27 Parent Reviews for Maria Montessori Elementary School
My wife and I have our three children (a first, fourth and seventh grader) attending Maria Montessori School and we have nothing but good things to say about it. It's our fourth year in this school and we've found that all of their teachers have been great. Kids of different age ranges socialize with
... Read more one another, they learn about different cultures, they work independently. I love that all the children are taught to be independent. The school has various activities and also field trips to satisfy their curiosity about many things in life. One of the most important things is that we are so glad that Maria Montessori School has also middle school and we feel so blessed knowing that our oldest daughter is learning in a wonderful environment where she works with her peers and her terrific teachers during this delicate and sometimes difficult age she's facing. She has all the support that she needs without the difficult and dangerous situations. I believe that we made a wise choice in choosing this excellent school!!! I only wish there were a Montessori high school... Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/05/13
We love this elementary school. The teacher:student ratio is amazing (7:1 in my daughters kindergarten class) and the teaching model is fantastic. Our daughter is happy to go to school every day and enjoys learning. We hope to stay at this school all the way through 8th grade. I just wish they had
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Posted by a parent on 05/14/13
My children have been attending Maria Montessori School for the past 8 years, and we love this school! My children have a passion for learning, enjoy going to school, and have made great friends. The oldest will graduate from the 8th grade this year, and we couldn't be happier with the middle school
... Read more experience! She has been admitted to a private high school and has been placed in honors classes, in addition to being self-confident and comfortable expressing her views. The middle school offers an individualized education, Spanish and Mandarin language, computer instruction, and speech and debate. Students are listened to and treated with respect at all levels, and are expected to treat others with respect. Homework is reasonable and purposeful, which leaves time for the after school activity of your child's choice! This is a GREAT school!!!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/13/12
Thought the academics are true to Montessori principles and the classroom structure is rich and appropriate, this school is unsatisfactory. Communication between the school and families is poor, inconsistent and often confusing. The administration is unprofessional and unskilled beyond the purely academic
... Read more realm of Montessori education, which is surprising given the longevity of this school. Their actions are not in keeping with their mission statement and they do not honor diversity and the whole child. I would highly recommend that parents think twice before choosing this school for their children Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/05/12
My children (preschool and second grade) love MMS and so do I. As a Montessori certified school and training center, you know you are getting the real deal. Students receive individuvalized attention and at the elementary level daily and weekly work plans that are individualized. To address the mixed
... Read more age complaint of a previous post, it is correct that most of the classrooms do not have the true Montessori 3 year age span. Preschool classrooms are ages 3 - 4 or 4 - 6. The elementary rooms also cover two year ranges, K-1, 1-2, etc. Children have the opportunity to be both the young ones who learn from the older children and later an older mentor to younger children. Another complaint I read in a couple of reviews was that few parents thought individualization was lacking and there was an overabundance of worksheets. My only thought is that perhaps they did not realize that the other chidren were on completely different places in their phonics work books or that the worksheets/ workbooks are extenstions of Montessori lessons children receive. The written work reflects the hands-on work. My children are challenged yet confident because they are met at their developmental level. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/09/12
We LOVE this school! The Montessori classroom really works for children and entices their natural curiosity. Our child has been here for 3 years and is THRIVING. He is happy about going to school each day. He is so motivated to learn, and loves the academic environment where his ability, not his
... Read more age dictates the work. The teachers are warm, caring people who we know have our child s best interest at heart. They partner with us every step of the way, allowing our child to progress at a rate that works for him. The program is not cookie cutter where one size fits all. Rather, the teachers are so aware of where each child is academically, emotionally, and present new information at the right time. We know what is happening in the classroom and see work product sent home that demonstrates what our child is learning. Our child has become a self-starter, and we see that cross over at home as he accomplishes his daily tasks. I have been in many other schools and have witnessed classroom chaos and difficult environments you will not find that here! It is peaceful, and a place where children are respected and valued. Great environment, loving instruction, happy child! Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/09/12
I still regret that I ever sent my child to this school. The teacher's attitudes were hurtful, they want little soldiers not happy children. All they care about is how well your child can perform for them and don't want to do anything different from how a latchkey child can learn. The work was not
... Read more individualized, but basically all the same worksheets and assignments, students could just choose to do them at different parts of the day. We left a few years ago and my child now loves the new school and tells me how fun it is. My child still asks me, "why did you ever make me go there?" Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/07/12
We are so happy with our overall experience with MMS. Our daughter started MMS at a young 3 year old and from the first day of school I have felt completely comfortable leaving her in this environment every day. We have been at the school for three years and have found the teachers to be nurturing,
... Read more supportive and highly competent. My daughter loves going to school and we are amazed at what she is learning. I have volunteered in the classroom and overall the children are very respectful and well mannered as well as inquisitive, bright and fun. From our first visit, we just knew in our gut that this was the right place for our daughter and I have heard that same comment from many other parents. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/31/11
MMS has far exceeded my expectations. It prepares children to be independent learners and critical thinkers. The cosmic curriculum gives them a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Besides the strong academic accomplishments the school also holds high standards in social behavior. Children
... Read more are very respectful, well mannered and happy!!!! I visited several schools before enrolling my children here, it was not a close call. It was an easy decision. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/18/11
I was surprised to read the comments in the previous school review! My children have been in this school for 10 years, pre-school through 6th grade, and it has been amazing! Every classroom has an appropriate age range, a good teacher/child ratio, and provides individualized, hands-on learning. The
... Read more teachers encourage creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. Every child is working at their own skill level and at their own pace. The teachers are totally in tune with the needs of every child, not just academically, but socially, too. The school has an atmosphere of respect between students, teachers, and administrators. I highly recommend this school! Read less
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San Diego schools — Maria Montessori Elementary School is located at 4544 Pocahontas Ave, San Diego CA 92117. 4544 Pocahontas Ave is in the 92117 ZIP code in San Diego, CA Maria Montessori Elementary School is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 7.
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