This is an Exceptional school. My daughter transferred here from another elementary school. She was a top student in her 3rd grade. But to our surprise she was very much behind when she started her 4th grade at Riverbend. The teacher made extra effort by coming earlier to school and privately tutoring my daughter to catch up with the rest of the class. When my daughter finished 5th grade and went on to a charter middle school she was well ahead of all her classmates. In some subjects by at least a whole grade. My son has been there for kindergarten and will start the first grade this coming year. He can already read & write better than many 1st graders. As a very concerned parent, I wouldn t have my kids anywhere else. I am baffled about the statements and the low rating that a person gave this school. I wonder if he is referring to the same school! She/he perhaps went to another school and got that mixed up with this school. His/her views are hardly representative of what we have experienced there. We really like this school and have and will continue recommending it to our friends and other caring parents.
I strongly recommend this school to anyone who cares about the environment for their children. I am a parent of 3 children who have been attending this school. My oldest finished 5th grade and graduated from Riverbend. The other two are still attending this school. When my first child went to the middle school she was well ahead of all her classmates. Many of her classmates had also gone to private schools. Applying Montessori principals and teaching methods not only put my child ahead of other students; it had also thought her to be responsible for her own learning and very independent. We really saw the difference the teaching and the philosophy of this school had made in real life after leaving this school. We have also seen the care all the teachers and staff put into the security and wellbeing of the children over the past 8 years. I am really surprised by the statements one parent had made about this school. I find it extremely hard to believe that any child has been ever unattended in this school. In 8 years and with 3 kids I have never seen (or heard of) such thing. The teachers, staff, and particularly the principal are all extremely caring. We are very satisfied with it.
Very disappointed with the school!! The very first month the school had a parent-teacher meet and I went their with my wife. All the kids were taken to a separate room where they had a baby-sitter and all the parents were made to sit a separate presentation area. It was an hour long event and after the event we were asked to pick our kids and disperse. So after the event we go to adjoining room to pick our son and our son was not there. We searched the entire school but could not find him. Then a parent told us that our son was all alone in the parking lot and crying. We were so shocked!!! How could our son, who was just three years old, was left unattended by the teachers and the baby-sitter that he managed to reach the parking lot??? Anything could have happened to him that day. We did raise this issue with the school administration but they had a very casual approach and said they will be more vigilant next time....the school principal did not even apologize to us.....
Amazing school. Both my sister and I attended here. Students are taught to think and comprehend, not just to memorize and repeat. Really unique and exceptional learning environment.
Our son has attended Riverbend Montessori since 2nd grade (he's now in 5th). We couldn t have wished for a more perfect learning environment for him. The only unfortunate thing about Riverbend is that their program ends at 6th grade! Each teacher he has had has an obvious love and commitment, not just to teaching, but for each of their students individually. We have watched teachers adapted effortlessly and quickly to each childs needs, emotional and academic. While parental involvement is encouraged and happily accepted, we have never been put in that uncomfortable "but you have to" position.
While I think my son learned a lot during the time he was there, I felt that the teacher was not very approachable, nor informative. I would have liked more information on whether my son ate his lunch or if he fell or bumped his head, but there was no avenue that the school created to get good information like that. The hot lunches weren't very healthy as there's very little variety and it's what you would call a menu set to what kids would likely eat as opposed to healthy stuff that we as parents would want them to eat. I would only rank this school as a good as opposed to an excellent.
Our daughter is finishing up Kindergarten this year at Riverbend and it is a wonderful school. She has been there about a year and a half and absolutely loves it. She has grown so much as both a student and a person at Riverbend. Prior to Riverbend she attended a different area Montessori school and it was very disappointing. At Riverbend, my wife and I were amazed at the difference. The owners and teachers at the school genuinely love what they do and have a passion for the children and for learning. I couldn't ask for a better learning environment for my daughter. I know that the education she is now receiving will be a building block for her for many years to come and I have to say that she is in the best of hands. Without hesitation I would recommend Riverbend Montessori. Take the time to visit the school. Ask to observe the classroom and meet with the administration. I can assure you that you will be able to see the level of deep caring that occurs at this school. Hands down, this is a great environment for learning -- both academic and for life skills. They do a wonderful job.
Riverbend has provided my daughter with excelent opportunities to learn. The best part of the school are its teachers. My daughter has gained self confidence in herself and her ideas. As a full time working parent, it is so convenient for me to be able to place my daughter in a school which provides morning and after school care. I would recommend this school to everyone. Here your child will be nurtured and taught at their own pace. The learning enviornment which is provided by Riverbend, allows its students to see the world with much enthusiasm and curiosity.
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