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PK-8
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San Antonio, TX
Students enrolled: 297
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17722 Rogers Ranch Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78258

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(210) 492-3553
(210) 492-3484
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October 06, 2014
After attending the Fall Family Picnic yesterday afternoon, I felt compelled to let others know what a gem we have found at The Montessori School! I have never seen a more cohesive school community. As a new family, we were personally invited to the picnic by another family. While we were there, teachers made an effort to introduce us to other families. Not to mention, the excitement and joy that my son gets out of going to school every day! He is thriving. The time and consideration put into placing him in the perfect classroom is unheard of. He has peers he loves and has already bonded with his teacher. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2014
MSSA has been the most remarkable and rewarding experience for our family. Every day our children are thrilled to go to school. Our children feel safe in their environment, surrounded by nature, respect, courtesy, and the encouragement to ask questions, explore new realms, and think outside of the box. Everywhere you look, there is a real sense of joy in the learning environment. MSSA is strong in so many ways, but I think its greatest strengths are the individualized educational plans for each student, the genuine love of learning fostered in each child, and the caring and compassionate environment of the school community. The children are taught at the very beginning to have respect for themselves, to respect others and to be courteous to everyone. Such an environment fosters creativity and allows children to explore all avenues without recrimination. We have been at MSSA for many years and choose to stay at MSSA because it is the best environment for our children to explore their curiosity, reach their full potential, and master subjects at their own pace. Our children have thrived at MSSA and are thrilled to go to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2014
Our two very different children continue to exhibit the benefits of their many years at this excellent school. Dedicated, flexible and knowledgeble teachers and a unique campus combined with strong Montessori priniciples were certainly worth the tuition. The School allowed our kids to learn, not memorize material. Each child transitioned to different public schools without any bumps and received college scholarships which the School certainly played a part in. Many of our friends enrolled their kids, based in part on our enthusiasm for the School. Concerned parents with similar priorities have become long time friends. Years after leaving MSSA, we continue to support this unique local resource.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2014
2 of our children attended the Montessori School of San Antonio from age 4 through 8th grade; their transition to high school was seamless and they were more than well-prepared for not only their high school advanced classes, but also blew the standardized tests out of the water. The reason? An incredible middle school program that built upon the foundation of the previous years and solidified their leadership and critical thinking skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. Had they transitioned out of the school without completing 8th grade, their experience would not have been as rich and well-rounded, both academically and socially. The current head of school and administration are approachable, forward-thinking, and continually striving to improve all aspects of the student's experience. All schools go through periods of transition with teachers and staff; we have had our ups and downs with MSSA as well, but are confident in the end result. Our youngest child is in 5th grade at MSSA and will stay though 8th grade; the entire environment of the school contributes to her success as a well-rounded and productive member of society.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2014
I am proud to say that all 3 of my children have attended MSSA, and my wife and I have been active parents in the school for the past 12 years. Never have I encountered a more caring, nurturing, respectful educational environment that fosters a love of learning and celebrates cultural diversity. My older two children attended the school for 10 years and have now graduated 8th grade and moved on to wildly successful high school endeavors largely to the myriad of skills honed in the MSSA environment. In particular, the Middle School program gives students hands-on opportunities in all areas of the curriculum and requires them to be comfortable speaking in front of large groups. The Mo Ranch retreat in the beginning of the school year bonds the children together, allows them to know their teachers on a more personal level. We have been impressed with our numerous teachers at MSSA who have a patient, respectful way of presenting the Montessori curriculum. The method of learning is simply more "sticky" than the memorization and regurgitation often found elsewhere. We have been extremely impressed with our experience and rest assured our 10y.o. will complete 8th grade at MSSA.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2014
2 of our children attended the Montessori School of San Antonio from age 4 through 8th grade. Their transition to high school was seamless; not only were they prepared for their advanced public high school classes but blew the standardized testing out of the water. The reason? An incredible middle school program that built upon their previous years and solidified their leadership and critical thinking skills. For me, middle school is NOT the time to transition your children to a public school; the community of respect, teamwork, inclusion and encouragment of public-speaking are the crown jewel of this school. The current head of school and administration are approachable, forward-thinking and continually striving to improve the student's experience. All schools have their ups and downs with teachers and staff; we have had a few bumps in the road over the past 12 years but are confident in the end result. Our youngest child started at age 3 and is currently in 5th grade; it is exciting to see her blossom and fulfill her potential as we have seen happen with our two older children. We believe in this awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
This school has been an amazing home for my children to flourish and grow into wonderful young adults. They are not only given a wonderful base in education, but taught how to be positive, conscientious leaders in society - something that so many schools are lacking nowadays.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
I have worked at this school for over 10 years. I have worked for two very different administrators and the school is better than it ever has been! A wonderful place to work!

