Evergreen Montessori School

★★★★☆
Parents Often Say, "I Wish I Had Gone To A School Like This."

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My family has been a part of Evergreen Montessori School for 4 years now. We really enjoy it! There are so many wonderful things happening in these kids lives with Evergreen's help. We compared and visited the other Montessori schools in Memphis and really felt as if Evergreen was the best fit for us. This school is full of greatness! Our child has become confident and I believe it has a lot to do with the Montessori way of learning. We love that Evergreen's tuition is reasonable. it's close to home and work, and that we feel our child is safe and loved. One con is that they need there own building (right now they rent from a church). Check Evergreen Montessori out!

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★★★★★

My family has been a part of Evergreen Montessori School for 4 years now. We really enjoy it! There are so many wonderful things happening in these kids lives with Evergreen's help. We compared and visited the other Montessori schools in Memphis and really felt as if Evergreen was the best fit for us. This school is full of greatness! Our child has become confident and I believe it has a lot to do with the Montessori way of learning. We love that Evergreen's tuition is reasonable. it's close to home and work, and that we feel our child is safe and loved. One con is that they need there own building (right now they rent from a church). Check Evergreen Montessori out!

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Parents, all negative reviews are removed. Do your research before leaving your child in the care of this "school."

My own child??s safety was seriously jeopardized by Evergreen Montessori School.

In a review posted here way back in 2007 (now removed), a parent wrote, ??This place [Evergreen Montessori] lets your child roam around and float unsupervised.?

Ask the administrator a simple question. If a parent contacted the Tennessee Department of Education, what would they say about this school??s record for child safety?

Although less important than the lack of basic safety, my child languished academically and socially at Evergreen but flourished at a new school under the care of competent and encouraging teachers.

Parents, please search for a well-regarded school: Grace St. Luke??s, Woodland Presbyterian, Christ Methodist, Snowden, Idlewild.

In the words of still another deleted review, Evergreen Montessori is a ??train wreck.?

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★☆☆☆☆

Parents, all negative reviews are removed. Do your research before leaving your child in the care of this "school."

My own child??s safety was seriously jeopardized by Evergreen Montessori School.

In a review posted here way back in 2007 (now removed), a parent wrote, ??This place [Evergreen Montessori] lets your child roam around and float unsupervised.?

Ask the administrator a simple question. If a parent contacted the Tennessee Department of Education, what would they say about this school??s record for child safety?

Although less important than the lack of basic safety, my child languished academically and socially at Evergreen but flourished at a new school under the care of competent and encouraging teachers.

Parents, please search for a well-regarded school: Grace St. Luke??s, Woodland Presbyterian, Christ Methodist, Snowden, Idlewild.

In the words of still another deleted review, Evergreen Montessori is a ??train wreck.?

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I don't usually read reviews about our school because I've been a parent there for so long now, 6 years ago our then 2 year old began her Montessori journey at Evergreen. She is now in the elementary class and we have certainly watched all of the day to day workings of the school very closely. A friend mentioned the negative review that didn't ring of truth with our experience so I decided to check it out.

I admit that living in a world of reports, tests and hyper supervision caused some need for adjustment (for us certainly not for her). The experience for our family has been extremely positive and we are very hands on and involved, in and out of the building at different times of the day unannounced and always welcomed. The freedom to move around and make wise choices based on interest has always been observed to be discreetly "supervised" by staff in ways that fosters independence by the children. It is far different than day cares we have visited or had experience with in the past with locked classrooms and alarms so that the children have no reason to make safe choices on their own. I have to say that I have never in all these years worried that my child was not supervised sufficiently or cared for in the same way I would care for her if I were there. She learned early the consequences for behavior and to be responsible for her accomplishments in the classroom and has grown into a creative, self reliant person who LOVES going to school every day. We live within walking distance of a superior public school but choose to stay at Evergreen making financial sacrifices because of the experience over a long time that the Montessori method that Evergreen is committed to follow diligently is best for our child.

