About This School
In 2010, Peace Montessori School had 3 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The North Carolina average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Students Per Teacher (2010)
Peace Montessori School Reviews
What an amazing place full of nurturing teachers, administration and students. Our two children (ages 6 and 10) finished out their school year at Peace Montessori after moving here from Los Angeles in March. What could've been a tough transition was made heaps easier by the loving attention my children received (from everyone, even the students) from day one. My children absolutely love it here. They come home not only talking about their new friends, but about all of the wonderful things they are learning. The school provides an incredibly safe and academically challenging environment. When the children are not in the classroom, they are learning out in the field on amazing field trips. My children's personalities are so different from one another, and the teachers deftly handle both of them beautifully. Communication is excellent and parent involvement is good. The Montessori philosophy is fantastic, but so many schools get it wrong. I visited more than a few Montessori schools in the area, and I am so happy to have found this gem that stood out above all the rest. Highly recommend!
My youngest child has been at Peace Montessori for 6 years. We started there as my oldest child was struggling in public school and both of my children are dyslexic. Next to homeschooling, the International Dyslexic Association highly recommended Montessori as the next best thing. I started researching Montessori and how it is different from public school. I then searched out many Montessori schools in the area. What brought me to Peace is the smaller class size as well as the fact they I feel they are the most true to Montessori than the others.
I love that Montessori supports the child in all ways. Allows the child to be where they are and not forced into a group. If my 3rd grade child is reading at a 6th grade level, it’s supported. If my 4th grade child is doing math on a 6th grade level, it’s supported.
Due to the small class sizes, the teachers know where a child is in their development, what they are currently working on and what’s coming up next. Unlike public school where the child is evaluated on 1 day out of the quarter, the teacher can tell you on any given day what and how your child is doing. My children love Peace Montessori. It’s the only school that they get upset to be away on break. They love their friends and their teachers.
Peace Montessori in Apex, NC is an exceptional school!! We have already put our older son through the 3-5-year old preschool program at Peace Montessori, he was there for 2 & a half years, & he is flourishing in 1st grade now! When he entered Kindergarten last year, not only was he reading at 2 grade levels above his peers, but his understanding of math & science concepts also far surpassed his public school classmates. He also displayed fantastic self-control & the consistent ability to follow directions & be a positive role model for others.
Our younger son is currently in his 2nd year at Peace in the 3-5-year old program, also having an absolutely wonderful experience! He is drastically different in personality from our first son, which makes my recommendation of Peace Montessori's preschool environment even more powerful in my opinion. I say this because I handed these amazingly talented teachers 2 completely different children w/ varying strengths & weaknesses, & they used their nurturing instincts, kind hearts, & deep understanding of Montessori education to help guide each child toward developing his own individual intrinsic motivation for learning, & have thus fostered w/in each child a real sense of personal responsibility & a confidence to be self-sufficient that we were absolutely flabbergasted to watch evolve, particularly w/ our younger, more spirited child.
It seems to us that the kind of child-centered education our boys have received at Peace has taught them how to be life-long learners, & more importantly, taught them the joy of learning! It takes a certain kind of commitment & faith in a child's natural drive to learn to be a Montessori teacher, & that is something that these teachers have even taught us, as parents. We do a better job allowing our kids to develop their own interests at home now, & to share w/ us anything they are curious about, & we know better how to help them explore any concept or subject that they are intrigued by. Discovering this important part of child development & understanding the importance of having respect for our children as autonomous human beings has deepened our relationship w/ our kids, for which we will be forever grateful to our sons' teachers, & to the Peace Montessori community as a whole.
I'd just like to add that I knew some things about the Montessori system when we were originally researching preschools, & we knew that a Montessori education was our first choice for our children's preschool years, & just from the little bit I understood about how Montessori worked, it was evident from the moment I 1st visited Peace that it was an authentic Montessori school, not a typical play-based preschool program or even a hybrid of the 2. It was of course multi-age, a family-like grouping, as a true Montessori program ought to be, w/ 3-6-year olds together in 1 class. The younger ones benefit from observing the older children, & the older children act as mentors & leaders, & the kids can really develop at their own pace because the classroom has materials appropriate for 3-year olds all the way up to 7-year olds. There's a very deliberate selection of Montessori activities in our son's classroom; not the typical Legos-blocks-trucks toys we have at home, & it's clear the kids love to engage w/ them over & over again. By working w/ these materials, our boys have learned certain skills we can't imagine having found a way to ever explicitly teach them, at home or anywhere else - such as careful observation, hand strength, the ability to distinguish musical tones, the shapes of letters, counting, etc. All the materials build sequentially, enabling the children to progress from one to the next as their abilities evolve; & they're self-correcting, so the kids can work independently of the teachers & learn to problem-solve on their own. All in all, putting our children in Peace Montessori for preschool was the best decision we ever made!!
(Edited for length by Education.com staff)