Heartwood Montessori School

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Posted May 5, 2010

My child spent two years there and it seemed to me that many classmates would have had an IEP had they been in public school. Unlike most private schools, they will take any child regardless of behavior or learning issues, though I'm not sure they're professionally trained to handle either. The educational background of the directors has been questioned by former parents. My child complained about the noise level and dogs ran around freely.
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Posted May 3, 2010

My child went here for 4 yrs, grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. It was a GREAT school in comparison to our magnet Wake county option. It is not for every child, but if your child is motivated or curious about learning, and you want to be involved in your child's education as well as enlighten your child through exposure to the surrounding area through many field trips and hands on learning check it out. If you want your child to sit and be stifled in a classroom waiting for the 'no child to be left behind' to catch up to yours then stay where you are. I know of many children that have had their foundations built here and then continued on to some of the best schools in the area including Raleigh Charter HS. You can get what is needed here and more. Check it out :-)
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Posted November 5, 2009

My children have gone to this school since they were two (for four years now). This is a wonderful school, an amazing foundation for their young years. Tons to explore at their own pace with teachers who teach them and nurture them at the same time. Lots of outside/outdoor time, which is what children need. Children are allowed to be children here, not robots or not 'perfect' as it is the trend nowadays, they are accepted and loved just how they are! Once in, you will fall in love with Heartwood- it will become your child's real second home.
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Posted August 20, 2009

School is wonderful - truly teaches the students - not the subjects. When we moved our son from public school, his teacher said 'what's wrong? he's going to pass?' - We wanted a more personalized education that would allow him to grow - and receive extra attention. He got it! His teachers ensure he gets his work done and he is thriving in math, spelling and reading. A wonderful environment.
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Posted December 5, 2008

School is lacking academically. Teachers are not held accountable for poor performance or test scores. Kids like it because they don't have homework and spend days out of the classroom on field trips .
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Posted January 28, 2008

I have had two children attend Heartwood for four years now. I have been impressed with the curriculum taught in both the preschool and the lower elementary classrooms as well as with the dedication of all the teachers and staff to advocate for all the students of the school. My family couldn't be happier with the school ~ when your child looks forward to going to school each day and is sad to go home at the end of the day, what else do you need to know?
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Posted June 26, 2006

Overall school personnel is very caring but not well trained academically especially in the lower and upper elementary levels. Math is extremely deficient. Very poor record keeping. School more for profit and business than educating children in the true vision of Maria Montessori. The sanitation can use some improvement . Eating outside is great but among flies is a bit 'too much nature'. There are too many parents who have become teachers for a reduction or free tuition with kids in same class as parent teachers. I have witnesses those same kids receiving preferential treatment with regarding to snacks and classroom attention academically. Ok to send your child if you really want some Montessori education but do not expect first class for your very high tuition. Not much else in the Cary/Raleigh area. Only find those schools in Boston, New York or Florida. Good luck.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 53%
Asian 5% N/A
Black 4% 32%
Two or more races 4% N/A
Hispanic 3% 11%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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