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Montgomery School

Private | PK-8 | 290 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $435,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,160.

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Posted February 21, 2014

Our family started at Montgomery in the fall of 2009 and currently have children in 3rd grade and K. What I like most about this school is that my children are waiting by the door in the morning excited and ready to start another day at Montgomery! The teachers and faculty clearly do things with passion here and it sure is contagious. There is such a perfect balance of academics, arts, sports and community. We could not imagine being at another school and so so happy to be party of the Mongtomery 'Family'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

I cant believe most of these comments. Our two kids graduated 4 and 6 years ago. They both attended great Main Line Private schools. I could cry at the difference between what my kids could have achieved and experienced that they did not at this small school. NEWCOMERS, check out the excellent schools in the area before settling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

Our children started at Montgomery in 6th and 5th grades. It has been an excellent move for our children, with wonderful teachers and activities. We like the small class sizes and individual attention. The teachers care about each student and develop deep relationships with them. Students are encouraged to try new sports, different instruments in music class, and new mediums in art class. The science curriculum encourages active participation and experimentation. We are pleased we found Montgomery School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

I could not say better things about The Montgomery School. I am a parent of a fourth grader (2013/2014 school year). We started in second grade after my daughter complained of being bored in her public school and not showing to be the engaged, highly personable, dynamic girl at school as she was at home. My daughter wasn't interested in going to school and I knew she would lose her interest in learning if I didn't make a change. I was hoping an independent school, with smaller class sizes and more individual attention, was the answer. As soon as second grade started at Montgomery, my daughter instantly became the same girl I experienced at home. She loves school so much and is so engaged again in learning (which is fun and SHOULD be fun for children) that the last day of school in June has been her saddest day. She honestly does not want the school year to end and eagerly waits all summer for the first day of school. The aspect at Montgomery that I had not anticipated to have such a positive effect on her too was the students participation in weekly chapels. She has spoken in front of an audience with great enthusiasm and ability that I know will be indispensable to her future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

Hi, I am a recent grad of Montgomery School who went there for eight years. I am writing this comment in response to a one star review posted that mentions "a history teacher that makes it up". I do not know who you are, but I can assure anyone who may be reading these reviews that the person who wrote about the history teacher is completely and utterly misinformed, and lacks a true understanding about what goes on in the wonderful middle school history classroom. This history teacher knows more about history than pretty much everyone I have met. In the classroom the students are encouraged to have open discussions about whatever topics we are covering and this truly enriches the students knowledge of the subject. It is not just history we learn in the class, we also learn how to debate a topic and how to write convincing statements to prove what we are trying to prove. This history teacher also makes bonds with all of her students and is very involved with them in an extremely positive way. I am currently at The Haverford School in Haverford Pa, and although the history classes there are great, they just cannot compare to the classes I had at Montgomery School.


Posted December 9, 2013

Our son is attending his second year of middle school at the Montgomery School. We moved him there after 5th grade, and it was the best decision we ever made. The opportunities that Montgomery provides the students are endless. My son is excelling academically, athletically, artistically and socially. Each student is encouraged by teachers, and supported by students, to try new things and to extend themselves beyond their comfort level. Within the two years our son has been at Montgomery, we have seen his self confidence and self esteem soar. It is a school that provides so much more than just challenging academics. It is a safe and enjoyable environment, where each aspect of a child is developed (mind, body and character), and supports a child's transition into a strong, confident and well-rounded young adult. Each day that my son comes home, I ask...."How was your day?", and each and every day, he responds enthusiastically with "Great!". We could not be happier at the Montgomery School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

My daughter has been at Montgomery School since Pre-K. She is now in 3rd grade. The education she is receiving is exceptional! The teachers are all so experienced and truly dedicated to their students overall growth and development. The small size classes are also a huge plus in giving each child extra attention to excel! At Montgomery School, there are opportunities for growth outside the classroom which are a wonderful way for my daughter to try new things - from after school enrichment classes, to trying a new sport, and various volunteering opportunities to give back to the community. I think the combination of the strong academics combined with the opportunity for growth outside the classroom help develop a well rounded child. This is what we were looking for in a school, and what Montgomery School is giving to our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

My son has been at Montgomery for 7 yrs. They have educated him in mind, body and spirit. The teachers have taken personal interest in each child. I quite often get an email from my sons teacher about a funny antidote, a compliment or a suggestion on how to improve his experience. They are always looking to use cutting edge technology that challenges me, but I know this is the world my son will inherit. The best accomplishment of this school .... is my son has a love of learning.... Quite simply the best investment I have ever made.
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Posted December 4, 2013

Our son is in his second year at Montgomery School after starting out in 6th grade last year, and we can honestly say that moving him from our public school system to Montgomery was the absolute best decision we have ever made in regards to our son's education. The teachers are amazing at bringing the best out of each student, and I have yet to find a teacher, or any member of the staff/faculty/administration that does not LOVE their job, and the students they mold every day. Montgomery School is truly developing well-rounded students by focusing on mind, body, and character!
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Posted December 3, 2013

My daughter has been at Montgomery for 10 years now (Pre-School through 7th Grade). We couldn't be any happier with the experience. Outstanding teachers, a challenging curriculum, and a "Community" that nurtures the children. They live up to their motto of developing MIND, BODY, and CHARACTER.
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Posted October 25, 2013

