23 Parent Reviews for Montessori Children's House Of Durham
My wife and I are deeply grateful that our daughter was able to attend the Montessori Children s House of Durham for six wonderful years. She always looked forward to going to school, thrived in the Montessori learning environment, went on to do exceptionally well in high school and college, became a
... Read more highly respected Montessori teacher herself, and is now the proud mother of three happy Montessori educated children. We owe so much to this school and its wonderful staff. The Montessori Children s House is a Durham treasure. Parent of MCHD Graduate Read less
Posted by a other on 10/02/13
I'm not a MCHD parent. I'm not a MCHD staff member. I'm a MCHD alum who is now in college. MCHD was the greatest form of education I've ever experienced. My high school years after MCHD, as well as Montessori middle school elsewhere, pale in comparison to my experience as a MCHD student. Even with
... Read more a high school grade point average of over 4.0, I never was given the respect as a student or human being that I was given at MCHD by my teachers. My love of learning began there, and quite frankly, was taken away, or at least diminished, after I graduated and moved on to very different environments. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be who I was, to follow all that interested me, and for the respect of my teachers. When I graduated from MCHD, I was ready for what came next (except for the treatment of students by traditional teachers!) As a result, I feel prepared to tackle anything that is important to me, to take charge of my future, and to give back to the greater world. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lisa, Griet, Johanna, Rob, Sue and Cheryl!!!!! You made a positive difference in my life! MCHD Rocks!!!!! Read less
Posted by a other on 09/17/13
Montessori Children's House of Durham (MCHD) is a FANTASTIC school. We ve been blown away by just how wonderful the teachers are and equally impressed by the whole school. They ve built an environment in which children genuinely flourish. Our brief experience with other schools makes clear what a
... Read more gem MCHD is. Our kids are independent, excited about learning, and very well-educated thanks to MCHD. And the beautiful new campus has made things even better, offering spacious, peaceful, classrooms and large, attractive, playground areas. This school has been, for our family, and for our many friends whose kids are there, a real blessing. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/30/13
Our family has been at this school for 9 years, Preschool - through elementary. We could not be more satisfied with the education our children are receiving. Our children are becoming real thinkers and problem solvers and work well with others and independently. The teachers are experienced and dedicated
... Read more and demonstrate this not only in the care and education of our children but in their commitment to every aspect of the school. The school built and moved in to a new campus this past year. For anyone this can add additional stresses and may have contributed to the generation of some of these negative comments. The campus is beautiful and provides such a great learning environment. I think if everyone embraced the Montessori philosophy of this school they would see what a great method it is to nurture and educate your children. Experience it yourself through an observation. There are so many families who truly love it here. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/21/13
My daughter attended another local daycare facility as an infant and toddler, and I was so pleased with that school I was frankly unsure about moving to MCHD when she was 3. After only a few weeks, however, I joyfully discovered that this was the most remarkable educational experience for my child I
... Read more could ever fathom. It was like going from mud pie to Kentucky Derby pie. I just didn't know what we were missing until we experienced it. The philosophy and materials are especially remarkable, and are supported by all the developmental brain research I study in my personal line of work. MCHD's wonder is about so much more than academics; to me it's also about the peace - both internal and external - that they explicitly teach the children. Here they are equipped to express their concerns, navigate conflicts, and develop self-control in ways some of my own peers have not entirely mastered. Ultimately, despite having access to the "best public schools available," we have consistently chosen to keep our child enrolled at MCHD, and encourage any parents who want to see their children become community leaders who live satisfying, fulfilling lives to join us. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/02/13
We regret starting our children at this school. Getting out is much more difficult than getting in. This is more of the "church of Montessori" than it is a school. Everything is secondary to the school's misguided interpretations of the montessori method. The head of school and some of the staff
... Read more are "true believers", and they put the furthering of their message ahead of the welfare of the children. This church needs a major revival, as many of the staff are burned out, and just give up on students who struggle with their message. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/01/13
Our last child to attend this school will be finishing this year. Sadly, this school is not what it was 3 or 4 years ago. The move to the new campus went horribly wrong. The school administration is completely out of touch with the lack of harmony among the children, as they are primarily focused
... Read more on the challenging financial situation. The playground is a mud pit, and the focus of the teachers is on forcing all students to follow a rigid interpretations of Montessori principles. Our older children had good experiences at the school, but I am glad our youngest is getting out early, and want to let other parents know to investigate very carefully before sending a child to this school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/12/13
If you want to see an example of what our future leaders look like, visit MCHD and sit in during a class meeting in which the children discuss and solve class issues, watch a second year student confidently recite a poem in front of a whole roomful of parents, observe a knowledgeable third year student
... Read more explaining the states of matter, or listen to a poised sixth year student talk about her experience at the Montessori Model U.N. MCHD provides an excellent education to its children and prepares them for a future of success. I think this is what education is all about! Read less
Posted by a teacher on 02/27/13
Not clear to me any of these reviews present a balanced view of this school, which is where my son and daughter both went. Our experience with MCHD was that there is real magic that happens in the classrooms with the teachers, especially with the younger children. However, the school struggles with
... Read more how to handle active boys and defaults to assuming any energetic young boy must have a need for counseling or medication. The women who run the school have difficulty connecting with boys as they get older, which is why many leave while in the lower elementary to seek out better situations. I understand from friends that the move to the new location has been extremely difficult and made existing issues worse. I hope they figure things out. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/14/13
I am a former teacher at this school. Many of the teachers at the school are dedicated professionals, focused on bringing out the best in the children and helping them to explore understanding who they are. Unfortunately, the teaching level is quite uneven between classrooms and the head of school
... Read more is out of touch with what goes on in many of the classrooms. I understand that the negative atmosphere that existed on the staff while I was there still exists. The head of school has her favorites, which are generally the women who she has known for over 20 years. This gets in the way of her effectively evaluating their performance, and she does not listen to other staff members or parents. The head of school also has issues with treating members of the staff with respect, especially when someone disagrees with her. It is unfortunate this atmosphere gets in the way of some of the beautiful work happening in some of the classrooms, and is much worse than other places I have taught. Read less
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Durham schools — Montessori Children's House Of Durham is located at 2800 Pickett Rd, Durham NC 27705. 2800 Pickett Rd is in the 27705 ZIP code in Durham, NC Montessori Children's House Of Durham is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 6.
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