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Step By Step Montessori-Maple Grove5
Posted February 24, 2015
- a parent
I can t say enough great things about Step by Step in Maple Grove. The teachers have exceeded our expectations. They have bonded with our daughter and provided her with an exceptional environment for learning. She is filled with love, confidence, and joy every day from all of the staff. We have great relationships with the staff. I feel they have all taken a personal interest in my daughter s wellbeing and it shows in her love for the school, her relationships with them and her educational success. We have experienced good communication channels to feel in-tune as to how our daughter is doing and the teachers have always picked up the phone when they felt we should chat a bit more. I would recommend this school to my family and friends.
My Daughter attends Step by Step Maple Grove and I m pleased with our experience here. While it s true that we ve experienced some growing pains recently, it s important to note that caring, skilled teachers and staff remain here. The school has many teachers who strive daily to teach students not only academics but also about self-confidence, self-worth, proper social skills/behavior, respect for people and the environment. Children are encouraged to explore, observe and learn about the world around them. Learning is accomplished through various individualized methods such as stories, song and tactile experiences so that each child has a chance to understand the lesson in a way that they learn best. The Kindergarten teachers are excellent and the curriculum has well prepared my daughter (5yrs 3 months) for future academics as she can already read, understand basic math and really enjoys art and science.
Zero to no communication from new teachers. Billing issues are never corrected when asked and the playground is an all out free for all. New director seems spacey. My wife and I will be removing our 3.5 year old soon.
This used to be the best school in Maple Grove. When the school director and one of the lead teachers left the- school lost what made it so good. The program now is completely different and to be honest sub-par. Forget all the good you once heard about this school. All of that has changed.
My daughter attended Step by Step in Maple Grove for 1 year then we transferred her to a school with smaller teacher student ratios. Step by Step's pure volume of students is really a drag on the education and emotional experience of their children. It might be the 'Montessori-way' but it's flawed. If you have a child that tends to be shy or gifted, this is not the place for them. Not only is individual attention lacking, but so is support for different learning styles or emotional support.
Fantastic school. Students that are bright and need extra challenge in the classroom will do better in this type of environment. Anyone who recognizes their child as an 'Active Allert' will find this school to be a perfect fit. Our daughter has been enrolled for 5 months and we are thrilled with her progress.
It is a pretty good place for toddlers and younger preschoolers, where they are well taken care of and taught manners, self care and discipline. But, it gets very chaotic for older preschoolers and kindergarten age kids. The rooms are very crowded and individual attention is a far cry. The kids do learn things, but without some individual attention, they are pretty much on their own for the most part.
My daughter attended this school for 1 1/2 years as daycare and then as a preschool setting only, coming home after the 2 1/2 hours. I thought initially it was a good program but realize now after seeing other more traditional settings that it is quite chaotic and no set routine for kids. I found that once I transferred my younger daughter to a more traditional setting she started learning a lot more academically, and socially because it was not so busy and a lot more calmer.
My son went to School for 2 years from age 2 to age 4. The teachers were very caring. My son's social skills improved. The class rooms seem kind of crowded and hence not sure how much learning is achieved. But the teachers are caring and kids comes from good families. Since my son was young and kept falling sick, caring teachers was the most important criterion to me at this stage. And i got what I needed