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K-8
Public charter
Anthem, AZ
Students enrolled: 330

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42302 N. Vision Way
Anthem, AZ 85086

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January 11, 2015
This school is truly Anthem's best kept secret. This school year 14/15 has had some amazing changes that have made it an even better school. The new principal Mr. Blair is fantastic and is directly involved in every student & event that takes place in the school. He has poured his heart and soul into making this an unbelievable school that the kids are excited to be at every day. This speaks volumes and you won't find it in any pubic school.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2015
My son has really loved this school. He isn't a cookie cutter kid, so the flexibility given to him by the staff and principal have really helped him grow. Do I endorse it? My daughter will be attending Kindergarten next year as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2015
Caurus Academy is an amazing, terrific, wonderful, & spectacular school !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel this way because Mr.Blair does amazingly fun things for example: whole school Friday meetings are the best we get to dance & do activities we also talk about upcoming events like our trip to Mud Pie studios on February 20, 2015 , we are going to Mud Pie because we are doing pottery in art & we don't have a kiln and we need to fire & glaze are pottery pieces Mud Pie was very kind to let us take a field-trip over there to use there kiln so that we could fire and glaze our pottery pieces . Another reason Caurus is an amazing school because all the teachers help to make it a very comfortable & safer environment for children to learn !! i am a student at Caurus academy and this school is the best school i have ever been to !!!!!! ( PS. Ms. Goertz is the best teacher ever she rocks!!!!)

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2015
I have taught at several schools (due to moving to different states) & Caurus has been my favorite school. I also choose to bring my kids here! Our past principal was incredible, she looked out for the students' best interests & the staff as well. Our new principal, Mr. Blair, has brought new ideas, activities & energy! The staff remains amazing, even with new changes to the faculty. As you walk through the halls you will find happy, motivated & creative students, who are respectful leaders. You will also observe caring teachers & staff who go above & beyond the call of duty for their students within & outside of school hours. In addition we have amazing parents that are supportive of the work we do here! We have a state of the art gym where we continue to work on building sports programs as well as a new science and technology lab! Morning meetings in each classroom allow students to learn leaderships skills & form tight bonds with one another. Friday meetings are great for the entire school to participate with family members. Our new (far away traveling:))field trips for the middle school students allow staff & students to build memories that will last a lifetime!

