The Montessori School of Raleigh

★★★★☆
  • 7005 Lead Mine Rd

    Raleigh, NC 27615

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  • 919-848-1545

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You have to SEE it to really get it- go visit Montessori School of Raleigh to see the wonder of modern Montessori education. Montessori kids learn "the basics" and much, much, much more. The "freedom in a framework" means that they work at their own pace, but teachers carefully monitor them behind the scenes, making sure each student is learning everything he/she needs to know. In addition to super-strong academics, kids benefit from a nurturing, safe, low-stress environment, strong extra-curriculars (art, music, PE during the day, and wonderful afterschool offerings as well), phenomenal teachers with extremely low turnover... I could go on all day about the benefits of MSR. It's NOT what you think- check it out- see the Elementary classroom at work, and compare it to a "traditional classroom." Judge for yourself! It has been a true gift and blessing for all 3 of my children, each of whom is very different in terms of strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. All kids deserve a Montessori education! The website will give you some insight- www.msr.org; but again, you have to spend time in a classroom to really get an idea. I love MSR!

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★★★★★

You have to SEE it to really get it- go visit Montessori School of Raleigh to see the wonder of modern Montessori education. Montessori kids learn "the basics" and much, much, much more. The "freedom in a framework" means that they work at their own pace, but teachers carefully monitor them behind the scenes, making sure each student is learning everything he/she needs to know. In addition to super-strong academics, kids benefit from a nurturing, safe, low-stress environment, strong extra-curriculars (art, music, PE during the day, and wonderful afterschool offerings as well), phenomenal teachers with extremely low turnover... I could go on all day about the benefits of MSR. It's NOT what you think- check it out- see the Elementary classroom at work, and compare it to a "traditional classroom." Judge for yourself! It has been a true gift and blessing for all 3 of my children, each of whom is very different in terms of strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. All kids deserve a Montessori education! The website will give you some insight- www.msr.org; but again, you have to spend time in a classroom to really get an idea. I love MSR!

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Yes, it's a wonderful school. The staff are very dedicated, and everyone who works there truly loves children. Most of the staff truly believe in the Montessori Method. I learned a lot about how to be a better parent during my two years at MSR, and am thankful for all that I learned about purposeful work and teaching children independence.

That having been said, I do not think that the incredibly high tuition is warranted, especially since on top of that they ask for so much volunteer time and are constantly asking for more money. It was a money pit, and for that reason I chose to practice what I learned from MSR at home and send my second child to a more moderately priced preschool. He is just as far along academically as his brother, who went from Children's House to public school and was ahead of the game but is thriving.

Summary: great school - but not worth the tuition they charge.

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Yes, it's a wonderful school. The staff are very dedicated, and everyone who works there truly loves children. Most of the staff truly believe in the Montessori Method. I learned a lot about how to be a better parent during my two years at MSR, and am thankful for all that I learned about purposeful work and teaching children independence.

That having been said, I do not think that the incredibly high tuition is warranted, especially since on top of that they ask for so much volunteer time and are constantly asking for more money. It was a money pit, and for that reason I chose to practice what I learned from MSR at home and send my second child to a more moderately priced preschool. He is just as far along academically as his brother, who went from Children's House to public school and was ahead of the game but is thriving.

Summary: great school - but not worth the tuition they charge.

Pros: Beautiful classrooms, wonderful teachers, great playgrounds. The Montessori Method is proved for 18 mos - 6 years, but then...?

Cons: No cafeteria or gym, kids are in a single room for three years!! Too $$ and not enough structure for most kids.

 

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