We currently have a three year old at Springmont. We have been extremely pleased with the quality of the teaching. It also has a very friendly parent community. Springmont is a top-notch place in our experience.
Springmont School in Atlanta is a private middle school in Atlanta. The principal of Springmont School in Atlanta is Jerri King. 280 children attend Springmont School in Atlanta and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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We have been sending our 2 children to Springmont for 6 years and could not be happier. Both children are excelling in this environment and receive support when needed. The teachers are highly engaged and very loving. The children have the same teacher for 3 years and this allows for a high level of accountability for child teacher and parent. Plus you have the added benefit of a level of sustainable relationship and trust that you simply do not get in conventional education settings. Montessori is not for everyone. Make sure you understand what you are signing up for. It is a commitment of time money and personal engagement. This is a well oiled machine that produces excellent results.
Springmont is an incredible school with caring smart teachers and an administration committed to excellence. We have had our 2 children here for over 10 years and could not be happier. More importantly our children are happy and love going to school every day. They consistently test in the top percentile on their standardized tests. I have to believe that any negative reviews speak more about the parents writing the review than the school itself. One reviewer stated that their child was unprepared for kindergarten after leaving Springmont. Kindergarten requires no preparation because it's the first year of traditional schools. Both of my kids were proficient readers by age 4 thanks to Sprringmont and they continue to be avid self directed readers and students.
there is no love for little kids. they wonder around by themselves and between teaching shift there is no communication. sometimes i wonder those smart toys are for parent to conceive that they are getting some sort education. i wish i can compare my kid with other school kid how they educate them.
It would be nice if private schools were required to publish the numbers of children that left the school each year. I think that statistic would speak volumes about Springmont. If you have made the decision to send your children to private school and you are concerned they may not be accepted anywhere else; this school should be your fallback - and consider adding some tutoring. We left before our child fell too far behind. Three years later and she is excelling academically and socially. I would really like to meet the parents that rank this school higher than three stars - hard to imaging what their frame of reference is.
I daughter attended this school prior to going to kindergarten. She got good grades at this school. When she got to kindergarten she was completely unprepared. I wish we never sent our child to this school -- I dont think they prepared her for school at all
I honestly have to say that I have never felt smarter. I had a few terrible years before I cam to this school and one of the upper elementary teachers helped me catch up to my level. As of today I am ahead of my work. Even when I toured my hostess (my future teacher) gave me a smiling face which helped me feel welcome into the environment of First Montessori. Even when I forget to turn in homework she still assists the situation but doesn't use a harsh tone like most teachers do. What's good about First Montessori is that it's a great smiling environment with educated teachers. I will continue to stay in the program till I enter 9th grade.
This has been a wonderful environment for our son. We've been there now five years and fully expect to go through the Middle School program. It seems to get better and better with each year. I am most struck by his increasing ability to manage his time and work assignments. I think this speaks to the Montessori method's emphasis on self motivation. What we have also appreciated is the social development that I believe comes from the combined clasrooms and the reiterations of "community" -- knowing your part and impact within a group be it a classroom a school a family or a world at large.
January 28 2012 Our daughter has attended FMSA for the past two years (will turn five in February) and we cannot say enough good things about her experience. Everyday when we pick her up we ask how was school and for two years she enthusiastically says "great." Our daughter is a very fast learner (thanks to the excellence of the staff) and the school has continuously worked with us to customize lesson plans to keep her excited about learning. For parents that have a child that excels academically and loves to learn FMSA is exceptional.
We have been part of the First Montessori community for 6 years with our two children and we plan to stay all the way though 8th grade. What we hoped to find is a place where our children could become prepared for life not only academically but in their sense of community interaction wth adults and activities outside the classroom. While I am thrilled with my daughters' mastery of the academics I am more happy with the people they are becoming. Multi-age classrooms mean they interact with younger and older learning while teaching other children. The teachers' attitude as guides (as opposed to grantors of information) means that their relationships with the kids are genuine and mutually respectful. I can't say enough good things about the school faculty and staff.
