A Country Place Montessori is amazing! My children can't wait to get to school everyday. I'm so glad I found Ms. Pam and her school! I think some of these other reviews reflect a lack of understanding for the Montessori Method.
I have had all my children enrolled at this school for as long as their age would allow. They have all placed above their grade level when enrolled at public school. My children have a great outlook about school and love learning. This school has teachers and a Director that tells parents the truth about their child's needs in the child's best interest. Great school and great teachers.
School does not provide information regarding what expectations a parent should have from his/her child as a result of their curriculum, which is not provided to parents. I've seen children younger than my own who attend daycare programs and seem to have better academic and social skills than my child. This school is not affiliated with any Montessori organization in the U.S. and seems to have challenges consistently meeting the minimum standards according to state childcare licensing regulations. (Do your homework - it's all on the state's website.) I agree with others' comments regarding the director, organization, and administration. While the director is very personable, she seems to interpret state regulations beyond what is written in order to forward an agenda.
Pros: Level of academic teaching seems very high as is apparent with my children's development. Cons: There is little to no organized administration, the place is always messy and disorganized, no consistency of schedules, calendar, fees and after school/holiday care. There is a high teacher/administrative personnel turnover, very little communication (all forms) to parents, even of teacher changes.
Country Place Montessori offers a caring environment where children learn using traditional Montessorial methods. Children learn and can excell at their own pace. Social skills are fostered using techniques which encourage treating peers with respect and learning self control. Even preschool age children are exposed to math, reading, writing, geography, science and art. This is an outstanding school! Parents are encouraged to be involved in their childs education and social skills.