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2014
MSSA provided both of our children an incredible experience. The combination of the Montessori education with committed experienced teachers who care so much for the students is so powerful. Our two children spent 10 years at MSSA and now are enjoying success in high school and college.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
MSSA is an amazing school! My daughter has learned to love to learn and to be excited about challenging herself. She has grown so much over her first two years at the school! MSSA fosters creative thinking and a genuine love of the educational process. I can't imagine a more perfect place for her to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
I highly recommend The Montessori School of San Antonio! I'm surprised to see the negative reviews as our family's experience has been excellent. If you are considering the school, go for an observation and you will see it is a unique learning environment where they are doing everything right when so many schools are doing everything so wrong.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
In the past six years, I've seen my two children blossom in their own individual ways at MSSA. By choosing work that is meaningful to them in an environment that encourages respect and independence, my Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary children have developed skills that continually impress us (just last night my first grader researched tigers at home for fun and created a report complete with drawings, facts, and narrative - mimicking research he does at school). They are engaged and interested - not just at school, but in life. All of their teachers have kept them inspired and challenged. We feel lucky to have found MSSA and although the tuition is a sacrifice for our family, it is worth every penny!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
Montessori individualized planners means your child learns at their own pace. Works well for kids who like to work ahead (or need help) in some areas. Older kids are given the Iowa test (ITBS) annually in the fall so you know where they stand compared to the rest of the country. Caring teachers and staff! We love MSSA!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
As a former student I can say I enjoyed Montessori but when I switched schools in 6th grade I was not prepared. The academics are not good at all. Especially in Math. I wouldn't stay at Montessori past lower elementary.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2013
Do your children a favor and DO NOT send them to this school!! The preschool teachers are tired and some are just downright rude!! The administrators seem more concerned with the appearance of the school than the success of the actual students. I truly wish I had trusted my gut and not sent my child to this school. The campus is beautiful but that in no way makes up for the poor quality of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
Our two children have both done well at MSSA for the last 4 years. The environment helps children to develop a love of learning while also promoting respect and responsibility. They've learned the importance of time management during their work periods and they have experience working in groups as well as on their own. Academically, I've been impressed with the programs in place. Children are often guided by teachers individually and also in groups. The school does a wonderful job of making sure the children are being challenged. I would recommend an observation in at least 2 different age level classrooms if you'd like to better understand Montessori. It's amazing and you won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
Our children have been at MSSA since Primary and are doing exceedingly well and most exciting is that they are very well rounded, independent and thoughtful children. The teachers at this school make it their personal mission to know and fully understand each and every student's strengths and weaknesses and they lead them accordingly. For those who say that the students are tested only once a year, is completely false, The students take weekly tests in some portions of the curriculum and are tested on all levels regularly (not always in a "test" fashion). Studies show that success in a students academics is supported by a parents involvement in any school environment so I have to question the reviewer that says their child was completely unprepared and did not transition well because they were so behind. The results of the MSSA graduates speak for themselves, they are quite impressive. If you have never experienced a Montessori school, I highly recommend you visit this school and witness the nurturing,enriching and balanced daily life the children are immersed in.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
I want to add another data point to those reviews addressing academic achievement, since it is often difficult to form an opinion based on few reviews. My child attended MSSA for 10 years and just finished his freshman year with a 4.11 GPA. He did very well on the SAT, taken through Duke TIP, and received an academic scholarship to a local private high school based on stellar high school placement exams. He was able to take pre-AP Spanish II because of the Spanish he had learned at MSSA and was well prepared for pre-AP Geometry, World Geography, English, and Biology. Is my child an Einstein? No. He is intelligent and self-motivated, and he was also very well prepared. The MSSA middle school is nurturing, accepting, and rigorous. Subject rotations only have 5-8 students, a key factor in academic success. Homework, which is meaningful and complementary to the core lessons, help students to transition to public/private high schools. I am 100% certain my child would never have participated in a musical or drama production elsewhere. Here, because of the intimacy, trust, and small size, all students participate in theatre and music. To me, going thru 8th grade is key.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
