New Vista Montessori School is a wonderful community of teachers, parents, and of course, amazing little people that attend. Located in the Jefferson Center near downtown Roanoke, NVMS has access to both musical and theatrical performances - giving the students the unique chance to learn and explore outside of the classroom setting. The staff is extremely caring, supportive, and ultimately focused on the success and enrichment of every student as an individual. I honestly can't say enough positive things about NVMS. If you desire a compassionate and extremely proficient preschool/Kindergarten education for your child, you need look no further than New Vista Montessori School.
Much is lacking from this school. Inadequate training for aftercare staff and inappropriate activities/programs. The location is cramped. The Montessori trained teachers are great, but not everyone has the credentials.
I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old @ NVMS and would not consider sending them anywhere else. The staff, director and assistant director are all extraordinary. They are accomodating, professional and incredibly loving towards all of the children. I breathe easy every day knowing my children are safe, well cared for and thriving in a learning environment that provides them an exceptional foundation. My only issue with NVMS is that they do not have grades 1-12! Call or visit this school and you will see for yourself!
Our two children have been with New Vista for a year and we are very pleased with how much they have learned and grown socially. The teachers are fantastic and care deeply about the kids. The class sizes are small (about 8-10 children per teacher). The administration is well organized and communication is almost on a daily basis. The kids have many cross activities both in the Jefferson Center and nearby YMCA. If you work in or near downtown Roanoke the location is ideal. The weak link in NVMS right now is the facility. They took it over from an older daycare and slowly it is being made over. In our view the strengths of the staff far outweigh the facilities. Aftercare is run by people who obviously love the kids. The aftercare is not meant to be more montessori (after they have already had a 5 hour school day), but they do art projects, play in a nice secure playground on site, or play with legos, trains, etc. Our children are both looking forward to returning for another school year.
Not the worst school, but you can definitely do better. Wouldn't recommend unless you can't afford something nicer, especially since they have moved locations.
Both my daughters attended NVMS and we couldn't have been more happy. Once my daughter started kindergarten, she was miles ahead of the rest of the children. Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Putney (director) are wonderful and the school is great! The before and aftercare were not of as high of quality but in my opinion it is really a nice convenience for those of us working parents and the play time is also very important since they got outside as often as they were able.
I have had two of my daughters attend NVMS, one of them several years ago and one for the last three years. They were loved and supported by excellent teachers and a loving and supportive staff. They both read before they entered kindergarten and are confident learners. NVMS was most special because of the care that was shown to both of my daughters. I observed all children being treated with dignity and respect. There is a beautiful balance between developing social skills and building an academic foundation. The new facility at the Jefferson Center provides more than just a beautiful space, it also offers opportunities to enjoy the visual and performing arts as part of the Jefferson Center family. This will also include the music lab as well as a partnership with their neighbors at the YMCA. Truly a stellar preschool.
I realize that you cannot hope to please everyone, but our son has had a wonderful experience at NVMS. I am not heavily involved in the school, nor a part of any "political" movement or issues. As an educator I can speak to the schools pedagogy and staff. At NVMS, my son has gone from a shy two year old to a little boy who is happy, well rounded, and a lot more outgoing. All of the teachers and staff have been more than helpful and have taught him skills and educational habits he will use throughout his life. They have helped teach him to read, work on math (to include foundations of multiplication and division) and to acquire other important foundational skills. They have always been flexible, loving and kind.
I have to agree with the January 24 review of New Vista. We had a horrible experience with the school - "political" is definitely the best way to describe it, without a doubt. Some of the teachers are really good, but for parents who cannot be heavily involved with the school (for example, working parents) to become part of the "in-crowd", I would not recommend the school.
Very disappointed with this school. New Vista talks a good game about being welcoming to new children, etc. but the reality is that the school is controlled by a small group of parents that wield a tremendous amount of political clout. Teacher seemed to be lacking knowledge of basic childhood development and very little time is actually spent on the Montessori "work" which was the reason we chose to send our child there in the first place. I would not recommend this school to a friend for their children.
This school was a lifesaver for us! We were moving to Roanoke with no contacts in the area. I found the school online through a web search. After calling several other schools, NVMS is the only one we chose to visit and ultimately our daughter was enrolled. At 3 years old and having been home with me, she was very comfortable right away. The director and teachers were so wonderful from the start. Also, the flexible schedule was exactly what I was looking for. In addition to the Montessori work cycle, there are also separate art, music and library rotations. We simply love this school and highly recommend it.
I had 2 boys attend NVMS and have loved this school! The interest they have in learning is priceless, and exactly what we read that Montessori schools focus on. It's a small school with excellent, caring teachers. It feels more like a family than a school.
I put my daughter inat age 2 1/2 and she grew socially, and intellectually so muh that first year. Shw was there for 3 years and I cried when it came time for us to move on. Mrs Wilson is the bomb, as are all the teachers there. They love your children and nurture them. You feel good knowing they are there learning, having fun in a safe accepting environment. love love loved it!
My daughter was enrolled in NVMS last year and is also slated for the fall. She loves this school as well as all of the teachers and director. When she realized she was turning 5 in the fall she became upset that she would not be able to attend her 'big kid' school again this year, after being told she indeed would be back she did her happy dance and started singing about how much she loved school. Not only do the students love them but they (the teachers and director) love their students and it shows, you cannot fake a true bond. We will be very sad when it is time to say goodbye.
Love how welcoming the director is. It feels like a community in which parents are valued. Kids are respectful of others and the education is second to none!
My daughter attended New Vista Montessori for three years. We researched preschools in Roanoke heavily before selecting this school. NVMS has the most highly qualified staff of any preschool in Roanoke. They also pay their staff better than most preschools in Roanoke, where teachers are paid minimum wage or a little more. As an educator myself, I wanted my child to have preschool teachers that are highly qualified and reasonably compensated for their efforts. NVMS is the only place I could find that did both. And it was well worth it. My child entered kindergarten as a reader. She scored the highest score in her school on the PALS test , and by the end of kindergarten was reading on a third grade level. I attribute that to the Montessori education that she received at NVMS. Take a tour; you won't be disappointed.
My wife and I researched the Montessori Schools in Roanoke and New Vista is by far the best. The teachers are professional and caring, the school is organized and cheerful, and the class sizes are the perfect size. I highly recommend New Vista Montessori School. My son agrees.
New Vista Montessori has everything that we were looking for in a preschool. The small class size, classroom format and large outdoor playground are all great assets. The entire staff has been very attentive to our needs.
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