International Montessori Academy

★★★★☆
  • 355 W Green St

    Pasadena, CA 91105

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  • 626-792-4505

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IMA is a great school. When my daughter first entered the school, she was very shy, timid, dependent, and attached to her family. She could not speak/understand English. She did not play/talk with any other children or strangers even if they also speak Chinese. She cried hard every morning before going to school. Now she is a totally different person. She runs to school happily every morning. She loves the teachers, climbs on their laps, and ranks her teachers higher than her dad on her favorite list. She enjoys chasing her friends around the playground. She is now very talkative, even to strangers. (Her English is now as good as other children.) She can do a lot of things by herself and is eager to help anyone in need. She said her teachers and her little friends love her so much and she even wants to make special gifts for them.

At first, due to my ignorance to Montessori philosophy, I was worrying if Montessori was too strict or too cold for such a timid, dependent, yet stubborn girl who needs a lot of love, care, and patience. I decided to give it a try due to some friends' strong recommendations. Now my husband and I are very happy that we made the right decision. We believe this great school will lay a solid foundation for her whole life. Actually, due to our job situations, we had thought about moving several times. We decided not to move only in order for her to stay in the school. We want to stay here until she finishes the kindergarten here and enters 1st grade to an elementary school directly.

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★★★★★

IMA is a great school. When my daughter first entered the school, she was very shy, timid, dependent, and attached to her family. She could not speak/understand English. She did not play/talk with any other children or strangers even if they also speak Chinese. She cried hard every morning before going to school. Now she is a totally different person. She runs to school happily every morning. She loves the teachers, climbs on their laps, and ranks her teachers higher than her dad on her favorite list. She enjoys chasing her friends around the playground. She is now very talkative, even to strangers. (Her English is now as good as other children.) She can do a lot of things by herself and is eager to help anyone in need. She said her teachers and her little friends love her so much and she even wants to make special gifts for them.

At first, due to my ignorance to Montessori philosophy, I was worrying if Montessori was too strict or too cold for such a timid, dependent, yet stubborn girl who needs a lot of love, care, and patience. I decided to give it a try due to some friends' strong recommendations. Now my husband and I are very happy that we made the right decision. We believe this great school will lay a solid foundation for her whole life. Actually, due to our job situations, we had thought about moving several times. We decided not to move only in order for her to stay in the school. We want to stay here until she finishes the kindergarten here and enters 1st grade to an elementary school directly.

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My son attended this school and transfered into top kindergarden programs for the area, he was accepted to Mayfield, Clairbourne and Chandler and is now doing great even though he is in class with kids that are 6 and 7 years old (he is 5 and 1/2). The school taught him to be considerate, independent, nurtured his strengths and developed his basic skills... the teachers are great very loving. Now my daughter (3 years old) is in the school and she loves it, the entire staff is involved and has given her an environment she loves, she loves her school.

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★★★★★

My son attended this school and transfered into top kindergarden programs for the area, he was accepted to Mayfield, Clairbourne and Chandler and is now doing great even though he is in class with kids that are 6 and 7 years old (he is 5 and 1/2). The school taught him to be considerate, independent, nurtured his strengths and developed his basic skills... the teachers are great very loving. Now my daughter (3 years old) is in the school and she loves it, the entire staff is involved and has given her an environment she loves, she loves her school.

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I could go on and on all day about how great International Montessori Academy has been. All the teachers are great: tender and loving with the little ones, and supportive and respectful of all the students. They really seem to care. The director and owner are always there, providing hands-on leadership, and are always accessible to us if we have questions. Usually we don't even have to ask: they *want* to share information with us. The kids are happy and well-cared for. Within just weeks of starting here, my 2-year old son was running into the school in the morning waving goodbye, without any tears at all. The facilities are sparkling clean, and the materials are new. The only con is that there is a waiting list (it's popular because it's so great!) - so you should take a tour as early as possible. All this for less than $750/month, full-time, including pre- and after-school daycare hours (7am to 6pm). My wife, my son and I all LOVE THIS PLACE.