- submitted by a teacher
January 09, 2015
My significant other is a teacher at Caurus Academy. When she comes home, she has nothing but positivity to speak of. I've been to the school several times and would gladly enroll my children.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2015
EXTRAORDINARY!! UNIQUE!! The best kept secret in Anthem! My family and I moved to AZ from the Midwest summer 2014. We have been blessed to have had exposures to incredible schools in the Midwest. I felt very uncertain when moving to AZ if we would find a school comparable. Luckily, we were more than pleasantly surprised when we found Caurus Academy. The school was not comparable, it EXCEEDED our expectations. The new principal, Mr. Blair, puts his heart and soul into the school and it shows. He focuses on making learning enjoyable, memorable and building future leaders. The class sizes are small (24 kids) which allow the teachers to make a large impact on every student. The dedication of the teachers is more than apparent. There is an energy at Caurus that is palpable. Kids are upbeat, happy to learn and supportive of one another. I would HIGHLY recommend Caurus Academy to anyone looking for a nurturing, safe, challenging, fulfilling school for their children!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2015
I have been at this school for 5yrs and have not always loved it. However, this school year with our new Principal Dameon Blair has been such an uplifting, and welcomed change. He has added amazing, caring teachers, whole school meetings on Friday which allows parent to come and here all the doings at our school. The vibe is so positive. My 3boys look forward to school every day. Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2015
My daughter is in 1st grade at Caurus Academy. She attended a private kindergarten last year and spent 2 weeks at the beginning of this school year at our public school. It was apparent after those 2 weeks that the public school would not meet her needs as the curriculum for 1st grade was what she already completed in kindergarten. A friend of ours recommended looking at Caurus Academy and we are all so glad that we did. My daughter loves going to school everyday and has made many good friends. She is in learning groups based on her abilities so she is not bored and is challenged appropriately. The art, P.E., and music programs are far better than what she would receive at the public school. The new head of the school has brought great energy to the entire school this year.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2015
My son has been at Caurus for 3 years and is in 2nd grade. The new principal and teachers have brought such positive energy to the school and a wonderful new vision that is building a strong community. The 2nd grade teacher is the best teacher he has had so far and she manages to teach to each child at their own level. She is amazing! I have really seen that my son is being challenged and growing this year. They really encourage parent involvement with the creation of a new PTO and weekly whole school meetings that parents can attend. The principal's vision and passion for education is unparalleled. I highly recommend taking a tour and talking with the principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
I withdrew my daughter after a year of kindergarten. Over the summer I realized she had no math skills and had to put her in a tutor program just to catch up. The lack of security is appalling as I saw one student prop open a side exit door in the hallway (with his teacher at the end of the other hall)and remained that way for 15 minutes before I approached another teacher stating that I was uncomfortable about it. She was very surprised and when addressed it to the teacher in question-she disregarded it! I had to talk to the principle- who btw is has been replaced by someone new- who was also alarmed and told me she would talk to the teacher. Since we left, there has supposedly been some new changes with the new principle-probably b/c so many students left. Ironically, the student whom I was carpooling with and another student who was in my daughters previous pre-school- both left and we, as parents, had all made the decision without the other knowing it!!! Granted, they did usher in a new principal so hopefully, improvements will be made.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
My child attended Caurus Academy for the past couple of years but we had to leave after having a bad teacher this past year. This year we are at the local Deer Valley public school and I can see how little he learned in the past year. My child is now behind other classmates because there is no writing or grammar program at Caurus. For Science, there was 1 science book for the entire class. Caurus is a school that has smaller class size with some very caring students/parents but it also has quite a few students that can't make it in the regular public school (renegades). Before you attend Caurus, be sure to research all your options. Caurus is all smoke and mirrors.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
We have had nothing but great experiences with Caurus Academy. The school treats you like family and the Teachers are all very interested in helping the children do better . Best school in Anthem if you ask me. Kids are taught respect and get an education at the same time. Classes are not so full that the kids are pouring out of the rooms like in the public schools. Definitely top notch in our Family' s book. Mrs Rides is a great principal and you can tell that she not only cares about the kids but also there well being in other aspects of life. Ms. Lisa the art teacher is the most incredible person I have ever met. She loves teaching art and enjoys the kids as much as they enjoy her. Truly a blessing to find a school like this in Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
We have only positive accolades for Caurus Academy. The entire staff from administration to teaching assistants seem to genuinely care about the students. Academics are top notch and challenge students at an age appropriate level. Communication between the parents, students and staff is encouraged and more than welcomed. The school promotes positivity, kindness, self-motivation and personal responsibility among its students and families. Our family definitely feels a strong connection with the school and our other children can't wait to attend Caurus Academy.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
I do not recommend; some teachers are horrible. We transferred our child out of Caurus Academy.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
our school is a dynamic school! always in great communication with the parents. my kids love there teachers. The teachers are amazing and I love building relationships with them everyday. I would recommend his school to any one!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2013
Excellent school! Can't say enough about it. My daughter was there for 2 years before leaving at the start of the 2012-2013 for another school she had been on a wait list for. The new school was not a good fit for her and she was fortunate enough to be able to return after winter break. All I can say is everyone from Admin to previous teachers welcomed her back with such enthusiasm. My daughter once again looks forward to and enjoys going to school. Check into Caurus if you looking for a school where everyone knows you child's name and has that special, warm and welcoming feeling.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2012
LOVE this school! I have 2 children attending and couldn't be happier. The staff is excellent and my 4th grader went from always requiring help with homework to working independently! She is challenged and engaged and making straight A's! My other child is in Kindergarten and absolutely loves it! She loves going to school and loves doing homework. It's so refreshing to see my children excited about learning!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
My daughter attended Caurus Academy for the 2011-2012 school year. She excelled in all of her subjects. The most important aspect for me was that she had some health issues that required a 504 plan and the staff could not have been more accommodating or genuinely concerned about helping my daughter succeed. Her teacher, Ms. Rides, Mr. Taubman and Meisha (the best front office employee I have ever had the pleasure to know) were all amazing in their support and kindness.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2012
I attended caurus before it even became caurus academy I attended from 3rd grade all the way until sixth my brother attened first grade there and we both loved it caurus academy is an execelent school