Montgomery School provides an education that is extraordinary. The teachers are exceptional and the parent community is deeply involved. My oldest was accepted at Episcopal, Exeter, Hotchkiss, and Baldwin. They have been challenged academically, have had exceptional success in athletics and discovered that they had wonderful artistic abilities. My youngest son has had exceptional success in athletics and competes in soccer and lacrosse with strong club programs. His favorite teams are his Mongtomery teams. The science program is off the charts in its success. Two eighth graders recently placed third in a national solar car contest. One student was a two time national semi-finalist in a national Science Fair. If your children's education is important to you, Montgomery is the place for you. Continuing through eighth grade is the key. Students who leave early do not see the success that graduates do. Check out the alumni who go on to be presidents, captains, and other leaders of prestigious Main Line Schools. Montgomery School is worth every penny. It has been a true investment in the success of my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

Montgomery School is by far, the most amazing school in all of Chester County. My children (all three of them) are thriving at this impressive school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

Montgomery School is second to none. A fantastic school that develops then whole child by embracing the world around them to inspire each child to learn and preparing them for a successful future. We have 3 children. Our oldest has been attending Montgomery for 6 years, our 2nd child for 2 years, and our 3rd will start next year. I am a product of 12 years in a private school starting in Chester Country with my last two years of high school on the main line. When we looked for a school for our children, my alma maters seemed to be obvious choice. However, Montgomery impressed us so much, that we are now sending all 3 of our children there for the entire curriculum. The teachers and staff are passionate about education and take personal interest in each child to ensure that they are growing and learning. The program at Montgomery is also very unique in that it is constantly embracing how the world changes and preparing students for the rapidly changing times ahead. I can not say enough great things about Montgomery. It may not be for everyone, but it is for families who want their children to be well rounded individuals prepared for success in academics, character, and life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2012

My child didn't enjoy kindergarten was too strict, Plus you pay so much money and they ask for donations like every month.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

Our 2 daughters have completed their first year at the school and are headed back again, 1 in elementary and 1 in middle school. One of the concerns we had was making friends early. This was not a concern very long as they both were accepted and formed great friendships throughout the year. Not only were they being challenged academically but they got individual attention from their teachers when they needed it. We look forward to another year and most of all, so do they!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

Montgomery School is wonderful! My wife and I chose this school for our daughter when she was entering Kindergarten because we knew other families in the Montgomery School community and we were attracted to the personal attention that each child seemed to receive there. We love that Montgomery only goes through 8th grade because it makes sense for us that young children are not being educated in the same environment as high schoolers. The 8th graders at Montgomery are really impressive as leaders of the school! I have no idea who some of the previous posters were talking about when they described the Head of School and the Head of Lower School. You will not meet two more caring people than Kevin Conklin or Susan Marotta. From what I have seen, the seem to know each child at Montgomery (as well as their parents) quite well. I understand that Montgomery alums have gone on to The Hill School, Episcopal, Baldwin, Haverford, Shipley, Westtown and Agnes Irwin. I look forward to my daughter having such a wide range of high school choices and I am confident that Montgomery is preparing her well for that time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

we could not have been more disatisfied with this school. Our two daughters attended the lower school but we moved them in sixth grade to a more rigorous private school in the Phila area. the school DOES NOT have a good reputation ( according to many of the middle and high school guidance counselors).....if you dont mind paying top dollar for a glorified Goddard school...then go ahead, but if you want to build on a great school with a well respected education, then stay away. A lot of fluff and no substance. I heard it isnt doing well and may close.
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Posted March 6, 2011

The school has a nurturing environment focused on character building and individualized attention to each child. My child started in 3rd grade and has blossomed into a confident public speaker and young person. Prior to attending Montgomery my child was extremely shy and would not ask questions or speak to adults unless pressed. The quality of education is much higher, more diverse, and provides a much richer curriculum than public schools in the area. There is a high tuition price for this richness in curriculum. Montgomery has a rich arts program and lots of extracurricular choices. After reading the post from the former bitter student who struggled socially, I agree that such a small # of kids does not do justice to the "quirky" kid or the kid who does not fit within "the box." If your child struggles socially, a larger public school that has more support systems in place to address these issues would be better. The school would be wise to consider how it could serve this population. If it wasn't for this and the extremely high tuition ($21,500 for 11-12 elementary school!), we would give it 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2010

I have been a grandparent of five Montgomery School children over the past 10 years. As I have visited the classrooms on Grandparents and Special Friends' Day, I have seen the wonderful interaction between the individual students and the teachers. One can observe the challenging topics and means of presentation. Add this to the general love of learning ambience and one has the perfect academic setting.


Posted December 17, 2010

We have been in the Montgomery "family" now for 5 years, having started with our oldest in the Preschool program. Both of our girls (now a second grader and a Kindergartener) really feel like they are integral part of a school "family". Mr. Conklin is a strong leader with an open, caring, genuine style.The atmosphere at Montgomery encourages strong character, confidence, self-expression, and responsibility. Academically, Montgomery shines in nurturing any areas for growth, while challenging and developing our children's strong suits. Teachers set the bar high for their students in terms of expectations, but the small teacher-student ratio allows them to fully and personally know our children and maximize their potential. I can honestly say I have always felt Montgomery cares deeply for my children and their futures. Montgomery is a rare gem. We feel lucky sending our children there.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 71%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 4% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Drama

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  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20am
School end time
  • 3:15 (ls), 4:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Kevin R. Conklin
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (610) 827-7639

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  • French
  • Spanish

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  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball

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Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1141 Kimberton Road
Chester Springs, PA 19425
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