5
★★★★★

I could go on and on all day about how great International Montessori Academy has been. All the teachers are great: tender and loving with the little ones, and supportive and respectful of all the students. They really seem to care. The director and owner are always there, providing hands-on leadership, and are always accessible to us if we have questions. Usually we don't even have to ask: they *want* to share information with us. The kids are happy and well-cared for. Within just weeks of starting here, my 2-year old son was running into the school in the morning waving goodbye, without any tears at all. The facilities are sparkling clean, and the materials are new. The only con is that there is a waiting list (it's popular because it's so great!) - so you should take a tour as early as possible. All this for less than $750/month, full-time, including pre- and after-school daycare hours (7am to 6pm). My wife, my son and I all LOVE THIS PLACE.

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PROS: +Montessori-trained owner very involved in the day to day operation.+Helpful administrative staff, common sense rules, 9 out of 10 very nice teachers that don't seem to be acting a role. +Nice balance between a very traditional school and an extreme hippie one. (Maybe a bit too leaned towards traditional but rules are clear) +Security at the door. +Drive thru drop off early in the morning +Parents night out once a month. +Spanish class, encouraging diversity :)
CONS: No garden; children not allowed to be barefoot or to share food. Play time could be better?

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★★★★☆

PROS: +Montessori-trained owner very involved in the day to day operation.+Helpful administrative staff, common sense rules, 9 out of 10 very nice teachers that don't seem to be acting a role. +Nice balance between a very traditional school and an extreme hippie one. (Maybe a bit too leaned towards traditional but rules are clear) +Security at the door. +Drive thru drop off early in the morning +Parents night out once a month. +Spanish class, encouraging diversity :)
CONS: No garden; children not allowed to be barefoot or to share food. Play time could be better?

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I wasn't sure if I would send my daughter to a Montessori school, but once I took a tour of IMA and spoke with the owner, I was hooked. My daughter just loves International Montessori Academy. Her day is quite balanced with class time, play and other activities like ballet, gymnastics, music, Spanish and computers. I like the Montessori approach because it provides a bit more structure than most preschools, which I think is important in preparing kids for K-12. My daughter's language ability improved considerably after starting at IMA, in part, because she shares a classroom with children who are both older and younger than she is (2-5 years old). The teachers at IMA are caring and attentive, they teach my daughter manners, how to interact with others, and help her learn at her own speed. For what more could one ask? A GREAT school!

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★★★★★

I wasn't sure if I would send my daughter to a Montessori school, but once I took a tour of IMA and spoke with the owner, I was hooked. My daughter just loves International Montessori Academy. Her day is quite balanced with class time, play and other activities like ballet, gymnastics, music, Spanish and computers. I like the Montessori approach because it provides a bit more structure than most preschools, which I think is important in preparing kids for K-12. My daughter's language ability improved considerably after starting at IMA, in part, because she shares a classroom with children who are both older and younger than she is (2-5 years old). The teachers at IMA are caring and attentive, they teach my daughter manners, how to interact with others, and help her learn at her own speed. For what more could one ask? A GREAT school!

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DEBBIE C AND AMS SHOULD REALLY READ UP ON MONTESSORI AND BECOME EDUCATED ON THE SUBJECT BEFORE MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT THE SYSTEM. MONTESSORI IS A GREAT WAY OF LEARNING AND MY CHILD HAS EXCELLED BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS AT THIS SCHOOL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND INTERNATIONAL MONTESSORI ACADEMY WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.

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★★★★★

DEBBIE C AND AMS SHOULD REALLY READ UP ON MONTESSORI AND BECOME EDUCATED ON THE SUBJECT BEFORE MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT THE SYSTEM. MONTESSORI IS A GREAT WAY OF LEARNING AND MY CHILD HAS EXCELLED BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS AT THIS SCHOOL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND INTERNATIONAL MONTESSORI ACADEMY WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.

