Anne Claire Stapleton Mother of todder/primary student
“My son was at MSR from the toddler program through the second year of primary. We moved to Atlanta, and his teachers at his new school ask how is he such a great reader to only be in kindergarten! I told them it was because of the awesome school he attended in Rome. His teachers give him first grade math and language work, and he is leaps and bounds ahead. We miss Montessori but know he had a great foundation there.”
Kaylie Martin, Secondary student
I have been a student here since I was eighteen months old, and through my time here, I have experienced events such as International Day, Historical Timeline, and May Day that are unique to this school. Montessori has shaped me into the person I am today by helping me develop personal responsibility and a strong work ethic.
At Montessori, I formed a close connection with my teachers and classmates of all ages, allowing me to feel a sense of community. Because of our emphasis on community service, our school makes us feel we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.
The one on one time available with our teachers helps secure the foundations that will develop the child’s love of learning. These are all important skills in helping the child grow successfully into a mature, young adult, something that is difficult to find anywhere else.
Shay Ray Mother of MSR graduates and grandmother of current student
“One of the best decisions I ever made in my life was sending Braylen to the Montessori School of Rome. Such a blessing to have him taught and loved by such wonderful people. “
Anna Loyd 2009 Graduate
“The friendships and memories I made during my nine years at Montessori will last a lifetime. I will always cherish the hands on experience and amazing atmosphere Montessori offered; there’s no place like it! Being able to say I have had the same best friend for fifteen years through Montessori is quite remarkable. I can’t thank the incredible teachers enough for pushing me to excel and doing my best. Attending Montessori was a wonderful experience that I will always appreciate.”
Nicholas Carlton Class of 2010, received nominations to US Naval Academy and Merchant Marines
“Having graduated from Montessori, I am aware nearly every school day of a keen desire to return to a Montessori-type environment. I had some of the greatest teachers I will ever have while at MSR. I was wonderfully prepared for my middle and high school careers. It is impossible for me to fully put into words the quality and the well-rounded nature of the education I received from Montessori.”
Jennie Pruitt Mother of toddler/primary student
Jase began MSR in the toddler program in Ms. Ginny and Ms. Pam’s class. The compassion, love, and patience the Montessori teachers show Jase continues to shape my parenting. Four years later, I understand the difference in the Montessori method. We have felt the compassion from teachers helping us through difficult transitions. I have listened to the patient voices assuring me that phases pass. I have received advice that seemed counterintuitive but worked so beautifully. It is so apparent through the actions of the teachers that learning is key; however, I have witnessed that fostering the love of learning is a top priority. This is the thing I love the most about Montessori. I have watched the practical, hands-on learning style of Montessori and how the “work” they do in the classroom has shaped who Jase is becoming outside of a classroom. We try to foster the same environment at home with limited screen time and access to create what his imagination can dream, still following the “let them get dirty” attitude my mother let me experience. I don’t believe this possible without the alignment Montessori allows us to have. I often find myself watching him play or amazed that he enjoys doing his homework. Montessori is Home. The cliché saying that it takes a village is true; however, now I know selecting the right village is key. Until Jase’s third year of Primary, we had thought we would move him to public school. As we watch him grow academically and socially, we realize that Montessori feels like the right village for us.
Juhi Varshney Montessori Graduate
“I attended the Montessori School of Rome for eight years. My MSR experience began when I was a third-year primary student in what would be Mrs. Kumar’s last class and continued until I completed seventh grade- and I loved every moment of it. Montessori’s unique teaching style creates a learning environment that encourages questions, values diversity, and enables students, and I could not be more grateful for the skills I gained here.
