The Montessori-trained teachers seem to be very well trained, patient, effective and organized. I know they have put much more work into their environment than most traditional teachers, which is already quite a lot. Their persistence, dedication and effort really show in their classrooms.
Not being "attached" to a "regular" classroom, I am not sure of the amount of homework given, but my perception is that the students do not have a burdening amount of homework outside of school. As a frustrated parent whose children are at another school and are constantly burdened with rote busy-work that affects our entire family time, I know how important it is to not overburden students and families, and Mata does not seem to do this. Perhaps this follows from the Montessori Method.
The Montessori approach especially, has helped students learn patient, calm and respectful interpersonal skills. Staff models respect, and students are given responsibility congruent with the amount of respect they learn to show toward others.
I have never been at a school that is more dedicated to what is truly best for the students as much as Mata. Aside from mandates by the district/state that must be followed, the emphasis is not on how the numbers make the administration "look", but on how we can best develop the students and be a quality staff.
The administrators and staff have put forth incredible amounts of work, time and energy to completely overhaul and develop a new (to our school) approach to learning that has made a huge impact on students, our community and our district. The transformations have been amazing, and our staff is so dedicated and tireless. Their ongoing expenditure shows in the amazing learning community they have developed.
This is our first year and the first year Mata has become a Montessori school. Cannot say enough wonderful things about our principal, Mrs. Vega. We have an amazing PTA and strong community for this school of choice. So happy to be apart of Mata!
Mata is a brand new montessori program in the Woodrow feeder pattern. We left a "10" school to attend it. The school is fine but seems understaffed for a montessori program. I am not sure how many people are truly certified--beyond the quickie training. People are passionate, but there are issues. Montessori and testing don't go together and there is a lot of testing at Mata. It is a very diverse student body and that can have appeal. There seem to be quite a few discipline problems for such a tiny school. Eventually it will be a pre-k through 8 school. The jury is still out for our child. We will see what happens as the school adds grade levels. The parents and staff are trying hard.