Referrals and Observations

Referrals and Observations

Exceeding All Parent Expectations

        • Always a rewarding day to enter the classroom and see our children and indeed all the children interacting respectfully and individually focussed on a variety of learning tasks – Mr. & Mrs. Stephenson (Casa 1, 2017)

        • Students have a positive classroom environment for learning skills and fostering independence.It is amazing to be able to have an opportunity to observe the children learning and interacting with each other as well as the teachers – Carrie Ko (Casa 1, 2017)

        • Thank you Mrs. Jaffer and Mrs. Henderson for all your hard work in helping students learn and grow. My son is learning so much at his age that when I his age. I didn’t know as much as he does and looks lichee’s very much engaged – Almas & Francois Chaumette (Casa 1, 2017)

        • Everyone gets along well. Children are very independent and play quietly. Impressed how the kids know to push their chairs away and put the toys where they belong- very impressed. When I came into the room, the kids were very focused and concentrated on their activities. I was very impressed that the kids were not distracted by my presence. Even my son was not distracted, and proud that he continued with his activities after seeing me. Kids were spelling, counting and putting numbers in the correct order – Anne Luu (Casa 2, 2017)

        • Well organized environment. All children seem well focused on their various activities – Mr. D’Andrea (Casa 2, 2017)

        • It is always a pleasure to observe my child at the PMA. I always leave feeling happy, inspired and grateful that my daughter is at such a caring and student-focused Montessori with amazing teachers and such a calm, peaceful and engaging environment. Thank you for everything you do! -Ms. Ratanshi (Casa 2, 2017)

        • The children are working on a wide variety of educational activities. They have a sense of accomplishment after they have completed an activity. Their concentration at such a young age is impressive – Yasmin Ladak (Casa 2, 2017)

        • We have watched our son grow so much over the years he has spent at the PMA. Ms. Jaffer, Ms. Henderson & the rest of the PMA staff are patient, loving & kind, treating each child as the individual they are – Cori & Craig Walters (Casa 1, 2017)

        • Very calm and organized class – especially with 8 boys!! (only) All boys working diligently on their own work – Deanne Caines-Ethier (Casa 1, 2017)

        • My daughter seems very comfortable in the classroom, and engaged in what she is doing. They are having lots of fun while learning – Jessica Tait (Casa 2, 2017)

        • My child is happy, engaged and comfortable. He is as comfortable interacting with his peers or quietly doing an activity – Nancy Medeiros (Casa 2, 2017)

        • It seems kids are interacting and helping each other. Kids are focussed on their given task. Classroom is perfectly arranged and kept clean – Mr. & Mrs. Vithakaran (Casa 2, 2017)

        • Totally amazed at my son’s ability to add numbers and spell words. Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me – Deb House (Casa 1, 2017)

        • The children were pretty impressive with their ability to sit quietly & focus on their activities. The spoke softly. I’m very pleased with what I observed – Elizabeth Shelton (Casa 1, 2017)

        • Progressive is the best Montessori. I rave about this school and the teachers all the time! – Kelly DiRosa, (Casa 1, 2017)

        • I am so proud to see my son work so hard in his activities, especially math. It is sad to know this is his last year at the PMA because of the love and teachings my son has received by his teachers an peers will be very missed – Girija Siva (Casa 1, 2017)

        • The children are working well together, quietly and efficiently. I am impressed with the variety of activities that the children were engaged in and how quickly they are able to grasp concepts – Yasmin Ladak (Casa 1, 2017)

        • All the kids seem to really enjoy the activities they are doing and learning at the same time – Jennifer & Donny Wilkinson (Casa 2, 2017)

        • The classroom environment is so organized. Each child chooses their own activity & is able to complete it independently for the most part. Help is available from the teachers and other students. They are learning to become independent & respectful. – Jenica Mallia – (Casa 2, 2017)

