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Bucks County Montessori CS

Charter | K-6 | 193 students

Our school is best known for its Montessori approach to learning.

 

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Posted July 9, 2012

My daughter attended this school for kindergarten and it was simply amazing. I can't believe how much she learned, the level at which she's reading and the math she's able to do at age six! The teachers are incredibly caring and dedicated. I feel very lucky that we "won" the lottery for her to attend BCMCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2011

I am currently a student at BCMCS. This school is so much fun! I love to work at my own pace and all summer I am preparing and getting excited for school. Each student independently works in the morning to finish their math, grammar, word study, and geometry. The school also has history, botany, zoology, art, writing, reading, music, computers, library, and several more. So glad I came to this school!


Posted January 26, 2011

This school is a treasure. The building itself is only a couple years old and plans are underway to make improvements to provide for more outside areas for recess. The children thrive in the Montessori environment. The entire student population is polite and respectful to the teachers and staff as well as each other. The kids are able to excel in their work without limitation, have individualized care by the teachers and extraordinary freedoms in exploring their own talents and interests. Some may think the Montessori method of teaching is not structured but the children have clear routines and responsibilities each day and are accountable for completing their work. The foundation that this experience provides the children will serve them well throughout their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

Hidden Gem in Bucks County. Teachers are caring, intelligent, creative - my children learn without feeling they are in school. At the end of the Summer they drive me crazy asking 'when do we get to go back to school'?? My child who graduated in 6th grade was a year or two ahead in math from Public schools in the area. Not crazy about appointed Board of Trustees, but inside the four walls is something special!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Our students learn at their own pace, and learn to love learning! Not only is no child left behind, but all students leap ahead!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

The teachers and staff are wonderful. They make this school great. Kudos to them! This is the perfect school for a motivated self-learner. It is not, however, for the child who is easily distracted or who needs the more structured environment of a traditional school. My son loves that he can complete his daily work, then go on to work on what interests him. I wish that the school looked more like a school and less like an office building. A parking lot is not an ideal playground for children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2009

This school is outstanding! I feel lucky we got our daughter in via the lottery. She is now is 1st grade there and doing well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

I wnet to this school last year and this school is the best school a child can ask to go to. Everything they teach you will help you in life. Viva la BCMCS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2008

My daughter has been attending BCMCS for just over 5 years now. This school is great for kids that can work independently or need to learn to do so. The older kids mentor the younger kids and students are encouraged to help each other. This is a great environment and a wonderful community. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

BCMCS is one of the greatest academically challenging charter schools in the Pennsylvania area. The teachers and administration do a fantastic job in administering and motivating the students in a true Montessori style.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2004

I love this school. My son is not an easy person to encourage to learn but, he is very intelligent. Children's House gives him the opportunity to learn and grow at his own pace. And they also encourage new challenges. The teachers are awesome and have been through alot with my son, I appreciate their patience.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

31 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

31 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
85%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
85%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

13 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

13 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students90%
Female95%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female94%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female77%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female85%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Femalen/a
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Femalen/a
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Femalen/a
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students85%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 3%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Rosetta Stone [17 Language Selections]
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brian P. Long
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Music
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Rosetta Stone [17 Language Selections]
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
31
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
180
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219 Tyburn Rd
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
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Phone: (215) 428-6700

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