My husband and I have been so fortunate to have our kids attend MCS. Our son has attended since January of 2011 and our daughter since the fall of 2013. The commitment to the Montessori philosophy and devotion to educating children with kindness and love are just some of the reasons we have stayed at MCS for these years and hope to continue for as long as possible. We have had such fun watching our kids bloom into even more wonderful and kind people as they navigate the MCS curriculum.
One or both of our children have been enrolled at MCS since 2007. At MCS, our boys have thrived. They are as different as two children can be, but their academic and social/emotional lives have flourished in the Montessori environment. The school works closely in partnership with parents to communicate and problem-solve. My children have been treated with incredible care, dignity and love - yet they've been encouraged to work hard, focus and challenge themselves to achieve specific goals. There is something immeasurable and priceless about walking into an environment and seeing your kids so thoroughly engaged and happy. Each day is not perfect, no one can expect that of any educational environment...but the care, consideration and connection these teachers and administrators have with the children (from toddlers to young teenagers) is truly remarkable. We love and wholeheartedly recommend MCS to anyone looking to partner with educators who are intelligent, exceptionally well-trained, and deeply caring.
This school adheres strictly to the philosophy of Dr. maria Montessori in it's approach to providing the ultimate learning environment. I had children attending this school for over fourteen years. Outstanding in every way!
This school is something special. When business brought us to SLC, my wife and I searched high and low for a childcare solution for our 2 year old. We visited several toddler programs before looking into MCS, but on that first visit we felt pretty much instantly that it was 'the place' for our son. And I'm happy to report that, nearly a decade later, it's one of the best decisions we've ever made. What we saw initially as a nurturing, loving and safe childcare solution for two working parents has become something much more. Our first child's experience was so positive that we felt no hesitation in enrolling his younger sibling. Our kids have thrived academically and socially at MCS. The teachers are dedicated to developing a love of learning in their students, and the administrators are very sensitive to special needs and circumstances. A single negative reviewer seems to suggest the administration only cares about money, but my personal experience refutes that. The school's director has been incredibly generous and sensitive to my family in the face of daunting financial and health challenges. My kids have blossomed at MCS, and I couldn't be happier with our experience.
Our experience in the Early Childhood Program went downhill in the course of the three year program due to frequent staff turnover, a large student-teacher ratio (31:3; 3-6 year-olds), and teachers spending time out of the classroom. The MCS Director owns the school. Her bottom line is money. This overrides student safety and well-being. There are multiple instances of bullying in the EC and Elementary programs including an instance where a teacher bullied a five year-old student. The school Administration refused to adopt a bullying policy. This school is not accredited. It is a licensed business with Salt Lake City Corp.. It is not registered as a private school with the Utah State Department of Education. MCS is not a registered member of any national or international Montessori society/organization or with the Better Business Bureau. The many positive reviews written by MCS parents in the previous months are sincere. However, the MCS Director gave parents an option to write reviews in exchange for parent volunteer hours that must be paid out if not completed by the end of the school year. The Director vetted all reviews before doling out volunteer hours for 2013-2014.
Montessori Community School is an ideal match for our daughter. She is curious and extroverted, like many toddlers, and is still learning how to work in groups and use her words, like almost all toddlers. The teachers at MCS encourage her to grow in her strengths and to improve in other areas. With two years of Montessori under her belt, she has become a child who respects others and works for the good of the community but also knows her mind and constantly explores new interests. I went to Montessori for my preschool years, so I knew that I wanted to check out Montessori schools for my own child. This school, more than any other I ve ever experienced, truly embraces the philosophy. Not only in the classroom, but in the community events and parent education nights. This is not to say they are dogmatic; actually, they are extremely open to making adjustments for individual children. Our child s teachers have become our partners in guiding her to a happy and productive life. I can t say enough about how happy we are with MCS. My daughter loves to go to school every day and talks about all her friends and teachers.
Great School w/ awesome teachers. We are so glad our son in MCS and wants to go to school everyday. It amazing how much he is learning and becoming confident and independent.
My kids have been at MCS since they were 18 months, and it is an amazing place! The teachers have so much patience and expertise, and have been great guides for us throughout the childrens' development. The school is always welcoming, the classrooms are clean and the children are always engaged in some activity when we arrive to pick them up. We have been very happy that we chose this school for our kids, and we have really found it to be a community environment.
Our daughter is finishing up her first year in the toddler program at MCS and is thriving at the school. I credit the multiage classrooms with the social strides she has made in the last year; she has many close friends there and has a growing confidence. The teachers in her classroom are caring and seem to appreciate her as an individual, appreciating her personality. There are multiple community-building opportunities throughout the year to get to know other families. It's just a warm, supportive, loving environment, a place I am happy to send my daughter everyday.
This year was the first year our son attended MCS (year 1 of 3 in lower elementary class). While we were familiar with the Montessori approach, we were unduly impressed with the MCS. Our son is quite happy and satisfied with school. In addition to having solid "core academics", there are rich opportunities for beneficial and unique extracurricular activities including: outdoor classroom time, weekly field trips that emphasize culture/nature/fun, physical education, music, art, meditation, yoga, theatre, being mentors to others, etc. The teachers have been outstanding and the students to teacher ratios are ideal. The school has a good relationship with parents with programs for after-school and "kid's night out" where parents can take a Friday evening off from time to time. In summary, MCS understands what it takes to foster the development of well rounded, respectful, intelligent, friendly kids.
Our son enjoys attending his school everyday. The presence of preschool kids with different ages in two levels, allows them to interact with older and younger peers and improve their social skills. The also like the dual language set up of his class where he is learning Spanish. The fun activities make school a favorable environment for kids at this age.
