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Old 12-28-2015, 12:01 PM
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Our daughter attended BP Montessori from 6-8th grade. At her previous school she was an A-B student that struggled in math so we thought a Montessori school would be a good fit. This was a horrible experience as the teachers were not qualified to teach math and the headmaster was more interested in blaming the student than figuring out a way to help. We were told that our daughter would never graduate high school or pass Algebra 1 and that she should be held back in 8th grade. She is currently a Senior at Tampa Catholic with a 3.0 plus GPA and was accepted to her top three college choices and was offer two academic scholarships. She still struggles in math, but works hard and is a very motivated student. She scored a perfect 12 on the writing section of her ACT. Ironically, the year after our daughter left, BP Montessori hired a math instructor after arguing with us that they were doing a great job teaching math.
Additionally, in 7-8th grade, we found that the students spent most of their time working on handouts, the computer and workbooks. It was almost like a homeschool program that you were paying several thousand dollars for. Our daughter said it was boring and it showed in her lack of enthusiasm.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:06 PM
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I think Montessori is great for preschool since it is so child-led and focused on choice and learning through play. Beyond that, however, I'm not so sure.

For many years, I've worked with several Montessori students, and they ALL had the same problems - they had a difficult time transitioning into a more traditional school model and they were very strong in one area academically but extremely weak in other areas. Montessori students are allowed a lot of "choices" throughout their day. If they don't want to do math, they don't have to do it. They focus on subject matter they like. Hence, if they move into a different academic setting, many will have a hard time because they lack certain skills in an area while being far beyond the class in other areas. The students I've had from Montessori tended to bore easily because they were used to moving throughout the school day at their own pace doing things they want to do. I've also experienced students from Montessori who had social difficulties with their peers because they aren't used to having traditional grade levels for students. One student complained that he didn't like the kids in his new class because they were too "babyish". Later I found out that this student had been placed with children two to three years older at his Montessori school.

If you are considering Montessori, I recommend doing it for preschool and then moving into a more traditional model for kindergarten and beyond. If you decide on Montessori for a grade level other than preschool, I'd say be prepared to keep your child there through high school or at least until middle school. I think this would iron out a lot of the problems I've noticed because older students would likely have the maturity needed to handle a transition out of the Montessori model.
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:51 AM
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Montessori approach WON'T work for every child! Some kids are simply cannot be successful un Montessori schools/ pre-schools. One of my kids is exactly that type - Montessori would do more harm than anything else in that case.

I recently spoke with one mother whose daughter moved to public middle school after elementary Montessori and this girl is struggling a lot. Not sure about exact reasons, but her mom now really considering homeschooling (which is also not a great fit for some children).

I guess people need to try to see if it works for them.
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