I am very disappointed with Dancing Moose. I loved it when my kids were preschool age but the part time kindergarten class is a disaster. This class includes kids ages 3-5. Some kids attend 3x a week, some 2x a week and some 5x a week. On top of that, kindergarten kids are there 5x a week. I just do not think it is possible for teachers to properly focus on kindergarten age kids in 3 hours a day with all younger kids around. They just kept working on the same things as in preschool program. Several parents moved their kids to different schools as I did. It seems it did not concern Dancing Moose administration at all.
My kids have been attending DMM for almost 2 years now. It was great until about 5 months ago. The school had a very different feel to it, new director, limited staff. There are new teachers almost every month. Teachers being let go for yelling at kids. There is no proactive approach about handling any issues that arise. I had to find out from my daughter instead of seeing a report and seeing what is being done to address violence and kids roaming free around the school. They are not very open to any suggestions or complaints. Very unprofessional in handling any concerns, especially the director who is very condescending to say the least. It is an all inclusive school with inexperienced and uncertified teachers who are left to handle children including those with any special needs. You are not made aware of the possibility of having kids with special needs being the classroom when you are registering your child but when you hear about incidences happening during class time - bullying, disrespect as well as hitting not only towards classmates but towards teachers also. Very unprofessional and unsafe environment, where my daughter learned disrespect and pugnacious words!
My little ones have been attending DMM for 2 years now! We love everything from the building, the garden, the Montessori method with integrated Utah standards, the healthy food plus snacks, wonderful teachers that care for your child as if they were their own and a great administration who knows each family member by name! They really have made this a fun & cool community atmosphere to be a part of! Thank you!
Dancing Moose is fantastic! My daughter loves her two teachers and she's learned so much I am amazed every day. I never have to worry when I drop her off in the morning. I looked hard for an outstanding school, and I found it at Dancing Moose.
Our child has been attending school at Dancing Moose for over two years, and things were great until the director went out on maternity leave and permanently reassigned job roles for the staff. The current administrator/director is unfriendly and is lacking the necessary communication skills for someone her position. She never smiles or shows kindness to children or parents, and the overall attitude of the facility is has shifted from one of happiness to a purely business environment. Corners seem to be cut when it comes to classroom supplies and activities, and the changes being made are focused on the well being of the staff vs. the children. All in all, there is nothing special about this school. The current administrator (Jessica) has ruined that.
I love the school, the teachers and the staff. The atmosphere in the school is very welcoming and both of my children have really enjoyed it. With the variety of things the kids learn, I can not imagine any child on any level not being able to succeed! I do recommend this school to anyone!!
My daughter is an artist! Thanks to Miss Haley''s Moose Boost class my 5 year old can draw, paint, and create clay sculptures. I am so grateful for the after-school Moose Boost program that complements Dancing Moose's outstanding school program. I recommend Dancing Moose to any parent who is looking for the very best opportunities for their child, before and after school.
Dancing Moose is the best school in Salt Lake. I have had my child here for a year. He is now 4 years old and reading! He loves to come to school each day, and he shares what he is learning each night. He says he want to be a scientist when he grows up because scientists discover cool things that will save the world. I'm so grateful that the curriculum at Dancing Moose challenges my son in a variety of academic areas. He is getting the best possible start in life thanks to the outstanding program at Dancing Moose. I'm amazed at all Dancing Moose offers, including outstanding food, yoga, and Tae Kwon Do.
I have worked at Dancing Moose for over three years. It is the best place I have ever worked. The administration is extremely supportive, and my co-workers are awesome. I love having a co-teacher so that I can work individually with children. Everyone pitches in to keep the school clean and beautiful, and parents are involved and supportive. We do some fun outreach programs to the community, such as our Spring Fling where parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors all get together for activities and a picnic. These are the kinds of things that help our families know how much we care about each and every family.
My son started here when he was 3 and had been at one other school before then. He attended full-time in the beginning and then went part-time continually until he began Kindergarten at 6 - about 2 1/2 yrs total. The class sizes are small, the teachers are attentive and very caring. One noticed how well my son was doing with his letters and sounds and, true to Montessori Methodology, saw if he was interested in trying to read. And he was! He's now in K and excelling, especially with reading. Dancing Moose helped to build a great foundation with plenty of fun and well-rounded activties - cooking in the kitchen, karate, the beautiful indoor gym, singing, etc. I look forward to taking my 2 year old there next year!
I have had my son in this school for well over a year now. I believe that the classrooms that he has been in have really done well to encourage his intellectual development. However, he will be starting preschool in a few months and I do not believe there are any good teachers at this school for the 3-5 age group. I have seen many teachers come and go from this school in the past year. I discussed this matter with a staff who openly informed me that the school pays very poorly with no benefits. I want to send my child to a school that has happy teachers, not broke stressed ones.
Dancing Moose has given me everything I could ask for. Besides challenging my child academically, Dancing Moose provides extra programs like movement, karate, and art programs. Everyone at the school shows interest in my child and supports him daily.
Besides the early child development, I don't see any difference from this school to another. I have had my child there for over a year now and she has progressed well, but to say they teach Montessori Methods, my child doesn't seem to be challenged but held back. Staff simply doesn't listen at this school. I believe in the Methods used, but it's only as good as the people that are implementing it.
I love everything about the school. My child has learned more than I could have imagined. Thank you Dancing Moose!
I have to say that this school is awesome! We had our daughter there for a year and a half, and not only did it provide a great structor base for her, it gave her a head start on reading. The director is always there to answer questions or concerns, the teachers really listen to any parent and gives a weekly status update on your child's progress. We saw such great results I would recommend this school to anyone!
My daughter is thriving at this school! At first I was concerned at the structure of a Montessori school, but have found that my little one is learning new things every day and gaining immensely in self confidence!
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