Memphis >Evergreen Montessori School
I had many issues with the school
biggest ones being:
1. With tuition as high as any other private school, the building and security is very below expectations.Pre-K rooms open directly to a hall with the main gate. The main gate stayed open many times. There is no one watching the comings and goings at all.Very very unsafe!
2. I found kids unsupervised many times. AT pick up, many times I didnt find anyone to talk to about their day. No one checks ID if a new person comes to pick them up. a friend once picked them up and no one even noticed or asked for any id. She was surprised and shocked, thats dangerous.
3. The morning hand off is not at all handled well. These kids are under 5 years, sleepy and leaving home and parents to come to school. They need to be greeted cheerfully, teachers should get them excited about their day and make it an easy transition. I left my son confused on the playground or hallway so many times. In summer session, I left my son just on the playground with no welcome or greeting whatsoever by the teacher who would just would literally stand on the playground &quot;watching&quot; them with no hello or a single word while I try to drop him off. Ms Melissa &amp; Ms Feather would be in the office doing something while kids are huddled in the hallway waiting for some sort of direction. it was bad. I have seen no other school handle morning drop offs like this. My son at his new school has easy drop offs, his teachers greet him and me, get him excited about the day. Pick ups are also informativeat new schoo, teachers excited to talk to parents about their day. Ms Alma was the only one who used to do a good job of welcoming kids in the morning. Toddler teachers were pretty good though.
4. No schedule: I have year long schedules for both kids from both their schools listing meetings, picture days, holidays, vacations, trips. I never knew the schedules, agendas or what they did during the day. I sometimes wont even know about their picture day until I dropped them at school and saw the photographer.
5. All that my son does, I have opportunity to see his portfolio, pictures, get feedback and talk to teachers at any time. It is a very good healthy and positive envionment that I never found at Evergreen.
6. Hallway has a wierd smell a lot of times. Too much asking for volunteering on weekends. It may be easy for stay at home moms but I dont have time for cleaning up school after working full-time, managing my house and taking care of my kids. I expect to come to a clean school facility for my kids if I am paying as good as private school.
7. There is no art -room, place for kids to play unless u count that muddy yard in the frony that is HIGHLY UNSAFE with just a wooden door. Toddler room has an open comode in the class room, yuck! 14 month to 3 year olds sometimes would get themselves wet in it, u cant even put diaper on your kids. Toddle teachers probably spend most of their time potty training than anything else. Primary kids walk to a bathroom down the hall and are expected to go by themselves with no one to make sure they wash hands etc..
8. And talk about attitude in teachers specially they dislike working moms because u dont have time to stay and gossip or bond over the weekend school cleaning session and if u have nanny, u are pretty much black listed! They dont like to tell u much about the day of your child. I dont get daily report written but I know about my son's day now.
If you want Montessori school, please try Maria Montessori which is so much better! For regular school, there are many better options.
With a full-time job, a busy household and 2 kids, I was looking for a school I could trust, rely upon for education, safety and emotional well being of my kids. But Evergreen could not meet my expectations on many levels. It has been a year since we left this train wreck and are very happy and excited every day about the new school
Loving it!. My family has been a part of Evergreen Montessori School for 4 years now. We really enjoy it! There are so many wonderful things happening in these kids lives with Evergreen's help. We compared and visited the other Montessori schools in Memphis and really felt as if Evergreen was the best fit for us. This school is full of greatness! Our child has become confident and I believe it has a lot to do with the Montessori way of learning. We love that Evergreen's tuition is reasonable. it's close to home and work, and that we feel our child is safe and loved. One con is that they need there own building (right now they rent from a church). Check Evergreen Montessori out!
Parents, all negative reviews are removed. Do your research before leaving your child in the care of this "school."
My own child’s safety was seriously jeopardized by Evergreen Montessori School.
In a review posted here way back in 2007 (now removed), a parent wrote, “This place [Evergreen Montessori] lets your child roam around and float unsupervised.”
Ask the administrator a simple question. If a parent contacted the Tennessee Department of Education, what would they say about this school’s record for child safety?
Although less important than the lack of basic safety, my child languished academically and socially at Evergreen but flourished at a new school under the care of competent and encouraging teachers.
