My daughter absolutely blossomed at Southampton. She had a tough time with fine motor skills and had struggled in another preK previously, but the manipulatives helped her so much--and she discovered that while she might not be a great colorer, she was an awesome reader. She would never have known that if she wasn't in an atmosphere where she was given the opportunity to read at an early age. Her teachers were amazing, and the large classrooms are part of the Montessori philosophy. Children help teach each other. Again, that gave my child so much self-confidence. The one-on-one time my child received with the teacher was priceless, and I felt she received more and better personal attention there than anywhere else she's been. It was an incredible experience with the best teacher my daughter has had (to this day), three amazing assistants, and lots of love. I highly recommend Southampton Montessori.
While this school seems to be doing a good job in teaching kids how to read and write, it is crowded, at one point my kid's class had 30 students, and lacks teachers or staff with a good understanding of early child development. If your kids are on the "wild" side, this is not the place for them. In order for this many kids to fit in one room, they need them to be well behaved. The many rules and restrictions may give your kids the wrong impression early on that school is not for fun.
Not everyone is suitable for a Montessori environment, but with that said, we always work around a child's needs and focus on progressing them farther than what may think they are capable of. We foster creativity, personalities, and independence. Teachers are essentially guides in the classroom, which makes us appear lazy, but will give your child the ability to focus on their independence and ability to do things on their own. The previous comment on how the school's lunches are causing eczema in students has no scientific or medical basis, nor can be possible if eczema isn't already present in the child. I'm just very sad to see that some individuals negate the wonderful experience that teachers and assistants encounter with the children. We love our jobs and would not be there (many of us have been there for 5+ year) if we didn't.
My experience with this school is VERY disappointing. There is only one Montessori certified teacher in about 35 kid classroom (2 teachers at all time) and she only stays first half of the day. Most of the teachers are young girls who don't have kids of their own. Classrooms are overcrowded and such a mess (i.e. crying kids whenever I walked in) and Montessori education only lasts about one hour out of the entire day. Kids usually play by themselves (they call it "independent toy work" but I would call it "laziness" of teachers) and the main office is full of snobby people who only care about money. Parking is terrible during pick-up and drop-off and foods are just disaster (pasta, sandwich, crackers EVERYDAY) and your kids won't eat healthy vegetables at home ANYMORE. I heard one parent complained his kid developed an eczema from the junk food the child is eating at the school. The biggest disappointment among all is the lack of interaction between teachers and kids. Especially when I pick up or drop-off, teachers usually stand against the wall of the classroom and the only thing they say about your kid's day is "good" and nothing else. Below average quality for the money you pay
Southampton Montessori is an incredibly special place, and I look forward to every drop off and pick up -- seeing so many friendly, happy and caring faces -- teachers, administrative staff, and even groundskeepers, etc. Southampton Montessori is a family, not an institution - and I mean that in the most positive sense. Without going into details, the Southampton team was there for us and then some during an incredibly difficult time for our family. Their support and genuine concern for our family, as well as their actions, during that time is something that I will never forget. Southampton had our son from age 2-4, at which time he enrolled at Kinkaid ... and it was a bittersweet move as we were so happy with Southampton. Having now moved close to Kinkaid, we happily make a long drive to Southampton in order to afford our daughter the same amazing experience given to our son. I understand that I am not allowed to post teachers or staff members' names. That said, perhaps it is clear who I am from this description. To the three family members in the office, to the two teachers who taught both our kids, and to the teacher who had our daughter first - we love you!!!
This is a great place for kids to learn and have fun. The teachers love what they do and they like to see the kids grow. They also have half yearly parent-teacher feedback session. Like in every place, there is an initial adjustment process between student and teacher for a few weeks or so; but once you get over that hurdle and be patient, it pays off very well in the end. For those who complain, I would suggest be patient, learn from the process and talk to the teachers and accept that every child goes through similar steps. Our kid looks forward to school everyday - what else can I ask for.
This is a great school. My 2 children have been at this school for the last 6+ years. My daughter's teacher was wonderful and she was in the percentage when she tested into HISD Vanguard for kinder. The teachers are excellent and all care about the children and do a great job communicating with me about how my little one is doing (he is in 3 to 6 room). I think some of the negative reviews are because some kids just cannot work in a Montessori environment - but it works great for my kids.
We hesitated to put our child in this school, manly because of the bad reviews and the distance from our house. Our child was accepted to Southampton, and also another academy, and we chose the academy because of the two reasons stated above. The academy messed up and told us they had no openings until June and thus we decided to go with Southampton. I cannot tell you how glad we are that the academy made a mistake. Southampton s teachers are great. Our child is so happy; he doesn t want to leave the class when we pick him up. The facilities are clean and a great environment for learning and playing. The office staff has been very helpful and we have zero complaints about them. Again, you will interact with teachers 90% of the time and all of them are great. Parking can be complicated, but we are lucky to have a room right next to the office so it is easy to access. I have never had issues with parking either on the street or the curbside (although you cannot be gone for more than 5 minutes, which it is plenty of time) If you have any doubts, based on these bad reviews, think about it twice. We took a chance and cannot be any happier.
I am a current teacher at this school and I have worked there for nearly a decade. I must say that the teachers I work with are truely dedicated. We put our heart and souls into our classrooms and do all we can to meet the needs of each child. Montessori classrooms may appear chaotic at first but when you understand that each child is able to move about the classroom and work independently you will understand why the classroom greatly differs from a traditional classroom. I love teaching here and have no intention of leaving anytime soon!
