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PK-7
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Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 674
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901 Sue Barnett Drive
Houston, TX 77018

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(713) 696-2930
(713) 696-2932
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August 24, 2014
We started searching for schools before our daughter was born and Garden Oaks Montessori has proven to be the best choice . All you parents out there doing your research reading reviews and checking stats , I wish you well . Just don't believe the hype that you see on the rankings pages of best schools in this city . My family prefers a school that remembers our child is worth more than her last TASK . If this school could be rated on focusing on your child to encourage community , self confidence leadership and becoming ready for their next level of education , then they would be number 1 . Yes , we have made the right decision to jump start her school career here at GOMM .

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2014
Totally misleading. Rude office staff. Some of the parents have an highly inflated perception of themselves and the GO community. Teaching (in my daughter's class) was minimal. Classroom management was horrible. My daughter came home every day talking about how noisy the classroom was and how other kids were distracting her, or getting into trouble, or causing the class to lose activities. Her Stanford test scores went down after attending GO. Extremely disappointing. Listen to the negative reviews. It's really NOT just one or two parents with problem children. My daughter is an extremely discipline, high achiever. My husband and I are both educators. We knew almost immediately (but not quickly enough) that it was a mistake to enroll her here. Parents are really involved which is a great thing, but parent involvement can also have ugly intentions. Pick another magnet school. There are WAY better ones out there.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My school is amazing! It was a Magnet Schools of America school of Distinction. Always something happening to support families and children. Happy children who love learning - more than just test scores!