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2012
I have always had positive things to say about this school and teachers until the fifth grade teacher came along he is an unconcerned uncaring teacher I use teacher loosely because he doesnot teach I would be hard pressed to tell you what my child learned from him this year he is absolutly the worst teacher Caurus has had .I feel sorry for next years group of fifth graders.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
I love this school. The best staff! As a parent you want to know how your child is doing and what he or she needs to work on to improve academically and socially. This school works with the child and the parent to enhance your child's desire and ability to work hard to be the best they can be. Only wish they would open one at Carefree and I-17 too! This has been a long way for me to drive before and after work every day but my child is worth it! Excellent before and after care program too! I don't only love this school, but so does my son!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2011
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! My son have attended for 2 years going on 3. He's had caring teachers that keep me informed of his progress or when he messing up. I like to know that so I can DO MY JOB as a parent more effectively. I would rather nip any problems in the bud then only hear about it during Parent Teachers meetings. My daughter is going to attend this Fall and I look forward to meeting her teacher, my son's teacher and saying hello to a Wonderful Principal that knows her students by Name. AWESOME! I am from NYC public Schools so I Demand a higher educational standard for MY kids here in AZ. Caurus Academy fits that Bill!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
I love the school because of the great teachers. I am very involved in my child's education, so I do like receiving calls from teacher advising me of progress. That way come report card time you are not shocked by your childs grade. You will always know where your child stands academically. As for the principal, I dont have much to say.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
Caurus Academy's New school in Anthem is Such a Huge improvement! Although my son has had some behavioral problems, His teacher, the staff and especially the Principal Ms Rhodes has been so helpful to us to resolve his problems. He is getting better everyday and I am very grateful to Caurus Academy. Keep up the Great work!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
We got a very negative teacher , can't keep up with the kids behavior . If you love calls from the teacher for lack of her leadership and control issue , maybe this is the ideal school . NOT FOR ME .Teacher will call at anytime during the day till night!! no matter for whatever issue . Teacher does not respect the parent, not tactful . ONE NEGATIVE FOR THE K/1 teacher .

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
Let me put it simply, this school is terrible. I attended for three years and i was failing every year, I'm a freshmen in high school, but right now I should be in sixth grade this school messed me up so bad. My 4th/5th grade teacher was a huge feminist, almost though she didn't want the male students there. I'm telling you, DON'T even consider this school

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2010
Our daughter started at Caurus Academy in August 2010 and she loves her new school. Her teacher is wonderful and she learning so much more than she did at her neighborhood public school. I love the fact that there is a classroom aide and that parents volunteer in the classroom.

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August 10, 2009
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no rating March 11, 2009
We have been very happy at The Montessori at Anthem. The teachers are respectful of the children and expect respect from the children. The children become self motivators which is what Montessori is based upon, in turn building self esteem and self respect, all while growing and actually enjoying the day. The teachers are watchful of the children and help them along the way with good relationship techniques and with choosing challenging work. The projects my children come home with are amazingly detailed while also fun. The children are learning so much more than they are even aware of being in the Montessori environment. We are glad to have this school in Anthem.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
My daughter is in the k/1 class. The teachers are amazing, the staff is wonderful. Best of all my daughter loves going to school, and is learning so much more then she would at the public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2008
I have been at this school for over 3 years and have seen so much progress with the new staff. I am very pleased with the progress and the fact that they have P.E. and also spanish this year. This school is great and the staff really cares about the students!!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2008
This is my sons first year at Anthem Montessori. He is in one of the 4/5/6 grade rooms. He likes it so much more than the public school he was attending. His teachers are wonderful. The principal is great. He does have a lot of homework and he has to do a lot of projects but he is so much happier this year.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
I am a huge fan of this school, and have recommended it to many Anthem parents. My daughter is currently a KDG student and will continue her education at this school, as long as I live in Anthem. I only wish they had a playground...

