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29-21 Newtown Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102

(718) 626-9549
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July 27, 2014
I have had two children attend Les Enfants. They have a gym, two playgrounds, a garden and numerous classes in addition to the curriculum. My children received so much learning during the time they were at the school. The teachers do expect the kids to behave, which is a good thing, so everyone can learn. I've had great interactions with the teachers, my girls were extremely happy.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
Les Enfants has great processes and is a well-functioning machine that really is focused with kids and Montessori method in mind. However a few aspects keep me form 5-star rating - Principal is regimental abt LIMITED interaction qith active "gating" between parents & teachers. Other than that the quality of teachers is what enables one to set aside this short-coming - they are excellent. On this count I credit the principal for a great eye for talent. So lot of good, sm bad - overall great school

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
I have known the owner and her daughter for a very long time. Both my daughters went there. My oldest made it into the Hunter College High School and is now going to 11th grade. I regret terribly that I took my youngest out too soon. The teachers are excellent and the curriculum is much more advanced than both private and public schools as I have tried both. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2013
Both of my children attend this school and they are cared for and loved. My oldest is in Pre-K is reading at least a first grade level. This is not done through drill and rote (because kids will inherently reject that) but through the Montessori approach to literacy (and numeracy). My toddler loves the environment and comes home signing songs daily. They are happy and bright. The teachers, including the directors, treat the children like family. This includes being warm and creating structure and boundaries - something all children need to thrive. It amazes me that some folks make completely unsubstantiated accusations, but the reason the school has been around for so long is because so many can attest to how their children got a solid academic and social foundational there.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
My daughter is new to the school, but so far it is great! She is happy to go every day; she is happy when she comes out. She comes home with lots of work to show me and is proud of her work. The parent involvement is good - there are bake sales, holiday shows, a spring fling. It is great! The facility is beautiful. And they have piano, ballet, karate, and other activities during school hours.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
I was shocked at the negative reviews. My son is 2 1/2 and has been anttending Les Enfants since September. When I drop him off every day he runs to whom ever opens the door. This makes me very comfortable and shows me they are very caring and loving towards him. When I have questions there is 1 out of 3 teachers ALWAYS available to speak with me. He has learned so much in this short period of time and his vocabulary has expanded a great deal =) My daughter will start there next school year

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
We both consider ourselves lucky for finding such a nice school with passionate and knowledgeable professors. Please take time to learn more and understand Maria Montessori methods and how that helps your child development. Our family just moved to the USA and our 4 year old son is starting to learn English now, he is attending this school for 1 month and we can notice progress. We feel that the staff of Les Enfant School understands the uniqueness of each child, helping them develop excellent intellectual and social skills at their own rhythm. We are very happy and highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
One of the biggest regrets of my life so far was having my kid attend this school for as long as she did. I am grateful that she was not permanently emotionally damaged by the various demeaning events she (and by extension, us, her parents) at the school due to the arrogance of the administrator and one of the teachers. Fortunately, she is very happy where she is now - an A student - at a school where she is treated equitably and with respect. To sum it up, I was a fool to not pull the plug way before I did.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
I find the reviews here troubling because they are contrary to my experience. I have had excellent communication with my son's teachers, the administrators and the principal of the school. My son is happy and excited to go to school every day. And since he started attending Les Enfants, he has shown great growth in social skills, as well as progress in cleaning up after himself and in his potty training. The communication could always be better but it hasn't been half the problem for me that it has for some of the other reviewers.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2011
well... its unfortunate about all the complaints. because they care. and they're great with the kids. it seems that all the complaints are about how the administration isn't communicating in a way that prospective student's parents would like. and thats too bad. yes.. they need better people skills. true. but i can honestly tell u this. my daughter know's French, Spanish, addition, subtraction, she's learning co-ordination, she's happy, talks about her teachers and has made many friends, and she's FOUR and did all that when she was THREE. and when i got her in at 2 1/2 they were GREAT in helping me potty train her and as a single dad, all this was money well spent. so call that what u want. but my daughter is smart and happy.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
Appalling administration ! Interaction between the teachers and parents is severely restricted. There is absolutely no way of knowing what goes on over there except via a few "staged" Q/A sessions. Unless you have absolutely no choice stay clear. The principal is RUDE !

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2011
I FORGOT TO SAY SOMETHING. GOOD REVIEWS MAY BE ADDED BY ADMINISTRATORS POSING AS OTHERS OR FRIENDS OF THEIRS TO BRING UP THE SCHOOL NAME. IT MAY BE A GREAT SCHOOL, BUT HOW DO PARENTS KNOW THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A WALL IN FRONT OF THEM????

