Montessori by the Sea aced its recent school inspection, achieving the highest rating of ‘Excellent’ while earning ‘Excellent’ marks in every single individual category.
The private school is the second Cayman Islands school to be rated ‘Excellent’ and the first ‘Excellent’ school offering early years and primary education. It’s also the first school to earn the highest marks in every category, along with Little Trotters Farm & Nursery School.
Montessori By The Sea achieved a total of 54 ‘Excellent’ marks, in all of the 18 individual categories for each of the 3 age groupings in the school, ‘Toddler’ (up to age 3), ‘Casa’ (Pre-K and Kindergarten) and ‘Elementary’ (Grades 1-6).
(Little Trotters was the first school to earn an overall ‘Excellent’ rating.)
Montessori By The Sea received a 'Good' rating in its previous inspection in March 2019.
According to the Office of Education Standards report, "Montessori By The Sea was an excellent school that had made significant progress since the last inspection. Every recommendation had been addressed in full, through systematic and careful planning that ensured the changes were right for the school. It was highly effective in all areas and therefore judged as excellent overall."
"Leadership was extremely strong, and the two principals knew their school well and were expert in assessing what they did well and what they needed to improve. They also worked skilfully with staff to get the very best from them," inspectors said.
The two principals Debora Thompson and Kourtni Jackson said in a press release, "We are very proud of this achievement, particularly as it was clear that the Inspectors truly understood and appreciated Montessori philosophy, and saw evidence of the benefits of the holistic education children receive at Montessori By The Sea ... 'Excellence’ was made possible by the support of our families, the willingness of our staff to incorporate the feedback received from the last inspection and work towards continual improvement, and our children, who challenge and inspire us to be our best selves every
moment of every day... They are, and will continue to be, the force that drives us towards excellence."
"This inspection report perfectly caps off MBTS's 20th anniversary this year!"
According to the report, "Parents were excellent partners in their children’s education, and they received useful and plentiful information about the school and their child’s progress. The greatest concern for many parents was where their child would go after leaving Montessori By The Sea."
Montessori By The Sea's press release states that the school was visited by the new OES Director Nicholas Sheriff. The Current has been awaiting public confirmation by the government of Sheriff's hiring.