Greystone House

★★☆☆☆
  • 1000 Evergreen Cir

    The Woodlands, TX 77380

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  • 281-298-2444

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17710 S Cypress Villas Dr Spring, TX

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beware. only 2 montessori-trained teachers at school. the rest are poorly-trained young girls with little to no formal experience. turnover is frequent. administrators are unsupportive of parents and don't like when their actions are questioned

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beware. only 2 montessori-trained teachers at school. the rest are poorly-trained young girls with little to no formal experience. turnover is frequent. administrators are unsupportive of parents and don't like when their actions are questioned

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My child was at The Woodlands Greystone House for 6 months. We had multiple problems with the staff. The staff seemed miserable and unhappy. When we discussed these issues with the owner she dismissed us as if we were making things up and never cared to apologize or acknowledge the problems that occurred there. Please do not let your child go here. When we took my child out of the Greystone House he became a different person. He is now very relazed/independent/happy. I have prayed for the staff/children there many times. I hope it becomes a better place for the sake of the kids there.

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★☆☆☆☆

My child was at The Woodlands Greystone House for 6 months. We had multiple problems with the staff. The staff seemed miserable and unhappy. When we discussed these issues with the owner she dismissed us as if we were making things up and never cared to apologize or acknowledge the problems that occurred there. Please do not let your child go here. When we took my child out of the Greystone House he became a different person. He is now very relazed/independent/happy. I have prayed for the staff/children there many times. I hope it becomes a better place for the sake of the kids there.

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This is not a good choice of schools for any child. I worked at the Spring location. I saw so many things that were just plain wrong. An employee who was watching the children during nap time obviously wasn't because about five children got out the side door. A parent found them when they picked up their child.In the parking lot!The owner knows NOTHING about children. She doesn't even think children need sunscreen when playing outside on water days. She thinks they should "tan gradually". Yeah, good idea. Skin cancer is always FUN.I had my own children there while I was. My oldest still remembers running up to the office when I was going over payments and the teacher snatched her off my lap with such force, she pulled some of my hair in the process. Both primary teachers were so rough with the kids at nap time. I am serious about this, it was not the way you would want your child to be treated.

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This is not a good choice of schools for any child. I worked at the Spring location. I saw so many things that were just plain wrong. An employee who was watching the children during nap time obviously wasn't because about five children got out the side door. A parent found them when they picked up their child.In the parking lot!The owner knows NOTHING about children. She doesn't even think children need sunscreen when playing outside on water days. She thinks they should "tan gradually". Yeah, good idea. Skin cancer is always FUN.I had my own children there while I was. My oldest still remembers running up to the office when I was going over payments and the teacher snatched her off my lap with such force, she pulled some of my hair in the process. Both primary teachers were so rough with the kids at nap time. I am serious about this, it was not the way you would want your child to be treated.

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I found the reviews and had to include mine as my children attend(ed) here and I love it. I have to defend the owners children as I know them well. They were always the subject of gossip and rumor and had to deal with 10 times the scrutiny of other children (they are in elementary school now). I always found the gossip mill horrible. To do that to young children and blame them for things based on rumour rather than fact was rough on the owner.

As for my experience - both of my children have attended the school. The meal program is great, the teachers have been around for a long time and are very educated, the environment is great for kids with lots of outdoor play and they don't charge a ridiculous annual fee for doing nothing. I like the fact that this is not a corporate school. The owner is onsite and is extremely approachable and best of all - she knows kids - especially the ones at the school.

When my children originally started childcare at a chain school we lasted 3 months. In that time they each went through 2 teachers and the school changed administrators. They never made the adjustment and never learned anything. My youngest child's current teacher has been at the school for 13 years as has the afternoon administrator. That consistency is incredibly important.

My oldest child is now in grade school and still loves to go back and see her teacher.

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★★★★★

I found the reviews and had to include mine as my children attend(ed) here and I love it. I have to defend the owners children as I know them well. They were always the subject of gossip and rumor and had to deal with 10 times the scrutiny of other children (they are in elementary school now). I always found the gossip mill horrible. To do that to young children and blame them for things based on rumour rather than fact was rough on the owner.

As for my experience - both of my children have attended the school. The meal program is great, the teachers have been around for a long time and are very educated, the environment is great for kids with lots of outdoor play and they don't charge a ridiculous annual fee for doing nothing. I like the fact that this is not a corporate school. The owner is onsite and is extremely approachable and best of all - she knows kids - especially the ones at the school.

