In the 8th year of being open and a great school of choice in the Roaring Fork Valley Ross is getting better and better. Our daughter entered Ross in Upper Elementary and is moving to the middle school programming which is more traditional and high school prep this fall. She is happy loves going to school is learning what is interesting to her while covering State standards and is very happy to have moved from the traditional public school district to this gem in Carbondale. Montessori is not for everyone but it is working for her and about 240 other children in grades K-8. Happy.
Ross Montessori School is a charter middle school in Carbondale. 217 students go to Ross Montessori School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 18% of the 217 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Ross Montessori School is 14:1. Carbondale Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Drawing painting
- P.E. classes
- Rock climbing
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I have to respond to the previous post from "a parent" posted on April 22 2013. It sounds as if this person has a serious grudge or chip on his/her shoulder. Ross Montessori is NOT a terrible school where the children run rampant. Observe any classroom during their work cycle and you will see children working independently and dedicated teachers giving group lessons. The reviewer is also wrong about the children being "FAR" behind the other public school students. One just needs to look at the NWEA and CSAP test scores to realize the Ross students have some of the highest scores in the Roaring Fork Valley. Granted there is an ongoing fundraising effort to build a new facility which is severely needed but you can not blame the school for wanting a new facility especially when they are pursuing a $12 million grant from the state of Colorado. Obviously the state feels the Ross community is deserving or they wouldn't be offering this grant to the school.
This school is terrible. The teachers do not teach merely let the kids run the show. It also obvious that there are an inordinate amount of troubled/disruptive kids who end up here after being removed from other schools. Do not be fooled by parents glowing reviews. MANY local teachers say that after going to Ross their pupils are FAR behind the public school students. This became obvious to us and many former employees/teachers who have left this school for greener pastures. This is a sub-standard school for parents who want to feel like they are providing an alternative education to the local school scene. Only their kids are not getting an education here. Their pedagogical approach is severly lacking. It seems as if fundraising for a new school is priority one. They try to mine you for your donations for the new building fund endlessly. If only they would put this effort into teaching the children. If you want to try to impress your friends with where your kids go to school you can blindly follow the blind here. That's about all this school is good for. Don't send your kid's here you WILL regret it when they learn NOTHING! Just telling the truth Ross sorry.
My children have attended Ross Montessori for 6 and 7 years. Not once have they said they do not want to go to school. The manipulatives and real life learning tools used in the montessori setting make for meaningful learning in all subjects. Learning becomes interesting at our school. The teachers are beyond dedicated to the well being and success of every child. Our principal works endless hours to ensure a cohesive learning environment. With the newly awarded Best Grant our new school will built within the next couple years which was the only missing link to a perfect school. I highly recommend coming by the school to observe a class.
Ross Montessori provides excellent results--in addition to great test scores the school has inspired my child's love of learning and self-motivation. In the crowded public school in a neighboring town he was bored hated & dreaded school. Now he can't wait to get to school and start his day and comes home thrilled about science math reading etc. The teachers engage with the parents are concerned about the success of each child and work with parents to resolve issues. The Principal is dedicated and interactive with parents. The parents are involved. The only downside is the need for a better building.
Ross Montessori continues to grow providing an excellent environment for self motivated students using Montessori methods. The teachers are passionate and dedicated meeting the needs of their diverse student demographic with excellent results. Parent participation is strong providing a safe community for students Pre-K to 8th grade. The principal and staff are dedicated and make tremendous efforts to improve the efficiency of the school for their students' academic success.
This school is only in it's 5 year and is growing and planning a new and permanent campus and has consistently scored higher than average on state tests. It's future goals include all aspects of a child's educational as well as developmental needs. My children are way beyond happy there as well as thriving academically.
Ross is making great strides every year as still a very new school. A school is only as good as its teachers and the pre-k kindergarten lower and upper elementary school teachers are awesome. Their reading test scores are going through the roof for the lower elementary grades(preliminary results for 2009 show 19% advanced in reading in third grade with only 2 children scoring partially proficient and 1 scoring unsatisfactory--all the rest were proficient!). It still has issues to work out in the upper grades but I have faith that all these wrinkles will be resolved. I understand that progress is being made on a permanent building so that is good news as well.
Quality leadership is lacking training seems lacking and morale seems low. I'll be surprised if this school is still around in 5 years without a significant change in both board and administration.
This school has some very dedicated parents and staff yet in general the teachers seem overwhelmed with the Montessori method and test scores and the leadership lacks integrity and excellence to help this get sorted out.
Be sure you are 100% invested in the Montessori method and are willing to sacrifice any special needs counseling in the process. The teachers each have their unique style; none of which met the needs of my son. You may call it growing pains but I felt it was inattention to the needs of my child while rationalizing rather than putting forth any effort.
This school offers strong Montessori teaching but is still going through the growing pains of a new charter school (It has just completed its second year). Due to the chaos associated with this Montessori program over the previous six years (it started as an alternative track in the local elementary school before separating to become a state-sponsored Charter School) there has been high teacher turnover and general student displacement. Much of this appears to be calming down. The school is in the process of finding a permanent home by Fall 2009. Having had two children attend the school the K and Lower El (Grades 1-3)were a wonderful experience. However I felt that my child experienced no intellectual challenges in two years of the Upper El(Grades 4-6). The school is trying to add services specific to the older students (Grades 7-?) starting Fall 2007. Outdoor Ed is the highlight extracurricular activity.
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