Our family has been incredibly happy at MMS. The school is warm and nurturing, all the while providing a rigorous academic program on par with the top K-12 schools in the city. Our children love having the same classroom teachers for three years in a row and have formed close bonds with all of them. They still fondly remember projects, activities, and field trips they did years ago with their teachers, and they love the special opportunities they have each year, such as plays, curriculum celebrations, or trips to Black Rock Forest. The faculty truly takes the time to know and understand each child, providing them with a tailor-made educational experience; each child is met at his or her level and encouraged to reach their full potential. The Montessori curriculum is outstanding, and it is supplemented with strong math and reading programs (Singapore Math and the Columbia Teacher's College Literacy program). At a recent parent education night, some of the sixth graders presented the work they have done throughout the last few years in social studies and science; everyone in attendance was simply blown away by their poise, maturity, and by the scope of all that they have learned while at MMS. The school is incredibly special and we're so happy to be a part of this community.
Uneven and is known to disregard that information in a developing child's medical records are highly private, confidential, and protected by medical ethics rules, state laws, and the federal law. The school's limited resources and swiftly dwindling enrollment each year from primary to upper grades are a clear red flag indication that the educational philosophy serves younger learners. It has been communicated that pressure is placed on families to keep a child at the school beyond what is optimal for the child's normal educational development to maintain enrollment numbers. Research all aspects of any school to evaluate what is best for your child, what a school offers beyond the marketing, and facts to be certain it matches your personal educational philosophy.
The parent body here is exceptionally warm, committed and down to earth. Many of the comments here reflect what is essentially a lack of an overall theory and approach to the emotional and social lives of kids over the age of 6. There are no rules or management strategy or training for the teachers and "discipline" is handled on the fly, and this result is a remarkably uneven responses to behavior. This impacts the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary programs significantly. There is a very real gender bias that crops up -- a "boys will be boys" attitude -- which results in the upper level classes being disproportionately made up of boys (3:1 in many classes). As has been observed by others on this site, the classes get very small in the upper grades (only about 10 kids typically graduate in 6th grade) which makes the deficiency in a strong and experienced approach to the emotional and social aspects of the student body even more problematic. This seems to be a relatively new situation for MMS, as these reviews began when the current Head of School started roughly five years ago. Hopefully the Board will be wise enough to encourage her to move on, now that their major Capital Campaign has been completed, and a new, more experienced Head can take her place.