- submitted by a community member
July 06, 2011
I am very sorry to write this as I am not someone who complains a lot, much less write a negative review. But I feel compelled in order to warn parents who consider attending their child to this school. First of all, it is as some of the previous writers wrote, difficult to know if the Montessori philosophy is followed, because the information they provide about this is very limited. Second, the principal and director are indeed unprofessional and incompetent for the function they have. They seem not to embody the tasks of being a role model and providing a healthy organized place for education. Somehow they just don t want to take the responsibility. I m actually wondering if they have accomplished any studies in education. The third thing I find necessary to mention is the total lack of communication. When you re the head of a school, you need to be prepared to talk to parents and show your good will. But nothing of this is happening here. Overall there is a negative energy, because there is too much focus on the things children are not allowed to do; instead of rewarding and stimulating good behavior.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
STAY AWAY. This place is just awful. They might have a reputation for good academics but the damage to the students as a result of the principal and the administration has not been checked. That's because their discipline methods are a secret and they will not talk to parents. It is just not worth it to risk when the people taking care of your children have something to hide. I have never bothered to write a review about anything, but my experience with them was so bad I felt I owed it to other parents. Do not go even if academically your child might gain something what is he/she losing???

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
teachers are 'alright', but even the ones with the best intentions were inaccessible. The admin just didn't seem to want the teachers to tell you what's really going on. My child came home with stories about the way children misbehaved in the classroom, and how the principal herself spoke to some children which I was shocked by. Needless to say, I pulled my son out when he started to dread going to school every morning, fearing the wrath of the principal and certain teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
Administrators are worse than going to the DMV office. Run, run, run away from this "Montessori" school (it's Montessori in name only, no accreditation). My daughter attended for 20 minutes. Their secrecy rules and rules preventing parental involvement (you can't even speak to the teachers) runs counter to all Dept of Ed recommendations.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
Horrible. Absolutely horrible. Administrators are out of a Charles Dickens 19th century novel. I tried to overlook their rudeness but the administrators are your ONLY point of contact. Parents aren't allowed to talk to the teachers or aides that are providing direct care to your child, except biannual meetings. Isn't that just creepy? How could you ever know what quality of care your child is receiving? You can't. Is it loving? Is it caring? Do they really use a curriculum? You'll never know. This is not normal or acceptable. Our child had been enrolled in another daycare since she was 5 months old and, in comparison, Les Enfants is shrouded in secrecy. It begs the question, what are you trying to hide? I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
My son and my best friend s son had attended LEF since they were only 20 mons old for 4 years. The school offers not only excellent academic programs which is far more advanced, compared to NYC public schools, but kind and loving envelopment (doesn t mean they just baby ed our kids). Because of amazing dedicated teachers, children are well disciplined, understand and treat each other with mutual respect. I also have met a wonderful set of parents who I am still friends with. Now both our sons are 8 yrs old, have been attending PS122 G&T Academy in Astoria together, we still talk about how much we miss the old LEF days all the time.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
We are delighted we found Les Enfants and that they expanded through 5th grade. The teachers and administration of Les Enfants respects children in every aspect of their development, and are resposive to parents' requests and concerns. Our son is flourishing here after a very bad experience in a public school. We are happy to see that he is loved and respected at Les Enfants, learning, and having fun.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
My daughter is very well care for, socialized, and loved. I am a huge fan and have sent many friends' children to the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Children are well cared for, the curriculum is wonderful, and I still can't believe what my 4 year old is doing - she is light years ahead of her peers in other schools, yet is not being pushed too hard. This is not day care - it's a school that really believes children are capable and eager learners. Teachers know how to work to meet the needs of each child, help them advance, and the Montessori approach really engages them. There are classroom observation days, parent teacher meetings, and you can always make an appointment to meet with teachers if you have concerns. The facility is being expanded and will be even more impressive. This is a caring place and there's a reason they've been in business for so long. They know what they are doing. Most of the staff have been there for many years.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
My son has been at this school for 5 years, since he is 3. This has been the best choice by far. They are smart and wonderful. I recommend this school highly. I thank them everyday for all they have given to my child. Much love.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2009
My child currently attends Les Enfants Montessori School. He has learned a great deal from his supportive, loving and friendly teachers. Any questions I ask are always answered in a friendly and timely manner. They are currently expanding the school which will include more classrooms and a gym. The love and respect the teachers have for their students and parents in incredible. We consider this place to be a second home for my son. The reason why you cannot walk into the building at anytime is because of safety. I agree it is well worth the money. Children learn through play.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2009
Excellent school. The best education your child can get in Astoria- period. Beautiful classrooms, brand new Montessori materials, supportive teachers, and outstanding after school programs: great effort for a small school. I would not consider any other school for a small child, well worth the money!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Terrible, very unfriendly.......For what they charge, children don't learn anything different than in any other preschool. Staff is very rude.

