We have two girls aged 7 and 9 who have been in Montessori schools since they were 18 months old. We enrolled them at MJDS in 2019 (Casa and first year of Lower Elementary) and we are so happy we did!
The Diamond Family
Why did you choose MJDS?
The perfect balance of Jewish education within the Montessori environment. When we toured the school we immediately felt the warmth and sense of community that this school has built and continues to exemplify.
What do you love most about MJDS?
The community and the dedication and commitment to excellence from all the staff. It is the most supportive environment for the children and their families and really fosters a love of learning.
What is one word that best describes the school? Why?
Warm. The sense of belonging and of caring is so strong at MJDS. The feeling that everyone is invested in the well being of the children and their families is something we’ve never experienced elsewhere. Everyone is working towards the same goal - happy children, happy families, and a great environment for learning.
In what ways have you seen your child/ren grow and develop as a result of their experience at MJDS?
They have become more independent, more sure of themselves and their place within the school and with their peers. But most of all, they are confident and know what they want.
Describe how a Montessori approach to education helps your child/ren learn
It allows them to really be who they are. There’s a lot of talk in the work environment about organizations and their employees “bringing their whole selves to work”. This is something that is inherently Montessori. The children choose what they want to focus on, and how long they want to spend doing it. They aren’t told what to do or when or even how - once a work is presented, it’s up to them to explore it and to learn at their own pace. They don’t have to censor themselves or who they are. It’s wonderful to see.
What would you say to another parent to encourage them to consider enrolling their child at MJDS?
I would ask them to spend a few minutes with different children at the school. To watch how they approach problem solving and how they communicate with their peers, their guides, and other adults in the MJDS community.