I feel a little generous giving 3 stars, but the school gets that purely because of the infant and toddler classes. I liked the teacher/student ratios in both the infant and toddler classes and felt that my child got a lot of love and attention. The teachers also keep the children engaged throughout the day, even in aftercare. In the Primary classes the ratios are not as great, but still standard I suppose. The classrooms seem very small for the number of students. If you're looking for a full-day program, I would suggest you look elsewhere because the aftercare program is a joke and simply glorified babysitting. I once heard a parent question a teacher about the lack of learning in aftercare and the response was that the Montessori education ends at noon!. The kids learn nothing and the teachers sit around. At pickup I saw teachers on there phones numerous times and on several occasions I picked up my child (other kids still present) in the hallway because the teachers had cleaned up and were ready to leave, even though it wasn't 6PM yet. I had to move my child from this school because my child was miserable in primary and it would take an extremely long review to describe how miserable. When my child started at a new school, there was an instant change and I mean from day one. We had prepared ourselves for a rough transition but what we experienced was a seamless one.The school has a high teacher turnover and while we were at the school, we noticed the English of the teachers' assistants was quite questionable. We couldn't communicate too effectively with a couple of them, but they still seemed loving. The administrator was friendly and always helpful, however I didn't trust the director and also thought she was all about the bottom line. I would give 4 stars based on infant and toddler programs (less 1 star because of the English/communication issue), however, I would only give the primary program 1 star.
Our daughter has been at Ha'Penny since January. Even before she started, the staff was so helpful in getting her ready and helping answer our questions. From day one, everyone at the school has been so welcoming. They know us, all know our daughter by name, and truly care about her. We love that it's a small school with a community feeling, and love the Montessori approach. We are constantly astounded by what our daughter is learning and have seen great strides in her language and development since she started attending. The Montessori Compass makes communicating with the teachers and keeping up to date on her progress very easy. We feel like she has never received anything but superb care here. The environment is clean, nurturing, and very much geared towards the children learning as individuals and making progress on their own time.
This is our first year with Ha'Penny Montessori and we could not be happier. Our son is thriving both academically and socially. The teachers are all wonderful, loving and truly caring. We love the Montessori Compass that provides us with monthly progress reports and a clear explanation of the skills/content taught. We highly recommend this school!
We have had nothing but great experiences at Ha'Penny. They are , hands down, the most caring and nurturing school we have attended. The whole school works as a team and every employee knows every child. The director is there everyday with an open door and truly listens to parents. Our kids are confident, smart, above average children and we attribute that to their time at Ha'Penny Montessori School. We love the family spirit at the school and could not think of a better start to our children's education, they continue to Love to Learn.
We had a very poor experience with the school. The teachers were laregly disengaged and let their assistants do all the work. The school cares much more about their bottom line than doing the best for the families and children. The end result is a sad mix of students entering Kindergarten, scrambling to catch up with their peers. There are better Montessori options in the area that haven't had the large number of families and teachers leaving in droves. My advice, if you are considering the school, is to keep looking.
I highly recommend Ha'penny Montessori school. My family is very blessed to be a part of this school. I am so thankful for the teachers especially in primary classroom as they continue to not only teach excellent academics, but also have a wonderful emphasis on strong character, which is so extremely important. It is a great comfort to me to know that my child is in a safe and peaceful and nourishing environment. The teachers are so kind, compassionate, and understanding. We are so blessed!
I would like readers to know my husband and I have had three children attend Ha penny Montessori School. My review is based on over five years with this school and I have first-hand experience with almost every classroom teacher currently working at Ha penny Montessori School. Contrary to other reviews, Ha penny Montessori School has provided my children with a wonderful and enriching educational experience that is second to none. The director as well as the teachers are extremely loving and very dedicated to the school and parents. I only wish that Ha penny Montessori School would extend its program through Elementary so that my older children could continue to benefit from the amazing learning environment they provide. I highly recommend that any parent who is interested in high quality early education seriously consider Ha penny Montessori School.
I have two children at HMS, one in the toddler class and another in the primary. I have been extremely happy with this school. The teachers are very well versed in the Montessori system and keep up with yearly trainings. Since enrolling, my kids have exuded a high level of confidence as well as academics. I toured a lot of schools prior to enrolling and this is the best decision I have made so far. I have had the opportunity to observe both classes while in session and I have nothing but high praise for their teachers and the individual interactions they have with all the children. The Director's number one priority is the children and this is clearly shown in how my kids as well as the other children completely light up and tell her about their day. She is welcoming and very easy to deal with on all levels. The school operates on Loudoun county school closures and openings when it snows. With the numerous snow days that we have had this year she has had so much compassion for working parents and has kept the school open even when loudoun county was closed. HMS gives me a high sense of security and academic excellence for my children.