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This is a brand new Montessori preschool in Milpitas that opened in Jan 2013. We toured all the Montessori schools in the Milpitas area and a few in Fremont and felt that this was the best choice for our child. Here are the reasons why we chose this school. 1) PASSIONATE DIRECTOR - The Director (Ms. Nikki) is also the owner and is very passionate about the school. She is open to input and very easy to communicate with. She is prompt at returning phone calls. 2) NEW SCHOOL - Everything is brand new. They even use furniture that is GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality Certified. This shows the amount of care they put into the tiniest details of the school and their concern for your child's health. Some Montessori schools are older and showed wear and tear in their furniture, toys, and educational materials. 3) CLEAN BATHROOM - The school has the cutest little toilets to teach your child toilet independence. You'd be surprised that some schools don't have the cleanest bathrooms. 4) WELL BALANCED CURRICULUM - In the morning they have Montessori lessons and in the afternoon they have creative sessions. They offer Music, Arts & Crafts, Yoga, Gardening, and Cooking classes at no extra cost whereas other Montessori schools charge a fee for these classes. 5) SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS - If your child is currently attending the school, he or she is automatically enrolled into the summer camps. Each week the summer camp has a different theme and they all look like fun! 6) WEEKLY LESSON PLANS - Lesson plans are published monthly and emailed to the parents in advance. Every week there's a different theme with corresponding Montessori lessons and Arts & Crafts. 7) EXPERIENCED MONTESSORI CERTIFIED TEACHERS - Teachers are Montessori certified and they enjoy their work and take pride in their job. They always have a smile on their face and bend down to talk to your child at their level. Studies show children respond better to this method of communication. 8) REASONABLE TUITION RATES - Compared to other Montessori schools they are very competitively priced. 9) GOOD FOR WORKING PARENTS - They have a holiday calendar that is more favorable for working parents. Most preschools have a school holiday calendar where there's time off for spring break, summer break, etc. This puts additional burden on working parents because we have to take time off or find alternate child care for our children. My child loves this school and has learned a lot in a very short amount of time. We are very happy with the school and their programs.
Our 4 yr old son loves this place. If asked why, he'd say ... that he loves the teachers, the attention he gets and the overall spirit & fun learing atmosphere - the teachers here always get down his eye level instead of giving instruction from up above. He loves the variety of activities they offer and the bite-sized challeges like jobs and projects that he gets to work on. Our son used to take afternoon naps; not any more ... these days, he doesn't want to miss out on the activities & jobs! This is a new facility - so everything the school has is brand spanking new. The teachers are experienced professionals with years of prior childcare experience. They provide quite a bit of 1-on-1 time with every child as well as organize structured group activities. Now our son has developed a 'want to learn' attitude. he is growing up sooo fast .... he loves to read, has fun with math, ... I am confident he will be beyond ready for KG Most important of all, they genuinely care about the kids as if their own. The bond we've seen develop between our son and the teachers is enough for us not to worry about him during the entire day. We know he is happy, safe and getting the best care he needs. Can't ask for anything more ...
We have been sending our kids to the GVM since 2013 and our experience with them has been really positive. Teachers here are very friendly, caring and passionate about teaching. I have sent my kids to other day cares in the area before and have had average experiences for a much higher tuition cost. The teacher to student ratio is pretty good for the toddler classroom here as compared to other pre-schools. Our older kid was very shy and wasn't very expressive that made us concerned. Ms Minda totally helped transform her to become more open and expressive. My older kid has now graduated and has moved on to public school, but she still carries the good traits that she built during her time at GVM. My younger one goes to the two year old classroom right now and I can say for sure she is having a blast. Ms Nancy is one of the most energetic pre-school teachers I have ever met. Be it the morning, afternoon or late evening she is full of energy, smiling and active. Teachers here are willing to spend time talking to you on a regular basis to inform you on the progress of your child. Director of GVM (Ms Nikki) shows a great enthusiasm in planning field trips, celebrations (their graduation, Christmas and summer parties are loaded with kids performances), inviting special visitors (like naturalists). GVM has introduced public speaking into all of their classrooms (yeah... for even two year old's) which help kids overcome stage fear from early on and encourages them to speak in their own words (not scripted thus fostering thought provoking and sentence forming talent) about whatever they like (usually a shared toy). GVM also has enrichment classes on their campus (gymnastics, soccer, Bollywood dance) which is so convenient. Totally positive experience at GVM for us and our friends who send their kids here.