Our daughter has gone here since she was 1 and she just tested into the Vanguard at West University Elementary for kindergarten. We have loved our experience at Southampton. The academics have been excellent AND fun for her. The teachers are energetic and conscientious. They do an excellent job of involving parents from parent teacher conferences to picnics. We feel so lucky to have picked this school and highly recommend it,
As a teacher, the Texas recognized schools that I have taught in do not even begin to compare to the achievement in learning I see here at Southampton. The Montessori materials and its methods set the child up to excel by giving them more hands on /concrete experiences in their lessons. Learning does not regress during the summer: Southampton has an all around school year which allows the children to retain the information they have learned during the year and advances them even further. The teachers here do not just care about a paycheck , like you would find at many other schools, they are so patient, always looking for a teachable moment, and genuinely love children. The administration here is AMAZING, they are always willing to listen to a parent concern and act on it immediately, they know every child and parent by name (past and present!), and they treat their staff as if we were family. As a teacher here, I can honestly say that I have the most precious children, wonderful parents, supportive staff, and you would not be able to find one teacher here at Southampton that would say differently.
One of the best (if not the best) schools in Houston. I have one child enrolled now, and one child go through four years there. It surprises me how vindictive some review are, but in reality there are bitter parents on the wait list, envious competitors, and angry former employees. The most successful people and businesses in any field have detractors. I think that comes with the territory. And, as it happens, reviews are primarily written out of spite - not content. So, I urge visitors to take negative reviews with due consideration here. My experience and observation of the administration, teachers, and environment of Southampton is and has always been wonderful. And, I highly encourage any parent looking at schools to at least take the time to visit and make up their own mind.
I would definitely like to share my experience for those considering employment here.The lady who interviewed me was great and very friendly. The owner was also very polite. However, the owners daughter who basically runs the show there is not so polite and has created the worst work environment ever. Teachers are literally afraid of everything. They walk around like zombies afraid to say anything. Her and the staff she deems worthy of anything are snobby and rude. They treat the teachers and assistants so horribly. I've heard them make fun of employees based on their weight, what they're wearing, their hair, etc. I felt like I was in high school all over again. I would walk into the office and no one would acknoledge me. I would say "bye" each day after signing out and no one would even look up. Maybe they wouldn't have to throw craigslist ads up every week looking for new staff if they could treat everyone with the same respect.
We have had our kids here for 2 years. The lead teachers are great, and most of the assistants are also. And yes, the grounds are beautiful. But..... (1) The other reviews about the 3-5 year classrooms are accurate. There are far too many kids, and my daughter had the bad luck of being placed in a room where 90% of the kids were 3-4 years old. It is frequently chaotic and emotional. Yes, the administration carefully walks the maximum line regarding teacher:student ratio regulations, however they do not adhere to Montessori standards that call for a lower ratio. My daughter does not receive the Montessori experience that I am paying for. There is one Montessori certified teacher in a room of 31 small children, and she is only there for the first part of the day. (2) Interaction between parents is passively discouraged. There are no parent events, no "room moms", no option to include your contact information in a registry or class list. The reason is simple - a group of parents has a louder voice than the single parent walking into the office with a concern. The administration does not want to hear it.
With two children at SHM I can only be grateful for all the wonderful and beautiful and safe environment my children enjoy everyday. The food offered is of excellent quality and the times are terrific for working and busy parents. Since I enrolled my children I enjoyed continued support from the management Gloria, April, Theresa and Jennifer. The school has a 42-years tradition thanks to the vision and passion of its founder, Gloria. Gloria is very intelligent and I sought advice from her more than one time and I am grateful for it. Jennifer gets everything done!The school also does a great job hiring excellent and loving teachers with a challenging academic program. My 4 -year old is reading and writing!! SHM has prepared my children well and as a busy working mom I feel my time was always respected and valued and we do have a strong parent group that organizes parties and celebrations, so I rate parent involvement 5 stars. In conclusion, I highly recommend SHM for their excellence and commitment in education, teaching in a very beautiful and carefully maintained environment.
This school has been the worst experience ever for my daughter. The teachers are not qualified and my daughters teacher was extremely inpatient. The office staff are very rude and I would say the school administration is extremely snobbish. Can certainly get better value for your mony elsewhere.
This is an established school that keeps improving. Every time I look around more money is spent on the classrooms and the grounds. My only theory for people complaining about the owner and office staff is that they don't like following rules. The administration here is very fair. If you just talk to them, they will help you with generosity and understanding.
I have 2 kids in SH right now. I am very pleased with the school. I do not find the office staff to be rude, in fact they are attentive and friendly. They are busy though, so patience is necessary to have a quality conversation. My kid's teachers are great. I LOVE the baby cottage and think that the care is unsurpassed anywhere. The Primary classes are very good, but as one other person commented, if you have a heavy 3-year old class it can be chaos at times. The school could do a better job balancing ages in the primary classrooms.
I still remember the day we received the call from the school's founder to let us know we could start in their summer class, that was 3 years ago. I believe she was just as excited as we were. We now have both of our girls there and it is the best decision we could have made. Every teacher and administrator have always been available to us at any time. They have guided us and given our children an incredible foundation for there academic careers. Our girls look forward to going to school each day. We have several friends and neighbors who are now part of the Southampton family also. They have all taken part in keeping us informed of anything going on at school, whether it be a bump on the knee or that they didn't feel like eating all their lunch. Every little thing is important to us, and we appreciate them looking after all the little things from each and every student they have. If you are looking for the best possible school with an incredible staff for your children, you won't find a better place than Southampton. All you need to do is visit once, then you, too, will be thrilled to get that phone call.
I was puzzled by these so polarized reviews until my son entered the school. To my experience, I would say my son just loves everything here---the most important thing to parents. Teachers are very nice and everything runs efficiently even we don't have a lot chance to talk to them. Who cares the administration as long as your kid is happy everyday? Besides, I think these ladies in office are just friendly.
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