Shelby B. / alum – January 2022
Providence grad and current UK College of Engineering Sophomore
“Looking back at my years at Providence from first through eighth grade I remember my Teachers instilling in me that my ideas, questions, and work mattered. It gave me confidence that has stayed with me as I work through challenges in College. Providence was a major part of my childhood that I know helps me in so many ways. I would not be the student or person I am today without those years with such loving and invested staff. You knew you were valued and for that I am grateful. I look forward to giving back someday so that others will have the same opportunity. Thank you!”
Jeff M. – January 2022
My wife and I find Providence the most special place to send our two children because of the lifestyle lessons that the children receive here. In my experience in other schools and in New York and other boards, I have never encountered a school or staff where the faculty care so much for the children. They care for them as if they are their own. I can’t imagine sending my children to any other school. The staff and the faculty are tremendous and supportive and the education that our children receive is unparalleled.
Heather & Joey B. – January 2022
One of our favorite things about Providence has been the worldview our daughter developed. From her first year as a 3 year old in the primary program, she began learning the continents and about customs and cultures from around the world. As she grew older, she learned about issues facing our community, country and world and the power and impact of her own actions. From a young age, she was allowed to tackle challenging societal issues through research, open dialogue and debate. She was able to form her own opinions, while working to understand differing opinions of her classmates. She has a deep understanding of her place in the world, her connectedness to others and her ability to affect change. Providence’s emphasis on peace and the interconnectedness of all people has undoubtedly had a profound impact on our daughter’s development.
Audrey C. / alum – January 2022
“I started at Providence when I was three, and while I don’t remember lots from that time, I do remember being able to choose my work and how much I loved activities such as Class in the Grass. Freedom, independence, and choice are things that frame my memory from Providence. When I was in 5th grade, a group of friends and I started a club that sold baked goods to raise money to help build a school in Africa. We called it Goods 4 Good. We organized a schedule of who would do the baking, we made posters to publicize it, and we took turns at carpool to sell our baked goods to parents passing by. The teachers supported our initiative, allowing us to go through the school each week to take orders from teachers, staff, and other students, so we could prepare for the following week. I felt empowered by being able to help make a plan, carry it out, and help impose a change. These are life lessons that go beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic, and is an experience I would not have been able to get at other schools, but are imbedded in the curriculum at Providence. “
Alicia B. – January 2022
The past two years have been a challenge for families with young children, but Providence has been a bright spot for our family in an otherwise dark time. Our boys have felt safe and loved, despite the chaos in the world around them. They have truly flourished at Providence and we couldn’t imagine them anywhere else. Things we love about Providence: Each child’s educational journey is at their own pace – they truly “follow the child”. Our boys learn grace and courtesy and hear messages of peace, which they then remind us of often at home. They are learning about a great big world, beyond their city, state, or even their nation. We see them growing more confident and compassionate each day. We are also so grateful for the community at Providence. We have loved connecting with like-minded families and establishing friendships that will last a lifetime.
Beckey B. – January 2022
Beckey has three children, all of whom attended Providence. Currently in college, high school, and the youngest in 6th grade.
Beckey reflects back on their experience:
“The first day I explored the Providence campus with my then 5 year old I knew we were home. There was a peace and joy in every area. That continues over three children and fourteen amazing years. I have been so blessed to know and volunteer among the most dedicated staff. Their commitment to children is nothing short of amazing. I am so excited to see how my children have thrived and continue to use the many skills and abilities in every day situations. It has been a privilege for our family to be a part of this beautiful school. I once thanked a Teacher for her dedication and for teaching my daughter. Her simple answer was, “Thank you. It is what she taught me. We need to remember to listen to the children. They have so much to say.” That has never left me. I knew my daughter was loved and heard. That means the world to me.”
Portia Boggs / alum – January 2022
Portia attended Providence Montessori School from age 3 through 6th grade, and currently is Director of Advancement and Communications at Local Food Hub in Charlottesville Virginia.