I'll keep this short. Our son has been going to GVM for the past 2 years. He's been in the toddler, primary 3s and now he's in primary 4s&5s. This is a great school and we'll most likely take our daughter there as well. I will mention Ms. Nancy Ms. Kim when he was in the toddler class, Ms. Kristy and Ms. Ishrat during his primary 3s class, and now Ms Minda and Ms Selva in the 4s&5s. They're all great and our son loved each and every one of his teachers during his time there.
I seldom write reviews but I guess this school deserves it as I can't help comparing it to the previous school that my daughter has attended. School Review:
I was browsing online to find the best school for my daughter and saw this website. i had a quick look and seems that reviews are good. With this, I had schedule a visit so we will be able to assess it. When we had a tour at the school, Ms Selva has been the best guide to us. Basically, the school is very well maintained, clean and organize. The ambiance is very good which i believe is very important for my daughter's growth and development. I also had a discussion with their curriculum and it is also very impressive. Overall, I would definitely give a 5 star rating on it. Teachers Review:
My daughter Arienne has been with GVM for around two months now. She started her 1st day last Sept 09, 2016. With this period, I was very much impressed on the development i've seen on her. From being very quiet and shy kid, she has learned to build her confidence, mingle with others and how to express herself. Basically my daughter has some speech problems, but with her stay here, she progressed a lot though the work is still in progress to develop her more. Unlike on her previous school, we haven't seen any progress, this is the reason why we went to look for another school. Another good thing about this school are the teachers. They are very patient and very kind. They teach the kids with good manners and right conducts aside from being good at academics. They understand that every kid is unique which really impressed me because my kid as I have said has some delays on speech. Arienne's main teachers are Ms. Ishrat, Ms. Annie and Ms Aileen. In addition to these I want to special mention Ms Selva as well who is the asst director at this school. These teachers had helped my daughter a lot. They have been a very big factor on her current development and progress. Ms Selva, is very accomodating and kind. I have briefed her on my daughter's current status since the day I had a tour. She was the one who dealt with my daughter's 1st day and it is really impressive that my daughter didn't cry much. She knows how to deal with kids! I love this woman. She has a huge influence on my daughter who is always excited in going to school everyday even she is sick. She has my full trust because of what I have seen on her personality, she treats and loves the kids like her own. Ms Ishrat has been one of the best teachers I have ever encountered. She has been very patient and very kind. My daughter's everyday progress has always been impressive because on how she deals with her aside from the help to other teachers in her class. Her patience and love for my daughter is simply amazing. I am looking forward for more progress as she is really a good mentor and teacher. My kid loves her so much. Ms Annie is the youngest teacher at this class. She is new but she has a sweet way to deal with kids. That sweetness makes her loved by my daughter. Her knowledge on how to deal with each kid is very impressive as well. I believe that she will also be a good influence on my daughter's progress and development at this school. Ms Eileen is assisting as well on this class. The 1st time I talked to her, i felt very comfortable since I also talked to her about my daughters problem on speech and other areas. She told me that every kid is unique and they develop the areas where the kid is strong. This kind of thinking made me confident that my daughter will really progress at this school. Overall, this school is considered one of the best montessori here in Milpitas. I recommend and encourage other parents to enroll their kids here if you want them to grow and develop their talents. Definitely, I am giving them a 5 star rating. I guess this is also the right timing to say "Thank You and Keep up the Good Work!" to all of the teachers at Dolphin Class. I am looking forward that you will continue in nurturing and developing my daughter's abilities and talents so she'll grow up and be ready for the outside world of kindergarten. To the directors and owners of GVM, you have developed a very good school and hired the RIGHT teachers... Congratulations!