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
This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.
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.
I think that are some good teachers here and some that are not so good. They do not undergo continuous training programs like the teachers at other montessori schools (my childs teacher told me they do not attend refreshment courses because the school can not afford it nor give the teachers the day off to go but they are closed on MANY other days during the year). The dress code is not very professional and one teacher even wears clothing highly inappropriate for teaching requirements. I posted a review a few days ago but i guess they had it taken down because I commented on the attire.
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.
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.
One of the main tenets of Montessori education is "Never do anything for a child that he can do for himself."
By adhering to this idea, students develop persistence, grit and determination. Achieving a task without adult assistance strengthens confidence.
There are only two rules at Campbell Montessori School:
Respect one another - This means respect the work that others are engaged with, respect their personal space, when someone is busy, refrain from interrupting them, and pay attention when someone is speaking to you.
Respect everything in the environment - This means that when you choose an activity, you must use it for its intended purpose and return it to the proper place ready for the next student.
From the time a child begins school any time a child hurts another child accidentally or on purpose, the perpetrator is involved in comforting the injured party by getting an ice pack or bandage.
Often the two students sit together and talk about what has occurred. We encourage them to suggest alternate actions they could use to solve whatever problem they had.
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.