January 15, 2013
Our two boys, now in Fourth and Fifth grades, have attended the Montessori School of Columbia since preschool. The preschool program was excellent--not mere day care, but a genuine learning environment in which the children were encouraged to develop analytic and life skills. The new, expanded preschool facility--which, sadly, opened after our boys had already graduated to the elementary school--is impressive. Their experience in the elementary program has been consistently positive. It is amazing to visit the classrooms, and see all of the students quietly absorbed in their learning, singly and in small groups, with the teacher providing guidance as needed--a far cry from the regimentation and rote-learning of the traditional classroom. Teachers and assistants are caring, treating each child as an individual, encouraging self-paced realization of their fullest potential. Programs in Latin, Spanish, art, and music, are led by individuals who are enthusiastic and expert about their specialties. Parents are encouraged to participate, and their input is solicited and welcomed by the teachers, administration, and board.. In sum: an excellent school in the true Montessori tradition.
- submitted by a parent