Parents, please search for a well-regarded school: Grace St. Luke’s, Woodland Presbyterian, Christ Methodist, Snowden, Idlewild.
In the words of still another deleted review, Evergreen Montessori is a “train wreck.”
experienced over time.
I don't usually read reviews about our school because I've been a parent there for so long now, 6 years ago our then 2 year old began her Montessori journey at Evergreen. She is now in the elementary class and we have certainly watched all of the day to day workings of the school very closely. A friend mentioned the negative review that didn't ring of truth with our experience so I decided to check it out.
I admit that living in a world of reports, tests and hyper supervision caused some need for adjustment (for us certainly not for her). The experience for our family has been extremely positive and we are very hands on and involved, in and out of the building at different times of the day unannounced and always welcomed. The freedom to move around and make wise choices based on interest has always been observed to be discreetly "supervised" by staff in ways that fosters independence by the children. It is far different than day cares we have visited or had experience with in the past with locked classrooms and alarms so that the children have no reason to make safe choices on their own. I have to say that I have never in all these years worried that my child was not supervised sufficiently or cared for in the same way I would care for her if I were there. She learned early the consequences for behavior and to be responsible for her accomplishments in the classroom and has grown into a creative, self reliant person who LOVES going to school every day. We live within walking distance of a superior public school but choose to stay at Evergreen making financial sacrifices because of the experience over a long time that the Montessori method that Evergreen is committed to follow diligently is best for our child.
Is every single day perfect, is every teacher perfect every single day, does the administration always do exactly what I would do if it were me, no, of course not, but I've never experienced a place where these things are true. The vast majority of the time this school gets it right and that is what matters to me. If I see things that need to be improved I (and all the other parents I know who are really involved) jump in and work with "OUR SCHOOL FAMILY" to make it better. I'm not paying babysitters or traditional teachers to watch over my child ingest material, I'm investing in my child's educational/emotional and spiritual future by contributing to a school of highly trained professionals that I value and support as they guide her exploration of her amazing ability to learn everything she wants to learn. The reviewer is right there are other choices but we've made ours over and over and over and it's Evergreen.
Don't let the size fool you . . . Real Deal Montessori.
This school is fantastic. I am a former Montessori child and parent to twin 10 year daughters. One of my daughters attends a local public school's magnet program. The other daughter attends Evergreen and is in the Elementary Program. Her sister, who's learning style is perfect for "the linoleum sweatshop" as I call her public school, is gifted and was selected for the Duke University Early Talent Identification Program in the 4th Grade . . . . yet her internally-directed Montessori sister has surpassed her in several subject areas at Evergreen and frequently helps her with homework.
The staff at Evergreen is superbly qualified. In fact, the Head of School and the lead Primary teacher were trained by Dr. Annette Haines in St. Louis. Dr. Haines is considered one of leading Montessorians in the US, if not the world, right now. Even the ASSISTANT in the elementary classroom is currently being trained by J. McKeever through the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Both Dr. Haines and Ms. McKeever were trained by the legendary Margaret Stephenson, who was tapped by Dr. Maria Montessori and her son Mario to lead the Montessori Movement in the United States several decades ago. Rest assured, there are no better trained Montessorians in the Mid-South than those at this school.
Every lead teacher is certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), which largely considered the Gold Standard of Montessori training. It is an INTERNATIONAL certification and the organization administering the training centers was founded by Dr. Montessori herself. The certification is very difficult to attain and equates to 29 hours towards a Masters degree in education at several universities including Loyola outside of Baltimore.
The way all kids should learn.
We started two of our children at this school, and one went to public school. We noticed a huge difference in our childrens capacity for learning. Public schools cannot compare to a well run Montessori school like Evergreen. They gave us the opportunity to observe, interact and generally be involved in anyway we wanted with our childrens education.
Sadly we had to move, when we did and our kids got adjusted to the new public school, but we noticed how poorly a public school system is run compared to Evergreen. If you value your childrens future, then with out a doubt you should enroll them in this or any high quality Montessori school for the early years of thier education.
Another point I would like to make is that the staff at this particuler school are and were trusted with my most important reason for life, MY CHILDREN!!!!! We have been gone for several years but my children still remember the staff as if they were family. Find that from a public school or any other school.
