Apex >Community & Social Services > Peace Montessori
2190 N Salem St, Apex, NC | Directions 2752335.756949 -78.833905
We went to an Open House at Peace Montessori before my daughter started 2nd grade, but ultimately decided to put her in the local public school. By the middle of 4th grade that was not working out for her, and I remembered how much we liked the Montessori program, and Peace Montessori in particular. We brought her to the school for a day to try it out – and we were all immediately ready to switch! She started right after winter break that year (two years ago) and we have been happy with that decision every day since then. I only wish we had moved her sooner. We have been impressed with the quality of the teachers, the overall education she is getting, the numerous field trips (which enhance their learning tremendously!), and the warm, friendly atmosphere at Peace Montessori.
Specifically, I like the small class size and teacher/student ratio, the weekly class meetings where students are able to talk about interpersonal and social issues in a calm, clear way, and the time management, personal responsibility, and life skills they learn everyday. It’s been great getting to know the other students in her class and their parents, and I feel that we have all made lifelong friends. Also, it is a real comfort and advantage having the same teacher for 3-year periods, as well as a curriculum which spans that time period. Each child is able to move at his/her individual pace and learn in the best way for them.
I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that enrolling our daughter at Peace was the single best decision we have made for her education – both in the classroom and in life.
Extremely positive educational experience – We decided to send my four year old son to a montessori school last year when he was getting into trouble for not wanting to sit in his chair for extended periods of time in his traditional preschool. I looked at several Montessori Schools in the Apex/Cary/Ral area and was most impressed with the staff at Peace. After the first week of school my son started doing math out loud in the back of the car while we were driving home from the grocery store. My husband and I also notice that he seemed calmer at home and he starting asking all of these really intelegent
questions like 'what does melting mean?'. We decided to
send our 3yr old to Peace for two days a week this year as well and I was really nervouse because he was struggling
with seperation anxiety. Not only does my three year old
love going to school but he actually gets upset when I tell
him it is not a school day on his days off from school. Also
my older son used to hate to go to school when he was at
his traditional prechool and now at Peace he keeps asking when he can stay for extended day. I am very impressed
with how Peace has made learning such a wonderfully positve experience!
Highly accomplished, nurturing Montessori school – My husband and I have been thrilled with our daughter's growth at Peace Montessori. After driving a long distance the previious two years to the area's most expensive Montessori school, we are seeing even more impressive results and spending 40% less. With a wonderfully experienced,, caring and stable team of teachers, Peace offers a truly excellent Montessori education, with greater flexibility in schedules, and such nice extras: Spanish, yoga, nature education. Our daughter adores her teachers -- wanted to invite them over for a recent "playdate" -- and we love hearing her imitate the patient and tender voices the teachers use when working with the children. We have been thoroughly delighted with our experiences at Peace Montessori.
We love this school! – We love this school. We have 2 daughters there and they both love it. It is structured yet self-directed and the staff are wonderful. I cannot imagine the kinds of issues described in the earlier review--so much so that I wonder if she was writing about the same school. I cannot recommend this school highly enough. For a private school, it is very diverse and welcoming. They are small, so have rules that may seem inflexible for people used to "daycare" settings, but they are there to make the school run effectively and they do just that.
Unsupervised care--check for other preschools – too had a previous experience with this school where our child was left outside unsupervised. The school is well aware of this and I have many documented emails from the school confirming this. Additionally, we did not find this school to welcome diversity. Very disappointed.
I've had at least one kid here since it opened!! – That should say it all... why would anyone stay at preschool they were unhappy with? It was a wonderful start for 4 of my 5 children.. and the only reason the fifth one didn't go there is because it wasn't open when he was a preschooler. My kids were (and are) always safe and happy there. The well-trained staff are caring individuals, and they can meet the needs of all kinds of students, from the totally typical to highly gifted to kids with mild physical or developmental disabilities. Peace students learn to become organized, courteous, self-regulating and independent . In my experience, kids from Peace also transition well to public and parochial schools.
Peace Montessori-A Safe, Caring Educational Environment – PLEASE READ ALL REVIEWS. Peace has been in business for 7 years and has always had school policies in place to ensure the safety of the children at all times. 9 out of 10 of the staff members are AMS Certified (American Montessori Society). We were named Best Preschool in Apex for 2008 and 2009. NEVER has a child run around unsupervised as stated in a previous review stemming from one family on a hate campaign against the owner that has continued for months under different names. It is a shame that the internet is such that you cannot truly protect yourself or business from hateful, untrue attacks nor can you always have them removed from the site. Please set up an appointment to visit the school for an observation (363-2461). Observing and speaking with our parents and seeing the facility are the best ways to judge for yourself what an amazing program we have at Peace Montessori.
Peace Montessori is a WONDERFUL place for children. – My grandchildren have attended Peace Montessori for several years and have thrived in that environment. Altho' I am not the parent, I have spent considerable time at the school, attended many programs, delivered and picked up at the end of the day, etc. and know each of the teachers. The children and parents I've seen there are engaged in the programs and are happy in their lives - it's such a shame when someone unhappy in his own life blames others for his own shortcomings rather than be thankful for the positive influences his child can receive in such a lovely atmosphere. Children, teachers and parents work well together at Peace, in a loving and caring approach to learning. The children are challenged every day and learn, by the Montessori methods, to have a collaborative experience in their lessons. They help each other and learn, from what my husband and I have seen, far more than children in any other school setting, because there are no upper limits placed on them. I heartily recommend Peace Montessori and continue to be thrilled that we are part of the "family" there.
An Alarming and Horrifying Experience – Our son attended Peace for one year. It was a very challenging year filled with great negativity and criticism. We were constantly blamed for petty incidents or ones for which we weren't responsible, and also generally harassed, leaving us with no option but to leave the school. For several months, we attempted to remedy the situation, but our many requests to meet with the School Director/Owner were denied. She refused to meet with us especially when it involved the extreme neglect and safety of an incident involving our toddler son. This involved our 3 year old son who was left outside the school at the parking lot when I arrived at the school to pick him up and he was all by himself. The school, which never admitted that this was a safety issue that they were responsible for, given the fact my child was in their care, instead blamed his parents for not being being with him. This was confirmed by the school sending us a violation email stating that we weren't in compliance with the school guidelines! How could we have been with him since we were driving to pick him up? Who knows what would have happened to him had I not arrived and found him? Between safety issues and combative personnel at the school, our time at Peace was anything but "Peaceful." In reflection, the School really focused much more on negativity, criticism, and unhappiness than actually providing our son a proper education in a nurturing environment. An alarming and very miserable experience, one in which we were extremely dissatisfied with and, overall, our son's treatment. As a parent who has experienced this school, I would strongly advise to research all other available options.
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