This school is excellent! My son began in the Toddler Class and is now starting his second year in Primary. It is amazing to watch him grow into such an independent young child. FMSA is a caring community that provides an excellent education for him socially emotionally academically and environmentally. I mean my not-quite-four-year-old is constantly reminding me what needs to go into recycling at home! My biggest motivation for my child s education is to be his best self and to have a true love for learning and for the people and world around him not a motivation based on what the Jones s kids are doing. You must do your research visit the schools and make a decision based on what works for your family.
FMSA is an excellent school - my child is challenged and responds well to the opportunities to choose her work work collaboratively and push herself for excellence. The faculty is skilled and experienced the arts program offers excellent opportunities unlike any other school Pre-k to 8 school I've seen the governance is strong and the leadership is committed - even willing to make tough choices that are in the best interest of all students. I have added confidence in FMSA due to its 3 accreditations and little faculty turn-over. I highly recommend FMSA!
My only comment on the "carriculum" is that we too were very proud that our child excelled at Fist Montessori until we moved to another Montessori school and learned she was almost a year behind the students there. I also agree with the post below that about as involved as you are going to be at Fist Montessori is getting feedback from the teachers. You will not be participating in any school activities the way you would a most schools that encourage parntal envolvment. The only envolvement First Montessori seems t want is financial. This is the last place I would want my child learing social responsibiliy. Our experience was "don't stick your nose in the school's affairs (i.e. the education of your children) and we will let you stay and financially support us". It may have been a good school at one time but our experience and that of a dozen families we knew there was not a pleasant one.
We have a fifth year a primary student and we are going on our 9th year at the school. I can't say enough great things about the carriculum students parents teachers admin and head of school. We feel this school puts our childrens education social developlement parenting needs and social and evironmental needs above other schools. The knowledge our children come home with overwhelms us. Our four year old constantly asks us questions such as " mommy why does the moon circle the earth and not crash into us?" Unfortunately I need to attend the school to know how to answer the questions! One of our favorite things is the constant communication and feedback we get from our childrens' teachers. That makes us feel extrememly involved in what is going on in their lives. My favorite quote from my kids is when they come home from school and say "today was the best day ever." This happens quite offten.
We only wish we had discovered earlier what many of the unhappy parents have posted here. In retrospect we would have looked harder at the retention rate one of the lowest of the Atlanta private schools. Dissatisfied parents walk with their feet. When you consistently lose a substantial percentage of your students each year it speaks volumes. Listen and do your homework. We didn't and literally wasted over five years of our children's precious elementary education years.
Leaving disappointed and at last minute. We had two children at First Montessori for 6 years. Our teachers were wonderful and the method worked for us. However we left because we distrust its current leadership. If you love the school and are thinking to enroll your kids I would recommend meeting its leaders as well. Once you sign your contract you will give up your rights to the head-of-school and she will have the only say. I would ask for FMSA's attrition rate too. Good luck.
Our 8 year daughter has been in the FMSA environment for the past 4 years and our 13 year old son for the past 8 years. Their academic interests and their way of learning couldn t be further apart but what they have in common is indisputable love for school and learning! FMSA has been instrumental in nurturing each child based on their unique interests and capabilities. Most importantly it is not just about what they learn but also about how they go about learning that constitutes a valuable and joyful experience. FMSA and the Montessori system bring the best in our children! They look forward to the experience each and every day and so do we!
This place is MAGIC!! Yes by all means DO TALK TO ALUMNI! They will confirm what my family has known for 7 years now -- FMSA is a superior school.
My children attended this school for too many years. It was ok through the 3rd year of primary (kindergarten/equiv.) but after that there was no accountability and minimal teacher feedback. The student/teacher ratio is too high in elementary grades imagine each of 25-30 plus children 'working' on something different. If a child doesn't turn in assigned work you won't know this since the teacher doesn't either. In the early to mid elementary years you only discover educational deficiencies by accident since there are no grades or assessments given. The big secret is that when transitioning to another school most parents have to hire private tutors to teach fundamentals which the school doesn't. Don't talk to current parents for recommendations talk to alumni. Ask about the attrition rate-this is key! The successful Mont/elementary child is the exception not the rule. Unfortunately most parents learn this the hard way.
My entire family loves this school. I have 3 children in 2 different levels. They have excelled and look forward to going to whatever high school we choose when they finish 8th grade in 2 years. Teachers and administration are friendly responsive and genuinely caring. The Landschool in Summerville is an added benefit.
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