Mac Donald Montessori School

★★★☆☆
  • 175 Western Ave S

    Saint Paul, MN 55102

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We were at MMS for 3.5 years and I would sum up our experience with one word: regret. I regret not trusting other parents' stories about bad experiences. I regret feeling overconfident that we could avoid interactions with the director. I regret convincing myself that leadership didn't impact direct care of my child. I regret allowing shiny, pretty things like wooden toys and big windows to cause me to downplay things that were harder to see but mattered more to my child's well-being, namely big classes, constant transitions, and relative lack of professional backgrounds in early childhood education. Most of all, I regret paying tens of thousands of dollars to someone who I should have known - based on the stories of other parents and based on our experiences with her authoritarian decision-making - could not be trusted to have our child's best interests at heart.

We wanted to believe that MMS's beautiful philosophy was true, but when our child was struggling (and I would argue struggling based on decisions the staff made that ignored our input, contradicting their claim of involving parents as partners), the staff did not take a child-centered approach. Instead, they blamed our parenting and they labeled our child. I was told I need to discipline more (several other moms I know have been told the same thing - it appears to be their answer for many situations). Fast forward to enrolling at a different school: same child, same parents, different school, and different results. Our child's challenging behaviors vanished literally overnight in a school that prioritizes consistency and true individualization of care for each child.

We underestimated how much influence this director would have on the classroom experience, but over time it became clear that even the nicest teachers were not well-trained in anything besides Reggio Emilia. The teachers seemed to lack thorough understanding of the biology of child development, attachment theory, and positive behavior guidance. Reggio Emilia is lovely, but it doesn't give teachers all the tools they need to work effectively with small children.

When children travel through 7 classrooms and 20+ different teachers in 3.5 years as ours did at MMS, there is no chance to develop deep relationships or classroom rhythms. It's a setup for stress. I should have known better, but you never think the bad stories are as bad as you hear until they happen to you. When we left, multiple people who had either also left or had looked at MMS and decided against it shared stories that started with, "I didn't want to tell you because you seemed to be having a good experience, but ..." The stories were eerily consistent.

Our child and our family are healthier after leaving MMS. However leaving behind our community of friends was gut-wrenching. Beautiful art projects, field trips, and even the friends we made were not were not worth the guilt I carry for risking my child's care on a leader who had a reputation for being difficult (to put it diplomatically).

Nonprofit tax data is public information so you can look online to find that Beth Macdonald pays herself $128,000 per year. That means that even if you are one of the lucky families to avoid dealing with her, about $1,000/year of your money goes directly to her. We feel grateful to now be investing in a different school that is worthy of our child and our money and has never given us a reason to question the quality of our children's care.

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We were at MMS for 3.5 years and I would sum up our experience with one word: regret. I regret not trusting other parents' stories about bad experiences. I regret feeling overconfident that we could avoid interactions with the director. I regret convincing myself that leadership didn't impact direct care of my child. I regret allowing shiny, pretty things like wooden toys and big windows to cause me to downplay things that were harder to see but mattered more to my child's well-being, namely big classes, constant transitions, and relative lack of professional backgrounds in early childhood education. Most of all, I regret paying tens of thousands of dollars to someone who I should have known - based on the stories of other parents and based on our experiences with her authoritarian decision-making - could not be trusted to have our child's best interests at heart.

We wanted to believe that MMS's beautiful philosophy was true, but when our child was struggling (and I would argue struggling based on decisions the staff made that ignored our input, contradicting their claim of involving parents as partners), the staff did not take a child-centered approach. Instead, they blamed our parenting and they labeled our child. I was told I need to discipline more (several other moms I know have been told the same thing - it appears to be their answer for many situations). Fast forward to enrolling at a different school: same child, same parents, different school, and different results. Our child's challenging behaviors vanished literally overnight in a school that prioritizes consistency and true individualization of care for each child.

We underestimated how much influence this director would have on the classroom experience, but over time it became clear that even the nicest teachers were not well-trained in anything besides Reggio Emilia. The teachers seemed to lack thorough understanding of the biology of child development, attachment theory, and positive behavior guidance. Reggio Emilia is lovely, but it doesn't give teachers all the tools they need to work effectively with small children.

When children travel through 7 classrooms and 20+ different teachers in 3.5 years as ours did at MMS, there is no chance to develop deep relationships or classroom rhythms. It's a setup for stress. I should have known better, but you never think the bad stories are as bad as you hear until they happen to you. When we left, multiple people who had either also left or had looked at MMS and decided against it shared stories that started with, "I didn't want to tell you because you seemed to be having a good experience, but ..." The stories were eerily consistent.