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2009
Good school, mainly for it's academics. Rooms are well equipped and very clean. HOWEVER, at an early age, children need more than academics. I am entrusting the care/nurturing of my child to this school; we should be a team. The administration is sometimes chaotic;one of the problems I see is the administration are also teachers..they are rushed when you need to speak w/them because they are juggling so much. Child observation is 2x year;when you meet with the teacher to get an update on your own child, the teacher is slightly distracted by other children needing her attention. End of each week your child comes home w/ papers of what they've worked on during the week-but progress report comes 1x in 10mo! It seems the kids play outside no more than 30 minutes a day. Upsides:they heat your child's lunch and don t offer junk foods. Bottom line, could be a great school if they had more assistance running it.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
My child has been attending this school for over a year, and it has much to commend it, but I've grown weary of the disorganized administration and what I could consider an overall lack of communication about your child's development. I am in fact on this website now to look at alternatives to Les Enfants. The care is loving, it would seem, but parents are not included enough.

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May 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
My husband and I absolutely love this school! Both our children attend the school and they love it too! My son started when he was only 19 months and his progress is unbelievable. The teachers are wonderful and dedicated to the kids and academically prepared. I cannot think of a better school for my kids to attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2008
My toddler goes to school here, and I am very pleased with both her development, and the professionalism of the staff. My daughter loves the school.

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August 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
This school provides a nurturing, yet stimulating environment for the children. The classrooms are beautiful and filled with engaging materials that help children learn through multiple strategies. There is violin, piano, dance and very strong academics that allow a child to master content while not feeling pushed. The school does have rules (which I've come to understand over the many years my kids have been there) that are there for safety reasons and to lessen unnecessary disruption from parents. If you're a parent who wants to be coddled, this is probably not the school for you. But if you want an excellent education for your child (even at 2 years old!), this school is a gem. The staff are kind and dedicated, and the children are happy! My eldest entered public school prepared beyond belief..she was miles ahead academically, with good ethics, thanks to Les Enfants.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 09, 2008
My daughter will turn 4 next month; I have no words to describe how happy and pleased we are with the school. My daughter really feel s that her school is an extension of her home. She is almost reading and she knows so much for her age that you cannot believe! She is always happy! My husband and I like the curriculum, the environment, the teachers and the principal! This school is great for very young child as age 2. We highly recommend Les Enfantes School.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
My 3.5 years old son goes there since he's 2. I chose this school after a long research in Astoria and Long Island city and I decided this was the one. Church daycares and mostly just daycares weren't enough for me because I'm a stay at home mom who believes that a child needs more than mommy love after he's 2. Therefore we started this school 5 days a week, from 8:30-3:30. The instutition, teachers, staff are just great, very helpful and friendly, both to my child and me. Academics are excellent and very discipline oriented.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
We give this school an average rating for one reason: the academics are excellent (if a bit archaic,) but the administration is a disaster. The school is a paradox: it is dysfunctional-family-run operation by some of the most well-meaning people you will ever meet. It is probably worth mentioning that while several of the techers are not Montessori certified, the school does do it's best to adhere to Montessori pedagogical principles. If you manage to stay on the administration's good side, the school will do any and everything they can to provide your child with the best experience possible. If you fall out of favor, (and this can happen for no logocally discenable reason!) the administrators begin to act like jilted dubutantes. It's very bizarre... Our advice would be to give the school a try, and to approach the administartors and teachers with an open mind.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
My son has been going to this school for a year now and I am amazed how much he has learnt. He is reading, writing, does advanced math and knows words in both Spanish and French. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
Although my 4 yr old child has learned quite a bit in the first 4 months since he has started but the school is VERY unorganized, parents NEVER see the inside of the classrooms and rarely get a chance to meet the teachers. Communication with parents on the everything from changes in schedules to my childs development is horrible and archaic. This is by far the most unorganized school I have seen - I don't even know if my child has a cubby, at least I have never seen one! I will be taking my child out of the school in May and it is REALLY unfortunate since he is learning so much it is too bad everything else is a disaster. Not worth the cost, public school would be an even better bet. I hope they read these and improve for the future.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
This school has been an excellent place for my son. He has excelled on his studies and is far advanced from children of my friends who go to public school. It is amazing the things he has learned in his few years. The environment is extremely safe and secure place and I feel my child is in excellent hands.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
My daughter attended school for four months and every time I dropped her off I felt like I was dropping her off at a correctional facility. I was prohibited from entering my daughters classroom. The only time I was ever permitted to see the inside of the classroom was during the parent/teacher meeting (once). My daughter cried for months every morning when it came time to drop her off at school. My daughter may have learned a little in the few months she was there so I have no complaints about the teachers because I only met them once briefly.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2007
My son has been a student for 2 1/2 years and the experience, on the whole, is very positive. Even though he is not yet 5 years old, his reading, writing and arithmetic skills are outstanding. His teachers have been first class and the program proved to be everything as advertised. The primary downside is the cost, which has risen each year. Another issue is the extras that get tacked on (music, dance) that don t seem to have any effect. (Or maybe that is genetic).

