Montessori Academy of Virginia

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Posted October 16, 2013

The staff at MAV is loving, and has taken the time to know my personally know my child. Everyone from the director to Ms. Michelle at the front desk to various TAs and even the custodian knows my child by name, and takes the time to speak to her when she approaches them. The school is clean, welcoming, and bright. The education my daughter receives is excellent. She has higher level thinking skills that surpass children years older than her. The class structure and rigor are good for her, and are balanced by the free activity time she has at the end of the school day. I strongly recommend MAV -- not just for the early education years, but for beyond as well. Teaching a child to LOVE to learn is challenging, and somehow this method taps into the motivation aspect behind learning. I only wish there were also a MAV secondary school in the area.
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Posted September 26, 2013

Didn't get right answer about fees. Different people telling me deffrent-different every time .get everything on writing before you pay for everything.
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Posted September 18, 2013

This is our fifth year attending MAV. I have two kids (2nd grade and pre-k). The teachers they have had are the best I can ask for. The lower elementary teacher, in particular, is just the best there is and it'd be in MAV's best interest to hang on to and never let her go. My youngest's teacher is a warm, caring person who loves her students. Both my kids are well above grade level and love every minute of going to school. I love that everything is at their pace and there is freedom of movement around the classroom. It has been a fantastic learning environment for my girls.
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Posted September 1, 2013

My child attended this school during the summer program and I wasn't pleased. For the price you pay, you aren't getting what you are promised during the tour or pay for. There is no refrigerator or microwave for the mandatory lunches that the children must bring daily. The teachers really don't have much of a personality and seem to care less about the whole child. I believe that they hire just about anyone who says they've heard of Montessori to "teach" during the summer. My child and others in the youngest class of the center were often intimidated and lost amongst the oldest children in the center during free play in the gym during after care. Overall, this school gets an 'E' for effort. By the way, where is the Montessori certification for this place??? I found nothing legit for them under the AMI or AMS...
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Posted June 21, 2013

My child has gone to this school for 3 years. It is an excellent education! Contrary to popular belief about Montessori, the teachers are very structured in the classroom. She has learned so much at this school, but that is because she loves to learn and enjoys what the world has to offer! Although the staff I have encountered the most is not as friendly and conducive to adults, they treat my child well and she loves them! It is incredible to see what and how the children learn here- and not just academics but socializing and life skills are important here too! I am very impressed with the school and how it treats my child.
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Posted June 11, 2013

I was not aware about the review my wife posted. So yesterday, the director pulled us into the office after we picked up our son to ask my wife about the review she posted online.I was a bit flabbergasted.I couldn t believe that he wanted to speak to her about a review.He wanted to defend what my wife stated about the child who threw his socks and shoes off, then was punished by sitting on the floor by the front desk.Honestly, he still could not justify their actions.1st, I did not choose this school for my son, my wife did.If I did, my son wouldn't have gone there. The tuition is too high.The tuition does not include lunch, snacks, or a refrigerator.According to the director, he does not consider the Flu a reason to notify parents. He said that it is like the common cold.We should've been notified. Children have died from this year s strand.When my son caught the flu, he had a fever that did not break until 2 weeks later & he was out of school for 3 weeks. Soon after, my wife & I caught it causing a financial strain from being out of work.I don t see a significant improvement in my son. My wife also teaches our son quite a few things at home. My son is NEVER eager to go to school.
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Posted June 5, 2013

My child attended this school for their summer camp and regular school year. I wish that I observed other schools before sending my child to this school. The teachers and staff are very cold and they do not have much of a personality which also reflects on the children. I decided on this school because I have heard good things about the teachings in a Montessori school. My son learned more at home than at this school. I did not see a difference in his education/knowledge. I was very disapointed. In addition, the way they disapline is very disturbing. I went to the school to drop of my child's lunch box and there was a 2 or 3 year old boy sitting on the floor by the front desk with no socks and shoes on. I was told by the woman who works the front desk, Michelle, that he threw them off in class and now he is being punished. Why didn't they put on his shoes and socks? In addition, my son was sick more times than I can count because of this school. I was never notified about other children with the flu before my son became ill. Also, they do not have a refrigerator. I think every school should at least have a refrigerator. My child tells me that he hates going to school. :-(
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Posted October 22, 2012

All 3 of my children attend MAV and it is truly wonderful. The staff are amazing, loving, and take the time to know my children personally. I always know they are safe and in good hands. The school is clean, bright, and welcoming. The education they receive is excellent- my 2 year old can even sing in Japanese- and is definitely a school I recommend to everyone. I think some people think the Montessori method allows your child too much free reign but the choosing of activities by your child is only a small part of the day. The classes and staff are actually very structured yet they still nurture creativity and personal growth. Definitely take a tour to see the school for yourself!
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Posted June 13, 2011

My daughter went to MAV from ages 2-6 and absolutely LOVED it. And so did I. Teachers are warm, kind, and truly knowledgeable. She got an amazing academic education, as well as lessons on compassion, kindness and respect. Thank you MAV. You're truly the best!
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Posted July 30, 2009

My daughter has attended this school for three years. It is FANTASTIC. Principal, teachers, aftercare...all staff is to notch. If you want you child to learn AND learn to love learning, this is the place to send them.
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1468 Kempsville Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (757) 436-3995


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