Victory Montessori School

★★★★☆
  • 444 S Sierra Madre Blvd

    Pasadena, CA 91107

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  • 626-577-8007

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A good school with great teachers and all new activities for children.
This is a great school with safety and child development everyday.

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A good school with great teachers and all new activities for children.
This is a great school with safety and child development everyday.

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I enrolled my daughter at the San Marino Montessori last year and I can't say enough great things about it! First off, the office staff was so helpful and friendly when I was signing her up. And the teachers are just as friendly! My

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I enrolled my daughter at the San Marino Montessori last year and I can't say enough great things about it! First off, the office staff was so helpful and friendly when I was signing her up. And the teachers are just as friendly! My

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I enrolled my son in june 2009 and he was doing very well for his first time in school. He had just turned three and had never been away from the family before. His teacher was wonderful, she made him feel comfortable to the point that he was excited to go after only one week. About a month later his teacher was gone and he would cry every morning on the way to school. When I asked the office they said she was on vacation and would be back for the fall. She never came back and he had 5 different teachers in 4 months. I was never informed of any changes and any time I tried to speak to the director she was never there and she did not return any of my phone calls. I often saw teachers ignoring the toddlers and would not comfort any of the little ones sitting at the window crying for their parents. One day when I went to pick up my son his teacher was yelling at a little girl telling her to stop crying. The teacher grabbed her by the arm and yanked her continuing to yell at her. That is when I took my son out of there. Finally the director called me when she received my notice that my son would no longer be attending. Only she called to inform that I owed her 30% if the years tuition. I asked her for documentation that I signed stating I would pay her even if my son was not attending. She said she didn't have any but it was the schools policy so I had to pay. Of course I did not pay. I would strongly encourage all parents looking at this school to look somewhere else.

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I enrolled my son in june 2009 and he was doing very well for his first time in school. He had just turned three and had never been away from the family before. His teacher was wonderful, she made him feel comfortable to the point that he was excited to go after only one week. About a month later his teacher was gone and he would cry every morning on the way to school. When I asked the office they said she was on vacation and would be back for the fall. She never came back and he had 5 different teachers in 4 months. I was never informed of any changes and any time I tried to speak to the director she was never there and she did not return any of my phone calls. I often saw teachers ignoring the toddlers and would not comfort any of the little ones sitting at the window crying for their parents. One day when I went to pick up my son his teacher was yelling at a little girl telling her to stop crying. The teacher grabbed her by the arm and yanked her continuing to yell at her. That is when I took my son out of there. Finally the director called me when she received my notice that my son would no longer be attending. Only she called to inform that I owed her 30% if the years tuition. I asked her for documentation that I signed stating I would pay her even if my son was not attending. She said she didn't have any but it was the schools policy so I had to pay. Of course I did not pay. I would strongly encourage all parents looking at this school to look somewhere else.

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My son has been going to the Victory Montessori School at San Marino for two years. Although there is no incident till last week, I have been observing problems with the school, especially lately. The school used to give its students freedom in activities. Now, that is disappearing. The students have to do what is proscribed to them, something that Maria Montessori was adamantly against. When my son refused to participate in one of the games, the teacher physically forced him. The reason I was given was that otherwise other kids would refuse to play and things would get out of control. He used to love going to the school. Now, he is against it. Although I am still trying to figure out what is going on, I would recommend those parents who plan to send their children there for the fall semester to be cautious.

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My son has been going to the Victory Montessori School at San Marino for two years. Although there is no incident till last week, I have been observing problems with the school, especially lately. The school used to give its students freedom in activities. Now, that is disappearing. The students have to do what is proscribed to them, something that Maria Montessori was adamantly against. When my son refused to participate in one of the games, the teacher physically forced him. The reason I was given was that otherwise other kids would refuse to play and things would get out of control. He used to love going to the school. Now, he is against it. Although I am still trying to figure out what is going on, I would recommend those parents who plan to send their children there for the fall semester to be cautious.

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We love the Montessori philosophy and the teachers are nice. Parents seem to love going on the field trips and the kids seem to like them too. All in all a good school.

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★★★★★

We love the Montessori philosophy and the teachers are nice. Parents seem to love going on the field trips and the kids seem to like them too. All in all a good school.

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I highly recommend this school to any parent who wants their child to be given personal attention.

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★★★★★

I highly recommend this school to any parent who wants their child to be given personal attention.

Pros: Yoga, Ballet, Art, Sports

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We love the Montessori philosophy and the teachers are nice. Parents seem to love going on the field trips and the kids seem to like them too. All in all a good school.

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We love the Montessori philosophy and the teachers are nice. Parents seem to love going on the field trips and the kids seem to like them too. All in all a good school.

