I am truly shocked to see that there are such stark reviews about Eton School, as I would describe my personal experience with it as incredible. Parents must be committed to the Montessori philosophy to really appreciate the richness of academia here. As an Eton alum, and a mathematics major in college, I have grown to appreciate how complex the pre-elementary education really is. Students are learning about precursor concepts in euclidean and noneuclidean geometries and basic algebra at ages 3-6! Even though there is academic rigor, it's also such a great place for children to learn about exploring many different subjects. I remember, as a pre-schooler, learning an in-depth unit on geology, so comprehensive that even my high school earth sciences class at public school did not cover the details that we had earlier. Eton is a great school with compassionate teachers who are willing to work with families together to nurture the whole child. It's a fantastic approach that every student should have the opportunity to experience.
I am an Eton School alumna, having attended their pre-elementary program and first grade. Though that was several years ago now, as I reflect on my early education, I could not have been more privileged or more fortunate. Many parents seem to question the benefits of a Montessori education or often be unaware of what exactly it entails, which is truly unfortunate. Staff at Eton are committed to carrying on this learning style philosophy, which instills important lessons that I still find that I reach back to today. For example, at Eton, I first learned what independence, responsibility, and compassion were and how amongst my mixed grade levels, these three values bound us together. The teachers are incredible supportive of inquisitive minds, encouraging students to constantly value learning, exploring multiple interests, and think critically. The "whole child" concept has nurtured unexpected skill sets that have lasted me all the way through my top-ten undergraduate institution education. I would recommend Eton School to everyone without hesitation, as it is a phenomenal environment for students and parents, alike.
My daughter attended Eton's three-year pre-elementary program recently. Her father and I really gave this school the benefit of doubts and a good try to the "Montessori philosophy" by keeping our daughter at Eton for the full three years. The end result is very disappointing. At the annual tuition about $15k to $16K a year for three years, my daughter cannot comfortably do math within 10 and her self-doubt lingered after three years of the "developing the whole child" philosophy. Most teachers and caretakers were nurturing, but not insightful to how each child was doing and how parents could help. We suspect a lack of accountability from the teachers by simply hiding behind the "Montessori philosophy" leaving the children to fend for themselves (there is much bullying by the older children in the same classrooms towards the younger aged ones) and wasting precious years of early childhood learning opportunities. It's a crime to charging this amount of tuition, not holding teachers accountable, and leaving the children to "learn" or not learn "on their own pace." This school should be shut down, or at least the pre-elementary program!
As a parent with multiple children at the school I can speak to our experience. The peer mentoring in pre-K and lower elementary, where multiple grades share a class, is a great model. Watching the children grow from being mentored by older students into role models for the younger ones was a joy. The upper grades (4-8) have been academically challenging but not overwhelming. The teachers engage with the children and provide frequent and clear feedback. The school provided assistance for our one child who has dyslexia. The teachers have managed his learning differences amongst his peers commendably. Beyond academics, trips to IslandWood , Nature Bridge, Mountain School, and Washington DC were great (academically and socially) experiences in 4th-8th grades. The addition of Ultimate Frisbee as a team sport added another dimension to an already good focus on physical health. Socially, friendships have extended past the classroom, though this takes effort due to the broad geographic distribution of the student body. There are too many facets to encapsulate in a short review, but consider Eton if you are looking for an intimate, caring, and thoughtful approach to education.
Terrific Teachers. They are very good at understanding how to get the best out of each student. New Head of School is enhancing and modernizing the school
Whatever else Eton may be, it is not a Montessori school. Look for classes with at least a three year age range, students choosing what to do and when to do it (with help from teacher-given lessons), and adults who emphasize whole-child development and not just academic progress.
Isn't that funny when you see the 5 star reviews, you exactly knew who wrote it? I don't know the reviewer whose daughter was kicked out in a week. But you are so lucky! The longer the kids stay in this school, more distorted and depressed their lives become. Good luck to all Eton kids, no matter they are among the group who are treated extremely "good" by the teachers there or "bad", it is hard for them to grow up healthy.
Great Montessori school that educates the whole child. My kids really enjoy the small class size and independent learning opportunities in the Upper Elementary program.
I was reluctant to put my children in private school and even more reluctant to put them in a Montessori school because of bad experiences I've had in the past. My husband had his heart set on it, though, so I agreed to give our oldest two a year at Eton. The social and academic changes in my children were unmistakable. They have thrived and blossomed. Four years later, we've started our fourth child at this school and wouldn't want them to go anywhere else! One of my favorite moments was being out to lunch with my 1st grader and having her explain quarks and subatomic particles to me. We got such looks! The teachers are very approachable, and welcome the parents into the classroom for birthday celebrations, occasional lunches with the children, and Montessori moments (parents can sign up to visit their children in the classroom to see what they've been working on.) The teachers are so patient and communicative with the children, with such good results, that I've found myself adopting many of their methods at home. The new director (he started in 2012) is also very approachable and I think he will do great things with this school. I would highly recommend Eton to anyone who asked!
I am an Eton School alumni. I am currently an upperclassmen at a private school in Seattle where I am extremely happy and challenged. Fortunately, for me the academics at Eton were not very challenging. The teachers at Eton were very accustomed to non-constructively challenging the students, so it was nice for me to challenge the teachers. I realize that this insight makes me look extremely cocky and big-headed; however, from this experience I learned only when the teachers are challenged are the students challenged as well. The academics were decent, but the help from the assistant teachers was phenomenal. They are the true unspoken heroes of the classroom. However, the biggest con at Eton School was the stunted social growth of many students. I refer to this school as a social "jailhouse" because no one ever promoted friendship or amiability. I am extremely grateful because not only am I able to excel at my high school socially but also I am aware of the depressing social scene at Eton school. I still keep in touch with some of the Eton kids today, and it is a shame for me to tell you all that the effects of the stunted social growth are visible.
