ED Magedson – Founder
The Eastside Montessori School1934 108th Ave NE Bellevue, Washington USA
The Eastside Montessori School (TEMS) Not a true Montessori experience Bellevue Washington
First, let me say that this is not a review on Montessori as I love the Montessori methods, specifically AMI recognized schools. AMI recognized schools offer the following standards:
TEMS has an AMI trained teacher in the morning and in the afternoon, but they are 2 different teachers. The morning teacher (who is also the director of the school) leaves at noon when the afternoon teacher arrives. This is highly inconsistent for the children. There were times that the morning children could not complete more intense work in the afternoon because the afternoon teacher did not know the lesson so the child had to wait until the next morning to complete his or her work. This is disruptive to the child's morning and afternoon work cycles. Additionally, there were many times that the morning teacher was absent or the afternoon teacher was absent and this left the children without an AMI trained teacher (with the assistant only). This happened not just a few times, but many. Additionally, the mixed age group and class size did not meet the AMI standards. There has rarely been the minimum of 24 students and now, the class size is only 21. To ensure social development, AMI schools have a well balanced division of ages as well as an appropriate number of children. TEMS does not maintain this standard as it has a hard time keeping children enrolled. I have recently removed my children from the school because the AMI standards that I was ensured due to the AMI recognition was not present in addition to many other reasons.
It is very disappointing to pay a lot of money for a premium Montessori school but not get the true Montessori experience. The owner (Christine First) is not only the owner, she is also the director and the morning teacher and leaves by noon each day. This does not give her ample time to successfully be the owner, the director and the teacher and she is often unavailable to the parents. As a result, the children and the families suffer. Because the director tries to wear too many hats, these are the biggest issues that exist:
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