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Our family noticed a change in our 2 kids the moment they started here. They provide a challenging yet nurturing environment for all the students and we absolutely LOVE the after-school programs. They have Yoga, Ballet, Art, Sports and I think a few more. Other schools should take note.

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Our family noticed a change in our 2 kids the moment they started here. They provide a challenging yet nurturing environment for all the students and we absolutely LOVE the after-school programs. They have Yoga, Ballet, Art, Sports and I think a few more. Other schools should take note.

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My job doesn??t have a ??home-base? and I get transferred to a new place every 2-3 years. I am never very sure about choosing a school, because I never know much about my new city. I met with the office for a tour and I knew this was the place for us. My daughter??s attended this school for the last 6 months and is really happy here. She has made so many new friends. Compared to her earlier school, her test scores are much higher now. San Marino has a strong program and has so many extra activities for the students from in-house to their after school activities to field trips.

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★★★★★

My job doesn??t have a ??home-base? and I get transferred to a new place every 2-3 years. I am never very sure about choosing a school, because I never know much about my new city. I met with the office for a tour and I knew this was the place for us. My daughter??s attended this school for the last 6 months and is really happy here. She has made so many new friends. Compared to her earlier school, her test scores are much higher now. San Marino has a strong program and has so many extra activities for the students from in-house to their after school activities to field trips.

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San Marino Montessori is a very good school. My child has been in attending for almost 2 years (it will be 2 at the end of this school year). Money wasn??t a concern for us, we were looking for a school to educate our children so they can excel and become leaders in the community. This school strives to educate children in a manner that will go long way in their lives. It takes much work to be an educator, when the average parent has already gone home and is having dinner with the family, the school director is at school making things better for the children. We called at 8 pm 1 time to leave a message for hot lunch and she answered the phone! I am blessed to send my child to this school

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San Marino Montessori is a very good school. My child has been in attending for almost 2 years (it will be 2 at the end of this school year). Money wasn??t a concern for us, we were looking for a school to educate our children so they can excel and become leaders in the community. This school strives to educate children in a manner that will go long way in their lives. It takes much work to be an educator, when the average parent has already gone home and is having dinner with the family, the school director is at school making things better for the children. We called at 8 pm 1 time to leave a message for hot lunch and she answered the phone! I am blessed to send my child to this school

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My job doesn?t have a ?home-base? and I get transferred to a new place every 2-3 years. I am never very sure about choosing a school, because I never know much about my new city. I met with the office for a tour and I knew this was the place for us. My daughter?s attended this school for the last 6 months and is really happy here. She has made so many new friends. Compared to her earlier school, her test scores are much higher now. San Marino has a strong program and has so many extra activities for the students from in-house to their after school activities to field trips.

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★★★★★

My job doesn?t have a ?home-base? and I get transferred to a new place every 2-3 years. I am never very sure about choosing a school, because I never know much about my new city. I met with the office for a tour and I knew this was the place for us. My daughter?s attended this school for the last 6 months and is really happy here. She has made so many new friends. Compared to her earlier school, her test scores are much higher now. San Marino has a strong program and has so many extra activities for the students from in-house to their after school activities to field trips.

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The administration of the montessori school is great! The teachers are so knowledgeable about everything. The best thing about this school for us is the performing arts. The shows they put on, you?d think it was a professional production ? no wonder my kids love it here. There are so many extra curricular activities to keep them busy. They have instrument lessons included in the tuition, with the dance and general music. I am nurse by profession and I always worry about not giving enough time to my kids but the school takes care of them. Everyone here goes out of their way to help.

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★★★★★

The administration of the montessori school is great! The teachers are so knowledgeable about everything. The best thing about this school for us is the performing arts. The shows they put on, you?d think it was a professional production ? no wonder my kids love it here. There are so many extra curricular activities to keep them busy. They have instrument lessons included in the tuition, with the dance and general music. I am nurse by profession and I always worry about not giving enough time to my kids but the school takes care of them. Everyone here goes out of their way to help.

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I have been to San Marino Montessori school observing the classes a lot and the environment there is truly fostering learning. We did a lot of research before signing up and I am glad we decided to sign up with this school.

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★★★★☆

I have been to San Marino Montessori school observing the classes a lot and the environment there is truly fostering learning. We did a lot of research before signing up and I am glad we decided to sign up with this school.

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This is great. I was really worried about the negative reviews. I don??t really believe everything online, but it can get to you after a while.

It??s nice to see that the school is having its parents post about their experiences. We??ve enjoyed our time here too. We??re leaving for Arizona in a few weeks, but we??ve loved our time here.

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★★★★★

This is great. I was really worried about the negative reviews. I don??t really believe everything online, but it can get to you after a while.

