We have been sending our twin boys to LAPMS for the last 2 years. We have had a very positive experience to date. The administrative stuff (fees, signing in etc.) is pretty streamlined, the classroom settings are bright, neat and attractive to children, the teachers and staff are always professional and approachable. One key distinguishing feature between this school and other Montessori schools we saw is the setting - it is in a quiet residential neighborhood, the playground and outdoor spaces are huge compared to some other schools and in short it looks and feels like a school. Several other places we saw were located in strip malls next to commercial establishments which we did not like as much.
The only reason we have given it 4 instead of 5 stars is because for the first 3 months after our sons started here, there was quite a significant turnover of staff as some other reviewer has noted. However that issue has not recurred over the last 1.5 years and I think the school has been successful in recruiting and retaining a core set of competent teachers.
"My sons have been going to this preschool for a year now. They were both in a very good home preschool and daycare but we wanted the oldest to be in larger preschool to prepare him better for kindergarten and it was easier to have them in the same preschool. We chose this school based on recommendation from a family friend and haven't been disappointed. My oldest has been going to room 3 and he absolutely adores the main teacher Ms Sanju. I have observed him on several occasions and Ms Sanju (and the other teachers) are amazing with the kids. Thanks to her and the other teachers, my son has gone from being a shy boy who was clearly uncomfortable doing a performance in front of the parents even when in a large group of kids to happily sing "Do, a deer" alone in front of a large group of parents, most of whom he didn't know, at the annual talent show. For me, the most important thing was to make sure my son was mentally mature and ready for kindergarten and I feel he is already ready for kindergarten which he will start in August. But he has also learned a lot academically and I have been really impressed observing the jobs/activities he does at school and how he continues to make progress on all aspects (math, language, etc). My youngest has been going to room 7 and Ms Sylvia and Ms Patricia have been amazing. My son was only 2 when he started at the school and as expected, it took him a little time getting used to the new school and having so many kids around him. But Ms Sylvia would always be there to comfort him or distract him when I was leaving (she did that again this morning when he didn't want me to leave...normally his dad drops him off). Ms Sylvia has also been very open to discussions about my son in general and how he interacts with the other kids. He recently went through a phase where he didn't want to go to school and said the other kids were mean to him. I spoke to Ms Sylvia and together we are teaching him to use his words, say "no thank you" to anyone being mean and talk to the teachers when something like this happen. I was very happy that Ms Sylvia was so open to talk to about this and took my concerns seriously. There has been some turnover of teachers but the kids or I haven't really been affected by this much as the main teachers have been the same and have kept the same standard and consistency even if one of the other teachers changed. All in all, I hightly recommend this preschools based on my experience in room 3 and 7. And my oldest son (and I) will be sad when he will be going to a public elementary school for kindergarten this summer."
This is a great school with great landscape and room for kids to play. Teachers are understanding and knowledgeable and they take immense interest in the childs growth. My child has now moved on to the next level and was also potty-trained at this school. I have noticed my childs vocabulary grow at a very fast pace.
No complaints... i am a happy mom and my son is very happy attending this school too.
"I still remember the day we took a tour with Ms Aurelia, Principal of the school, and we both were deeply impressed by her mannerism and her evident involvement in making the school a place to nurture the students so that they blossom. As a first time mom returning to the workplace, I was terrified and hysterical to leave Sharvi with people I do not know and I have called LAPM to check on Sharvi constantly. I never once got a negative reaction from anyone. The facility is extremely clean and organized, there is always something fun and exciting planned for the children, the lesson plan is carried out as outlined on the monthly schedule so that the parents can interact and contribute with their child's learning and there is structure for the child and constant communication with the parents that keeps both parents and teachers on the same page. The focus on social skills, learning through play, letter recognition, numbers, music and art, is an ideal setting that builds a foundation for self-motivation, socialization. Shavi feel appreciated, validated, and nurtured both mentally and emotionally. I am still surprised at how each and every teacher in this school knew Sharvi and had a personal relationship with her, whether they were teaching in her class or not. Each staff member is always helpful, respectful and pleasant. LAPM is bright, happy and filled with total caring and love for children. I am eternally grateful to find this place as a first school for my daughter."
I am a single parent and proud papa of two girls aged 3 and 5 and they have been attending school since August-2012. They were originally going to a home based daycare earlier and the transformation over the last couple of years has been fantastic ever since they started going to Learn & Plan at Niles. Both the kids have developed very advanced social skills and keep coming home with artwork and nursery rhymes that make daddy proud.
Kudos goes to the teachers, Ms. Sylvia, Mr. Ian & Ms. Rhea, Ms Victoria, Ms. Maleeha & Ms. Radhika and many more teachers whose names I forget. The Director, Ms. Aurelia does put They have put in a lot of effort in helping develop my children and I could not be happier. The administration is well handled by Ms. Kiran and Ms. Christina. They have quite a few school events and shows which the children participate in.
