There is little homework. But in truth, the children create their own! My daughter is always wanting to do a little extra 'practicing' when we get home. The love of learning is palpable. We are pumped.
Our children love coming to school, learning with and from each other in a wonderfully warm and nurturing environment that offers independence, freedom and a thoughtful, responsive teaching staff.
But we also love the school as parents!!! Shhh. Are we allowed to say that? Best group of parents at any private in the DMV. Diverse, engaged, and hugely accomplished group of people. We are so grateful for the many friendships and working relationships woven into our lives by this school.
Reminds me of a saying my grandmother used to use about especially meaningful gifts:
It may be small, but love is all !
We have been an Aidan family for several years now and have experienced the Toddler, Primary, and Lower Elementary programs. We have had a wonderful time. The teachers have been kind, thoughtful, and proactive about communicating and interacting with our family -- which has been great because your child is with the same teacher for each program (e.g. Primary is a 3-year curriculum). Our child -- and indeed our entire family -- developed a strong bond with each of our 3 teachers. In terms of academics, our child was reading fluently and doing multiplication and long division by the time he finished the last year of the Primary program (which is the K year at non-Montessori schools) - so we also have no quarrel at all with the academic rigor of the school! The after-school program is high quality and is basically outdoor Montessori; it also offers many additional classes (Chinese, Spanish, chess, art, sewing, soccer, etc.) if you want to sign your child up for them. The school also has a very supportive program for families that offers free seminars throughout the year on various aspects of Montessori education. The parent community is small but pleasant and tightly-knit - and there are multiple opportunities for parents to get involved and volunteer if they wish. The school has truly been a supportive and warm home for our family and we are very grateful for that.
We have had three teachers at the school (Toddler, Primary, Lower El) and have had strongly positive experiences with all of them. We also have found other staff at the school (such as the counselor, foreign language teachers, after school teachers, etc.) to be highly effective.