About This School
In 2010, Tuskawilla Montessori School had 11 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Florida average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Tuskawilla Montessori School Reviews
TMA is actually the ideal setting for a student who is gifted cognitively and/or academically. At the same time, due to the multi-age classrooms, wide variety of curriculum materials, and specially trained teachers, it can be a great fit for students of all levels. My child attend preschool there for two years and we have enrolled her for first grade after the public school system could not accommodate her above grade level skills during her kindergarten year. After completing half-day preschool at TMA she could read fluently, add, subtract, and multiply for single-digits, understood many science and social studies concepts and had excellent comprehension skills in all areas. The hands-on, self-directed approach makes learning solid academic concepts seem easy to the children, but the teacher are always there to support and facilitate their learning. My daughter can't sit still to save her life, but she thrived in the Montessori environment. Take a tour and see what they have to offer first hand before you make a decision. The faculty will be more than happy to have you visit. I work in education and I can't say enough good things about them.
Not for gifted children, or children who have never been in school setting before! Recently had to pull my preschooler out of this school for several reasons. Not disgruntled, just very wary of having 25 preschool/kindergarteners and only a teacher and an aide. After having to pick him up at the office more than once, where I found him in tears, I had a professional come in to observe, and was told that she would not recommend this school to anyone. The 30 minute circle time is very hard for many children, especially those who are a little higher functioning and require constant engagement and stimulation. For children who are accustomed to a classroom setting, maybe this result would be different. Additionally, administration was not willing to accomodate a "shadow" for my child (even though it was only for 3 hours- the half-day program), until he was able to get the hang of things. I was told he had to do it "on his own." After further investigation, every other school I looked into, was more than happy to accomodate someone else in the room to help him transition. Finally got him into a great program at St. Peter's in Lake Mary, where helping children adapt and learn is priority numero uno. Also to look out for at Tuscawilla is some dangerous playground equipment! I don't know how many children I counted having hurt themselves on the iron merry-go-round. (They did away with those in most parks because they are so dangerous!) Anyway, just make sure you sit in on classes and get the feel for how your child would do, before sending them here...
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