i have been going to school here ever since kinder now i am entering 5th Grade the teachers are really nice and they explain things in different ways so that all kids can understand i thing that i dont like about TMES is that 4th And 5th graders have P.E. at the end of the day when it is really hot. Another thing that i didnt like about the pastyear is that there was no general music teacher like how there was one in the past. My favorite part of the past school year was probably the TWO overnight trips the 4th And 5th graders take every year one in August/September and one in May the one in May is more fun because the #rd Graders get to come!!!!. Another thing i love about this school are the Assistant teachers i like both of the Assistant teachers in 9-11. The way TMES puts kids in classes are not like any other school that i know of kinder is only 5 And ^ year olds but 6-9 is not the grade it is the age so 6-9 is 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders and 9-11 is 4th and 5th there is also middle school. I <3 TMES aka The Montessori Elementary School
My son started kindergarten at TMES this year. In all honesty, my list of pros and cons of this school pretty much even out. The school is small, more personal, more individual oriented - and I really appreciate that. I also really like that there is such a strong focus on music and art, but I think that there is a lack of focus on physical education and athletics. Also, the attitude towards standard school and testing is terrible (teachers are very snotty about Montessori being superior to traditional). My son was well ahead of kindergarten grade level in both reading and math when he started school, and it seems to me that he has not been challenged at all. Because he is able to figure things out on his own, he is often left on his own, and instructed to help other students rather than have the teacher do it or have him working on something new to him. I once went to pick him up early from school and was not allowed into the building! I understand not disrupting the classroom, but I should be able to walk in and get my own kid when I need to. I think the anti-parent policy (unless you volunteer all the time) should be addressed. Some of us can't be there every week.
I have worked at TMES for a few years now. The staff is a wonderful group of people who really work together well. It has been a great experience thus far.
My children have been students at this school their entire life and plan on continuing through middle school. My experience has always been positive at this school. Not only are my children testing above state standards on their tests, but they are receiving important life skills to learn how to deal with 1)expressing themselves, 2) understanding their own emotions and 3) how to deal with "bullies". I have also heard from many other parents who have come from other schools and their reviews have been great.
This school has a weak or non-exist anti bullying policy. The teacher told my child that the student bully 'was just joking'! We requested a formal investigation and a week later (after repeating our request) we got a terse note that the student was 'talked to'. The student continues the behavior and the principal, lead teacher and classroom teacher are doing nothing to stop it that I am aware of.
We have found this school to be average, at best. Students are supposed to have the same teacher for 1, 2 and 3, and then another for 4 and 5. Our child had a different teacher every year. Only one of these teachers had much experience teaching the Montessori process. The others were either new to teaching, or new to the grade level they were assigned to teach. We have not been impressed by the teacher our child has this year, nor felt particularly welcomed by her. Our child required outside tutoring to bring her up to grade level. While the music program is strong, the visual art program is average. Physical education is taught by non certified staff members. The school has very little, if any, technology for the students. Perhaps with more time TMES will develop into a stronger school. There needs to be more consistency and less teacher turn over, and perhaps a more friendly atmosphere. We see very little advantage at this school compared with our local public school.
We placed our son in TMES for kindergarten because we knew that he needed a more open and flexible learning environment than he would be afforded in a "traditional" classroom, where most of his day would be spent sitting at a desk doing worksheets. We could not be more pleased with the education our son has received so far. His confidence, competence and skills have grown tremendously since he started at TMES. Yes, TMES expects a lot of their students, parents and teachers. This is not a negative thing; actually it is a positive, and something sorely missing from most educational environments. We have high expectations for our son as well, and expect him to do his best every day. Between the instruction he receives at TMES and the encouragement we give him at home, he is thriving. He also gets art, music, physical education, and culture instruction at TMES he could not get elsewhere, at least not without a hefty tuition charge. We feel fortunate to be part of TMES and highly recommend the school.
Teaching at TMES for over 4 years now is a pleasure. We have such a knowledgeable, passionate staff. I love how many family volunteers we have participating daily in our school! The school keeps growing in a positive way and I am excited to see where we'll go.
I have volunteered in TMES for half this current school year (2010-2011). As a retired teacher of 30 years I was amazed at what I witness and observe at TMES. Children are busy learning, working on independent projects, sharing ideas and integrate effectively within their classrooms as community...unified and happy. The classrooms I have been lucky to have worked in have been supportive of the children's levels of learning and provided individual and group instruction so that every child is attended to AT THEIR LEVEL. It has inspired me to return to teaching and get licensed in the state of New Mexico. I continue to be amazed at the music program and recently attend an end of year concert that was unbelievable. Every student learns to play violin and parents are urged to attend lessons as well. TMES was for me, a breath of fresh air to see innovative instructors and children that actually are enthusiastic about learning.
This charter school provides my children a 'private school' without tuition. My 10 yr old 4th grader and 8 yr old 2nd grader are wrapping up their 3rd year and I couldn't be happier with their teachers. The Suzuki violin program offered to every student is a wonderful compliment to the Montessori method. All children are encouraged and inspired to work at their own level. The school has met AYP standards each year while still allowing for a large percentage of self-directed learning. I can't afford private school, but am happy to supplement the school where I can to maintain the high level of instruction it provides. The school has never forced or guilted parents to donate money. They are forthcoming with financial information so parents can decide if they want to help or not. This school has none of the bullying, cliques or prejudice I've witnessed in 2 other elementary schools my children attended. This school teaches cultural, social and environmental awareness and tolerance. Great job, TMES.
