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Bronxville Montessori School1
Posted December 13, 2014
- a parent
Bronxville Montessori isn't a school - it's over priced daycare. There is no curriculum and none of the assistant teachers are Montessori certified. They will make sure your child eats, naps and gets sent home in a clean diaper and that is it. There is no actual teaching going on here. Additionally, there is no sense of community and little to no communication with the parent body. The facilities are tired, the administration rude and the teachers are overworked and disinterested. My child cries every day he has to go there. I should have done my homework before automatically trusting the "Montessori" name because sending our child here was a huge mistake.
I would not recommending sending your child to Bronxville Montessori. The directors (I use the word loosely) are rude, uncaring, and barely present. The school is run so poorly, and in fact, children breathed in paint fumes for a week while school was under repair. While there is a handful of qualified, lovely teachers, the majority are unprofessional and untrained. While they call themselves a "Montessori" school I would not trust that all of the teachers, and assistants hold any type of Montessori training certification. This school is an over priced daycare, at best, and the facilities are poor and unkempt. Also, the parent involvement is non-existent and the school does nothing to encourage parents to become involved. Our experience fell far below expectations we have for our child's education and personal growth.
As a parent making that decision to where to send your child for his or her first time experience of preschool can be very hard. As a mother I can say Bronxville Montessori is a home away from home!!! All the teachers are warm and loving and caring to each child. The administration is just as welcoming and willing to give any information you need. I wouldn't recommend this school to any patent that wants his or her child to have an amazing first experience for preschool!!
My daughter is thriving at this school. She is understood, well cared for and is developing in all areas. I agree with some of the posts about the administrators but the teachers, in my opinion, are amazing. I particularly love Ms. Melissa and Ms. Deborah. My daughter comes home each week with wonderful things that she created through class projects.
Our middle child added this school a few years ago. It was the only full day programme in the area which we needed at the time. Granted the facilities are not the most impressive in the area, but they are clean, functional and work. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her time at the school. There may be better 1/2 day options but we were very satified with the experience here.
I currently have 2 children in BMS and we couldn't be happier. Both of my children have been coming here since they were 18 months old. As far as the potty training, it all can't be blamed on the teacher, kids get so consumed in what's going on around them, they often forget to tell you or they deny that even have to go. What makes this school so priceless, is that my husband and I drop our girls off at school and never have to worry a second in the day about how they are doing. I truly love the way ALL of the staff treats my girls.
We came from an AMI montessori school so that explains some of the difference but this school seemed more like daycare than a school to us when we toured it and the facilities were depressing. We ended up going to another school so a current parent may have a different view
I agree with the post mentioning the problem with the potty trained kid. My 2 and 1/2 year old has been going to Ms. Violet's class since he was 18 month old, and he too hasn't had any accidents at home, nor when we travel. In school, however, he wets his pants and shoes all the time and I don't know if they don't have time to bring the child in the potty promptly, or whether the child is intimidated and/or scared and has continuous accidents. At first we had a great experience with Ms. Violet and her assistant teachers, but with time we are realizing that they lack the skills to teach and handle children above 2 (especially if they are potty trained). Instead of progressing, my son is regressing and simply is NOT happy in that class. Some administrators are so unprofessional that it's almost painful to have to deal with them over the phone or in person. You always get the feeling that if you address an issue or raise a concern, that they'd take it on your child. The atmosphere is never inviting and I'm considering changing schools immediately.
The administrators are horrible - only after their money. The teachers are not sharp and conflict each other. Did not like the way they handled separation for my daughter when I first enrolled her and took her out after two weeks. She was not happy. The assistant teacher always smelled like cigarettes and did not talk to kids like a professional. It was a very boring like automosphere when I observed unlike his last school where we moved from where it was generally lively upbeat automosphere. Do not put ur kid here if it's their first time.
My 2-yr old was in Ms Violet's class. I read the reviews here before i sent my daughter to this class,but i was so disappointed. She was very well potty trained at home and she never had an accident at home eihter. However, she always had wet pants and shoes from school, every week, even the last week of the semester. several times, yes, more than once, her wet pants and shoes just got lost and the teachers didn't have an idea where they went. I don't know why this could happen several times with a 3 teacher to 12 students class. Also I think this simply means they are not taking their responsibilities. I'm not sure if it's the case for other classes, but for this class, the teachers are very reluctant to have parents visiting the classs, even on the school's "parent day" when parents are supposed to be welcome to come in. it just didn't feel right. we switched to another school one year later, and my daughter told me she loves the other school which she never said so for Violet's class.