We are a military family and move every 2-3 years. My son, 6, is used to adapting to new environments easily. Last year when we moved here, we started him in a Montessori program for his "kindergarden" year. He did great, & I was really pleased w/his experience and the school, but unfortunately, that school only went through 6 yrs. old, and their sister school (for kids ages 6+) is 30 min away. Conversely, there's a "highly ranked" public school w/ a great rep right around the corner (a 2 min. bike ride), so we decided to enroll him here for 1st grade. Two months into it, he's doing well, no problems (behavior or academic), but I find myself wondering if he'd have a better experience in the M school. He acknowledges that, while he likes the social part of this school, he prefers the M style of learning (i.e. greater independence, he's not assigned to a seat, he can choose his lessons). However, he hasn't expressed a strong desire to transfer, either. My question, then, is, when we move next year or the year after, if there's a M school closer to our next home, can he go back to it? I know this is the time they learn lessons that they carry into their elementary years, but the school here accepts older kids w/o any M background. Thanks!
Last year I found an INCREDIBLE Montessori near my home (we had relocated) and investigated it for my then-7yo who hadn't been in Montessori since he was newly 4yo (so, the year before pre-k). They had no issue whatsoever with taking him. They are certified (and fully engaged in the certifying body, conferences on educating the M way, etc.)
I think this is really going to depend on the school. And some schools that formerly had enough students to cherry pick from those who had been in Montessori before are now suffering decreased enrollment and are adapting (I heard this from a Montessori school leader first-hand).
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Yes, it depends on the school. I think there is a strong preference that students have the casa/primary Montessori experience and continue uninterrupted through the elementary program. My impression is that many schools are not rigid about it, especially in areas where there is a lot of competition from other Montessori schools or private schools in general.
THANK YOU! So good to hear these replies. My biggest worry was that once he was out, that was it. Our M here is AMA certified and always willing to invite him back to visit. Sometimes he does (i.e. when he doesn't have school, but his sister does)...he enjoys going back and being the "big kid." He enjoys helping the directoress and revisiting his lessons. :-)
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