Testimonials


Here you will find reflections from past and present students and parents on their Quest experience and how it has impacted their education and personal lives.

Some points of interest are; how they were influenced by Quest, how the Montessori experience prepared them for life outside of Quest, how they transitioned from the Montessori environment into a variety of educational situations, how they developed socially and much more.

We feel that this is a great resource to share with prospective families who are looking at Quest for their next home away from home.

Enjoy!

 

October 3, 2012

“Our three children attend Quest Montessori. Their ages are 8, 5 and 3. We started in February last year with our oldest son and soon followed with our daughter. Our children have been educated primarily in a Montessori setting, coming to Quest last year for a visit our oldest son said “it felt like home.” This year our oldest is in Lower El, he tells us “I got this” about almost everything, he asked me a question partially in Spanish today. Our 5 year old daughter doesn’t want to miss a day of Kindergarten with Jane, she loves showing me the books she has made and talks about the peace corner. Our 3 year old son loves making necklaces and greeting Pam, Mike and Paul, he counted in Spanish yesterday. Because of the setting each child has a great relationship with the teachers Cheryl, Gary, Jane and Jessica as well as Pam, Mike and Paul. The setting is so comfortable learning and creating comes naturally. It has been inspiring to see our children become even more at home in the community this year. Quest Montessori is a great community we feel proud to be a part of it and also give this gift to our children.” 
—Submitted by a parent

 

September 25, 2012

“We are a new family to the Quest Children House. We are 4-weeks into the school year and the experience has been nothing short of fantastic. We ve been working with the Quest community since April of 2012, when we began exploring new options for our daughter s education. From the onset, Mike, Paul, Pam and the rest of the Quest community have been not only warm and welcoming, but also open to answer all of our questions as we transitioned into the Montessori philosophy for our daughter s education. Jane and Jessica in the Children s House are kind, welcoming and calming which has made the transition for our daughter seamless and rewarding. We envision a long future with the Quest Community and we are thrilled to now be part of this community. In closing, one of the highlights for us and our daughter is starting the morning being greeted by the staff. There is nothing more authentic and welcoming then being greeted at the start of your day by the Quest family!” 
—Submitted by a parent

 

“Hello!

My name is Lauren and I graduated from Quest five years ago. I am currently attending the University of Rhode Island where I am studying Biomedical Engineering and Music Performance.

My time at Quest really shaped who I have become as a person. Quest challenged me academically, and all my teachers encouraged me to reach my highest potential and to never accept failure.

Transitioning into high school from Quest, I was placed in the honors level classes where I had to be dedicated and work hard to receive good grades. My work ethic and “never give up” mentality that I learned while at Quest helped me to excel in my schoolwork and manage my time.

My teachers while I was at Quest also encouraged me to pursue and invest in my passions and interests. During my time in middle school, I was very involved with competitive skiing as well as with music. My teachers encouraged me to work hard at my extracurriculars, and invested in my development as a person as a whole.

Today in college, I spend a lot of my time investing in organizations that share the same values and goals that I do. Quest encouraged me to get involved in more than just my schoolwork, and that is a life lesson that has impacted my educational experience since.

Quest also created life long memories and friendships for me. I will never forget the trips that we went on, or the experience I had building a shed for my 8th grade occupations class. I still keep in touch with a few of my Quest friends, even though our lives have gone separate ways.

I look forward to the alumni reunion!

- Lauren McDonough”

December 2011

 

 

“November 2011

My son has been in a Montessori setting since pre-school. Now a second-year student at Quest, he is enjoying a full curriculum of outstanding academics, PE, art, Spanish and music. While he thrives in his many self-directed choices, he is also subtly guided to round out his lessons throughout the classroom. Quest builds confidence, competence and community. We envision continuing our son’s Montessori education through Middle School at Quest.
—Submitted by a parent” 

 

 

“October 2011

Our family is new to Montessori Education and Quest, and we could not be happier with our experience thus far. In the short time we have been there, we have watched our daughter’s innate love of learning return, and her confidence blossom. The Montessori approach combined with competent, caring teachers and administrators make for a great school. 
—Submitted by a parent”

 

 

“October 2011

My daughter has attended Quest for two years and our family couldn’t be more pleased with the dedication of the teachers and staff at providing an individualized education. She is allowed to move at her own pace academically and is nurtured and appreciated by the staff and her classmates. It is a great school that focuses on the whole student to develop a love of learning in a cooperative environment. 
—Submitted by a parent”

 

 

