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5012 Morningside Drive
Houston, TX 77005

(713) 526-6982
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June 26, 2014
Southampton Montissori School is a delightful place. The kids are happy, academically challenged and well taken care of by the teachers and staff. Besides the basics of learning to read and write taught using the AMS method, the school teaches the students about good citizenship, sharing, and looking out for each other. The school also offers many "extracurricular" activities such as soccer, baseball, ballet, spanish and piano. The grounds are lovely, filled with flowers and birds. The playgrounds have state of the art facilities, including water misters to help keep the children cool while playing. The teachers are responsive to parental concern and show an amazing amount of care for their students. Parental involvement is minimal.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
We love Southampton Montessori! Our 3 children have been at this school for the last 4 years and we were very sad to leave. The teachers and most of the assistants are incredible: dedicated, caring and patient. They always find time to communicate with the parents. The classes have about 30 kids, but well organized. Our daughter was very sensitive and emotional when she was 3, so we were concerned is she was a good fit for the Montessori environment. However, Gloria let us observe several classrooms, and help us to find a perfect teacher for our child. We highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
We love Southampton! It has such a nurturing, friendly atmosphere. My son is so happy that he doesn't want to leave each day! We are so grateful that we can leave our son each day with confidence that he is in good hands! I am not sure about the comments about 35 kids in a room. Our class has 17 students, and always has 2-3 teachers in the room at any given time-- and a rabbit! Our son talks about "Coco" nonstop. Thank you, Southampton, for giving us peace of mind!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
This was the worst possible start to our child's learning. I was stunned by the things the teacher was saying about early education. Peer pressure was touted as an acceptable behavior modification technique. I was recommended a book to read that promoted punishing a child by smacking them. The space really is crowded with over thirty children in the small room.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
Attention parents: Here are some questions to ask before having your child start here. -Where does my over 1,000 dollars a month go exactly? Can I have a breakdown of where the money goes? ( you will find teachers and assistants are not paid what you'd expect) -How long have the teachers in my child's classroom been teaching in this classroom? ( turnover is high here and this effects children) -Are there any benefits, dental, or medical insurance offered to the staff? ( absolutely not) You will pay plenty here.....find out where the money goes because it is not being used effectively here. From what I have seen, much is done to keep a nice appearance up and not much else

- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
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.

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2013
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

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
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!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
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!

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2012
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,

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
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.

- submitted by a teacher
August 01, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
July 03, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
I agree with the parents who are dissatisfied with this school. We pulled our two kids out in 2010. The owner and daughter are selective in who they treat with professionalism or acknowledge. Good if you are one of those but otherwise you will be ignored or even worse, be rudely treated. The teachers we got were ok. Nice but one was inexperienced. Large class sizes are fine if your child gets the attention they need, but it was always hit and miss here. For the money, get better value elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
It is very upsetting to see such bad reviews for this school. We had three children go through the school from 12 months - Kindergarten. We left in 2008 and are still friends and in regular communication with many of the children's friends, families we met whilst there, the childrens teachers and even the owners - they do care. The large classes and high student:teacher ratios is an aspect of montessori education, not a fault of the school, do your homework about Montessori education before critisizing the school. Finally, don't be put off by the Pottery barn catalogue look, be attracted by it. We loved our Southampton experience and will treasure those years for many more years to come.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
The buildings are cute and the landscaping and decorations look nice, but the school is appalling.I was disappointed by the unprofessional behavior of both the administration and teachers. They make very little attemp to understand or teach the children in their care.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2011
Racists, they don't really care if they disinfected the toys because if there are more kids sick is less work for the teachers. If your toddler is still wearing dipper they will change him(her) until they cant take it anymore... (to see if the other one will change him(her) before they say anything.) The main office will treat you like if you are a queen but on your back they will say so many things... :S