Is every single day perfect, is every teacher perfect every single day, does the administration always do exactly what I would do if it were me, no, of course not, but I've never experienced a place where these things are true. The vast majority of the time this school gets it right and that is what matters to me. If I see things that need to be improved I (and all the other parents I know who are really involved) jump in and work with "OUR SCHOOL FAMILY" to make it better. I'm not paying babysitters or traditional teachers to watch over my child ingest material, I'm investing in my child's educational/emotional and spiritual future by contributing to a school of highly trained professionals that I value and support as they guide her exploration of her amazing ability to learn everything she wants to learn. The reviewer is right there are other choices but we've made ours over and over and over and it's Evergreen.

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★★★★★

I don't usually read reviews about our school because I've been a parent there for so long now, 6 years ago our then 2 year old began her Montessori journey at Evergreen. She is now in the elementary class and we have certainly watched all of the day to day workings of the school very closely. A friend mentioned the negative review that didn't ring of truth with our experience so I decided to check it out.

I admit that living in a world of reports, tests and hyper supervision caused some need for adjustment (for us certainly not for her). The experience for our family has been extremely positive and we are very hands on and involved, in and out of the building at different times of the day unannounced and always welcomed. The freedom to move around and make wise choices based on interest has always been observed to be discreetly "supervised" by staff in ways that fosters independence by the children. It is far different than day cares we have visited or had experience with in the past with locked classrooms and alarms so that the children have no reason to make safe choices on their own. I have to say that I have never in all these years worried that my child was not supervised sufficiently or cared for in the same way I would care for her if I were there. She learned early the consequences for behavior and to be responsible for her accomplishments in the classroom and has grown into a creative, self reliant person who LOVES going to school every day. We live within walking distance of a superior public school but choose to stay at Evergreen making financial sacrifices because of the experience over a long time that the Montessori method that Evergreen is committed to follow diligently is best for our child.

Is every single day perfect, is every teacher perfect every single day, does the administration always do exactly what I would do if it were me, no, of course not, but I've never experienced a place where these things are true. The vast majority of the time this school gets it right and that is what matters to me. If I see things that need to be improved I (and all the other parents I know who are really involved) jump in and work with "OUR SCHOOL FAMILY" to make it better. I'm not paying babysitters or traditional teachers to watch over my child ingest material, I'm investing in my child's educational/emotional and spiritual future by contributing to a school of highly trained professionals that I value and support as they guide her exploration of her amazing ability to learn everything she wants to learn. The reviewer is right there are other choices but we've made ours over and over and over and it's Evergreen.

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This school is fantastic. I am a former Montessori child and parent to twin 10 year daughters. One of my daughters attends a local public school's magnet program. The other daughter attends Evergreen and is in the Elementary Program. Her sister, who's learning style is perfect for "the linoleum sweatshop" as I call her public school, is gifted and was selected for the Duke University Early Talent Identification Program in the 4th Grade . . . . yet her internally-directed Montessori sister has surpassed her in several subject areas at Evergreen and frequently helps her with homework.

The staff at Evergreen is superbly qualified. In fact, the Head of School and the lead Primary teacher were trained by Dr. Annette Haines in St. Louis. Dr. Haines is considered one of leading Montessorians in the US, if not the world, right now. Even the ASSISTANT in the elementary classroom is currently being trained by J. McKeever through the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Both Dr. Haines and Ms. McKeever were trained by the legendary Margaret Stephenson, who was tapped by Dr. Maria Montessori and her son Mario to lead the Montessori Movement in the United States several decades ago. Rest assured, there are no better trained Montessorians in the Mid-South than those at this school.

Every lead teacher is certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), which largely considered the Gold Standard of Montessori training. It is an INTERNATIONAL certification and the organization administering the training centers was founded by Dr. Montessori herself. The certification is very difficult to attain and equates to 29 hours towards a Masters degree in education at several universities including Loyola outside of Baltimore.

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★★★★★

This school is fantastic. I am a former Montessori child and parent to twin 10 year daughters. One of my daughters attends a local public school's magnet program. The other daughter attends Evergreen and is in the Elementary Program. Her sister, who's learning style is perfect for "the linoleum sweatshop" as I call her public school, is gifted and was selected for the Duke University Early Talent Identification Program in the 4th Grade . . . . yet her internally-directed Montessori sister has surpassed her in several subject areas at Evergreen and frequently helps her with homework.

