MPCC is a really unique place. It has felt like a second home for my daughter. I am a developmental psychologist by training and the principles of child development that I really believe are crucial for healthy development are all found here. My child has freedom within limits, is self directed, and her social and emotional needs are equally valued.
My daughter has been in the toddler room for nearly a year and we could not be happier about her classroom. Her teachers are intelligent and caring and do a wonderful job of imparting the Montessori values and curriculum. The school is a bit disorganized administratively at times, but it's not for lack of caring. Sometimes it's because parents do a good bit of the administrative work and we all have other priorities at times. The school just moved to a new location and the administrator and staff are trying to figure out all the logistics for everything. The building is lovely, the staff are caring, and my kid is happy to go to school and still happy when I pick her up at the end of the day. She's also just barely over age 2 and surprised me the other night be telling me the sounds that several letters make. And compared to her last childcare situation, she has hardly ever been sick enough to have to miss school. I'm assuming this means that they are doing a decent job with hygiene there. We LOVE the place.
I planned on my son attending the Montessori Parents Coop when he turned 18 months since he was born because I strongly believe in the Montessori method and it is in our neighborhood. We did a visit when he was only 16 months old and I stayed in the basement area with my 5 year old while he stayed in the toddler area for a couple hours. He didn't cry at first at all, he went with the teacher right away and seemed to like her. He bit a student, which I am sad to report, he had learned from his previous placement and we were working on that behavior over summer vacation. My 5 year old was also supposed to visit the Kindergarten classroom and they cancelled that visit the same morning. A woman called me the next day to tell me that the teachers talked and that neither of my children could attend the Montessori Parents Coop because they did not fit into their school. They told me to call another person if I wanted to know why they did not fit into their school..I called and no one ever called me back.
This was our children's first year at MPCC and I am sad to report that they will not be attending next year. Although this school has a well planned and executed curriculum, it is extremely disorganized. I was really excited by the coop concept because I love to be involved; well, the school is only a coop in name. I have not felt any sense of transparency here. Beware of the inner circle of parents that seems to be running the school; they talk the talk regularly that they are helpful and inclusive when the reality is the complete opposite. I have been shocked by the number of absences the teachers have, as well. I am an educator too and have maybe missed a handful of days in my classroom in thirteen years. One teacher has missed several days so far this year and now is taking a leave of absence; there was no back-up plan in place for a substitute until a week later. The assistants were running the classroom in the teacher's absence, so I guess that is who we are paying. Another teacher was out for illness for a whole week. Wow! I am just really disappointed about this school. I researched relentlessly to place my children here and what I have seen is not what I was promised.
Outstanding education, extremely caring, nuturing teachers who take each child's progress and education to heart. Warm, safe environment in which each child progresses at her or his own pace. My children tell me, out of the blue, 'Mom, I love school!' The Montessori method is an integrated approach to learning, in which the many ways in which children learn are made part of the everyday curriculum. Parental involvement is crucial in this school, and that's what makes it such a terrific environment--everyone is committed to the children.
Absolutely the best school in Omaha. MPCC provides a loving nurturing environment in which children of all ages learn and grow. The school looks at the whole child and helps them along with the strong parent involvement, to grow and flourish. The teachers are outstanding.
Wonderful, caring and nuturing teachers. Very true to the Montessori philosophy with a high level of parent involvement required. Absolutely the best private school in the area for early education through 6th grade. A very good school if your emphasis is on learning and quality of education. Only downside: Not many extracurricular activites are available to the students.
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