It seems like education today is all about numbers- about grades and standardized test scores and other forms of extrinsic motivation that seems to stifle the purest form of learning. My experience at MSR was vastly different. Our teachers were wonderful and compassionate and nurturing, and they worked with each student’s individual needs. I remember all of them encouraging me to take on new challenges and work ahead to make sure I was never bored. I got to control my own learning, and they facilitated my acceleration with so much enthusiasm and love. Whether I was hunched over at a desk or huddled around the green lesson table or sprawled beside a rug on the ground, the greatest reward for my hard work was a sense of satisfaction and pride. I looked forward to coming to class each day. I wanted to complete more Albanesi cards that day than I did the day before- write more in my morning journal, copy notes from the board more quickly and cleanly. I think there was a healthy sense of competition, but greater than that was just this drive to be the best that I could be. MSR really helped cultivate my love for learning. I wasn’t embarrassed to be smart, and I wasn’t afraid to ask questions, and I was never ashamed of wanting to learn more. I can’t overstate how far this attitude has carried me and continues to carry me today in college. Even now, I enjoy reading my chemistry textbooks and asking questions in large lecture halls and working for hours on end in preparation for a test. What a gift it has been to truly love learning.
Growing up as an Indian-American in a predominantly white town can be a daunting challenge, but I never felt that identity crisis because MSR was so open to appreciating new cultures. My Indian heritage seemed to fit so seamlessly, and I never remembering being uncomfortable with it. I studied remarkable Indian people of the past for Historical Timeline and delved into Ancient India one International Day where I wore a half-sari and ate Indian food with pride. I remember being a budding Bharatanatyam dancer and showing some of the younger classes a dance I had just learned and their warm response really solidified my appreciation and love for a sacred art that has now become irrevocably intertwined with my life. It almost baffles me to look back on my experience and remember how all cultures –not just my own- were respected and celebrated because such true cultural diversity is just so rare in our world today. We had Spanish and French lessons, dressed up like ancient Egyptians, sang Japanese songs at the Holiday Program, and even traveled to England with our class of four adolescents, a trip that I will cherish forever.
The mixed age classrooms were one of my favorite aspects of the Montessori environment. Getting to help the younger students not only reinforced concepts that I had learned before, but it taught me how to be a role model and how to be a leader. Working with the older students that I looked up to presented a constant challenge of reaching their level- one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The values of honesty, kindness, and integrity that I learned at home were reinforced each and every day in the classroom, equipping me with a high moral fiber that I uphold today. There was never any gender bias- never once did I feel lower or lesser or not enough because I was girl; this was so fundamental to my personal development that I was baffled to learn that many of my fellow female peers in college did not receive the same treatment when they were younger. The idea that teachers favor boys or that girls are conditioned to believe that they can’t achieve as much as boys can is so foreign to me based on my own personal experiences, even though it seems to be a prevalent, if tacit, notion in our society.
I am so grateful to the Montessori School of Rome and to Maria Montessori and her philosophy for creating a nurturing learning environment and constantly challenging me with rigorous academics. For helping me every single step of the way as I developed into an independent, inquisitive, hard-working, honest, accountable, responsible, compassionate Indian-American, woman, student, friend, mentor, role model, and leader. For helping me create friendships with other students and my teachers that will last a lifetime. And for enabling me to love learning, to always work my hardest, to never give up, and to always be the best version of myself.
I look back on my days at MSR fondly, and I wholeheartedly recommend it for high-achieving children of all ages and backgrounds.”
Nancy Singh Mother of two
“We cannot thank the Montessori School enough for teaching our kids and advancing their knowledge base. Both of our kids learned how to read and write and got a lot of exposure to Science and Geography, which they would not have gotten anywhere else. Ms. Angie, Ms. Ana Maria, Ms. Ginny, and Ms. Pam are all amazing teachers and we will remember them always. We deeply appreciate all their love, compassion, and commitment to our kids.”
Jessica Mauer former student
“I will always remember getting to pick the sun on my birthday and doing the birthday walk! I also remember the peace rug and working out difficulties with my classmates. This approach helped me to problem solve and build relationships. I bonded with my classmates in such a unique environment that has led to friendships which have lasted through the years. Doing the golden chain in the lobby was one of my favorite memories!”
Lana Jones Montessori Parent
“Montessori School of Rome has been such a blessing to our family! Owen has been at MSOR for two years. When I was offered a new job in Floyd County last year, my first thought was “Who will take care of my son?” Several of my friends children went to MSOR, but my husband and I were very worried about the change. On our first visit we were welcomed with smiles and reassured that Owen would be taken care of. We could not ask for a better educational experience for our son! We love and appreciate our MSOR family!”