Testimonials

10/29/16

Our daughter is in her second year at GPM. We love this school for many reasons. The biggest one is that my daughter has grown so much, learned so much and gained so many good habits. She has learned to be much more self-sufficient, self-aware and self-confident. Her teacher, teacher Carlin, is amazing with her and all of the kids. All of the staff is amazing — directors Rosemary and Anna, teachers Misa, Cindy, Melissa, Dustin, Maria. My daughter loves all of them and I enjoy every interaction I have. They all smile and love the kids and what they do. The parent community in the neighborhood is also really strong. If you’re not familiar with Montesorri education methods I encourage you to look it up — I am a huge fan of the curriculum and approach!

Cassie M.

10/28/16

The GPM family is incredibly kind and gentle. Ana, Carlin, Melissa, Maria, Cyndi, Silvia and Javier are just a few of the wonderful people who help care for and guide our girl- and people whom she talks about with so much fondness! I also love the emphasis on culture and how welcoming they are to parents who want to share their family traditions with the other students. Overall, we are very happy to be part of the GPM family and look forward to sending our son there once he’s old enough.

Antonia W.

11/24/15

We sent our older daughter to GPM a few years ago, and now our son is there.  We looked very carefully at many schools in San Francisco, and even had our children’s grandmother, (who was an amazing Montessori preschool teacher for 30 years) visit and cast her vote.  We all found GPM to be warm, cozy, true to Montessori principals, and so respectful of children’s abilities.  The current student body, and parent community, is very diverse (hard to find these days in SF!) and both the upstairs and downstairs teachers are wonderful.  It is also rare to find a male teacher at the younger years, and we feel lucky to have our son be in Dustin’s classroom.  He is kind, gentle, clear, patient, and respectful with all the kids, and our son adores him.  The head of school, Rosemary, impressed us from day one as someone who cares deeply about Montessori concepts and the environment.  We were also impressed, from the beginning, by how calm the classroom environments are.  The children are not running around wildly (unless they are outside playing) but instead are truly engaged with the materials, respectful of each others spaces, and collaborating.  It’s amazing what they can get kids to do with the right instruction!  We are very pleased with our choice, and will keep our son at GPM despite offers from other (larger, more well-known preschools).  They also have improved i recent years in terms of school administration and communication with parents.  Things seem to be running along smoothly on this front.

Sita P.

11/23/15

Our daughter has been at GPM since the summer, and we’ve been very happy with it. Her teacher (Carlin) is genuinely invested in her development and well-being, and it’s a great community of friendly parents.

Kevin F.

11/18/15

Our daughter has been going to GPM for about 4 months at this point and she loves it.  Teacher Carlin is great and has provided us with feedback to reinforce behaviors/learning at both home and school.  The transition was smooth for us going from a cluttered/disorganized daycare to something with more structure.  The Montessori process isn’t for everyone but we have seen a great difference in language; learning; manners; and overall development.  She has recently started writing words (which started very quickly…and we can see the excitement in her when she spells/writes).

Avani D.

11/17/15

GPM is great. This is our second child and second pre-school in SF. Lovely community and staff. My daughter loves school and is devastated when she is picked up “early” (where early is any time before evening closing). Our teacher is fantastic and communicates openly with us, and the rest of the team does as well. She is thriving there and even naps – which is a testament to the environment and team there… Either that or someone at GPM knows magic.

Jeff R.

11/8/15

Our son has been attending Glen Park Montessori for over a year now, and we plan on sending our daughter there next summer when she turns three.  The teachers are wonderful and the classroom environment is positive and stimulating.

As part of the application process we got to sit in on a classroom and watch the children work, and once I saw the class in action I was sold.  It was incredible to see a group of three- and four-year-olds working calmly by themselves and with each other on meaningful activities.

Patrick L.

