Village Montessori School Inc
Montgomery Village, MD 20886
About This School
In 2010, Village Montessori School Inc had 4 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Maryland average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Village Montessori School Inc Reviews
Two Kids at the School
I think this school has been great for my two sons. My eldest went to a school I originally picked located in Potomac. In short, the other school treated him badly and we looked for someplace else. This time I let him pick the school and he picked this one. The staff really worked with him and things worked out well. Once he acclimated, he started liking school. The first year I signed him up for soccer, piano, and dance (all are extra programs they offer for an extra fee - and yes, dance is fun for the PreK boys as well). There is an indoor play area, so when the outdoor playground is snowed in, the children are able to still play indoors in the area between the classes. The academics are pretty good. By the end of last year he knew his planets, a good number of world countries, started addition / subtraction, etc. He'll be in K this Fall. We decided to keep him at VMS to the end of their offerings. One of his peers was starting multiplication (either squares or cubes, I believe). My youngest son started last year and, admittedly, is a handful. However, the staff has been great working with him. The Director is a former teacher that bought the school last year. Once I heard her talk about the chidren that needed attention as "the ones who need us most." All I can say is that this school should be on your "short-list".
Village Montessori School has been a wonderful experience for our family. Both of our children have attended this school since they were two years old. The environment is warm and inviting. The Montessori approach of hands on learning is amazing! As they begin to age out of the program, I am delighted with the love of learning my children have developed here at this school.
I have two children that completed 4 years each through Kindergarten at Village Montessori and all I have to say is WOW! The experiecne they had there was fantastic! Village Montessori offered them a loving, nurturing environment as well as a thorough Montessori curriculum. They have both moved on to other schools now and are thriving academically and I attribute their success to the early learning that they both received at Village Montessori School. I highly recommend this school!
There is no emphasis on learning social skills. Kids are left to work things out on their own, leading to the formation of cliques and bullying. Rules are strict and enforced with yelling by the teachers and extremely liberal use of time outs. Time outs are not given for treating other children horribly, they are given for things like fidgeting.
Older kids bully (and get away with it) younger kids, so the younger kids learn to do it from the older kids.
They say they want children to learn to do things on their own, but if a child doesn't move quickly enough for them they will grab them by the arm and move them, which terrified my child. Between the yelling, time outs, bullying, and grabbing, my child began having frequent potty accidents which went completely unnoticed by the staff. My child was afraid to ask them for help, so she would sit in her wet clothes until I picked her up. Once we left, she never had another accident.
Their policy for allowing children to "work it out" went all the way up to the director, so it really is the actual policy, not just the behavior of one teacher.
I would not recommend this school to anyone.