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5117 LaBranch
Houston, TX 77004

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(713) 520-0738
(713) 524-0569
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September 26, 2014
The head teacher is excellent & is the only reason I gave a star to this place, but she leaves at 3 every day. There is high turnover for the rest of the teachers. Expensive. They charge ~$1600/m + extra fees. They ask you to bring snack every couple of weeks for 20+ kids. If you are late to pick up your child, it's $1/min, however if there are multiple teachers who stay until you get their you get charged per teacher. Who needs more than one teacher for a toddler? The area is undergoing gentrification There are some sketchy apts across the street & construction behind the school. We were only invited to open house. The daycare my son attended before this one (which we were sad to leave) invited parents to events twice a month. They had potluck parties for the parents, pumpkin picking, etc. This place doesn't do any of that. ADMIN is just terrible. We were working with someone on a bill discrepancy and she called in sick one day so the person covering for her left us a msg to either pay or pick up our child immediately. I was IRATE. They are closed on the most random days as well as 2 wks for xmas & a week during spring break. They don't open until 7am.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2014
My son was there for over 2 years, and it ultimately was traumatic. He had an undiagnosed hearing issue, & looking back, the chaotic house-style school full of background noise explains his behavior. Older kids constantly telling kids what to do (but wrong) when teachers weren't in that 1 of many rooms (lots of unsupervised interaction). High pressure (from academic-demanding parents & from teachers checking boxes) meant he had to only pick "challenging" work & could never play with cars. Only lip service for modifications for individual kids. Not good for "different" kids. Attitude was very "don't do it your way, we'll do it our way," about potty-training until they failed 2 times. Then it was "he can't move up to the 3-6 class until he's potty-trained, so you have to find a new school." I kept him home a week and trained him myself. When I finally moved him to a different Montessori with a calm atmosphere (all kids on rugs at same time, same room) he was fine and happy. High turnover in teachers. Kids seemed stressed & unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2014
I am giving 4 stars to the teachers and -5 stars to the administration at MCDS. When I first visited the school in 2012, the director was flexible and explained to me that even though there was a one-week standard transition, we could extend or shorten the transition period based on our child's needs. However, a new director took over in 2013 when my child started and I was told that we had to stick to the one-week transition, regardless of whether the child adjusted well or not. The new administrators do not believe in individuality. If your child is precocious or lagging behind, they will NOT go out of the way to help advance the child. If your child can master what is required to advance to the next class before he/she turns 3, the school will not allow your request to advance the child. On the other hand, the school will not provide extra guidance/attention to your child if he/she cannot master a certain skills by the expected age. This school will for if your child is an average Joe. The teachers are caring but turnover at the school is high. We have had at least 6 different teachers in the short year that my child was with MCDS.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I cannot say enough about MCDS. Our children started attending at 18 months and have steadily grown with regard to social, verbal, and motor skills. We have developed a great partnership with their teachers, who are SO good at what they do. The school does a great job of keeping parents involved; I have found the parent education classes to be particularly valuable. Maybe most importantly, my children love to go to school!

