Testimonials for Watts

The community cares at Watts

My eldest daughter has thrived in the Durham public schools! She had a truly FABULOUS Kindergarten experience at E.K. Powe Elementary School, and then transferred to George Watts Montessori Magnet for first and second grades.

When the first year of her transfer was rocky for her, I joined the Watts School Improvement Team so I could try to help the school make it easier to welcome transfer students. So far, I have been uniformly impressed by how much the school teachers and administrators and parents CARE about making Watts a safe, peaceful, caring, and intellectually rigorous place for children to excel!

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What's good at George Watts

[NOTE: The following article was originally posted on the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and view the photographs.]

By now, we have all seen the footage of a school resource officer dragging a high school student across the floor in a Columbia, SC classroom. The video has circled the globe and raised important questions about school discipline and the environment that parents are sending their children into every day. While it is imperative that we have conversations about the policies and practices that we need to keep our young people safe in our schools, we need to go beyond the basics and reach a deeper understanding of the impacts of physical and emotional trauma on the development of their brains. Unfortunately, so many of our students are exposed to violence and chaos while their brains are still forming, and, with or without intervention, it shapes who they become in ways that can’t be undone.

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Parent Molly Reingruber's story

I was very skeptical about Montessori, but took a leap of faith and couldn’t be happier that I did! I have two boys, one is very independent, the other needed more direction. Montessori doesn’t mean that the kids dictate their education, but that the work is prepared so that they can become independent learners. If your child needs direction, he will get it. If your child wants to keep going to the next challenging concept, they won’t be held back. The teachers were trained to understand individual needs and meet the children where they are. The principal is wonderful. You can always count on her to get things done.

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Story from parent Jo B. Wells

We have two kids at Watts in different classes. We are totally thrilled with all four of the classroom teachers they’ve had, plus the amazing PE, art, music and media center faculty. The PTA organize some fantastic events and programs – including the Edible Garden and summer play dates – and we are honored to feel a part of this thriving, diverse and inspirational community.

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Parent Paul Krellwitz's story

My wife and I agree that one of the things we appreciate most about our child’s experience at Watts is the diverse and embracing nature of the school. Additionally, we really value that he is encouraged and challenged daily in his lessons.

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