Auguste Montessori is a preschool located in Washington, Washington, DC.
The school community has reviewed this preschool and given it an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
Our son just completed his first year at Auguste and we absolutely loved our experience there. The school's director is a wonderful person and has a special gift with children. She's very accessible and makes sure parents are well informed about their child's progress. The teachers are warm and caring as well. I love that parents have many opportunities to get involved in different aspects of school life. In addition to a great environment, the school offers a strong academic program that focuses on building solid basis in math and developing reading/writing skills. Our son simply loves going to school every day and we couldn't be happier with our choice.
Our child has just completed his second year of Auguste Montessori and I cant say enough wonderful things about the director, the teachers and the curriculum. The director sets a tone of openness, caring and respect for each student as well as the parents. Our child loves going to school every day and is learning reading, writing, math, geography as well as concern and respect for others. In addition, the school emphasizes empowering each child with making their own decisions and internal control, two key aspects that contribute to positive emotional development. The day also includes optional outside playtime at the Murch school across the street. If you are a proponent of the Montessori system (which we are), this school is an exceptional choice.
Two of my children have graduated from Auguste Montessori (in 2006 and 2008) - they are now above-grade level students in Montgomery County. I cannot say enough about this school, the director, and our experience. My impressions of this school during our initial visit was that the rooms were very bright (from sunlight!) and orderly. The school is on the second floor and not run in a basement like most pre- or nursery schools I had visited. A room full of children were amazingly focused, happy, and well behaved. The director is very warm and welcoming. She is very sensitive to the children's individual needs and strengths. The assistants and director provided a safe and caring environment for both my children. My kids are both avid readers (a testament to the director's teaching them at an early age), and they were both able to write cursive by age 4. Math, geography, art, music, among others, were also integral parts of the Montessori curriculum, as well as outdoor recess. Upon graduating from this school, my children were well prepared for school. They learned how to respect others and be kind.
Our family cannot say enough good things about our experience at Auguste Montessori. The Director, Valerie O'Connor, provides a safe, warm, and nurturing environment for all the children. Each child is seen as an individual and given the proper attention and direction to learn and grow in a happy, healthy, and positive way. Our three children thrived at Auguste thanks to Valerie and her passion for teaching and her love for our children.
Auguste Montessori is a blessing to our children who attend the school and to our community. The director maintains a culture of respect for self, for others, and for the environment, true to the Montessori tradition. Montessori is not the right choice for every family. But if you want your child to develop a love of work and learning based on self-driven exploring, guided by professionals trained in child development, then we highly recommend Auguste Montessori.
Our family has had a wonderful experience with Auguste Montessori. Both of our children have really thrived here. The atmosphere is more like a family than a school. When your child is having problems either at school or at home the director is happy to work through them with you as a parent to fix the problem -- including you in what she is doing in the classroom and working with you on solutions that may help at home. They also are very adept at nurturing each child's intellectual curiosity and helping to grow socially. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Valerie O'Connor, the head of the school, is great! Did you know 2 kids out of her original class of 4 are at Princeton University now?
My son is currently at Auguste and has grown and thrived immeasurably there. The director has not only harnessed and developed his powers of concentration and creativity, but also worked through with him and with us some issues of socialization. He has changed so much for the better in a year and a half; we would recommend Auguste to any family.
When we were looking for a school for our oldest child five years ago, we decided that we wanted a school that would combine academic and play-based learning. Auguste Montessori is a warm, nurturing environment, where children have the opportunity to learn at their own pace. The majority of children who complete the three year program are reading and writing as they enter their Kindergarten year. Our oldest child, who now attends an independent school in Washington, D.C., was well prepared for his Kindergarten year both academically and socially. The school that he currently attends has a preschool program that our younger children could also attend, however, we are committed to having all three of our children complete the program at Auguste Montessori. We believe very strongly that it is a wonderful environment for our children during their early years.
If we could send our kids to Auguste for the rest of their school lives, we would. As proud parents of one Auguste graduate and one current student, we can honestly say it s been a superb experience. The curriculum gives students great grounding in all subjects and teaches them important life skills, such as independence and respect for others. In addition, the community of parents is excellent and we have formed strong friendships thanks to the school.
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