Montessori Country Day School

★★★☆☆
  • 5117 La Branch St

    Houston, TX 77004

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  • 713-520-0738

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If you are a Junior Leaguer, drive a nice car, have a child that doesn't bother the teachers, aren't worried that your child might be able to walk out of the school unnoticed, then this just might be the place for you.

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If you are a Junior Leaguer, drive a nice car, have a child that doesn't bother the teachers, aren't worried that your child might be able to walk out of the school unnoticed, then this just might be the place for you.

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My son attended Montessori Country and Day School in Sep, 2010. He was not speaking English at that time as we moved to U.S from Denmark some months earlier. In the beginning, appr. 1,5 months, he was totally ignoring circle time and teachers as well. But the teachers told me not to worry because apparently he needed a longer adjustment time. After 6 months he is doing great. He understands and speaks English well, have some very good friends,is active etc. And he loves the playground. He comes home dirty and muddy but he had had a great day while digging in woodchips and if it is what makes him happy, I'm happy.
Regarding mosquitoes - that's right, there are many mosquitoes but on the other hand - there are mosquitoes everywhere in Houston, so why should one expect that Montessori campuses are mosquito free?
We are happy that our son is learning Spanish and Chinese, there are other classes (for the fee): dance, art and yoga your children can attend. During summer children will have swimm lessons.
There are few things that bothers me. First - the teachers are excpecting that 3-year old will tell them when they are cold and need to put their jackets on again. My son will maybe do that if he is totally frozen. But this is a ongoing discussion we have.
Second - the campus is closed quite often.On the other hand I have learned that generally schools in Houston have many days off. Annoying but that's life.
Every evening I ask if he had a great day and the answer is always Yes!. I ask what did he learned today? Nothing - I was playing all day long. I know that thay have "work/learning" time every day but he does not consider it as work because of special montessori approach.
I would recommend this school anytime.

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★★★★☆

My son attended Montessori Country and Day School in Sep, 2010. He was not speaking English at that time as we moved to U.S from Denmark some months earlier. In the beginning, appr. 1,5 months, he was totally ignoring circle time and teachers as well. But the teachers told me not to worry because apparently he needed a longer adjustment time. After 6 months he is doing great. He understands and speaks English well, have some very good friends,is active etc. And he loves the playground. He comes home dirty and muddy but he had had a great day while digging in woodchips and if it is what makes him happy, I'm happy.
Regarding mosquitoes - that's right, there are many mosquitoes but on the other hand - there are mosquitoes everywhere in Houston, so why should one expect that Montessori campuses are mosquito free?
We are happy that our son is learning Spanish and Chinese, there are other classes (for the fee): dance, art and yoga your children can attend. During summer children will have swimm lessons.
There are few things that bothers me. First - the teachers are excpecting that 3-year old will tell them when they are cold and need to put their jackets on again. My son will maybe do that if he is totally frozen. But this is a ongoing discussion we have.
Second - the campus is closed quite often.On the other hand I have learned that generally schools in Houston have many days off. Annoying but that's life.
Every evening I ask if he had a great day and the answer is always Yes!. I ask what did he learned today? Nothing - I was playing all day long. I know that thay have "work/learning" time every day but he does not consider it as work because of special montessori approach.
I would recommend this school anytime.

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i wish i had read these review before sending my child to this school. the teachers do nothing to stop bullying and say hide behind the montessori principle of "children need to work it out". the campus is chaotic and the teachers have no authority. it might be good for toddlers but not for older children.

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i wish i had read these review before sending my child to this school. the teachers do nothing to stop bullying and say hide behind the montessori principle of "children need to work it out". the campus is chaotic and the teachers have no authority. it might be good for toddlers but not for older children.

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Country Day is an authentic, world class Montessori school. I have seen some children whose parents are in denial about their lack of parenting skills or about a special need their child might have. Those children require an inordinate amount of time and attention from a skilled teacher. The teachers have extrordinary passion and high skills, but ... they are not miracle workers with undiagnosed, special needs children. Most children function beautifully and mine are among that population. I respect the teachers and hold them in awe. it is just too bad that some parents have blinders on about their little wild hares. Montessori schools are about making the match. Often, it is the parent who will not be a good partner, an active learner so their child can grow developmentally. In my child's toddler class, I have seen these families who take up the time and attention of teachers. I want people to know there are others in attendance who love the sanity, the peacefulness, the enrichment in the curriculum, but most of all, we love our children's teachers. Some people are just negative nay-sayers and can't seem grow and learn as well as their children might. It is a team approach and, unfortunately, these parents are the Bobby Knights of toddlerdom.

