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PK-4
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Reston, VA
Students enrolled: 212

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1928 Isaac Newton Square West
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 481-2922
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August 26, 2014
I made a chart showing all the discrepancies between my son's report card and the teacher's recommendations. The director's response said they will not discuss the recommendation and to communicate with their attorney. So, please, learn from my experience - this is not a school that has your child's or family's interest at heart. They are not nice people. If they were, they'd take the time to talk to us and give us an explanation. In my opinion, I think the teacher was upset about us leaving the school. Her attitude change to us was not as friendly when she found out we weren't returning. We think that her negative recommendation was influenced to us not returning since she lost many students and she told me she only has 9 kids in her class for fall. Also - the premises don't seem very clean, especially the bathrooms.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2014
Great school, spectacular elementary program with a strong curriculum and teachers. Sad to see the previous tirade from one angry parent (and I stress ONE). At least 2 of the Elementary teachers have been with the school for 20 years. That speaks volumes. Great program.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Wow! I am shocked by this parents negative comment! I am not sure exactly what they have seen or witnessed! Absolute nonsense to make such a comment! The program, teachers, and the academic curriculum is outstanding! They claim It is not a very safe environment for young children?!! That is a bogus claim! This school provides the safest and most friendliest environment for children. Everyone there is family.....This particular parent should just leave.....

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
I am completely disgusted by the previous comment. Clearly that is an angry person holding a grudge with RMS teachers and administrators. My experience with the Elementary program and teachers has been nothing but favourable and of the highest of quality. Suffice to say: we have options in where to place our children in school. Clearly the parent in question should use their options and leave, rather than post viscous and cruel remarks online. A grudge is a grudge no matter what colour you paint it. Shame to the parent that did this.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
A couple years back, I rated this school 5 stars and have raved about it with other parents who are interested in giving their child a montessori education. However, within the past year there has been a couple incidents involving temper issues/physical altercations and too much aggression among a couple Upper Elementary students towards a Lower Elementary student(s) that have not been handled properly by the teacher (or the administration). This is the second time the same issue has been addressed and nothing has been done to remedy it. When these issues are addressed and a permanent fix takes place, then I am more then willing to change my rating for this school. Until then, I will have to give it a 2 star rating. As a side note, If you do not want your 6 year old to play outside with 10-12 year olds who are twice their size. DO NOT send your child to RMS. The Elementary school has mixed aged groups ranging from ages 6-12 in ONE classroom (45 kids) and they play outside together as well. This is not a very safe environment for your young child and this is not how montessori schools are suppose to be designed.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
RMS is a warm welcoming environment. The teachers are dedicated to their work and work with children according to their ability. The parents are very involved in the school life. Socials and fun fundraisers help staff, parents and children form a warm relationship with each other. The academics are high standard and there is also a good variety of extra-curricular activity and many field trips. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
Great academics, French, PE, music, art and lots of field trips. Make learning fun and interesting. My kids love coming to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
Elementary Program is awful. Teachers are not qualified and not certified. Pre-school was fine. My daughter is now in the AP program in Fairfax County and RMS doesn't even compare.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2013
My son attended this school from kindergarten to first grade. Now he is in middle school. The 2 years he spent in this school is the most traumatic of his life. He is been labeled as ADD/ADHD and treated unfairly even for small mistakes. We get call 2 to 3 times a week. We were hoping this school would bring kid good discipline and learning experience. We were wrong. We took him out in the middle of school year and management and teachers were very rude and insensitive and we were told "Good luck" with your son elsewhere (sarcastic). It took him 3 years to get out of trauma and he is still having nightmares from this school. Parents beware... PS: My son is in seventh grade now...attending Stone hill middle, Ashburn, Honor student and is a starting defensive end and offensive tackle in AYFL Football league.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
My son has been attending RMS since he was 6 months old (infant room) and now he is 2+ (toddler room). We had a wonderful experience while attending the infant program. The infant room caregivers were attentive and loving and seemed to genuinely want to be there. The space is big with a segregating sleeping area critical for infant development. My son loved the crawling room with soft climbers as he was developing. Now that we are in the toddler room, I can't say that the experience has been the same. There has been quite a lot of teacher turnover and they are quick to jump to conclusions about the energy of a boy which leads to "labeling" him hyper. Personally, this age group develops and learns best under consistent arrangements (ie: no turnover). I worry that my son won't be permitted to express his feelings very freely and therefore not thrive. I strongly believe that a child's learning is shaped through consistentency in the delivery method and in a nuturing, non-judgemental environment. Teacher turnover only ensures that the child is re-setting EVERY time that they have to work through the introduction and methods of a new teacher. We are looking for a new school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
After seeing a few of these posts, I had to give my two cents as well. The elementary program at RMS is the worst! The teachers are boring, uneducated (one of them constantly misspells), and can be very rude. Elementary has an okay reading, writing, and math program, but yes, there's no history or decent science program whatsoever. They really need to get rid of the elementary teachers and hire teachers that actually like to teach and care about education. The director too is also rude as well!

