Arbor Montessori is located in Decatur, GA. It is a private, montessori school that serves 215 students in grades PK,K-8. Arbor Montessori is coed (school has male and female students) and is nonsectarian in orientation. The school belongs to the Other Montessori association(s).
In 2010, Arbor Montessori had 13 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Georgia average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
We love Arbor! It is such a welcoming community and the teachers really get to know your child during the three year cycle. My son and daughter absolutely love going to school everyday-- there is never a complaint in the morning. Best of all, they love to learn. Because they get to choose what research projects to take on (last year, for example, my second grade son chose to research the life of Steven Hawking and he also decided to memorize the location of every country in the world) they become absorbed in and excited about learning the material. They are also allowed to move freely about the classroom and work in groups. I would highly recommend Arbor if you are looking for a nurturing environment that instills a love of learning in every child.
My family has had a wonderful experience at Arbor Montessori. My daughter has attended since 2009 and my son since 2010. Teachers and administrators are consistently open, kind and respectful in dealing with children and parents. Focus is on the development of the whole child including their intellectual and emotional ability to grow into a responsible person who treats others with dignity and respect. My son continues to be an outgoing, athletic, carefree child with the added qualities of being compassionate to others and respectful of the environment. We are so grateful to have found such an amazing school in Atlanta.
What a fantastic school. My children love to go to school. They are allowed to follow their interests, to explore their creative side, to delve deeply into topics that pique their curiosity. The teachers truly love their jobs and it shows. The community of families is supportive and tight-knit. Montessori (and Arbor Montessori in particular) is an outstanding educational model.
If you have an active child, especially a boy, who is creative and prefers to "think outside the box," Montessori, in general, is not a good match. At Arbor this is even more the case. We pulled our son out after 8 months, when we noticed rapid social decline, and strange behaviors developing. All of which Arbor teachers and administrators attributed to us. However, once we removed him from the setting, he become himself again and has thrived in loving, creative, academic schools that welcome communication and parents in the classrooms. This is a pattern at Arbor, once you start asking former parents, it is easy to find out the truth about this school which appears perfect, but has real issues with administrators, teachers and a no-parents in the classroom approach to education. As my Italian friends put it "Oh Montessori - they are still doing that in America? In Italy it is passe!"