"Developing agile thinkers, poised communicators and gracious collaborators."
Students enrolled 400
Hours 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
School leader Nancy Errichetti
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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7005 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

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4 stars
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September 10, 2014
Love this school. The academics are solid. Above average. But the culture of safety, collaboration, respect, honesty, teamwork, leadership (I could go on and on) are what separates it from all other schools. Check out this premiere Montessori school! You owe it to your kids and yoru family.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
I have 3 kids at MSR and have been a parent now within the MSR community for a decade. The school has always been above par, but over the last 3 years, and under the new leadership of our committed and dynamic Head of School, the school is now the premiere Montessori school in all of NC in my opinion. It is worth the investment in your children, not only academically but in terms of their character development as well. The community is a respectful, caring, safe and natural one that provides freedom within a framework. The emphasis is on the whole child and not on test scores, homework etc. The kids get to learn to be highly-functioning empathic global citizens who are beyond-prepared for the REAL world---- the ever-changing, interactive REAL world we now live in.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
MSR is a safe place for children at the Pre-K level but if you are looking for academic, you will not find it at MSR. Please make sure you know what you are getting yourself into! MSR has recently hired a curriculum coordinator to redo the elementary curriculum, this tells me that their method was not working and parents complained. I know teachers who teach at MSR that do not have their own children enrolled at MSR!!! That in itself should say a lot! I will be taking my daughter out next year. Also, Please notice that all the below five star reviews were posted on one day this month! seems strange to me! they are trying to prepare for enrollment in January since they are losing too many students. Please beware!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
My husband and I completely disagree on how to educate our children but, for the time being, he has agreed that they should attend MSR. MSR is a fabulous, safe place that gives work at the child's pace. My 4 yo has been dying to read and MSR makes that possible. She brought home her first book this week. My son is absorbing it all and learning about time management and setting goals. What a valuable life skill. MSR prepares our children to be good citizens of the world. Under the new Head of School, watch out. MSR is only going to get better. Yes, it is costly compared to public school but not to private school.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
The Montessori School of Raleigh is a truly remarkable school. We are thankful for every dime we have invested in our eight years on campus. Each of our three children are immensely grateful - as are we - for the opportunity to live, learn and grow in the company of such richly talented, diverse, compassionate, intellect, hard working parents, staff, teachers and students. Our eight years in various classrooms ranging from Toddler to 5th grade have not been without challenges. There are different personalities, strengths, learning styles, weaknesses, talents, etc. That said, we have been heard and responded to with good will, decisive leadership and honest intentions whenever any issues have arisen. I've believed in the mission of our school and the values and learning methods instilled throughout the learning environment since we began. It is a delight to see that belief and the work of so many committed MSR employees pay off as I watch my 5th grader transition into young adulthood with a profound respect for and commitment to lifelong learning.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
Do your homework if you want to invest money in your child's education....no different than your investment portfolio or the dog you buy. All schools have a theme, a belief system and a process for learning. So figure that out before you invest your time, your talent and your treasure (your children). MSR is a wonderful community of passionate and intelligent staff, faculty and families. It's a philosophy that works...if you believe in it and you embrace it. I am EXTREMELY happy with my child's progress - and education anywhere is a road map that requires and open mind and adjustment as necessary. The beauty of MSR is each child is valued for WHAT they are - how refreshing. The faculty and staff are very involved...engage and you will find a treasure not found anywhere else. The new head of school is focused, driven and has high expectations. She delivers!!!! The best improvement would be an extension into high school grade levels. I am fortunate to have found MSR....and so is my family. My child is thriving and the experience at MSR has been everything I had hope for....and more. What a nice thing to say...it has exceeded my expectations. :-)

