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About This School

Baxter Montessori School is a private elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Baxter Montessori School is Miss Shirley Sjaholm. 59 students attend Baxter Montessori School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Baxter Montessori School is 29:1. Elysian Heights Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Asian 7%
White, non-Hispanic 38%
Hispanic 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 21%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    horrible school do not send your children it is more of a daycare than a preschool. A waste of money and time.

  • (1 year ago)

    Absolutely terrible school and doesn't even deserve and explanation it would take to much out of my day.

  • (2 years ago)

    this fridya is my son's last day at bexter montessori. imam thankful for carmen who only had him 3 days per week she taught him how to read write very well and do addition and subtraction and he is only 4 years old.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am the mother of a now-4th grader who attended Baxter Montessori from ages 2 1/2 to 5. I have had so many conversations with teachers teachers' aides after-school aides camp counselors etc who are surprised with the depth and range of my daughter's education much of it rooted in her experience at Baxter Montessori. Like anything you get what you put into it (and my daughter reveled in the many great experiences available to her) but my daughter left preschool with the ability to tie her shoes (so many kids don't learn this until MUCH later thanks to Velcro) a basic understanding of her multiplication tables a voracious love for reading the uncanny ability to identify a Monet Van Gogh or Miro on the spot and a deep rooted understanding of fair play and equitable treatment of others. If I had made a list of all the things I wanted from my daughter's preschool I could not have conceived of all the things she ended up learning from the remarkable school. Thanks to Shirley Li Esther Carmen and Miss Mary (and Mr. Mori too!) for giving us the most amazing start!

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm not a current parent my daughters went to Baxter Montessori a little over 20 years ago. I smile reading the reviews because it doesn't seem like anything has changed from now to then. I know many of the staff is the same my neighbors I wave as we pass on the street. The parents who complain about the "old school" I know it all atmosphere let me tell you this. Your children will leave Baxter well prepared for the years that follow. They'll be able to stand on their little feet confident in their ability to take on whatever is handed to them. Nope they aren't coddled but they are well cared for educationally and emotionally. Absolutely right the parents should do the heavy lifting where their children's future is involved the school should be the support that prepares them to meet it head on. I can't speak for any other than myself but my girls did well in elementary high school college and beyond. I thank the people at Baxter for giving them such a great head start.

  • (3 years ago)

    Today is my daughter's last day at Baxter Montessori and I am writing this review to express my gratitude. My Daughter has attended Baxter for the last four years . I have absolutely no regrets . They have so much experience and respect for children . Our daughter loved going to school and had nurturing relationships with all of her teachers. I have so much respect for the woman who started and has run Baxter since 1969 . Her dedication to children in inspiring and uncompromising . She has little tolerance for neurotic parents and honestly I find this to be a breath of fresh air. So thank you Baxter Montessori for providing a safe and stimulating environment where our child could grow. I will feel forever Grateful and I highly recommend Baxter without hesitation.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am thankful to have found Baxter Montessori. My daughter has attended from the age of 2 to her current 5 years. She was reading at writing at 4 without any feeling of being pushed. The director and teachers are solid and compassionate. Any concerns I have had were addressed with understanding and immediate action if needed. I always feel my child is well cared for safe and being educated at her pace which is an advanced level. Baxter is an oasis in Echo Park.

  • (4 years ago)

    DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE if you expect patience and nurturing or even common respect for your child. Believe me I completely agree with providing children with discipline and even structure but the culture of this school takes it too far! When I came here for a tour for my then 3 year old son I made the appointment went down and met with the director. Seemed like a nice place direct organized traditional which was totally fine with me. I spoke to a parent who said they loved it there. There were a few little things that the director said that I wasn't crazy about namely about how she blamed "the parents these days make us do all the heavy lifting..." which I thought was a bit hypercritical of US but hey she was voicing her opinion. Then I said our goodbyes and went outside we were checking (continues)

  • (4 years ago)

    Never has the term 'old school' seemed so appropriate. Almost everyone teaching there is like over sixty. The advantage is that they know what they're doing. They've watched preschoolers learn and develop longer than most of us have been alive. And they're lifelong teachers not aspiring writers stuck in a dead end preschool gig. The downside is that they can be a little closed minded and certain that their way is THE way. Also I find the overall vibe to be a little on the cranky grandmother side. However it's a true Montessori where kids learn well clearly and completely in preparation for kinder. And the director is truly a kind and loving woman. If you want rainbows and teddy bears perhaps Baxter is not your place. But if you want reading writing math and play. (and possibly an eerie trip back in time) then Baxter has room for you.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a very nice pre-school where there are no wait-lists and no drama. My three children have all gone here and have learned good manners letters reading basics and math at their own perfect pace. This is a good community pre-school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I found the teachers to be close minded and restrictive in their teaching methods. My son is now learning much better in an environment that that is more open to his learning style.

  • (6 years ago)

    I adore this school and its teachers. My son is already reading and writing at 4 years has excellent manners full confidence and has a great time. What a beautiful location on top of a great education. He will be there again this Fall.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was desperate for a good true Montessori education for my 2 1/2 yr old son. Unfortunately I am not rich. Baxter is a true Montessori school with every material the system ever created. The teachers are very experienced most of them have been at Baxter 20+ years. The kids spend hours a day running around outside. The tuition is reasonable. My only complaint is the place could use some repairs and a repainting. But my son doesn't seem to mind. PS - kids must be potty trained--so get to it!

  • (6 years ago)

    I was so happy to see that parents care enough to rate this extremely wonderful and diverse school. Begininning with the owner who obviously shares a great deal with the students and parents of her incredible knowledge of the world. I love Baxter. It's a great place. Unpretencious and yet so refined. I sent my children and now they are sending their children. That is how long its been around.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Baxter since she was 2 1/2 and is almost 5 now. How they have been able to create a simulating environment for such a wide range of preschoolers seems nothing short of miraculous but it happens. The classrooms are buzzing with content kids all learning at their own pace.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter started in February it'now September and she's writing her numbers and name. Every morning she is eager to go to school and see her teachers and start on whatever job she picks.

  • (7 years ago)

    Baxter has been great. My daughter is almost 5 and has attended since she turned 2. Its very reasonable tuition lends itself to a diverse classroon. The teachers really care and have many years of experience.

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