        • My daughter has made me so proud of her on her performance in the class. As a mom leaving her at a young age, I am very happy and feel safe that she’s in great handstand learning. The PMA teachers have so much patience and love and care for my daughter, which has made her feel very comfortable and happy to go to school – Girija Siva (Casa 2, 2017)

        • Great atmosphere for children to learn! Casa 1 – Todd Forrestall (Casa 1, 2016)

        • Great environment for kids to learn, grow and flourish. Very positive, calm setting to learn. Brandy Pridham (Casa 1, 2016)

        • Quiet classroom, children engaged and focused in their activities. Mr. & Mrs. Ethier, (Casa 2, 2016)

        • Thank you to all the teachers for their patients, love and understanding the children. I made the best decision by putting my daughter in the PMA. Gitanjali Egbert (Casa 1, 2016)

        • The children are engaged and working on a variety of important skills: reading, writing, mathematics, speaking in French. It is amazing to see how much they are able to accomplish at such a young age. Yasmin Ladak. (Casa 1, 2016)

        • Seems like my child is adjusting so well to the Montessori setting. She looks so proud of her achievements and we are too. I was pleasantly surprised at how she behaved while we were observing her. I though she would get emotional and run to us. But instead, she carried on with all her school activities like we weren’t even there. It was amazing to see how quickly she has adjusted to her new school. Mr. & Mrs. Ratanshi (Casa 2, 2016)

        • My daughter was a bit distracted but once the teacher re-directs her, she completes her tasks. (Casa 2, 2016)

        • The children are very engaged in learning & seem to be really enjoying all the activities.It’s great to see how well they work independently while the teachers direct them. Ms. Nirmalan (Casa 1, 2016)

        • I have loved Progressive from the time my oldest son was welcomed into this school family. They teach our children not just from books – but from their heart. And when we are off at work nothing makes me more happy than leaving him with this extended family. Ms. Kelly DiRosa (Casa 2, 2016)

        • As always an absolute delight to observe our son at the Academy – fully immersed in the task at hand, clearly learning and enjoying all the same time. thank you!mr. Craig Stephenson (Casa 1, 2016)

        • I am Amazed by how polite the kids were to one another. Its a very calm environment which allows the kids to focus on their activities. Kids are not afraid to ask for help when needed. Ms. Girija Siva (Casa 1, 2016)

        • This was such a great opportunity to watch the children learning & interacting with each other. I found it amazing how calm & quiet everyone was. Thanks for sharing this time with me. Ms. Debra House (Casa 2, 2016)

        • Classroom atmosphere very well controlled and calm. All students are allowed to complete their activity at their own pace. Mr. Jonathan Choi (Casa 2, 2016)

        • Seems to be quite organized. Children are busy and fairly quiet. Carlo Cansino (Casa 2, 2016)

        • It is wonderful to see how focused my child is with her activities. the teachers are very caring and patient with the children. Ms. Ladak-Tromp, (Casa 2, 2016)

        • Kids seemed to be really enjoying themselves and making friends! Ms. Wilkinson,(Casa 2, 2016)

        • Good organization & structure. Children seemed very well behaved. Mr. Adam D’Andrea (Casa 2, 2016)

        • Great atmosphere with happy children. Ms. Farrah Nathwani, (Casa 2, 2016)

        • The children are always engaged in a learning activity. We are proud ti have him in the Progressive Montessori Academy. Mr. & Mrs. Montanaro (Casa 1, 2016)

        • It was nice to see the students in action. Mr. & Mrs. Walters (Casa 2, 2016)

        • Our son enjoys the organization & routines of the class. The teachers have a level patience & control that allows the class to run very productively. Cassie & Glenn Clark (Casa 2, 2016)

        • I am always impressed and delighted to see how independently and calmly the students at PMA work. The environment is peaceful. inviting, and stimulating. The children are having fun while learning. It is a safe, fun and inspiring place to be.” Mr. & Mrs. Ratanshi (Casa 1, 2015)