Adults are hard to please, we all have our issue with this or that and I dont like it because, but I can assure you that your children will be better off if you send them here. Also being a non-profit fund raiser's or donation help pay for the neat wild kingdom, books, supplies,ect.
Very good school, nothing's perfect.
I started my kids here about five years ago. .It has been a wonderful experience. As I watched my kids grow I could see that the Montessori method was really worthwhile. I had a horrible experience at another Montessori school. Olivia's Montessori. They were very strict and controlled.
Evergreen's owners are very friendly. They invite parents to parties and cater them and do all kinds of extra things for the kids. The school yard is full of all kinds of animals and handmade garden projects by the staff and parent association. Everyone pitches in. If you like taking part in your child's education this school is for you.
People who don't like to watch their kids grow may not like it so much - you're better off getting a nanny.
Another thing - everyone is very kind and dramas amongst the parent-teacher cliques sort of dissipate because of the cool owners.
They have nice garage sales and assorted fundraising activities that are cool to partake in if you like that sort of thing. The remodeled school is gorgeous. Teachers stay on long term and seem to love their job. They are very accommodating of work and always have staff on hand to go over holidays if your child cannot be at home during spring break, etc.
They are very multi-cultural, I have never encountered any racism or religious discrimination at the school from the owners. This is a school for both Christians and Atheists. All are welcome.
One negative - they are very busy, as they have grown to be a very popular school.
Good and bad things. The physical aspects of the school are much improved since the move to the new space. The classrooms are larger, and the materials are great. The larger space, however, tends to result in a lack of adequate supervision, particularly in the afternoons, when the kids are more free to roam and the staffing is inconsistent. There actually are more helpers than teachers, and sometimes the teachers are MIA, and only helpers are there. The quality of the teachers varies in our family's experience - two of the teachers are very good; another is pretty good and very kind. Another is so-so and a bit of a space cadet. I don't know much about the infant-toddler teachers. I think that two of the primary teachers are very rigid and closed-minded in their application of Montessori principles, and aren't very effective at helping kids progress. The school seems to be really great for some kids, but not ours. I actually wouldn't dismiss the negative reviewer's comment about the peanut allergy issue. At a parent meeting before the move to the new location, the director said similar things about handicapped children. When one of the parents explained to her that the new site was required to be accessible because it's a school, her response was that the school could control who went there. The new school seems to be accessible, at least for the primary program. The school also is not a nonprofit organization, which makes me a little uncomfortable about fundraising campaigns. Also, the required monthly parent meetings are really poorly run, and run way too late for folks with little kids.
The best school in the memphis area.
This school rocks. No matter what your background this school is for you. They just moved into a new building on Tresvent in Hein Park. My kids have flourished since starting here last year. They have manners and speak with such large words it amazes me every day. I think the Maria Montessori is what every school should teach . I applaud the teachers and faculty at Evergreen Montessori. It is not just a school it is a family.
A happy parent
Great school with great people.
After reading the two one star reviews, I have to say I would believe neither of them. The person that said the school representative said that they use nuts all the time must be nutty herself. There are plenty of children that attend the school with special dietary needs or regimens that their parents want them to follow (vegetarian, etc.). Evergreen accommodates as best they can with the meals that they provide, and meals are posted so that parents can send different lunches on days the school is making something they don't want their child to have. Knowing the staff like I do, there is no way a certified letter was sent to them and ignored. I'd love to see the tracking number and the proof of delivery - I'm quite sure this is a lie.
The other negative review, indicates that it is a glorified day care center. While I agree that it can seem chaotic, I can assure you that based on what I see my daughters doing, they are learning. It impresses me daily, seeing what my children are doing on their own.
For my own positive review...
They have moved into a new location:
751 N Trezevant St
Memphis, TN 38112
This is the Community of Faith Christian Church. Evergreen is using the first and third floors of their education building in the back, and have done amazing work fixing it up. The staff there genuinely loves their jobs and the children, and put the children first in what they do (as they should). The space that they now have is far more conducive to education than their old building, and is nearly twice the size. They've added new materials and furniture to fill the space and will not appear nearly as chaotic as the old location.
I highly recommend stopping by and seeing for yourself. I think that you'll be pleasantly surprised. You won't find a more loving and intelligent staff at twice the price (which is at least what you'll pay at Lamplighter or Lausanne).
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