Eton has been a wonderful experience for us. Moving to the area from the UK we were looking for a school that didn't just offer a 'one size fits all' approach to education. We have 2 very different children who are thriving here. We're confident that wherever in the world we move next, Eton has helped our children develop skills, both academically and emotionally, to prepare them. It is a fabulous school with a challenging yet warm and nurturing environment.
I have 2 sons in Eton. One in 1st grade and one in Pre-K. Both have wonderful experience at Eton. My older was reading before he started school and the teacher kept him challenged. He is never bored with school and it is a pure joy to see him take charge of his own learning! My younger is nothing like his brother. He is very active and less focused than his brother but we are amazed at how well he is doing at school. At 4, he too is reading now and more importantly have so much self confident and self esteem! I can't say enough of the dedication and professionalism of the teachers at Eton. And make no mistake, my boys are no angel but the teachers know how to work with them and build on their strengths.
My 4 year old came home horribly stressed by her experience at Eton. The teachers and staff made it clear that kids are expected to perform at a certain level and when my daughter exhibited some separation anxiety the kicked her out after one week! I asked them to help work with us to get her over this and they flatly said no. We took her to another school who worked with with us and our daughter to help her over come this. It was very clear that Eton was more interested in making money and their academic reputation then actually teaching kids and helping kids learn to be in a social/school setting. Shame.
I have had 2 children attend Eton from grades 1 through 5. Like any school, the parents must get involved with the teachers and staff to ensure that their child is working at his or her full potential. The teachers do an excellent job getting to know each child and their learning styles. They build on the strengths and work on the weaknesses, nurturing a confident, curious and creative student. Another gift of the Montessori method is that the children learn to be very organized and self-motivated. They utilize their planners so that they know what they need to do, when they need to do it, and how to ask for help if necessary. The sense of accomplishment they feel knowing that they have organized and done their own work is priceless. The environment is very respectful - they study and embrace different world cultures and positive ways of resolving conflicts. To my knowledge, there are no bullying issues and each child is made to feel welcome and an integral part of the school community. The school has done an excellent job preparing my children to be compassionate leaders and problem-solvers and for their future educational endeavors.
I withdrew my son after a year because he was 3 and was put in a brand new classroom w/ brand new teachers. Being in a new classroom the older kids (4 and 5 yr olds) did not go through the montesorri experience before thus, I didn't think he was learning as much since the school's model is to have the older kids teach the younger kids. The teachers were new and spoke english as their 2nd language. Both were brand new which I thought that was rather odd since we are paying a lot of $$$--you would expect 1 experienced teacher. The owner/director is not responsive and when I asked for another classroom, she would not allow it so I took him out in AUG. They wouldn't return my deposit even though they have a waiting list and could have filled it since school starts in SEPT.
My daughters aged 14 and 5 attended summer school at Eton. We live in London UK. This was an extremely positive experience for all of us. Dr. Feltin and her staff were fantastic in supporting me acheive the experience I wanted both girls to have. The Montessori approach of Eton with age groupings, enabled each of my children to find and develop their own sense of self. This was difficult for my 14 year old as the emotional demands were so different from school in UK . The emotional lessons of the experince helped her understand that she knows who she is, what she needs and that she must voice these to achieve. The little one loved it and reported to her headmistress that she liked learning for herself. As a mum, I learned how to support their growth in a new way. I strongly recommend the school and the experience.
Not very impressed vis-a-vis the hyped-up image. Academics is great. The environment for social/emotional development is not very strong . Morals are not strongly emphasized. Every child is different and the school could do better by working creatively around obstacles. Bullying for popularity should be curbed. P.S. Not all kids have behavioral and learning problems. And even if they have, a good school is one that will brainstorm and figure out creative solutions to help the child develop to his fullest.
I am an Eton school Alum. I attended Eton School from early childhood development through elementary school. The foundations built in Montessori education can still be seen today when I prepare my studio space here at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I am pursing my Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Historic Preservation. Eton is strong supportive environment that encouraged me to explore my education on my own terms yet providing excellent structure to ensure as well rounded education. I would highly recommend Eton to any family looking to instill a love of learning at an early age, while unknowingly building in the tools needed to be a successful organized student of life.
The reasons I did not continued with first grade after preschool is the big difference between their philosophy statement and reality. Eton does not foster healthy emotional development and assumes that children should be emotionally stable at age of three while he is facing lots of bullying from bigger kids disguised in leaders. At that age most of small kids are not able to recognize a good leader from a bad one and often time follow the inappropriate role model. Facilitate cooperative learning means letting bigger kids discourage the small ones or letting kids gather in groups during class and chat nonsense without teacher intervention. Facilitate independent learning means let a kid poke paper for three years over and over again. Facilitate teacher learning is not in the curriculum because the teacher assistant may not speak proper English and therefore cannot help with certain tasks.
Academically -- our daughters teacher ms baccellieri is amazing! one of the best teachers there. The owner, dr feltin is very cold and i think she cares more about the money as instead of the children. Rarely does she acknowledge you if you are to walk by her. If she does, it does not seem genuine.
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