        • C’s handwriting is so much more fluid than last year! A strangely lovely moment occurred when A announced to G (as they played on a mat separate from the class) “I like watermelon but I don’t have watermelon anymore” The entire class stopped, looked at her and thought of watermelon, then quietly went back to their activities.” Mr. Bovett & Ms. Murphy (Casa 1, 2015)

        • So nice for us to be able to see our children here. Such a wonderful atmosphere. The children really enjoy their activities. Mr. & Mrs. Ethier (Casa 1 & 2, 2015)

        • Thank you so much for having us. We are very impressed with all he has learned. Thank you to all the teachers’ hard work and love for the students.” Grace & Carlton, (Casa 2, 2015)

        • Enjoyed the yoga type music in the background. I like that each child is doing different activities focussing on different skills. I enjoy seeing the hands on activities.” Ms. Siva (Casa 2, 2015)

        • Such a wonderful environment for our children. I love how independent the children are.” Cori & Craig Walters (Casa 2, 2015)

        • It is a very calm atmosphere. Children are very involved in their activities.” Ms. Shanmugam, (Casa 1, 2015)

        • Children are working well independently on their tasks/activities. Ms. Pridham (Casa 2, 2015)

        • A lot of creative activities (magnets, blind folds). Class is very organized … children working together.” – Mr. Ratanshi (2014)

        • Thanks for offering this great opportunity. We are happy that our child is attending the PMA.”    Mr. & Mrs. Vithakaran (2014)

        • Most of the children are focused and are working on their own activities. Very quiet classroom with 16 children.”    Ms. Benedict

        • The classroom is well organized and seems conducive to learning.”    Mr. & Mrs. Lam (2014)

        • It’s very good to see my child calm and focused.”    Ms. McRae. (2014)

        • When I ask him daily what he has done at school he always says “reading”- good to see for myself what he actually does, very extensive and far sweeping. Thank you!‘    Mr. Stephenson (2014)

        • I am very happy I placed my child at the PMA. I am amazed by how much focus he has when working on an activity. I am impressed by how the teachers cater to their needs, helps the kids when needed.”    Ms. Siva

        • Very happy with the progress. Love the setting/environment.”    Mrs. Pridham.

        • I am enjoying how self-directed my child is + that she communicates what she would like to do. I also see that she is careful with the materials.”    Ms. McCormack.

A Social Environment for Learning

      • The children are sitting in small groups working on individual activities but also interacting with one another. Independence is demonstrated. Children are redirected when distracted. Friendly, students are being guided and taught when needed. Children appear to be well behaved. Respect for classmates/teachers/classroom materials. Positive environment.Eager to help one another – Carrie Ko (Casa 1, 2017)

      • It is amazing to see children working on various work independently. The atmosphere is very calm and quiet and gentle symphony music playing in the background. It’s not chaotic at all. a pleasant environment for learning – Almas & Francois Chaumette (Casa 1, 2017)

      • Engaged and focussed in a wide variety of tasks, with two teachers working with ten children, an amazing ratio Mr. & Mrs. Stephenson (Casa 1, 2017)

      • The social environment in the classroom is calm, peaceful(there is instrumental music in the background), engaging, busy (children working on their Montessori activities independently but with teacher guidance when needed). The children are so respectful of each others space. They help each other. Very disciplined. Super inspiring – Ms. Ratanshi (Casa 2, 2017)

      • The children are very cooperative with one another. They are working on individual activities and at the same time they are interacting with one another and establishing a sense of friendship – Yasmin Ladak (Casa 2, 2017)

      • Happy & indépendant. Peaceful & calm – Cori & Craig Walters (Casa 1, 2017)

      • The classroom environment is astoundingly quiet and calm. Children are quietly working on their individual activities. It’s wonderful to see – Deanne Caines-Ethier (Casa 1, 2017)