Our child and our family are healthier after leaving MMS. However leaving behind our community of friends was gut-wrenching. Beautiful art projects, field trips, and even the friends we made were not were not worth the guilt I carry for risking my child's care on a leader who had a reputation for being difficult (to put it diplomatically).

Nonprofit tax data is public information so you can look online to find that Beth Macdonald pays herself $128,000 per year. That means that even if you are one of the lucky families to avoid dealing with her, about $1,000/year of your money goes directly to her. We feel grateful to now be investing in a different school that is worthy of our child and our money and has never given us a reason to question the quality of our children's care.

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MacDonald Montesomething, but not Montessori. The teachers are generally caring and nice but relatively untrained in either Montessori or any other early childhood education. The owner, Beth MacDonald, is fairly incompetent at communication and administration. Expect her or her anointed admin staff to systematically ignore your concerns and exude an unapologetic, dogmatic disdain if you disagree with them. We tried to deal exclusively with the classroom staff for any issues that arose as Beth's reputation for poor communication precedes her, but when we experienced an issue that had to "go up the chain" we got a hefty dose of her general attitude of "my way or the highway" which prompted us to seek out a new Montessori school wherein we came to find out that she has a terrible reputation in both the local Montessori and Reggio Emilia communities. In short, she and her admin keep written policies that they do not disclose in the policy manual that they disclose to parents/on the website. When a parent voices concern on a subject that has a secret written policy, they produce the unpublished policy and hand it out as a way to squelch any exchange on the issue and then say things like "we don't publish that policy because we don't want parents to unnecessarily focus on that issue." Classic dictatorial behavior. While the school is basically devoid of any Montessori curriculum or Montessori trained staff, they do have an art director who is pretty fantastic and the level of creative outlets for children is the most impressive aspect of the school's "curriculum." If you dare to enroll your child there, keep your concerns to yourself or deal directly with classroom staff, collect your child's fantastic art and hope that you have no reason to interact with the administration for any reason.

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★☆☆☆☆

MacDonald Montesomething, but not Montessori. The teachers are generally caring and nice but relatively untrained in either Montessori or any other early childhood education. The owner, Beth MacDonald, is fairly incompetent at communication and administration. Expect her or her anointed admin staff to systematically ignore your concerns and exude an unapologetic, dogmatic disdain if you disagree with them. We tried to deal exclusively with the classroom staff for any issues that arose as Beth's reputation for poor communication precedes her, but when we experienced an issue that had to "go up the chain" we got a hefty dose of her general attitude of "my way or the highway" which prompted us to seek out a new Montessori school wherein we came to find out that she has a terrible reputation in both the local Montessori and Reggio Emilia communities. In short, she and her admin keep written policies that they do not disclose in the policy manual that they disclose to parents/on the website. When a parent voices concern on a subject that has a secret written policy, they produce the unpublished policy and hand it out as a way to squelch any exchange on the issue and then say things like "we don't publish that policy because we don't want parents to unnecessarily focus on that issue." Classic dictatorial behavior. While the school is basically devoid of any Montessori curriculum or Montessori trained staff, they do have an art director who is pretty fantastic and the level of creative outlets for children is the most impressive aspect of the school's "curriculum." If you dare to enroll your child there, keep your concerns to yourself or deal directly with classroom staff, collect your child's fantastic art and hope that you have no reason to interact with the administration for any reason.

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MacDonald Montesomething, but not Montessori. The teachers are generally caring and nice but relatively untrained in either Montessori or any other early childhood education. The owner, Beth MacDonald, is fairly incompetent at

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MacDonald Montesomething, but not Montessori. The teachers are generally caring and nice but relatively untrained in either Montessori or any other early childhood education. The owner, Beth MacDonald, is fairly incompetent at

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Great teachers, horrible owner. We had our daughter here for 3 months and really liked it. She ended up being hospitalized for a month because she wasn't eating well. When we informed the daycare that she may need a feeding tube, we were coldly told (by email) that we weren't welcome back. The owner refused to meet with us or even speak with us over the phone. I have never been treated worse in my life. This place seems caring on the surface. Just make sure your kid doesn't get sick - they will drop you in a heartbeat.

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★☆☆☆☆

Great teachers, horrible owner. We had our daughter here for 3 months and really liked it. She ended up being hospitalized for a month because she wasn't eating well. When we informed the daycare that she may need a feeding tube, we were coldly told (by email) that we weren't welcome back. The owner refused to meet with us or even speak with us over the phone. I have never been treated worse in my life. This place seems caring on the surface. Just make sure your kid doesn't get sick - they will drop you in a heartbeat.