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February 28, 2014
Our daughter has been in this school since she was an infant and is now two. They are amazing in every way. When she started, she refused to take a bottle instead of nursing. She couldn't sleep without being held. They loving coached her (as an infant!) to develop those skill and start doing more. The children drink from cups, sit in real chairs, use their words (or sign language) to express their needs, and learn to be responsible for cleaning their materials and bodies. The potty training system is amazing, and makes it almost effortless. She already has many more school skills then I would have thought possible at this age. Their parent education classes have helped me learn about brain development and positive discipline, which have made a huge difference in alleviating her two-year old struggles with frustration, anger, and independence. We have a lot of friends who send their children here, and everyone is very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
My son just completed his program (4 years! ) at MCDS. I cannot imagine that I could have found a better environment for him. If you are fortunate enough to get a spot at MCDS, be patient and believe in what they are doing. The more open you communicate with the staff, the better they can help your child prosper. My son emerged from MCDS with a love for learning, is well rounded culturally, academically, and socially. He is strong academically, and his new teacher has already commented that he is well advanced. I'm amazed that there are negative reviews. It may not be the best fit for everyone, but you could say that about any school. It was clear from the beginning that they were very focused on the child and the learning environment. They are not going to coddle you or your child, but trust me you will be thankful and looking back in admiration. I never had any problems with the administration, faculty, or staff. Over the years I have come to know many families at MCDS, and none of them have ever posted a review. We all agree that MCDS has provided a solid foundation that will shape their lives and propel them into wonderful people and citizens.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
We started off liking this school, but over time became unhappy with several things. The thing we are most unhappy with is that he broke his arm at school. We also noted a high teacher turnover. Some of the teachers are working toward their Montessori certification, so there is a finite point at which the teachers will trade age groups. We have now switched schools to a more structured program, and our child is thriving. At MCDS, I received very little art work, as the claim was that he was not interested in working with the materials, which I know to be very important for working with fine motor skills. Now that we have changed schools, I get some sort of art work every day! He is now writing his name and working with all kinds of materials. Montessori is not the right environment for everyone. It certainly wasn't for my child, and he now does quite well.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
I would like to echo the comments from the previous post. My son who is 2 and a half has been going to the wichita campus since he turned 18months. He did not know one word of english before starting (we both speak to him in a different language at home) and he is now fluent. He also knows his colors, numbers and abcs in english. He has developed amazing social skills, is potty trained and has great maners. He is always happy to go to school and even tells us ok bye its time to leave now mom :) I would like to thank the teachers at the wichita campus, especially patiricia who is amazing with children. Good job! My only complaint is the high teacher turn around at the begining of the year but this seems to have calmed down. Teachers need to be given better incentives and encouragment from both parents and management, after all they are in charge of our most precious person, our child.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
My 2 year old son has been at the Wichita Campus since July of this year. We love it! He has really blossomed- his language skills in particular. Patricia is always willing to talk with us about our son, and the other teachers can usually provide an anecdote about his day.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
My 2 children attended MCDS. One is still a student , the other is in high school. The school creates parternerships with parents. This provides children with the consistency they desire throughout their day. The enviroment is pristine and the children take pride in their classrooms. We have been parents at this school for over 10 years. I know many of the teachers and most have been there for at least five years. The home like settings all have beautiful gardens. My children have always thought of it as their second home. Please go and see for yourself what this wonderful school has to offer. You will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2010
My 2-year-old daughter has attended MCDS since 3 months of age, and we have generally been pleased, primarily because we have developed good relationships with a few teachers that we were happy with and we know our daughter loved and vice-versa. We have been quite disappointed to observe a high teacher turnover rate, which results from teachers leaving the school for personal reasons or, to my dismay, frequent rotation of teachers from one class to another, disrupting the consistency that I think is one of the most important aspects of good childcare/education. Some teachers are quite affectionate and attentive, but many have an emotionally detached style. This is personality-dependent, of course, but the teachers are also encouraged to not "coddle" the children per "Montessori philosophy", which I think is inappropriately interpreted in this context.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
This is the best place for your children! The kids are surrounded by loving, nurturing, educated teachers who love what they do! They Montessori philosophy is a beautiful way to raise children! My 2 kids have blossomed in ways I never dreamed! They are taught respect, responsibility and are treated as able adults not incapable kids. Positive discipline...kids are responsible for their actions! Couldn't ask for a better place!

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no rating December 02, 2009
My 2 children love going to this school. I highly recommend it for parents who value the Montessori method of teaching because this school is one of the best in town. And the staff is delightful and highly degreed in Montessori.

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July 22, 2009
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no rating April 15, 2008
My daughter attended MCDS K-6 from 1999-2006 and she LOVED it. Her talents were embraced and utilized to engage her interest in learning. As a parent, I was always delighted that my daughter was so happy and learning so much. When she took her Stanford exams last year in the 7th grade, she scored Post High School on nearly every subject. She is now about to start high school and we remember MCDS with great nostalgia. I recommend this program to any parent who wants an accepting, caring, high quality learning environment for their child.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2008
In every program at every age level, this wonderful Montessori school has degreed, Montessori certified teachers with the children, even with the 2 month olds. We have had 3 children go through this school; our youngest baby started last month. It has always been one of the best Montessori schools in Houston, it still is. We are both Dr's and recommend the full day, year round program to anyone who asks us where our children go to school, even to our patients.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
My child and I love it here. She is in the 3-6 program, and wakes up begging to go to school everyday. She loves her teachers, friends, and the respectful tone of the environment. She enjoys the extra curricular activities and the summer program is great. She's far more advanced academically than her peers who don't attend MCDS- even those who went on to Kindergarten at some of the 'top' schools in Houston. Tons of parent teacher interaction. This is one of the best Montessori programs available in Houston. I choose carefully for her because she is intelligent, but highly creative and can be a handful. Here her differences are valued. She's independent, articulate, and kind. We love this school!

