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1st Class Montessori School

Private | PK-1 | 25 students

Montessori, foreign languages, piano classes, music concerts, sign language.

 

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
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Posted August 9, 2013

My son started at 1st Class Montessori School in 2012 as a kindergartener and after being transferred from a public school environment. Since then, he has taken the Stanford Achievement Test and scored above average in environmental science, has taken vocal and piano lessons, performed in a Christmas concert and piano recital at the Cordova location and is advancing in his reading. He sings on his way to school and when I pick him up - a clear indication of his happiness and comfort at his school. In addition, the environment is very clean, neat and orderly. I am very happy with 1st Class Montessori School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

My child has attended for 2 school years now at the Cordova location on Appling and the learning is phenomenal. She is only 4 and is learning other languages, how to type,piano, on top of the traditional ABCs and 123s. They really challenge the children to excel and incorporate traditional and Montessori values. She has homework weekly and the teachers are good at what they do. A few teachers could be more friendly and warm and the school needs to increase parent involvement. I would recommend overall. the main drawback is its expensive for us right now and we will soon pull her out and hope for a great public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

I'm really impressed with 1st Class Montessori. The Director and Staff really care about the kids growth and development. My son has really benefited from the learning experiences at 1st Class.
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Posted October 9, 2009

1st Class Montessori is the best. Thanks to the Directors and staff. My daughter doesn't ask to watch tv, but ask to read a book, and write. 1st Class Montessori staff seems to enjoy seeing their work blossom into very gifted and intelligent students. Thanks again Mrs. Hibbler, Ms. Thorpe, and staff for doing an excellent job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I am very satisfied with level of learning my son has gained. He has learned so much in a short amount of time. I know the sky is the limit.
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Posted July 21, 2009

Ist Class Montessori has proven to be all that I had heard about it and more. The professionalism and dedication of the staff has set such high standards with me and the other parents. The education my grandson acquired at this school has allowed him to be able to compete against students any where in this state or across the country. I will forever recommend this school to any parent. Keep up the good work you are doing!!!


Posted March 4, 2009

1st Class Montessori has set a great foundation for my son. He has learned so much. My son has been with this school for three years. This will be his last year with 1st Class and I hate to see him go. But they have set the path for him. A great start for your child. They begin at age three. He speaks three different languages not including English! Outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

This is a wonderful school for our beautiful beginners, i only wished that it was from pre-school to high school. I would certainly recomend all with small children to start at first class. Those kids are so well advanced. Great leadership also.


Posted January 20, 2008

First Class, has began to fall in some areas. As far as academics is concerned it is okay as far as I can see. There are now getting ready to expand to two locations, I hope that they do not lose their quality while trying to concentrate on quantity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

Great School / Great Place / Great People. I would highly recommend to all who want their children to start with an advantage.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 90% 25%
White 10% 69%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 5%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Japanese
American sign language
Swahili
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • American sign language
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Japanese
  • Other
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 6:30 am
School end time
  • 6:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Evelyn Thorpe-Hibbler
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • American Montessori Association
  • Tennessee Department of Education
Fax number
  • (901) 726-6067

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Music
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • American sign language
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Japanese
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
70
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
125

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
No.
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1336 Peabody Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
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Phone: (901) 274-5622

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