“Providence gave me an environment where I felt supported and encouraged to figure myself and the world around me out. The teachers were so committed to supporting the students, and I met amazing people who remain my friends to this day. Providence inspired me to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. It helped instill a lifelong desire to care for my community and try to leave it a better place than I found it. I am so grateful for my time at Providence.”
Lynn Zellen – January 2022
Lynn attended Providence Montessori as a child, and now her children attend.
“I have been fortunate to experience the difference Providence makes as both a student and parent. As a student, I always felt encouraged and supported, which led to a genuine love of school and learning that I knew I wanted my children to have as well. As a parent, I see how much the education Providence students receive extends beyond the obviously excellent academics. Students don’t merely study facts, they understand and apply concepts. They develop independence and responsibility under the guidance of caring and attentive teachers, and in turn, a well-founded confidence that they can achieve anything to which they apply themselves. And they learn what it means and how to be a good member of a community, from the classroom level to the world at large. In my experience, you could not find better people than Providence’s administrators, faculty, and staff to teach and care for your children. It is no wonder so many of my former classmates’ children, like mine, now attend Providence.”
Sara H. – Fall of 2020
We absolutely love Providence. The teachers and staff execute the Montessori philosophy with the highest expertise and provide an incredibly thoughtful environment that fosters kindness, learning and confidence. Highly recommend!
Shevawn A. – November 2018
We LOVE this school! The teachers are so kind & supportive. My 2yo is thriving in the Montessori environment. She started toilet training one month after starting classes here – at only 25 months old. Her vocabulary and language comprehension are also off the charts & I give most of the credit to this school. Just can’t say enough good things!
Karen H. – October 2018
Providence is an amazing Montessori school, our children are cared and loved by each and every staff member. It is remarkable to watch your child grow while receiving a Montessori education.
Colin D. – March 2018
Providence is an incredibly diverse school, with a great campus, academics are top notch, and my children have excelled here. Highly recommended.
Tria K. – March 2017
My son cried everyday in traditional school. Now, he is thriving and happy. It warms our hearts to see such a change. He loves learning and and has a wonderful sense of belonging. I could go on and on about how wonderful this place is.
Amy S. – November 2016
I attended the preschool myself, now my daughter is there in lower elementary. I can’t say enough for the depth and breadth of educational opportunities offered!
Sibby D. – November 2016
My children have attended Providence for over 10 years now and they have truly had a wonderful experience. The elementary school is fantastic but the middle school is a special place. It is such a great environment for tweens and early teens to develop into young adults. The faculty there go above and beyond for the students. I know my children will miss Providence when it is time for them to go into high school, but I believe they have been given a solid foundation for a successful future.
Sarah K. – October 2016
Amazing space for Montessori learning. Stop by to check out the most amazing way to learn.
Parent – October 2016
Overall experience – Both my daughters have been at Providence since their primary years. In each 3 year cycle through middle school I have seen amazing blossoming of their talents in all areas – academic, social, physical, psychological. The Montessori environment at Providence has been an exceptional place for them to grow.
Parent – October 2016
Leadership at this school is effective. Providence is a parent owned school with a high level of parent participation in the running of the school. The Board of Directors is led by the Head of School and the President (a current parent) and a robust cross section of administration, staff and parents.
Parent – October 2016
This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect. One of the core Montessori cornerstones is respect and community. It is a part of the learning environment at Providence throughout each level. Teachers at this school are are certified Montessorians, many of them have decades of experience. You just need to talk with them in depth about the experiences to know the exceptional quality of experience they bring to the classroom.
Parent – October 2016
This school has an effective approach to homework. Homework is introduced progressively over the years at Providence as the children grow. It has never been overboard but introduces the children over time.
Parent – October 2016
This school effectively deals with bullying. They teach peaceful resolution in all things… they have a peace pole that the children use to discuss disagreements.
Parent – October 2016
This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect. All of my son’s peers have gone on to college experiences and are doing better than their new peers. They are taught more life skills than just content for passing tests.
