Both of my children are thriving at HRIMS. The Montessori method allows each child to work at their own pace, so very bright children are not held back, and children are allowed to master skills instead of being prematurely pushed along to keep up with the class. Time, usually spent on preparing for standardized tests in public schools, is instead spent on learning and discovery using a holistic approach. The classroom atmosphere is calm and happy. I have one child in Children's House and another child will start Lower Elementary this fall. The school's director welcomes parental involvement and addresses family's individual and unique needs. She is truly dedicated to our school family.
The Children's House (preschool) program is exceptional. I question the capability of the elementary program's preparedness for the reality of SOLs. But the most damming aspect of the school is the controlling behavior of the Head of School. She is more interested in the business aspect of the School, than transforming the educational program to meet the SOL standards of today. Also, she is quite prickly toward parents who are independent thinkers. For example, there have been several, several families who have been with the school for four-six years; one child in the Children's House, another in the Elementary program. She did not allow that family just a little more time to pay down on the elementary school contract and essentially disinvited the older sibling. So that family, who had been so involved in that School had one child there, and had to run across town to place their oldest child in another school. She also makes policy off the top of her head, as she goes along. The Board of Directors is a ghost board and is in her pocket. No serious grievance process. The Head of School shows favoritism to parents who 'brown nose,' by reducing their tuition, etc. Beware, Beware.
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