Foothills Montessori is an oasis in the desert. The staff and the teachers know and care for each and every kid. This is the 7th year for our family and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the school. Each child is treated as an individual and valued as such which helps in developing their self-confidence. The children excel and are happy. A winning combination. I am glad we found Foothills 7 years ago.
FMS teachers challenge the students to learn and push themselves in a loving supportive environment. The staff is beyond dedicated and attentive to every student. Our son has been at FMS for almost 7 years, and is about to graduate. We will be forever grateful for the great experience we have had at FMS.
This school and PTO foster a clique-y environment that breeds a culture of exclusion. Children are made to feel like they are either IN or "everyone else" and the unfairness of life that the IN kids definitely have an easier time of it.
I thought we were alone in our experience at FMS until I read the March 4 review below. Free spirits need not apply. Day dreaming and curiosity are surfaced as "concerns for the safety of the child"... But they will continue to take your money, until they get a better offer, at which time, they will passive aggressively question whether FMS is a good fit for your child.
We can't say enough wonderful things about foothills Montessori. Th small class sizes are wonderful. Their staff is adequately trained and really love and care about the well being and progression of the students.
Our children have now attended 3 Montessori schools and 2 traditional schools due to multiple moves across the country. FMS had the most balanced homework system. It was enough for the parents to be aware of what the children were working on and for the children to feel a sense of responsibility, but it wasn't so much that the children couldn't be children.
Our daughters attended FMS for two years and we loved it. We saw such extraordinary growth in both of them in ways we had never expected. Our older daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder & Anxiety, while our younger daughter is high performing. The teachers and staff were able to meet the needs of each of our children; they often went above and beyond to ensure their success.
We have now moved multiple times and our children have attended two Montessori schools since our time at FMS. To this day FMS offered the best school experience for our children and for us as a family. From the teachers to the administration I look back at our time there and wish that more schools operated at the level they do.
As a family who has had to move a lot, I would like to point out that no other school we've attended has come close to being able to provide the sense of community that FMS has created. The staff and families are invested in seeing the school continue to develop and achieve success. They care about the well being of each of their students.
For the children who do well in Montessori, you will see them thrive in every aspect. It goes well beyond academics. These children develop a love of learning, independence, a sense of responsibility and kindness through the mixed age environment that allows them the ability to mentor each other. These children also tend to maintain a level of innocence that is rare to find in children today ... especially at the Junior High level.
We regret not leaving this school sooner now that we have discovered what a positive experience school can be. Foothills was not IT. If your child is average in every aspect he or she will fit it. It is ironic that this school calls itself a montessori school because the school does not embrace individuality or being "different". The parents form cliques. The teachers form cliques. Then guess what, the children learn that behavior without even trying. The director, who isn't even an educator by trade, makes very hands-on decisions concerning teaching and discipline. She also goes on personal vendettas, is rude and on a power trip. The emotional climate is not good in this school. That is so much more important to your child's development than a flashy campus. It's easy to be blinded by the nice spot and area of this school.
We admire the dedication of the teachers which is very evident. The curriculum is taught with consideration of all learning styles. There is a lot of hands-on activities for kids to do while learning new concepts. Students are engaged, respected, and challenged to their potential. We love this school!
Foothills Montessori School isn't just any ordinary school, it has become an extension of our family. My daughter is currently in her second year (Pre K). I was positive that I wouldn't be putting my child in public school, but was concerned about her going five days a week at such a young age. We opted for a half day schedule to start, and it fit our needs perfectly. My 3 year old daughter was coming home talking about continents, vertebrates vs. invertebrates, and had mastered the days of the week and months of the year. I could immediately see so much growth in my child. She gained independence and began taking responsibility for her actions. I would catch her cleaning up after herself without being prompted, and acting more mature socially. Other non FMS kids her age weren't doing these things, and she was only spending 3 hours a day there!
This year is right on course, and I have seen even more development. My 4 year old is sounding out words and beginning to read! Ms. Maryam is by far the kindest most nurturing teacher that I have ever met. The children love her, and the parents love her even more! Your child will love getting up everyday to go to school. The tuition is a small price to pay, because this school is worth its weight in gold!