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Our Montessori School

Private | PK-6 | 175 students

Our school is best known for our wonderful teachers.

 

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Posted July 23, 2013

The school has a good academic base, however, its management is lacking direction. The school is scattered around several buildings, each run at the teacher's will -there are no standards of any kind. If you have questions about any teacher's style or approach, the school Director's solution is to offer you to move your child to another class/building, hence, never addressing the issues. Also, the school buildings are obsolete at best, they are in need of a lot of improvement -starting with new paint on the walls, air conditioning and meeting basic needs such as proper bathroom facilities for the children in their main building. We decided to leave the school to a more structured, appropriate learning environment, as many others have. If the school wants to retain students or attract new ones, the owners should seriously consider investing in it. The school sign says it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2012

Great teachers, but those who run the school are out of touch with the parents. As a parent it frustrating to find out that teachers are constantly being moved around between the various classrooms. One of the reasons that we pay the money for OMS is that we view it as a nurturing program with a wonderful staff. I've always felt as though classroom consistency is paramount which is why a rotating door of different personal (year after year) is very concerning. I now hear that they've cancelled the infant program. This was one of the biggest draws in sending my children to OMS. Doing so is completely short sighted and will impact enrollment for years to come. My wife and I trusted those involved with the program which is why we chose this school and continued to send our kids through the system. It's a shame to hear that it has ended. My advice...incorporate reviews from the parents (teacher, school and administration reviews) at that end of the year. This way you will have a better understanding of deficiencies as well as strengths from a parents perspective. We will help to paint an accurate picture of what we love about OMS and what should change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

The fact that the teachers are all so extraordinary and willing to go the extra mile tells me a lot about the administration's ability to select teachers. I have always been pleased any time I have had interactions and could not be happier with what the school has done for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation we feel for Marge and the entire staff at the Carmel Montessori School. Our experience with our son was so positive that there was no question our daughter would go there as well. It wasn't until our son was in the 2nd grade before the work caught up to where he was when he left Marge's class. Both children were always so happy to go to school there and we never had a concern about their well-being. We knew they were in the most professional yet nurturing environment, and will always cherish our memories of these years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

Well, having sent my son and daughter to Our Montessori School and being so impressed with the teachers, that my children are sending their children to OMS . The teachers are truly caring ,and not only the teachers but the administration, REALLY ,do care ,the students are NOT numbers but, Laura ,Nancy ,Alex . They receive much more than book knowledge they are taught to care about each other ,taught to care about always doing the right thing. they learn by example from teachers who have been there long enough to teach two of my family's generations. My son has a family and lives out of state and trying to find a school for his daughters that comes close to OMS is impossible . The owners have done a wonderful job in assembling a staff that has been there for more that 20 years .I am truly indebted to OMS for being there for my kids and instilling such wonderful values in my kids and the education to use them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2011

Phenomenal teachers in Yorktown Stepping Stones (knowledgeable, experienced, supremely enthusiastic and nurturing). I agree with reviewers that say administration is not great. School lacks good leadership. It's really a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

Wonderful school! My 2 year old goes to the Stepping Stones Toddler program, and my 3 1/2 year old is in the pre-k/kindergarten program. I am extremely impressed with the quality of the OMS program. The teachers are exceptional and are very nurturing. The program is academic, and my kids have learned more at OMS in the toddler/pre-k program then they will learn in kindergarten at the public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2010

My daughter had a wonderful experience in the Carmel Nursery/Kindergarten class. Marge and the other teachers in their room were caring and supportive, and always did what they could to encourage my daughter to excel both socially and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

At OMS, my child is now happy, excited about school and eager to learn. (this was definitely not our experience in public school!) The OMS staff does a remarkable job of supporting when my child needs support, and providing challenge when my child needs challenge, academically, socially, emotionally, and in practical life skills. I have personally found the staff to be very responsive to parental imput. The children are proud of what they learn and seem very happy together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

OMS and Cheri Baron have totally changed my daughters' life. We couldn't be happier with the creative,hands on, confidence boosting, challenging program. There is a love of children here that we did not experience at her other school. Bad behavior is not accepted here and all behavior is addressed,acknowledged, and discussed. It is amazing how Cheri is able to keep things so positive every single day. I have yet to see any of the 12 kids unhappy in her class. The work that is done is phenomenal and has lifted my daughters' self esteem to an all time high. Cheri and OMS have brought my daughter back to where she once was. Thanks to Cheri, she is a happy and confident little girl again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

Our oldest son is enrolled in the new Juniors class k-3 and this class has exceeded our expectations in every area. The teachers are unbelievable. They are nurturing, caring and dedicated to the children. Now our son loves to learn and he loves school, we can't ask for anything more. As far as the lower classes pre-k-K, our second son is in that program and is also doing great. He loves this school so much he cries on the days he doesn't go! Again the teachers are dedicated to the program and bright, well rounded children are the result. We have and would continue to recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

My children have grown both socially and academically while at OMS. The teachers are truly dedicated. They understand how important it is to celebrate a child's strengths and to patiently cheer them on, and help them grow, in areas where they need assisatance. I have watched my children blossom while in the care of these incredble individuals. The teachers are easy to talk to, attentive, and always have the child's best interest at heart. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

My daughter has attended OMS for three years now and the teachers are simply phenomenal. Dedicated, caring and highly experienced. However, I have to agree with the other parent reviews. It's a great school, but the communication and management can definitely be improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2007

This school has dedicated, loving and gifted teachers. However, the owner/principal's recent flat and autocratic refusal to meet with parents concerning a legitimate school-related issue has been deeply troubling. This approach does not encourage family participation in any real way, and led us to transfer our child to a more responsive and inclusive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2007

Having sent three children to OMS, I have been universally pleased until this year. For the 2007-08, school year the teaching staff was reduced in the junior class (1st-3rd grades). A plurality of paren wrote letters to the owner/principal to complain and suggest replacing the missing staff. Her response was dictatorial; the owner wrote back that 'OMS is not only not a cooperative, it is not a democracy.' Numerous parents were so shocked at the lack of input they have in such a small school that many are considering enrolling their children elsewhere next year. That being said, the teachers themselves are excellent and highly experienced. If as a parent you want a small Montessori environment for elementary school, then OMS may still be a good choice. It is not the place though where parents' voices are heard beyond the immediate classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2006

Could not ask for a better school. My daughter has been attending Our Montessori for 2 yrs now and still attending...The teachers and staff are more than you can ask for. The academic side is off the charts of unbelievable..Would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2005

My daughter attended OMS for 2 1/2 years. The academic quality was outstanding in addition to the loving environment.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 52%
Asian 6% N/A
Black 4% 21%
Hispanic 4% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Arabic languages
Chinese (Cantonese)
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Russian
Spanish
Hungarian
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Betty M. Hengst
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Present special topics during curricular units
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
80
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
92

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$3000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Local public schools
Harvey School
Soundview Prep
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2300 Crompond Rd
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
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Phone: (914) 962-9466

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