I'm not usually one to write reviews on line, but I was really disappointed to see the (2 I think) reviews of MSSA. This school has been a terrific fit for our daughter! The teachers are kind and caring, and are involved in every child's "work". When looking into a Montessori education, you MUST ask yourself if this teaching style/philosophy is a good fit for your child. Not every child will do well in a Montessori environment. Do your research. If your child is self motivated, independent and has a love of learning, he or she will EXCEL in this environment. If your child learns more effectively with a teacher in the front of the classroom and directing the lessons from his or her desk or chalkboard, this may not be the best fit for you. Most children that I've spoken with that have matriculated on to other schools have excelled. i have found all of the teachers, administration and board members to be very involved in the school and involved in extracurricular activities. I'm sure we can all find "bad" reviews of every school in San Antonio, but if you think that a Montessori education may benefit your child, then you will be very happy with MSSA

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
As a former parent I can not speak highly enough of the wonderful parents, administrators and most of the teachers. The school is both welcoming and accepting. And it is this warm feeling that keeps parents with the school for many, many years. However, when your child makes the break from the school and moves on in their educational endeavors it's many educational weaknesses become extremely apparent. The gaps in learning are so great that you are amazed you missed it all those years. You will find yourself disheartened when the realization hits that while "testing" and "homework" are deemed unnecessary at Montesorri they are the foundation of their next educational journey. And if they don't have the deeper knowledge that goes beyond the basics they suffer academically. I wish the Montessori School of San Antonio focused on educational attainment/knowledge as the child ages, ironically assuring parents feel good and are catered too is not the answer for your child's future and wasn't the answer for ours. So when they tell you the one test they do a year, "doesn't matter", please remember that it does. Assure your making the right educational decision for your child.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
As a current parent I am a bit perplexed by the comment pertaining to bullying in the school. This is the safest, and calmest school environment I have ever seen. The children are taught from a very young age about respect for themselves and others and it shows. My daughter is in Primary and is reading at a 3rd grade level. We are extremely happy with this school and would never entertain the thought of leaving!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
As a former parent, I don't recommend this school beyond lower elementary. Academic standards are very poor and students are ill-prepared for a transition. Bullying exists and is not addressed.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
I absolutely love this environment. My son was very shy and soft spoken when he began, but now does so well socially with other kids. The last school he was at was so different. He seems to really love what he works on now.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
My daughter just began Upper Elementary this year and we couldn't be more excited. She bgan MSSA when she was only 3 years old, and to see her grow into such an intelligent, well-mannered, motivated young lady is so exciting to us. Private school has always been a sacrifice for us, but we are thankful every single day that we made this choice. It is so fun to see her learn more about not only her studies, but also the environment and her responsibiltiy as a "global citizen." We love The Montessori School!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
Great school! We love it. Our daughter is excited and happy to attend each day. She is WAY ahead of her peers at other schools in reading and math and geography, etc. But beyond that, she loves school and is excited about learning. Our reviews with her teachers have been excellent -- they are detailed and helpful and clear. We have NEVER experienced any RUDE behavior by any of the teachers, administration, students or other parents. It is a respectful school. The children are challenged and never bored.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 17, 2010
Please stay away from this school! The teachers are extremely rude and criticizing with the kids, they seem really bored and burnt out... just nothing to do with Dr. Montessori s way of thinking!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
I attended this school for 6th,7th, and 8th grade. I have learned so much and made so many friends who I am always going to remember. The teachers are all so very nice and caring. Go MSSA Go!

