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I like Montessori Academy for my son academically and socially but I think its highly overrated for the price. Don't get me wrong. The teachers are great and it is a great learning enviroment. However, it is entirely too expensive and the price is increasing. They close for every holiday and a week for spring break, Thanksgiving week, and two weeks for Christmas break. Full tuition is still required even though school is closed too. There are too many fees. Nothing seems to be included in the tuition price. There is a curriculum fee, monthly supply fee, cot fee, a meal ticket (lunch is not included) and once a month parents must supply snack for entire class. Additonally, I constantly have billing issues. I'm set up on autodraft and they never seem to draft payments consistently. One month they'll draft at the beginning of the month and then the next month at the end. They'll send invoices home quarterly showing the amount due and that they will draft on certain day. They never do it when they say! It's frustrating. If it wasn't so expensive and the location wasn't out of the way, I would love to keep my son at this school but I have to find something else.
Montessori Academy is the best pre-school in Montgomery. The competition is not even close. We attended Montessori Academy for three years then moved our child to a new school for the last year of pre-school - worst mistake as parents we have ever done. Your child will be exposed to science, geography, literature, and cultures while they receive the fundamentals they need for kindergarten. The only complaints we had with Montessori Academy were with the billing (could never get it right) & they follow the Montgomery Public School calendar, so the school seems to be off way more than most pre-schools. Despite those 2 cons, your child will get the best pre-school education for a fair price. Don't consider sending your child to any other pre-school.
I'm giving this school 5 stars based on the teachers, curriculum and results. I've had children in this school since 2006. The teachers are very loving and creative and genuinely care about your children. My children were accepted to both magnet schools and the top private schools in the area and were leaps and bounds ahead of their peers. My children were exposed to science, new cultures, art, all while learning the fundamentals needed for kindergarten and beyond. Children are taught how to deal with their peers in a peaceful way, that I believe follows them growing up. Now for the cons... the facilities are old/run down and in a questionable area, parking is terrible, its for profit and the administration is dicey.... have had multiple issues with billing. The school runs on the same schedule as public school, so it shuts down for the long winter break and is definitely off more than most preschool. The secondary staff has a lot of turn around and isn't as good as the core teachers. Cons aside, I wouldn't send my kids any place else for their early years, just wanted to be honest.
My two kids are here-- ages 2 and 4. I drive out of the way to take the kids here-- I was first kind of reluctant about the area of town-- but it's just great and there have been no problems. I agree with other reviewer about the "motherly" part-- they really seem to pay attention to every part of my child's day--and I love that they are NO sugar. They are very open about any concerns-- although truthfully I've had very very few. We love it.
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