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2011
I went to school here when I was a child, about 100 years ago. :) Back then, the school went up to grade 7. I know it really isn't indicative of how the school is now, but I felt compelled to say something on the school's behalf after reading some of the negative reviews. I absolutely loved my time at Southampton. It was the happiest time in my life, without a doubt. I hate to see that it seems to be slowing down. Now that I have a child of my own, I would love to find an educational environment for him that is as wonderful as this one was for me.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2011
For those of you who are looking at this school as your "day care" option, please be aware of their poor management/owners relationship. The owners only care about getting your money. There is no relationship b/t owners/directors and parents. They had to close down their elementary school due to lack of enrollment. Doesn't that tell you anything? I am so glad that I moved my child from that environment even if I have to pay more on a monthly basis. Please do your research and look elsewhere! Their management style needs a complete overhaul!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
It's a shame to read all the negatives in the reviews and I'm sorry to hear families had bad experiences. I can only speak for myself. My daughter is graduating from kindergarten this year and my other daughter will be entering the second grade. I am so sad to see my children grow up and leave this loving environment. They are help up to their expectations, taught with a solid foundation and loved beyond belief. I know whichever new school we will be venturing to will not compare to the support with teacher communication and loving environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
We've been here for three years, and while the class sizes seem large at first, the two rooms (18m-3yr and (3yr - 6yr) we have been in have been so well run that it has never been an issue. We've loved our teachers and they've always been responsive when we've had a problem. My child learned a lot and did very well on her HISD Kindergarten Vanguard testing. Other moms i've heard from say that kids coming from Room 6 always do well, though I can't say I've seen everybody's test scores. The bottom line for me - my daughter is always happy to go to school; she is proud when she "did hard work today." The classroom always seems a happy place when I arrive at the end of a long day or when I've had to pick up early. They have a lot of community building events - Thanksgiving dinner, Go Texan cookout, etc. that are very nice. I haven't had to interact too much with the owner, but she's always been friendly to us, and forgiving of a couple of paperwork errors I've made. The school and classrooms are very well run, and I never worry about my child while she is there. Don't let the negative reviews stop you from visiting.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
It's easy to get sucked in to the beautiful facility..it looks like a Pottery Barn Kids catalog in these classrooms. The problem is the student:teacher ratios. In the 3 to 5 yr old rooms, there are 2 teachers for 26 children. If the classroom is mostly older children, it's a great experience. If the class balance changes to mostly younger kids, the student:teacher ratio is absolutely inadequate. You will not find many other schools that have a 1:13 teacher:student ratio for 3 year olds, but because there is an age "range" in the classes, the school can get away with what is essentially overcrowding. And if you are hoping that the owner and her daughter are interested in your input or your feedback, please read the multiple other posts. The daughter will tell you - they have plenty of people waiting to take your place if you don't like something.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
My child never enrolled here, but we were on the waiting list. The grounds are gorgeous and the teachers seemed nice, and thus we were eager and signed up. Then I learned how awful the managment and owners were. They are very unresponsive. I called, wrote and emailed them to find where my daughter was on the waitlist but never even got an answer back to this day!! Its been over 2 years!!! They just took my deposit. If you are at all planning on taking an active part in your child's school and expect to communicate with the directors of the shcool in some capacity, do not even think about this place. I am a physician in the med center and toured many schools in the area, but this was the worst experience I had. In fact, this is one of the worst experiences I have had with any buisiness.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
I agree with those that say the owner and daughter make admin so unpleasant at this school. Rude, dismissive and I feel as though I am just being sucked for my money. The teachers are ok but the classes are very big so kids don't get a lot of personalized attention. For the kind of money I'm paying, there must be something better.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
There are many many things I could say about Southampton. Positives: The teachers are amazing, devoted, care so much about each child, and put a lot of love and time into their classrooms. Beautiful landscape and clean tidy classrooms Hot lunches The Montessori curriculum. Activities throughout the year for the children Negatives: Parking The awful owners (I cannot put into words how much of a negative they are)

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2010
i use to work in this cool and the admin is not that friendly esp. the owner & her daughter!

