We sent our daughter to 3 different preschools before we finally settled at GMS. Our second daughter went there as well, and we plan to have our son go there when he's ready. We have been so happy with the school. There is a real sense of community between the teachers and families, and many of us have remained friends long after our children have been there. What we are the most amazed about is how calm and peaceful the school is. They have really created a safe, warm environment for children to explore and learn. We look forward to having our son go there; we know he will love it as much as our girls did.
Kristie Stark ~ East Greenwich, RI
When I drop off my son at Greenwood Montessori I know that he will be in a true Montessori prepared environment, and more importantly I know that he will be with teachers that treat him as if he were their own child, with the love and respect that Maria Montessori advocated for throughout her life.
Eva ~ West Warwick, RI
Greenwood Montessori School is a true treasure! We have one son who currently attends and another who “graduated” last year. Our oldest son was very shy and withdrawn when he first started attending. By the end of his two years at GMS, he was a different child for the better! He was confident, able to talk to his teachers and peers and willing to try new things. We attribute this positive change to the loving, nurturing and caring environment the teachers provide. Miss Brenda, Miss Erin and Miss Irina have created a warm, peaceful classroom where the children feel safe and loved, are encouraged to explore and learn and are able to thrive! We are so thankful for Greenwood Montessori School and what it has done for our children!
Sean and Ruth Finnegan ~ Warwick, RI
Greenwood Montessori has been an unforgettable blessing. I strongly believe that the first experiences a chid has at school set the foundation for success or lack of success academically and socially. So, I was especially careful in selecting a school for my son. My son had serious separation anxiety and also started late in the school year, which made me especially nervous. However, not only were the teachers at Greenwood caring, but the students were understanding and accepting of this new student. It was truly a reflection of the loving environment of the school. My son thrives and truly enjoys learning, which I believe is a direct effect of his time at Greenwood. What’s more, the Montessori education has been incomparable academically. (At the age of 5, my son understands mathematical concepts and reads.) I strongly recommend Greenwood Montessori to any picky mother like myself.
Debbie Kim ~ Providence, RI
Our daughter has attended Greenwood Montessori for the past two years and absolutely loves it! She learns things she would likely not be exposed to at other schools for children her age. Greenwood Montessori has taught our daughter to be kind to her peers and to the earth. Her love of learning is a direct reflection of the outstanding guidance she has received at Greenwood Montessori. Our family is thankful we found this magnificent little school!
The Mays' ~ Providence, RI
Sarah and Jeff Lockhart ~ Warwick, RI
My husband Scott and I had our little girl Teagan 20 years after our oldest was born. This little child was so precious and special to us! As it turned out, though talkative and loud and boisterous at home, it became clear that she was shy in public. We began looking for options to help get her ready for school. We were worried that if we didn't get her through her shyness before kindergarten started she would be traumatized.
I happened to notice a sign for Greenwood Montesorri School and decided to check it out. Scott and I, as well as Teagan, went to visit. From the first time we laid eyes on that little school, we knew it was perfect for our family. The school was clean. It was attractive, organized, and best of all - not plastic! There were warm wooden tables and chairs, a real little lamp that could be turned on. There was a duster, broom, food prep area. By the time we got to the back of the room, Teagan spotted what would always be her favorite - the Loft. My husband and I looked at each other and knew Teagan HAD to go there. We didn't even know how much tuition was, it didn't matter. It was perfect for our daughter.
Once Teagan did start there in the fall of 2008, it was clear that she was far shyer than I even realized. She was unable to speak out loud in the classroom. Her anxiety prevented her from being able to speak. Although it was an unusual circumstance, the staff there partnered with us, and we all worked together to assist Teagan to be able to communicate out loud. By the time Teagan did speak out loud, everyone was very vested in this happening - teachers, fellow friends, and parents alike. We have pictures and a beautiful montage put together by the school of that unforgettable day that Teagan came out of her shell. I cry when I think of that day. It was like a re-birth, or an awakening. The people at that school are compassionate, caring and totally trustworthy. I will always be grateful that our roots are with Greenwood Montessori School. I would refer them without reservation. I will always consider the teachers that Teagan had as family. We have nothing but wonderful memories and lasting relationships from our two years there.
We can't say enough about how pleased we are with the quality of education our daughter is receiving at Greenwood Montessori. The teachers are warm, dedicated and passionate about their work. The classroom environment imparts of sense of tranquility and order. The school is run according to true Montessori principles, and is uncompromising in its commitment to providing an atmosphere of peace, love and encouragement to the children. The outdoor setting is nothing short of magical--a wildlife pond, majestic trees, and a wonderful playground.
Our daughter has attended this school for the past two years, and we intend to send our other two children as well. We believe that their experience at Greenwood Montessori will provide them with an educational foundation that will nourish and enrich them for the rest of their lives.
Francesca ~ Providence, RI