It??s nice to see that the school is having its parents post about their experiences. We??ve enjoyed our time here too. We??re leaving for Arizona in a few weeks, but we??ve loved our time here.

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This is great. I was really worried about the negative reviews. I don?t really believe everything online, but it can get to you after a while.

It?s nice to see that the school is having its parents post about their experiences. We?ve enjoyed our time here too. We?re leaving for Arizona in a few weeks, but we?ve loved our time here.

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This is great. I was really worried about the negative reviews. I don?t really believe everything online, but it can get to you after a while.

It?s nice to see that the school is having its parents post about their experiences. We?ve enjoyed our time here too. We?re leaving for Arizona in a few weeks, but we?ve loved our time here.

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We sent our 2-year old to San Marino Montessori for 6 weeks, and it was the worst 6 weeks of our lives. First of all, this school is Montessori in name only. Everything is tightly scheduled, and the kids only get 15 minutes/day of "Montessori time" to explore the materials. The school has very high teacher turnover - our son had 10 teachers in 6 weeks, some of whom didn't know the kids' names. Some teachers speak very poor English. The teachers were very cold towards the children; for example: on the first day of school, my wife saw a teacher yelling at a 2-year old girl for crying (when she missed her mommy). When we first raised concerns to the administrators, we were ignored. Eventually, they paid us lip service about making changes, but didn't do anything. Finally, rather than address the problems, they kicked us out! We had to go all the way to court to get back the over $1,500 in up-front fees they charge at enrollment. Don't waste your time or money on this school.

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We sent our 2-year old to San Marino Montessori for 6 weeks, and it was the worst 6 weeks of our lives. First of all, this school is Montessori in name only. Everything is tightly scheduled, and the kids only get 15 minutes/day of "Montessori time" to explore the materials. The school has very high teacher turnover - our son had 10 teachers in 6 weeks, some of whom didn't know the kids' names. Some teachers speak very poor English. The teachers were very cold towards the children; for example: on the first day of school, my wife saw a teacher yelling at a 2-year old girl for crying (when she missed her mommy). When we first raised concerns to the administrators, we were ignored. Eventually, they paid us lip service about making changes, but didn't do anything. Finally, rather than address the problems, they kicked us out! We had to go all the way to court to get back the over $1,500 in up-front fees they charge at enrollment. Don't waste your time or money on this school.

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I agree with the previous review - avoid this school! I sent my 2-year-old son here for 6 weeks, and they were 6 of the most stressful weeks of my life.

First of all, San Marino Montessori is not a "true" Montessori school. Look around at the other Montessori options in town, do your research on Montessori education, and you'll see. In the 2-year old room, everything is tightly scheduled, the children are talked at (not talked with), the teachers are cold and uncaring (my wife saw a teacher yelling at a young girl for crying on the first day of school!), and a grand total of 15 minutes is alloted to "Montessori time" where the children get to explore the Montessori materials. If you want Montessori education for your child, you won't find it here.

The school has incredibly high teacher turnover. In the 6 weeks my son was enrolled, 10 different teachers went in and out of that classroom, some of whom were quite open about the fact that they didn't want to be working with 2-year olds. Some teachers didn't know the kids' names, others barely spoke English.

Worst of all, when we complained about problems to the school, first we were ignored, and if we did manager to get hold of the administrators, they just paid us lip service about making changes, but never actually changed anything. When we pressed our complaints, they just kicked us out! No advance notice, so we had nowhere to send our son the next day. They even refused to return the up-front fees that we paid them (security deposit, a year's worth of material fees, etc., adding up to over $1,500!). We had to take them to small claims court to get our money back. (We won in court, by the way.)

If you want more info, you can read all about it (and find my contact info) on my blog, Rattling The Kettle (now allowed to put URL here - you can google it)

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I agree with the previous review - avoid this school! I sent my 2-year-old son here for 6 weeks, and they were 6 of the most stressful weeks of my life.

First of all, San Marino Montessori is not a "true" Montessori school. Look around at the other Montessori options in town, do your research on Montessori education, and you'll see. In the 2-year old room, everything is tightly scheduled, the children are talked at (not talked with), the teachers are cold and uncaring (my wife saw a teacher yelling at a young girl for crying on the first day of school!), and a grand total of 15 minutes is alloted to "Montessori time" where the children get to explore the Montessori materials. If you want Montessori education for your child, you won't find it here.

The school has incredibly high teacher turnover. In the 6 weeks my son was enrolled, 10 different teachers went in and out of that classroom, some of whom were quite open about the fact that they didn't want to be working with 2-year olds. Some teachers didn't know the kids' names, others barely spoke English.

