As a highly satisfied parent of a child attending the Montessori School of Franklin for the last four years, I can tell you that my child has thrived in Ms. Patti's room and in the elementary classroom. My child has grown in self confidence, academic knowledge and life skills far beyond friends in other schools. I can honestly say that no one's perfect, but any issue I have had has been addressed promptly and I have worked with the staff to make sure I am doing my part to give my child and the school my support to ensure both are successful. There is tremendous caring at MSF for every student at every level. Ms. Bunmi is fantastic and so is Ms. Patty and Ms. Ramona and all the other teachers. People often ask me "Is your child gifted? He is so smart." My answer, "He's wonderfully gifted to be part of MSF. MSF is enabling him to reach his full potential." Thank you MSF for all you do for all of the students and for the great information you share to help the parents support our children to reach their full potential as well. A special thanks to Ms. Patty who works tirelessly as the Executive Director to make MSF a great school.
We love MSF! So impressed with the level of learning and the loving atmosphere that Ms. Patti works to create for her students.
I am writing to recommend the Montessori School of Franklin. My child thrived there! During his three primary years with Ms. Patti and Ms. Shaun, we watched him grow in confidence. He learned valuable life skills, and develop a love for learning. By the third year, he was reading from the fifth collection of Bob Books with ease. He was able to phonetically write mini-chapter books with illustrations. He knew how to solve a page of math problems, using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. He gained an understanding of the Decimal System and was able to read 4 digit numbers. The Montessori science and cultural curriculum was impressive too; and Ms. Patti was good at keeping the kids excited and engaged with cultural celebrations. I loved the fact that my son learned to manage time and read a clock, as well as keep his own calendar. He graduated with a love of knowledge, increased self-esteem and the ability to communicate with respect to peers and adults. I guess I can sum it up by saying that if I ever have another child, he will definitely get the same opportunity at Montessori School of Franklin as my last. Our family had a wonderful experience there.
We absolutely love Ms. Patty and Ms. Shaun and the whole MSF staff. This our 2nd year in Ms. Patty's Class. My child has learned so much since attending. All the staff is highly educated and have the proper training to ensure that each child is successful. We visited several schools before choosing MSF and it was by far the BEST choice. We are having no regrets about our decision. Last year was our first experience with the Montessori model and it is amazing. We would recommend this school to anyone who wants their child to successful. The best director! The best staff! and The Best Students!!!!
This school strikes a balance between genuine care/concern/nurturing and high academic excellence. My eldest daughter has been at the school for three years and is in Kindergarten now. She is reading at above a 2nd grade level, knows her numbers into the thousands with ease, can count to 30 in Spanish as well as other vocabulary and phrases, knows her planets, continents, and frankly is better at geography than me! Most of all, she LOVES to go to school! My youngest daughter just began in the Toddler program. We had tried two other schools before this program opened and due to separation anxiety she cried everyday at drop off even though the programs were excellent. The first day in Ms Melanie's class she had a bit of a sad look but went without complaint. Everyday since we've left her with a smile and a hug, usually taking work off the shelf before we're even out of the room. She is becoming very independent and secure with herself and doing many daily tasks, such as putting her shoes on, pouring water (with supervision), and more on her own at just barely 2 years. Her favorite phrase is, "I do it myself!" We LOVE this school and all of the teachers in it!
My 4 and a half year old daughter and my 3 year old son go to Montessori School of Franklin. My daughter is in Ms Bunmi's class, and my son in Ms Christy's. Ms Christy has recently arrived at MSF and is a wonderful teacher. My son LOVES her. He used to cry when I left him, but Ms Christy is so gentle and warm, and creates such a comfortable and peaceful environment in her classroom that he soon was skipping his way to the classroom and waving me off at the door with a big smile. He learns age appropriate life skills (he loves chopping fruit, making juice, pouring, gardening!), as well as introduction to maths/counting and reading/ writing. All of this in fun ways! Ms Christy lets each child be their own person, while patiently, gently steering them to grow to their full potential.
Montessori School of Franklin is a wonderful school with so much to offer each and every child. The staff is comprised of caring, compassionate, and gifted Montessori Educators who put your individual child's needs above all else. We have been amazed to watch our children grow and flourish in this environment! It is truly unique and wonderful. There are many happy parents in all of the classrooms (I am one of them!). I would recommend it to anyone I know.
Don't bother with MSF unless you can get your child into Miss Bunmi's room or have a child in elementary. The other classrooms are subpar and won't prepare your child for the next step of their education and by this I mean Kindergarten/ first grade, which is just sad. Unfortunately, I'm speaking from experience. The worst part is that this school is being run by a Board of Directors that consists of a bunch of moms who thinks that they can adequately run a school between spin classes and family vacations, and an education director with only a high school degree and her Montessori certification. Don't be fooled - it's not working for the benefit of the teachers or THE STUDENTS even tho that's really who a school is supposed to be for.
I'll keep it short... Ms. Bumni is THE reason why my daughter goes to this school. We love her.
