The Richmond Montessori School (RMS) provides a terrific alternative in Richmond's private school arena. The Montessori curriculum nurtures confident, independent learners who go on to consistently do well beyond 8th grade. I have been impressed with the graduates from this school, who seem far more mature and self-directed than middle school students I meet elsewhere. I see similar growth and development in my own children as they progress through the program, and am thrilled we landed in this environment. RMS is truly a gem.
Our son has attended RMS for the past four years, and will be entering the lower elementary program next fall. We cannot say enough about the small, nurturing environment and outstanding academics. We have been blessed with wonderful teachers, and are amazed at how our son has thrived ... At six, he is reading, writing in beautiful cursive, engaging in research projects. And all with the joy of learning and full of great excitement, not as a result of any pushing on our part or the School's. We plan to stay through middle school -- This gem of a school may be the best kept secret in town!
I have had three children go through RMS. The academics are superb, and I feel that the kindergarten and elementary levels are the best kept secret in town! This education encourages the spark from within the child, resulting in intellectually curious, academically motivated students. What's more, their ability to communicate with their peers and adults is superb. The administration is committed to continued growth and development of the school. My children have gone on to transition easily at highly ranked collegiate preparatory schools in the area. Their RMS background has helped them to become analytical thinkers, and to develop social skills that create an empathetic young adult who is able to contribute to our community in a meaningful way.
We moved to Ricmond last year and it is second year for my son in this school. Since age 2 my son has been going to a Montessori school and this is our third Montessori school. So far this is best school I have experienced. School provide a community environment which helps your child to thrive. As there are 3 age group kids in one class, your child always know what to look forward to and also learns to help the younger one, which is such a confidence booster.
Our son is about to start his second year at RMS and has simply thrived at the school. The teachers are phenomonal, and we love being a part of this community. I can't imagine a better place for our child.
Wonderful school where each child is their own person rather than merely a number. Lots of private schools claim that they teach to the child, but in my experience (my daughter attended another prestigious private school for the first couple of years), RMS is the one that lives up to this credo. School leadership has a very clear vision and lives this everyday. Purchase of neighboring property will allow the school to expand and live up to its potential. The teachers are exceptional. As I said earlier, each child is valued for their unique qualities. Do go on a tour and see the Montessori magic for yourself.
My son is a primary one student and he has flourished mentally and physically here. The teachers here really do want the best for your child. The parents and overall community of this school is great. Being new to Richmond, I found the parents and staff very welcoming and understanding. If you are new to Richmond, I strongly recommend you check out this school!
We've really had a successful year so far. Teachers are involved and frequently communicate. Parental involvement is high. Students are caring and a respect for the child and their learning preferences are highly regarded. Only wish they had more afterschool activities/clubs which were not so costly.
Over the last few years, RMS has lost the Montessori philosophy and is changing itself to be just another private school. The teachers are wonderful, but it seems they are not receiving the support they once had as the adminstration is more focused on maintaining a private school and losing the overall direction and feeling of a Montessori school.
RMS is a wonderful, small school. The Montessori methods, when they are appropriate for your child, lead to a happy, curious child with a lifelong love of learning. However, Montessori is not for everyone. When it works, it's awesome. For some, though, it's not a good match. Some pros for this school are the Montessori methods, small size of the school, caring teachers, diverse student body, and lots of parent involvement. Some cons are limited after-school enirchment opportunities (like any small school,) lots of recent turnover in the administration (ending with a current Head who is well-liked and respected), and that the school may become too small socially in later grades where there are fewer students. Some students might find this limiting while others enjoy such a small peer group. Overall, it's a great school and worth a look to see if it's a good match for your child.
RMS is awesome! We have two boys, and after six years, we couldn't be happier with our choice! As long term Richmond natives, we knew the choices out there, and chose RMS. As parents, one of our major goals was giving our children the basis to learn to independently think. This crucial process is occurring in amazing ways. Our kids actually ask us for 'work' to do and read independently at several grade levels higher. RMS is a safe, nurturing place where our boys can be challenged to succeed. What more could you want as a parent, than for your child to want to go to school each day! Because parent involvement is encouraged, we have the unique ability to see the kids work, and are often blown away at what they are doing. Most importantly, the Montessori methods are creating independent leaders. RMS is truly about and for children!!!
A lot of folks from the 2007-08 class have been dissatisfied with the low focus on students. The teachers need help. They are accepting more students then they can handle. Folks have taken their kids out of here to collegiate.. Check out collegiate reviews, before making a decision.
This is a fabulous school which develops the whole child. The staff are caring, encourage independence, and best of all develop in the students a love for learning. I highly recommend this school.
My daughter attended RMS grades 1-8. I'm very pleased with teacher and parental involvement. Class structure allows flexibility to express individuality in caring environment. Academic instruction is good to strong, but range is sometimes limited by small environment. New academic improvements may help correct this problem (new science bldg.). Teachers stress importance of respect, responsibility and cooperation with others. Great place to instill self-motivated learning. Downsides: RMS is poorly equipped to address special needs/learning disabilities; RMS tends to be a very insulated and protected environment where competition is de-emphasized, which works for some children, but maybe not all. I've worried this could make high school adjustment difficult on social level. However, several parents told me their children did very well during transition to other schools, and hopefully we'll experience same. Overall we've been very happy with RMS.
My son went to pre-school at Richmond Montessori School 5 years ago. Since leaving Montessori and moving into the Public School system, he has always been well ahead of his class. Now in advanced programs, he continues to excel - in the top 3%. I believe his success is strongly linked to the great start he received in this school. They taught him the 'art' of learning - making it fun and engaging. These habits and his incredible desire to learn has stayed with him and his friends who also attended this school with him.
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