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Montessori Day Public Schools Chartered - Tempe

Charter | K-8 | 91 students

 
 

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Posted May 16, 2013

This school is great! My son never wants to come home. Every day, mom, can I just stay 5 more minutes. Every day! The teachers all care so much and do a great job. We have done Pre- K here and K-1 here. The Principal knows every family by name. I'm very happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

We have been thoroughly impressed with this school. After researching Montessori schools in the East Valley we are very happy we chose Montessori Day School - Lakeshore. The friendly teachers have been great and very accommodating. They do a great job of keeping us up to date on his progress and are happy to discuss his progress or what he may need to work on at home. The school is clean and well maintained. We couldn't be happier with our choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

Love MDS Lakeshore! I have been at the school for 6 years now, and hope to see all 3 of my children successfully complete the entire Montessori program! Their commitment to Montessori education is amazing. Great staff, incredibly involved and caring community...If you are looking for a Montessori school in the East Valley, this is IT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

I could not be more thrilled with the teachers and staff at MDS-Lakeshore! I am also very impressed with the social and most importantly academic progress. His math, writing and reading skills have improved greatly. I have volunteered in the classroom (this is not mandatory) and I have seen all the kids in his class grow dramatically in academics. The school is a loving, safe place that my very cautious son feels completely at home in. They have also bent over backwards to accommodate his food allergies. I can't say enough great things about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

I had high hopes for this school. They were very friendly at the beginning of the tour, but it all changed by the end of it. They had their minds made up already & this is without even seeing my child. The answer was no... I want parents who may be looking into this school to be aware that the Tempe school is not mean't for some children with challenges or special needs. Even a very simple need. I don't like leaving a negative review. I just want other parents out there who have children with a disability NOT have to go through what we did. It's very sad and crushing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

My son started kindergarten and I am well pleased with the school and the progress my child made this year. The teacher, teacher's assistant, principal and aides are all involved. I absolutely love this school and would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

This year, our family reached the milestone of having our oldest son start school! It was a scary and exciting time for our family. We felt the choice of school was a very important decision and have been thrilled with MDS! The teachers have been excellent at communication. The community is warm, welcoming, and diverse. My son is flourishing academically and socially. We love the school, the staff, and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

We love this school! It is a little gem. And it is rare to find a chartered (free) Montessori. This is a small school which is wonderful because there is a real community atmosphere. There are some great teachers and staff, and it is a great learning environment. As is to be expected of a small school, there are some things lacking; mostly the facility is maxed out with the current population. On the brink of growth, this school could be even more wonderful with a careful forward-thinking vision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

My family has been attending MDS for almost 3 years. The teachers are excellent and give both my daughters the personal attention they need. The teachers work with the strengths of their students and work with me in my children's weaknesses. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. My older daughter is in 2nd grade and reads on the 4th grade level. She is challenged academically and is given freedom to persue her own learning path. The teachers do a great job in teaching interpersonal skills and problem-solving techniques to the kids. We love it at MDS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

My daughter is a kindergartener at this school, and we are so happy with it. We love the sense of community and how involved parents are. The director is amazing, and the teachers are warm and knowledgable. We feel so, so lucky to have found a Montessori program for our very bright daughter -- and the fact that it's free in kindergarten is an added bouns!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

My kindergartner is learning so much so quickly right now. Well don't all kindergartners learn so fast? I think most do, but few have such a great synergy between students, teachers, parents, and staff. The principal and office manager know all the kids individually and many parents are involved with a wide variety of projects at the school. This school is a special family and I'm glad that myself, my wife, and my two daughters are part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

Dedicated staff and teachers who have a "vision" for the children and the school community. It's amazing how responsive the entire school is, and when problems arise, they are attended to with care and concern. All questions are asked with the best interests of the child as the primary focus, and decisions are made accordingly. They are growing conscientously and with careful consideration of the impact on the environment, both physically and emotionally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

My son started kindergarten at Montessori Day with basically no prior schooling, within months he is reading to me. I LOVE the small classroom combined with the first graders, the teaching and learning that takes place in this sort of environment is perfect for young eager minds. I have always wanted my children to have a Montessori education, but never imagined it being possible due to the high cost. This Charter School makes it possible for any child ready to think out of the classroom box and dive into a world full of knowledge, creativity, and world awareness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

I am very, very appreciative of the staff. My daughter enjoys her teachers and comes back teaching me what she has learned. I value my daughter greatly and am very satisfied with her school, her daily progress and overall growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

Both my husband and myself are professors of Education at a major University in Arizona. We were looking for a school that would fit the needs of our youngest son. He had graduated from a very "child centered" pre school and we needed a school that would continue his academic and social growth. We looked at many schools in our area, both public and private. We chose Montessori Day because of their Montessori approach and the wonderful child centered atmosphere. The staff is excellent and truly care about each child's individual growth and development. We are always pleased when our son comes home and actually uses new skills. The school also teaches things other schools don't have time to teach/reinforce such as manners, social responsibility, and respect for the earth. We are most happy with our choice and would recommend this school to parents who want their students to excel not only as academics, but as fully actualized people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

As with most, here is good and bad in this school. I'm a firm believer in Montessori, which is one of the reasons I kept my daughter at this school for 4 years. It is a fairly small school so office staff and administration (when they are consistent) get to know each child individually, which is nice. The space is very pleasant - quiet, peaceful, and nestled amongst trees and plants. My biggest criticism, which could be due to charter school status, is lack of resources. My daughter experienced SEVERE learning disabilities for over 3 years. I was very disappointed in the way this was handled. I'm educated, resourceful, and persistent, but ran out of options and received very little direction from the institution. I understand the legal ramifications and limitations of personnel directing me, but feel it is the "experts" obligation to do just that. I felt like a pioneer with no support in getting my daughter the necessary help she needed. Overall, I was happy with the school and felt most of the staff truly cared about my daughter. Unfortunately, as with most schools, they are struggling financially, and it our children are paying the ultimate price.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

My daughter is in the toddler program. Earlier, I had her with a home daycare and a chain type daycare center. She was never happy. My co-worker recommended this school. It turns out my daughter loves it. The atmosphere is peaceful and fun at the same time. The teachers stay with the kids throughout the day. Staff turnover is low. The curriculum is structured. Montessori activities keep my daughter busy, active and happy. At the same time, all kids get attention and love from the teachers. Both teachers are experienced and caring. They patiently helped my daughter nap! They know and help enrich each child s different personalities. The mixed age group (1.5 - 3 yr old) makes my daughter happy to learn from the older and to help the younger ones. The classroom and playground is spacious. I highly recommend this program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

My child has been at this school since early 2006 and is probably the smartest 4 year old on the block. Fully reads and writes, does her plus-es and minus-es and knows all the states and continents. Furthermore, she is so knowledgable about other countries, and animal, and plant life that she continually outwits her parents. The school went through some restructuring before the 2007-2008 schoolyear and the new administration and new teachers are all wonderful additions to the school and all prior kinks have been worked out and it now runs like a well oiled machine. They are also so good about teaching the kids independence, great values and social protocol. I feel I am definately getting my money's worth and my child loves going to school and we plan to keep her there through 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2008

I found great improvement in my Daughter's progress. She had learnt a lot and impressive development in a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

There have been major challenges to the toddler program in the past month. As a parent I expect honest two-way communication about my child's care. In theory this could be an excellent program, but has continued to fall short of my expectations due to high turnover and staff who demonstrate burn out. I think the quality of education varies from class to class.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Source: Arizona Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Source: Arizona Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 42%
Hispanic 14% 42%
Asian 9% 3%
Black 9% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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