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★★★★★

Country Day is an authentic, world class Montessori school. I have seen some children whose parents are in denial about their lack of parenting skills or about a special need their child might have. Those children require an inordinate amount of time and attention from a skilled teacher. The teachers have extrordinary passion and high skills, but ... they are not miracle workers with undiagnosed, special needs children. Most children function beautifully and mine are among that population. I respect the teachers and hold them in awe. it is just too bad that some parents have blinders on about their little wild hares. Montessori schools are about making the match. Often, it is the parent who will not be a good partner, an active learner so their child can grow developmentally. In my child's toddler class, I have seen these families who take up the time and attention of teachers. I want people to know there are others in attendance who love the sanity, the peacefulness, the enrichment in the curriculum, but most of all, we love our children's teachers. Some people are just negative nay-sayers and can't seem grow and learn as well as their children might. It is a team approach and, unfortunately, these parents are the Bobby Knights of toddlerdom.

Pros: Best school in town!

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The school is now more focused on making money by taking more kids, than helping them grow and learn. We recently enrolled our daughter in their cottage campus. Initially everything seemed rosy. On the first day that I stayed with her, I could not see a teacher hugging or caring for a crying child. They were allowed to walk around as long as they were not crying loud and disrupting others. There was absolutely no considerate care. Again as a previous reviewer noted, their front door is left open by the parents and other and if a child unlocks the front door, the parents are scolded for not teaching them 'boundaries'. Shouldn't they have child proof locks?!

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The school is now more focused on making money by taking more kids, than helping them grow and learn. We recently enrolled our daughter in their cottage campus. Initially everything seemed rosy. On the first day that I stayed with her, I could not see a teacher hugging or caring for a crying child. They were allowed to walk around as long as they were not crying loud and disrupting others. There was absolutely no considerate care. Again as a previous reviewer noted, their front door is left open by the parents and other and if a child unlocks the front door, the parents are scolded for not teaching them 'boundaries'. Shouldn't they have child proof locks?!

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I had visited at least 8 other schools before I found Country Day. There are different campuses for different age groups in home like settings with gardens and nature adventures available daily. I want my child to have people who care about her and who love what they do. This one was clean, bright, happy, filled with children who smile, act curious and are loved and cared for at a very high level. My baby signs when she wants to tell me something since she cannot talk. There is individualized care, they get on my child's schedule. I was invited to spend a week before I left her full time, immersed in the classroom with my baby so I could show them everything I have learned about her. I was welcomed as a partner, not treated like an intruder. I will be here for a long time, learning about Montessori as my child moves through their age levels.

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★★★★★

I had visited at least 8 other schools before I found Country Day. There are different campuses for different age groups in home like settings with gardens and nature adventures available daily. I want my child to have people who care about her and who love what they do. This one was clean, bright, happy, filled with children who smile, act curious and are loved and cared for at a very high level. My baby signs when she wants to tell me something since she cannot talk. There is individualized care, they get on my child's schedule. I was invited to spend a week before I left her full time, immersed in the classroom with my baby so I could show them everything I have learned about her. I was welcomed as a partner, not treated like an intruder. I will be here for a long time, learning about Montessori as my child moves through their age levels.

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I didn't like the neighborhood. In the younger children's area, loose dogs were in the area and the caretakers didn't seem to heed the fact that only a wrought iron fence separated the children. Hardly a protection for curious fast moving children. I didn't like the neighborhood at all.

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★★☆☆☆

I didn't like the neighborhood. In the younger children's area, loose dogs were in the area and the caretakers didn't seem to heed the fact that only a wrought iron fence separated the children. Hardly a protection for curious fast moving children. I didn't like the neighborhood at all.

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I have 3 children who have come through all the programs at Montessori Country Day. I and some of the 300 other families in the school want to voice our opinion since the only other 2 previous reviews were written by the same family. Sometimes, a school cannot meet the needs of a family or a child. I have seen children attempting to normalize into a classroom who might be better served in another program. I believe that was the case here. This angry family wrote in a blog that they would actively work to "trash" the 30 year reputation of this very excellent Montessori school. We hundreds of other parents want to commend the commitment and passion of the faculty and staff to providing the best in curriculum, beautiful garden-like environments and a commitment to educating us about Montessori and helping us to become better at parenting, our most important of jobs.

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★★★★★

I have 3 children who have come through all the programs at Montessori Country Day. I and some of the 300 other families in the school want to voice our opinion since the only other 2 previous reviews were written by the same family. Sometimes, a school cannot meet the needs of a family or a child. I have seen children attempting to normalize into a classroom who might be better served in another program. I believe that was the case here. This angry family wrote in a blog that they would actively work to "trash" the 30 year reputation of this very excellent Montessori school. We hundreds of other parents want to commend the commitment and passion of the faculty and staff to providing the best in curriculum, beautiful garden-like environments and a commitment to educating us about Montessori and helping us to become better at parenting, our most important of jobs.

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