Our experience with South Shore Montessori dates back to 1996. We were new to the area and needed daycare for our two-year-old daughter. The school was close to home, the staff seemed professional, and, as we toured the facilities, the children in attendance appeared to be well cared for in a clean, safe, and friendly environment. Over the years, it was clear our daughter was right at home in a very special learning environment shaped by a loving, dedicated, and caring staff. Our daughter had the same teachers and almost all the same classmates for ten years. Now a freshman at Stetson University and recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, she will tell you that it was at South Shore Montessori where she learned how to communicate and solve problems; and, that it was at South Shore Montessori where she learned to set goals, work toward achieving them, and help others along the way. We now have a second daughter at South Shore Montessori in the same trusted hands that served our first daughter so well. South Shore Montessori School is an amazing place. The consistency and personal touch of its director, teachers, and staff has made an indelible impression on our entire family.
I completely agree with the comment about the Director's cold, business like nature & it's effect on the school's culture. We had felt something was off about this school but were completely blindsided when our 3 year old son was kicked out after 2 months. He never had behavioral problems in his playgroups or MDO program. Our friends & family were absolutely shocked! They gave us exactly 5 days (the end of the month) to find a new school for him. The reason given was that he was not able to sit still & focus for extended periods of time & the teacher's assistant was having to spend too much time with him. The cold as ice, reptilian Director told us he would do better in a play group in in-home day care!!
Our 3 year old son attended SSM for just over 1 year. The educational environment was satisfactory. However, everything is managed in a cold, business like atmosphere which is a direct reflection of the school Director's personality. Teacher/parent communication was almost non-existent, even when we showed a consistent willingness to be involved. Also, as another review mentioned, SSM is not interested in dealing with children that require any sort of special attention. We were informed that our son was having behavioral issues due to his speech delay and agreed on a coordinated plan of action with SSM. Less than 2 weeks later we were informed that he was no longer welcome at the school. SSM is a business and your child will be treated in whatever manner is best for business...do not expect a family friendly environment.
i have not been as pleased with this program. there is a lot of interindividual variation with satisfaction depending on which parent you speak with. the school and the policies set by the administrator are not family friendly. there appears to be favoritism amongst the teachers for students that are easy to teach or more 'intelligent'. the same applies to parents. parental involvement is not encouraged nor is feedback. there is very little response on the part of the administrator to concerns raised by parents. the school boasts well trained staff and rigorous academics but not everyone may benefit. the only reason why they do so well is their location.
South Shore Montessori is an exceptional Montessori program. The students are typically ahead in their development and maturity. The reason is the teachers encourage the child to move as at a pace that is right for their education level. My two daughters were reading by 4 years old due to the strong focus on phonics. My kids love to learn thanks to the excellent teachers! The elementary program is top notch! The kids get a lot of individual attention. The kids are one to two grade levels adead in the most subjects. I wish I could have learned this way when I was in school.
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