Both my son and daughter just started at a montessori school in August....every week that passes, I'm more pleased with it. We selected this school because my DD finished VPK, but is not age-eligible for public kindergarden, so if we didn't send her to this school, she would essentially have to repeat her VPK program. I must say, I am pleased with everything so far.
For the most part, the students from this school (18months-8th grade) fair exceptionally well when they leave. The do standardized testing on occasion to gauge where they are; for example, they do the PSAT starting in 6th grade, again in 7th and again in 8th.
I realize that there are always a few students who transition and are deemed "behind" by the public or other private schools. I don't really expect this to be an issue, but I'd rather equip myself with some knowledge early on.
I want to understand what progress they are making compared with kids their age, whether that be in montessori or traditional. How does one do this without questioning the entire system?
My DD is 4, and she was just introduced to the decimal presentation tray. I suppose since she has been in the program for an entire 6 weeks, this is not bad....but how does she fare compared to other kids her age? How do I find that out? She's always excelled, and I want to know if that progression is stalling or moving forward.
Is there a "lesson sequence" or something else that I can refer to? I feel this is the only big question for me, and if I'm trying to critique her accomplishments, I don't exactly think its appropriate to ask the school
Any help/guidance would be appreciated. TIA!