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Great teachers, horrible owner. We had our daughter here for 3 months and really liked it. She ended up being hospitalized for a month because she wasn't eating well. When we informed the daycare that she may need a feeding tube, we were

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★★★★★

Great teachers, horrible owner. We had our daughter here for 3 months and really liked it. She ended up being hospitalized for a month because she wasn't eating well. When we informed the daycare that she may need a feeding tube, we were

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Aaron and Beth MacDonald are the worst business owners I have ever had to deal with. The teachers are mostly good but a school needs to have the complete ??package? to earn my business. I had my child at this school for some time but have since decided to go elsewhere and don??t regret it for one moment.

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Aaron and Beth MacDonald are the worst business owners I have ever had to deal with. The teachers are mostly good but a school needs to have the complete ??package? to earn my business. I had my child at this school for some time but have since decided to go elsewhere and don??t regret it for one moment.

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Most teachers are good, however the administration is the biggest disaster I have ever seen in a business. Especially Aaron is a disgrace to the schools reputation; he only holds a job there because his mommy hired him. If he had to work

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★★★★★

Most teachers are good, however the administration is the biggest disaster I have ever seen in a business. Especially Aaron is a disgrace to the schools reputation; he only holds a job there because his mommy hired him. If he had to work

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PLEASE READ! As a former employee I will confirm other reviews? Yes, Beth MacDonald is a fake. She is more interested in making massage, nail, hair appointments and taking international flights than EVER being in her center. She treats her employees like crap, but her employees put up with her because she offers them free day care and they cannot afford anything else. They all confirmed with me that they hate Beth but can??t do anything. If you voice a concern or opinion as an employee or a parent, you will be told you are wrong or you can leave. Beth would rather dismiss you than deal with confrontation. Children are lost, not given developmentally inappropriate materials, and given no direction. At one point I was even told I was in trouble for talking to the children too much. Keep in mind this is after I was taken out of the baby room and was put into the toddler room because, ??The children??s vocabulary was growing while I was down there?, (Beth MacDonald). What a contradiction. After that I was put into the school age room. Keep in mind I am an infant teacher and have no experience with school age children, however I embraced the opportunity, even though there was another unhappy employee that used to bee a second grade teacher and unhappily was working with three year olds while I was unhappy with where I was, but was never asked about how I felt or even talked to. Meaning, I went in one morning excited to see the toddlers and there was a note on my time card telling me I was not in my room starting today. Nothing is delt with directly it is a scandalous and shady. The staff that sits in the office favors the people they like and will give their friends opportunities that they do not share with the staff they don??t favor. Documentation is the most important thing to Beth not safety or process of learning. Do not be fooled by what the center looks like, documentation is all they have to offer and it??s not even for the children, it is for Beth to show Amelia who only comes once a year and you can tell because the documentation is always outdated with children that are already in the next room. Beth, hardly ever keeps her word, and never deals with anything she doesn??t want to. Children are neglected due to the fact that if the daily journal or documentation isn??t done the staff are in trouble, therefore to keep your job, the children come second to Beth??s wants. Lastly, staff evaluate staff because Beth isn??t there enough to do it herself. Therefore it is all about who likes you. Sadly, all staff I talked to agree with these statements, but are powerless to do anything about it. So I had to share my story, because I believe in honesty .

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PLEASE READ! As a former employee I will confirm other reviews? Yes, Beth MacDonald is a fake. She is more interested in making massage, nail, hair appointments and taking international flights than EVER being in her center. She treats her employees like crap, but her employees put up with her because she offers them free day care and they cannot afford anything else. They all confirmed with me that they hate Beth but can??t do anything. If you voice a concern or opinion as an employee or a parent, you will be told you are wrong or you can leave. Beth would rather dismiss you than deal with confrontation. Children are lost, not given developmentally inappropriate materials, and given no direction. At one point I was even told I was in trouble for talking to the children too much. Keep in mind this is after I was taken out of the baby room and was put into the toddler room because, ??The children??s vocabulary was growing while I was down there?, (Beth MacDonald). What a contradiction. After that I was put into the school age room. Keep in mind I am an infant teacher and have no experience with school age children, however I embraced the opportunity, even though there was another unhappy employee that used to bee a second grade teacher and unhappily was working with three year olds while I was unhappy with where I was, but was never asked about how I felt or even talked to. Meaning, I went in one morning excited to see the toddlers and there was a note on my time card telling me I was not in my room starting today. Nothing is delt with directly it is a scandalous and shady. The staff that sits in the office favors the people they like and will give their friends opportunities that they do not share with the staff they don??t favor. Documentation is the most important thing to Beth not safety or process of learning. Do not be fooled by what the center looks like, documentation is all they have to offer and it??s not even for the children, it is for Beth to show Amelia who only comes once a year and you can tell because the documentation is always outdated with children that are already in the next room. Beth, hardly ever keeps her word, and never deals with anything she doesn??t want to. Children are neglected due to the fact that if the daily journal or documentation isn??t done the staff are in trouble, therefore to keep your job, the children come second to Beth??s wants. Lastly, staff evaluate staff because Beth isn??t there enough to do it herself. Therefore it is all about who likes you. Sadly, all staff I talked to agree with these statements, but are powerless to do anything about it. So I had to share my story, because I believe in honesty .

