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Reston Montessori School

Private | PK-4 | 212 students

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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted April 9, 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.....
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Posted April 9, 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.
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Posted April 8, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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!
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Posted 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.
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Posted April 6, 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.
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Posted 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

Posted 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!

Posted December 7, 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.
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Posted October 9, 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!
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Posted October 1, 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!
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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,
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Posted 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.
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Posted July 8, 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.
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Posted 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.
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1928 Isaac Newton Square West
Reston, VA 20190
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