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Preschool | Nonsectarian | 170 students |
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My wife and I were really excited about our child enrolling here, but have recently begun to have some doubts. Maybe it's too early in the process to make a change, but the fact that I've thought about it has led me to search for reviews. To the parent who posted in March 2014, you mentioned you're happier with the Spanish immersion program at your new school. Can you share the name of that school as a place I might look into? I've also experienced a great deal of reluctance on the part of my child and other children as well about being dropped off at school in the mornings which has me questioning whether or not this is the warm nurturing environment I'd hoped it would be.
My child attended MOA for a one year. We were attracted to the "bilingual" aspect of the school. And while it is true that your child will be exposed to a Spanish speaking guide (often a teach assistant), it is not a true immersion experience (ie, don't expect your child to come home and converse with you in Spanish--which we actually have now at the new school). Initially, we were very happy with the school. Our child was happy. However, her class went through a significant amount of teacher turnover--this was too much. Crying every day, refusing to go to school. It was too much for us, so we pulled her out. I'm sure that the turnover is multi-factorial--and truthfully, we heard about this potential through other reviews. The admin was often blamed. I'm not sure. We did feel the nickel and diming that we had read about. I'm sure it added to our frustrations. Overall not a bad school--we expected more (and actually have it now). To those parents looking--check it out. But when you meet with administration, trust your gut (we wished we had).
We are very positive about Montessori of Alameda. The teachers are very well trained, and the bilingual instruction is a plus. Whenever a problem crops up, the teachers and administrators are very prompt to notify us and schedule a discussion. They seem genuinely interested in learning about the possible roots of the situation and view the conversations as an ongoing dialogue with the parents. I appreciate that they take the time to understand how we discipline, what's worked with us, and I especially appreciate that they share what the kids are working on at school so we can be consistent at home.
I am an employee of Montessori of Alameda and have worked here for several years. The Administration is great. As staff we are treated very well as the Admin takes a collaborative approach and we all have a voice in making decisions about our community. True, some teachers have been here for over 8 years others may only stay a few. Most staff leave to open their own schools not because they are unhappy or not well treated. I love working here as this is the only Montessori school where the mission is Montessori for Everyone. They have a sliding scale program for low income families and they also accredit adults to be Montessori teachers. Most of the staff is sponsored by the school via a scholarship program , a great value as otherwise we would not be able to afford to become Montessori teachers. I thank the Administration for investing in us and also making Montessori available to low income families. All staff are paid well, have excellent benefits, etc. All classrooms have Montessori accredited teachers as well as students who are doing their student teaching. The owner is amazing. She has brought Montessori to everyone via The Ivy School and Maria's Place.
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