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.”
Blair R. Carter, Parent and former student
As a new parent, I was very excited to have the opportunity to send our son to Montessori School of Rome. It was something very special to me as I went to this same Montessori School at the same location over 30 years ago.
I’m happy to report that our son has excelled since day one! His communication and listening skills improve daily. His independence, confidence and problem solving abilities are well beyond what any parent could ask for at his age. The way he processes everything that goes on around him is incredible, sometimes even scary.
I’m a firm believer that his development is due, mostly in part, to Montessori School of Rome and the wonderful teachers and staff that care for him. We are forever grateful.
Blair R. Carter
Elisa Montanaro 2009 Graduate of MSR
“I began MSR in the toddler program, and I was in Ms. Kumar’s last Primary class. On my first day in her class, she discovered within three hours that I needed glasses, and it changed my life. As a +8 power in glasses, I desperately needed them. After the world wasn’t just a big shadow, I really began learning. Montessori made my childhood experiences fun, and I learned so much without even realizing it. There were some tears in Lower El as the work expectations increased, but I am so thankful my parents stuck it out and listened to Ms. Dolores and Ms. Diane that I could do the work. They believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself, and I left Lower Elementary ready for the challenging program of Upper Elementary. That’s what we called the pinnacle where it all came together for some of the best days of my education so far. I’m still disappointed that there wasn’t an adolescent program for my group! I told Ms. Shemi to please begin the adolescent program again because she should offer the opportunity of a Montessori education for as many years as possible. When I graduated and went to Darlington, I really began to understand just how valuable my education had been–not just academically but because it taught me to be confident in my abilities and face the challenges of middle school and high school with the skills I needed. Now, I attend Belmont University where I am pursuing a Music Business degree. I am so grateful for my Montessori education, and my advice is to stay in the MSR bubble as long as you can! It’s a great place to learn!”
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.
Caroline Finn 2016 Rome High School Valedictorian & Star Student
Growing up at the Montessori School of Rome shaped me into the person that I am today. At MSOR I learned the value and power of knowledge; I now love to learn, and I yearn for answers. This has set me apart from many of my peers in high school and has contributed very much to my academic success. I also learned from a very young age how to be an independent student, and this has been invaluable in my high school experience. Additionally, growing up in such a diverse environment gave me a realistic view of the world and all of the different kinds of people and cultures that fill it; this helps me to work well with all kinds of people. I am forever grateful to have been blessed with a Montessori education.
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. “
Suzannah Peek Former MSR student
“I attended Montessori from Primary to Upper Elementary fifth year. I have found that the skills I acquired at MSR have been extremely beneficial to me throughout high school. One of my favorite memories was working through any issues with fellow classmates on the peace rug. Now that I’m older, I realize how valuable the curriculum is at MSR. From an early age, the classroom is divided between subjects such as math, language, and practical life tasks. I am so thankful for my time at Montessori, and I will carry the memories with me forever.”
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.”
Chase Watterson Chase Watterson, parent of Tripp and Annie
“There’s no better environment for a young impressionable mind than the Montessori School of Rome. The self-guided discipline the students receive here serve them for a lifetime. My children have benefited greatly from their Montessori foundations, and when I work with these students, I benefit as well. I’m amazed by their curiosity, wonder and appetite for learning new things.
The Montessori teachings are for every child to lay the foundation of learning. In a society of dependent thinkers, the method creates independent thinkers which is invaluable to society.”
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.