Alpine Montessori - Sparta Overview57 Main Street, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 , Tel: +1 (973) 726-0349
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Alpine Montessori - Sparta Ratings & Reviews
Love this school! The teachers are great and the school/classrooms are adorable. My child's vocabulary soared after a few months of attending the school. He has learned not only the basics (colors, letters, numbers), but also how to be a good person. I would recommend this school to anyone.
a parent:Since we enrolled our son in Sparta Montessori School the experience we had was a nightmare. We sent our 5 year old son there in September 2016 expecting professionalism from the teachers, individual child approach, and high educational level. None of the above ever happened. Teachers there are very unfriendly and unprofessional. Within few weeks our son was constantly complaining that one of the assistant teachers raising her voice. However, we did not take this seriously at the beginning and though everything will work out. One day he came home with blue upper lip. Our obligation as parents were to follow up with the school and to clarify maybe they knew what happened in order to prevent such things happening in the future. After approaching the principal about this delicate situation, she didn’t even bother to invite me into her office to discuss the issue and assure that everything is fine and under control, instead, she kept me in the hallway full of people while discussing all this. When I mentioned about our son’s complains about one of their assistant teachers she won’t even listen and denied. I believe all of the teachers in that school related to one another in some way with exception to one teacher. No doubt they will stand for each other. After expressing our concerns, instead of working with us and resolving the situation they wanted us out. Their miserable excuse was that our son is unable to draw ”tree” or “picture of himself”, not focused enough, and will not progress here. In other words, our 5 year old son is a “little unteachable monster” which they so called “professionals” can’t handle. All that my son just being in that school for 3 days a week from 9am-12pm. An example before going to this school in spring 2016 my son took Assessment Test in Alpine Public School and did great there. To finalize it, this school has no personal approach for their students as they describe, very unfriendly personal, short on staff, and expecting kids to coming there and be like “robots” while teachers are ENJOYING LIFE. It seems like as soon as a parent raises an issues/ concerns the school looks for any way to get you out. Goal of this school is definitely not perfection in education. Again after traumatizing our son I would NEVER recommend this school to anybody.We are so happy we pull our son out this obsolete MESS!!!
Both of my children attended the school until kindergarten. It is truly a wonderful place with wonderful teachers and we miss it greatly! Having my girls attend was one of the best decisions I ever made. They were both well prepared for kindergarten !
Both of my kids went there. We felt as if it was our family taking care of our kids. The kids learned valuable techniques for learning and actually enjoyed learning and collaborating with various projects. I must say they have molded our kids to be leaders, humble in day to day dealings and most important enjoy learning.Do not go on the looks of the building, they have much more to offer to you and your child via their teaching methods.
My son has attended Alpine Montessori - Sparta since we moved to the area in July of 2014. He was 2 1/2 years old when he entered the school. I have been extremely happy with our experiences at the school. The teachers are wonderful; they are loving and really seem to enjoy the children. My son has endured some major life changes during his time at Alpine Montessori, and his teachers and the director have been patient, supportive and understanding of his needs, as well as our family's needs. The teachers communicate well with the parents at drop off and pick up, at conferences, and through written communication - for example, when additional diapers are needed. Educationally, I am very pleased with what my son is learning. He is a bright young boy who entered the school with advanced language skills. Even so, he worked primarily in the Practical Life area for the first year and a half. The Practical Life area addresses problem solving, fine motor skills, and independence - all important skills for young children to master. Focussing on this area, however, did not limit his learning in other areas. He was also exposed daily to the alphabet, phonics, counting, and several languages, including Spanish, Japanese and sign language. The school follows the Montessori method which stresses the importance of presenting developmentally appropriate activities to the children and in aiding the children in learning through play, through exploration, and through trial and error. In other words, Montessori learning is experiential. As a result, learning often occurs when the kids (and parents) least expect it. My son has thrived in this environment. He is confident, independent and learning by leaps and bounds. I love how he is progressing; he loves that he has lots of "play time" at school. Even his "work" often seems like play to him. My older two boys attended a more traditional preschool. While their experiences were fine overall, looking back, I wish they had had the opportunity to attend a Montessori program like the one at Alpine Montessori. I honestly think this school and the Montessori method it embraces provide the best of all worlds for young children. While the Montessori method and this school may not fit the expectations of every parent, I personally can't say enough good things about Alpine Montessori, its program and its teachers.
New Jersey Education Statistics
- No High School5%
- Some High School34%
- Some College20%
- Associate Degree6%
- Bachelor Degree22%
- Graduate Degree13%
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