Chesapeake Montessori School
Chesapeake, VA 23322
About This School
In 2010, Chesapeake Montessori School had 4 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Virginia average is 18 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Chesapeake Montessori School Reviews
We couldn't be happier with this school. Wonderful teaching, legitimately Montessori. Teachers are wonderful, owner is too. We love CMS!
I agree with the second review. We have been associated with this school for 11 years. We have had nothing but wonderful experiences at CMS. It sounds like your situation was an isolated incident.
Would not recommend this school to anyone under any circumstances. We had a horrible experience.
Alicia, obviously you don't understand what a Montessori school is supposed to be like. What you describe as negative are positive, developmental attributes. Any true Montessori school will not have play areas with dress up and pretend. The Montessori Method is based in reality so children do not get confused with fantasy. Choice and structure is all part of the Montessori Method. The children happily enjoy the activities they choose and cover all areas of academics and more. Children are reading and spelling simple words independently by the time they are four years old. They are far more advanced than in traditional school settings. The children do not need homework in a Montessori Elementary School because they are more advanced and work more productively in school than in a traditional school setting.
I do know that this school is functioning as closely to Maria Montessori's method as they can. The director is a Montessori Teacher Trainer. The director's trainer was trained by Maria Montessori herself. The school also has someone come in occasionally to watch the classrooms and look at the materials and make sure that they are following the Montessori Method as closely as possible.
They have recently expanded to two locations in Chesapeake. They have also expanded to classrooms for toddlers in their original location.
I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
Be aware, this environment is not suited to all children or to all families. We could live with the cloth napkins required for lunch but there are many aspects we feel are vital to development that are missing. There are no activities to foster imaginative play or free exploration. There is no housekeeping corner, no dress up center, no sand table, no water table, no block center. The structure of the program is to the extreme.
Children have choice in their activities; however, the activities are extremely regimented and structured. You may use an activity but only following the highly specific instructions. For example, you may use blocks but only to sort by size. You may not build a tower or wall.
Communication is a serious problem. On a day to day basis, you will have no idea what your child is working or what skills they are mastering. There are no written notes sent home at the end of the week describing the books they read, or the songs they sing, or how your child's day is going. Unless you initiate communication, there is none.
Children here develop skills and are high achieving. However, at what cost? Observe and decide for yourself. Be concerned.
Great school, and it's 2-and-a-half-year-olds all the way through 6th grade. I love the teachers, their philosophy, how hands-on the learning is, everything. Before- and after-school care available from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. We had a bad experience with Great Bridge Primary and I switched my son to Chesapeake Montessori in 2nd grade. It's much better than public schools.