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PLEASE READ! As a former employee I will confirm other reviews Yes, Beth MacDonald is a fake. She is more interested in making massage, nail, hair appointments and taking international flights than EVER being in her center. She treats

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PLEASE READ! As a former employee I will confirm other reviews Yes, Beth MacDonald is a fake. She is more interested in making massage, nail, hair appointments and taking international flights than EVER being in her center. She treats

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It's been helpful for me to read the reviews and to find out others had awful experiences with the director/owner Beth. She actually brought be to tears, yelling at me in front of everyone about how awful and horrible my child was. I was eventually comforted by other parents picking up kids, telling me that no one really pays any attention to her, including the teachers.

In many ways the toddler room really suited my child and she thrived in their environment that believes in the creativity inherent in each child. But when they transitioned her to the next level room, they did not keep to the agreement discussed. They rushed her and she struggled and within two days (they said they gave the kids a week) they were angry at her and me about her behavior without seeing how hard the transition was for her.

Ultimately, dealing with the administration at any point was stressful, but most of the teachers seemed to genuinely enjoy the kids.

I agree that having them watch TV at the end of the day was a bad idea. But a friend who had her child there maybe 20 years ago, said they used to put the TV on during nap time in case they didn't sleep, apparently parents had to canvas to get that changed.

Ok, off my chest

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It's been helpful for me to read the reviews and to find out others had awful experiences with the director/owner Beth. She actually brought be to tears, yelling at me in front of everyone about how awful and horrible my child was. I was eventually comforted by other parents picking up kids, telling me that no one really pays any attention to her, including the teachers.

In many ways the toddler room really suited my child and she thrived in their environment that believes in the creativity inherent in each child. But when they transitioned her to the next level room, they did not keep to the agreement discussed. They rushed her and she struggled and within two days (they said they gave the kids a week) they were angry at her and me about her behavior without seeing how hard the transition was for her.

Ultimately, dealing with the administration at any point was stressful, but most of the teachers seemed to genuinely enjoy the kids.

I agree that having them watch TV at the end of the day was a bad idea. But a friend who had her child there maybe 20 years ago, said they used to put the TV on during nap time in case they didn't sleep, apparently parents had to canvas to get that changed.

Ok, off my chest

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We love this school. My two children have gone there since they were each ~4 months old. I love that the staff seem happy and know my children by name, whether or not they're the teachers in my kids' rooms.
I love the projects the kids do, and the bright and cheerful atmosphere of the place. My children love going to school. They speak of their teachers often.

Yes, ratios are high in the baby rooms, but I felt my kids received excellent care there. I dropped in to visit at different times during the day when my children were babies, and I would have to disagree with previous comments suggesting that teachers do not interact with the babies. I saw quite the opposite. The teachers in the baby room offered us lots of helpful parenting advice, which we needed, particularly with our first child.

This school feels like a happy, healthy community. I never worry about my children when I'm at work.

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We love this school. My two children have gone there since they were each ~4 months old. I love that the staff seem happy and know my children by name, whether or not they're the teachers in my kids' rooms.
I love the projects the kids do, and the bright and cheerful atmosphere of the place. My children love going to school. They speak of their teachers often.

Yes, ratios are high in the baby rooms, but I felt my kids received excellent care there. I dropped in to visit at different times during the day when my children were babies, and I would have to disagree with previous comments suggesting that teachers do not interact with the babies. I saw quite the opposite. The teachers in the baby room offered us lots of helpful parenting advice, which we needed, particularly with our first child.

This school feels like a happy, healthy community. I never worry about my children when I'm at work.

