A school that combines serious academics with a truly nurturing environment is rare. If you look at MMS's exmissions results it's obvious they turn out successful kids. But what has really impressed me is the nurturing side. We have 2 very different children and I have been amazed at how the school has really treated them as individuals and is bringing out the absolute best in both of them. One of our children has some learning needs and every teacher with whom she interacts (which is more than 10) have been involved with helping her succeed. Now over 7 years they just keep proving over and over again what an amazing gem they are.
HORRIFIC!!! School administration is more interested in a being certified as a "socially" relevant competitor to the education options of the elite than embracing of Montessori methods. Our family has a long standing appreciation for the Montessori method and was sadly disappointed with the reality that this school is all window dressing and no substance. Completely unprepared to address the unique strengths and challenges of children. Administration and support staff is beyond incompetent and disguises incompetence and limited credentials/training with arrogant advising to advise parents to seek outside services to assess and address children's needs -- on basic things. Appreciation of diversity is a complete joke -- very, very few minority children, black children are disproportionately diagnosed as ADHD and sent to the special needs learning center, especially male children. Run, very fast, away from this school.
Run away. This school will strip the joy of learning from your kids, environment is strict, kids drop like flies after K, your child will end up having only 8-10 kids of his grade in a mixed class. Passive-aggressive teachers and principals will let you know what is wrong with your child and how many tutors you should hire, when children are totally normal and thrive anywhere else. All the 5 star reviews were solicited by the school, beware. Save your money, consider a real school instead.
I have two children at MMS, and our family has been at the school for 7 years. I strongly recommend the school on every level, and am a big advocate of the Montessori approach to learning. Almost every day my son (who is in the Upper Elementary program) tells me how lucky he is to be going to MMS. He cites his great teachers, who have made him an engaged, flexible, creative and independent learner. He also likes that when he has struggles, the school has created an environment where he feels that he can talk to his teachers directly and that they listen and respond. This is a big deal to me as a parent, as I think it is very important that my children feel empowered to handle issues at school on their own, and it says a lot about the culture of MMS. That said, when I have needed to intervene as a parent, and I have also found faculty and administration easily accessible and great at finding solutions that work, tackling issues head-on or making changes to meet the evolving needs of the community. Other reviews cite the strong academics of MMS, and the diverse community of engaged parents, which I also find to be true and proven by exmissions and sibling applications!
MMS is a wonderful school. Not only is the education amazing (this can be seen by reviewing their exmissions alone) but it is a lovely, diverse community of parents, teachers and administrators. The teachers are diligent and caring and nurture the children to thrive. I could not ask for anything more as a parent.
I wish I could give it a zero. Waste of time and money. My girl is thriving only now, after leaving, they took all the joy of learning out of her. Passive-aggressive teachers and staff will let you know what type of tutoring your child needs, but will not admit that they may be the problem to begin with. Teachers put a lot of pressure, materials learned do not fit the level of the students. Teachers yelled and shut the lights off if kids dared to speak during class (says my daughter), no clarity and visibility into the materials and levels of math and reading learned and required we had no idea where she is and where she should be. Terrible communication. They will accept many foreign students that arrive for a limited period of time without required testing, and many kids are disruptive they will not say anything if you donate money to the school (they do a good job soliciting you to do so.) My child was asked in her current school to name her favorite street in NYC and least favorite street. She wrote: My least favorite street is 85th Street . I asked why, she said because this is where MMS is. We are so glad that we pulled her out, some friends pulled out as well.
We are thrilled with this school! It is academically challenging while still being warm and nurturing. Our children are excited to go to school each day and ask if they can do and learn more. There are always complaints about schools but I cannot think of a better preschool/elementary school In New York City. This school is small so you feel like your voice is heard and your children will too. The Montessori curriculum (which we did not know about before stumbling upon this school) teaches kids to love learning. I could go on and on. This school is a gem.
