My husband and I are beyond delighted by MCS for the following reasons:
1) the new director of MCS is passionate about ensuring the quality of the education received by students.
2) the teachers are well trained, competent, warm, and nurturing.
3) the classrooms are bright, clean, and filled with interesting educational material.
4) the grounds of the school are lovely, well maintained, and located in a nice, safe neighborhood.
5) the tuition is reasonable.
On a personal level, my 3 year old daughter is beyond excited every morning to go to school, and her excitement is undimmed when I pick her up three hours later (I mention my daughter's happiness with her MCS experience because I think every parent wants his or her child to love learning). My favorite part about pick up is seeing my daughter's joyful face and then hearing mini updates about her day directly from her wonderful teacher, Mrs. Akkawi. Mrs. Akkawi seems to genuinely marvel and delight over my daughter's little accomplishments. You can see that she has a mother's heart for her students.
Before selecting MCS, my husband and I researched a number of the Montessori schools in this area. We passed on two of them because the facility and materials did not look well maintained. We were initially interested in two other schools because they had lovely classrooms and outdoor spaces. However, upon closer inspection, they were missing that certain intangible that we were seeking -- I.e. a warm, loving, familial environment. (Both schools seemed more intent on being perceived as elite preparatory schools steeped in child rearing theories).
In sum, we are so glad we selected MCS. Our daughter is getting an excellent Montessori education in an environment that feels like a second home. At MCS you get the impression that the teachers are genuinely delighted to get to know your child and watch him or her grow into confident, well adjusted global citizens.