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
My two granddaughter have attended this school since PreK. They are now in grades 6 and 3. We have been very impressed with the curriculum and the incredible support they teceive from their teachers. It has a caring and family atmosphere. Go Garden Oaks.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2014
Garden Oaks is a great place for social fun. There's lots of parental involvement, and the school calendar is loaded - very impressive. We are NOT happy with the level of teaching, however. The Montessori Program doesn't appear to work at the school level, and we don't believe that it is a true Montessorit program, especially since children have to take STAAR tests. It all looks great on paper and during walk throughs. As it turns out, we are HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED, but "different strokes for different folks." This is a great forum for parents to express their own personal views, experiences and perspectives of this school. Each will vary, but should be respected, so parents looking for a campus can make their choices based on ratings/comments. Each will need to see and learn for themselves just as we did. We just can't tell you how disappointed we are.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
Garden Oaks has been fantastic!! The teachers recognize the students as individuals and help them foster their strengths. I love that the environment teaches personal accountability and allows them to build skills for successful lifelong learning. My children grasp on to concepts quickly because they can explore the topic in a number of ways. They aren't confined to learning based on what they can accomplish at a desk. Because they work in classrooms that span 3 yr age groups, they learn how to appreciate and communicate with people that span different abilities. Students encourage their classmates to be their best. This school is literally building all the skills needed for future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
There have been some comments on here about the school's test scores. All of my children attend Garden Oaks and I am not the least bit concerned about the school's test scores. A Montessori program focuses on the whole child and on so many more factors than can be measured by a standardized test. Additionally -- Montessori is designed so that children can learn at their own pace. The traditional system is not designed for this (which goes against everything we know about human learning), and I will argue that the problem with any school's test scores is not a reflection of the quality of the teaching. It is only a reflection of the reality that all children learn at different individual paces. A traditional model ignores this reality. I don't need a test score to be able to observe learning in my own child. Garden Oaks is a wonderful school and we are so impressed with the growth and progress across a wide variety of skills and knowledge that we have witnessed in our own children as a result of the guidance and support of the caring educators at Garden Oaks.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
Great school. Lots of parent involvement and friendly environment. This is not a traditional kind of education. Do your research on montessori education before enrolling your child. It might not fit with your children's personality or learning capabilities.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
As an educator I have very high standards for my children. Garden Oaks Montessori has met those standards. After reading many comments here I do see that some parents may not agree with the Montessori method for their child. That is what is great about education- there are choices! We have been at GOMM for 7 years and are proud of the school. I have a child with special needs as well as one who is very gifted. This school meets the array of needs they both have and work with me to support them. I am thrilled that there is a middle school program there now. This helps eliminate a massive change at a vulnerable time in a child's life. The principal is an advocate for all of the diverse children at the campus.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
Our family moved to Houston from South Africa in 2011. Our daughter had been traumatised by violence in that country. Within 6 months at Garden Oaks our daughter had changed completely. She was smiling, talking easily, and interacting fearlessly! The teachers are compassionate and hardworking and the principal is simply outstanding. She is being challenged academically and doing very well, thanks to ongoing support and extra help twice a week from her teacher. Our daughter went through a patch of being bullied about 6 months after we got there, but the teacher dealt with it swiftly and immediately and it ended very quickly - at every stage we were supported and taken very seriously. We consider ourselves enormously privileged to have our daughter at Garden Oaks. The Montessori System is very well run and the lady who manages it in the school is an outstanding teacher. Classes are small and the middle school is growing each year. The parent organisation is excellent and the principle supports and works closely with the PTO. In our opinion the principal's warm and caring personality and the teachers hardwork and care is the secret to this incredible schools success!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
When we were considering moving to the Houston area, we wanted to be sure we were in Houston ISD so we could put our children in the magnet school program. We are so happy that our children were accepted at Garden Oaks! The school is 45 min. (one way) from our house, but we don't mind one bit - that's how much we love this school! Great teachers, great staff, great principal, beautiful campus, and TONS of parent support! We look forward to many years in the Montessori classrooms at Garden Oaks.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
Our kids go to GOES and we are pretty involved both at school and in their every day education. If you are looking for community, this is the place for you. If you are looking for education, then look elsewhere! Our kids are so far behind we have had to hire private tutors. I know of many kids whose teachers offer additional instruction after school, weekends and during the summer months at the parents' expense. There is no transparency and what is said and done at this school are completely different things! The principal is receptive but I thin completely in denial of the teaching quality. We are so disappointed...we, too, had great expectations!! There is a lot of talk of leadership and education but it surely is everything but! I find that the teachers are preparing from standarized test to standarized test and no focus on basic reading, science, and math. We are currently awaiting magnet application decisions to transfer elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
I have two sons at GOE (PK-4 and 2nd). I'm rating this school as excellent because: 1. Teachers: between the two of them we have had 4 different teachers. All 4 of them have been great. They have not been perfect, and they each have/had their own way to conduct the class, but they were all instrumental in teaching my boys the process of learning, fomenting an inquisitive mind, and guiding them to become more aware and caring members of their community. 2. Principal Leadership: My boys have both created problems as well as suffered from other kid's misbehavior, and on all occasions we felt that the teachers, the staff, and the Principal were diligently working in solving the issues fairly; and we have been happy with the final resolutions for each problem. 3. Parent Involvement: is outstanding; I have never seen anything like it. // GOE is the right fit for our family, and we feel very fortunate to be in it. I believe, though, that to be successful in any school (Traditional or Montessori), everyone in the family has to understand the method and be on-board... Seek first to understand then to be understood as they say around here... Best of luck with your choice!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
The extraordinarily responsive and deeply invested principal, faculty and staff are the highlight of Garden Oaks Montessori. We transferred in from an "exemplary school" which was a dismal and even dangerous environment for my children. If you want a traditional militaristic "get in line and be quiet" sort of atmosphere for your child to blossom, then go elsewhere. Garden Oaks Montessori gives all students the *opportunity* to thrive. I would warn anyone whose children do not have Montessori experience to be cognisant of their child's need for transition. A child who is used to having the whip cracked in order to get their work done is going to have to learn how to manage their own time and take responsibility for their own work and their own progress. If you don't have faith in your child's ability to learn this valuable skill, then Garden Oaks is going to disappoint you. Attendance at the first PTO meeting of the 2013-14 school year was almost half teachers and staff. These people are dedicated to what they do, and to the children they serve. This is a beautiful, caring community and we are so blessed to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
I'm sadden to see all the negative reviews for what I consider to be a fantastic school. This is my child's fourth year and she has learned so much and looks forward to going to school every day. Because of the Montessori programming, she is never bored and is able to excel at her own pace and has been able to do work far above her grade level. The two teachers my child has had during her academic career have been wonderful and easily accessible. I cannot say enough about our principle who has really done a remarkable job at ensuring that every child is safe and is receiving a fantastic education despite budget cuts. As a friend of mine once said, Montessori is for every child, but not for every parent. Sometimes what appears to be just play or non educational, truly is exploration and a learning experience/lesson. I recommend this school to everyone who has children. And my child proudly tells people she is a Garden Oaks Eagle!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
We have all 3 of our kids at this school. We are not zoned to it, so we feel extremely lucky to have gotten in via the lottery system. We have been so impressed with each of our children's teachers. Not only are they amazing teachers but they are also warm and caring. Not a day goes by without our kids impressing us with what they learned at school. In addition, the parents are also amazing. It's such a great community. I'm disappointed and saddened to see one parent repeatedly posting negative comments. Montessori is not for everyone, but if it fits how your child learns, there is no better school than Garden Oaks Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
This is an amazing school that has given my children leadership and skills that you can't find in another environment. I find it frustrating that so many negative things to offer without much offer of solutions. No school is perfect, but the best way to get close to perfect is parent involvement. This means volunteering in the classrooms, on the PTO or even at one of the many weekend/evening school sponsored events. If you just sit back and let it happen around you, you have no voice. Using social media and anonymous postings does offer a valid voice where concerns can be addressed.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
Garden Oaks Montessori is an amazing school with loving educators who work long after school ends each day, each week, each vacation to make sure that the children in their classes learn and grown as they need to learn and grow. I have 2 children at GO. One is in Children's House and one in Lower Elementary. My just turned four year old is starting to read and my first grader cried on the last day of school because she didn't want to leave her teacher. Both of my children's teachers spend time at school in the evenings and on weekends making sure their classrooms are creative, educational, fun and aesthetically pleasing. They are investing their time continuously in my children and I will continue to invest my time in Garden Oaks Montessori. I find the leadership at Garden Oaks professional and caring.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
I have two children who attend Garden Oaks and we are beyond happy with the school! My kids are now in kindergarten and they started when they were in Pre-K 3. They both love their classes, teachers and I'm continually impressed with their academic achievements! The teachers get to know your children and help them learn new information through their strengths. There's also a great sense of classroom community, both on the student level and the parent level. And the parental involvement is unbelievable! This is a school where parents make a difference and want to be involved in their children's education. I can not say enough good things about Garden Oaks Montessori and look forward to my children continuing their education at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
My child's teacher is well trained, individualizes instruction for all in her classroom, and I have observed in the classroom. I am very pleased with the Montessori program, after school programs and the education my child is receiving.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
I am reading the posts regarding the closure of the remaining two traditional classrooms. School program transitions are always difficult however, the posts that refers to traditional scores being higher is incorrect. Last year's traditional classroom scores were far lower than the Montessori program passing rates on STAAR.- I encourage parents who have these misperceptions to contact our principal for the exact numbers - they would clearly be surprised! Montessori education is amazing!

