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28 Conrow Road
Delran, NJ 08075

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(856) 461-2121
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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
May 21, 2015
The teachers just complained that my child was not motivated and blamed my child for poor performance. I moved my child to different school and she was enthusiastic and immediately showed improvement because of the positive atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Not enough
May 21, 2015
The school brags that it doesn't give homework. I had no knowledge of what my child was learning. When I asked, the head of school told me you wouldn't understand because you are not Montessori trained.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
May 21, 2015
The school does not treat students with honesty, integrity and fairness. The head of school is known to be dishonest and will throw children out of school without warning. The Montessori method preached peaceful resolution, yet the school has a history of litigation.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2015
The head of school is inflexible and imposes unreasonable policies on the students, staff and parents. After three years in primary and two years in elementary, my child did not learn and could not do the things that other children her age could do. The school refuses to give copies of teachers notes and records.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
May 21, 2015
There is no compassion, caring or empathy here. The school puts children in the hallways for hours at a time to punish them. I even can point to examples where the student was in the hallway almost whole day.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2015
I sent my child to this school and moved my child out this year not because of staffing changes, but because of the unreasonable school policies and the head of school. The school official point of view refers to the negative comments as a "campaign of malicious slander." This is simply untrue. As a parent, I found many of the comments to be quite true and consistent with the stories of many families who have left. All of the facts in the comments about the school, such as 50 children to 1 teacher in a classroom, an $80,000 scam loan that the parents borrowed from the head of school to build a playground for the head of school, the litany of law suits initiated by the school, the inability to get written feedback or status about your child, the decrease in enrollment, children not doing anything all day, children thrown out of school, are all verifiable. The school is not good. My child was not learning as much as children in the same grade and who attend other private and public schools. Parents should read the school handbook and ask yourself what are you willing to be subjected to. If your child is kicked out, don't think that you will get your tuition money back.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2015
I sent my two children here for 6 years and I pulled them out. The elementary program was not a good one. The teacher refused to give me a written report card or any written progress reports. The head of school is very inflexible and will not work with you. There were days when the children would say they did nothing all day. I was always walking on egg shells when dealing with the school staff, especially the head of school. I recently moved my children to a nearby Quaker Elementary School and I was shocked to see how much more the Quaker school had to offer over this school. The Quaker school had separate rooms and programs for Art, Music, technology, spanish, latin and gym, a cafeteria with food service, teachers that were accessible (I had the teacher's phone number), a stage, a kitchen, a science lab, a library, a large field, a soccer and field hockey program, and many after school programs in dance, sports, Chinese, art, music and science. Because of the positive environment, my children's academics improved. This Montessori school has none of these programs or aspects. Forget this school and all of its headaches and look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 27, 2015
Montessori Academy Delran, established in 1965, has undergone staffing changes for the 2015-2016 school year. These changes were warranted and made strictly with the best interest of the children in mind. However, any time changes occur there will be those who don t agree. While we understand that every person is entitled to their opinion, and Great Schools seems to be the platform of choice to voice same, we believe that you, the discerning parent, will understand the difference between an opinion and a malicious slander campaign. We invite you to come and see our school, meet our staff and thus form your own opinion. We look forward to meeting you!

