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Countryside Montessori School5
Posted November 09, 2013
- a parent
Both my children have been attending the children's house since they were 3. It just amazes me how happy they are at school. My son only cried a little bit the first day he went to school because of the new environment. He has been happy since. Both my children have learned so much academically and socially. I want to point out how diverse the curriculum is and how they are presented in a very child friendly montessori way. I can't think of any better environment for my children to be. The staff and teachers are very nice and helpful. It's true that the school has been through a lot of changes and the administrators are doing their best to accommodate students and parents' need.
My son has attended Countryside for almost two years now. I couldn't be happier with the way he has blossomed at this school. Their staff and teachers are tremendous. He is biracial and has never experienced discrimination by any teacher/staff that I am aware of. He is very happy there and can read several grade levels beyond his expected target. Went to his class yesterday and this 8 year old is sharing his research project and it has Venn Diagrams on it. Great school.
This school has been going through many changes including several changes in staff and administration (2010-2013). Currently has an interim director but financial situation is also a challenge. The upper elementary new director is young and inexperienced and seems to be focused on discipline and not embracing the Montessori teaching philosophy. Lot's of families leaving the school. Our kids will be leaving school at the end of this year.
My sons attend Countryside--one is in his second year of preschool and the other is in 2nd grade. I can't say enough about the high quality curriculum, caring teachers, lessons on grace and acceptance that the environment fosters, and the personal care and security my children have felt since the day they walked through the door. My 8-year-old is a special needs student, with perfect mental ability but fairly compromised physical abilities. Countryside has nurtured his fine motor skills development, basic life skills development (dressing, shoe tying, buttoning, etc), and he is excelling, confident in his ability to do everything his friends do in his very own way. The care with which they have helped support his need for social integration has been nothing short of remarkable--I can't imagine being as satisfied in a public school setting. As a result, my older son is smart, confident and happy. And my youngest is thriving as well. He was reading chapter books by the time he turned 5, and his teachers have amazed me with their patient ability to recognize and nurture his sometimes aggressive need for stimulus and learning. I can't say enough about this terrific school.
We moved to Charlotte from Nashville where our girls were in Montessori from age 3. We were delighted to find Countryside with its hige degree of parent involvement, great history with Standford Acheivement scores, fairly stable teacher retention, and families which helped us feel at home and adjust to our new home town. The PE and sports activities are great for a school of this size. Drama and art are developing, but the biggest draw is the strong adademic prep in a low-pressure setting.
We have been very pleased with the entire Countryside school system, and looking forward to the new high school grade levels to begin in the fall. There are plenty of extracurricular activites including sports and music classes. Often teachers or parents offer short term after-school classes in many different areas. The teachers are all wonderful, and truly have work at where each child is, and provides direction and help for that child when extra assistance is needed to master a work area. There is a high level of parent involvment at all levels of the school toddlers up through 8th grade. The school works very well due to the partnership between student, parent & teacher(& staff) to work as a whole unit to ensure each child's success to being the bet that child can be. Proud Countryside parent for 9 years and counting! I LOVE this school, and its staff!