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I encourage anyone interested in a high quality Montessori program to visit us at Campbell. As Director, I am always available to give a tour. In order to communicate with parents, we publish a weekly email newsletter, maintain a facebook page and a twitter account. We also use an online service to communicate directly with parents regarding their children's progress. We have four security cameras in place, and keep our front door locked until the office personnel arrive. Our premises are posted with "No firearms allowed" signs. Playground safety is a major concern of all the adults at Campbell. Children are monitored by an adult at all times when outdoors. It is rare that a child has an injury serious enough to require a bandage. Our site is next door to Shady Springs Park, which we do use from time to time for the toddler and preschool classes, and more often for the elementary classes. Our own playground is a natural one which we are making into a Nature Explore Playscape at this time. Please take a look at the video I have included in the photo section to see our four 6th year elementary students who visited New York City this past March to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations experience. They represented Uganda, and had the chance to sit in the seats usually occupied by the delegates from that country. I hope you will take a look at Campbell if you are interested in a Montessori education for your child.
July 08, 2015

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Excellent school! My grandson has been in the toddler program since 2014 and has learned so much. We are very excited to see him move on to primary. He loves it. The staff and teachers are knowledgable, helpful and caring. Would highly recommend.



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This school is amazing. It has been transformative for my son. After going to an excellent day care, the public Kindergarten in our district totally failed him. He came home angry every day and HATED going to school. Within three days at Campbell he already knew that his teacher cared about him and he began to turn around. The calm teachers, understanding administration, and fantastic families that make up the school have been fantastic. Needless to say we started his younger brother in the same school as soon as we could.




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If you are looking for an authentic Montessori education – run away from Campbell. If you are looking for a place filled with Montessori materials where the management and most of the stuff members don’t care to apply some of the basic Montessori principles – you are in the right place. It is true that Campbell used to be a good Montessori school but, very sadly, that is no longer the case. The current management is rather unprofessional, careless and dishonest. That is the reason why most of the good teachers have left in the past 2-3 years. That is also the reason why nearly half of the families moved their child to a different Montessori school. When you visit the school pay attention to the unoccupied rooms. In the past, the school used to accommodate 1 middle school, 1 upper elementary, 2 lower elementary, 3 primaries and 1 toddler (most of the classrooms were close to their full capacity). Currently there is 1 elementary, 2 primaries and 1 toddler (each around 40%-50% capacity) and the number of families leaving the school is growing. Individuals who write positive reviews seemingly don’t understand what Montessori standards are. That is said, I believe that Campbell remains a better option than certain public schools but it certainly is not a Montessori school which can be associated with terms such as authenticity, professionalism, honesty, communication, care…. I wish I didn’t have to write any negative comments about the school but perspective parents, especially those who are new to Montessori, should know what is going on. Yes, Campbell has a great potential (the buildings, the grounds, the quite area) but currently, whilst it is slowly “rotting from the inside”, there is no much hope – unless there are some dramatic changes within the management.



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My experience here was bittersweet. It started out great. We loved the toddler program here because the teacher helped us a lot with our child and was very good at communicating. She was definitely the friendliest and most honest person at the school to us. When we transitioned to the primary program, that is when we had some issues with lack of communication and professionalism. The way the teacher talked to the children was not like that of someone who works with children and she seemed to have very little patience. She was also very judgemental. We never felt like we were being judged in the first program. You could simply tell by the way they dresses, that this teacher was inexperienced or very young. There ended up being an incident later in the year that prompted us to move our child. If you just take a moment to talk to a few parents here before you sign up, you will most certainly think twice. I just read online the other day that they got rid of a teacher without telling her. One of the best teachers this school had in my opinion.

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Most of the staff here does not act in integrity or fairness. I do not think you can teach a child something you do not practice.




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Very disorganized. No help understanding things after you move to primary. Director was dishonest and was not interested in making us feel ok with our experience.

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Teachers at Campbell hold university degrees before they undertake Montessori teacher training. They undergo either a three-summer or an academic year course, which is equivalent to a year of college. Most courses offer a master's degree in education in connection with a university if the student takes a summer's worth of credit from that institution. Staff meetings are held regularly. Teachers are encouraged to attend workshops and refresher courses sponsored by our parent organization. Every three years, each level - toddler, primary and elementary - must be consulted by a trained Montessori consultant hired by AMI.

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Montessori schools do not assign homework. Much of the work students perform is done with hands-on materials - an experience that cannot be replicated at home. We believe that there is important work to learn at home - work such as how to budget, how to shop, how to cook, how to fix things around the house, how to clean the house, etc. These life skills are important to learn at home, and they can't be taught at school.


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Students are taught to solve problems by talking them out - when they are quite young, they are taught the names for the various feelings they may be having so they can express themselves and explain what behavior they dislike in another child. Older students are encouraged to sit down with someone with whom they disagree and come to an understanding together. Class meetings are held to discuss problems that affect the entire group, and students are encouraged to suggest solutions. In Montessori classrooms there is a mixed age group, and students are encouraged to help one another when assistance is needed. Because of this attitude, competition is minimized. What is important is how you have progressed. Students expect that they will be more advanced in some areas and need to work harder in others. In the elementary classes, teachers act more as coaches than givers of information. There are lessons, but they are given in small groups rather than to the class as a whole. This individual approach permits each child to develop a relationship with his or her teacher and to see the adults in the classrooms as mentors rather than judges. There is a strong tradition of helping others in the community at Campbell. Since the school's inception there has been a food drive before Thanksgiving we call "Children Giving to Children." The elementary students regularly hold small fundraisers and give the proceeds to a variety of charities including UNICEF, the local Children's Home, hospitals, and food pantries.

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I encourage anyone interested in a high quality Montessori program to visit us at Campbell. As Director, I am always available to give a tour. In order to communicate with parents, we publish a weekly email newsletter, maintain a facebook page and a twitter account. We also use an online service to communicate directly with parents regarding their children's progress. We have four security cameras in place, and keep our front door locked until the office personnel arrive. Our premises are posted with "No firearms allowed" signs. Playground safety is a major concern of all the adults at Campbell. Children are monitored by an adult at all times when outdoors. It is rare that a child has an injury serious enough to require a bandage. Our site is next door to Shady Springs Park, which we do use from time to time for the toddler and preschool classes, and more often for the elementary classes. Our own playground is a natural one which we are making into a Nature Explore Playscape at this time. Please take a look at the video I have included in the photo section to see our four 6th year elementary students who visited New York City this past March to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations experience. They represented Uganda, and had the chance to sit in the seats usually occupied by the delegates from that country. I hope you will take a look at Campbell if you are interested in a Montessori education for your child.

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