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
This school was SO impressive on the outside, but once in not so much. It soon felt like the school tour was a magic trick and the reality was far from what we expected. Honestly wish we would have moved out at Kindergarden level. In that respect it was a safe warm fun environment EXCELLENT for your PRE K child. But go elsewhere after that. Our child still struggles with spelling because (MSR does not believe in correcting misspelled words). I base my opinions not just on our own experience, but we know many other families who's kids were not helped. Some held back an ENTIRE GRADE LEVEL transitioning to other schools , others who invested in 100s of hours in tutors just so their child could pass first year of high school. Plus leadership was a mess while we were there. Just couldn't recommend especially considering there are other phenomenal private schools and public schools to choose from for K-8.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
As the parent of three kids - two of whom are in Children's Houses at MSR; the third is a baby - I am so happy I chose MSR to start my children's formal education. When it was time to look at schools, I knew I wanted Montessori, so I checked out all of them in this area. The teachers, administration and parent community at MSR are so strong that it feels like a home away from home. And that positive feeling carries over into the classroom. My kids are thriving - learning academics, grace and courtesy - and are laying the foundation for a life-long love of learning (I hope!). If you are moving to the area, I strongly recommend checking out MSR.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
I would not recommend MSR to anyone. I moved to raleigh few years ago and put both of my kids there. For the amount of money you are paying, your kids will not be learning much. My son would jokingly say I finished all my non-challenging work! The kids are way too spoiled and the teachers do not communicate well with the parents. Unless you are heavily involved in the over the top community!!. My older child, went to a different montessori as a preschool 1 before he moves to MSR. I felt that the education he got as a 1st year montessori student in that school was much better than the one given at MSR. This school is always asking for donations for classroom, teachers, picnics, snacks or just whatever. They will not open the doors for your child if he/she arrives a minute or two earlier than 8:30 because they want to force parents to use the early bird program which parent have to pay for! (and it isn't just few dollars extra! its hunderds of dollars extra) All they care about is money! We know a few parents who are physicians like us, they also decided to take their children out as they felt that MSR is not providing the quality education necessary for success.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
MSR has been an excellent choice for our two young children. They started attending this year and love going to school each day. The teachers are experienced, caring, and very knowledgeable about Montessori methods. Our children are flourishing there and have made tremendous gains in both academics and life skills since starting. We have had nothing but positive experiences!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
If you are relocating to the Raleigh area, my advice is to look for a home in North Raleigh and strongly consider this school. We are a new MSR family who has been welcomed with open arms by the staff and administration. What a pronounced difference in their practicality, responsiveness, and organized approach to admissions. We had been trying to work with a Montessori school in the ITB area where our nephews attend for around a year, who were rigid to the point of defying common sense. At MSR, our daughter was matched with an instructor with over 20 years of Montessori teaching experience, who came in from his summer vacation for a 1:1 observation and parent interview. She loved him, and he was very positive yet astute about her personality and growth areas. The front office processed our paperwork and payments swiftly and in a friendly manner. When I expressed interest, they even found a spot for her in two summer camp sessions. They arranged for another directress to privately tutor her to help her acclimate before the school year began. At one point she popped her head out and said, 'Mama, guess what. I LOVE this kind of school.' Honey, so do we.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
It would certainly be upsetting if your child was miserable and you did not know it until after the fact. It is unfortunate that some former MSR parents have that experience. The school is now under new leadership, and hopefully some of the things that contributed to the below complaints will be better-managed going forward. As for my wife and I, we have been really happy with the school and are excited for our second child to start in the Fall of 2012. As an aside, neither my wife nor I are board members or serve in any volunteer roles for the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
