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!
PLEASE do not send your child to this school. The leadership in this school does not care about your children. They are more concerned with the money they are receiving from you. They are cold and unwelcoming and only extend kindness so they can get your signature on the dotted line. The teachers have had excellent attitudes, but I don't think the level of education will prepare your child for the real world. I love the montessori model and we sent our children to another montessori school before we moved here, it was excellent. I'm not downing montessori, just this particular school did not fit the bill. It is also a very cliquish community. We never did feel truly welcome, very, very fake. Just think twice before investing yourself in a very expensive contract with administration that cares less about your child and they will be receiving less than stellar education. There is a reason they have lost a lot of students over the past few years. If you are only concerned with sending your child to a school that is simply a status symbol, then this is the place for you.
We have had the best experience at this school so far! Every day I am reassured that we made the right choice moving our children there. The parent education event held this week was truly astonishing! It was so refreshing to hear from such talented staff. Nothing beats getting information "straight from the horse's mouth!" This education is the best gift we could give our children!
This school is AMAZING! In just three days I can tell a difference in my son! I love his teacher and the staff is welcoming and accommodating. I look forward to a long relationship at MSSA!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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