I have been involved with Montessori education for my children for more than 6 years and in many states. This is hands down the best program my child has been in. Who can beat having the Best Teacher in Nashville (see Nashville Scene magazine). It is filled with love and compassion. I never worry about my child's safety or education when I drop her off. As an old review suggested, I did "my research". I love the parents and the staff. Since beginning with Ms. Bunmi, my daughter reads with ease. She sounds out words with phonetic skills I haven't seen in many 4 year olds. She knows her planets, lifecycles, multiplies and divides. Im excited to see what else she will learn before Kindergarten. I am so glad that someone recognized her amazing abilities and developed her in so many ways. Everyone should "do their research". They will find that those who disparage this program are actually at other flailing programs in the area. They just can't match the quality of this program without trying to tear it down. It is an amazing school with staff that care about my child as if she was their own. Dont be surprised if your child never wants to leave school!!!
Ms. Bumni named "Nashville's Best Private School Teacher" and I can tell you from personal experience that she most certainly is THE BEST. This school is simply amazing. There is a true love of learning and love for the children there. The Natural Playground is fantastic and the sustainable garden adds an element of education missing from other schools. You very simply must take the time to visit this school.
Nothing to me is more important than to whom I entrust to teach, nurture, and care for my child, and the Montessori school of Franklin leaves me with no reservations.
Montessori School of Franklin is such an amazing school. We are thankful everyday that we found it. All the teachers are devoted to the philosophy, the children and in making it a loving nurturing learning environment. Entering into his third grade year, we are amazed with the difference in our youngest son s love for learning as much, if not more, than how much he has learned. We have two older children in non-Montessori schools who are both equally intelligent as our youngest. After seeing how much they were stifled and put off with learning, we explored the Montessori philosophy of learning and are amazed with the results. The students are happy to go to school, happy to learn and actually learn, not just memorize. They learn a sense of respect, responsibility and love for themselves, others and their environment in addition to all the school subjects. The older children (Elementary age) are given the opportunity to peer teach with the younger children and my son really loves this. He loves teaching, designing the materials for his teaching and giving presentations to his class. This school is definitely worth a look.
My experience with MSF comes from observing my "grandgirls" grow and flourish in that environment. Every visit for me has been a happy one--happy children, loving and caring teachers, friendly parents and grandparents, lots of smiles and love. In addition, their new facility has given MSF a wonderful opportunity to expand and grow so as to be able to offer even more programs for the lucky children who attend.
If you want your child to love learning and be surrounded by wonderful teachers who truly care about your child and his/her development, then this is the place for you. I won't comment on the teachers who have recently left (my child is not in that classroom), but will say that the teachers my child has at MSF are fabulous. Can't wait for my second to be old enough to be enrolled.
I am sorry that someone has to bad mouth this school without the facts. It's a shame! My children love it at Montessori school of Franklin. They have done nothing but excel in everything that they do and I owe it to the teachers and staff. Not only is the school about academics but it teaches love and nurturing.
To "do your research" below - I too enrolledmy son based on the teachers alone, the same two teachers that you are refering to in your review. Since the departure of the one teacher, my son has absolutely blossomed under her replacement, who is a fully certified Montessori teacher. The replacement (who was actually the room assistant and just took the lead) has my son reading everything and anything whereas the previous two years, I was told that he wasn't ready or, in Montessori terms, wasn't 'in his sensitive period' for reading. Ha! I'd say that my child's potential is finally being realized and he is more excited than ever about school. In fact, he actually cried because school is over for the year. As for your accusations re: parents filling in, fingerprinting, the board of directors, etc, I'd encourage you to do your own research before posting inaccurate, frankly untrue reviews. Not one thing you said is correct except that they SHOULD talk to a lot of the existing parents. This school is actually better than ever.
In response to the parent below (do your research), though it is true that two teachers are beginning their own endeavor and are no longer with MSF, the integrity of the school and our commintment to the fundamental teachings of Montessori (the spirit of the child, peace education) has not shifted. The same loving nurturing environment that has guided children for a decade is thriving. Certainly it is bittersweet to lose talented beautiful teachers such as we have, but we hope that they will continue to light the world through Montessori education as we will do also. It is imperative that you do research your child's scool so please feel free to come and see our campus, meet the staff and board and see peace education and solid commitment to Montessori in action.
To any parents considering this school, be warned...do your research into what really goes on behind the scenes at this school. We enrolled our son based on the teachers alone - they had a couple that were fabulous....but this year they fired one, and the other is leaving after this year. Additionally, they have not replaced said teachers with anyone qualified. They are using parents to fill in. Parents who I am guessing have not been run through the rigorous screening process (bkg check, etc.) that a teacher would be subjected to. The school is run by a parent-led board consisting of members who have no background in education or Montessori. The individuals on the board have little integrity and even less business acumen. This school is a sinking ship. Just do your research - talk to lots of parents first. You'll find out quickly what really goes on.
I have watched my son truly become a child who loves and is excited by school. He had a poor experience at a traditional school, so we decided we needed to try an alternative school. Thank the stars above that we found Montessori of Franklin! The teachers and staff are outstanding. And the teacher/child ratio is good as well, meaning they get the one-on-one time they need. Excellent!
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