Parent – September 2016
This is my child’s sixth year at Providence and we are so happy it is the school we have selected for her toddler, preschool and lower elementary years. The teachers are dedicated and really get to know the children in the three year cycle. I like that my child can move at her own pace, the teachers make sure she is making progress across the required areas and also working on material that is relevant and challenging to her individual interests and strengths. I like that the children learn from each other in the multi-age classrooms and can also teach each other academics and social skills. While the location of the school is not the best, the minute you drive onto campus, you forget where you are because there are gardens, three playgrounds and beautiful areas inside and out that make it the best Montessori in Lexington. I think Montessori education is not a great fit for every child or family. However, more than most schools, Providence wants parents to be involved and engaged beyond just being task-masters for homework (in fact, there is no regular homework in lower elementary so there are no homework battles!). It is a parent-owned school and teachers welcome regular communication, texts or emails.
Parent – September 2016
This school effectively supports students with learning differences. There are several teachers trained in Orton-Gillingham and those techniques are infused across the curriculum for children with difficulty reading. For children who are academically gifted, there is the opportunity to push as far ahead as they are able to do so. The multi-age classrooms means that children are naturally at a variety of levels across the subject areas, they can help each other and children who are at either end of the spectrum do not stand out as different to their peers.
Veronica P. – April 2016 – 5 stars
Our oldest attended k and 1st grade. He is 21yrs old now, and a College graduate! We look forward to seeing our 3yr old attend the preschool program this fall! Montessori gave our son the foundation he needed to thrive in school, and become the successful young man he is today. Providence is Powerful !!!
Parent – November 2015
My elder son was really happy when he was with Providence. The student/teacher ratio is small, so every kid gets enough attention. And whenever we raised any concerns, they were answered promptly and professionally.
We plan to send my younger kid there too, when he reaches two years old.
Bryna R. – 5 stars
Not only the best Montessori school in Lexington but the best school in Lexington PERIOD. 🙂
Parent – February 2013
It’s our second year at Providence and I could not be more pleased with not only the academic quality of the education but the respectful, nurturing environment that is demonstrated in every aspect of this school. If you educate yourself about the Montessori method and then go see its flawless execution at Providence, you will wonder why anyone chooses a traditional school. I look forward to watching my children continue to blossom not only as academic beings but as well-rounded, responsible human beings and stewards of the Earth. The Montessori method fosters children’s desire to learn instead of extinguishing it in the way traditional schools do….and we do it without homework which means less stress at home and more focus on family time. Providence is also competitively priced and is a downright bargain when you consider the superior education.
Parent – February 2013
This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect. Providence includes Peace as a basic part of their curriculum, starting in the toddler house. Children are expected to learn how to make peace with peers. They are taught how to resolve conflicts when they come up. In primary, this means going to the “peace corner” and talking it out. In older grades, there are more sophisticated techniques taught. With three age groups in each classroom, there are opportunities for kids to model their behavior on that of their older peers and show compassion for younger kids.
Ellie C. – 5 stars
Best school in Lexington!
Our daughter has been at Providence for 2 years, now, and our son is finishing up his first year. Although it is a huge financial sacrifice, I wholeheartedly believe there is NO better school in this town!!! Not just the academics (which are amazing, really, when you allow it to work the way it’s designed to) but also the people…students AND staff! This is the most loving, respectful educational environment I’ve ever witnessed. And it is truly reflected in the way these children grow & develop; these are simply the best kids!!! Yes, we can go to a free public school, even a good one, and save our money for wonderful vacations….but you get MORE than what you pay for at Providence; it costs same as most private schools around here & yet is light years ahead of anything I could ever expect. They actually teach these kids HOW to THINK!!! …and how to get along with others, respect & give back to their community, etc etc. You just need to take a tour to even get a glimpse of what it’s like. Or speak to one of the attending parents. There’s just too much to say in a review.