The Principal is phenominal and very present each and every day and at every event. The teachers are top notch. The majority of parents are very dedicated to their children and involved in the school. Both of my children have thrived acedemically and emotionally at this wonderful school. I wish we had a Public Montessori in the District at the Junior High and High School levels.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2007
I have two children who attend Messmore. My third will be attending in the upcoming year. I think the atmosphere at Messmore is wonderful. The teachers care about their students. Though the work in challenging, my daughter is thriving. It does teach them a sense of responsibility and they learn so much more than in a public traditional school. Academically, it is not for every child. If a child is willing to work hard to excel, this is a great school. The staff is very organized. The Principal is very kind and understanding. My children feel very secure and stable here. I feel very satisfied as a parent and couldn't ask for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
As a public educator myself, I have experiences in several schools. Messmore is by far the best elementary school around. I purposefully moved to the district to give my students the opportunity to attend. All of my children have benefited from this program. The accelerated program was wonderful for my advanced learners and the student-teacher ratio and spending two years with each teacher has been very beneficial for my struggling learner. The highest of academic standards are in place. Although it may not be a commitment all families and students want to undertake, it has been a wonderful experience for my family. The life skills taught with the high standards are amazing. Also, my children that have moved to junior high and high school are still leading their classes academically- and we get wonderful feedback from teachers. The school is 100% commuter- the wait in the parking lot is worth it!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2006
Academically, for certain students, I would rate this school a 9 out of 10. For a student who is just below the average, I would rate it a 2 out of 10. The school curriculum is not for every child. There are many students who do well at this school and accept the educational challenges it offers. Although it is a Montessori based program, public schools guidelines must be followed. This creates a concern for the average learning of a child who may not be keeping up with the majority. Children who cannot keep up are discouraged and tend to lose self confidence. Emphasis seems to be focused on what a student is lacking instead of what the student excels in. This then causes the student to disengage from learning. We took out daughter out after completing second grade. Her confidence and grades have improved dramatically. She enjoys attending school now.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
Excellent school! My daughter was in a private Montessori prior and I was concern sending her here ( because it's still a public school). But now I'm pleasently surprise in how good this school is. Very good teachers!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
Both of my children went to Messmore. It is one of a kind! An excellent principal, caring teachers and a great program! My sons are actually bored in their junior high and high school classes. They are very much ahead of other students. I would recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
I attended Messmore Preschool throuh grade 6 and I found it to be a wonderful school. The teachers are great and the children who attend Messmore are nicer to everyone. I sometimes drive past Messmore and find myself longing to go back to the best school I have attended. I didn't so much as even hear any swear words while I was at Messmore, that is how nice it is. The small, close knit community is nice also.

- submitted by a former student
May 09, 2005
I wanted to send my daughter to a montessori school and Messmore interested me because it follows the Montessori teaching and is also public, i.e., free. So, I did some research. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with this school in many areas. Firstly, they have a horrific new student registration system. It was very unorganized and their phone staff was rude. Secondly, there is no Pre-K testing and I was told my daughter could not be placed to the level she needed (she's reading at age 3). I would have to 'home-school', in a sense, until she reached kindergarten where testing would be available. That takes away from the whole montessori teaching! Lastly, their drop-off and pick-up times turn the parking lot into a zoo. Thus, causing torturous traffic and a serious concern for child safety. Overall, Messmore rates poorly on every aspect I was looking for in a school.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
Our daughter is thriving in the Messmore program; she has been attending since preschool, and is now in the first grade. The staff at Messmore seems dedicated and good at what they do. We are so far very pleased with our experience with this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2004
i rate this school a 0 because it is not very good teaching school need better teachers and s.a.c.c.

- submitted by a parent
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Messmore Elementary School
8742 Dill Drive, Sterling Heights, MI  48312
(586) 797-5600
Last modified Messmore Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Messmore Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top