Academically speaking this could be considered a good school. Kids do learn stuff early and well.
It's in other aspects that fails miserably.
If your kid does the catering s/he better like spicy fusion food. It's so bad not even the teachers eat it. Yet any request for improvement will be rebuffed with bad manners. So be ready to send your kids with their meals.
There is no much supervision in the playground, and if your kid shows up with a black eye or anything alike don't expect an explanation from the teacher (they won't know), or worse yet... they may have not noticed until you tell them. All around scary.
But not to worry, the kids only make it to the outside playground about 50% of the time, and don't ask why this is or the explanation will leave you even more puzzled.
So be ready to go to the city playground with your kid to replace the play time she did not have in school.
The staff says, the school is a community, that could be true for them, it definitely does not include parents, who are kept separate by the way the school is run.
Based on all those unanswered questions, nonsense answers, contradictions and everything else, you wonder whether you got the wrong impression or the school is just like that.
For us the doubt was so strong... we stopped trusting the school cared about our child, and removed our kid at the first opportunity we had.
We had a pretty bad experience at this school. The spanish immersion teacher was really rigid and a terrible fit for my somewhat emotive daughter. She suggested i send my au pair to sit outside the class all day and so if she had any problem the au pair could deal with it. The principal was hardly ever there and was not impressive at all. The school is expensive and seems to want low maintenance children. We moved to morningside montessori and had a fabulous experience there.
We could not be more thrilled with Intercultural Montessori. My son's teacher in the spanish classroom could not be more excellent - loving but firm, extremely attentive to what each child needs, and willing to talk and work with parents. We are thrilled that our child gets to spend his day with her and the assistant teacher is also just excellent. Our friends in the Chinese classroom are just as happy as we are. We have experience with a few other preschools in Oak Park and Intercultural is definitely #1!
This school is wonderful! the learning environment is loving and calm. My son loves to go to school everyday and hates to leave. The teachers and staff are warm and open to comments, suggestions etc and work along with parents to resolve any issues. My son has been going thru some physical therapy and his teacher did whatever we needed her to do to help him. Highly recommend!
My children have been at this school for three years and love it. The academic program is wonderful and Montessori is a well-rounded education style. The new Head of School has a fabulous background internationally as well in the US, and is heloing the school grow in the right way.
My child just started the preschool program and has really come to love it. Due to the intimate size of the school and it's community atmosphere, it's been easy getting to know other parents and the staff of the school. My child's teacher is caring yet firm which lends itself to happy kids who are eager to learn. The staff is very helpful and the principle can be seen walking the halls, checking in on classrooms, and talking to parents. The parents are engaged and eager to help one another. The only negatives are that they might need more administrative staff as small things get put on hold until they can get to it. But I don't see this as a problem that will affect my child's ability to enjoy herself and learn.
My kid loves this school so much, and so do we. All the kids I've encountered who attend this school are happy and well-adjusted. They are remarkably interested in what they are doing and proud of the achievements. I'm impressed by the level of involvement by adults, from parents to teachers and support staff. Definitely recommended and well worth the cost to provide our child with an unparalleled education.
Nurturing and safe environment. Head of School has over 2 decades of leading Montessori school experience. Teachers are all Montessori certified. My son has been attending the school for 2 years and has become an empathic, precarious and inquisitive 5 year old. I highly recommend this school to anyone. He also can write in Hiragana and can read both Hiragana and Katakana. He also is now writing sentences in English and is completing addition exercises with ease. But the best part is he is a kind hearted child who respects himself and others. This school has helped us in our journey of raising a well-rounded individual.
My child has been in the program since last fall and I've seen tremendous growth and self awareness in her. Her practical life, organizational, and academic skills grow every week. The teachers are kind and intelligent. They provide effective positive discipline that really works. The opportunities at this school for a well-rounded education and emotionally balanced experience far exceeds my previous notion of the pre-school experience. As for cost, I've found it only marginally higher than a quality pre-school in a daycare setting. They have year round, all day care for working parents which is a relief to know you child is in a safe and caring environment. The pre-school is equipped with a locked door so school officials can buzz parents, parents and children do not freely enter the building. The Parent board is highly qualified and interested in the success of the school for the children.