I honestly cannot say enough about this wonderful little school because I feel as though our family stumbled upon the hidden jewel of the Upper West Side. The academics, focus on the arts and teaching staff are all impressive. I am amazed that my 7 year old is studying geometry that I didn't learn until high school and that when she was 3 she stopped in her tracks upon hearing music from The Nutcracker to say: "Peter Tchaikovsky wrote this". I could sing the academic praises from the rooftops, but really, the exmissions speak for themselves. Most of the graduating class ends up in top-tier middle and high schools. I find the parent community welcoming and close, something that has only enriched our experience and endeared the school to us even more. The retention rate of the staff is high, which is a great indicator of the competency of the administration. Bottom line is that this is a very special place, not one where my husband and I are seen as dollar signs but parents who are part of a very focused academic organization that cares about our child's future. I cannot say the same of the other schools that we are involved in in the city. I highly recommend MMS.
They could do better in selecting parents to talk to applying families. The parent the school put me in contact with told me it took months for her child to settle in and they were considering pulling the child out. That was not what one wants to hear when applying and totally put me off the school.
We feel very lucky to have landed at this school. My kids love it, the academics are excellent, and the families we have met are wonderful. While the curriculum presents plenty of challenge, there is also plenty of support and communication to help the kids continually grow and thrive. There is a true interest in social and emotional development as well as the hard skills. I am perplexed by some of the reviews here that talk about disruptive children... this is something that we have not encountered. In fact seeing the highly focused and engaged children in the classrooms is what drew us most to the school. Because of the Montessori philosophy, kids work in small groups at their own pace, so there is plenty of individual attention. We have been very happy, I just wish it went beyond 6th grade. However from everything I have seen and heard, the exmissions really are outstanding.
We looked for a school that embraced our child's hugs and giggles and inspired a love for learning. Every afternoon, when we see the smile on our child's face, we know Metropolitan Montessori School, NY was the right choice.
I was contacted and asked to write a review. I am happy at the school but thought this was inappropriate. I would read all the reviews on this school with skepticism, as I have noticed there are a lot of upset families too. I decided, if I were honest and made this disclaimer, the review would be more fair. The best part of the school is the families & social life, the school (or should I say the parents, as they seem to do all the work) do a great job of socializing, throwing a lot of parties etc. The chef is great and I believe the education my child is receiving is excellent. However the school is only interested in the academic aspects. They appear not to care about the social emotional wellness of our children. Also as another poster mentioned, there are a lot of troubled students in the school both academically and behaviorally. These things do concern me for a school of this caliber. Finally if I raise an issue to the administration, it is put back on me. The school does not take responsibility to tackle serious issues, I find I am served with a lot of double and triple talk.
We switched to MMS from another school at the start of K and have been very happy here. The parent community is welcoming and friendly. The administrators and teachers are smart and committed to keeping up with what's going on in education. Also, and this might seem like a small thing, but it's been amazing -- the school has a fantastic CHEF who cooks the school lunches! He puts a lot of thought into the menus and gets the kids to try things like salmon and SALAD and veggies. There's always a soy-nut butter and jelly sandwich available for the pickiest kids, too. There is a school-wide emphasis on grace and courtesy which I think really makes a difference with the kids and fits with the values of my household. The teachers are ACCESSIBLE and available to listen to parent concerns, which has been really important for us. They respond to email :) They really care and know my child. My child is getting a great education at MMS, and of course I would expect nothing less from a Manhattan private school, but it's the little extras that set MMS apart and make it a real community. It's a happy place.
Metropolitan Montessori has been an exceptional experience for my children. The academic programs are superb and designed to foster a true love of learning. The school environment as a whole is very peaceful, supportive and child-centered, and the parent body is warm, welcoming and internationally diverse. I've been very impressed with the administration, and I can see that everyone who works at MMS cares deeply about maintaining the school's strong curriculum and sense of community. And then there are the teachers. We all know that teachers are the heart and soul of a school, and all the teachers I have encountered at MMS have been wonderful. They are devoted to nurturing the whole child (academically, socially, emotionally), and they work hard to bring out the very best in their students. My children are thriving at MMS and seem to love everything about their school, from their classmates to their teachers to the lunches that the school chef prepares each day to their monthly trips to Black Rock Forest (which is a land preserve north of NYC that serves as the school s outdoor classroom). We're now in our third year at the school and could not be happier with our choice.
