Montessori is the closest thing to home schooling you'll find outside your own home
Montessori children are unusually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in groups. Since they've been encouraged to make decisions from an early age,
Oak Trails Montessori School is an absolute gem, even though not many people know about it. We could not be more pleased with the preprimary education our two children have received there, and we are sorry that there currently is no elementary program, so that their unique educational experience could continue. If you believe that your child should be educated in a peaceful, low-key, non-commercialized environment, that your child should be able to take nature walks and to garden at school and that your child's school should be a supportive environment that encourages individual exploration and expression, then you may be an Oak Trails parent! The school is a nonprofit and has no other agenda than presenting the Montessori method of education as originally envisioned by Maria Montessori. The dirt road can be tricky at times, and the outside of the school may not be what you expect, but once you get inside and see the children working, you will feel the magic.
Posted: 6/03/2010 • Link to this review
This has been the perfect place for our little boy. We were first attracted to it's peaceful environment and the focus on daily living activities that children can do on their own to foster independence and confidence - especially at preschool age, they love to do these things (tie shoes, put on jackets, sweep, etc). As he has grown and developed, we've appreciated that he can explore the many wonderful Montessori activities at his level and speed. Attention spans of all the children really develop here. It is a caring, nurturing, healthy environment with healthy food, outdoor play, etc. We can't say enough about the teachers! The facility needs updates, but the tuition is low to allow all access to this great Montessori education - hard to have it both ways, and we could get over old facilities in the interest of diversity and quality.
Posted: 5/19/2010 • Link to this review