This site has been created to tell the REAL story behind the non-profit school, ABC Montessori – which is serving McDonough, Hampton, and Stockbridge, and Locust Grove located at 483 Walker Drive, in McDonough. They have also recently opened a new school called Heritage Montessori, located at 1242 Elliott Road McDonough, 30252. We are here to share all the details behind these buildings and the people who run this facility. We have concerns that have been shared to numerous agencies over the years – to no avail. The point of this website is to bring all issues and concerns to the forefront.
There are a lot of amazing qualities and potential that the school honestly has had. Great teachers and parents have come through the doors ready to give 100% to the school. Most importantly, those people made some wonderful contributions to children’s lives!
Unfortunately, due to extremely poor administration, most of the admins being related and accepting no accountability, poor organization, mismanagement, and child abuse claims have tarnished any possibility of this school recovering.
This is something MANY OF US ASK. We believe they have/had connections that continue to allow them to escape accountability. We are hoping to prove that with this website and the content that we share. Don’t just take OUR WORD FOR IT. Do your own research. Examine the documents and claims we make closely.
ABC/Heritage Montessori has the desire to teach children 18 months – 12th grade. This means that they need two major agencies to give them a green light, to be an attractive location for people to enroll their children: Georgia Accrediting Commission and Bright From The Start. These agencies provide credibility by having a list of standards/requirements that the school must possess to be given the “green light”. We have proven on this website that several of the administration have been fraudulent about their credentials – which obviously gives pause to the validity of any accreditation or license they have received.
The mission of the Georgia Accrediting Commission is twofold: (l) to establish standards promoting instruction of high quality for children in Georgia and (2) to encourage schools to meet the established standards. GAC provides an accreditation process designed to establish and uphold standards, to strengthen the quality of education in each school, and to assure its membership and the general public that the established standards are related to the best educational practices.
The GAC serves as a means of ensuring that its membership meets certain standards for the operation and support of quality school programs in the State of Georgia. Specifically, GAC establishes standards and procedures to carry out the accreditation process. GAC also determines the accreditation status of the educational program of each school and publishes an annual list of schools with accredited programs. The GAC Executive Director issues certificates for those schools and agencies Provisionally Accredited, Accredited Annually, Accredited, Accredited Fully and Accredited With Quality.
It is important for ABC/Heritage to have this accreditation because it means that a students credits mean something when they transfer/graduate, and they can qualify for HOPE scholarships, etc.
As of our last check on 06/04/2020, Heritage Montessori, their new school, had already received accreditation prior to even closing on their new property. We have parents who confirm that they have helped ABC shuffle teacher qualifications in the past on paperwork in order to received their accreditation – and there are many concerns in this site that the GAC should LOOK INTO.
UPDATE: Emails sent to agency asking about why this school isn’t required to adhere to the qualifications they set forth.
Bright from the Start is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages Quality Rated, Georgia’s community powered child care rating system.
Bright From the Start provides ABC with a license to operate, and visits to inspect the property for safety compliance, records compliance, and takes complaints for child mistreatment.
Any facility with small children has to have this licensing to operate.
Nyree Mereus launched this website in November of 2018. In May of 2019, Nyree Mereus and Tammy Hinkro were named as defendants in a defamation lawsuit by Kimberly Morey and Chase Hardin, and Kristen Hardin.
We are currently awaiting a trial date. The school admins filed in Fulton county against Nyree (knowing she lived in Henry County), hoping it would scare her in to taking down the website. It didn’t work. When they realized that Nyree would be fighting back, they have been looking for ways to drag out to process and drain her dry of funds. It has been an ongoing, expensive battle.
They filed for an emergency injunction soon after the lawsuit, asking the courts to direct us to take down the website immediately. Their request was DENIED, as they have yet to prove that the content on this website is defamatory.
You can follow filing and court progress, as they are posted on our Court Proceedings page.
They challenge and dispute almost all reviews left against them. These were all screenshotted while live, some may have been removed but are 100% real.