First Day:I got there at 7:40 am waited in line for 30 minutes to leave my son at the door of the building (you are not allowed to walk inside the school, doesn't matter if its his first or last day). One person will receive your child, a second person will walk your child halfway to the classroom, and a third person will finish walking him To his classroom. They never asked for my son's birth ert, ss card, nor immunization card. Pick Up - waited from 3:13 pm until 3:50 in a huge crowd of parents yelling their child's name, under 100F degrees. His first year. No id asked. Last person that worked at that school to see my son was 10 feet away from me (in front of me was 8 parents). It was those 8 parents that were gently moving my son my way so he could get to me. Second Day - A kid stepped on my son's hand, and pulled his tag from his shirt. My son told the teacher. What did she say/do? Nothing, she was busy. On my way to the office, a mother was crying because his son's teacher said that her child never got to the classroom, so she didn't know where he was at. Overall Disorganized.
I was very happy when my son entered preschool since the McAllen campus had a great curriculum. By the time my son was in 2nd grade things were getting so bad. The "Montessori" name should be only for pre-k and kinder. The owner did not want to buy more Montessori materials for the upper grades because they are too expensive. The teacher turnover should be a sign that they are not being treated well. They had to buy their own materials and even the teachers with more seniority had to give their own materials to the new teachers because the school did not provide any new materials, whether is was for the Montessori system or the regular. the school supply list was way too much, parents even had to provide paper for the copy machine. What started was a great educational concept was ruined by being looked more like a business. The teachers were good, dedicated and caring. I would not recommend this school unless the public school your kid belongs to is ABSOLUTELY terrible. Classes are overcrowded and understaffed. Very disappointed parent
It is important to be truthful here and these "after school activities" are not free in the McAllen school. They charge the same rate as outside programs (or even more) while using the school's facilities. Attended today's info session and it was a mess, the nurse's office looked like it been in a war zone. There was a "number system" that was abandoned after 15 min because of lack of order. The require the purchase of uniforms in low quality fabrics. The list is growing, but still more to come in the next couple of days. So far extremely disappointed.
Having previously attended a Montessori school out of the area, we anticipated an open, modern approach to continue educating our son and have not been disappointed with the H1 campus. Management and educators are supportive of students and work in tandem with engaged parents. Our son is happy, receives greater teacher to student ratio attention, and is developing life/social skills lacking in typical public school settings.
Both my children attend Horizon in McAllen. And I have to say my husband and I are very pleased with the level of education and practical experience they are recieving at the school. My daughter started attending there only one year after its doors opened, and I do have to admit there were some issues that needed to be worked out, but I would have expected that in any school that was that new. We choose to stay and help the school become a success, and it has paid off. My daugher is well above the academic level of other children in the same grade that attend our local public school, and she is happy. My son just started K, and I excpect we will have the same positive experience with him.
Very disappointed with this school. Academically, it needs to focus more of the child's need for improvement instead of the little things. Never will I consider a Horizon Montessori school for my child. Really, a disgrace to educational institutes around south TX.
i can't tell you how disapointed i was with this school!!! i took my child out of their kinder class mid year. my shild would come home with anywhere from 5 to 15 paper airplanes in his backpack when i questioned him on why he just told me how bored he was in class. that the only thing they would do was watch movies and play. now that i have taken him out and moved him not only does he seem happier but know he is learning. when he got to his new school he could not even read (though he could after leaving pre-k) at the new school they even questioned what he had learned because, he was so far behind the rest of the class. i'm soooo happy that i moved him!!!!!
I have been very pleased with the education my children are receiving. I also feel the school is very open to parents that want to contribute in making the school fantastic. Students also have a wonderful array of after-school activities ( guitar, piano, dance, basketball, Spanish) to choose from.
I can't believe what this parent (on Nov 12, 2005) says about Horizon Montessori being the 'worst' school! My daughter attends the new HMIII in Harlingen. It is by far the 'best' thing that has happened to us. I have already had two daughters (older) go through the local school district and there is no comparison! HMIII provides one on one to my very shy child who would not speak out loud no matter what we told her. She will be in her first play this Thanksgiving! God has blessed us with this school and I pray that it grows more each year so that she may be able to attend all her elementary years at HMIII.
I learned about HMII from my son's public school teacher and was advised that it would probably benifit him to attend. I strongly believe that she was right. My 2 sons suffer from ADHD among other health issues as well but have overcome all this @ HMII. I am very proud of my children but am also proud of the staff which work very closely with both students and parents and are always willing to make an extra effort for the students success. I highly reccomend HMII to anyone who really cares about their childs education!
Horizon11 is a wonderful school. The teachers are great the principal more than excellent. This school is a blessing send from God. I really thank God for this school and pray that He pours his abundant blessings over it. Seeing my child learn and to see him overcome his struggles thru the love and direction of his caring teachers fills my heart with joy. This is a small school but with a great heart for learning and making a difference in the life of a child. To the founder of Horizon11 all I can say is thank you.
I love that this school is small and it targets my childs needs. It feels like a family when we walk in there. The teachers are wonderful and very knowledgable and seem very intrested in what my child need. I like that afterschool is available to parents for only five dollars an afternoon. Can't beat that!
Horizon Montessori II has been a real blessing to our son, he had so much trouble adjusting to regular public school. The personal attention he receives from his teachers and the principal at Horizon Montessori II have made him enjoy his time at school and we can see he is truly learn!
Horizon II is a public charter school in Weslaco. If you have done your research you will notice there is also a Horizon campus in Edinburg/McAllen area which offers after school activities as mentioned in above review. Our HorizonII campus in Weslaco where my first grader attends is wonderful. I have never been to the other campus but I am so glad that my son goes to this school. This will be his second year attending this school. I love the teacher- parent feedback. The principal is excpetional I am able to easily reach her and speak to her everyday and she knows what is going on with just about every student. How many principals can you say that about? My son will definitely continue his education with Horizon II, what he has learned there has him college bound.
Good school, with strong academic focus. Great extra-cirricualr activities. Multi-aged classroom enriches child's expereince.
The mixed grade setting is a major positive. My children learn a lot from both the younger and older students. This is not something you will find often in a public/charter school setting.
Horizon initially looked like a good school when we went to observe. The staff was friendly and helpful, class sizes were small, gymnastics, dance and paino lessons were offered on site after school. It turned out to be the worst school I have ever known. After just a few short weeks we had to change schools because the situation was so bad. My daughter was still trying to adjust to a new school.
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