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
My son is in Kindergarten, but we're relocating next year, and I regret a lot withdrawing him. His teacher Ms. Renee was excellent (all of them were), very loving, but very firm when she needed to. The communication with teachers is constant, and the principal's office is always open. My son learned a lot, and I was very happy to see him in a beautiful, very neat and full of materials classroom (as a Montessori should be). The playground is big and green, and there's always a delicious smell coming from the kitchen, where lunch is prepared. They offer activities like swimming in summer, and soccer, gymnastics, spanish, etc. the rest of the year. They always have fun activities in the clasroom (ice cream, magicians, pj's party). I visited around 10 Montessori schools to choose this one, and I'm very happy I did. We'll miss this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
The school is a family friendly school. It is warm loving. The main focus are the children. The administration works hard to make sure that each and every child is happy. When the school needed a new playground they got it done. Teachers are involved with the children and are available for parents. The school puts on a fall festival which is ran by the teachers and at the owners expense in order for the children and their families to enjoy the festival together. My children learned so much at Southampton, but most of all they had a foundation that will take them far. My child has testing anxiety and at her high school interview she was asked what was her greatest achievement she said passing advance algerbra because when she was at Southampton her elementary teacher gave her the foundation she needed to suceed without the modifications.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2010
Southampton is amazing! I have one son there and am anxiously awaiting the enrollment of my second son when he is old enough to go. My oldest son is in his 3rd year and could not be happier. He has had marvelous teachers and extraordinary learning experiences. In addition, Southampton does a tremendous job at teaching good social skills and wonderful manners. As a parent, I have thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with my son's teachers and feel that they are extremely informative and accessible (and very loving to my child). The administrators are also very polite and classy and clearly place the children first! My family is deeply grateful for Southampton. As an aside, I also attended Southampton as a child and feel that it prepared me for a rigorous private school education. I ultimately went on to get a PhD. Thank you Southampton!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
I found our time at Southampton to be as educational to us as parents as for my child. They were just as interested in helping us be the best parents we can be as they were on educating our children. If we had concerns, they never treated us as though we were stupid. They always happily helped us with sticky situations. They were warm, professional and always greeted us. Even though they do have a 5 minute parking limit, they still took the time to greet us each morning. (Some schools you can't even get out of the car...) Love Southampton!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2010
After seeing how my kid is treated in the new preK program at a new different school, I think Southampton has a lot to be desired. Try visiting other schools in the area and even extended day MDO programs, which are certified more caring than SH. I give you that my kid learned a lot and the teachers are good (most of them). But the administration is rude and pushy for things to get done their way. Driving/parking is a mess and the expectation is that you pick up/drop off within 5 minutes. Not enough time to talk to teachers or other parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2010
After visiting the school & observing the 1 -3 grade classroom many times, we enrolled our son. The teacher had a phd in education & was wonderful. She was fired a month into the school year because "parents didn't like her disciplining the kids". An uncertified, young girl was hired to take her place. She didn't even have her montessori cert! We dropped in throughout the year to see how our son was doing and often found him building towers with his math blocks or napping. We were told this was normal and he would learn when he wanted to. After several months, our son became extremely frustrated and anxious about school. At this point, the young teacher, office asst, and owner met with us and told us our son probably had a learning disorder! We had him tested & learned he gifted & BORED. Don't waste your $.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Fantastic school. Our daughter was there from preK to 3rd grade, scored in the 99th percentile of math and reading on the Iowa test. We loved all the teachers and all the office staff. Very intimate school. Best art/music teacher I have ever seen--my daughter quotes her extensively and can tell you all about Warhol, Van Gogh, and Pollock. We didn't like Arroz con pollo on the menu, or the Friday sandwiches but that was about it--and we just brought our own lunch on that day. Passionate administration and teachers. The world is a better place because of this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
The previous reviews I have read are right on.... the school is fabulous but only because of the amazing teachers, and despite the fact that the administration is unbelievably rude not only to the parents, but also to their teachers. I have often wondered why their core staff so faithfully stay when they are treated so badly (my opinion anyway). My childrens teachers were/are wonderful, wonderful. My children that have moved on, were well prepared for elementary school and were very loved and well cared for when they were there. The teachers are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
My two kids were at this school for a month before we pulled them out. We liked the teachers for our 2-year old - they were caring and nurturing. The class for our 4-year old, however, was an entirely different story. Total chaos is the best description during pickup time. There always seem to be 20-25 kids running around with only 2 teachers for 'supervision'. We've never seen anything like it - day after day. My wife and I even witnessed one child eating paper and glue while he went unnoticed during this time. This place may keep your child safe, but they are definitely better alternatives.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
My son was in Southampton for 10 months, and feeling is bad. First of all, all the office staff are very rude except your 1st tour. They have two faces. I don t think they care for your kids. All they want is just your money. they neglect basic politeness to parents. Second, it is very hard to get feedback from teachers. The school rule is: you can only communicate with the leading teacher.I only got chance to talk with her twice. Obviously the school discourages communication between parents and teachers. Third, too many kids in one classroom. My son s 3 to 6 class has 28-30 kids. They claim that they have 4 teachers, but I can only find 2 teachers forever. The only star I give to the school is the hot lunch.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
I totally agree with all the comments regarding the rude office staff. Customer service has definitely taken a back seat to nepotism there (the founder's daughter-in-law works there).

