AUSTIN MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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5006 SUNSET TRL
AUSTIN, TX 78745
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Phone: 512-892-0253
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 9th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 31.8
  • Number Students: 350
  • Number Teachers: 14
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Mr Donald Goertz
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (37 ratings)
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    School Reviews (35 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-04
    "The program from 18months thru 5 years old is solid and by far the best Austin has to offer. You will be amazed at your young child s development; he/she will have the best beginning possible at AMS. The early elementary program (1st-3rd) depends on the campus and the instructor; if you stay closely involved as a parent you will be fine. Be wary of keeping your child at this school past 5th grade if he/she is more mature than same-age children. The upper elementary program (4th-6th) is not currently equipped to meet the needs of an adolescent. Instead of nurturing the development of soon-to-be teenagers in a healthy way, the response instead is to apply more control, more rules, and most unfortunately, using the beloved montessori methods as a deterrent to minimize independent thinking and discourage questioning of processes and rules. I observed a decline in self-esteem in multiple (more mature) 5th and 6th graders. I'm told the adolescent program (7th-9th) is tops and the guides are well equipped to deal with adolescent changes: I wish they would do the same with early adolescent (intellectual, physical, behavioral) development in the 5th/6th grades."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-20
    "I originally wrote a review on AMS in April 2010. Our older daughter was then two years old in the Youngest Children's Community where we were having a wonderful experience. Fast forward to November 2014 and she is now in Early Elementary, every step of our journey thus far being fruitful. Our younger daughter has been in the AMS Parent-Infant program since she was three months old and is about to enter the YCC. Based on our experiences at the school thus far, and having attended the Silent Journey and Discovery (http://mariamontessori.com/mm/?p=1488) this past weekend, we cannot imagine our children at another school. Its founder, Donna Bryant Goertz, has left Austin Montessori School with a great legacy and we look forward to the new Head of School, Grae Baker, taking it to the next level."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-03
    "Few words for rating this school: THE WORST SCHOOL EVER!!!! Horrible experience for both our kids and us!!!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-24
    "Both my daughters attended AMS through 8th grade. Some of our experience was wonderful. They are both comfortable speaking in front of large groups, they did not have excessive homework in elementary and the camping trips are impowering. Because we wanted to protect our children from popular culture garbage and lousy food, it was wonderful to be surrounded and supported by a like-minded community so my children weren't "weirdos". The down side is the math curriculum is weak and, more importantly, they have problems communicating with parents. My youngest daughter was not doing well and it was not communicated to us at all. We finally had her tested at the end of 6th grade and she has learning disabilities. We stayed with the school for 7th and 8th grades but that was a mistake. They could not seem to meet our daughter's needs and they didn't communicate when she was having difficulties. They just left her to struggle. She was depressed by the end of 8th grade and we decided to remove her from the school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-14
    "The only good quality this school has, is that it is aesthetically pleasing. Sadly, more thought is put into that, than any other aspect of a child's education. If your child is disruptive, and might be expelled from elsewhere, or you want to protect your child from grades, this is the school for you. The founder thinks of difficult children as learning material. Idealistic, and sad for the other children to have to put up with this. The teachers we experienced here, were not even competent in basic Math, although the Montessori manipulative material itself is brilliant. Don't confuse the 2 things, as many do. The teachers get away with it, because they're not held accountable. Most teachers here do not send a child's work home. If you ask for it, they make you feel guilty for not trusting them! This is not isolated, but routine here. They play down the end of year standardized test. No one is told a child's grades except parents. If a child does poorly, they blame the test itself. They routinely expertly bash traditional education. And that is how they sell themselves. This school is a severe over-reaction to the problems of public schooling. They misrepresent what they are about."
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