My children have attended TMES and its previous private version since they were 2. Here is why I, my wife, and both of our kids (now 11 and 9) are huge fans of TMES: (1) The teachers and staff. Totally committed to the kids, the montessori principles, and the culture (including behaviors like respect, personal responsiility, and conflict resolution). (2) The curriculum, with both the classic "written" form of learning, and the tacticle and spatial experiences of montessori. (3) parent involvement. If you want to contribute, you are welcomed into the process - not pushed away as with other, larger schools. A word on the negative reviewer here... if you take one look at TMES and our montessori materials, art supplies, music program, and the educational assistants (EA's) etc., OF COURSE it costs a little more and the school needs to fundraise. It is not out of line wth what I see at other schools, and TMES offers such a better experience, that I think it's a bargain. Before being a charter school, it cost $8,000 per child so as a charter with no tuition, it's a great deal.
I have been involved with TMES since it transitioned to a charter school over 5 years ago, and I am very happy with the teachers and curriculum of this school. Contrary to a few other reviews here, math instruction at TMES does not result in children being behind. Both of my children are doing fine in math, and if they weren't, I feel confident that the teachers and staff would do everything in their power to help. Any parent who is considering TMES should visit the school, talk to other parents, and read up on the Montessori method --- it is a different way of learning than what you might be used to. I would like to correct another statement made here - TMES does not ask for a $400 donation per child every year. That was a suggested donation for one year, to meet a fundraising goal, but no family is ever required to make any kind of donation. Ever. TMES is a public charter school and is open and free to all. Unfortunately, budget issues have put TMES, and many other charters, in the position of having to do some fundraising, but donating is completely voluntary. And finally, there are many more families who are devoted to this school than who are unhappy with it!
The Montessori Elementary School provides outstanding students with a challenging atmosphere and has an excellent program all around. My children are leaps and bounds beyond their peers from other schools in all areas. I am completely satisfied with the strong teaching staff and I highly recommend this great school for any family.
We left the Montessori school and had to put my child in summer school because she was so behind in math. She is now in a private school and is still playing catch- up in math.
I have two happy children who enjoy learning that go to this school. The staff is friendly and very competent. I consider it a real privilege to be able to send my children to such a well run school. I truly believe they are providing a quality private Montessori school education for free. In addition to very good academic instruction they get Suzuki Violin, general music, and fine arts. Once you consider those additional subjects and teacher's assistants in all classrooms, I am happy to give help them out as much as I am able so that they can continue providing my children a great education..
TMES is an incredible school with well-trained, gifted teachers, thoughtful and tireless support staff, supportive, yet firm administration and a program that just can't be beat. It is too bad that dishonest parents who are upset that the world does not revolve solely around their child can paint a negative picture of such a wonderful place in an anonymous way. There are literally hundreds of families who would LOVE to have their children be part of TMES and are waiting to be called off the waiting list everyday. For those parents who have negative things to say about this school, please leave! Let a family who would appreciate such an opportunity have a chance to give their child the education that every child should get. Shame on you for being so selfish! Thank you TMES and keep up the good work!
My wish...about this website...is that the families who have left the school and have negative feelings about their experiences would also be honest in their reviews about the families own involvment in their child's acadmeic growth...or not. My experience in these "remark/review" type sites is that is gives unhappy parents a place to trash a school. No where do the readers have the real story...about the actual student or the actual parenting...ie music issues, homework support, etc. Please read cautiously! It has been said that negativity finds it way to more mouths...because people love to spread gossip, rather than deal with their own issues. I would focus more on reading the specific comments about what is working...because from my son's positive experience, the incredible hard-working teachers and all the extras these very very lucky students have...this is one of the best school in ABQ!
This excellent school provides classic Montessori education with Suzuki violin. If you're not familiar with the Montessori method, read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_method
My granddaughter started K there 2 years ago and has blossomed with the fine arts program of 60 minute classes in General Music, Suzuki Violin and Art Classes so much that she is taking private music and art classes. None of the APS schools offer such a curriculum. Fine arts are a vital part of education as learning math, science, etc. It is also only one of a few reg and charter schools that pass the AYP every year which is due to the dedication of the teachers and the safe, quiet, nuturing atmosphere of the school. The ABQ Youth Symphony will be actively recruiting our string players starting with the 4th graders to play in their Junior Program along with providing mentors to the school. The school has expanded this year to a 6th-7nth grade middle school. The parents are actively involved and you can reach any teacher, staff or any administrator with an email and get a response back that same day. The 20 miles a day I drive back and forth to school gives me and my granddaughter time to listen to violin music, review spelling words, practice math skills, etc and talk about her day. This charter school is a great fit.
This is a wonderful school where the teachers are totally committed to teaching and to the kids in their classrooms. This is a public charter school with a private school atmosphere. It is small, yet has so many opportunities for the children. All kids learn to play the Suzuki violin and music and art are a part of the curriculum of this very special school. We are very happy with the school and the staff, and especially with how much our girls are learning. The school has made Adequate Yearly Progress every year, unlike so many other elementary schools in the district.
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