11/7/15

I was perusing the internet while researching potential public and private elementary schools for my daughter when I saw the reviews for GPM preschool, which our daughter attended since about age 2.5. No school is perfect and not all parents will get along with the entire school staff. That being said, we are extremely satisfied with our experience at GPM and plan to send our son there when he is of age. Though we made the decision this year to place our daughter in a larger (but unfortunately more expensive!!) private school (her birthday misses the cut-off to enter kindergarten so she would have been the oldest student at GPM, and we wanted her to experience a pseudo-kindergarten experience at this other school, the San Francisco School, which has a combined pre-K/K classroom), we miss many things about GPM. For one, we miss the smaller community, the wonderful teachers (especially Dustin!), the close-knit parents – organizing several outings on weekends, the overall “middle class/working parents” feel of the community compared to the current. My husband and I both feel that GPM is great balance between affordability, great education, and convenience for families with two working parents. Meals are organic, conscious of dietary needs, teachers/staff are responsive and caring. When our daughter was exhibiting some behavioral changes as we were expecting our second child, the teachers made it a point to work with us to help our daughter navigate that emotionally challenging time. It is a Montessori school that helps the children grow and gain skills. My daughter would carefully pour tea into china tea cups, slice fruit, etc., – I believe, standard, as part of the Montessori philosophy of teaching children to perform advanced tasks on their own. There is one day a month that is a teacher work day, which can be challenging for working parents, but our current school also has this. I am not sure if this is standard for most private preschools/elementary schools? At her current school, the transition was minimal – she is thriving, and much of this is due to the preparation she received from attending GPM. (By the way, we love SFS, too! We are just exploring whether we can truly afford it for all 8 years!!)

8/25/15

Everyone at GPM,
Thanks so much for all you have done for Alina.  Today was her first day of kindergarten, and in large part to the years she spent at GPM she is prepared, excited, and ready for school.
Take care and we will be sure to plan a visit to GPM soon.
Thank you,
Peter
7/20/15
My daughter has been attending Glenn Park Montessori for over a year, and we have had an amazing experience. She has made steady progress in both her academic and social skills. I am constantly surprised by the many things she learns at her school.  From studying cultures, plants, herbs, and outer space, she has built up an impressive bank of knowledge for a five year old. Best of all, she has learned the real-world skill of cleaning up after herself which is invaluable skill when living in a small apartment in San Francisco. Alas, our daughter starts Kindergarten in August, and we must  say goodbye to this wonderful pre-school.
Wayne H.
3/29/15
Both my kids have been to this school and I cannot say enough great things about it. My older son was there for 3+ years, and daughter has been there for 2 years. Apart from the convenient location in downtown Glen Park, the school’s director and staff are what make it a truly special learning environment. They are well versed in the Montessori education style, most have been there a long time, and are completely focused on the children. The classrooms have high ceilings with plenty of natural light. The outdoor play area is safe and cute with plentry of watering cans, fun water toys and a play structure flanked by a huge, beautiful  tree.The school serves three nutritious meals through the day (no sugar, no nuts, organic, freshly made, minimal processed food if any) The timing is perfect for working parents; 8am-6pm, and the fees are nominal compared with other private pre-schools. The has been around for 20+ years, and has a very experienced director in Rosemary who does a phenomenal job of the overall program. I highly recommend GPM to any incoming family especially those living in the neighborhood as it can’t get much better than this.
Sonia V.

7/25/14

Hi GPM teachers and staff:

We wanted to thank you for all the wonderful years we have had at Glen Park Montessori. We are truly indebted to all of you for the love, guidance and knowledge you have shared with both Chaya and Neela. They have loved all of you, and they have enjoyed every day they have been there. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been with the school for five years! Time has truly flown.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts– our children have learned so much, and we have all of you to thank for helping them grow and flourish, and develop a love of learning.

With deep gratitude,

Kalpana and Adam

 

12/20/14

Dear Ms. Rosemary,

Thank you for welcoming us to the GPM family this year. We have only great things to say about our experience so far and love watching our little one learn and explore at school.

Warm wishes,

Jisha, Anwar, and Zainab

 

12/20/14

Dear Ms. Rosemary,

Thank you for watching so closely over Penelope’s development. We greatly appreciate your time, attention, and dedication. All the best to you and your family this holiday season.

Love,

Sulggi, Nick, Penelope and Theo

 

7/20/14

Dear Rosemary,

Thank you so much for the last two years at GPM, they have truly enriched our family! Finley has enjoyed it so much, from the sweet traditions, to the warm and caring teachers, to the skills that have so beautifully prepared her for new challenges. We will be applying again in 2017 when baby brother comes of age, so it’s so long and not goodbye.

Many Thanks,

The Walsh Family

 

 

 

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