We moved our son to this school at age 3 after a disappointing experience at a different early childhood program What a difference!! Teachers at MCS are professionally trained Montessori teachers, most of whom have been teaching this program for years, often decades. Equally important, the continuing education is clearly rigorous and ongoing, and the teachers remain PASSIONATE about what they do--which is clearly transmitted in a palpable, excited-about-learning feel as soon as you enter the building. My son is now in his fourth year--completing first grade-- and we couldn't be happier for several reasons. First, he is doing phenomenally academically. Montessori gives kids a chance to move ahead as they are ready. Second, the teacher/student ratio is amazing--2 teachers to 20 students in his class. Third, being in an age group/class for three years gives teachers a chance to know and care deeply about each child. This has been a great comfort, especially last year when my son's father and I divorced--his school and teachers were such a stable, nuanced part of his support system. We are so glad we found MCS and that we are staying past early childhood into the elementary years.
My child started as a third year (kindergarten) and we are going to stay for elementary school. The Montessori system has a little bit of a learning curve, but our child immediately thrived in the self-driven environment of the multigrade classroom. Although he came in already reading, writing and doing addition and subtraction on his own, I was impressed that at our first parent -teacher conference, the teachers had honed in on exactly what he needed to work on rather than leaving him to his own devices. The open plan Montessori classroom style means that the teachers have to work with each child individually and know them each well. This is a small school, but there are still ample opportunities for after-school activities and enrichment programs. There seems to be a good diversity in the student and teacher population, and we have been delighted by the cheerfulness, warmth and efficiency with which the school is run. Despite the "no tests, no homework, no grades" approach, the school seems to be a serious academic environment with high standards for achievement -- just a different route for getting kids there.
All three of our children have attended MCS. Although each of our children is different, they have all thrived at Montessori. With the school s focus on the individual child, the Montessori teachers have helped each of our children to grow and develop in their own way. The environment at Montessori is warm and nurturing and we couldn t ask for a more supportive place for our children.
My daughter is in the early childhood. She is the first year there. She knows three letter blending and adding using her beads. We are so glad to see her progress. They hand out a calendar every month to show the activities in a month, my daughter s birthday also in the December Calendar, which make her very happy. She likes to see the calendar and read the activity of each day. They also offer outdoor class room, dance class and field trip, which make them learn not just academic, but every aspects of everyday life and science. They also have a lot of after school classes you can choose to register, like karate, zumba and ballet. So you don t need to looking for after school classes. My daughter loves zumba and battet a lot. Teachers care about each student in the class room. My daughter once had very heavy running nose, making the skin below her nose turn red, the teacher noticed this and gave her moisture, which make her feel better. MCS is like a big family, every teacher knows her name and greeting to her everyday. Even if we are the last one to pick her up, her teachers would read her books to accompany with her. We love MCS.
Our daughter is in her second year of the toddler program at MCS and we couldn't be happier with our experience. Her teachers are warm, loving and patient, and I am continually amazed at how well they understand my child and her personality. They really value and nurture each child's uniqueness, while guiding them to be respectful, independent young people. We have watched our daughter's confidence, social skills and independence blossom. We are so happy knowing that she is in a warm, nurturing environment with adults who REALLY understand toddlers. And at the same time, she is building a wonderful foundation for future learning. The teachers go above and beyond their job description and are always available when we have questions (potty training help! Discipline - what do I do? Is this normal?) or if we just need to talk. Thrilled with our experience.
They've really established a great program and what I love about Montessori is the focus on the whole child. I'm amazed at how much my 4 yr old is learning. He is so confident and independent there. The teachers are all so amazing. Love it!
We are very happy with the way our children are developing not just their academics (they are excelling in maths), but also their whole personality. They are very polite- They listen- They know how to interact with other children (younger and older) and adults. They are learning through play- at their pace- and get individualised lessons. We feel that our children are listened to by the teachers and by their friends. In the corridors, the staff knows the name of all the children in the school- quite impressive. We recommend it if you are in tune with the montessori method. It is not for all parents. I feel also that we have a very calm peaceful atmosphere at home because the children are peaceful at school.
Our family has been enrolled since 2008. - Tuned in tachers & admin who really understand children - dual immersion Spanish for ages 3-6 - good specialty teachers for art, music, dance, outdoor education, yoga - self-paced learning - hands on materials and methods - welcoming culture that prides itself on tolerance This school fundamentally, through its methods and culture, develops the "soft" skills critical to adult happiness and success: self-motivation, decision making, conflict management, ability to articulate needs of the self and respect needs of others, leadership, project management, work-life balance, and team work. Overall, I am pleased with my children's academic progress and the teachers have responed to my children's emotional needs as well as their academic development. There are no standardized tests but the progress reports detail mastery of specific skills typical for age. There is little homework but my children have met or exceeded all grade level expectations. I agree with the other reviewer that I strongly prefer a school closing much fewer days and including all fees except optional activities in the tuition and reducing the committment fee.
MCS is an excellent school, particularly for toddler and pre-k. Most teachers are well trained and dedicated with little turnover. However, when deciding on this program, consider that they follow the Salt Lake School District calendar, meaning that you will have to pay additional tuition (literally thousands of dollars more per year) for care during school "breaks" and that the program is closed completely on multiple days for teacher training and for almost two weeks in August. The school day is from 9-3:30 as well, so you have to pay extra for extended hours 7:30-6 pm. Additionally, many of the extracurricular activities cost extra as well ($80-100 each per session). The only criticism I have is that because of the Montessori method, I often feel that I do not have a good understanding of what the kids are learning in the classroom; as an involved parent I would prefer more consistent communication with the teachers.
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