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When we visited MacDonald Montessori school before my son was born we were struck with how friendly and happy the children were. The environment was warm and creative and the kids seemed to see adults as trusted friends rather than authority figures. Our actual experience has been exactly the same, we have had two children attend MacDonald since they were 3 months old and both are thriving. The teachers vary in skills and training, but the turnover is very low and I have found in each classroom that there is always at least one teacher who really "gets" my child. My kids are developing social skills, problem solving skills and school readiness skills at the same time that they are getting good quality care. I don't entirely disagree with the comments about the Administration, but ultimately what matters to me is the results and they are great. They also have a before/after school program that provides supervision at the bus stop and that has been a terrific service now that my oldest is in kindergarten. My children feel at home at MacDonald Montessori and I can trust that they are being cared for while I am at work.

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When we visited MacDonald Montessori school before my son was born we were struck with how friendly and happy the children were. The environment was warm and creative and the kids seemed to see adults as trusted friends rather than authority figures. Our actual experience has been exactly the same, we have had two children attend MacDonald since they were 3 months old and both are thriving. The teachers vary in skills and training, but the turnover is very low and I have found in each classroom that there is always at least one teacher who really "gets" my child. My kids are developing social skills, problem solving skills and school readiness skills at the same time that they are getting good quality care. I don't entirely disagree with the comments about the Administration, but ultimately what matters to me is the results and they are great. They also have a before/after school program that provides supervision at the bus stop and that has been a terrific service now that my oldest is in kindergarten. My children feel at home at MacDonald Montessori and I can trust that they are being cared for while I am at work.

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MacDonald Montessori has great ideals, but the execution depends largely on the teachers in a particular classroom. Some of the teachers are truly wonderful. The main problem, however, is that the ratios are too high and group sizes are too big. For example, there are 21 kids and 3 caregivers in the toddler classrooms, and the age range is very broad. In addition, multiple classrooms are combined for periods of the day, which can be very chaotic. There also is a lot of sharing/splitting of teachers; at the end of the day it was hard to find anyone who could tell us anything about our child's day. Lastly, the scheduled television time at the end of the day is problematic.

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MacDonald Montessori has great ideals, but the execution depends largely on the teachers in a particular classroom. Some of the teachers are truly wonderful. The main problem, however, is that the ratios are too high and group sizes are too big. For example, there are 21 kids and 3 caregivers in the toddler classrooms, and the age range is very broad. In addition, multiple classrooms are combined for periods of the day, which can be very chaotic. There also is a lot of sharing/splitting of teachers; at the end of the day it was hard to find anyone who could tell us anything about our child's day. Lastly, the scheduled television time at the end of the day is problematic.

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MacDonald Montessori's biggest strength is that they have very good teachers overall. Some are well educated. In five years, we have seen very low teacher turnover, which is a good indicator of the overall health of the teaching staff and good for the kids in terms of relationships and consistency. Program development, structure and activities are all very good in toddler to oldest rooms.

There are elements of the negative review by Jon C. that we can relate to, although he seems to have had an unusually rough go. It's true that some baby room staff talk very little. They seem to hire shy, gentle types for those rooms. I'm not a baby expert so I assumed the quiet environment had something to do with Montessori. The 4:1 ratio means less opportunity to play with the babies because there is always a diaper to change or a mouth to feed. Infants are held much more than older babies, as you'd expect. In general babies are held to be fed or comforted when upset but the teachers are mostly busy. I did sometimes see teachers sitting with kids and playing quietly, but hit and miss. The photography and journaling are nice in theory but should be very low priority compared to playing with the babies. We also thought it would be good to have our 2 kids in the same building and I encouraged the older sibling to ask to see the baby, as well as encouraging the teachers to have them spend time together, but in reality they rarely saw each other. Having infants, sitters, crawlers and early walkers together does seem to be a problem. Teachers spend a lot of energy protecting the youngsters from the older ones. They have 2 baby rooms. Maybe they should do one 0 - 7 month room and an 8 - 14 room. Jon C.'s baby was 3 months old. Our kids started older. I would be less concerned about kids that can crawl and get their own toys.

Beth MacDonald can be unresponsive. A couple times she did not respond at all to concerns we raised. Another time we contacted her with a concern about TV watching in the toddler room and the next day it just was gone and never returned. We met a parent who left, citing that Beth was defensive and not willing to listen. Another reviewer said international trips on the staff budget is a higher priority to Beth than good care. That may not be fair. Staff development training may be worth the expense and, as I mentioned, the low turnover indicates a highly satisfied teaching staff.