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2010
I also read the comments about the office at Southampton. I have only good things to say about this place. I have had three children attend at different stages in their lives. The office has treated me like I am a member of their family. The first time I visited they spent an hour and a half with me to answer all my questions. I was very timid about sending my first child to school, but they made me feel like everything was going to be fine, and they were right. I think that your experience is what you make it. I know that it's frustrating to not be able to find a parking place in the morning when I am trying to drop off quickly and get to work, because some parents are hanging out in the driveway. We may not like all the rules, but every school has them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 22, 2010
I read the comments on how bad the administrative staff are but I didn't know until I recently dealt with them. They are rude and only has their best interests in mind. Too bad the teachers are good.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 07, 2010
Great teachers. Horrible, horrible, horrible office staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2009
My child attended SHM since she was a toddler. It was a wonderful experience for her. She made many friends and loved the teachers. However my experience was not as good. The office staff is extremely rude and the school discourages parental involvement. You are scolded if you chat with another parent on school property. The classes are run tightly, but our teachers always took time to chat with us and give us updates. We avoided the owners and office staff. I so wish it was a friendlier environment as the classes themselves are so warm.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 03, 2009
Great location. Some teachers are great. Others are not good, No greetings in the morning, no news letters, just complain not to do things. Do not talk to teacher who has work to do (unless teacher wants to talk to), no talking in the class room, no to everything. completely opposite montessori teaching environment as far as i understand. Some parents who looked at this school say that children seem to be robot in this school. not so good management either. They have excuse of 'busy'. no announcement for termination of extra curriculum, extra fee would not be returned unless you remember to claim it. You have to pay significant amount of money to stay for new school year (for Kindergarten) and no refund even if we give them notice in 5 month ahead. Too much reputation and too big the school became to handle by a family.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
My daughter started South Hampton when she was 3 1/2. We pulled her out for Kindergarden and I really wish that I would have left her atleast one more year at South Hampton. However, the afterschool care program has been wonderful. My son started when he was just over 1. I was very comfortable leaving him in the hands of the teachers at South Hampton. They just got new playground equiptment and my kids beg me everyday to play after school. The administrative staff could not be any nicer. They trust the teachers with their own children and grandchildren and I think that speaks for itself. We are moving and are going to miss South Hampton dearly.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2009
We love it. When we pick up our 21 month old daughter she doesn't want to leave! Teachers are very caring, and the school has tons of charm and is so wholesome. Even the cafeteria staff loves our little one. 'Hi's and 'Bye's every day.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
We have had our daughter here from 18 months through K and overall it has been an excellent experience. The teachers we have had really got to know our daughter and showed a great deal of flexibility in helping her to learn and to develop socially. This is a place that will stimulate, rather than suppress imagination. Other Montessori schools can tend to be rather dogmatic, but this one seems to be true to the principle of the system without being pushy about it. The only downside is the main office, which isn't very organized and they are clearly running a business. Not so sure about grades 1-3, which seem awfully small and it is hard to transfer to another school in grade 4. Convenient, and open till 6

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
Teachers are great, but can be a bit strict. Lacking in parent communication, especially if you cannot be there after 8:00 or before 3:00. Pleasant environment. Good teaching methods. Pricey for the current student-teacher ratio.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
The teachers are great. They genuinely care about their students while providing an exceptional learning enviroment. The school is very warm and home like but the administration (owners) are unfriendly. Money seemed to be on the top of the list not the children. Not only are they promising a good ratio to you parents, but are telling the teachers we won't be putting more children in the classroom. So during a tour you will see full classrooms, not matching those promising words of the administration.

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 14, 2009
We loved our daughter's teachers, especially her 18-36 mths class. Great environment with nice classroom. Loved that a hot lunch was provided. However the front office is atrocious! They refused to refund our deposit even though we gave sufficient withdrawal notification. She claimed there was noone to take the spot when I know for a fact that there is a long waiting list for that class. She refused to ever discuss it, claiming she was too busy

