I have had a great experience there so far. As far as security, the door is always locked in my experience. Also they do have a gym and curriculum. I have observed several classes and been extremely impressed by how much the toddlers are learning. My child in particular before even turning two learned to count to 15, do her ABCS start to finish, identify colors and shapes all within her first two months there. I find the teachers to be very warm and caring. They are also always baking and doing art which I love.
I totally disagree with the review that said this school is awful, teachers are not qualified, and that administrators only wants your money. My daughter was there for 2 years and our experience was amazing. Administrators helped us with the tuition and teachers were caring and well prepared with more than 20 years’ experience in Montessori education. Teachers’ patience and preparation helped my daughter social-emotional skills grew healthy and by the end of Pre-k (4 years old) my daughter was ready for kindergarten. She was reading, writing, and a kind, independent and self-confident girl. The rubber in the playground that the school used to have was approved by the NY Department of Education. However, they changed it to a better material that have been proven not to be dangerous for children. Bronxville Montessori School is a perfect place for your child to develop healthy not only academically, but social-emotional, and physically.
AWFUL!! Your child, and you as a parent, deserve way better than this school wants to provide. The school is gross, the people running the school are gross. I can write pages on how terrible this place is. I will save you the time reading how this is the worst school around, just save yourselves by not even stepping foot in the unsecured, never locked door.
I can't possibly say enough positive things about this place. My daughter left two years ago and I regret every day she's been gone. She learned so much in her time there in such a warm, nurturing environment. Everyone there has personality and utilizes their strengths to make the school an incredible experience for the entire family. I could only wish to find an elementary school that offered the educational rigor, emotional support and independence that's there
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.
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