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
My child attended this school in lower elementary. This was a very disappointing experience for us. The teacher was cold; the administration and staff are not welcoming. Her high achievement, motivation, community involvement and social development have been a result of home education . Read Home Education Magazine.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 20, 2009
We have been at this school for 3 years and could not be more thrilled with the personnel changes. The morale of the staff and parent organization is outstanding! What a change for the better. Our children are happy and learning - what more could you ask for?

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 28, 2009
We have had 2 children at this school for 4 years each, what a fabulous experience!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
The Montessori philosophy is closely followed at The Montessori School of San Antonio. The classrooms are very well-equipped and are beautiful, large, open rooms. Each classroom has an outdoor learning area that the children can work in freely. The students are independent and montivated even at three years old! I have never seen students who are so happy and engaged in their learning. All of the teachers are Montessori trained and do a fantastic job. The new director at the school has done very well at getting the mediocre teachers replaced with wonderful, energetic individuals who believe in what they are teaching. Repect for others and the environment is evident in every part of the school. The Montessori School of San Antonio is fun and welcoming. It is a joy to come to work each day! I also have a child attending this school and could not be happier!

- submitted by a teacher
May 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
I love this school! The teachers are caring and nurturing. The curriculum follows the Montessori philosophy which encompasses so much more than the public school curriculum. I disagree with the comments about Judson Montessori (now The Montessori School of San Antonio) not being child-centered. But I do believe Montessori is not for every child. There are some horrible Montessori schools in this city, but MSSA isn't one of them. It's been in existance for 35 years and has almost 300 students - I think that speaks for itself!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
I was very disappointed with our family's experience with Judson Montessori. In an average Montessori classroom a child-centered approach is standard. I found that this was lacking at Judson Montessori - there was a certain coldness and rigidity and a lack of insight in to child development. We were frustrated to find that our child was treated like she was misbehaving when she expressed herself both verbally and physically. We have since moved our daughter to another Montessori where her uniqueness is celebrated. We are pleased with our decision to make the move.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2009
We found Judson Montessori to be a rather cold and unwelcoming invironment for our pre-schooler. While there are many hard-working people there, there are also teachers who are burnt out, inflexible, and even unpleasant. We love the Montessori method and philosophy, but did not love this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2008
While it might seem that your child is happy and well-rounded in the 'three year cycle', he/she may have a rude awaking when moving to a new level/school. This was the case with my child whose self-esteem deteriorated when it was evident that she had not been taught the basic skills necessary for success in today's world and needed tutoring to catch up. Many teachers do indeed hide behind the 'Montessori' philosophy as an excuse for not teaching and are very good at telling parents what they want to hear at conference time. There are some good teachers but they're becoming few and far between as it becomes clear that no one is willing to address the problems. There are serious issues that need to be addressed at this school and, in its current state, is a big rip off for the price.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
My kids have gone to Montessori for 5 years now. They are independent, organized, excellent thinkers and are above their level in every core subject, I am most proud because they depend on themselves first to think and then to act. They are leaders and Montessori allows them to flourish in their own special way. The new director does need to ensure the most qualified and experienced teachers not only come to Montessori but are retained.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
Our children attended JMS for 3 years. Unfortunately, I have to agree with previous comments about the deterioration of the school. There are good teachers. However, the ones who do not want to change and work hard tend to hide behind 'Montessori' philosophy when justifying to parents why their child cannot do basic math or other elementary skill. There is a lot of turnover and the administration seems to utilize teachers who did not have good qualifications even if they do have a Montessori certification. There are also huge gaps in the curriculum - no writing, computer and very weak science programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
We had our child at this school for four years. We had a wonderful experience. However, this was because our child had a wonderful teacher. Please do not assume that because it is a private school that all the teachers are good. Some are simply burned out and need to go. Administration needs to step up and eliminate the bad ones. As you get into upper elementary, there are serious weaknesses in the curriculum that do not justify paying almost 12K a year. The attitude of entitlement among the parents also prevents admin from making positive decisions for the student body as a whole.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2008
07-08 was my 4 year old daughters first year at Judson, I was pleased with the school. My daughter loves it, and that was most important to us. Apparently they were going through a tough time this year with administration, but I think my daughter did not suffer at all because of this. I was extremely impressed with the primary level 3 year to 5 year olds. I plan on sending my daughter back to school there a few more years.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2008
