Our children have been attending Campbell Montessori for 4 years now and we are very pleased. The Montessori philosophy is such a natural and positive way to teach children. The calm, hands on environment has made learning exciting for our children. Our 7 year old often says, "I can't wait to do fractions today." They are given the tools and guidance to be life long learners and that is pure joy to see as a parent!
This school is not safe for your children. They are neglectful and safety is not of a top concern! I wish that I had listened to the previous reviewers years ago, but chose to give Campbell the benefit of doubt and send my kids. I truly regret that now. They put my kid's safety in jeopardy, on several occasions, and I paid to send my kids to this school! That is why I'm writing now. Raising money and fitting into the status quo are highly encouraged. And be prepared to have absolutely no communication. I had to fight with them to figure out what supplies were required, and treated like a fool for asking. They are highly judgmental and will call you a bad parent to your face! Rude, is the only word I have for our teacher. Money, money, money reigns supreme. Even if you pay on time and are never late with a payment, you are considered to be lesser than if you do not contribute to the annual fund, etc., etc. We have now chosen not to send our children back into this environment. We were also made aware of the fact that this school's AMI certifications are for the most part a joke. We gave them our best shot, and lots of chances, but in the end they just fall way too short. Bummer.
My child attended this school for 12 years-from age 2 1/2 thru 8th grade. I did MY homework prior to enrolling her here-educating myself on different types of schooling and formats available. I wanted my child to not be encumbered with being made to do age appropriate activities but to be allowed to learn at their own pace which Montessori allows. I liked that children were allowed to be in class with older and younger children- it makes for empathy towards younger kids, not the mindset that older kids reign supreme.I liked that there were not typical "grades"-there also weren't any dummies or brainiacs where kids got labeled. They are all on the same playing field.There is much greater ethnic diversity here which is always an education in and of itself. My child was never bored and never hated going to school. She missed it in the summer time. Every teacher we had was amazing and offered unique things to her education. They want to be there and enjoy what they do which creates passion in the child.They teach the kids to think and use their brain. She did great transistioning into high school and has carried a 4.0 GPA The only negative I can say is they don't have a high school.
As a former student of the school I can say from first-hand experience that my mothers decision to enroll me at age two was the possibly the best she's ever made. I was essentially raised in the Montessori environment and that has made all the difference. I was enabled to interact with students years below and above me, learned at my own pace, and was equipped with all the necessary skills I needed to advance from eighth grade into high school. My teachers became some of the most influential people in my life. I was challenged in ways that led me to reach potential beyond what I myself knew I was capable of. I always felt safe and accepted by my peers, and found it very easy to make friends in the mixed-age classrooms. Rather than being required to sit quietly at a desk with my nose in a textbook all day, the lessons were much more active and involved; things like maintaining and exploring the ecology of the on-campus trails, learning how to work with wood and power tools, going on outings to local resources for further investigation of various topics, and other hands-on, real-life experiences and learning methods. I'd say this has supplied me with a great educational foundation!
Our family had two children enrolled at Campbell for two consecutive years. The primary programs are hit and miss depending on the teacher your child is assigned and the elementary grades are awfully executed. The problems in the classrooms are a direct result of the poor leadership at the school, which refuses to see any problems that they should be resolving. There are much better choices in Montessori education than this. Look further for the betterment of your children - we did.
As infants and toddlers, both my daughter and son were well ahead of their peers in development. I chose Campbell Montessori because I was led to believe that they would have more opportunities to forge ahead in the curriculum instead of being held to their grade level in traditional schools. The opposite happened. I just transferred them to a traditional school this year and both are FAR behind. My daughter was unable to print some of her letters properly. She is in 3rd grade. And she was way behind the class in basic math facts. My son was not up to grade level in any subject. Montessori is a nice concept on paper, and I'm sure it's very useful to some kids who are well matched to self-motivated learning. My children were less confident by nature and tended to hang back when allowed to, which was all the time in this environment. They suffered because of it. And they weren't exposed to nearly enough curriculum for their age. My daughter is 8 and didn't know the value of a dime versus a nickle. I wish I had not wasted my money at this school.
Campbell to us offers a great value when comparing to other private schools and other montessori schools we visited and attended. We attended another montessori pre-school but couldn't afford having a second child with that school. Campbell offered an affordable option with unique features that we liked better. The natural playground lets the kids (1 boy and 1 girl) come up with unique games that cookie cutter jungle gyms don't inspire. The classrooms have great natural light and are spacious to allow the self directed learning opportunity. I see the creative projects that the upper level classrooms create and I look forward to seeing what our kids do.
Campbell repeatedly told us that children who are moved from there to other schools out perform in the new school. Our child struggled to catch up in his new school when we pulled him out of Campbell. It took a year before he was performing at his grade level - even though he regularly scores in the top 90% on standardized tests. He simply did not know his grade level material. In addition we found the administration to be unresponsive to our concerns about education and school safety. When our child had an accident which required several doctor visits our request for better safety measures were ignored. Too often we were told to simply "believe" that "he will get there". We could not get adequate answers to our questions from teachers or from the administration. The staff gave the impression that they were directed not to answer questions - everything had to go through the administrator. Parents were not invited nor were we encouraged to attend board meetings. We never knew when or where they were scheduled. There was too much secrecy at this school for us. You could only participate if you worked to raise money.
