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St. Joseph Montessori School

Private | PK-8 | 202 students

 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted June 21, 2009

The departure of this school's leader for 30 (out of 40) years leaves this school up in the air. The dedicated and loyal teachers may or may not be able to stay once new leadership is in place, whenever that may be. It was the worst mistake to let such a leader go. The way in which it was handled by the Board has left a large amount of parents so dissatisfied, they have pulled their children out of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2008

SJMS has well-equipped Montessori classrooms, with all of the materials you could hope for. The parent involvement is very strong, but the principal's leadership is poor. Any concern that we had was dismissed by the teachers and ignored by the principal. I can not recommend this school at all, especially for young children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

This is an excellent school - the Montessori approach to learning is hands-down the best method regardless, and the principal, teachers, environment, etc., make SJMS one of the best schools around. Parent involvement is high, teacher attention to students is remarkable, facility and supplies are well-kept and well-suited to the school's needs. Our children have done very well at SJMS and have developed a love of learning. The major disadvantage is cost. It is very expensive and there is a lot of pressure to contribute much more than tuition -- annual appeals, lots of fundraisers (something new every week in their mailboxes it seems!), etc. Tuition assistance is available, but you have to be pretty poor to qualify. This is the only downside to an otherwise phenomenal school. I know of many who pinched pennies to send their children there, but had to leave after kindergarten because of cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2006

This school is GREAT! We loved the music and drama programs. The staff is fantastic - responsive, caring, very supportive of students and parents. My son had great experiences here. Simply the best!
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Posted April 12, 2006

Excellent school, the teachers are the best I've ever seen and are very involved with the children. The opportunities for kids to achieve their ultimate potential are abundant. The parents are also extremely involved and there never seems to be a problem getting volunteers for anything. The only downside is the cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

Excellent Children's House Program (pre-school through kindergarden); mulit-aging in classrooms a plus; ethnic and socio-economic diversity a plus; While kids are encouraged to pursue their interests in the classroom, all 'necessary' material gets presented and adopted by the children over the course of the 3 years. It's amazing how kids will connect with concepts when they are ready! Montessori materials promote learning through multiple approaches (auditory, writing, tactile, etc.). Materials have deliberate intentions and even seemingly 'play' items build basic concepts that lead to more complex concepts (sorting and pouring that leads to size understanding that leads to math expressions). The classroom 'work' materials are added throughout the year in a way that encourages exploration and mastery of concepts. The environment and teachers foster responsibility and mutual respect that is clearly demonstrated in the home as well. You have to see it in action to get the added value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

Academic programs are very strong. The music program is great-- Parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 77%
Black 9% 19%
Two or more races 9% N/A
Asian 5% N/A
Hispanic 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Elma G. Pundavela
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • AMS
Fax number
  • (614) 291-7411

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Columbus
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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933 Hamlet St
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: (614) 291-8601

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