The staff at Evergreen is superbly qualified. In fact, the Head of School and the lead Primary teacher were trained by Dr. Annette Haines in St. Louis. Dr. Haines is considered one of leading Montessorians in the US, if not the world, right now. Even the ASSISTANT in the elementary classroom is currently being trained by J. McKeever through the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Both Dr. Haines and Ms. McKeever were trained by the legendary Margaret Stephenson, who was tapped by Dr. Maria Montessori and her son Mario to lead the Montessori Movement in the United States several decades ago. Rest assured, there are no better trained Montessorians in the Mid-South than those at this school.

Every lead teacher is certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), which largely considered the Gold Standard of Montessori training. It is an INTERNATIONAL certification and the organization administering the training centers was founded by Dr. Montessori herself. The certification is very difficult to attain and equates to 29 hours towards a Masters degree in education at several universities including Loyola outside of Baltimore.

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We started two of our children at this school, and one went to public school. We noticed a huge difference in our childrens capacity for learning. Public schools cannot compare to a well run Montessori school like Evergreen. They gave us the opportunity to observe, interact and generally be involved in anyway we wanted with our childrens education.

Sadly we had to move, when we did and our kids got adjusted to the new public school, but we noticed how poorly a public school system is run compared to Evergreen. If you value your childrens future, then with out a doubt you should enroll them in this or any high quality Montessori school for the early years of thier education.

Another point I would like to make is that the staff at this particuler school are and were trusted with my most important reason for life, MY CHILDREN!!!!! We have been gone for several years but my children still remember the staff as if they were family. Find that from a public school or any other school.

Adults are hard to please, we all have our issue with this or that and I dont like it because, but I can assure you that your children will be better off if you send them here. Also being a non-profit fund raiser's or donation help pay for the neat wild kingdom, books, supplies,ect.

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★★★★★

We started two of our children at this school, and one went to public school. We noticed a huge difference in our childrens capacity for learning. Public schools cannot compare to a well run Montessori school like Evergreen. They gave us the opportunity to observe, interact and generally be involved in anyway we wanted with our childrens education.

Sadly we had to move, when we did and our kids got adjusted to the new public school, but we noticed how poorly a public school system is run compared to Evergreen. If you value your childrens future, then with out a doubt you should enroll them in this or any high quality Montessori school for the early years of thier education.

Another point I would like to make is that the staff at this particuler school are and were trusted with my most important reason for life, MY CHILDREN!!!!! We have been gone for several years but my children still remember the staff as if they were family. Find that from a public school or any other school.

Adults are hard to please, we all have our issue with this or that and I dont like it because, but I can assure you that your children will be better off if you send them here. Also being a non-profit fund raiser's or donation help pay for the neat wild kingdom, books, supplies,ect.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Not given enough aid!

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I started my kids here about five years ago. .It has been a wonderful experience. As I watched my kids grow I could see that the Montessori method was really worthwhile. I had a horrible experience at another Montessori school. Olivia's Montessori. They were very strict and controlled.

Evergreen's owners are very friendly. They invite parents to parties and cater them and do all kinds of extra things for the kids. The school yard is full of all kinds of animals and handmade garden projects by the staff and parent association. Everyone pitches in. If you like taking part in your child's education this school is for you.

People who don't like to watch their kids grow may not like it so much - you're better off getting a nanny.

Another thing - everyone is very kind and dramas amongst the parent-teacher cliques sort of dissipate because of the cool owners.

They have nice garage sales and assorted fundraising activities that are cool to partake in if you like that sort of thing. The remodeled school is gorgeous. Teachers stay on long term and seem to love their job. They are very accommodating of work and always have staff on hand to go over holidays if your child cannot be at home during spring break, etc.

They are very multi-cultural, I have never encountered any racism or religious discrimination at the school from the owners. This is a school for both Christians and Atheists. All are welcome.

One negative - they are very busy, as they have grown to be a very popular school.

