I am the parent of an MMS graduate who is thriving at a top independent high school. My child is well organized, motivated, and responsible. Not perfect by any means, (the bedroom is a disaster), but on the way to becoming a grounded adult. I attribute this success to the wonderful foundation that MMS provides. Children discover their strengths, and they learn how to work at those things that don't come so naturally to them. They learn to listen, to be open to new ideas, to be independent. They learn that hard work can be rewarding, even fun! MMS is not just about learning facts, but becoming a well-rounded person. It is a jewel of a school.
We are new, but have been very impressed with MMS so far. Typical day for my 4-year-old: arrive and change into inside shoes (very Japanese!), choose work for the morning. Maybe make a model of the earth (crust, mantle, inner core, outer core) or fill in the numbers 1-100 on a grid matrix. Get self a snack, cubing a melon slice with a rounded knife, sticking toothpicks in to serve (all autonomous). Wash up from snack and head over to circle time, learn about how raptors, hunting birds, parent their young. Gym class (yoga and dance) followed by a visit to the rooftop playground and garden to check on vegetable plants, grown from seed. Round out the day with a one-on-one lesson with a teacher on cursive letter writing. Head over to River Run Playground after pick-up for a big playdate with classmates. As parents we've have multiple occasions to observe our son in class, even our nanny has been invited to several workshops and classroom observations. His teachers have been extraordinary in their communication with us (calls, conferences). We have made great friends with other MMS families. I am volunteering as a room parent next year. We've been thrilled with MMS.
I have a 6th grader denied admission to ongoing schools. There are a few of us. This is rare, students have been admitted to top notch schools. The new head has been a disappointment. We have to realize it takes time but if the first year is any indication, she is all talk and no action. There is no discipline and the policies in place are not enforced. Children are allowed to retake tests until they pass and can bully and misbehave without punishment. The school is already challenged ending in 6th grade; your child may be qualified but there are no spots. 6th grade is not an entry point for most schools and when it is it can be a tough transition. Many children apply out in 5th grade to have a better chance of finding an ongoing school. This does create a very small graduating class. The exception to the 6th grade issue is anyone interested in Hunter; there are an unusually large number of children who qualify for the Hunter test. This confirms the academic strength of the school. Academically the school is strong but based on this past year, the problems seem to be getting worse not better.
We think that Metropolitan Montessori School is the best place for our children after several years at the school. The learning environment in the Primary section of the school is top notch, both in its Montessori approach and the general classroom environment. We have children in the elementary section of the school too and the same sound approach to teaching continues. The children are engaged in their work and are learning the traditional subjects of elementary school, as well as broader life lessons about living in a community. I have chaperoned a few field trips and the teachers receive compliments about how respectful and inquisitive the MMS children are during their visit. We have a new Head of School and this first year under her leadership has been a good one. As the school year ends, it is clear that she is acclimating well to life at our school and is determined to continue the good work of MMS.
We just finished pulling our children out of this school. They are counting the days. What was once a small unique school has taken a turn for the worst. The new head of school has proven to be a failure. Parents are forced to band together and attempt to overturn various poor decisions she has made. While the academics are challenging, children who cannot keep up are encouraged to get tutoring to keep up or are counseled out. This leaves classes that dwindle each year after K with very few children entering. There is high teacher turnover, teachers do not stay for very long, even those with children at the school. The school prides itself on their exmissions process, yet this year many children were not accepted to any ongoing schools.
I love this school. I went there until i was 7 and started when i was 3, and then I moved to Boston and in MMS i had the best time. when you first waled through those doors it was like one big happy family. everyone there was nice, happy, and helpful. me and my older brother went there and i swear every time my dad had to tell me its time to go I would get upset from how much fun i had there
I have been a parent at this school for a number of years and have truly enjoyed the experience. They have done a great job at engaging my children and creating a love of learning. The school has recently hired a new headmistress so change is afoot. But given her background, I'm sure the school will continue to meet and exceed the needs of both the parents and their children.
I go to this school and everything from teachers to pencil sharpenersis great about it. The kids are nice and students get to know the teachers as a friend, not a teacher.
Metroplitan is an oasis of love and warmth where the development of the individual is honored.
I really love this school. Children learn in classes of mixed ages providing a wonderful community and learning opportunity. The curriculum focuses not only on academics but also on grace, courtesy, awareness of, and respect towards themselves, others and the environment. The environment created here fosters self confidence, self esteem bringing the children up to their potential in all areas of life and developing a sense of being a responsible member of the global community.
Too expensive for what is offered. Some teachers are great, others are very inexperienced. They don't know how to handle individuals and fall back on reinforcing the Method. Your child will conform. They are extremely rigid. The facilities are limited. Kids adapt well, so most are fine, but too many lose an appreciation of learning. If students perform badly on standardized tests, the school explains it by saying 'we're on a different time table'.
MMS is a truly special place, simply unique in New York City and probably the country. The children are imbued with a true love for learning and thes highest ethical development.
This quaint elementary school on the Upper West side aspires to great excellency. Although in the lower school (gr. 1-3) the acedemic system is weaker, in the upper school the acedemics turn to rigor as the sixth grade students travel on to some of the finest NYC schools. The school is unique in its size (about 15 co-ed per grade), in it's blend of montessori ethics and teachings as well as standard teaching ways. It also is one of the few montessori schools that continue into the 6th grade. The students recieve loads of attention and many graduate with the message that they must help make the world more beautiful, for only one person can make a difference.
Even though I am not aparent, MMS is a wonderful school. The levels pf learning are very advanced, and the teachers and students have a great bond. What I love is if I had a problem wiht the homework and did badly or didn't understand it, the teacher will sit down wiht me and teach it to me. The only people that don't belong here are procastonaters, because the teachers keep an eye out for all the assignments.
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