Preschool | Nonsectarian | 82 students |
Based on 11 ratings
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This is an excellent school with everyone on staff including the director being nurturing, warm, and completely in tune with all the children in the school. The fundamentals taught are life long. For those having negative remarks about this school, you are in for a HUGE disappointment when you go elsewhere, as you will not find a fraction of the personalized attention and communication at any other school.
Excellent school. I have two children attending this school. The teachers are wonderful, patient and caring. The director welcomes parental involvement and has respect for the individual child and family. The school is a welcoming calming environment for children that fosters the love of learning. My children have thrived here. They have fun learning. I feel so blessed to have this school in our community.
The reviewer who claims of widespread lack of communication, including children not being allowed to speak to each other, must be talking about some other school. The other reviewer who complains about his/her child not being "celebrated" is complaining that Montessori does not engage in the pseudo-self-esteem racket that defines Progressive education. Hunt Ridge is an excellent school. I vetted several Montessori schools in the area and almost didn't make it to this one. However, it was hands down the most authentic of the schools I had seen. If you want to save your child's life, and incidentally, have a child who will love you for life, give them a Montessori education. Something that immediately struck me about Hunt Ridge was its headmaster/owner. This lady's demeanor suggested someone who runs a finishing school. Her speech, tone, body language and manner were precise, calm and benevolent and suggested someone who has spent a lifetime being concerned about such things. When I met her, that was it. This was the school for my daughter.
Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but stating that "the philosophy encourages the children not to speak to each other when doing work" is pointedly false. In fact, the philosophy is built around children collaborating and learning from each other. As for poor parent/teacher communication, the school invested in a website to facilitate the flow of information and has regular lectures on topics relevant to the environment in the classroom. They provide monthly lectures from a Montessori-trained child psychologist and ENCOURAGE parent involvement in the classroom. I am offended and shocked by any negative comments as the school is fiercely devoted to family and helping each other as well as those in the community. I have received personal phone calls and emails from the Director when my child has been sick or injured. I have also received hand-written letters to my child from the Director and teachers, as well as new baby gifts. Not only is the school committed to educational excellence, they are patently involved in the welfare of my child and our family as a whole.
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