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152 Lanes Mill Rd
Howell, NJ 07731

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July 22, 2011
I received an e-mail with a link to this site that I didn't know existed,asking us to write positive remarks.I was leaving this school but was told that I was locked into a contract,that I didn't think was fair due to the major changes.I will keep my opinions to myself and leave quietly next year,without signing a contract!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
This review is an attempt to counter the individual who is seems to want to destroy the reputation of our school. I AM NOT A TEACHER, and I DO NOT GET A CHECK from the school. Yes, we have had to make changes in these economic times - show me any business (and yes, private schools are businesses) which has not had to make changes. The Parent's Association GAVE $19,000 because we BELIEVE in the school and the work they do with our children; the school did NOT TAKE it. Yes, we will have a table at the Mon Cnty Fair because we (the parents) believe so strongly in what our chlidren get at this school that we want other parents and children who may be struggling with the public school environment to know they have a great option. Oh yes, and one thing the previous reviewer somehow failed to mention is that the school implemented a significant (~40%) cut in tuition this year to make it more feasible for families to attend in these difficult economic times. Less tuition means a smaller budget, we must stay on budget so things have to change (I think that's what they call LIFE). I truly don't understand the need to bash the efforts we are going through to survive these hard times.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
i'm not a teacher and i'm truly writing from the heart. i can honestly say that my 3 girls received an excellent academic education. the teachers there were focused on making sure the students learned. while they are a small school, they are doing their best (in this economy) to grow. a lot of excellent teachers have left but that only impacts the high school and not the the lower school. it's a wonderful place to start your young child's education in and who knows, maybe by they time they reach high school monmouth academy will be back to it's original glory of graduating doctors, lawyers, law-makers, engineers, and all the top professionals. we no longer go to MA because we're moving out of the area, and all the teachers my girls built a solid academic relationship with have left for various reasons, but i'm grateful for the excellent academic and social foundation my girls received at MA..

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
We have been at Monmouth Academy for 7 years. I have two daughters that attend the school and we all love the school. What I love the most is the teachers and the quality of the education. If you want a school where your children are cared for, where the teacher really knows and cares about your child, where your child is challenged and rewarded, where you can relax and trust that your child will get the best education then MA is a great choice. The economy has been a challenge for the school like everywhere, but I have faith and trust that the MA is the best place for my children and I am grateful that we have another year there and I will do everything I can to keep the school going. I LOVE Monmouth Academy !

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
Monmouth Academy is a FANTASTIC school at an affordable price. When I think about what I want in a school, I want a place that provides a great education AND a social environment that fosters respect for eachother and compassion as human beings. What I love most about this school is that it does both. My child attends the primary school and I can't say enough about the group of children who attend this school. They are all compassionate, polite, caring, respectful kids that treat eachother with kindness and a positive encouraging attitude. It really is a model for how a diverse group of children can come together in the right environment that fosters learning and social growth to become outstanding individuals. Combine this with incredibly small class sizes that allow for one on one interaction, tailored curriculums for each child, innovatiove ways to learn and you've got a great place ! They even teach 2 languages starting in Kindergarten - including Mandarin!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
I have been a student at Monmouth Academy for the last five years.This is an amazing school with excellent teachers. I can't wait to see my friends and teachers in September. New people should stop by at our school to see how happy we are to be there. I feel insulted to read bad reviews that are absolutely not true. Come and see for yourself! Monmouth Academy is a big family!

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2011
No person in their stable mind can write a bad review about Monmouth Academy. Any respectfull organization must obey the guidelines. Therefore noone should try to break the signed contract. Rules and regulations must be followed. Monmouth Academy rocks! The level of education is way beyong any other school. Teachers have a very close relationship with kids. They know everything about the kids, even what the children are thnking. You can absolutely be sure that your kids are in good hands!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
I love Momnouth Academy! I am a parent of 2 children, not a teacher. I can only say great words about this school. I would like to thank all the teachers for their hard work. It seems to me that it's the same person who is writing bad revews about such a great school. That person needs to get a life and stop doing nonsence.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2011
Monmouth Academy is a small nuturing environment that focuses on my children's strength. Teachers know how to challenge but not overwhelm the students. The one on one attention allows them to excel academically. They love going to school and they have built a strong social circle with classmates of all ages.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
Monmouth Academy is a small school which perfectly embodies the philosophy of teaching to the student rather than teaching to a curriculum. As a parent, I am completely satisfied with the quality of education, the teachers and the atmosphere of the school. My child has made great strides in all areas of her academic pursuits. She has made great friends and her teachers are superb! They are responsive and communicative. Most importantly, my child is HAPPY to be there. All the things that a parent could ever hope for. What I really don't understand with the former review is that if you have a problem with the school, why would you not address it with the faculty and staff? It does not benefit your child, does not solve the probem, and does not reflect well on your own problem-solvng skills. To have to resort to a forum to vent is counter-productive especially if the child still goes to the school. It seems to me then that somoene is simply, crying wolf. I whole-heartedly recommend this school to those looking for a great education, understanding and knowledgeable teachers, a family-like atmosphere where parent involvement is always welcome!