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2012
My child attended this school for a few years. There is large staff turnover and the front office personnel can be quite rude. The quality of teachers is also quite varied. Research a lot if you decide to send your child here. There are plenty of other schools in the area that are run with the children first and not so obviously worried about the bottom dollar.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
RMS has one of the nicest, most involved communities that I have ever been a part of! Everytime I walk down the halls I see happy children, engaging in their environment and asking lots of questions. The teachers really know their students well and offer very helpful feedback. I also appreciate how active the PTA is - there are lots of wonderful family events throughout the school year!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
I had two kids go through RMS. They each spent 7 years there, from preschool to 3rd grade. This school prepared them academically and allowed them to excell and be in the advanced academic program offered by FCPS. It helped them acheive independant thinking and made them very confident students. The school offers a lot of enrichment subjects in their curriculum, music, french, art, PE, etc.. The elmentary classroom is a wonderful environment, and the updated look is very Montessori.. All in all a very good school, where teachers take their job very seriously and bring out the best in the kids. Iove RMS!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2012
We have been a part of the RMS community for years. All three of our children have been involved at various levels in the school and we have loved all aspects of our experience here. I can't recommend this school highly enough. This is a school that truly cares about the development of the whole child and will help guide you towards what is best for your own children. We love the teachers and staff. Truly a quality school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
My daughter has been in the preprimary class for the last 2 years and we have been very pleased. The teachers seem well-trained and are very responsive to our questions, needs, concerns. My daughter has learned a lot and has had lots of time for play. They rotate the "work" so that it doesn't get boring and the children learn something new after mastering the work. The "after-care" has been very well done - snack, outdoor play, and a different activity planned for every day - reading, crafts, music, etc. I agree that the administration is not very personable but we have not had any specific problems. They recently implemented more email communications about days off and upcoming events that have made things better.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
We love love this school. This has been our fourth Montessori (we moved a lot in the last few years) and we have visited over the 15 montessori over the years and this one is by far one of the best. First the environment is bright and clean and the children have a lot of space to work and play. The curriculum is fantastic: outside the traditional math. writing, science, they offer music class, the teacher performs on a regular basis at the kennedy center, Yoga, art, french, cooking. My daughter last week came back wanted to learn more about the french impressionists !!!. they really nourish the curiosity of the kids. the kids are very happy and the teacher ration is fantastic. they do a lot of visit to museum etc (part of the tuition) to support what they learn in class. my daughter is 5 years old and she knows how to read, write, do addition, subtraction, multiplication and started division. She speaks some french and know more about art that I do teachers are extremely dedicated and always available to the children and to the parents. Children are running in the morning to their class, very happy and bright environment. This is a great great school,

