As we head into Semester Two [in high school], it has become so evident that his time at HMS has put him into position to deal with whatever comes his way. Academically, socially and in virtually every aspect of his teenage life, the toolkit that was forged at HMS has provided him with such confidence and poise. We are so grateful for the dedication and commitment of the entire HMS community. What you are cultivating is truly extraordinary.
The Upper School Program allowed our child to grow and mature in ways we felt were needed for her to have a strong sense of self as she ventured into a larger school. This objective was greatly exceeded. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
HMS is the best Montessori school in the area. The teachers are warm, caring, and very attentive to each child’s needs, strengths, and areas where they need to grow with time and guidance. My son often tells us how much he loves his teachers, and is excited to go to school each morning. His clear understanding of math concepts learned in just a few months amazes me. The Head of School and Assistant Head of School could not be any better: they communicate well and often, and respond to parent questions or concerns quickly and thoughtfully. All the teachers I have worked with are very accessible and welcome parent communication and feedback. The teachers are thoughtfully selected and very talented at what they do! The school highly encourages parent involvement, and the families respond. HMS has a great community of families!
These middle school years here at HMS are helping our son lay the finishing groundwork for success in high school, college, and beyond. He is tackling accelerated math work with a gusto. The entire class is performing professional level water quality monitoring tests with biologists from the state. He verbally presents his writing, he absolutely loves the micro-economy work, he gets to mountain bike for gym class, he can actively debate his opinions about philosophical ideas, and the boy who thought he was bad at art now loves to watercolor. Most importantly, he is part of a community of energetic and enthusiastic learners - and the spark has returned to his eyes.
The Upper School at HMS was a wonderful experience for my son and for my family! It was just incredible to watch him mature and enjoy learning. He had life changing adventures! He was consistently challenged and was taught very important life skills in addition to academic ones! I will always be grateful for this program, the teachers and community.
Our daughter’s experience in the Upper School was transformative. It’s interesting to look back on the child who entered the program compared to the young woman who graduated. During her years in the program, she learned how to organize herself to be successful, the value of friendships, a love and respect for nature and the outdoors, how to be a willing and able contributor, and how to embrace her thinking mind. We wondered how she would fare in a large high school, but her transition was very smooth and she was extremely well prepared in all areas.