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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Messmore Mavericks Rock!!! Academics are Great. The science and Math olympiad teams to 1st place last year (2010-2-11)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The teachers are great! Such a wonderful environment for my children to learn.
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.
It's the best Public Montessori in the area! We have the best teachers!
The teachers are the most involved with there students that I have ever seen!
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