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.
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.
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.
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.
High Academic Standards with dedicated teachers. Extra Curriculum programs music, spanish, are average but the core program is above average.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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