The teachers are kind and caring, but also firm when they need to be. Mostly, though, I've been so pleasantly surprised by how well they know each individual student and how he or she learns, behaves, etc.
What a beautiful place, inside and out. I wish I had had this kind of experience as a child - socially, academically, community-wise...it's stellar. Love the outdoor education, field trips, volunteer work, the fun they have with academics, the INDIVIDUALIZED education (they know my child so well that I can't believe it sometimes), and how the families all help each other. It's five stars all the way!
Follow the Child is such a warm and educationally rich environment. Knowing that she required a little more challenge and stimulation, we transitioned our daughter from a traditional daycare setting to FCM in the Children's House program and could not be more pleased with the results. The number one asset FCM has is the staff- they are warm, inviting, and caring and balanced and backed with strong education direction. It was challenging to know when to make this inevitable transition... it was also very confusing to know which option was the best for our little girl. Now it all seems so obvious. I encourage all parents in the Triangle/ Raleigh area who are looking for something a bit more meaningful for preschool and beyond to take a look at FCM- you may find the perfect fit in the hidden jewel!
We love FCM! I believe the school is exceptional in so many ways: adherence to the Montessori philosophy; academic excellence; dedication of the faculty (most of whom have been there for many years - I think most lead teachers have been there at least 7 years); encouragement of independence, grace, and courtesy; enthusiasm for the outdoors; a close-knit community (events, community service projects, play dates, etc.); and how the children learn to resolve conflicts, problem-solve, and always find joy in what they are learning. My son has some behavioral challenges, but his teachers know him so well and guide him in the best way for who HE is and how he learns. They have discussed with us that he will move up to the next level when he s ready (academically, socially, etc.), which may be before or after other children his age. When we have struggled with parenting, his teachers have come up with innovative solutions to help, and the parent education classes have been wonderful! Their campus is older, but pretty, and we were excited to learn that they are building a new school and planning to be there in Fall 2015! Our family will be forever grateful for FCM. It is a beautiful place.
This plucky little school continues to try to do their best, but the facilities are limited. Though they will hopefully be moving to a new location in the future, their stated core values do not match the experience many children are given. It is unclear how the school "Follows the child" when learning differences and giftedness are not recognized. Program seems to be based on age rather than ability. Not what I expected of Montessori. The classroom and curriculum are not flexible in regards to the individual student.