“October 2011

Our children attended both public and parochial schools before we found Quest. We only wish we had found it earlier. The Montessori approach, specifically the teachers-as-partners in education and the multi-year classrooms create such a positive learning experience that our children now love to learn, know how to learn, and know how to work within a community. The teachers are top-rate and work hard to let the students reach their full potential as student and as members of the classroom. And it is a great value, a private school education at parochial rates. 
—Submitted by a parent”

 

 

“October 2011

Quest has reignited a love of learning in our daughter in a few short months. We are thrilled with the Montessori approach and admire the competent staff that complete this great school. -  Flyon

 

 

“October 2011

My daughter has attended Quest for two years and our family couldn’t be more pleased with the dedication of the teachers and staff at providing an individualized education. She is allowed to move at her own pace academically and is nurtured and appreciated by the staff and her classmates. It is a great school that focuses on the whole student to develop a love of learning in a cooperative environment. -  Brandon ‎”

 

 

“October 2011

Both of our children have attended Quest after both public and parochial school experiences. We only wish that we had found it earlier. The primary thing that drew us to Quest was the Montessori approach, specifically, teachers as partners in learning, not as adversaries and task masters. This part of the philosophy allows each child to move at their own rate, and even at different rates in different parts of the curriculum. In direct opposition to conventional education, our children now enjoy learning, enjoy school, and push themselves rather than being pushed. The results are happier, more aware, and in the end, better prepared children. Also, the peer-based approach to learning builds a cohesive classroom, and our experience is that the social environment is more positive and less divided than at the other schools. Quest puts an emphasis on team-building within the class room, and this pays dividends throughout the year. In short, it’s a great school and a great environment. The teachers are dedicated and talented, and the learning environment first rate. –  MKGE

 

 

“March 2010

High Quality Education, Relatively Affordable Price My children have gone to this school for 2 years. Never expected to find myself involved with a private school but I have to say the education is superb. Great education and a fun environment for the kids. It’s like going to camp every day. They don’t know how good they got it! $10000/ year is a pretty good rate for private school and Montessori is the only way to go. -  Aaron

 

 

Bev F., October 2011

My daughter started at Quest 5 years ago as a 2nd year and is now a 6th year student. The transformation that has taken place in her ability and confidence of her work is truly amazing. She has always had a love for learning even when things don’t come easy to her but the teachers and staff always go above and beyond to provide her with the tools to be as successful as she can be. The teachers and staff take great pride in their roles at the school and in their relationships with each and every child. Quest is a warm and loving community and the children love being there. When my daughter is at Quest not only am I confident that she is safe and cared for but that she is also loved and respected as a person who is going to make a difference in this world. Maria Montessori was a genius for her approach to education. Quest Montessori as a whole is genius in how they deliver it!”

 

 

Anna A., October 2011

I take pride on the fact that I am a very involved and educated parent, when it comes to my 5 year old son’s education. After coming across with Maria Montessori’s outstanding theory on human evolution and how children’s education can be adopted to bring forth the talents and wonderful capabilities of each individual I became a committed Montessori follower. This path lead us to Quest, which meets no rival in its exemplary execution of Montessori’s standards of education, I would dare to say that they take it a step forward and complement the school’s holistic approach towards learning with a multitude of activities and curricula that benefit both the child and the family enormously. Our morning ritual traveling to school involves singing, as my son is so excited and delighted to go to school every morning, at the end of the day when I pick him up he comes home full of stories about exciting discoveries, stories, playground thrills, it’s so rewarding to see him growing in the environment that Quest community painstakingly and with great passion and commitment delivers.”

 

 

Matt D.,  October 2011

Our oldest daughter graduated from Quest Montessori last year (having attended only 8th grade), and our youngest started there in 6th grade this year. We only wish that we had found it earlier.

Prior to attending Quest, our children attended both public and parochial schools. The primary thing that drew us to Quest was the Montessori approach, specifically, teachers as partners in learning, not as adversaries and task masters. This part of the philosophy allows each child to move at their own rate, and even at different rates at different parts of the curriculum. In direct opposition to conventional education, our children now enjoy learning, enjoy school, and push themselves rather than being pushed. The results are happier, more aware, and in the end, better prepared children.

Also, the peer-based approach to learning builds a cohesive classroom, and our experience is that the social environment is more positive and less divided than at the other schools. Quest puts an emphasis on team-building within the glass room, and as this pays dividends throughout the year.”

 

 

Amanda P., October 2011

My daughter has attended Quest for two years and our family couldn’t be more pleased with the dedication of the teachers and staff at providing an individualized education. She is allowed to move at her own pace academically and is nurtured and appreciated by the staff and her classmates. It is a great school that focuses on the whole student to develop a love of learning in a cooperative environment.”

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