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Follow the Child Montessori School
1215 Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 755-1150
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private | PK-6
County: Wake


1/23/2012parentFCM is a place where families are valued. Teachers know your children and are willing to work with you to make sure your children are nurtured and challenged. There is a strong sense of community and purpose. The montessori quality is impressive. I chose this school for my children over others because of the dedicated staff, commitment to philosophy, and community of parents. Perhaps those with issues with the school have found a better fit for their children, family and educational expectations. We have found our place at FCM. The school is full and staff turnover has not been an issue for us for the past 7 years. Come check out the school and decide for yourself!
11/5/2011parentAfter four years there, we have moved our children to different schools. I agree with the other reviews here that the school is not inclusive and makes decisions based on "Montessori principles" that make no sense. This was true in cases involving our children, to their detriment. I would advise parents to look at other Montessori schools. One of our children is now at a different one, and doing very well and receiving much better instruction. Though many staff and faculty members at FCM are well intentioned and caring, the retention rate of both faculty and children speaks volumes. I wish we had moved out children to other schools earlier than we did.
3/24/2011parentNon-inclusive to students with special needs. It's like they would rather not bother. Any child who takes up too much time is discarded. I was told nothing more could be done for my child when previous strategies were halfheartedly tried. Children who are lively, active (developmentally appropriate) etc. are referred to psychologists or occupational therapists. The parents and kids are great, although some families are super-Montessori and a bit extreme about their kids having all wood toys and zero commercial impact in their lives. For such an expensive school, you'd think students would be valuable and yet retention is weak. Look elsewhere!!!
1/25/2010parentI have to agree with one of the earlier posts. The school's interpretation of Montessori principles is different than most other schools in the area. I have found that the school communicates with parents poorly and fails to take swift action when there is an issue that demands it. The administration is distant and unfriendly and interprets and enforces all of its rules so strictly that common sense is not considered. I would encourage any interested parent to look elsewhere, and if this school is convenient for other reasons, to ask about the school's policy on discipline. I have found that Ms. Sumi, however, is an excellent teacher, earning the school the two stars I'm giving it.
10/24/2009parentMontessori education CAN be incredible and the materials are amazing...Montessori dogma is at best limiting. While the small FCM setting is charming at first glance, it is not inclusive. The school espouses a very narrow interpretation of the Montessori principles. Ironically, with such a strict approach creativity and independent thought, the very cornerstones of this methodology, are not often enouraged. While the classrooms are well equipt, dedicated facilities for the arts and athletics are non-existent, and the availibility of outdoor experiencial education is inadequate for such an expensive school. As with all schools, the children are wonderful and some of the teachers are as well. However, many teachers are newly trained or are in training while serving the students. Retention of dedicated staff and families is very poor. Entering it's 9th year, the UE program has not matured to full size. In this case, less is not more.
7/19/2009parentMontessori education is incredible! We love the FCM community, particularly the caring staff. I never even give a second thought about leaving my son there each day. I know that he is loved and cherished by all the teachers. The small size is perfect for our young child. Very literally, every single staff member knows my son by name. The facilities and materials are amazing. The school adheres strictly to Montessori principles. The prior complaint is a little difficult to believe. All of the lead teachers are certified. All staff are trained and schooled in Montessori philosophy. I cannot, in my wildest dreams, imagine that corporal punishment was used on any child at FCM. There are always two teachers in each class and the atmosphere at FCM is the opposite of aggressive or punitive. The push to MSR is a little suspicious too. I'm just saying...
11/5/2008parentThis has been a great school for both of my children. I spent years researching the educational opportunities we have in the triangle, and after 3 years, I'm more thrilled than ever with my choice. The community is great, the size is perfect for my children, the teachers are passionate, the education is amazing.
10/9/2008parentOur family absolutely loves this school. I have become a much better parent and enjoy a loving and learning relationship with both of my kids through Montessori. Every day is a joy!
8/30/2008parentUnfortunately, this school just can't deliver. We found that this pricey school lacks quality (or Montessori certified) teaching staff, demonstrates very poor and inconsistent communication with parents, inadequate administrative leadership, and a failure to respond to substantiated corporal punishment charges. I would very strongly encourage any interested parents to look elsewhere, possibly Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR).

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