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1513 Hall - Johnson Road
Colleyville, TX 76034

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April 28, 2015
The guides at this school are exceptional! They have a strong level of commitment to their students and go above and beyond to ensure development of the whole student. They get 5 stars! Notably, the school is now Waypoint Montessori. In the last two years, there was a change in administration. It seems as though the staff is going through a transitional period under the new leadership. Some seasoned staff have left and others seem to have pondered leaving. This may work itself out over the next few years. As of now, it appears confusing to a parent looking in from the outside and makes you question what is really going on behind the scenes. Classes, are comprised of a wide range of students. Some students benefit from the Montessori approach, while others do not seem to benefit. At times it seems that they accept students who probably don't show promise in the Montessori environment and have needs above and beyond what is offered. Several students would greatly benefit from direct instruction in bullying prevention and promoting kindness from a trained professional. Overall, the school is average, especially when you consider the tuition you pay.

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December 20, 2014
I first learned of BGMS by attending the parent infant class with my son, going one day a week for 2 hours over a period of 10 or so months. I had zero exposure or understanding of Montessori (and more specifically, true AMI Montessori) until this time. I work from home and originally had planned to keep my children home with me along with a nanny until they started Kindergarden. Any kind of daycare seemed unnecessary. My exposure to BGMS during the parent infant class completely changed my mind. Around 18 months I felt my son truly NEEDED to be submerged into this environment more than 2 hours a week and my instincts were right. He has absolutely thrived in the toddler community. I have very minimal power struggles with my just turned 2 year old and have never seen a tantrum out of him. I attribute most of this to him feeling fulfilled during the day at school and my husband and I learning the 'Montessori way' of how to communicate with him on a daily basis through wonderful direction given to me by the guides. He is already potty trained and his lunches always consist of fresh, non-processed foods. I am a very pleased parent and plan to send all of our children here.

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May 27, 2014
Worked for one our two kids, but had some difficulty transitioning to public elementary from the self guided Montessori program to the more structured elementary approach used in our public school. We felt the class sizes was little large given the price. Could benefit from more physical activity. Some kids seemed to thrive, some didn't with their approach.

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January 28, 2014
We just love our school! My children have attended for over 4 years and I cannot imagine giving them a greater gift than BGMS. Our children are confident, happy and self motivated. The guides are kind, caring and personally invested in following the AMI standards that drew us to the school. It's easy to get feedback from guides via email. I feel lucky to be part of this community!

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January 22, 2014
We have had a wonderful experience with this school! We have two children enrolled and have been happy with both our teachers and the other kids. Everyone is helpful and engaged when we have concerns and questions. The new administration has been smooth to come in and hasn't disrupted our experience with the classes at all. I hope to keep our kids here through middle school.

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September 01, 2012
The elementary program has problems. Attrition is high in the elementary school. Class size is too large. The guides do not provide enough guidance and do not utilize Montessori methods such as the 3 period lesson. They do not provide guidance such as a work plan for students to organize and plan their work. Classrooms are noisy, chaotic, and have behavior problems. There is some bullying and meanness that goes on unchecked and happens over and over again without intervention or guidance. The tuition is higher than most. The class size is higher than most. The before and after school care is not drop in and is overpriced. The extra-curriculars are all over priced. No PE or sports. The students do not spend time actively playing during recess or time in the gardens. There is very little physical activity and there is no hot lunch program. The spanish program is ineffective. The spanish teacher comes to do some conversational spanish for those that want to join her in a corner of the room. Independence is supported, but with little guidance and some children have transferred into the school with behavior problems this combination leads to problems.

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April 30, 2012
My son has attended BGMS since he was a toddler, and we continue to be very pleased with his progress, now in lower elementary. Staff is well qualified/certified and most guides have been there for the past five years or longer. I feel strongly that the staff and administration works hard to maintain and strengthen the curriculum and learning environment. For us, an overwhelmingly positive experience pretty much all around.

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October 28, 2011
My kids have attended BGMS for the past 7 years, and we have been extremely happy with the school, the environment, the campus. The school promotes independence and curiosity in a warm, caring environment.

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May 08, 2010
BGMS is an outstanding AMI Montessori school! We have 2 boys who have thrived in the Primary & Lower Elementary programs. The guides nuture each invididual child's social, emotional & academic potential. The beauty of the Montessori method allows each individual to grow, develop an internal love of learning and learn responsibility. The new adolescent program is exciting. The 7th graders have visited Anasasi Indian Pueblos in New Mexico, developed their own business model and even enjoy weekly yoga classes. I would highly recommend BGMS to anyone who wants so much more than just TAKS test & group think mentality for their child.

