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Forest Hills Montessori School

Private | PK-6 | 141 students


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Posted June 11, 2014

The extraordinary thing about this particular Montessori school lays in the teaching methods used from nursery throughout kindergarten. My daughter has been in this school for three years and she will continue on for 1st grade starting this fall. She is a very confident girl who loves to learn and was NEVER disengaged or bored or afraid when she had to do homework or any kind of school-related work. This is a school that will teach your child discipline, focus and a love for learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2014

I have been thoroughly impressed with this school. The teachers are exceptional and there is a 10 to 1 ratio from a student to teacher perspective. They have weekly french and music classes and there are optional after school activities like piano and cooking/baking in addition to a before and after school program for working parents. My children have truly blossomed in this school- i have nothing but great things to say about it!
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Posted February 4, 2012

Our child has been at this school since he was 3 years old. He is now finishing his last year (6th grade) in this school and his experience there has been outstanding. The education has been amazing right from his 1st year there. He and 3 of his classmates (out of 7) were able to test for Hunter exam (an honor in itself). These same 4 children have each been given Academic scholarships to a local private school to attend the 7th grade there - truly an honor and a representation of the outstanding education especially in the 4th -6th grades. Whenever there was a challenge, the director, took control of the situation and made sure the problem was resolved. My wife and I both highly recommend this school to anyone who values an amazing experience and education for their child.
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Posted October 10, 2011

I had intended to send my child to this school from pre-k and onward, but within 6 months I realized I had to change plans. The education itself is good, but the class seemed overloaded with kids and the teachers appeared frazzled and stressed out from dealing with some of the behaviour of some kids. Also they seem to stress rote work rather than independent thinking. I found it was stifling for my child. Tour the school and find out which teachers will be teaching your child. See if you can drop in and observe a live class before deciding if it's the right fit for your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2011

This school is great in all things. From academics to interactions. The teachers are very thoughtful and when a student is in need of help the teachers come to help right away. This school is just outstanding!

Posted June 27, 2011

I live close to this school and picked this place for my 3 year old. My first impression of this school was very good. Teachers and the staff seem knowledgable and caring. Even during the tour my son (2.5 years then) got comfortable with the teacher. The only negative I see is the lack of outdoor space.
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Posted December 3, 2009

My daughter is in this school since she was 3. The schools only focus is academics... the school overall is good but i am not satisfied with the way they function. The concept of preK and Kindergartens in the same class is ok but spending 2 years in the same class is something which I dont like. there is no change of material work, the kids are doing the same activities through out the whole 2 years with the same teacher. Also the school does not have place for outdoor play (which should be encouraged for little kids everyday). overall it is an average school.
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Posted April 25, 2009

Great school. My son is in Nursery. He just turned 4 y.o. Since December he started reading. He is now reading chapter books. I am very pleased with the quality of his care. His teachers, Ms. Motiani and Ms. Byrne are warm and interested in children's education.
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Posted January 27, 2006

My child joined at age 3, and seems to like it a lot, and has learned a tremendous amount, and it shows in his abilities and confidence level. But the teachers seem to be pushing an academic agenda too early in my opinion. Not a lot of creative play, and no outdoor activities at all. You've got to be quite firm with the teachers in terms of what they expect your child to be. I insisted that my child be allowed to have fun activities rather than doing numbers and alphabets drill. My child picked all this up anyway. Also, the teachers tend to stress on the 'faults' or the more negative things rather than provide encouraging or positive feedback. So at the end of the day, I have mixed feelings about the school, even though my child seems to be enjoying it. They have a good music and french program.
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Posted December 15, 2005

Nice caring teachers, nurturing environment.Music and extracurricular activities are emphasized upon.
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Posted July 22, 2005

This is one of the best schools in the Tri-state. Acadamically the test scores in ELA & Math have been one of the highest in over 20 years. Nursery & Kindergarten program is beyond approach. Foreign lagnguage & music begin at the nursery level. The waiting list being long it is reccomended that one should register early in the year. Parents have free access to both class room & staff.
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Posted April 11, 2005

The quality of acedemic programs is fair.
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Posted May 20, 2004

So far this school has been great for my son. In his kindergarten class I have seen him grow by leaps and bounds both intellectually and emotionally.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 56% N/A
White 29% 52%
Black 5% 21%
Hispanic 5% 21%
Two or more races 5% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Sunila Tejpaul
  • Coed
  • Nonsectarian
  • Other Montessori


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67-04 Austin Street
Queens, NY 11375
Phone: (718) 275-0173


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