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★★★★★

I started my kids here about five years ago. .It has been a wonderful experience. As I watched my kids grow I could see that the Montessori method was really worthwhile. I had a horrible experience at another Montessori school. Olivia's Montessori. They were very strict and controlled.

Evergreen's owners are very friendly. They invite parents to parties and cater them and do all kinds of extra things for the kids. The school yard is full of all kinds of animals and handmade garden projects by the staff and parent association. Everyone pitches in. If you like taking part in your child's education this school is for you.

People who don't like to watch their kids grow may not like it so much - you're better off getting a nanny.

Another thing - everyone is very kind and dramas amongst the parent-teacher cliques sort of dissipate because of the cool owners.

They have nice garage sales and assorted fundraising activities that are cool to partake in if you like that sort of thing. The remodeled school is gorgeous. Teachers stay on long term and seem to love their job. They are very accommodating of work and always have staff on hand to go over holidays if your child cannot be at home during spring break, etc.

They are very multi-cultural, I have never encountered any racism or religious discrimination at the school from the owners. This is a school for both Christians and Atheists. All are welcome.

One negative - they are very busy, as they have grown to be a very popular school.

Pros: Fabulous school

Cons: Parking, busy

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The physical aspects of the school are much improved since the move to the new space. The classrooms are larger, and the materials are great. The larger space, however, tends to result in a lack of adequate supervision, particularly in the afternoons, when the kids are more free to roam and the staffing is inconsistent. There actually are more helpers than teachers, and sometimes the teachers are MIA, and only helpers are there. The quality of the teachers varies in our family's experience - two of the teachers are very good; another is pretty good and very kind. Another is so-so and a bit of a space cadet. I don't know much about the infant-toddler teachers. I think that two of the primary teachers are very rigid and closed-minded in their application of Montessori principles, and aren't very effective at helping kids progress. The school seems to be really great for some kids, but not ours. I actually wouldn't dismiss the negative reviewer's comment about the peanut allergy issue. At a parent meeting before the move to the new location, the director said similar things about handicapped children. When one of the parents explained to her that the new site was required to be accessible because it's a school, her response was that the school could control who went there. The new school seems to be accessible, at least for the primary program. The school also is not a nonprofit organization, which makes me a little uncomfortable about fundraising campaigns. Also, the required monthly parent meetings are really poorly run, and run way too late for folks with little kids.

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★★☆☆☆

The physical aspects of the school are much improved since the move to the new space. The classrooms are larger, and the materials are great. The larger space, however, tends to result in a lack of adequate supervision, particularly in the afternoons, when the kids are more free to roam and the staffing is inconsistent. There actually are more helpers than teachers, and sometimes the teachers are MIA, and only helpers are there. The quality of the teachers varies in our family's experience - two of the teachers are very good; another is pretty good and very kind. Another is so-so and a bit of a space cadet. I don't know much about the infant-toddler teachers. I think that two of the primary teachers are very rigid and closed-minded in their application of Montessori principles, and aren't very effective at helping kids progress. The school seems to be really great for some kids, but not ours. I actually wouldn't dismiss the negative reviewer's comment about the peanut allergy issue. At a parent meeting before the move to the new location, the director said similar things about handicapped children. When one of the parents explained to her that the new site was required to be accessible because it's a school, her response was that the school could control who went there. The new school seems to be accessible, at least for the primary program. The school also is not a nonprofit organization, which makes me a little uncomfortable about fundraising campaigns. Also, the required monthly parent meetings are really poorly run, and run way too late for folks with little kids.

Pros: Physical space, some of the teachers, playground, lunch included

Cons: Some of the teachers, administration, inadequate and untrained staff

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This school rocks. No matter what your background this school is for you. They just moved into a new building on Tresvent in Hein Park. My kids have flourished since starting here last year. They have manners and speak with such large words it amazes me every day. I think the Maria Montessori is what every school should teach . I applaud the teachers and faculty at Evergreen Montessori. It is not just a school it is a family.
A happy parent

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★★★★★

This school rocks. No matter what your background this school is for you. They just moved into a new building on Tresvent in Hein Park. My kids have flourished since starting here last year. They have manners and speak with such large words it amazes me every day. I think the Maria Montessori is what every school should teach . I applaud the teachers and faculty at Evergreen Montessori. It is not just a school it is a family.
A happy parent

