All of them. Ms. Amy, Ms. Meghan, Ms. Teena, Ms. Kathleen and All their assistants and associate teachers have been exceptional and approachable and really lovely. Florence is blessed to have this little gem of a school for us.
All three of mine are at MSF. Small personal attention and the kids learn the way nature intended them to, not glued to a desk for six hours a day but interacting with their environments both inside and outside the classroom. Kids are taught respect for themselves and others, and parents are very involved in their childs' education. I would live In a trailer to keep my kids out of the clutches of government schools in these formidable years.
They are all certified in Montessori or are accumulating credits in preparation for Montessori accreditation. They all want to be there. Some have left for the promise of fat retirement pensions of the public system, but those promises can never be met anyway so why not stay where you love to teach?
My fourth grader is bringing home math homework which he loves. I check it each night so he can learn from his mistakes. Even the second graders and third graders have projects, although they are not expected to bring any work home with them.
There is accountability when students do not complete their expected tasks for the day, and rewards for achievement in the form of "free choice". You do the work, you reap the benefit. You don't do the work, you do not. This is essential prep for the Real World, where you don't get a medal for merely showing up.
My daughter is in preprimary (also attended the 2K program) at MSF. I have been very impressed with her progress academically and socially. I also value the extremely diverse school body. It is very unique for Florence.
I have a 2-year old and a first grade child at the Montessori School of Florence. My 2-year old doesn't want to leave at the end of the day and my first grader loves school. She is learning math concepts far beyond her grade level and she enjoys the variety of activities. She transitioned well from the traditional kindergarten classroom she had attended previously. Parental involvement is plentiful. Parents are encouraged to become involved with the education process and are welcome to observe their child at any time.
My daughter is in the preprimary program at Montessori of Florence and I am absolutely in awe everyday she comes home. At the age of 3 she knew the planets and the continents. She is now five and working with multiplication. She can tell you about past presidents, detailed anatomy, and geometric shapes that most adults couldn't name. Parent involement is very high and parents are always welcome to observe. I can call or walk in the door and everyone knows my name and who I am, they know my child and who her teacher is. They go to any and all lengths! I love it!