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May 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
Awesome school and teachers. I have recommended this school to many families in the Anthem area!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
I strongly do not recommend this school. The students are rude and the curriculum is very easy. Teachers dont' handle problems. P.E. is too much, also.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2007
I have two children that attend this school. My children have learned so much both academically and socially compared to other children their ages at different schools. I am very pleased with the educators at this school and the fact that the school is secure. If I ever want to volunteer or observe I schedule a time that works for myself and the class and then I go into the classrooms. This is a great school if your students are self regulators, and as a parent you monitor your student's progress at home and throughout the year, not only at grade report times. I truly believe that schools in general are what you make of them, and to those that only blame when things didn't go your way, that is a lesson that your student is learning as well.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
I do not recommend this school. My children only attended for 5 months, when we left, both of my kids were behind academically. Also, the management does not want to handle or deal with teacher problems.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 14, 2007
They are far behind academically. My son never brought home any work. I was not allowed to speak with the teacher about this after school. There are no extracurricular activities. The director is very cold. There is very little communication and a serious lack of professionalism with the staff.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
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July 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
I would definitely not recommend this school. My child was only at this school for a few months before I had to remove him. One teacher in particular is extremely negative, and this teacher has been teaching for several years. The teachers have difficulty teaching students with diverse learning styles. They cater to students who are independent learners. The other students are left behind. I saw very little patience among the teaching staff. In addition, I walked into the office one day and overheard a very negative conversation from a group of teachers during their lunch hour. I said nothing, but I thought what a lack of professionalism! The students have very little homework which is not necessarily a bad thing, it is just difficult to know what they are doing all day. The projects the students do are probably one of the best things the school has going for it.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
My child was a student at this school and flourished. Now I have to find an educational environment that can match this Montessori at Anthem which will be very difficult. We would recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
The Montessori School is a wonderful breath of fresh air to the not so wonderful Arizona Educational System.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Great school, excellent teachers. We love Montessori at Anthem! Our youngest has been attending since August 2006. He is doing very well there and it's so wonderful that he can work at his level (he's very accelerated). We are so impressed with Montessori at Anthem that we are transferring our 2 other children (from the local public school) to this school in August 2007.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
New teacher for grades 2 and 3 and new Director are just a few of the positive changes at the school. My son came out of sn overcrowded public school and is just flourishing in this new environment. He used to hate school and learning, but now loves going to school. Small class sizes also means more personalized attention. Downside is that there are no extracurricular activities or clubs, but overall it was the best decision for our child.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
My son attended the public school here in 2004 and hated it. The second week of school 2005 we moved him to this school and he has flourished. He happily returned this year. My 5 year old also is going there this year and doing very well. It is geared more toward the self motivated, but its 'curriculum' is such that most kids there are eager to discover it. The director this year is wonderful and I love all of the teachers. I feel the quality of the academics are great. The school has art once a week. There is no music, sports, or other extracurricular activities, but our community center offers everything you could possibly want. I would encourage parents to check this school out.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2006
I see improvements are underway, with a new head mistress. The teachers seem to really care about the students and they are trying hard as a fledgling school. But it is definitely for the self-motivated, independent student. The student gets out of it what he/she puts into it. It's not a school for kids who've had problems in public school. It's a school for kids who genuinely want to learn. The case for us was that our daughter was farther ahead than most of her classmates in public school but she was overlooked because she didn't need special 'help'. She just wasn't being challenged in public school but this little Montessori school has worked out well for us!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
This school is just not up to par. My child attended last year and left with huge gaps in her education. There is no structure or discipline at this school and no concrete learning plan for the child. I say to stay away, consider yourself warned.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
Worst experience. Headmaster for 2004-2005 had no leadership ability whatsoever. Teacheers were not Montessori certified. Parents were encouraged to come to the classtroom to read to the class. Educators did not place a huge emphasis on reading themselves. Unsafe play environment.

- submitted by a parent
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Amcs At Anthem Dba Caurus Academy
42302 N. Vision Way, Anthem, AZ  85086
(623) 551-5083
Last modified Amcs At Anthem Dba Caurus Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Amcs At Anthem Dba Caurus Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top