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Bloomington Montessori School Overview

1835 South Highland Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47401 , Tel: +1 (812) 336-2800

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Bloomington Montessori School Ratings & Reviews

August 16, 2018 Submitted by a parent
"While the Montessori philosophy promises a child-led education, the 6-9 classroom regularly employed punitive punishments like taking away recess if the child ""fell behind"" in their ""child-led curriculum"". There was poor communication with the parents; parents at the beginning of one school year were told about certain curriculum changes, and those were later modified without further communication with the parents. The lead teacher (now Director) in the 6-9 classroom had a history of difficult interactions with one of our children (it was bad enough that another teacher at the school approached us with their concerns about it!), so we attempted to work constructively with her to help her navigate the child's (extremely mild) anxiety issues. This teacher had at times paired this daughter with children that were bullying her in the classroom, dismissing our concerns about the classmate, laughing that ""well, they may be fighting but it makes her vocal; sure, she's screaming, but that's a good thing, because she's coming out of her shell."" This teacher treated our child's anxiety like it was a disciplinary or tough love issue and responded angrily as if the effort to work constructively with her on the issue was an attack. The classroom regularly discusses issues related to peace and community, but the leadership doesn't appear to live up to it. They reacted defensively and dismissively when several parents attempted to provide constructive feedback about certain policies that were not inclusive. Honest effort to work together as a community was dismissed as ""negativity."" ""My way or the highway"" appears to be the rule, which doesn't demonstrate much dedication to the community. We were quite happy with the other teachers in the classroom, and with the community of parents, the aftercare program, and our Pre-K experience. Unfortunately, the school has high turnover with its teachers and aides, so I can't recommend it, in its current state, as at this point it's like gambling with your children's education."
April 15, 2018 Submitted by a parent
This school has provided a sense of community and empowerment to my children. They are capable and independent and have learned so much about the larger world.
April 14, 2018 Submitted by a parent
If you are invested in your child's education, especially inspiring a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, and creativity, this may not be the best option for you. Children at BMS are taught a peace curriculum that is at odds with how the school operates in the community of Bloomington. Rather than being an inclusive school based on the Montessori method, it is an elite school that has an international study body but not a diverse student body in terms of race, income level, or disability. High academic achievement is a by-product of the lack of diversity. There are three pre-school classrooms, two lower elementary, and one upper elementary classroom. There are fewer students in the upper elementary because many families move their children to public school for the following reasons: 1. BMS does not accommodate children with disabilities. There is no social worker, special education teacher, inclusion teacher, or school nurse. 2. BMS does not accommodate children with allergies beyond the pre-school classrooms. 3. There is a waitlist for the lower and upper elementary that is not transparent.4. There has been a high turn over in teachers in the past six years (from 2012-2018). This may be in part due to lack of teacher training (very few teachers have degrees in education), low salary and lack of benefits, no path for advancement, and lack of harmony among the lead teachers and their aids, which is evident in the classroom. 5. The curriculum in the lower elementary is inconsistent and this can be frustrating for even the brightest child. This is related to high teacher turn over. To address this, the school has a Director of Montessori Programs, who is also a teacher. Thus, there is no oversight of the teachers. If parents have questions about their child's education, there is no recourse beyond the teacher. 6. The school does not deal well with bullying, especially with regard to disability and race.7. There is no gym or auditorium and sports are discouraged because they are seen as at odds with the peace curriculum. 8. Music, Spanish, and Art are often taught by the lead classroom teachers and only occasionally are they able to hire additional teachers in these areas.
April 13, 2017 Submitted by a parent
I would advise caution in choosing this school. My preschool son was expelled after a year and a half for inability to control impulses. We tried to work with the lead teacher on discipline techniques, and she would not entertain anything that didn't conform to her philosophy, which essentially boiled down to just talking to the child when he didn't conform to her expectations. In my estimation, 3 and 4 year old children are simply not 100% rational creatures yet. Once it became clear to the teacher that her techniques weren't working, she was quick to dismiss him. We found it very uncaring and irresponsible. The academics are wonderful, and my child thrived there academically. But not socially, which is what preschool should be emphasizing, in my opinion. There are other excellent teachers at this school.
March 10, 2017 Submitted by a parent
BMS is truly one of a kind. We have lived in several cities and my older child has attended schools differing in philosophies/styles, but BMS is by far our favorite. Both of our kids (in the elementary and preschool) are flourishing here. The teachers are deeply committed and treat the children with respect and compassion. The curriculum is centered around peace and inclusivity -- we feel honored to be a part of it.
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Average Rent in Bloomington, IN

  • Bloomington, IN Average Rental Price, February 2020 $1,126 /mo

Bloomington, IN Apartment Rent Ranges

  • $501-$7007%
  • $701-$1,00048%
  • $1,001-$1,50030%
  • $1,501-$2,0008%
  • > $2,0006%

Bloomington, IN Education Statistics

  • No High School2%
  • Some High School25%
  • Some College17%
  • Associate Degree6%
  • Bachelor Degree28%
  • Graduate Degree23%

Apartments and homes for rent near Bloomington Montessori School

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Things you should know about Bloomington Montessori School

Before you start packing, make sure Bloomington Montessori School is really the best option for your child. To recap, Bloomington Montessori School is a well-known private PK-6 school in Bloomington. It is located at 1835 South Highland Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47401 and it is the second home of 216 students. Please note that available apartments near a given school are filtered by proximity, not by attendance zone. We advise parents to visit the schools in person and contact the admissions offices for further information on school performance and attendance zones before making a final decision.

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