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2011
This school is great. The class sizes are small and the teachers are phenomenal. I have a child in the 1st /2nd grade class and is excelling at math, science, reading, and critical thinking. Some may see this as a flaw, but looking at the results and speaking to the other parents, it's an effective teaching method, for all involved. The earlier comment about the text books makes no sense to me, as there are so many other teaching materials that are implemented daily at every school, I prefer seeing my child in 1st grade being told to research using multiple sources! The public school teachers in my neighborhood, who interact with my child are envious as they see what they could do to if they were allowed to spend the time with each of their students. Monmouth Academy is a great alternative to the unfortunate situation of overcrowded, under funded public schools in this area!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
From experience I can say this: Don't even THINK of subjecting your child to this third rate, slipshod, hand to mouth, excuse for a school. Text books are out of date: Geography still has South Viet Nam and Ceylon listed as a countries. Many text books are from school districts which have taken them out of service for being too worn and damaged- but hey, the school got them for free! School buses are safety a nightmare, and some of the drivers are simply dangerous. There is no security at all. Anyone can just walk right in. A couple of the teachers are actually excellent. Some have other serious issues and teach here because they would never get a job anywhere else. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR CHILD'S EDUCATION TIME ATTENDING THIS "SCHOOL".

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
Primary school education is superb. The teachers are creative and nurturing & adapt to the child's learning style.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
Our son has attended LP/MA for 9 years. We are pleased not only with the top notch education he receives but also the nurturing environment that he thrives in. He is looking at applying to all top colleges and is doing so with such enthusiasm and desire to learn and live as he has had the good fortune of doing these past 9 years. If your child is fortunate enough to attend this fine, unassuming "prep" school, it is an investment you will not regret. Next year, some of the middle and upper school teachers will be part time and each core subject, including languages (which students get from K on up) will have one full time and one part time teacher. The school knows which teachers are coming back. Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche is 100% @ Monmouth Academy. Come see anytime for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Unfortunately, Monmouth Academy is not the school that it used to be anymore. The students have faced a lot of disruption in our education. Fighting between our teachers and administration and the board of directors is on a daily basis. The board of directors have fired our director and that makes us unhappy. All the reviews you will read about our teachers are true, but our teachers are now part time and that will hurt our education. Who is going to help us when we need it if our teachers are only part time. We don't even know which teachers are coming back and who is not. Without our teachers you need to FIND ANOTHER SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
I have so many good things to say about MA but most really what is so special are the teachers. This school teaches to the child and this is something you just don't find in public schools today. I feel very fortunate to have my daughter attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2010
This is my son's first year at Monmouth Academy (MA). Before MA, he attended another private school that we were thrilled with and we could not imagine him anywhere else. Sadly, in 2009, the school closed their doors. I, along with many other parents, frantically searched for alternative private schools. Our children were getting a top notch education at a reasonable tuition, so we were spoiled and therefore extremely selective. A parent mentioned MA and reluctantly I and a few other parents went to an open house. It's not polished with a massive, rolling green campus, but what it lacked in curb appeal it far surpassed in teacher excellence and child focus. The school is truly child driven - the teachers and staff sincerely care. They teach character and a love for learning - a gift that will last my child a lifetime. This school is a gem.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
This school is the best school'teacher, size of class,caring and family ' one daughter now in medical school and a boy 12yrs in 7th grade. We truly love this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
I attended Lakewood Prep from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The best thing about LP is that it was a second family. Having the ability to go to the same school your whole life definitely has its advantages. You get to know the teachers and you learn that they really do want the best for you. I completely agree with the former student who wrote that LP gives a good foundation in organization and study habits. I found that when I began college most of my friends were unable to find a balance between studies and social life because they had never had to do this in high school. Its true that they dont offer as much extracurricular activities as public high schools do. However, since it is such a small school you have the opportunty to be a part of everything from sports to theater productions.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2009
I think monmouth acadamy is a good school, but could be better. I attended this school for 5 years. I do agree the discipline could be better (from experiance). The teachers are really nice and focoused on the students and they really care about there grades. I would reccomend this school if you dont mind the classes being so small. I learned a lot from this school and not just academicly, socially too.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 17, 2008
I attended Lakewood Prep(now Monmouth Academy) the very 1st year and didnt realize how excellent it was until I graduted 6 years later.I was accepted to a great college because my SAT scores were excellent due to the great teachers! It was an unbelievable experience and one I would recommend to everyone.My biggest class was 9 students and I learned more there than I would have anywhere else.It was the best decision my parents ever made and I thank them for it.Sending your child there would be one of the best decision you could ever make and that's why I have sent my kids there as well,creating a legacy that is built on a strong educational foundation

