Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet provides extensive supports for my child's learning issues. The Montessori setting naturally allows for choice and indicidualized processing. THree years with the same teachers helps my child feel trust, caring, and support, and we are not having to "retrain" new teachers each year. The staff are nurturing and relationships are strong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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