In March more than 30 students left this school. Why would about half the children going to this school leave mid-year? What's wrong? Call the school and talk to the nice local celebrity they hired to make it all sound good. Talk to the family controlled board, they'll tell you everything will be great next year when a new family member takes over the school. After many years at this school, the key problem that I ve seen is that the school primarily exists to serve the interests of the founder's adult children and grandchildren. The interests of other children simply come behind the interests of the family and the family business. Although this set-up has been detrimental to many over the years, it's not that these are necessarily bad people or that your child cannot have a positive learning experience here. You simply should know how the school actually works and how it could cause you frustration and pain.
Have been involved with this school for many years, and am excited for the new teacher in the elementary next year. This school is in a nice quiet residential neighborhood. Highly recommend this school for anyone looking for more individualized education for their child.
Such a lovely school. I attended this school as a child and hope to send my own children there some day soon. The children's best interest is always at heart and this is a place where every aspect of a child is encouraged to grow. Duluth is lucky to have this gem.
Buyer beware. Montessori education is a wonderful style of education. However, this school is currently under duress and most of the elementary and some children's house families have removed their children due to the unstable circumstances. Very poor leadership skills displayed.
Such an incredible school with an excellent history! Teachers and administrators truly believe in the Montessori method and do an amazing job at creating a warm, safe, and engaging environment for the kids. WIth the recent development of a new school board we are excited to see the school continue to grow! Couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll our children at the Montessori School of Duluth! The education they are receiving is truly unbeatable.
A very special place - our children have attended Children's House and Elementary. It's an authentic Montessori environment with a 30 year history where children are empowered learners & teachers are AMI Certified. Students receive individual attention and gain a strong sense of self and community. We love the quiet neighborhood location, fantastic summer program and have found the 3-Hour AM work cycle extremely effective - our kids learned to read early and can do math 1-2 years above traditional grade level. School leadership has recently expanded and is governed by an independent board.
AMI teachers are terrific and highly dedicated. Our children are inspired and love learning. Strong math instruction. French program is ineffective. School not accredited and roughly follows Montessori pedagogy, 3-hour work cycle gets interrupted. Materials are old and facility is functional at best. Administration is poor and dominated by one family, but may be improving.
My son has been at Montessori from age 3 and now is in elementary school there. There is such a good community-the kids really know how to value each other, and be able to work independently on items they really want to learn about as well as work with others at different ages without it being a concern. We recommend it to everyone who wants to see their child excel at a young age.
My son attended the Children's House at this school for 2 school years until we had to move to another state. We can't say enough good things about it. The teachers are outstanding and greatly enhanced our son's learning experience. My son learned to read at the age of 4 and was starting some multiplication as well. Montessori is a great teaching philosophy and this school really utilizes all aspects of it.
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