Pros: Great People

Cons: Need playground equiptment

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After reading the two one star reviews, I have to say I would believe neither of them. The person that said the school representative said that they use nuts all the time must be nutty herself. There are plenty of children that attend the school with special dietary needs or regimens that their parents want them to follow (vegetarian, etc.). Evergreen accommodates as best they can with the meals that they provide, and meals are posted so that parents can send different lunches on days the school is making something they don't want their child to have. Knowing the staff like I do, there is no way a certified letter was sent to them and ignored. I'd love to see the tracking number and the proof of delivery - I'm quite sure this is a lie.

The other negative review, indicates that it is a glorified day care center. While I agree that it can seem chaotic, I can assure you that based on what I see my daughters doing, they are learning. It impresses me daily, seeing what my children are doing on their own.

For my own positive review...

They have moved into a new location:
751 N Trezevant St
Memphis, TN 38112

This is the Community of Faith Christian Church. Evergreen is using the first and third floors of their education building in the back, and have done amazing work fixing it up. The staff there genuinely loves their jobs and the children, and put the children first in what they do (as they should). The space that they now have is far more conducive to education than their old building, and is nearly twice the size. They've added new materials and furniture to fill the space and will not appear nearly as chaotic as the old location.

I highly recommend stopping by and seeing for yourself. I think that you'll be pleasantly surprised. You won't find a more loving and intelligent staff at twice the price (which is at least what you'll pay at Lamplighter or Lausanne).

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★★★★★

After reading the two one star reviews, I have to say I would believe neither of them. The person that said the school representative said that they use nuts all the time must be nutty herself. There are plenty of children that attend the school with special dietary needs or regimens that their parents want them to follow (vegetarian, etc.). Evergreen accommodates as best they can with the meals that they provide, and meals are posted so that parents can send different lunches on days the school is making something they don't want their child to have. Knowing the staff like I do, there is no way a certified letter was sent to them and ignored. I'd love to see the tracking number and the proof of delivery - I'm quite sure this is a lie.

The other negative review, indicates that it is a glorified day care center. While I agree that it can seem chaotic, I can assure you that based on what I see my daughters doing, they are learning. It impresses me daily, seeing what my children are doing on their own.

For my own positive review...

They have moved into a new location:
751 N Trezevant St
Memphis, TN 38112

This is the Community of Faith Christian Church. Evergreen is using the first and third floors of their education building in the back, and have done amazing work fixing it up. The staff there genuinely loves their jobs and the children, and put the children first in what they do (as they should). The space that they now have is far more conducive to education than their old building, and is nearly twice the size. They've added new materials and furniture to fill the space and will not appear nearly as chaotic as the old location.

I highly recommend stopping by and seeing for yourself. I think that you'll be pleasantly surprised. You won't find a more loving and intelligent staff at twice the price (which is at least what you'll pay at Lamplighter or Lausanne).

Pros: Great new location, great staff, excellent materials, great price!

Cons: None that I know of...

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In May my daughter (age 4) will have been at Evergreen for a year. I admit at first I was wondering if she was getting much out of her time there. Slowly I realized that it wasn't the teachers who weren't paying close enough attention to her, it was I. Example: I was getting ready for a couple to come over for dinner one night and I had put some flowers on an end table. My daughter moved the flowers to the middle of the dinning room table which really didn't matter much, but in my rush to prepare I snapped at her for moving the flowers. She said something about making it beautiful and I just blew her off. A few weeks later at one of the parent teacher meetings, (where after the business is over they take the time to explain to the parents how a certain montessori lesson works ex. one month is math another courtesy) the teachers this month talked about how the children learn to do flower arranging and are allowed to move stuff around to help beautify their space. My sweet little girl was only doing what she had learned at school. The act was something so subtle I had completely missed it and would have never known about had I not gone to the parent teacher meeting that month. I wonder how many other times I have missed the little life lessons she has learned there because I am not paying close enough attention. I went home that night, reminded her of the occasion and apologized.
Everyday I think to ask her "Did you learn your letters today? How did you do with your numbers?" because that is what we traditionally taught parents think to ask. I don't even know how to ask what else she has learned. The categories are so many and are taught just through little interactions. I bet at times she doesn't even realize she is learning!
I am so sad to be moving away from this school. All of my daughter's friends (she includes teachers) will be greatly missed. Looking back on the year she has learned far more than I had ever expected her to in preschool.