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MacDonald Montessori's biggest strength is that they have very good teachers overall. Some are well educated. In five years, we have seen very low teacher turnover, which is a good indicator of the overall health of the teaching staff and good for the kids in terms of relationships and consistency. Program development, structure and activities are all very good in toddler to oldest rooms.

There are elements of the negative review by Jon C. that we can relate to, although he seems to have had an unusually rough go. It's true that some baby room staff talk very little. They seem to hire shy, gentle types for those rooms. I'm not a baby expert so I assumed the quiet environment had something to do with Montessori. The 4:1 ratio means less opportunity to play with the babies because there is always a diaper to change or a mouth to feed. Infants are held much more than older babies, as you'd expect. In general babies are held to be fed or comforted when upset but the teachers are mostly busy. I did sometimes see teachers sitting with kids and playing quietly, but hit and miss. The photography and journaling are nice in theory but should be very low priority compared to playing with the babies. We also thought it would be good to have our 2 kids in the same building and I encouraged the older sibling to ask to see the baby, as well as encouraging the teachers to have them spend time together, but in reality they rarely saw each other. Having infants, sitters, crawlers and early walkers together does seem to be a problem. Teachers spend a lot of energy protecting the youngsters from the older ones. They have 2 baby rooms. Maybe they should do one 0 - 7 month room and an 8 - 14 room. Jon C.'s baby was 3 months old. Our kids started older. I would be less concerned about kids that can crawl and get their own toys.

Beth MacDonald can be unresponsive. A couple times she did not respond at all to concerns we raised. Another time we contacted her with a concern about TV watching in the toddler room and the next day it just was gone and never returned. We met a parent who left, citing that Beth was defensive and not willing to listen. Another reviewer said international trips on the staff budget is a higher priority to Beth than good care. That may not be fair. Staff development training may be worth the expense and, as I mentioned, the low turnover indicates a highly satisfied teaching staff.

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Don't be lured by the school advertising itself as "non-profit"--the director makes over $90,000 a year, travels to Europe on the school's dime, yet doesn't bother to return phone calls to parents.

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Don't be lured by the school advertising itself as "non-profit"--the director makes over $90,000 a year, travels to Europe on the school's dime, yet doesn't bother to return phone calls to parents.

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We enrolled our 12 week old at MacDonald Montessori School (MMS) thinking it seemed to offer a stimulating environment.
We were expecting day 1 to be difficult, but not so traumatic. When I dropped off my daughter, I was not greeted by any adults. I had to ask where to put everything. I even had to ask what to do with my daughter. It broke my heart to be told, "you can either put her in her crib or a swing."
After picking up our daughter that first day, my wife and I revisited the daycare which had been #2 on our list, and enrolled her there in a spot that was opening up in 5 weeks.
After day two for our daughter, we decided that 5 weeks was too long to keep our daughter at MMS and submitted our notice to leave.
When I dropped off our daughter on day 4, I discovered her crib had disappeared. I was promised one would be found. Funny (sad) side-note; after I asked the "teacher" what was planned for the day, she laughed at my "joke."

Day 5 (final day). Daughter still had no crib. When picking up my daughter in the afternoon, I was told that there had been an accident, and asked if I had been called (nobody had called me or my wife). Apparently, my daughter had been fed the wrong breastmilk (from a different mother). After listening to my displeasure I was told ,"mistakes happen".

Other observations:
Besides feeding and changing, saw only one child in arms of staff during 6 days.
Walkers and non walkers are in the same room (bad for non walkers) 4:1 ratio
I Have seen teachers put bouncy seats in cribs (once while child was in seat), presumably so parents could be told their child slept in a crib.
I've seen teachers fiddle with cameras and printers, but never have seen teachers talk to kids. In fact, my daughter's cooing and other verbalizations decreased after going to Macdonald Montessori as if she seemed to forget that people talk.

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We enrolled our 12 week old at MacDonald Montessori School (MMS) thinking it seemed to offer a stimulating environment.
We were expecting day 1 to be difficult, but not so traumatic. When I dropped off my daughter, I was not greeted by any adults. I had to ask where to put everything. I even had to ask what to do with my daughter. It broke my heart to be told, "you can either put her in her crib or a swing."
After picking up our daughter that first day, my wife and I revisited the daycare which had been #2 on our list, and enrolled her there in a spot that was opening up in 5 weeks.
After day two for our daughter, we decided that 5 weeks was too long to keep our daughter at MMS and submitted our notice to leave.
When I dropped off our daughter on day 4, I discovered her crib had disappeared. I was promised one would be found. Funny (sad) side-note; after I asked the "teacher" what was planned for the day, she laughed at my "joke."