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2008
We've had two kids for close to 3 years now in this school, ranging from pre-K to 2nd grade. We always felt our kids were taught, cared for and loved by their teachers - something we tried and failed to find in test-driven West University Elementary. There is more to teaching children then tests and impersonal rules and this Montessori school really gets it right. We'll be re-enrolling both of them next year. Note this school has been scaling back to teaching only through 3rd grade which may explain - or respond - to the some of the less favorable reports by other parents here. Their strength, which in our experience is truly exceptional, is clearly on the younger ages - pre-K to lower elementary.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
Great location!!! But teacher/student ratio keeps going up. All fees keep going up. Its funny how we, as parents, pay so much yet the playground is the worst in town. Not to mention all office staff sure is driving nicer cars than the paernts!! The owner and her daughter are very rude! Teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
Best school in the area. Tours/interviews of other area programs will confirm this. My daughter just left Southampton for private school K and is far ahead of her new classmates, most of whom attended other private pre-K programs in Houston. The teachers are dedicated and caring, and the front office lives for the school. Great facilities and lunch menu as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
As other reviewers have noted, standards have dropped at this school. I often wonder who is running the school. The teachers try to do a good job - but this academic year, I notice the classes are even bigger, up to 30. And fees went up. I am very disappointed. I do like my kids' teachers and think they try to do their best. However, I dislike the large classes and disorganization.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
Very poor organization, no parental feedback, and a terrible front office. The afterschool program runs better

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
Very weak and disorganized elementary program with lots of turnover. However, preschool program is wonderful. One big plus is the afterschool program available to Southampton elementary and other nearby public school kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2008
Overall, it was a good experience at the beginning but I have to say the school academic and child care have slowly degraded over the years. The teachers at this school do care for the well being & the development of the children; however, the ratio is much too high to make it possible to achieve good quality education and care. The administrators take good care of the property; however, I would have to say at the expense of the parents. The fees are always going up and the summer time even more ridiculous with pool & other supplies fees. In addition, you will never make aware of something bad happen for safety purpose; you usually find out by actually knowing the victim s parents. The administrators attitude is if you are not happy, you can leave because we have a long list of other kids waiting to take your place.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
Our experience was for over 3 years including pre-K through kindergarten, and it was absolutely the best experience. Both of the teachers for my son's class were extremely in tune with the children, capable and loving. All of the parents of kids in my son's class raved about the teacher. The owner seems to care a great deal about the quality of the school, and invests in the property to make it nice for the children (like adding shade tents, or equipping the school well). I never had one minute of worry, and my son seemed to feel it was a second home. He was excited about learning and became close friends with basically everyone in his class.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2008
Academics a mystery since we do not get much feedback at all. No parent involvement at all, and not enough information about how your child is doing from the teacher and the school. Principal is not very approachable. Pros: lunch is provided.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
There are too many kids in the classes. As a result there has been a few incidents were unsafe/dangerous situations have come up. On a positive note, the activities for the children are very nice.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
So far, so good. Our kids love the school and are eager to go each day. We love the discipline, curriculum and activities our kids get. We highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
Academics are great! Teacher -parent communication very poor. You won't be told unless there is a problem. Teacher doesn't add to unexperienced parent to guide the development of your child. Too high student to teacher ratio. Discipline yes, but does not equal safety.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2006
I have had at least one of my children at Southampton for the past 7 1/2 yrs. I cannot say enough good things about the school. The teachers are dedicated and creative. The children are nurtured and loved and learn in an environment of positive encouragement. They are pushed in a developmentally appropriate way. It has been a blessing in our lives.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Excellent school, nice surprise!. teachers very caring & nurturing.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2006
My son has been attending Southampton Montessori since he was 18 months. It is a very nurturing environment with well-skilled teachers. The classroom environment supports individuality of each student with activities which reach each learning style. We are very pleased and would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
My daughter has gone to Southampton since she was 2 years of age. She is now in the Elementary program and we love her teacher. The teacher truely loves the children and teaching. There has been some turn over in the class and in the office, which has my husband and I concerned.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
Our son's time at this school marked one of our worst experience at parents. He joined an age three to six class at two years and 10 months. He had never been with such an wide age range, and his teacher quickly realized that he was having trouble adjusting. Instead of notifying us as parents or giving him special attention, she spent three months writing down all of his struggles and it to us all at once. In his three months there, we continually asked for feedback and was told that all was fine. This experience was hurtful to both our son and us. We returned our son to his previous school, where his teachers have told us that he is thriving both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
This is a good school, my kid attended this for year now and teachers are very warm and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
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Southampton Montessori School
5012 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX  77005
(713) 526-6982
Last modified Southampton Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-K
Southampton Montessori School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 87 reviews. Top