Waycross Discovery Montessori School was just what we wanted for our daughter, who attended from age 2 until 5 until we moved to Florida. The life lessons she learned have made a difference in our everyday lives. She is always making good choices and has a deep compassion for others. Academically, she is exceeding the mark and the transition to kindergarten was very smooth. Her new teacher praises her for being responsible, respectful and kind. But, our daughter misses her teachers and friends at WDMS and talks about them all the time. Ms. Germano, Mrs. Durden and their staff, always kept the parents well-informed on their child's progress and they genuinely cared for our daughter and the rest of their students. Our daughter's love for learning is a huge relief and we truly believe that love was instilled in her from her Montessori roots.
Brad and Christy Williams
Simmons College ‘18
I attended Bay Farm Montessori Academy (Duxbury, MA) from the age of two to twelve, and continued my middle school education at Inly Montessori (Scituate, MA). I completed my secondary education at Duxbury High School.
What really stood out in my experience at the Montessori schools was the emphasis on a caring community and the encouragement to learn through hands on experiences. I gained strong interpersonal relationships between peers as well as teachers, which taught me the value of respecting everyone regardless of age, gender, race, and religion. I addressed my teachers by their first name, which made our relationship more personal and natural. My teachers had authority, but I was taught that teaching and learning was a collaboration; requiring effort from both of us. Small familiar groups offered one-on-one attention at an individualized pace (which was beneficial for a student who struggles with ADHD). Montessori provided a variety of teaching tools that met diverse learning styles. Teamwork and experiential learning was more applicable to real life. This experience developed my love for learning and strengthened my relationship with my teachers.
Bay Farm and Inly created the foundation for my transition to a more traditionally structured public high school and I am forever grateful.