Day 5 (final day). Daughter still had no crib. When picking up my daughter in the afternoon, I was told that there had been an accident, and asked if I had been called (nobody had called me or my wife). Apparently, my daughter had been fed the wrong breastmilk (from a different mother). After listening to my displeasure I was told ,"mistakes happen".

Other observations:
Besides feeding and changing, saw only one child in arms of staff during 6 days.
Walkers and non walkers are in the same room (bad for non walkers) 4:1 ratio
I Have seen teachers put bouncy seats in cribs (once while child was in seat), presumably so parents could be told their child slept in a crib.
I've seen teachers fiddle with cameras and printers, but never have seen teachers talk to kids. In fact, my daughter's cooing and other verbalizations decreased after going to Macdonald Montessori as if she seemed to forget that people talk.

Pros: Looks good from the outside

Cons: Staff does not talk to or play with kids. Non-walking infants exclusively in swings and cribs.

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We enrolled our 12 week old at MacDonald Montessori thinking it seemed to offer a stimulating environment. Upon further inspection, although they may have stimulating stuff for kids, the environment for infants is anything but stimulating.

We were expecting day 1 to be difficult, but not so traumatic. When I dropped off my daughter, I was not greeted by any adults. I had to ask where to put everything. I even had to ask what to do with my daughter. It broke my heart to be told, "you can either put her in her crib or a swing." Really? on her first day, this is the best that can be done? After picking up our daughter that first day, my wife and I revisited the daycare which had been #2 on our list, and enrolled her there in a spot that was opening up in 5 weeks.

After day two for our daughter, we decided that 5 weeks was too long to keep our daughter at Macdonald Montessori and submitted our notice to leave and worked on piecing together childcare between the time we left Macdonald Montessori and the day we could start at the new place.

When I dropped off our daughter on day 4, I discovered her crib had disappeared. I was promised one would be found. Funny (sad) side-note; after I asked the "teacher" what was planned for the day, she laughed at my "joke."

Day 5 (final day). Daughter still had no crib. When picking up my daughter in the afternoon, I was told that there had been an accident, and asked if I had been called (nobody had called me or my wife). Apparently, my daughter had been fed the wrong breastmilk (from a different mother). After listening to my displeasure and frustration both in letting this happen, and in not calling me to notify me when it happened, I was told ,"mistakes happen".

Other observations:
During 6 days of observation, I only witnessed 1 instance of a child being held who wasn't being fed or changed. Normally, children are placed in swings (or cribs if they have one) to pass the day away.

I have seen several instances where bouncy-seats have been placed in cribs (one time a "teacher" placed the bouncy seat into the crib while the child was still in the bouncy seat). I'm guessing "teachers" do this so they can say a child slept in her crib, instead of saying she was in the bouncy seat the whole day.

I have seen multiple teachers fiddle and fuss with digital cameras and printers, yet I have never seen a "teacher" talk to a child. In fact, my daughter's cooing and other verbalizations decreased after going to Macdonald Montessori as if she seemed to forget that people talk.

Like previous reviewers, the administration (ie the MacDonald Family) is not so in tune with the day to day reality of their rooms. Ironically, Beth MacDonald (director) was out of town during our breastmilk incident.

I understand that any infant daycare situation can be hard for a parent, but in the interest of your child, find a different provider... preferably one whose staff interact with kids beyond feeding and changing, or at the very least one that is smaller and has a 3-1 infant-adult ratio instead of Macdonald Montessori's 4-1 ratio. Also, consider a place where walkers and non-walkers are not in the same room.

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We enrolled our 12 week old at MacDonald Montessori thinking it seemed to offer a stimulating environment. Upon further inspection, although they may have stimulating stuff for kids, the environment for infants is anything but stimulating.

We were expecting day 1 to be difficult, but not so traumatic. When I dropped off my daughter, I was not greeted by any adults. I had to ask where to put everything. I even had to ask what to do with my daughter. It broke my heart to be told, "you can either put her in her crib or a swing." Really? on her first day, this is the best that can be done? After picking up our daughter that first day, my wife and I revisited the daycare which had been #2 on our list, and enrolled her there in a spot that was opening up in 5 weeks.

After day two for our daughter, we decided that 5 weeks was too long to keep our daughter at Macdonald Montessori and submitted our notice to leave and worked on piecing together childcare between the time we left Macdonald Montessori and the day we could start at the new place.

When I dropped off our daughter on day 4, I discovered her crib had disappeared. I was promised one would be found. Funny (sad) side-note; after I asked the "teacher" what was planned for the day, she laughed at my "joke."

