ARBOR MONTESSORI

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2998 LAVISTA RD
DECATUR, GA 30033
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Phone: 404-321-9304
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 13:1
  • Students/Grade: 29.1
  • Number Students: 291
  • Number Teachers: 18
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Jan Deason
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (32 ratings)
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    School Reviews (31 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-18
    "We found the administration to be quite responsive whenever we had concerns, though the overriding approach is often to "neuter" parents and to defensively defend the pedagogy based on ideology rather than actual student learning. Several new teachers recently hired are, quite frankly, not good enough. You'll find much better elsewhere. We found the approach increasingly ideological. For example, a new teacher told parents that Arbor does not recommend revealing test scores to students and asked parents to not discuss them with their child (a previous, more experienced teacher simply said that each family has its own way of discussing test scores and encouraged sensitivity to others). Another newer teacher told us it was "up to the child" to apply spelling rules. It is unfortunate that such a warm, nurturing place is moving in this direction and will, no doubt, lose more students and whatever credibility it still has in Atlanta's independent school community."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-13
    "We did not find a child-centered educational approach at Arbor. The physical environment is child-friendly, but we generally found that the teachers do not have the experience or the capacity (due to large class sizes) to meet the child at his/her level. For children who learn well from interacting mainly with educational materials, Arbor may be a good choice. The tuition is lower than most secular private schools in Atlanta, the classrooms are bright and airy, the grounds are nice. For children who do not learn well from materials, and need to discuss concepts as they re learning them, question what they don't understand, and explore new ideas, Montessori is not a good approach. Unfortunately, many of the teachers at Arbor do not have any other tools in their toolbox, and are not trained or willing to recognize when their approach is failing. Instead they will suggest that you spend thousands of $'s to "identify" and "fix" your child's learning issues. We have also found that emotional bullying is a problem, which is either ignored, blamed on the victim, or mildly addressed with ineffective methods. For girls, the general attitude is girls will be girls ."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-04
    "High teacher turnover makes this a tough time for Arbor. Look at teacher backgrounds and you'll see many of them all went to the same colleges. Friends and parents are hired as teachers. The school is more concerned about re-building its faculty than student learning and teacher competency. The school will tell you about all the kids who go on to other private and public schools successfully, but if you talk to the tutors and parents of those who went on and struggled because they didn't learn writing mechanics, math or science (all weaknesses at Arbor), they will tell you you'll have a lot of catching up to do."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-04
    "The problem with Arbor is that if you continue through the upper elementary and middle school program and decide to leave, your child will not be competitive applying to other good schools. No transcripts, no standard grades-- even the schools that "understand" Montessori will not take you as seriously as other applicants. Many parents are finding this out the hard way, particularly now that application numbers are up significantly around Atlanta. Admissions teams will say, "Where's the transcript?" It will be clear to you that your child's academic achievements are not taken as seriously as those from traditional schools. The upper year academics are considered "soft." I agree with other reviewers that for little kids, the Montessori method is second-to-none. But the problem is, where do you go from there? Run, do not walk from upper year programs at this antiquated school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-29
    "A fantastic school for the lower years and a very weak academic school after about Grade 4. High teacher turnover, hiring friends and family to teach rather than those with subject matter expertise and demonstrated teaching effectiveness seems to be the way here. No real meaningful measurement and evaluation in the upper years 5-middle school and extreme defensiveness if children are not learning basic things like math and science. Outmoded, but again, just wonderful in those early years of discovery for the child."
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