When my children originally started childcare at a chain school we lasted 3 months. In that time they each went through 2 teachers and the school changed administrators. They never made the adjustment and never learned anything. My youngest child's current teacher has been at the school for 13 years as has the afternoon administrator. That consistency is incredibly important.

My oldest child is now in grade school and still loves to go back and see her teacher.

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My daughter attended Greystone for one year, her pre-kindergarten year. I had very mixed feelings about the place and definitely felt it was not the best place for my child. First, the school starts children individually rather than a group all starting at the beginning of the academic year. This sounded great to me, but I think it worked against my child. At first, she was the 'new kid' and the other kids were very nice to her and interested in her, but she did not make any real friends right away. My daughter, who had been to two different daycares previously in a different state before we moved, complained that the kids were 'mean' to her. She had never complained about this at the other daycares she had attended. In fact, it seemed that some kids were sort of bulllying her. It was more emotional -- "making" her play their way or not play -- but it was disturbing. Socially, it did not seem like a healthy place for kids. In fact, one child was rather out of control (once picked my petite daughter up and dropped her) and was the son of the director (whom I've since heard has become the owner). The same director's daughter was also one of the kids who was sometimes nice sometimes mean to my daughter, a bit of a bully.

Academically, my daughter already knew how to read when she started but her teacher did not want to put her in the more academic afternoon class because she did not want to 'overwhelm' her, especially since my daughter was still working on finding friends. I was certain she would not be overwhelmed, but did not object at first because my daughter was still taking an afternoon nap when we started. When my daughter stopped sleeping during naptime, none of the teachers/director told us; my daughter did. She was bored as she was forced to lie down without even the option to bring a book and read quietly. That is when we requested she start the afternoon 'kindergarten' class but the teacher only transitioned one child at a time and there were others 'ahead' of my child in the transition queue, so she had to wait over two months before she could start that class. (Part of the time was over the holidays). When she did start the afternoon class, presto!, my daughter suddenly enjoyed school more and made friends.

When I was getting information on the school, I was informed that after the Montessori teacher left, there was "crafts" time. A less-experienced teacher took over, but they hardly ever did any crafts. In a whole year, I think they did about 4 crafts. The school had hardly any art supplies or toys to play with during this time either. It was explained that it was the Montessori philosophy to learn to share and take turns but the paucity of materials just seemed cheap. There were very few crayons and most were small and broken. Even paper was offered only in very small squares. My daughter had previously attended day cares that emphasized creativity and allowed children opportunities with many different types of art materials to express themselves. The children still had to share materials, and supplies were often rotated through different rooms, but I felt the children had a much richer opportunity to develop artistically. At Greystone, the after-3 time I felt was just a "holding period." I did not feel the young teacher engaged the children at all, and as I said there really were not the materials for the children to do creative projects or much imaginative play. Whenever I could, I had someone pick up my daughter by 3 so she could spend her time more imaginatively at home with her own toys and art materials.

On the positive side, my daughter bonded immediately with her teacher, who was highly educated. It is hard to find well-educated preschool teachers here. In fact, my daughter often spent outdoor times chatting with her teacher on topics such as art and travel. I found the teacher a bit brusque with me, but she also was very professional when we chose to send our daughter to a different place for kindergarten. (The teacher wrote a recommendation and told us she was sure it was the right place for our daughter, even though she also expressed regret in losing our daughter from her class).

I know other parents felt it was a great place for their children, but I also heard other complaints about the director's children (who has now become owner). I would definitely recommend checking it out very carefully if you are considering Greystone for your child.

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★★☆☆☆

My daughter attended Greystone for one year, her pre-kindergarten year. I had very mixed feelings about the place and definitely felt it was not the best place for my child. First, the school starts children individually rather than a group all starting at the beginning of the academic year. This sounded great to me, but I think it worked against my child. At first, she was the 'new kid' and the other kids were very nice to her and interested in her, but she did not make any real friends right away. My daughter, who had been to two different daycares previously in a different state before we moved, complained that the kids were 'mean' to her. She had never complained about this at the other daycares she had attended. In fact, it seemed that some kids were sort of bulllying her. It was more emotional -- "making" her play their way or not play -- but it was disturbing. Socially, it did not seem like a healthy place for kids. In fact, one child was rather out of control (once picked my petite daughter up and dropped her) and was the son of the director (whom I've since heard has become the owner). The same director's daughter was also one of the kids who was sometimes nice sometimes mean to my daughter, a bit of a bully.