I'm a parent at the school and have been for 5 years. I am not a board member, as I work full time and do not have the extra bandwidth to serve the school in any volunteer capacities. MSR has gone through a difficult but much needed transition in leadership, and as a resulf this has been a great year. The upcoming 2012-2013 year promises to be even better, as our new Head of School takes over her role full time. In addition, some exciting new hires were just announced (one is coming to us from Yale!). I encourage any prospective parents interested in the Montessori method to check out the Montessori School of Raleigh. Like the other parent said below, you owe it to yourself to come and see the campus, the positive energy, the community culture and the fabulous prepared classrooms yourself. Love This School!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
I actually agree wholeheartedly with the parent who felt that her son was shortchanged by a teacher who failed to understand her son was miserable and not learning challenged. Parents reading these reveiws need to keep in mind that many of the positive reviews are being posted by the parents who sit on the school board and in many cases contribute to the problem.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2012
My child has attended this school for more than 6 years and has loved it! All schools will have ups and downs and not all schools are right for all people, but I am very pleased with the education my child has received. As a whole, the faculty is excellent and has cared for and educated my child very well. But don't just take my word for it, go visit the school and ask more than one person about their experience. By all means, don't listen to a few bad reviews on sites like these. Take them with a grain of salt.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2012
One of the biggest mistakes I have made as a parent was selecting this school for my children. While it was barely adequate for one of my boys it was a colossal FAILURE for my other son. My super sweet, shy child was bullied by the students and belittled by the teachers. One teacher, who is still at the school in upper elementary, kept trying to attach labels to my child. This teacher insisted my child had a learning disability! Even after testing, which showed above average intelligence, this teacher kept insisting my child belonged in a special school!!! It never occurred to this "trained professional" that my child was desperately unhappy, and therefore not trying academically. Shocking! I challenged the teacher and the head of school, who had gotten involved, and tried be an advocate for my child but they were adamant that my child was learning disabled. I didn't believe their label and I was 100% correct. From the very first semester after leaving this school my child has been on the "A" honor roll every semester. Leaning disabled? Laughable. I'm quite sure other reviewers will refute my claim, but how can they? It happened to my family not theirs. Be afraid, be very afraid!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2011
My two children have been at MSR since the toddler program, and we're now in our fourth year at the school. I am amazed every day by the quality of the teachers and my children's growth and development. I could go on and on about my passion about the Montessori philosophy and how that is benefiting my 3 & 5 year olds, but it is really best to just go to the school for an info session and tour and see for yourself. The sense of community created by the teachers, students, families, administration, facilities and class environments is so compelling to our family, and our continued role in that community is something I never question. It is the best decision we've made for our children, and are so fortunate for this amazing school to be a part of their early lives.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
The Montessori School of Raleigh is a leader in providing a first rate education, preparing children as critical thinkers and life-long learners who will be most successful in our rapid evolving world. My child has attended since age 4 and is now rising into the capstone 9th grade at the Middle School. What a wonderful place to grow and become, aided all along the way by truly excellent faculty!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
As a staff member at the MSR Middle School, I feel compelled to elucidate the combined life & professional experiences which allow us to help shape our students in & out of the classroom. The MS has 6 main subject faculty & 2 resource faculty. 1) All faculty have worked for at least 8 years in direct experience with teens at the Middle or High School level. All are professionally certified in adolescent education. Some have dual certification, some Masters. One PhD. 2) Two have teenagers at home. 2 have children in college. 1 has a child in Medical Residency. 3) All have worked extensively with teens out of the classroom (summer programs, coaching varsity and JV sports, camps, clubs, class sponsors, camping trips, school trips, etc) 4) At last survey, all were potty trained and could zip coats unassisted :) Truly, the combined experience & insight/compassion of our staff allows us to respond exceedingly well to students & serve as mentors. We offer guidance and counseling, small group peer mediation & resolution, & a safe place in which to try on adult roles. Our goal is always to help students navigate the sometimes choppy teen waters & come through stronger.