      • The environment is interactive while allowing for personal space and individual time. There are so many activities for the children to choose from and they seem able to move from activities as they desire, which is nice. My child seems so engaged and happy – Nancy Medeiros (Casa 2, 2017)

      • Very friendly. All of the children are very busy with their activities. They seem quite social with each other. I love their independence – Jessica Tait (Casa 2, 2017)

      • Classroom is kept tidy & clean. Kids have easy access to all the materials. Teachers are continuously monitoring kids activities – Mr. & Mrs. Vithakaran (Casa 2, 2017)

      • All the children were working independently while Ms. Henderson & Ms. Jaffer helped/guided whenever necessary – Deb House (Casa 1, 2017)

      • Some children were sitting in groups whilst others sat on their own but they were all very quiet and calmly working on their activities – Elizabeth Shelton, (Casa 1, 2017)

      • Calm
        Productive – Kelly DiRosa, Casa 1, 2017

      • Enjoy the soothing music in the background. I am amazed, having all boys in the Casa 1 class, the kids are well behaved and working quietly on their activities – Girija Siva (Casa 1, 2017)

      • A very friendly & welcoming environment. The children are helping one another, having a snack together and enjoying wach others company – Yasmin Ladak (Casa 1, 2017)

      • For the most part we observed all the children working independently. The teachers were great at keeping them all engaged in their activities Jennifer & Donny Wilkinson (Casa 2, 2017)

      • The children are very focused on their activities & play both independently & as a group – Jason & Jennifer Chong (Casa 2, 2017)

      • The classroom environment seems very positive and cohesive. The children and teachers are all very kind and considerate when they interact with each other – Jenica Mallia (Casa 2, 2017)

      • The children in the classroom were well behaved being that they are all so young. Its a very calm environment. It’s amazing to see how they are helping each other. The children ask for help when needed & they work quietly on their activities – Girija Siva (Casa 2, 2017)

      • Classroom seems very quiet and calm. Children treat each other with respect. Nice to witness.Todd Forrestall. (Casa 1, 2016)

      • Quiet environment (peaceful). Children focused on learning individually. Children are patient when their teacher is helping another student. Almas & Francois Chaumette (Casa 1, 2016)

      • Calm, respectful, engaging. Everyone working well independently. Brandy Pridham. (Casa 1, 2016)

      • Kids were very focused and disciplined. Gitanjali Egbert (Casa 1, 2016)

      • The children are working quietly and are engaged in their activities. Some children are quietly speaking to one another. The children are working together to prepare for snack time. Yasmin Ladak (Casa 1, 2016)

      • Peaceful, quiet, relaxing, stimulating, impressive, independent, cooperative, challenging, soothing (music). Mr. & Mrs. Ratanshi (Casa 2, 2016)

      • The environment is play-based, with education in mind, for example sorting and stacking from big to small. Each activity is catered to each child’s level of strength/difficulty. (Casa 2, 2016)

      • All the children are involved in various activities in the classroom. They all seem to work very well independently, very focused with their work. More importantly, they seem to have lots of fun with their activities. Ms. Nirmalan (Casa 1, 2016)

      • Very calm, but active. All the children were working well. Ms. Kelly DiRosa (Casa 2, 2016)

      • 1) At the juncture I arrived, all very calm and meditative.
        2) Pupils very well behaved & engaged in tasks at hand. Mr. Craig Stephenson (Casa 1, 2016)

      • I enjoyed the music in the background, very soothing. I’m amazed by the maturity of 4 & 5 year old kids. Each child was working independently on their hands-on-activities and very focused to complete their activities. Ms. Girija Siva (Casa 1, 2016)

      • The kids all seemed so calm, relaxed and interested in their activities. They worked independently and seemed to respect each others space.Ms. Debra House (Casa 2, 2016)

      • Class size on date of observation is 10. All students are working on their individual activities. Mr. Jonathan Choi (Casa 2, 2016)