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I am in such disagreement with AMS and Debbie C. that I find myself propelled to write a review of IMA. My eldest daughter attended for two years and my middle daughter is on the cusp of completing her third year. My eldest was and my middle is MORE than prepared for kindergarten - all owed to IMA. I can say with my whole heart that it is the best preschool in Pasadena. Perhaps, AMS and Debbie C. do not understand the Montessori philosophy - which is different from a typical preschool. The staff is superb, the facility is wonderful and MOST important, the curriculum is stellar! I would recommend the school in a heartbeat. IMA provides a top-notch quality education. If you are looking for a preschool in Pasadena, it is a must see!

5
★★★★★

I am in such disagreement with AMS and Debbie C. that I find myself propelled to write a review of IMA. My eldest daughter attended for two years and my middle daughter is on the cusp of completing her third year. My eldest was and my middle is MORE than prepared for kindergarten - all owed to IMA. I can say with my whole heart that it is the best preschool in Pasadena. Perhaps, AMS and Debbie C. do not understand the Montessori philosophy - which is different from a typical preschool. The staff is superb, the facility is wonderful and MOST important, the curriculum is stellar! I would recommend the school in a heartbeat. IMA provides a top-notch quality education. If you are looking for a preschool in Pasadena, it is a must see!

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Started out great, very caring, supportive, and for 3 months, did not notify us of our child's problems until they unceremoniously dumped us because we did not fit their mold. Uncommunicative and very distant, would not recommend to parents who want feedback, since they don't give any as a rule

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Started out great, very caring, supportive, and for 3 months, did not notify us of our child's problems until they unceremoniously dumped us because we did not fit their mold. Uncommunicative and very distant, would not recommend to parents who want feedback, since they don't give any as a rule

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I visited this montessori for a tour. To be fair, I have not visited any other montessoris so my view is based on comparisons with other non-montessori preschools. The facilities were unimpressive, the children looked busy but not particularly alive or engaged. The student-teacher ratio is 10-1 (not exactly great for a 2 year old). I would equate this school to a satisfactory looking daycare for older children (3+)but not much better than that. I am surprised that they told me they do not have room for any new students until next fall. The teacher we met was very nice and the people who work at the montessori seemed polite. However, I believe that there are many much better preschools in the area with more engaging programs, nicer facilities and friendly teachers.

PROS: At $700 a month for FT daycare, price seemed good
CONS: Mediocre facilities, lack of energy

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★★☆☆☆

I visited this montessori for a tour. To be fair, I have not visited any other montessoris so my view is based on comparisons with other non-montessori preschools. The facilities were unimpressive, the children looked busy but not particularly alive or engaged. The student-teacher ratio is 10-1 (not exactly great for a 2 year old). I would equate this school to a satisfactory looking daycare for older children (3+)but not much better than that. I am surprised that they told me they do not have room for any new students until next fall. The teacher we met was very nice and the people who work at the montessori seemed polite. However, I believe that there are many much better preschools in the area with more engaging programs, nicer facilities and friendly teachers.

PROS: At $700 a month for FT daycare, price seemed good
CONS: Mediocre facilities, lack of energy

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I have two daughters and they are both attending the school, in separate classrooms. I am an educator and did a lot of research before sending my daughters here. I also read some of Maria montessori's books. When looking for a montessori school you have to scrutinize everything since there is no accrediting body. This place is managed well, my daughters are safe and they love being at school. The hours are accomodating. The staff is friendly, low turn-over and they offer a parents night out on a regular basis. It is also very diverse. Awesome place!!!!

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CONS: Staff in the afternoon is not there in the morning.

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★★★★★

I have two daughters and they are both attending the school, in separate classrooms. I am an educator and did a lot of research before sending my daughters here. I also read some of Maria montessori's books. When looking for a montessori school you have to scrutinize everything since there is no accrediting body. This place is managed well, my daughters are safe and they love being at school. The hours are accomodating. The staff is friendly, low turn-over and they offer a parents night out on a regular basis. It is also very diverse. Awesome place!!!!

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CONS: Staff in the afternoon is not there in the morning.

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