- submitted by a teacher
June 22, 2011
I am at parent at the MS. My experience is that there is so much that is right about about the place BUT the teachers are not mature. Most of them have very young children and no experience with teenagers. Any teen that speaks out or is seen as too strong is the one that is troubled while the sneaky girls are held up as leaders. Glad that we are almost totally done with MSR.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
We are a departing family from MSR, and our child expressed these concerns based on her experience: The UE classrooms do NOT prepare the student for Middle School. There is too much free time, not enough transition preparation and little structure. The Middle School is now led by the faculty, not by the students. There are too many special situations that don't seem to be based on equity or true need, just on what parents squeak loudest for special treatment. This is the student's perspective, which in a Montessori world is very important. From a parent view, end of grade testing seems to be down for most students. We are increasingly concerned about the end-to-end curriculum at MSR and ensuing preparation to advance to the next level, whether LE to UE, UE to MS, or MS to any high school. This is a significant improvement area for MSR to address.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
I am not sure if the last review by the MSR alumni is talking about "The" same school that I attended. As I prepare for my final year in high school, The Montessori Middle School prepared me for college level courses. I can truly thank Montessori for my study skills, my ability to tackle any challenge large or small and find answers to tough questions. It is unfortunate that individuals do not see that in order for growth to occur that change must happen. If Maria Montessori was alive today, she would expect this on MSR.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2011
The Montessori School of Raleigh is unquestionably a great school; however, not infallible. The school does offer a nurturing sense of community that is apt for the growth of your child, but falls short of making its students as special in reality as the administration and teachers say they are. As an alumni, I can say that I benefited from a Montessori education, but could have benefited from an education that better prepared me for the real world--not a world of cushy ideals. In fact the majority of graduating students from the middle school, go into high school unable to get the spectacular grades they did at Montessori. These truly special kids, who are "better than the average student" at the time of their graduation, are not in fact going on to spectacular universities for the most part. Perhaps every other year a person from a middle school graduating class will go on to a college that is considered truly exceptional. This school is great up until middle school. I would strongly caution how much stock one puts into their perception of how great the school is.

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2011
The Montessori School of Raleigh is the best private school in town if you want your children to become independent thinkers with a true love of learning. The grace and courtesy demonstrated by the children at MSR is so constant and complete that I often have to remind myself just how young those amazing little people are. The teachers at MSR spend their days observing the children and learning what makes them tick, then directing them towards works they will find both enjoyable and challenging. And it works. If you are even considering MSR, I suggest you do the orientation -- I promise you will be amazed.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
Our 7th grader is at the Montessori School of Raleigh Middle School and what a great year we have had. The middle school experience at MSR is amazing. The middle school campus is beautiful. The academics are challenging, the atmosphere is supportive and the social environment fun, safe and respectful. Our child is thriving and has incredible support from the terrific teaching and resource staff. Each of the teachers takes the time to really get to know the children. There are opportunities outside of the classroom to grow and mature as well with several sports teams and Montessori Model UN. Our child is challenged each day and is developing wonderful critical thinking skills as well as being prepared for any high school he chooses. He is not only being taught the scholastic components he needs but also learning how to learn in preparation for the future. MSR has given us a great gift of a wonderful middle school experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
My family's Raleigh roots go back to the early 1900s, so we have multiple generations of experience with the area's schools. We started our first child in Children's House (pre-school, starting at age 3), and were so impressed with the school, the staff, and the curriculum that we transferred our older child from public school to MSR. The teachers at MSR are simply a cut above what we have experienced elsewhere. Their knowledge of each child's talents, and their ability to help the children excel with those talents, is simply amazing. Academically, our children are performing far above grade level, and well above the Honors curriculum that I took at the same age. But the magic at fMSR is not just academic. Our youngest exhibits grace, courtesy, and a concern for others that is shocking in the best of ways! Our oldest is able pursue electives that suit his artistic personality - without feeling like a nerd. MSR kids know how to think outside the box, and their Montessori training will help them become the visionaries and leaders of tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
The Montessori School of Raleigh is an incredible institution where my children are thriving. We have been at MSR for four years, and look forward to being there for many many more. During a recent reaccreditation team visit, representatives from the American Montessori Society referred to MSR as a "beacon for other Montessori schools." They expressed their awe for our incredibly talented faculty; our beautiful and well maintained facilities, classrooms, and materials; and diligent Board governance and administrative processes. My children learn and grow every day academically, they are encouraged to discover and challenge, they learn grace and courtesy, and they are celebrated as individuals. I would strongly encourage others to consider the enduring benefits of an education at MSR.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2011
Montessori School of Raleigh has significantly deteriorated over the last few years. As one of - if not the - most expensive schools in Raleigh, it has less and less to offer each year. There are no sports facilities for the kids - despite having 30 acres at the middle school campus. The school is quickly earning the reputation of a "special needs" school for both physical and mental handicaps. There seems to be less and less focus on the kids. There is significant strife within the school, with many parents opting to leave.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
This school has been and amazing institution for so many years. The commitment of the staff has been exemplary and we have been honored to be a part of the wonderful community. I have come away from conferences so many times commenting on how well the teachers know my children. Unfortunately due to a negligent board the school has strayed far from its mission. Leadership is appalling. Unless you are on the board (which is clearly handpicked) you are a "little person" with no right to an opinion. They have been completely derelict in allowing the school leadership to run the school astray. It looks good on the surface, but unless leadership changes-send your kids where the ONLY agenda is what is in the best interest of "the child."