      • Independent working, Kids woking at different tables on separate exercises. They all have jobs. Carlo Cansino (Casa 2, 2016)

      • The children are helping one another and working well together. They are interested in seeing what another child might be doing and I see friendships developing. Ms. Ladak-Tromp (Casa 2, 2016)

      • Busy & lively, lots of interactions between the children. Mr. & Mrs. Wilkinson (Casa 2, 2016)

      • Good mixture of independence and interaction among the children. Adam D’Andrea (Casa 2, 2016)

      • Calm, peaceful, organized with children able to ask questions of the teachers. Farrah Nathwani (Casa 2, 2016)

      • All the students were highly engaged in each of their individual (personal) activities. Calming classical music was playing in the background, the environment was quiet and focused. Mr. & Mrs. Montanaro (Casa 1, 2016)

      • The environment was calm and organized, the students were working quietly and independently. Cori & Craig Walters (Casa 2, 2016)

      • Everyone in the class had something to do and we noticed how focused they were throughout the activities. Students were respectful of one another and the materials in the classroom. Cassie & Glenn Clark (Casa 2, 2016)

      • Calm, disciplined, relaxed (with soothing music in the background). Courteous. The children reacted so well with parents being in the classroom: acknowledged us with a smile but carried on with their tasks. Mr.& Mrs. Ratanshi (Casa 1, 2015)

      • Lovely Music. G very kindly said “Good job, C’ after she completed dynamic addition. I find it amazing how quiet the room is. Mr. Bovett & Ms. Murphy (Casa 1, 2015)

      • Positive, peaceful, calm, inviting. Ms. Pridham (Casa 1, 2015)

      • Calm & quiet. Children seem focused on their work. Mr. & Mrs. Ethier (Casa 1, 2015)

      • Busy environment. All children are busy working on activities. Ms. Siva (Casa 2, 2015)

      • Everyone os working independently but together. Cori & Craig Walters (Casa 2, 2015)

      • Very calm. Children are fully engaged in their activities. Nice calm music in the background. Ms. Shanmugam (Casa 1, 2015)

      • Each child is working individually. Some working together on certain activities. Ms. Benedict (Casa 2, 2015)

      • Quiet and engaged – tasks initially more solo based but with strong sense of independence and engagement with their own individual tasks. Well behaved and social with each other. The Stephenson’s (Casa 2, 2015)

      • Quiet and respectful. A sense of responsibility amongst the children. Ms. Sonevski, (casa 2, 2015)

      • Soft social chatter while kids work independently. Soothing music in background is a nice touch. Children also playing together. Mr. Ratanshi (2014)

      • Classroom is clean, spacious and perfectly arranged. Each child is involved in mostly independent activities. Teachers are helping all of them routinely. Classroom is quiet and the low volume music makes a better environment.     Ms. Vithakaran (2014)

      • Very calm and organized. The interaction between the children and teachers is very respectful.    Ms. Dias (2014)

      • Individual based, quiet, relaxing, soft music is calming. Kids are more focused on their own activities. Ms. Benedict (2014)

      • Calm, some children are focused on what they are doing. Classical music playing softly in the background.     Mr. & Mrs. Lam (2014)

      • The classroom is marvelously calm. The children are so industrious (happily so!). I am sure there isn’t another classroom in the country that’s this calm. The classroom activities are set up to encourage independence.    Ms. Murphy & Mr. Borett. (2014)

      • Very pleasant atmosphere. Some kids on the floor at mats, others at desks. Young ones are helped by older kids. Kids are calm & focussed. Very social and respectful environment.    Ms. Rooplal. (2014)

      • The children are all engaged in their activities. Children help each other prepare activities and work on the activities.    Mr. & Mrs. Montanaro

      • Calm environment. I love the music played throughout the classroom. Very relaxing environment. Gentle voice spoken to the kids.    Ms. Siva.