Regardless of what "affiliated" means, (some teachers are in the process of completing their diploma) you will not find another school like this in St. Charles County. There are other montessori schools in St. Louis where tuition is twice the amount with little diversity of students. Still a much better option than public school. Check it out personally.
I want to contest the posting dated June 8, 2010. Campbell Montessori is not "AMI certified". According to the AMI website Campbell is "affiliated" which according to the same website means: "Due to a variety of circumstances, some schools are unable to meet the requirement that all teachers be holders of AMI diplomas at the appropriate age level. . .". Check the AMI website for a full definition: http://www.montessori-ami.org/
Students at Campbell Montessori are very self-confident and excited to learn. You will not find another school like this in St. Charles County. I recommend anyone even slightly interested in Montessori education visit this school. It is AMI certified.
I am very pleased with Campbell Montessori. My daughter completed her primary training and is now doing well in our neighborhood school. She had a firm and excellent academic and social education. I have the utmost gratitude for her teacher and assistant teacher who is now teaching my son in his first year of primary. After five years, I feel the staff at Campbell are compassionate and focused on the the best intentions for all the children. I like that the Campbell community is extremely diverse culturally and socio-economically, and further, I truly feel part of a family at Campbell. I anticipate my son finishing his primary training at Campbell, as well as, my younger daughter. I firmly believe it is a worth-while investment in my children.
We began our journey with Campbell 4 years ago. At the time it was 'just a preschool for our oldest' until she reached kindergarten age. Now we are planning on sending our children to Campbell through Middle School. Our children are always challenged, but never pushed too far. They were far beyond MO state curriculum as set by DESE before even reaching 'kindergarten age'. More importantly they are learning how to function in a community with respect, trust, honesty, and problem solving skills. They have a self-discipline and concentration I have yet to observe in any other school during our family's search. In addition, Campbell has a highly diverse population with many bi- and tri- lingual families. This rich cultural diversity has enriched our children's education and our family's appreciation for the world. Thank you Campbell Montessori School!
I wrote one of the previous glowing reviews, but unfortunately I no longer recommend the school. I feel that the classroom enrollment is now too large without additional staff. I also worried about classrooms being unsupervised when teachers stepped out to the restroom. I was unsatisfied with the teacher's insistence that my daughter's academic progress was normal, when we do not believe she has progressed over the past year. We were unhappy with the administration's emphasis on fundraising and the annual auction. We felt the school displayed favoritism towards those families that participated most in those events. Lastly, we felt that bullying was not dealt with and that there was a lack of discipline.
A fabulous school. Highly trained and committed staff. Wonderful learning environment, outstanding diversity, unlimited educational opportunity for the children, a true place to grow holistically. But it is so much more then the education. It is the self worth, confidence, respect, and discipline that the children have. A tremendous learning opportunity, I have 3 children at Campbell, and will keep them there. I am thrilled they are adding a middle school. Miriam Gutting is respected around the country in Montessori. She runs the school brilliantly, and has a real calling to child development. Do yourself a favor and visit the school, meet with Miriam and look at the opportunity for your child.
Not the best, but about average for Montesorri. Certainly not the best within a 100 mile radius- that is a poor statement based on the St. Louis metropolitan region. We have worked with Montessori schools in 3 states and this school is very different. Much more strict (counterintuitive for Montesorri concept) and teachers were not as well trained as either most Montesorri schools or other private schools. Our child attended for 2 years and did learn along the way. But it was not a positive experience overall. We changed to another private school program and were incredibly pleased with the structure, support and enthusiasm- and our child's learning progress reflected the more supportive environment.
My kids attended this school for three years from age 2 to 5 and developed an excellent foundation for kindergarten entrance. Right now my kids are currently ranked in the top 10% of their respective classes.
As a teacher I am truly amazed by this school on a daily basis. I have 3 children ranging from 1-4. The staff are all truly focused on the child. No distractions with phones, computers, etc. They are highly trained and follow the AMI standards to ensure a high quality education. Students are genuinely happy and love to learn at the school. Students are also allowed to work at their own pace so they can achieve to the highest of their personal cognitive ability. They instill an inner core of learning, respect, and community that I have yet to find at another school. We are blessed to have found Campbell and would highly recommend it to any and all!
This is the very best school within a 100 mile radius. My daughter is 4 and is already beginning to read and has mastered the maps of the continents. The school is brilliantly run by Miriam Gutting.
There are not enough words to praise this school! We enrolled our 4 year old daughter @ Campbell in August and by October she was naming all of the countries in the world along with their capitals! She is reading, writing, spelling as well as adding and subtracting double digits! This is just after 2 months! I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking to give their child the best education that they can!
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