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
When I moved into the area (several years ago) I picked MSR as the perfect place for my young children to learn and grow. At that time the faculty members exemplified the teachings of Maria Montessori and imparted not just knowledge but also wisdom. Please ask yourself this: why then are parents and teachers now spending time and energy warning you to consider carefully your choice? It is really very simple, the overarching leadership of the school is demonstrably and factually acting without the best interests of the strategic future of the school in mind. Serious complaints are surfacing surrounding the leadership at the school and instead of taking action the MSR board of trustees are trying every measure to stifle the facts. Today the board even contacted every member of staff asking them to keep their mouths shut! We are currently very frustrated and feel the need to warn others.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2010
I'm not sure what the last reviewer who claims to be a teacher at the school is talking about. I am a teacher at the school and the allegation that our head of school manages with fear is completely puzzling to me and inaccurate. I have found her to be very supportive.

- submitted by a teacher
September 12, 2010
MSR is an incredible place for children to go everyday and be excited about learning. MSR has a strong leadership who is always making efforts to improve the quality of the school. It is my opinion that The Montessori School of Raleigh is one of the best schools in the area

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2010
We have been at MSR for 6 years and could not be any happier. The incredible teaching staff go above and beyond. The current Head of School is wonderful. She greets us each morning and seems to know everyone that is at MSR by name. Our family has run into her in the community and she knows us by name and makes our children feel like a million bucks. They love her adn love going to school - that says it all. She has brought many great changes to MSR since she arrived - a breath of fresh air. Are there less expensive schools? Yes. - but none with the level of caring, compassion, quality and committed administration you will find at MSR!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
My two children are thriving at MSR. IMHO, the best thing about Raleigh is MSR. The Children's House teachers are fantastic and the large classrooms are filled with wonderful learning materials. The real test comes when my children play with other children their age and my children are so academically and socially advanced. The Head of School doesn't just know everyone's name, she truly cares about each student and parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
I rated this school 3 out of five stars. As a former student, I can say it was one of the best decisions my parents made for me. Up until Middle School. There are some serious problems up there. The original and loved teachers have all left or been forced to leave and there are truly only 2 or 3 good teachers left. There are also some seriously bad teachers. Don't believe the show that is put on at the prospective parenting meeting either. Its a huge show to get tuition money and I hate that that is what the school has come to be about. In the "golden years", it was about having the best educational environment for children. I also do not like the Head of School as I feel she is a large part of all the negative change, but that is somewhat of a personal opinion.