Worst of all, when we complained about problems to the school, first we were ignored, and if we did manager to get hold of the administrators, they just paid us lip service about making changes, but never actually changed anything. When we pressed our complaints, they just kicked us out! No advance notice, so we had nowhere to send our son the next day. They even refused to return the up-front fees that we paid them (security deposit, a year's worth of material fees, etc., adding up to over $1,500!). We had to take them to small claims court to get our money back. (We won in court, by the way.)

If you want more info, you can read all about it (and find my contact info) on my blog, Rattling The Kettle (now allowed to put URL here - you can google it)

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

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I am the parent of a toddler who has been attending San Marino Montessori for about 7 months. In that time, the turn-over of teachers has been extremely high. Also, despite a law which states that there must be a student:teacher ratio of 8:1, I often find that only 2 teachers are watching over 20 little kids! I asked the principal to call me about these problems, so that I could discuss things with her. My call was never returned. When I stopped into the adminstrative office, the school's owner and another administrator were extremely rude to me. Instead of addressing my concerns regarding turn-over, the owner actually said defensively, "Well, what do you want me to do about it?" The owner was so defensive, rude, and disinterested in my concerns that I decided to take my son out of the school. When I tried to do this, though, they told me that I didn't pay for "tuition insurance" and would therefore be liable for the entire year's tuition (about $7000), despite the fact that it is only the second week of school! Now, I am stuck at this horrible school for 10 more months while my poor son has to endure an endless parade of low-paid teachers in an overcrowded classroom. Please, do yourself and your child a favor and AVOID THIS RUDE SCHOOL!!!

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I am the parent of a toddler who has been attending San Marino Montessori for about 7 months. In that time, the turn-over of teachers has been extremely high. Also, despite a law which states that there must be a student:teacher ratio of 8:1, I often find that only 2 teachers are watching over 20 little kids! I asked the principal to call me about these problems, so that I could discuss things with her. My call was never returned. When I stopped into the adminstrative office, the school's owner and another administrator were extremely rude to me. Instead of addressing my concerns regarding turn-over, the owner actually said defensively, "Well, what do you want me to do about it?" The owner was so defensive, rude, and disinterested in my concerns that I decided to take my son out of the school. When I tried to do this, though, they told me that I didn't pay for "tuition insurance" and would therefore be liable for the entire year's tuition (about $7000), despite the fact that it is only the second week of school! Now, I am stuck at this horrible school for 10 more months while my poor son has to endure an endless parade of low-paid teachers in an overcrowded classroom. Please, do yourself and your child a favor and AVOID THIS RUDE SCHOOL!!!

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My toddler has been attending this school for 7 months. We initially chose it because it was close to our house and seemed nice enough. We soon found out, however, that this school is far from "nice". First, we noticed that his classroom has a revolving door of teachers, most of whom never even bother to introduce themselves to us. Next, we noticed that the legal student/teacher ratio of 8:1 was not always been followed. Instead, several times I felt compelled to stay and help because there were only two young teachers watching over 20 little kids! I wanted to discuss these issues with the principal. I left her a message, but she never returned my call. When I went into the administrative offices, the owner of the school was incredibly rude and defensive. On the high turn-over, she actually said to me, "So what do you want me to do about it?" I was so shocked by the owner's rudeness and seeming disinterest in parental concerns that I decided to take my son out of the school. When I tried to do this, though, I was told that I had not paid for "tuition insurance", so I would be liable for the full year's tuition of about $7000--even though it was only the second week of school! Now, I am stuck at this terrible, unfriendly school for 10 more months while my poor son suffers through countless low-paid teachers in his overcrowded classroom. Please, do yourself a favor and AVOID THIS SCHOOL! It's been a terrible, terrible experience.

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My toddler has been attending this school for 7 months. We initially chose it because it was close to our house and seemed nice enough. We soon found out, however, that this school is far from "nice". First, we noticed that his classroom has a revolving door of teachers, most of whom never even bother to introduce themselves to us. Next, we noticed that the legal student/teacher ratio of 8:1 was not always been followed. Instead, several times I felt compelled to stay and help because there were only two young teachers watching over 20 little kids! I wanted to discuss these issues with the principal. I left her a message, but she never returned my call. When I went into the administrative offices, the owner of the school was incredibly rude and defensive. On the high turn-over, she actually said to me, "So what do you want me to do about it?" I was so shocked by the owner's rudeness and seeming disinterest in parental concerns that I decided to take my son out of the school. When I tried to do this, though, I was told that I had not paid for "tuition insurance", so I would be liable for the full year's tuition of about $7000--even though it was only the second week of school! Now, I am stuck at this terrible, unfriendly school for 10 more months while my poor son suffers through countless low-paid teachers in his overcrowded classroom. Please, do yourself a favor and AVOID THIS SCHOOL! It's been a terrible, terrible experience.

 

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