Day 5 (final day). Daughter still had no crib. When picking up my daughter in the afternoon, I was told that there had been an accident, and asked if I had been called (nobody had called me or my wife). Apparently, my daughter had been fed the wrong breastmilk (from a different mother). After listening to my displeasure and frustration both in letting this happen, and in not calling me to notify me when it happened, I was told ,"mistakes happen".

Other observations:
During 6 days of observation, I only witnessed 1 instance of a child being held who wasn't being fed or changed. Normally, children are placed in swings (or cribs if they have one) to pass the day away.

I have seen several instances where bouncy-seats have been placed in cribs (one time a "teacher" placed the bouncy seat into the crib while the child was still in the bouncy seat). I'm guessing "teachers" do this so they can say a child slept in her crib, instead of saying she was in the bouncy seat the whole day.

I have seen multiple teachers fiddle and fuss with digital cameras and printers, yet I have never seen a "teacher" talk to a child. In fact, my daughter's cooing and other verbalizations decreased after going to Macdonald Montessori as if she seemed to forget that people talk.

Like previous reviewers, the administration (ie the MacDonald Family) is not so in tune with the day to day reality of their rooms. Ironically, Beth MacDonald (director) was out of town during our breastmilk incident.

I understand that any infant daycare situation can be hard for a parent, but in the interest of your child, find a different provider... preferably one whose staff interact with kids beyond feeding and changing, or at the very least one that is smaller and has a 3-1 infant-adult ratio instead of Macdonald Montessori's 4-1 ratio. Also, consider a place where walkers and non-walkers are not in the same room.

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The school has a very unique way of learning based on the schools of reggio emila Italy. It is a collaboration of teacher, parent and student lead activities. The staff is made of various ages, cultures and education level. I have two children in the school and they both love it there. I love all the things thaey able to make and explore. Musical instruments, drama, studio art clay, painting watercolors. The school is very bright and open. I suggest you do some research on the 100 languages then go visit the school, you'll be as impressed as I am. I recently suggested a friend of mine who just had a baby check it out and the have a waiting list in each of their age groups!!!

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The school has a very unique way of learning based on the schools of reggio emila Italy. It is a collaboration of teacher, parent and student lead activities. The staff is made of various ages, cultures and education level. I have two children in the school and they both love it there. I love all the things thaey able to make and explore. Musical instruments, drama, studio art clay, painting watercolors. The school is very bright and open. I suggest you do some research on the 100 languages then go visit the school, you'll be as impressed as I am. I recently suggested a friend of mine who just had a baby check it out and the have a waiting list in each of their age groups!!!

Cons: parking is a little hectic at drop off & pick up

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True the admin staff is lousy but the people who actually matter are awesome. I'd say 90% of the teachers are excellent, and the others aren't bad. My kids have been lucky enough to be in the best classes. I am very happy and this is the best school around. The only thing I dislike is having to make all their lunches.

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True the admin staff is lousy but the people who actually matter are awesome. I'd say 90% of the teachers are excellent, and the others aren't bad. My kids have been lucky enough to be in the best classes. I am very happy and this is the best school around. The only thing I dislike is having to make all their lunches.

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MacDonald Montessori is all show, no substance. The facilities look good, but the director could not care less about children. They claim to welcome parental input, but when I raised an issue about the amount of TV the children watch, I was "invited" to place my child elsewhere.

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MacDonald Montessori is all show, no substance. The facilities look good, but the director could not care less about children. They claim to welcome parental input, but when I raised an issue about the amount of TV the children watch, I was "invited" to place my child elsewhere.

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I have been so disappointed in this daycare center. Some of the teachers are very good, but the administration could not care less about the children or the parents. It's literature is full of lofty ideas, but in practice the place just does not measure up. The director does not even bother to return phone calls. She seems more worried about taking international trips on the school's budget then making sure the kids are getting good care.

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I have been so disappointed in this daycare center. Some of the teachers are very good, but the administration could not care less about the children or the parents. It's literature is full of lofty ideas, but in practice the place just does not measure up. The director does not even bother to return phone calls. She seems more worried about taking international trips on the school's budget then making sure the kids are getting good care.

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MacDonald Montessori is a great school - caring, thoughtful teachers, nice families - very respectful. Great space for learning, wonderfully designed classrooms... my son LOVES it!

PROS: teachers
CONS: cost - but it is average for a school

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MacDonald Montessori is a great school - caring, thoughtful teachers, nice families - very respectful. Great space for learning, wonderfully designed classrooms... my son LOVES it!

PROS: teachers
CONS: cost - but it is average for a school

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