- submitted by a community member
November 30, 2009
I am a former student of this school it is an excellent school. It gives everybody a lot of learning oppurtunities and social oppurtunities.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2009
I cannot believe there is a better school in the Raleigh area. I am a parent of two pre-K students. We toured many and have just happily enrolled our second in Toddler House. Beyond the benefits of the Montessori education, there are specifics about this school that make it special. If you visit, you will see the wonderful classroom environments. My wife and I are both architects and we appreciated all the details in the service of the child's learning, working, playing and interacting. You will also see children working productively, mostly independently. Our daughter excelled in this self-motivated environment that engages all the senses in the learning process. The Head of School gets highest marks. If access is valuable to you, she greets all the children every morning, and all by name as far as I can tell. Any time we had a concern (all small) she addressed it.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
I am a private bullying consultant who has worked with the students, staff, and parents at The Montessori School of Raleigh. Having worked in almost 500 different schools throughout the country, The MSR is one of the finest schools with which I have ever worked. The character of the students and parents, the dedication and excellence of the staff, and the total commitment to children by the Head of School are unsurpassed. I found it unbelievable, and almost a form of bullying, that someone posted that the Head of School bullied staff. I continue to work with the Montessori school that she left in Ohio, and I can say she is still missed dearly there by all of her old staff. As an expert in this area, and knowing your Head of School well, whoever wrote the bullying post about her must have misinterpreted passionate child advocacy for bullying.

- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2009
One or two of the negative reviews (e.g. complaints about no report cards, etc.) sound like families that do not like/understand Montessori. We have 3 children at this school and absolutely love it. We are huge fans of the Montessori method and MSR is (I think) the only AMS accredited school in Raleigh and let me tell you, accreditation makes a difference. We had to pull the kids out for a few years into the public school system and decided we had to find a way to get them back to MSR. I think this gave us a lot more appreciation for the school. There are lots of comments that it is not perfect, yes, any parent that does not have at least some small complaint about their child's school is not involved in the school. Although you may find a peer to MSR, you will not find better Montessori School.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2008
We moved three years ago to the Raleigh area. We are most fortunate to find a school that feels like home for the whole family. Our daughter could not be happier in this great school that supports the strengthens of each individual child and truly partners with students and parents. The administration and faculty are top notch. What more can we say - you have to see it to believe it!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
We have three children at MSR and are absolutely delighted. The highly individualized education means that each child can work up to his or her potential, enthusiastically pursuing subjects of interest without limit. At the same time, there is a great deal of nurturing and support in areas in which a child struggles, whether it be an academic or social area. My children love the afterschool offerings (chess, piano, arts, sports) as well as music, art, PE, technology, and Spanish during the school day. Montessori is an excellent school for gifted children, as well as typically-developing children. No one is hurried, but each child is encouraged to work up to his or her potential. The teachers are a committed group of professionals with very low turnover (average tenure well over 8 years) and overall are wonderful educators and role models. I could not be happier with MSR.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2008
My wife and I have been on the Board of a Montessori school, and have attended Montessori conferences and spoken with Montessori consultants and teachers from all over the country. My wife also studied Montessori education. With that background we began our search for a Montessori school all throughout NC. We knew the questions to ask, and the things to look for in a good Montessori school. We finally settled on MSR for the following reasons: -It has a strong Montessori philosophy. -the teachers are well qualified -well equiped classrooms -the Board knows it's role, and appears to be doing a good job. - a strong Head who listens to parents and teachers, and acts when needed as well as bringing a balance between Montessori and preparing our children for the high schools in the area. Not an easy thing to do. -Is it Perfect? No, we are all human. It is not for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
We have been parents at this school for ten years. I am so sad to say this is our last year. This school is being run by a overpowerful admin team that in my opponion has worked to overwhelm a kind hearted Hof S. Someone needs to listen to the common folk,stop the spending and force our Head to make some changes I always swore that I was with MSR til the end and I am done

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
MSR has been an wondeful part of are family for over 10 years.This type of environment is not for everyone, but the staff takes great strides to try and educate each individual child at their level. I love that the Montessori approach has three grades in an environment. I had one child who was always at the top of their grade and excelled in the leadership role. The other child needed the challenge of the older students to pull him up. The current Head of School has gone out of her way to make the transtion for my children a postive experience. She has helped us with both academic and social concerns. She has always had an open door policy with parents and staff. What more do you need to ask from a Head of School ?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2008