My children are so happy at MMS. We have been part of the MMS community for 4 years now, and find it to be such a warm, inviting, and inspiring school. The teachers do a great job teaching the children both academically and socially, teaching them how to take pride in their work, and how to have compassion and respect for their peers and teachers. They do a nice job getting to know each child, and figuring out how to support each child's strengths and their weaknesses.
MMS is a wonderful school full of bright, intelligent, caring staff. While the school is highly academic, the teachers are more then wiling to work with your child to help them learn at their highest potential. They are willing to go above and beyond to answer any questions or concerns you might have. The greatness of the school is not only noted with the teachers: I have had many wonderful conversations with the head of school to the chef. Everyone is always willing to take a minute and have a conversation. We have been at the school for almost two years and can not say enough to the greatness of the school! I am extremely proud to call MMS my child's school!
This school has too many disruptive & problem children. It should either be a 'special school' or not but it cannot be all things to all people. My children do not have problems or issues but are forced to deal with the issues in their classrooms because of all the disruptive children in the classes. Also the school caters to the 'important' families who are on the board or give a lot of money and if you are not one of these families you cannot gain assistance. When you try to approach the school about problems or issues you are pushed away. The school is only concerned about learning not the social emotional aspects of my children. We are looking to move out of this school as soon as possible. What a waste of money! It all looks good on the tours but once you get there it is a mess.
I have had a wonderful experience at this school. I sought out a Montessori education as I had gone to one of the oldest Montessori school's in the US (Ruffing Montessori) as a child and attribute much of my love of learning and thirst for knowledge to my early education. I've found MMS to be of the same high quality of education as my own early education teachers, curriculum and administration. When my son started preschool last fall he was delayed verbally and had behavioral issues. The administration and the staff worked with him and us to get him the help he needed. I was really taken aback by the level of care they had for him and concern for his development. I also was surprised that despite his sometimes extremely disruptive behavior they could see and appreciate what a wonderful boy he is. I'd heard horror stories of how Manhattan schools simply kick out problem kids. But MMS was more like a partner to my husband and I in getting our son the extra help he needed to be a functional part of the classroom. My son is now thriving this year and I attribute that to the school and his teachers. I've found the parent community very welcoming and friendly as well.
It is a gem of a school. The small enrollment makes my children feel so comfortable, since they know all the staff and students in the school. My children, a boy and a girl, are thriving at the school. The multi-age classrooms help children maintain friendships with different age children, the younger ones look up to their older peers and the older children look out for the little ones. Children stay with the same 2 teachers for 3-year cycles. This allows for individualized attention that has helped my kids excel at their strengths and tackle their weaknesses. In the primary years (ages 3, 4, 5), teachers encourage children to work independently and gradually give them more responsibility in the classroom. MMS is quite rigorous academically, particularly in grades 4-6, yet the teachers present material in ways that foster a love of learning. The teachers are caring and talented; they write incredibly descriptive report cards that highlight academic, social, and emotional development with real-life/practical suggestions for areas of improvement. I feel fortunate that my kids are so eager to start school each day, it is the kind of school I wish I had attended as a child.
Great school, wonderful teachers & a challenging academic program; exmissions alone tell how challenging the academics are. Graduates go to top schools. The strongest part of the school is the nursery program. There are 4 nursery classes, 3 middle classes & only 2 older classes. The 6th grade this year was only 12 students. We came because we loved the school but the problem is we are not interested in staying through 6th grade & the school does not appear helpful with exmissions unless you stay until 6th grade. The new leadership is not great. Many people who were at the school previously do not like the new head. I have not been here long enough to make a comparison but she doesn't know who most of us or our children are & the school is small, she should. She does talk a lot but there is very little follow through. There is a lot of fundraising & pressure to give. The parents who give are treated better than those who do not. The parents are also divided, it is a love or hate sort of place. I feel somewhere in the middle. I don't love it but don't hate it either. I am not sure I would have send my child if I knew then what I know now.
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