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Good school if you are fine with large class sizes. I agree with many of the sentiments of the previous posters; teachers are very loving and good at what they do, not a fan of the Director either but hey, that's life. But, with 30 kids in a class with mixed ages(2-6), a 2-year old is likely to get lost. While the teachers are great, they are tasked with an almost impossible duty.... educate, nurture and develop a humongous class with differing needs. I don't blame them, they're doing the best they can. I think while having mixed aged classes sounds good in theory, any parent who has varying aged kids can easily recognize that it may not work in practice.
Great teachers. Great Administration. Your child will be happy and they will thrive at Norbeck.
I have had 2 kids attend Norbeck as well and will be sending another in the fall. We have loved this school, it does really prepare the kids for kindergarten. I have heard negative reports about the new admin/director from parents that are there now, but the teachers we have had have been great. I will counter with the TV issue, there were many times that my child came home saying they watched TV at school (not sure how educational) and it upset me. Norbeck is not cheap and a huge reason we send kids there is so they can learn and get away from the TV! That was my biggest issue with them (and the large classrooms, but with the economy being what it is, the classroom sizes had gotten smaller when we were there). Otherwise, very nurturing environment and many of the teachers will allow you into the classrooms for special events.
I agree with the previous review in that the teachers are great! I have had two children there who graduated from the kindergarten program and they were more than ready for first grade. I also have a two year old there now. Not all Montessori schools recommend ages 3-6 grouping. I think Norbeck is tyring to get the littlest ones acclimated as soon as possible rather than transitioning them again when they turn 3. I too was disappointed that the two events were cancelled, but strongly believe you cannot hold the director responsible. You can't help rain and from her explaination, it sounded has though she had the kids best interest in mind when making the call to cancel. Also, don't get the wrong idea about the tv. All of the classrooms have tv's, but they use them to show educational videos, books on tape and exercise videos for the kids. They don't just sit them down in front of cartoons and let the tv do the babysitting. Norbeck and all the is staff fabulous. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a warm, nurturing environment for their child to learn and grow!
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