Teaching and managing little children is a hard and often unappreciated job and just wanted to provide a shout out to all the teachers at Learn & Play.
My son went to this pre-school for almost a year. We are incredibly sad to have needed to left mostly because he absolutely adored his teachers. We started at 2 yrs old in Room 8 and from day 1 Ms. Claudia, Ms. Jodie and Ms. Mylynn have been the most attentive, supportive, enriching teachers. I couldn't have asked for a better set of teachers for my son's first experience of school.
The front office personnel are also truly amazing. Ms. Sarah and Ms. Christina were always so helpful and just a pleasure to see each and every day. They always greeted us with a smile and made us feel like part of the family.
We are sad to leave this school. There is a special place in our heart for everyone we really got to know during our time here.
Not to be left out is the head of school, Ms. Kiran. When we had an issue, she worked to resolve things with us quickly. She definitely makes an effort to know all the children at the school and acknowledge all of the parents as well.
I also loved the fact that they offer additional programs for the children, including soccer, tumbling/gymnastics, etc.
My only complaint is the fact that other parents seem to be pretty inconsiderate about sending sick children to school when they should keep them home. This isn't anything against the school.
Thank you Learn & Play Niles! We will always remember you fondly and miss you so much already!
My son has been attending Learn and Play - Niles for almost a year now. It took a while to have him feel and be "settled in" with the right class, but Ms. Aurelia and Ms. Christina were nothing but absolutely wonderful and supportive through out the process. Ms. Aurelia always listened intently to my initial concerns and in a true team fashion we made adjustments, had several discussions and adjusted again so that my son could finally be in a class where he felt he could really "Learn and Play". All of his teachers were very supportive as well - especially his current teachers, Mrs. Sanju, Mrs. Pratima and Mrs. Alex - they are all extremely caring and loving and have the level of patience and passion required to be called a teacher. The best part is that my son surprises me often with the knowledge he is gaining from attending that school.
Overall - you get what you put in as a parent... Not any one school is perfect, but if you can find the type of school that has staff that is open to improving and making sure that the kids and parents are happy - that to me personally is the most important key, and Learn and Play Montessori Niles has that. Their curriculum is impressive and they also offer kids extracurricular activities through "Tuff Tumblers.com" which is invaluable to me as well. I have no doubt that my son will be fully prepared for Kindergarten.
This review is for Learn and Play Montessori Niles location... My 3 yrs old son started in September ... So far he enjoys going to school every day, actually he loves it a little too much. He can't wait to go to school every morning which means a lot to me. Personally I didn't think he would adjust to the environment so quickly. It is refreshing to see him so excited waking up and heading off for another day at L&PM. My 2 yrs old daughter is not attending the school yet. But she also loves the environment and refuses to leave with me after dropping off her brother to school. She says bye to the teachers and other children in the class is never ending.
Room 8 teachers are very informative if you have any question feel free to ask. It is a loving, caring and nurturing environment. Kids are engaged in activities. Area are clean and well-kept and they tracks individual progresses.
Thank you... Ms. Claudia, Ms. Alex, Ms. Vicky, Ms. Kristine & Ms. Tam for taking excellent care of my son. A special thank you to Ms. Vicky for getting my son to nap at times.
We love the directors Ms. Karen & Ms. Christina they are very friendly, helpful and always greet you with a beautiful smile anytime of the day. They are also very involved with the children and family. Staffs are wonderful as well. They are very nice and friendly, front desk Ms. Kim and Ms. April are very helpful.
The school... Nice facility with friendly directors, teachers and staff's, clean and wonderful learning environment. The curriculum is excellent, a lot of hands on, weekly art & music activities. Each child can choose to work in their own areas of interest. Best of all they are very on top of very child's need and abilities. Families from all different backgrounds come together at Learn and Play Montessori on Niles where their children can learn to be caring and responsible. Very nice, clean and wonderful learning environment also great location...
Our experience with the Niles campus began in April of 2013 till October of 2013. We had our daughter, Maddy, in the program for awhile, but due to some circumstances out of our control, she left in October of 2013. We were really upset, but at the time, it was just not working out.
Fast forward to September 2014, after a small stint at another preschool program, we came to our senses, and came back to Learn and Play. They greeted us back with open arms, and were so excited to have Maddy come back to the program. Maddy is currently enrolled in Rm. 9, and she LOVES it! The staff is very nice, accommodating, and helpful. It is truly an "open door" policy at the school, which Jeoff and I really, really appreciate. It's nice to be able to talk to staff and teachers, at really anytime. Of course, if you need more in depth conversations, you should probably make an appointment. :)
They have been phenomenal with Maddy's potty training as well! Her vocabulary/sentence structure is exploding and expanding by the minute. Honestly, we have no complaints about this campus. Thank you L&P!!!!