Academically, my daughter already knew how to read when she started but her teacher did not want to put her in the more academic afternoon class because she did not want to 'overwhelm' her, especially since my daughter was still working on finding friends. I was certain she would not be overwhelmed, but did not object at first because my daughter was still taking an afternoon nap when we started. When my daughter stopped sleeping during naptime, none of the teachers/director told us; my daughter did. She was bored as she was forced to lie down without even the option to bring a book and read quietly. That is when we requested she start the afternoon 'kindergarten' class but the teacher only transitioned one child at a time and there were others 'ahead' of my child in the transition queue, so she had to wait over two months before she could start that class. (Part of the time was over the holidays). When she did start the afternoon class, presto!, my daughter suddenly enjoyed school more and made friends.

When I was getting information on the school, I was informed that after the Montessori teacher left, there was "crafts" time. A less-experienced teacher took over, but they hardly ever did any crafts. In a whole year, I think they did about 4 crafts. The school had hardly any art supplies or toys to play with during this time either. It was explained that it was the Montessori philosophy to learn to share and take turns but the paucity of materials just seemed cheap. There were very few crayons and most were small and broken. Even paper was offered only in very small squares. My daughter had previously attended day cares that emphasized creativity and allowed children opportunities with many different types of art materials to express themselves. The children still had to share materials, and supplies were often rotated through different rooms, but I felt the children had a much richer opportunity to develop artistically. At Greystone, the after-3 time I felt was just a "holding period." I did not feel the young teacher engaged the children at all, and as I said there really were not the materials for the children to do creative projects or much imaginative play. Whenever I could, I had someone pick up my daughter by 3 so she could spend her time more imaginatively at home with her own toys and art materials.

On the positive side, my daughter bonded immediately with her teacher, who was highly educated. It is hard to find well-educated preschool teachers here. In fact, my daughter often spent outdoor times chatting with her teacher on topics such as art and travel. I found the teacher a bit brusque with me, but she also was very professional when we chose to send our daughter to a different place for kindergarten. (The teacher wrote a recommendation and told us she was sure it was the right place for our daughter, even though she also expressed regret in losing our daughter from her class).

I know other parents felt it was a great place for their children, but I also heard other complaints about the director's children (who has now become owner). I would definitely recommend checking it out very carefully if you are considering Greystone for your child.

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My children have attended Greystone on 2 separate occassions and both times have been wonderful. The staff is nurturing and communicates with you on a daily basis. You got to know them instead of dropping off in drive through line. My kids still talk about the teachers and the friends they made there. Very special place!

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My children have attended Greystone on 2 separate occassions and both times have been wonderful. The staff is nurturing and communicates with you on a daily basis. You got to know them instead of dropping off in drive through line. My kids still talk about the teachers and the friends they made there. Very special place!

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Upon moving the Woodlands 3 yrs back, we failed to adequately research the preschoools in the area thoroughly enough and we decided on this place for our 3 yr old daughter. I should have trusted my intuition when I first went in the place and was immediately taken aback by the shabby interior and "funky" odor. Several weeks later my daughter was bitten on the face by another child and required an appointment with my plastic surgeon for ointment to heal her wound. Subsequently, we never received an apology from either the directress or the parent of the little "animal" (I won't dignify her by calling her a child) that attacked mine. Several weeks later my daughter got bitten again by another child on the arm, this time requiring stitches. At this point, we withdrew her and sent her to Paddington, which is a much better environment for her. Stay away from this place, the parents and environment are very "working class"..and it is not an environment that is conducive to learning.

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Upon moving the Woodlands 3 yrs back, we failed to adequately research the preschoools in the area thoroughly enough and we decided on this place for our 3 yr old daughter. I should have trusted my intuition when I first went in the place and was immediately taken aback by the shabby interior and "funky" odor. Several weeks later my daughter was bitten on the face by another child and required an appointment with my plastic surgeon for ointment to heal her wound. Subsequently, we never received an apology from either the directress or the parent of the little "animal" (I won't dignify her by calling her a child) that attacked mine. Several weeks later my daughter got bitten again by another child on the arm, this time requiring stitches. At this point, we withdrew her and sent her to Paddington, which is a much better environment for her. Stay away from this place, the parents and environment are very "working class"..and it is not an environment that is conducive to learning.

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