After learning about the Montessori system, I visited a few Montessori schools. The teaching methodology was consistent but what really made Towne Montessori stand out was the school s caring and nurturing environment further supported by small class size. I have not been disappointed since. The teachers really care about students emotional and educational wellbeing. This was strongly evident at the parent/teacher meeting, where the feedback provided for my child was very thorough and showed how well the teachers knew and understood her. The Montessori mentality and curriculum permeates beyond the classroom, including how the kids eat snacks and lunch. As further evidence to the above, my shy child who spoke very little English when starting the school, adjusted very quickly (practically no crying) and started speaking some English within weeks. As some additional benefits, the school has access to a real playground where kids spend 45 minutes when possible. The snacks kids get are healthy (generally fruits and vegetables). There is also a sense of community among the parents beyond the classroom. I highly recommend this school!
We sent our two sons there for a year. This school might be ok for some children, but we did not find the environment to be nurturing to diverse learners. Our oldest son regressed there and is now at a new school that is much more positive and encouraging where he is thriving!
Mustard Seed Montessori is one of the better Montessori schools in the area. Not all of their staff are fully Montessori trained and certified, but the owner, Rebecca Gianella, and a few other teachers are trained. They are flexible with the aftercare program for those who need different drop off and pick up times throughout the week. The curriculm generally follows the Montessori principles. The kids are safe and well cared for when they are there. The negatives are (1) The facilities are a little run down, (2) Teachers weren't that accomodating to our kids and as a result our two sons never were very excited to go there. Overall, if you are considering the school and are set on Montessori, it is a good choice in the immediate area. However, outside of Montessori there are better run options.
Under the warm and caring leadership of Rebecca and Al Giannella and with the support of intelligent and enthusiastic teachers, this montessori school is top notch. I sent my daughter here from when she was 2.5 years old until 8 years old and we have enjoyed every second of her time there. Best of all, my daughter LOVES going to this school, evident by her accelerated academic performance and love of learning. I always recommend this school to anyone looking for a more personalized education for their child.
Rebecca and Alfred Giannella along with their staff foster well being for their students. They encourage the montessori educational practice that helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, to contribute to society and the environment, and to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on Earth.
My daughter is currently enrolled in their 'primary class' (K-1st grade) The class size is really nice - 10 students with a teacher and an aide. The staff is really wonderful with the kids. My daughter is slightly advanced for her age and I was worried about 2 things - would she would be challenged enough? and would she be overwhelmed and discouraged if she was pushed too hard? For now my worries are dispelled - the teachers deal with her on an individualized pace and she has blossomed! The school offers many extra classes both in the regular curriculum and as extracurricular activities - art and spanish are included and music (2 different classes), computers, and tumbling (tumble bus) are extra. Parents are encouraged to be involved - to volunteer to come and do special crafts with the children or talk about special subjects. The teachers are very available to talk about any concerns you may have.