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Building Blocks Montessori School

Private | PK-5 | 15 students

 

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Posted November 18, 2013

Very mixed feelings about BBMS. No question the results are excellent; its graduates *all* routinely get into some of the best middle schools in the city. However, this may be because of parental involvement, small class size, & the happy environment, not because of instruction quality, academic rigor, or the Montessori process. Only 2 of the teachers are certified Montessori, & only 1 is warm or interested in parental participation. BBMS does offer yoga, Spanish, & some years art, some years science. But these are only once per week--woefully inadequate for real learning. Science instruction in particular students all seem to love, but it generally consists only of once-weekly demonstrated experiments & accompanying background, with no regular daily instruction. Its physical facility is small & offers little in the way of physical activity. Woe to any parent whose child actually is gifted; advanced instruction is nonexistent--& resisted. At best, BBMS offers a relatively low-cost way to avoid the public system, a non-threatening environment, &, of course, those remarkable results. It tries hard, but is limited, maybe because of its size. Note: ownership has changed.
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Posted February 1, 2012

My son attended pre-K here and has learned so much! The school includes yoga, Spanish and music classes in its curriculum. When my son came home talking about the bones in his skeleton or what he learned about Chinese culture, he was excited about learning and I realized that my little sponge was capable of understanding so much more than I was giving him credit for. He loves to get "homework"! Looking forward to Kindergarten!
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Posted October 11, 2009

This was my son's first preschool and ever since he has loved school. My son woke up with a smile to go to school. He enjoyed this school and he learned so much. If we didn't have to move he would still be there attending this school. After moving out of state and putting him in another very famous preschool I came to realize that they didn't even do 25% of what this school had done for my son. When we move back this is where he would go back for sure.
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Posted September 23, 2009

Excellent school,great environment,brilliant teachers.The kids love school and most of all love to learn!!!!!
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Posted October 7, 2005

First thing about this school is: the kids are happy. There is a zest for learning here. The methods for learning may be old fashioned and the kids may not be in a highly competetive environment, but they come out of their experience with good feelings towards one another and towards school work.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 52%
Black 10% 21%
Hispanic 10% 21%
Two or more races 7% N/A
Asian 5% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Margaret Shanley
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55 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: (718) 448-2992

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