29 Parent Reviews for School Of The Woods Montessori
This school is a very very good educational institution. Our child is in HS here and has been at the school since before middle school. I am guessing that some of the bad reviews are people who became fed up with the rule by fiat of the schools administrator/head of school. Unfortunately, the board
... Read more is made up of her relatives, friends, and a few parents with absolutely no backbone. By virtue of that she gets her way in everything. That is why the school keeps talking about building a new HS and never does. Has a website that talks about things from 15 years ago as if they occurred yesterday, and does not want any parent to speak in any meeting. It is a joke and she is unable to do anything but stay in her little cocoon. The faculty (98%) care about the kids and deliver a great education. The classes are not fake, etc. The head of secondary education is one of the top experts in their field, etc. But, the head of the school won't change, is too old and closed minded for her role. There is NO parent organization. (It is an organization with officers appointed by the Head of School and no elections, etc.) If you don't agree all are afraid their kids will be effected wrongly. SAD Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/04/13
I am extremely happy with the school so far (EC-elementary levels). Almost all of my family members and extended family are/were teachers at traditional schools and we are happy with what we see. The atmosphere is great, the teachers are knowledgeable, and I see that children truly enjoy learning. The
... Read more school pays close attention to child development stages, which is a big plus to me. They are also good about unstructured play time, which, I think, traditional schools lack. Wonderful art and music programs (most public schools cut those due to budgetary problems). And, what's more important, I see the steady academic progress that my child shows. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/29/13
The school has been a wonderful experience for my children. The faculty and the environment foster personal responsibility and preparation for life long learning. It develops more that test scores; it fosters creative empathetic people who can make a contribution to the community.
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Posted by a parent on 09/19/13
SOTW is the best education that can possibly be provided. Words cannot express how amazing this school is!!
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Posted by a parent on 09/12/13
The author of the August 29 post should be aware of the Great Schools policy prohibiting the identification individuals. In a small graduating class , it is quite simple to determine which individual is being discussed. Since Great Schools does not enforce their own policies, I expect this violation
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Posted by a parent on 09/09/13
Parents need to be careful trusting School of the Woods. The school's website and a reviewer below mention a 2013 grad was accepted and is attending Texas A&M. That student did not get accepted at A&M, is enrolled at Blinn Community College, a 2 year associates program and hopes to be one of the 6 out
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Posted by a parent on 08/29/13
Addressing the 6/30/13 post claiming fake classes at SOTW - this is simply not true. I am not sure of the poster's motivation. 1. Not everyone makes As and Bs. My child made some Cs. 2. The schedule is different. Some MWF and TTH classes that are twice as long allowing the teachers to teach more;
... Read more there is less start up and wrap up time. 3. They do not give Algebra I credit to all. My child took the class freshman year. 4. The "field trips" are classes. One does not have to be in a classroom to learn. 5. Once a child starts middle school they use computers all day long. They are required to have laptops for high school. They have access to and use computers in upper elementary. 6. Yes, most graduates attend smaller liberal arts schools. Most appreciate a smaller learning environment and don't want to be herded along in a large state college. As a graduate of a large state college I am encouraging my child to look at smaller colleges. This years graduates will be attending Colorado College of Mines, Brown, Texas A&M, Tulane and the U of H Honors among other schools. We have a much higher than average number of National Merit Semi- finalists and Finalists. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/13/13
The posting of July 25, 2013 is inaccurate regarding accreditation.The writer does not appear to understand the process. They also do not seem to have a grasp of the Montessori program. It should also be noted that GreatSchools.org continues to publish inaccurate statistical information and advertising
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Posted by a parent on 08/10/13
We left in 2011 after we found out School of the Woods lost its accreditation from the American Montessori Society. It made us very nervous and no one would tell us why, after 8 years, K-12 was no longer accredited. Leaving was the right decision. Teachers told us our child was a star, the best and the
... Read more brightest, but we knew this was not true. We thought Montessori was all about setting high expectations and having a disciplined approach to learning. Our child fell way behind and there is no way any teacher can teach 20 kids, each at a different place in the curriculum. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/25/13
There are a lot of great things about School of the Woods. They have a lot of wonderful events and activities. The parents are very involved. It is a beautiful natural campus, and kids have lots of time outdoors. I found from personal experience that it is better to begin with Montessori in preschool,
... Read more as students need time to learn "the method" before it is necessary that they learn content at an efficient pace. Relatively large class size makes it difficult for teachers to provide individual lessons very frequently, so some subjects fall between the cracks. Your experience at the school can vary to a large degree depending on which teacher your child has. The administration has been doing this for a long time. Possibly because of this, they are not necessarily responsive to parents with concerns. Communication between the school and parents is fair- little use of technology for correspondence. School of the Woods is true Montessori- which seems to work very well for many students, but not all. Unless your child is highly disciplined and self-motivated, they will not learn at a very efficient pace. In pre-school it doesn't much matter, but going into Primary grades, it does. Read less
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Houston schools — School Of The Woods Montessori is located at 1321 Wirt Rd, Houston TX 77055. 1321 Wirt Rd is in the 77055 ZIP code in Houston, TX School Of The Woods Montessori is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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