- submitted by a teacher
September 13, 2012
In reading the parent review from 8/31, I feel compelled to respond. Speaking as a parent who has 2 children entering their 4th year at GOES since the age of 3, I feel that the review was not fair, especially since it appears to be from a new parent basing it on the 1st wk of school. Due to the severe budget cuts of the last legislative session, the principal continues to be creative in working harder with less. In trying to prepare for the 1st year of harsh cuts, while many other schools were laying off their employees, she was able to cut her budget and keep every one of her staff (the Magnet grant has does not cover employee salaries). She is extremely supportive of parents and staff. She works late into the night on campus, attends most -if not all- school events and PTO board meetings, and she's never unanswered any of my emails. The previous parent stated, "You'd be surprised how well people would work and give of their time and services if their voices/opinions were considered/heard." This is reflected with the principal's leadership. Due to our strong parent base and volunteer hours, we were the only school in the magnet grant that met the parent involvement requirement.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2012
I am so happy to work at Garden Oaks Elementary. The school climate and culture is welcoming and encouraging. My colleagues are top notch professionals, who always put students first when making decisions. As a long time educator in public school systems, I rate this campus as excellent, because of the dedication to, and compassion for students, from PK through 6th grade. The Montessori program at Garden Oaks differentiates instruction for each student, found popular for the past 17 years by parents here, who have actively supported Montessori education in the public sector. The focus on environmental science is a growing attraction and fits well with the beautiful access to outdoor education. Please come visit our school and take a tour to see for yourself the smiling, happy faces of students, parents and staff. A real gem in a lovely neighborhood, this school is a magnet Montessori school, open to enrollment from outside its zone by lottery through the district's magnet program. I love teaching here, and look forward to the new school year. Garden Oaks is a place where children flourish.