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★★★★★

In May my daughter (age 4) will have been at Evergreen for a year. I admit at first I was wondering if she was getting much out of her time there. Slowly I realized that it wasn't the teachers who weren't paying close enough attention to her, it was I. Example: I was getting ready for a couple to come over for dinner one night and I had put some flowers on an end table. My daughter moved the flowers to the middle of the dinning room table which really didn't matter much, but in my rush to prepare I snapped at her for moving the flowers. She said something about making it beautiful and I just blew her off. A few weeks later at one of the parent teacher meetings, (where after the business is over they take the time to explain to the parents how a certain montessori lesson works ex. one month is math another courtesy) the teachers this month talked about how the children learn to do flower arranging and are allowed to move stuff around to help beautify their space. My sweet little girl was only doing what she had learned at school. The act was something so subtle I had completely missed it and would have never known about had I not gone to the parent teacher meeting that month. I wonder how many other times I have missed the little life lessons she has learned there because I am not paying close enough attention. I went home that night, reminded her of the occasion and apologized.
Everyday I think to ask her "Did you learn your letters today? How did you do with your numbers?" because that is what we traditionally taught parents think to ask. I don't even know how to ask what else she has learned. The categories are so many and are taught just through little interactions. I bet at times she doesn't even realize she is learning!
I am so sad to be moving away from this school. All of my daughter's friends (she includes teachers) will be greatly missed. Looking back on the year she has learned far more than I had ever expected her to in preschool.

Pros: family feel, life lessons, parents valued, behavior correction with activity redirection sans punishment

Cons: could use a bigger building, busy street in front of building, waiting list

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Evergreen Montessori School is a dynamic and vibrant environment for young children and it is absolutely committed to the principles of Montessori teaching. As a parent, I feel the earlier review is misleading from two perspectives. First, the children do not roam round unsupervised. My son has been able to show me inside and outside the classroom the things he has learned and the self-control he is building. He clearly feels empowered by the methods of supervision and he adores and respects the teachers who interact with him everyday. Second, I agree that the school is not extreme or puritanical in its fervor for the ?true? or ?authentic? and for that I am thankful. The helpers, musicians, parents, college interns, and community volunteers that work alongside Montessori professionals make this a rich, varied, and real community, to which my child feels great loyalty. ?Evergreen? and its surround are equally as important here as Montessori. Every one has to make their choices, but please look carefully at this school. It is certainly far more than a daycare and it is filled with loving and committed teachers from all kinds of professional backgrounds. I know from the values that my son brings home that it is a place in which I feel comfortable with him learning and growing.

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★★★★★

Evergreen Montessori School is a dynamic and vibrant environment for young children and it is absolutely committed to the principles of Montessori teaching. As a parent, I feel the earlier review is misleading from two perspectives. First, the children do not roam round unsupervised. My son has been able to show me inside and outside the classroom the things he has learned and the self-control he is building. He clearly feels empowered by the methods of supervision and he adores and respects the teachers who interact with him everyday. Second, I agree that the school is not extreme or puritanical in its fervor for the ?true? or ?authentic? and for that I am thankful. The helpers, musicians, parents, college interns, and community volunteers that work alongside Montessori professionals make this a rich, varied, and real community, to which my child feels great loyalty. ?Evergreen? and its surround are equally as important here as Montessori. Every one has to make their choices, but please look carefully at this school. It is certainly far more than a daycare and it is filled with loving and committed teachers from all kinds of professional backgrounds. I know from the values that my son brings home that it is a place in which I feel comfortable with him learning and growing.

Pros: Atmosphere, educational merits, loving philosophy, make-it-work attitude

Cons: Not enough space to expand the vision for younger children 18 months-3 years

 

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