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
I think this school has gone downhill in the last few years since the original founder/director retired. Her daughter took over but she was living in NYC and commuting. She then had some health issues and a classroom teacher took over the administration while teaching a class full time. Now the teacher is going to be full time administrator and teaching part time. There is no real oversight of the classes and no evaluation of the teachers. School is somewhat being run like a "rental property" by the owner. It's a bit irresponsible and the quality of the school has declined.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
Very poor elementary program. Curriculum is not well developed and is especially lacking in science. The only science covered is geography! - no real science. All the teachers have been around a long time and have an over inflated opinion of themselves. In benchmarking this program against others in the area (including the Fairfax County Public Schools) , it is sub-par.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
Beware. This is a for-profit school and is run as such. The teachers do not receive any professional education and some are very poorly trained. The school is not accredited by any educational body and some of the teachers would not be hired by the public schools. There are other private schools in the area which are much more professional, run as non-profits with a mission of educating children, not making money and keep current of the latest trends in education. I would not recommend this school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
three years in rms, i don't have a single complain about any teachers nor any staff members. i am so proud of my daughter, what she has learned by her age and credit goes to rms.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
Both my kids go there and I could not have asked for a better school and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
My child was at the school for less than 6 months. The teacher was rude, not helpful and uneducated. The teacher keeps sending emails complaining my child all the time, and labeled the kid as BAD boy. Clearly, the teacher doesn't want to be there and email negative criticism. So, I took him to be evaluated at George Washington University and there is not wrong the kid. I pulled the kid out and send to another school. He excelled. All the teachers love the kid. Believe me, pull your kid when they're complaining your kid. He/She will do better somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2010
I daughter was here, now my son is in now, and I plan to pull him out. The only thing I can say as a parent is it is getting worse and worse now.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
We have two children at RMS and could not be more pleased. My husband and I have always been interested in the Montessori method and really researched our choice carefully. There are a few other Montessori schools in the area and the attention to detail at RMS is without comparison. Classrooms well stocked with an array of educational materials, thoughtful teachers, helpful administration, imaginative curriculum, etc. We are thrilled. We have had nothing but helpful advice and pleasant interaction with both former and new director. We always viewed the environment the former director established as a very family centered one. We have different teachers for our kids and have had good experiences in both classrooms. Now in our fourth year at the school, we wouldn't go anywhere else. Highly recommended. Our kids LOVE the music.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I had two children attend RMS. It was the best thing that happened to them. They attended 3 years of Primary and 3 years of Elementary each. The academics are above average and the teachers do their best to taylor the lessons to the child's strengh. The curriculum is varied and very strong in Math and Language and includes Geography, Science , Art , Music and French. THe Elementary program prepares the children extremely well and my kids were able to continue in the Public school system in advanced classes. The PTA is very involved and organizes a lot of social events. THe comments that I read about the teachers or the director are simply not true. The current director is very easy to talk to, and extremely fair and we had a great experience with the previous director and owner. Great school! small classes, good teachers and a family environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
The quality of the lower school is low for a montessori school. The teachers do not have an educational plan or curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2009
My son attended te school between 2007-2008. We took him out after a few months but regret we did not do it sooner. This is not a very pleasant and a child friendly place. The administration people are often rude and the director is very cold and unfriendly. I don't belive that Ms. Montessori would be happy to see how this school operates. There are many good schools in Reston area , I now know we made a mistake by not doing a better research.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
I had to pull my kid about 3 months after he joined the school. He was absolutely miserable during his stay there. The teachers were very average, and the academics were not great and he was much happier in his new school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
They charge the highest tuition yet provide the worse service in the area. The teacher and director are very impatient and rude to kids and parents. I recommend parents look for other school/day cares, especially if the kids are young and need more attention and care. There are lots of good choices in the area, e.g. WinWoods. Do your research and choose the best child care for your child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2008
Well, it is not good enough for the tuition they charge.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
The environment is more hostile than anything- some teachers are simply rude, abrupt, harsh and demeaning- totally against the Montessori philosophy. It is a very unwelcoming and cold environment and the director is quite simply a dictator. I implore you to search other options as we have many other fine choices in the northern Virginia area.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
Well I may not know as much about schooling as many of you parents, but I am a member of the original graduation class from this school. While it is true there are some lapses in terms of social development, when I attended the academics were unbeatable. I went to a different school for 4th through 8th grade and when I arrived, I was easily a grade level ahead in everything and probably 2 in my reading/writing/vocabulary. I actually had to dumb it down in the long run. Honestly, I learned some of the values that shape my life to this day at Reston Montessori. I am currently a student at the University of Virginia, finishing up my degree in Biochemistry. I went back to visit and I saw things being taught much in the same way, so I know they work.

