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The Montessori School

Private | PK-5 | 170 students

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Posted February 22, 2014

My two children are enrolled in elementary classrooms. They have been at TMS for the last four years and have been thriving. They are hard-working, independent, and they LOVE school. Their math and language skills are outstanding, and this comes from the Montessori method of first teaching concretely, and then abstractly, at the pace of the individual child. Both children's teachers address social skills as well as their excellent academics. My children are courteous and kind, because it is modeled at school by their teachers and classmates, and they have skills to identify and stand up to social injustice. The school asks for parent volunteer hours, which I love, because it gets me involved, allows me to get to know their teachers more, as well as the administration and other parents! The resource teachers are excellent, with small group lessons in Spanish, a great variety of activities in PE, and an amazing art teacher who connects the children's art to the work they are doing in the classroom. During recess they play in the large treehouse, build forts in the wooded area, play organized sports, and work in the vegetable gardens. I could not be happier with this school.
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Posted October 10, 2013

I think The Montessori School of Winston-Salem is a wonderful place, with caring teachers who want the best for your child. I think the negative reviews on here say more about the parents' unrealistic expectations than about the school. Yes, parents need to be partners in their children's education, especially in the first few years. This school welcomes parent participation. I would much prefer that, instead of a school where the teachers treat you as an interruption or a problem. I was always welcomed into the classroom to watch my child do his work. The children take their efforts seriously, and are eager to learn. The atmosphere is not one of a day-care center, as I have seen at other schools, but one of cooperation, support, and safety. I love The Montessori School of Winston-Salem!
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Posted July 23, 2013

I have been an active part of this community for over 12 years and have found the education to be outstanding. Both of my boys have thrived and grown up to be very independent and considerate people. My oldest son who went to Montessori for 10 years says that it is the best method of learning he has ever experienced. The relationships that he formed with his peers, bot male and female, have continued on even after Montessori. My younger son will graduate this year from the amazing upper elementary program with one of the best teachers I have ever met. The experience at this school has provided a solid foundation for my children to grow on.
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Posted July 15, 2013

The teacher quality is variable and who you get is "the luck of the draw". If there is an obvious mismatch between the student and teacher, the principal unfortunately is not flexible. We fell in love with the program during the initial visit but did not end up with that teacher. The one we had was inexperienced, which can be detrimental in the Montessori curriculum. When we moved our child to public school there were significant deficiencies but thankfully these were eliminated quickly with extra help. If you choose this school make sure your child visits with the teacher he or she will actually have - insist on this!
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Posted March 18, 2011

This is everything that turns people off to Montessori. This is the most rigid of any Montessori school we've encountered, and is almost cult-like in the application of the teaching principles. Some children learn well in this environment, but some do not - no matter what the claims of the "true Montessorians". During our time there, it often seemed to me that much of the duty of teaching - actual teaching - was put off on the parents, rather than the teachers. I don't mean shared, I mean put off. I would argue that no matter how rich the environment, there is a necessity for teacher interaction more extensive than the occasional pass-by and pat on the shoulder. The tuition rates and amount of time required for volunteer work seem to me to be at a point of vastly diminishing return based on the quality of other schools in the area. My advice to parents of prospective students is to attend one of the meetings and pay close attention to the use of language, such as "partner" and "community". In my experience they are used in an Orwellian manner at this school. Community means parents volunteering without aid of the staff and partnering means "do it yourself". Good luck!
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Posted January 16, 2011

My child went to the WS Montessori School for three years. The Children's house experience was great and my child learned and thrived. Then my child transitioned from CH to LE1 with the second new teacher, who, could not decide if she was going to stay or leave. The Montessori education is Awesome, but you must have diversity and equality in the class room. The transition was like night and day from childrens house to LE1...no preperation of the child. Only the children of the parents that worked were groomed. Very disappointed with LE1 especially for the amount of tution you have to pay for so much change that is not supposed to happen.
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Posted November 10, 2009

Our daughter has thrived in the toddler program at this school. She is more independent and constantly learning and growing. I am so thankful that we've had this opportunity, and I look forward to many more years with the Montessori School of Winston Salem.
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Posted February 14, 2007

Clearly these reviews are from another era in the school's history, before my child's time in elementary. Two fantastic new Montessori elementary teachers were hired in 2006. My child has thrived, developing a true love of learning alongside the independence of thought and creativity that the Montessori system at its highest level can offer. I could send her to any school in the area, public or private, but I have chosen this school because of the strength of the elementary program. Anyone interested should come by and take a look. You will be blown away.
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Posted February 10, 2005

This review applies to the elementary program only. My child previously attended the Children's House (age 3-6) and it was outstanding, however the difference between the two programs is like day and night. If you are at all educated in the Montessori methods, you need to know that this elementary program is just attempting to follow them, and rather unsuccessfully in my opinion. The fundamental problem comes from very weak, inexperienced teachers and an adminstrator with a non-Montessori background. The classroom is chaotic, unstructured and nothing like the harmonious community that Maria Montessori envisioned. The 'specials' or extracurricular classes are very weak as well, including a french program that is highly impractical with our increasingly spanish-speaking population. As the previous reviewers stated, parent involvement is an essential part of Montessori education, but overall involvment with the school has little impact on the poor quality of the elemetary program.
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Posted September 9, 2003

This is a great school, my child is doing wonderful things! I love the Montessori way of learning! If you decide to take your child to the Montessori School, unless you are a stay at home parent, be prepared to feel overwhelmed with what they ask of you as a parent. Also, do not miss a function because the teachers will be sure to let your child know! I love the learning process, but I think they need to be more considerate of those parents whom must work to give their children such opportunites as going to the Montessori School.
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6050 Holder Rd
Clemmons, NC 27012
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