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Village Montessori Dc1
Posted February 11, 2015
- a parent
This school should not be able to call itself a Montessori school. The kids watch so much tv all day. When we first toured they said it was on for a few minutes in the morning and late afternoon, but nearly every time we went in, no matter the time of day, at least one class was all parked in front of a tv. It is one of the more expensive options in the area, and it was frustrating to know that we were paying so much money for them to sit him in front of the tv.
There are so many positives to this school, to name a few: hours, location, tuition, storm shelter, outdoor area, and social events for parents to attend with our children. All of these things matter but what really makes this school great is the culture, philosophy, quality of staff, and the director. They really do consider each child and family and make it a personal experience. My son transitioned here from an in-home day care and he loves it. He has just the right amount of personal attention, social interaction, and structure. It is an environment that helps teach him to make good choices on his own while being guided by his teachers and classmates. I would recommend this school to anyone. Additionally, the other parents and students that attend seem very engaged and happy.
Words cannot describe how this school has changed our life for the better. I'm sad that it's time to change schools for our baby girl. She's growing up:) but I must say I believe she's ready for the next chapter. I feel Denise and Keith aren't running a school but a family. They have always been very welcoming and accommodating to us as well as the other parents. They helped shaped my daughters life and I cant thank them enough. I would give 10 stars if I could.
We were extremely disappointed in the integrity, communication, and dedication to the development of our niece. We would not recommend Village Montessori to anyone with a child exhibiting slight behavioral or developmental issues as our experience taught us they are not equipped to handle these children. (Please read on for more details of our experience.) My fianc and I obtained guardianship of our niece last December. During the four months we were enrolled at VM we met with the teachers on numerous occasions. We expressed the need for consistency with her environment (due to the neglect that had occurred).... and instead they moved her from classroom to classroom looking for a "better fit"...making these changes before even speaking with us.... and further disrupting her need for consistency = security. In the end, they classified a four-year-old little girl (adjusting to a new family and just taken from her mother) as "spiteful and vindictive" -- to which all of our pediatric specialists, who have been with us since the beginning, completely disagree.