- submitted by a school leader

April 20, 2015
My children went to this school for five years. When they got to the elementary level, they were not learning. Last year, the school decided to place 50 students with one teacher. My kids were coming home stating that they didn't do anything all day. There were even days when both elementary teachers were out and there was no certified teacher in the classroom. After the head of school kicked the elementary teacher around, the teacher left and started his own AMI Montessori school nearby in Merchantville, NJ. His school is now growing while this Montessori is shrinking and desperate for students. The parents who know the background of the head of school know better, while the ones who don't know don't realize that their kid may be kicked out if things don't work out. Avoid this school at all cost.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2015
I observed class several times and saw most kids not working at all, but chatting and playing with no supervision. When you enroll, the headmaster makes you pay several thousand dollars saying you will stay at the school through 6th grade and if you leave you will not get your money back. You don't get any info from the teachers about how your child is doing. You don't get a copy of the review during conferences - you can look but the teachers 'aren't permitted' to give you a copy. If you need to email it goes through the main office - you don't have any access to direct communication with the teacher. We even had a teacher try to sneak us an email address but said to make sure to not let the head of the school know. The final straw for us was when we went in to observe a birthday celebration. As they were finishing, the head of the school did not like the way a child was acting so she forcibly grabbed and yanked him across the floor where he was sitting. The boy had done nothing at all - and even if he did that does not justify the head of the school being physical with a 9-10 year old child. Avoid this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2015
When I first entered the grounds of MANJ I instantly fell in love with the peaceful and beautiful outdoor environment. There were the sheep, the goats, the chickens and guinea hens all quietly grazing, there was the vegetable garden in full bloom and the overall landscape made this all come together as a magical place for children to flourish and bloom. I knew enough about Montessori education to realize that it was the children who took care of the animals and tended to the garden: this is what I wanted for my children. All this before I even set foot inside the building or met any of the staff! My children have had amazing experiences and wonderful teachers all throughout their toddler, primary and (6)elementary years and have made an easy adjustment to the local public school honor students and self driven all throughout. It is thanks to the Montessori education at MANJ that I, as a parent, have never had to sit down to do homework with or for my kids, or even remind them to do their homework. They have been independent, self motivated people since their primary years!I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2015
The recent 5 star comments are probably from the head of school or the admission's director. My kids went there for 6 years. You will want to avoid this school unless you want to risk being sued in the future. Last year there was mass exodus of teachers and parents who left to start another AMI school. A significant number of those parents recently received a letter from the school's attorney threatening to sue them for this year's tuition, when the children didn't even attend the school. When my attorney recently checked the court records to see if the school was suing other parents, I discovered a litany of lawsuits against parents throughout the years. Avoid this litigious school head. The school also has a handbook that states that it can throw your child out for any reason and a specific clause that deals with parents that disagree with the head of school. Read the handbook and you will read all of the ludicrous policies that head of school accumulated over the years. Everyone has some good comments such as the ones listed, but when you disagree with the head of school, it always ends nasty. Avoid the risk of legal trouble that you may encounter, and skip this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2015
Beware of this school. I sent my child here for primary and Elementary. The primary program was ok. The elementary program was horrible. My child could not do what her peers outside of Montessori were doing. The school will not give you any written status of your child's progress. The Head of School imposes unreasonable policies on her staff, teachers, aides, parents and students. Last year, parents complained about 50 students in one class with one teacher. The Head of School didn't think that this was problem and responded, if you do not like it, I would suggest that you find another school. Last year, many teachers and students left the school to start a nearby Montessori AMI school nearby. Btw, if you decide to go to this school, you will be responsible for paying for the $80,000 that some parent allegedly agreed to borrow from the Head of School to build a playground for her school. This school is not about teaching children, just lining the Head of School's pockets. If a Montessori school is a must for your child, then check out the other AMI school in Merchantville, NJ.

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2015
With two children still in Elementary, we have been Montessori Parents for eight years so far. It took awhile, but I have learned several things that have helped me understand the Montessori Method. Like that it offers a whole education both for the child and the parent, that it is structured by a hands on, real life process that nurtures individual freedom and self discipline. Our faith has waxed and waned over the years and we have struggled with the whole no tests, homework or report cards concept. However, we cannot ignore the results...we have two highly social, self directed, enthusiastic, funny, well mannered, conscientious, school aged children who enjoy reading, researching, writing and performing with no expectations for reward or fear of failure...they are just curious. I recognize the method may not be for every child, certainly not for every parent or even teacher, but it has absolutely worked for our family. We are proud to be a part of the Montessori Academy of New Jersey and if you value your children as people, not products, please visit. You will see work in progress...development taking place and yes, happy children doing things they love!

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2015
We have been very happy with the education of our 2 children here. The teachers are passionate about providing the best learning experience for all types of learners and the school and grounds are beautiful.

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2012
My children have attended MANJ from the todder program, through the primary program, and on to the elementary program. The guides (teachers) are engaged and passionate. My children are self-drected and excited about learning - everything from cooking to math to spelling to animal care and gardening (one of the perks of the school being located on a farm!). The music & drama program are awesome as well. Finally, I've found peaceful conflict resolution and nonviolent communication to be emphasized here; which is so beneficial for children - and carries over to behavior at home. Highly recommended - GO FOR A TOUR! When you see the classrooms & grounds you'll understand why my kids are excited at the end of Summer break to come back to school!

- submitted by a parent

December 25, 2011
Do your research! We were sadly, disappointed by a couple of teachers but also the work, or lack of. We are big fans of the Montessori method however, we didn't find all the "teachers" or "directresses" knew it well enough to create a productive and educational experience. Lots of parents were disappointed, large groups have left over the years.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2009
My children attended this school from the time they were toddlers all the way through elementary, and it has been the best experience. The school does ask for close collaboration with the parents so that the child has consistency between home and school. During our many years of attendance, I have never seen a child (or family) fail, if there was agreement between the school and the parents. I have seen some parents who send their child to this school but then counteract everything which was done or taught by their actions at home. If you are looking for a place where your child is accepted for who they are, challenged to reach their highest potential, become truly caring human beings and be prepared for life, this place is certainly it. I would suggest to come see for yourself and also speak to parents, who's children have successfully finished the program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 13, 2009
While some parents swear by this school, I'd advise 'buyer-beware' based on my preschool child's unhappy experience. The major drawback to this school is the mental and intellectual inflexibility of its director and at least some of its teachers. If the child does not respond well to Montessori methods, their response is that the child has a speech, hearing, or learning disability - rather than that there is something about the educational experience that needs to be changed. Don't just listen to the theory; go see it in action. How many of the children look happy? Is there joy? Do the teachers seem to enjoy the children? After observing, then make your decision.

- submitted by a parent

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Montessori Academy - Delran
28 Conrow Road, Delran, NJ  08075
(856) 461-2121
Last modified Montessori Academy - Delran is a Private school that serves grades PK-9
Montessori Academy - Delran Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top