Perspective is everything...I've been associated with this school for 6 years and have experienced the great, the ok and the ugly, all at different times. Success has to be a triangle....student, parent, teacher. Teacher must be trained, committed, and passionate about teaching and supported by administration. Parents must be supportive of the teacher (children need to be rested, fed, on time and at school and with homework finished), and be their child's #1 advocate....and child needs to do their part as well. The great part: Educational field trips 3-4 month to provide engagement and support of concepts being taught. Art integration in all subjects (some teachers really ace this, others not so much)...small class sizes (on the most part) and the flexibility to work with children with special needs at their pace. The child in question above had personalized instruction and an assigned para 3/4 of the day, each and every day. Each and every assignment was accommodated...I will only say that there are some things that can't be fixed by a teacher esp when a student misses excessively, is tardy excessively and is never worked with at home. Consistent parent/teacher conferences and/or communication is of utmost importance (there was never a hint of this "unhappy" parent....she was distant and communication was not a priority and P/T conferences were not attended)
- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2014
This school claims to be a montessori, but there is no evidence of montessori pedagogy in action. They have very poorly trained teachers and extremely poor leadership. While the environment is very friendly and the kids are sweet, I think that the school is doing a great disservice in educating these young children.
- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
Monticello Academy is unlike traditional public schools and they make it fun for the students. Why can't more schools be like this one?!