My kids are now in their fourth year, and I can honestly say that I've learned almost as much as they have. This school has taught me about how children develop and learn. It has given me good new ideas about how to raise my kids. We have had our differences with the teachers, but those relationships have improved over time. I know that the teachers are watching and constantly thinking about my kids, along with the other kids in their care. We have received very direct help from the Head of School, even though we're not some of the high-dollar parents. The after-school care works with the classroom teachers. The kids get a large amount of time outside on a beautiful campus. The board is active, and is looking forward. It is developing plans for improvements to the school. I, for one, have been happy with our time here.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
Our family absolutely loves this school! The teachers are the gold standard of Montessori educators in the state. Due to a passion for learning that has been cultivated by the Montessori philosophy, our children are thriving in this environment. There is also a real sense of community here. Parents, teachers and administration working together in a quest for excellence. For a first class education, an opportunity for your children to be treated with respect and dignity at all times and a chance to join a strong familial community, take a hard look at this school. It's a special place.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
We have only had our children in the Toddler and Children's House (3-6 year olds) at this school and have found it exemplary. For anyone familiar with the Montessori learning philosophy, this school is the tops. It is such a wonderful and individual way to learn...I can undrestand how some children might not mesh well with this method of learning but it is not because this school does not provide the best Montessori environment. Most children thrive in this educational setting. Its very expensive but what better way to spend your money than on the education of your children?

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 15, 2008
The February 1 parent sounds defensive. Maybe they are a staff member at the school and not very objective. The kids here are supossed to be self- directed but it's more like self- taught. The fact that the school doesn't give grades or report cards make it tough to know how you student is doing in school. The parent/teacher conferences that take place two times a year don't give enough information. I asked specific questions but got vague answers. I found the teachers to be condescending and judgmental. Before choosing this school I went to the open houses and asked lots of questions. I was told things that sounded great but proved not to be the case. Of course a school is only going to tell you the good stuff. It's only after you send your kid there that you see what it is really like.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2008
It sounds as if January 4th parent is completely unfamiliar with the Montessori system. The philosphy of every Montessori school is based on 3-year groupings and is explained fully at every orientation session. There is a gym with regularly scheduled PE classes and daily outdoor recess. The art and music programs are outstanding and computers are not used in class until the students reach Upper Elementary. There's plenty of time to teach kids to be desk-bound drones without starting them in pre-K. They do learn to record original music and make movies, though. I consider that 'technology.' Cons: Tuition is very high, although assistance is available. Montessori schools in general are not the right choice for every child. It's up to the parent to do research first and make that determination for him/herself.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
I am the parent of a student that has attended this school for many years, and each year I become more displeased with the school. This is the last year I will send my child there. This school is very expensive and does not warrent the high tution. The school does not have a gym or lunchroom and they do not offer any type of technology class. Also, there is not an organized art or music program. Combined classrooms, 3 grades in 1 classroom, are unrealistic. There are too many differences emotionally and academically. The teachers claim that they respect the differences in each student but I have not found that to be true. This school wants the children to conform to what the school determines is best for the class, not what is best for the child. Think very carefully before selecting this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
Having had lots of kids and lived in lots of places, I am hard to please and very picky about schools. Have had my two kids in MSR for 5 years now and I cannot say enough about how wonderful this environment is. Nurturing, encouraging of independence, excellent skills, and more. This is my kind of learning -- not regimented and cookie cutter in any way. My children learn how to live here and how to help others do the same. Great outdoor spaces and classrooms, excellent devoted teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2006
My child has been attending this school since he was a toddler and we have been very pleased. The school has excellent teachers, a wonderful school community, and a beautiful facility. The children's house program is wonderful and our child has thrived here. This school is a gem.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
MSR provides a child centered education based upon the principles of Maria Montessori. We have been at the school for 5 years and are thrilled with the high quality of the teachers as well as the philosophy of the school.

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September 09, 2004
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Montessori School Of Raleigh
7005 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC  27615
(919) 848-1545
Last modified Montessori School Of Raleigh is a Private school that serves grades PK-9
Montessori School Of Raleigh Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top