- submitted by a teacher
July 03, 2012
I work in the field of education and have very high standards. GOES has exceeded my expectations! The teachers are very dedicated and definitely go above and beyond to engage students. The principal is accessible and proactive. All of the other students and parents I have had contact with have been friendly. There are assistants in the rooms with the youngest kids. Montessori is great for teaching children how to learn (not what to know for a test) and work to solve problems independently or in a group. The environmental science aspect is an added bonus.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
We LOVE this school! Classes start at PK3 and go through 6th grade. The school itself has a wonderful community feel with outdoor classrooms and classroom gardens. Teachers and staff are dedicated and care for the success of all students on campus. The after-school program has tons of offerings for all of the students on campus.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
I am a parent of a child at Garden Oaks Elementary and an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston. As a fellow educator and parent, I have seen tremendous growth in my son's reading ability, writing ability, cumulative comprehension in Social Studies, Geography, Natural Sciences, Math, and Art, as well as a deep respect for himself, others, and the world around him. He has self esteem and uses conscious decision making skills every day, skills he has learned in the classroom as a result of Montessori. We really believe in the Montessori mode of teaching at GOES!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
Garden Oaks is a very special place. I know my child is receiving an individualized education that is top notch. The Montessori program supports my daughter and allows her to work on very advance work. I love the community feel of the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
Garden Oaks Elementary has not only provided a quality education for my children but a strong, loving community for our entire family. My kids feel completely at home at their school and a sense of pride and ownership. They have been in the Montessori Program since they were each 3 years old. They are now going into 3rd and 4th grade. The multi year classrooms provide opportunity for peer education and leadership skills. If we had to pick all over again, we would be right where we are. Doesn't get any better than that!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
Thought this would be a great fit for our children, but was disappointed. Older kids where rude, not all but most. The principle was in denial about the bad teachers. There seemed to be a click of parents that were involved but not very open to the new or incoming parents. I don't know my be good for some just not for us.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with this school. We had very high hopes, but soon realized it did not work for us. Our child became bored and not interested in attending school. She also picked up some very bad habits from the older montessori children, including their cuss words. We never got feedback from the teacher, and our child started falling behind. This school is not good at all for the really young kids, as the teachers cannot dedicate the time to helping them. The classes are just too big. The school seems to have a strong parental base, which is good. However, it also has its share of bad kids, who can bring the good kids down.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
wow, cant say enough about the dedication of this staff. my child began the first grade nervous, not liking school and unable to read. within two months, she loved school, loved her teacher ms. davis and was READING and WRITING. She still enjoys school, and I could not ask for more from a 1,000 dollar per month private montessori school - and unlike many private schools, GOE has the resources to identify and help students who may have learning disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
Very disappointed the Montessori program will now be mandated, rather than optional. We will now have to look outside our own neighborhood for traditional education programs. And, for the Montessori supporters, this is not a commentary on the quality of the program. I'm sure it is great for some children - but certainly not all. Whether or not to send a child to such a program should be up to the parents, not the school district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Because GOES is a great place for children to grow and learn not only the academics to be successful in life, but also learning about how to give to the community and values such as respect, world peace, responsibility, caring, honor, perseverance etc. The teachers at Garden Oaks really care for the future of their students and give more than lessons to help this children develop a character and become a world citizens.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
I love Garden Oaks Elementary School for many reasons: 1. It is a free Montessori education 2. It is has an incredible outdoor garden campus 3. The school is tucked away in a beautiful safe neighborhood 4. The staff and principal are wonderful 5. Parent involvement is outstanding 6. (And most important) Children are happy and they are learning What is not to love!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The parents, the kids, the teachers, the principle, the support staff, Montessori, the school grounds. I'll stop now, it sounds like an Oscar's thanks! We love the schoo!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The parents and teachers are great. The gounds are beautiful and lots of outdoor space for kids to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Public Montessori, a great community of people, wonderful teachers and administators!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
excellent community involvement in school. Great opportunities for Montessori education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 28, 2010
I am a proud parent of 2 children who get to benefit from the Montessori education method offered at Garden Oaks. Not too many school districts in the nation offer public Montessori and I must commend the decision makers at HISD in supporting alternative education methods.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
My children love the montessori program that this school has to offer. I love the teachers. And the principal and staff are just wonderful. I think it is a fantastic school. Just big enough to participate in various activities and just small enough to have a real neighborhood environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
A very warm school. Not many students but all are welcome from my experience as a garden oaks mom. Teachers are warm and many of them have several years of experience. We have parents who put everything they have into it. We have have teachers who love the students. We have students, teachers, and parents willing to do whatever it takes to make the school the best it can be!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2009
This school has a fantastic Montossori Program! If you are looking for a school that keeps up with triditonal expectations and still allows a child to grow at their own pace. A school that offers on on one attention and encourages parent envolvement then this is a great school for you! We have a son who is a slow learner and a son who excells in every area and this school was able to meet both of our sons needs. We love the administration and the teachers. The communication between them and the parents is great. You can really feel that you can work out your problems here at this school. We highly reccommend it to anyone. This school has a good ethnic mix which we believe attributes to it's lower test scores. But all of the teachers are wonderful! We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2008
My children have done very well at Garden Oaks Elementary -- they love learning, have excellent teachers, a pretty campus, stellar test scores, teachers who teach up to their potential, classmates in our neighborhood & to top it off, we walk to school!