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2006
Extracurricular activities at Lakewood Prep don't have as much as a Public School's. Parents have a huge ability to be involved in things like coaching a sport or starting a new club. The academic program is alright, but the faculty tells you that you are far more advanced than all public schools, but in auctuallity you are in some aspects, but not in all. Lakewood Prep or Monmouth Academy as it is called now, does give a good foundation though in organization and in study habits. The only problem at this school would be the amount of negative critism from other students and what these students say to eachother..

- submitted by a former student
June 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
My daughter went to LP for K-12th grade. Every year I was so impressed by the quality of the teachers, program, school and each year was better than the one before. Small class size and caring teachers create a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2005
Academic Programs- wonderful teachers, small classes(none more than 15 students), tiny honors sections,personal attention, tradional curriculum with some interesting choices. It simply couldn't be better. We love Lakewood Prep because it offers true academic rigor without the undue pressure which we have found in other schools. Sky's the limit for the academic superstars (they'll place students where they need to be, not by chronological age and offer independent study,) but all students learn more than they ever would have though possible while finding a niche that fits them and never makes them feel anything other than than stars that they are--in their own way. Strong art, music,theater, photography, but the sports offerings are rather limited due to the small size of the school. Parents are extremely involved, but not obnoxiously so--just supportive in a good way. This is the third private school our children have attended and it ranks far above the others.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
Lakewood Prep is a phenomenal educational environment. My son has attended for 3 years. The individual focus on each child's needs and develop is fantastic. The teachers allow the children to grow and progress at their speed with gentle pressure to achieve and progress. Elementary school students receive the basics plus 2 languages, arts, music, and physical education. A wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2005
My son entered the school in 6th grade; he's now in 11th. The curriculum is packed with content compared to public schools: unabridged classic literature, rich in history, solid math. The school may seem informal, but there are consequences for bad behavior. It is a nurturing environment because the teachers know the students, are available to meet with you if a child has a problem; they email, call if necessary beyond scheduled progress reports and report cards. As important, they are routinely available to the students via extra help or email if they have questions on homework. The small size allows flexibility for a more personal experience. People speak politely to one another. Parents are welcome. This school is for those who want to ensure their child(ren) receive basic liberal arts curriculum/education to be well-rounded and prepared for postsecondary pursuits. Some teacher turnover has been good; weak ones are not renewed.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
'What the best parent wants for his child, is what Lakewood Prep wants for every child.' I have sent all three of my sons to Prep and I am amazed at the educational excellence provided by the school. The teachers are exceptional, movtivated, compassionate, knowledgable and most important caring. My oldest graduated several years ago and received a full academic scholarship to a very tough college. He told me that it was the best thing we ever did for him. My middle son was also offered a full scholarship and my youngest has thrived in this enviornment. The Principal is the most caring and available person you could ever ask for. She is a role model for all of the students. Attending Lakewood Prep is like sending your kids to a great big extended family with all the love and caring it can offer.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
We really love the school. These people truely care about the children and want to see them be successful and happy students. We have a child that had been in the same school for his entire life and really resisted moving because he had strong ties to his old school. It's a little frightening coming into a new school and I have to say the transition has been wonderful. Bottom line my son loves it and that's what really matters. We have a happy child that has a love of learning and feels right at home at Lakewood Prep. I think that is a testiment to the faculty and student body. We feel fortunate to have found it.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
What a disappointment. Maybe good for High School level. Principal is part time 2 to 3 days a week this last year did not see her in the primary school once. Teachers at primary level seem enthuastic about the learning process, they are challenged by lack of leadership and disciplinary issues. There are no extracurricular activities eg. sports. They do have arts and crafts (fee), puzzles and games, poetry, science, sewing once monthly. Serious safety issues doors are not locked anyone can walk into primary building. Discipline is not addressed running in the halls, cursing, fighting, pushing. Last year new art teachers (principle, daughter and friends), gym teacher, spanish teacher. Music program has been completely change to no Music program. Building very dirty children told not to drink water it is brown.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I find Lakewood Prep in Howell, NJ to be a great school, parents get involved, teachers seem to be totally attentive to their students. I feel it's very family like, I'm so happy that we as parents can send our children to a school such as Lakewood Prep.

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Monmouth Academy
152 Lanes Mill Rd, Howell, NJ  07731
(732) 364-2812
Last modified Monmouth Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Monmouth Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top