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December 08, 2008
BGMS is a wonderful environment in which our son has thrived. His amazing ability to learn new concepts and achieve academics far beyond his years is due in large part to the nurturing environment and his amazing guides. The before and after school program is spactacular - the guide there is experienced and fair with the children. However, the only complaint I have is that it is difficult to communicate with the staff for families with two working parents. We do everything that we can to afford this school and it is challenging to feel like we are kept in the loop since neither of us are on campus except for drop off and pick up. This is a challenge for the administration. Despite this we love the positive effect BGMS has on our son and we appreciate the diversity of the student and guide population.

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May 25, 2008
My son attends BGMS and we are very pleased with it. He did start school at another Montessori Academy when he was 18 months. He cried daily there. Since he has gone to BGMS everyday he says bye and is off so confident and happy. The guides are wonderful! I love the enviroment the school provides. This school is a little pricey but in comparrison not too much more and totally worth it!

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January 17, 2008
this is a wonderful school. the teachers are outstanding and the community is warm and welcoming. Both of our children have been in the school since they were 18 months. I have seen a huge change in them. The have a genunie love of learning and are always so excited to go to school. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to raise confident, independant, creative children.

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September 22, 2007
Our daughter started at BGMS about four years ago, when she was almost three. She has truly thrived in the nurturning and encouraging environment that they have provided. The school really encourages independence and much of the work does not result in work product that you can bring home. At five, my daughter was reading above a second grade level. At six, she does addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division - her geography has been impressive since she was three. I credit at least part of that to her excellent guides. They offer a few after school activities each semester, such as extra spanish, art, or sports. Extended day and elementary students take Spanish. Elementary kids also take music and art. They have an excellent before and after care program. In addition to the camping trips, elementary students are allowed to plan field trips to enrich what they are studying.

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September 08, 2007
BGMS provides an excellent academic environment while at the same time instilling self discipline, self confidence, and respect for others. Our children love the school and love learning -- we love the Guides, the campus, and the genuine sense of community!

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August 13, 2007
This school is overpriced and not that great. My child goes there, we moved from another Montessori, since it was going through some changes at the time. But that montessori was way better than this one. There is no feedback as to what the child does all day, unless you ask, as opposed to other schools where you get a folder at the end of the week, with what they do. For all the money they take, there are no extra curricular activities, no field trips etc. they say they have spanish classes, but I have not seen any change in my childs Spanish skills. We believe in the montessori method, but there are not that many montessori school in the area HEB/GrapevineColleyville area, that is the only reason we are there.

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February 21, 2007
BGMS is an exceptional place & we feel so fortunate to have our daughter there. It's more than the school, it's the whole environment - the classrooms & campus, the passion the teachers have for their work & for the children themselves, & all the ways they work to provide our children with a total learning experience. Strong, solid, academic education in addition to guiding the children and enabling them to blossom into the wonderful people that they are & the adults they will become. Life skills, helping others, self-discipline, pride in one's own work ... the list goes on. The school is also excellent in working with the parents to understand Montessori & the classroom environment. We love it here!

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March 13, 2006
Barbara Gordon Montessori school is just plain excellence. My daughter attended from 2 yrs of age until the beginning of second grade. Our plan was to keep her there until 6th grade, but unfortunately we moved. The students are constantly working on both academics and 'practicial life skills' such as cleaning up after their themselves, respecting others, etc. When we transferred, even though it was another private school, my daughter was way ahead in math, geography and science. They offered music once a week with an instructor with a master's degree, and Spanish twice a week with a native speaker. The whole elementary grades 1-3 went on two annual overnight camping trips were they studied plants, etc. Just a great school.

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Waypoint Montessori is a collaborative learning environment that provides integrated, whole-child education through the proven authentic Montessori method, as defined by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Established in 1971, Waypoint Montessori serves children ages 14 months through 14 years (8th grade) and is accredited through TAAPS and AMI. Waypoint is nestled on nine wooded acres in Colleyville, Texas, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth.

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Barbara Gordon Montessori School
1513 Hall - Johnson Road, Colleyville, TX  76034
(817) 354-6670
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