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2008
My daughter was at another Montesorri School before this one that was better with school to parent communications and envolvement and offered more extended day enrichment. That being said, she is enjoying her class and will be staying for her Kindergarten year. The key is for parents to push to be involved. My daughter is learning a great deal academically, but socially there seems to be lest discipline than at her previous school. There seems to be less emphasis on courtesy than I would like.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
I thought this school was good until I put my kid in public school. It's not any better than a good public school.

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September 24, 2007
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no rating September 03, 2007
It is not a child friendly place at all. My kid had very bad time there.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
As a parent, I am very happy to find that Reston Montessori does a great job. Academically, I feel that my daughter has learned a lot and also the most important to me is she is disciplined. I am so surprised to hear negative feedback about the Head of School, because I feel She is such a wonderful person, with excellent leadership skills. Every time I talk to her, I feel that I found the right place.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2007
The pre-school/Kindergarten program is good. The grade 1 - 3 program is not. In the pre-school/Kindergarten program, students develops strong mathematics skills, learn to read, and write using print and cursive. The students are enthusiastic about the studies of geography, artists, and nature. It is hard to believe that the grade 1 - 3 program is even a Montessori. The students seem to do nothing but worksheets -- math worksheets, and workbooks for spelling, grammar, French, and reading (SRA). There is little authentic writing taking place -- no story writing, no reflection journals or interactive journals. There is virtually no art, no music, and little integration of subject matter into comprehensive projects. Students who don't complete classwork have the work added to their homework and many lose recess for incomplete work. The principal does not respond to email, is defensive an does not follow up.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2006
My child has had a great experience at RMS. In three years she has learned a lot academically and socially. She is reading, writing, and doing math at a level higher than I would have expected at her age. The teachers are terrific and there is a lot of continuity among the teaching staff. The level of parental involvement is pretty good, considering that most families have two working parents. I plan to send my child here again in the fall, even though our local public school is very highly rated. You can't beat the extracurriculars--French, art, great field trips, etc. The comments of some others with respect to the Director being difficult don't ring true with me at all.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
We have found the school to be terrible. The director is very unpleasant. The teacher is not teaching anything. They just let the children play by themselves all the time while the teachers sit there or chatting or eat.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
I agreed with all other viewers that the quality of the school program is degrading as they keep losing their best teachers.Dealing with the director is a very unpleasant experience.Compared the cost and benefits, I do not think it is really worth all the money.Some of the teachers are really harsh to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
Strengths: (1) New renovations to the school; (2) Strong academic programs; (3) Strong emphasis on music, arts; (4) Easy socialization for parents & kids within the school's structure; (5) Teacher/Parent conferences are timely and very informative; Weaknesses: (1) High standards are hard to achieve for some students & school does not accommodate; (2) Several teachers don't master the english language; (3) PTA involvement is low; (4) Director has an unpleasant edge; Overall, a great place for the right (bright) child.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2004
We observe in our dealings with our children everyday the postitive contributions made by Reston Montessori School to their development. We believe our children have received from the school the best academic and social preparation for the rest of thier lives in this area. We also appreciate the relationship the Director has had with us over the years. Her handling of the various personal and business matters among us from time to time has always been fair and professional, even accommodating and empathetic.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2004
Academics are superb, including art, music, French language instruction in pre-K through Grade 6. Convenient location, but smallish playground area. Great afterschool day care program - most students have two working parents. Weak upper elementary program. Director can be unpleasant to deal with.

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Reston Montessori School
1928 Isaac Newton Square West, Reston, VA  20190
(703) 481-2922
Last modified Reston Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-4
Reston Montessori School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top