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Barbara Gordon Montessori School

Private | PK-8 | 200 students

BGMS offers authentic Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) education.

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 37%
Asian 20% N/A
Two or more races 12% N/A
Hispanic 6% 47%
Black 4% 14%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Tagalog
Spanish
French
Urdu
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AMI Recognized (2013)
  • AMI Recognized (2012)
  • AMI Recognized (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Laura Roark
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (817) 354-6665

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Barbara Gordon Montessori is the only fully recognized AMI school in Northeast Tarrant County. Our teachers are degreed,experienced, and AMI certified. A 9 acre wooded campus with separate home-like classroom buildings provides a peaceful, inspiring environment for students to explore and discover.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
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1513 Hall Johnson Road
Colleyville, TX 76034
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Phone: (817) 354-6670

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