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Preschool | Nonsectarian | 324 students |
Based on 9 ratings
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Our daughter has been in this school since she was an infant and is now two. They are amazing in every way. When she started, she refused to take a bottle instead of nursing. She couldn't sleep without being held. They loving coached her (as an infant!) to develop those skill and start doing more. The children drink from cups, sit in real chairs, use their words (or sign language) to express their needs, and learn to be responsible for cleaning their materials and bodies. The potty training system is amazing, and makes it almost effortless. She already has many more school skills then I would have thought possible at this age. Their parent education classes have helped me learn about brain development and positive discipline, which have made a huge difference in alleviating her two-year old struggles with frustration, anger, and independence. We have a lot of friends who send their children here, and everyone is very pleased.
My son just completed his program (4 years! ) at MCDS. I cannot imagine that I could have found a better environment for him. If you are fortunate enough to get a spot at MCDS, be patient and believe in what they are doing. The more open you communicate with the staff, the better they can help your child prosper. My son emerged from MCDS with a love for learning, is well rounded culturally, academically, and socially. He is strong academically, and his new teacher has already commented that he is well advanced. I'm amazed that there are negative reviews. It may not be the best fit for everyone, but you could say that about any school. It was clear from the beginning that they were very focused on the child and the learning environment. They are not going to coddle you or your child, but trust me you will be thankful and looking back in admiration. I never had any problems with the administration, faculty, or staff. Over the years I have come to know many families at MCDS, and none of them have ever posted a review. We all agree that MCDS has provided a solid foundation that will shape their lives and propel them into wonderful people and citizens.
We started off liking this school, but over time became unhappy with several things. The thing we are most unhappy with is that he broke his arm at school. We also noted a high teacher turnover. Some of the teachers are working toward their Montessori certification, so there is a finite point at which the teachers will trade age groups. We have now switched schools to a more structured program, and our child is thriving. At MCDS, I received very little art work, as the claim was that he was not interested in working with the materials, which I know to be very important for working with fine motor skills. Now that we have changed schools, I get some sort of art work every day! He is now writing his name and working with all kinds of materials. Montessori is not the right environment for everyone. It certainly wasn't for my child, and he now does quite well.
I would like to echo the comments from the previous post. My son who is 2 and a half has been going to the wichita campus since he turned 18months. He did not know one word of english before starting (we both speak to him in a different language at home) and he is now fluent. He also knows his colors, numbers and abcs in english. He has developed amazing social skills, is potty trained and has great maners. He is always happy to go to school and even tells us ok bye its time to leave now mom :) I would like to thank the teachers at the wichita campus, especially patiricia who is amazing with children. Good job! My only complaint is the high teacher turn around at the begining of the year but this seems to have calmed down. Teachers need to be given better incentives and encouragment from both parents and management, after all they are in charge of our most precious person, our child.
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