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!!
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.
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...
Awesome school and teachers. I have recommended this school to many families in the Anthem area!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Montessori School is a wonderful breath of fresh air to the not so wonderful Arizona Educational System.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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