My daughter has been attending Williamsburg Montessori since Lower Elementary and currently is in the Middle School program. It's truly the most remarkable program I've ever seen. Compassion respect for others stewardship and a sense of independence all accompany a rigorous academic program. The students I see graduating from this school have a social maturity I just don't see elsewhere. Outstanding faculty too!
Williamsburg Montessori School is a private middle school in Williamsburg. 125 students attend Williamsburg Montessori School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Williamsburg Montessori School is 11:1. Eastern St. Hosp. Ed. Prg is one of the nearest middle schools.
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Both my sons attended WMS from age 3 to 12 for one and 14 for the other and it has been a remarkable experience. I am seeing in them everything I hoped for - confidence independence respect for all people curiosity problem solving ability compassion and a huge appetite for academics - all thanks to the method of Montessori education and the dedicated teachers. I am so thankful we invested in this education for the two of them because now they can do anything!
We started attending WMS six years ago when my eldest child was five and her brother began attending when he was three. I have so many happy things to say about this incredible school. From the kind nurturing and very experienced faculty to the beautiful academic program to the warm and helpful staff and the involved parent community - this place has it all. I love the consistent intellectual challenge in all disciplines the encouragement of curiosity the music art Spanish and Latin enrichment as well as the focus on social and emotional development. And finally the students themselves are amazing - diverse respectful of one another and excited to learn. I definitely recommend coming for an observation if you are interested!
I went to this school from ages three to four. I am now twenty and have been back to visit twice. Montessori is such a uniquely conceptualized method of teaching and learning; nonetheless the "follow the child" model contentious for a reason. Williamsburg had struck just the right balance of keeping the supervision and discipline needed for this age group while utilizing the Montessori structure to its full potential. I would go so far as to say that Williamsburg is the ideal that Maria Montessori herself would have envisioned. At twenty I remember this school so vividly and fondly and am still able to utilize some of the lessons that Angela Lisa Mary-Lou and others taught me. For me to have these memories and to have learned skills at three years old in such a way that they are still meaningful and relevant to my life more than a decade and a half later speaks to an amazing institution. Sending me to Williamsburg Montessori was one of the best gifts my parents have given me. If you're looking to instill in your child a love of learning an appropriate sense of confidence and the value of education all while still allowing your child to be a child... look no further.
Excellent school. Fantastic teachers in a loving and supportive environment. Our 3 year old daughter is already writing letters sounding out words and counting up to 100 by 1's 5's and 10's. As a result she is very engaged and happy at school and has made many wonderful little friends. The curriculum is rich with a variety of local and world studies along with traditional Montessori lessons. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a enriching caring and strong academic program for their child.
Both of my children went to this school over the course of 7 years. We left after 1st grade. The teaching staff is amazing and they have been there forever. I highly recommend it for ages 2 1/2 through 6. They really look at the children from an academic standpoint and help to find any problems that may need to be addressed before life catches up with the kids. The children felt like it was home away from home. There isn't a better place for the very young in Williamsburg Hampton or Newport News. I don't know about the lower elementary school though....
My daughter attended this school for 4 years the last being a nightmare. Favoritism was used in making a decision which emotionally devasted my daughter. Afterward I was given reports from teacher she was roaming around room during scheduled work times. After 4 months and a family illness I decided to make temporary move to another to enroll in another school. My daughter was enrolled in another Montessori School and advanced more in two months than first 5 months at WMS. The 2-6 yr program at this school is much better than elementary grades.
My son has attended this school for three years. The quality of teaching for ages 2-6 is exceptional. Teachers are very involved with both students and parents. My son is way ahead of the curb and the curriculum is designed to allow students to excel well above average in any areas that they have a passion for. If you want your child to learn 'how' to think instead of 'what' to think send them here. There are no zombies or robots here .