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December 22, 2007
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November 28, 2007
If you're looking for a day care for your preschooler - this place is great! Just be sure to tour all campuses as they are all different. For a non-traditional educational site - avoid this! If your child is extremely bright or has special needs, this is not the place. They expect cookie-cutter kids. Ample time and opportunity was given to work with us on our needs, and to their credit there was initial work. But it was soon forgotten as our student wasn't one of the teacher's favorites. Beware the 'Montessori' name and affiliation. Beware the supply fees and field trip fees. Ask about turnover how long have the teachers been at that campus, how long have the subs? If they 'like' your child, they work with her. If not, the child is treated like a second citizen. The administration is focused on collecting tuition, not compassion.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2007
Excellent school up to about age 5. Our children loved MCDS, but when they were 5 (final year of 3-6 class), the 3 year olds were the majority of the class population, and the imbalance of peers at kindergarten equivalent age was a definite negative. Kinder aged students should have more opportunity to interact with peers from other campuses and/or elementary aged kids. Apart from that, the teachers do an excellent job of teaching courtesy, self reliance, respect, and helpfulness in addition to basic education.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
When I found MCDS during my search of new schools (we moved from Florida), I felt I had been given a little glimpse of Heaven for my children. The exquisitly beautiful old restored homes, the lovely gardens and play spaces were not all; there is more. The passionate highly trained teachers are the crowning glory of this school. At every level and for every age child, there is excellence. The Founder and Head of School is totally hands-on and her facultys' most ardent supporter. The joy I found in the classrooms is absolutely infectious.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
I can't begin to tell you how much I love this school. They are amazing. My family evacuated to Houston after Hurricane Katrina and we were welcomed with open arms and kindness, which seemed enough at the time, so imagine my surprise when I discovered that my kids were getting such a wonderful education we didn't even know existed. My children are smarter than they were before.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
It's a great school if your child is a focused student. Our 1st grader was too easily distracted to be able to concentrate. She needed a structured enviroment so we moved her but the school is otherwise wonderful--skilled & caring faculty, great programs and facilities. I do recommend it for others.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
The teachers at this school are great. Each classroom has at least one montessori trained teacher. However, when visiting the school, be sure to see all campuses. They typically take you on a tour of the LaBranch campus, but they have several other and all are not equal.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
Very attractive facility, but quite rigid about Montessori philosophy in the 3-5yr class. Closed door policy at the morning drop-off makes getting to know the teachers and other families difficult. Good array of extra-curriculars at the 3-5yr age, but the regular classroom art and other activities are quite limited - heavily focused on the Montessori materials.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
Good school. Excellent assistant teachers.

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February 17, 2006
There are many choices for different age ranges & buildings (classrooms). The 3-6 year old classroom my child is in has an excellent staff & lead teacher. There are optional classes (e.g., Arts Alive, dance, piano, gymnastics) that cost a lot of extra money , but we love the care. Parents are appreciated, but not pressured to be involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2006
My child has done really well here. They are very attentive & she seems to really be progressing.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
Excellent program, very well trained teachers & bring out the best in the children. Parents are welcome & encouraged to participate. My daughter (pre-k) loves it!

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November 22, 2005
The education was rather haphazard. It is the perfect school for student's who are unable to work in a normal setting.

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August 04, 2005
My son attended this school from 2 1/2 to 4. Its quality is greatly overrated. Their stated teacher/student ratio is not real. Teachers are generally cold and stiff with children, and very reluctant to discuss children s progress with parents. They have too many children per class to know details about every child. When I inquired about the number of kids in my son s class (46) their response was that the fire code allowed up to 50. My son hated every morning when I took him to school. I mentioned to them that he was reading and that he might need different challenges. They disqualified my claims that he was reading, and told me that whatever he had learned before, he did not learn it with the Montessori Method and had to begin all anew. After reading a lot about the Montessori Method I believe they got it all wrong.

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Montessori Country Day School
5117 LaBranch, Houston, TX  77004
(713) 520-0738
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