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
My Child was going to this school since she was 1 1/2 years old until she was 7 years old. I thought the school was the best school ever in reality it is not. I guess I did not know better, I should not have left her there all this time but I kept her there because of the school hours. It's good for working parents . I didn'tlike the fact the elementary class is mixed from first grade to 4th grade. The older kids are rude to the younger kids. there is no organization in this school. The school has potential to be good but it lacks organization and discipline. The director and her daughter are not easy to deal with. I think the school is too expensive. It is not worth it. Parents save your money for your kids college it's not that advance as it's portrait to be.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
Our child went to school for 6 months. We had an extremely bad experience there. The principals were rude, we doubt any of [the teachers] had any idea about the 'montessori' approach. There was also a lack of love and warm attitude to the kids. Our child (who is otherwise very happy) became very stressed and developed asthma. We pulled out our child as soon as possible and we don't recommend the school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
This school has been a nightmare for the entire family. I would not waste my money on this school. It's not worth it! The curriculum is Lucy-goosey and is not consistent. There is absolutely no open door policy. You drop your child off and the Director is very sensitive to you checking on your child. That was always very suspicious to my husband and I. Your best bet is to look for a more 'professional' and nurturing environment for your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
My daughter has been at Les Enfant for 6 years and we have had nothing but good experiences. The school teaches a traditional Montessori method and is very challenging. She is 2 to 3 grade levels above her peers in other schools. We met a lot of nice kids and parents. Excellent school, a real gem in Astoria.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
I believe that the teachers are the best in this school they do a wonderful job with the classroom and also the children, the only thing is that I would like to see them get more help by having more than 2 teachers in a large classroom full of children. On the other hand the principal does not know how to talk, she can be very very rude.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2006
My son has been attending for over a year and he has benefited from the Montessori curriculem and the very kind loving teacher he has had since starting. By 3 he knew his letters and numbers, he was familiear with all of the world's oceans and continents and his social skills had advanced a great deal. With that said, the director is difficult to deal with and parent-school communication is really lacking. Parents are often left guessing at the simplest of things. I am impressed with my son's advancement, but for PreK next year, he will go to a more traditional parochial school.

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October 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I had a tour of the school and felt very rushed through the process. The administrator left me to deal with another parent appointment. No discount for multiple siblings. The hallways were dark. The cafeteria area had no windows. I am a Montessori teacher/parent and I was not impressed.

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May 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
My child is currently enrolled in the program, but I am planning to pull him out soon. I didn't like thier abrupt separathion method, and the lack of transparency. Parents are not allowed to see how the class is progressing, absolutely no parents participation in the classroom, and we didn't receive any report about my son during the 7 months participation. If you find a way to communicating with the school director from the early on, you and your child may be able to receive a preferable treatment, otherwise you have to bear with their rudeness. One of the other things to note is even they are supposed to be a non religious school, the highlight of their Holliday party was Nativity sean played by children. Their teacher turn around rate is very high; their toddler class teacher changes every semester.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
The academic program is very good due to the fact it is intense and Montessori oriented. The teachers are well educated and very dedicated to the students. The extra activities are beginning to take shapes; the school now has exercise classes and music class. I like the fact it s a small school and the owners are extremely involved and open to talk to parents at all times. The parents are extremely involved, to the point of creating a parents association. Due to the schedule flexibility and extensiveness, it s the perfect school to me and my child.

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April 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
I believe this school to be an excellent resource in the Astoria area and believe the environment to be positive and the academics to be top notch. The level of parent involvement has increased dramatically this past year and the school has prospered because due to this. The music and arts areas are strong, but more sports or extracurricular offerings could be an added benefit. The only negative aspect that I'll mention here is the requirement of jumpers as part of the uniform for girls. I believe it hinders thier movement and is not appropriate for girls so young. (I'm referring to preschool age).

- submitted by a former student
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Les Enfants Montessori School
29-21 Newtown Avenue, Astoria, NY  11102
(718) 626-9549
Last modified Les Enfants Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-1
Les Enfants Montessori School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top