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2008
The 'habitat' area is beautiful as are many other gardens at the school -- cared for by students, teachers & parents. Both the traditional and Montessori classes have excellent teachers. My children are upper income as well as g/t (Vanguard) and they have done very well at Garden Oaks Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2008
'Horrible'? Come and see! Better yet become one of our many volunteers! GO is a unique community school utilizing the outdoors with a thriving Urban Harvest garden program, many natural settings for learning and an excellent pond habitat. The dedicated staff needs no defense.

- submitted by a teacher
February 29, 2008
The school is horrible. Teachers do not teach. They visit all day long. Students are allowed to play in class and the principal does nothing about it. Just look at the TAKS scores! I moved my child form this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2007
My children (in 1st and 3rd grade) are excelling at this school and they love learning! Their teachers have been excellent. My 1st grade girl and 3rd grade boy have both tested into Vanguard (G/T), and they have been well challenged by Garden Oak's certified Vanguard teachers. The principal has also been very responsive, setting up a new Spanish class in response to parents' requests.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
excellent teaching. teachers very experienced. teachers very helpful. lots of parent involvement-strong PTA. not too much extracurricular activities available.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
My children have been in the Montessori program since age 3 (currently in 1st and 2nd grades) and we love the program. The program has excellent teachers and really challenges the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
We tried in vain to get speech therapy for our daughter starting over 1 year ago. The school's speech therapist went on maternaty leave for 3 months and then quit after coming back for 10 days. The school did nothing to help us get therapy from another school. This year, they are telling us that we do not qualify for any speech therapy services because our daughter goes to private school. I feel this is a systemic problem of public schools in Texas and the nation. I will keep my daughter in private school where they care about her and not about getting more money if my daughter enrolls with them. HISD should be ashamed of themselves for denying us a much needed service. No wonder people want to reduce funding to public schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2003
i believe this school does not reconize pre-schoolers. it seems like pre-k is just somewhere to go for 3 hours

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Core Beliefs: Authentic problem-solving Critical-thinking, reasoning and decision-making Rigoeous core curriculum including environmental sciences Applying digital technologies Developing social and academic responsibility, So that we empower our children with 21st Century tools to communicate and advocate for our Earth and themselves.

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Garden Oaks Elementary School
901 Sue Barnett Drive, Houston, TX  77018
(713) 696-2930
Last modified Garden Oaks Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-7. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Garden Oaks Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top