My son has been at Judson for three years, and I am very pleased with the school. They incorporate the Montessori method at all levels, so I also think that you should understand the Montessori principles fully before starting at the school. The teachers that I have been exposed to are all so wonderful, and they are all so connected to their students. I highly recommend this school, and we will be there for many more years.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2007
This school is a flexible school for children with learning differences since everyone works at their own pace. Teachers are very willing to meet with parents as often as is necessary to make sure the child is progressing nicely.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
While many of the teachers are highly qualified and exceedingly talented, their ability to bring the principles of Montessori education to the classroom is inhibited by a severe lack of leadership and support from the administration. This is evidenced by the high teacher/staff turnover. Until changes are made, the quality of this program will continue to diminish.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
we had a 4 year old there for one year. we were not definitely not satisfied with her progress. there were some parents who were happy there but most of them either work there or volunteer, which enable them (the parent!) guiding their own children. the impression that we were getting was that the teachers really do not teach or even guide them through. can't speak for other grade levels but for 3-5 year old level, please stay away from this school. in addition, they are highly financially motivated. read carefully through their contract; they are not responsible for anything. also, get ready for numerous fundraisers and solicitations throughout the year.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 05, 2007
Staff at this school is socially disconnected and inadequate when it comes to basic classroom management. Children are allowed to get away with undermining behavior that could be considered bullying.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
High Academic Standards with dedicated teachers. Extra Curriculum programs music, spanish, are average but the core program is above average.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
Judson Montessori provides a quality montessori education. All of the teachers are either certified or in the process of receiving their certification (montessori certification.) The school goes from pre-school through middle school. There are a number of extracurricular activities including sports, arts and music. There is also a vibrant music program integrated into the curriculum. Spanish for all levels is also offered. The parents are very involved and there are many opportunities for parental involvement. It is a beautiful campus located outside loop 1604. All of the classes through upper elementary have their own gardens which the kids design and maintain. There is also an emphasis on team work and conflict resolution. This has been a great school for our family.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2005
My children have attended this school for 4 years. The academics learned is outstanding. It is the many other outstanding qualities that the children gain which you only see after they start attending. The staff pass on to the children a sense of responsibility for themselves as well as the community around them. Children truly grow as individuals that have a great degree of independence but also understand the importance their role has on their surrounding peers and community as a whole. As a parent, I know they have gained a great deal both academically (they are ahead of their friends from the area public schools) and as a responsible community member.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
Supportive Teaching Staff who really enjoy working with kids to achieve their maximum potential. Unique learning environment which allows children to work at a skill appropriate pace.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2005
We have enjoyed the independent learning style that Judson has provided for our child. I really like the educational philosophy of Montessori and feel that Judson does a great job of actually making it a reality. The only thing that has been an issue with our family is the non-sectarian aspect basically meaning NO Christianity allowed but all other religions are ok as a demonstration of 'multiculturalism.' Either a school teaches religion or it doesn't, but excluding one in order to be politically correct is not acceptable to us. I wish there wasn't such a liberal viewpoint taught and it would just be about education.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
Previous reviews are all accurate: school is excellent for lower elementary level, but consistant academic excellence is lacking in upper elementary school for all the reasons listed by others. Because school goes only through 8th grade equivilant, all students must transition to another program. That is where the inconsistancies in curriculum, educational progress and instructor ability can overwhelm a student and his/her family. School seems to lack a coherent set of goals and seems to lack oversight in achieving professed goals. Our experience leaves us feeling that it is a wonderful institution for those at third grade level and below. Since it is a Montessori program, it's difficult to apply a test based, quantitative evaluation to the program. Anecdotally, many parents of former students have told us the transition to other academies and public shcools have been difficult, with most stories revolving around students' weaknesses in math and science.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
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The Montessori School of San Antonio
17722 Rogers Ranch Pkwy, San Antonio, TX  78258
(210) 492-3553
Last modified The Montessori School of San Antonio is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Montessori School of San Antonio Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top