Horrible experience with very cruel teachers! The treatment my Daughter&I received while attending this school was absolutely despicable & alarming. After being at TJOL for 1+ I began to question the quality of care when my daughter started a new school year & switched classes. after her first week my 2 yr old daughter, who barely spoke at the time, started saying "callate" -a phrase no one in my family uses. My daughter seemed scared of her new teachers Astrid/ Rita. She never wanted to interact w/them & was constantly trying to go into other classrooms when I would drop her off. Everytime I entered the classroom both teachers were always scolding the children or complaining. Soon after I mentioned this, I began to get negative feedback stating that my daughter needed to be separated from her peers bc she did not engage w/her classmates, follow the rules or interact with them. A hypocritical solution that seemed to be the wrong way to promote proper social interactions.The final straw was an in person meeting with her teachers &the director where they rattled off a list of issues, such as: behavioral/ social issues, stunted learning, my daughters potential for disability & violence, with another comment proclaiming special needs. Mind you, at this point my daughter had been bitten 3 times &had bitten or hit any of the kids back. Yet somehow she was the one being "separated" from other classmates because SHE posed a "threat" to the other children. Whatever that threat was, never was mentioned or explained to me to this day. Long story short my daughter now attends Global Village & is thriving. Almost immediately she began to double her progress & was no longer saying "shut up" but singing songs her new day care taught her. She has blossomed in a way that has only highlighted the negative impact her teachers had on my daughter. She is excited to see her teacher everyday & holds hands with her classmates.The stark contrast of both the teachers, the care now, & my daughters glowing development leads me to believe that TJOL was not a positive environment for my child. I feel blessed we have moved on & eliminated what was a disastrous place for child development. I hope this serves as a warning to all considering TJOL for their child. May this review be a source of honest perspective w/the intention of goodwill towards others & their children's quality of care
I had always heard great things about this school but sadly it was not what I expected. The academic director, Patsy is completely clueless on developmental stages for children and how to help parents with any issues. If you have an issue, you can't expect her to help or return any calls. The teachers do not teach. You are pretty much paying for babysitting. The menu never changes and the high price doesn't justify the food they serve. From what I've seen so far, they do not apply any reggio emilia inspired teaching whatsoever. Definitely not enrolling my children next year.
Very bad experience. Stay away from this preschool. They changed thet leading teacher 3times in only one month with out any notice. When I asked the teacher what will they be learning she told me that she did not know because they let the children decide what they want to learn. Very desapointed. Some of the teachers only have the minimum 40 hour course. The classrooms are very crowded with lots of stuffs everywhere.
My son attended this school and his last year in prek 4 was horrible. His teachers were very cruel with him. One morning my son woke up crying asking you not to put pants on him that had buttons cuz his Teacher would tell him he was a big boy and they wouldn't under his pants for him to use the restroom. When my son told me this I cannot believe him, I was in shock. When I spoke both teachers they told me just that, he was a big boy and in kindergarten they weren't going to help him so he has to learn. It is a way to teach a child by humiliating him and making him suffer in this classroom.
if you are a teacher looking for a job, this school at first is going to look ideal to you. But don't be blinded by the school nice classroom.once you are behind the scene it's a difference field. It is very sad to say that the joy of learning does not has a director to guide her teachers or help steer them the right way. the school does not give their teachers any kind of support. administration does not respect or value their teachers. many times, at the front desk you will hear administration and the secretary gossiping, talking bad about the teachers. administration is very unfairly and there is no unified structure for the teachers or the students. You are treated depending on the relationships that have with administration. Teacher bonuses are taxed. Teachers are required to work some weekend but you will not receive additional pay for it. they're excus is your on "salary" but if you need to leave in hour early or you getting to work late it will be deducted from your pay.
I was very excited to put my child in the school all my friends have told me wonderful things about the joy of learning. In my experience it has been horrible! My child has not learned anything in his PreK class on top of that his teachers are very Rude and very arrogant. To top it off, on several occasions I had to take my child to the restroom, if I could explain to you how unsanitary that bathroom was you would be very disgusted! Just to know i have my child there all day in that horrific Smell makes me feel terrible inside. As well as my son always comes home dirty, his shirt, pants, hands Face! Its like the teachers don't even bother yo wash them up after the park or eating. Thank God my child has not gotten sick because best believe i would of reported them to human resources. I write this review just so you as a parent wont fall into the same word of mouth of how great this schooñ was becuase i do not see anything great about it. This is my sons last year their and i could never be happier! !!
I very sad to give this review, I used to be so happy with this school and I truly believe in the philosophy of Regio Emilia. In my experience, this school has lost leadership, my daughter is finishing Pre-k 4 not well prepared for kindergarten at all. There's a lack of organization, communication, guidance, and worst of all, professionals who know and practice the philosophy. If you are lucky you might get an amazing teacher who loves what she does and your child might thrive. But those are very rare. In three years of experience in that school, two have been very unsatisfactory. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone, it's a shell of what it use to be.
This pre school is great my son went there for 3 consecutive years. He was always happy to go and the time we had a problem with one of the teachers we could solve the issue and everything went well. I can say that the school is very clean, Bea is wonderful, Mara is the best, my son loves her and the food is excellent! I am not having second thoughts of where my second child is going. I think a good communication from the begining can solve everything.
This is a wonderful school, I am really sad that this was my daughter's last year since she graduated. All of her teachers were excellent and I felt they provided a great education while making her feel safe and secure. I am very thankful for all the beautiful memories and for the love, guidance and lessons they gave her. This is a great place to send your kids to!