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Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff - Campus

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $239,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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Posted June 7, 2014

This charter school is horrible. The prinicpal of the Switzer Mesa campus allowed 6 students to be violated by making them clean someone else's feces off the bathroom walls. Then refused to inform the parents because she did not have to do anything. The owner's reply was that according to state statutes they do not have to do anything and do not answer to the state bard of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

Ms. Meghan works with Ms. Leah so well (west side). They are a fantastic team!!! My child was attached to Ms. Meghan so much on the first day of school. I feel very comfortable to leave my child to either Ms. Leah or Ms. Meghan. They are like my family members. You can trust them 200%. Many times, when my child cried a lot in the morning, Ms. Meghan always comforted me by saying that "It is very normal. He will be fine." I felt much better immediately. She takes great care of my child each day. Her smile is beautiful. Ms. Meghan and Ms. Leah are the same kind of people. They were born to be teachers. Great people go and work together!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

Ms. Leah (west side) is the best of the best!!! You cannot find a teacher better than her. She is really a life saver. She is a great person and an awesome teacher. Nothing can describe how good she is. She cares about her students and how parents feel. She loves her students from the bottom of her heart. It is HER who makes Montessori survive. Hope that more teachers are like her. She should be rewarded (salary raise or something). She deserves any big reward/award.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2013

My oldest son attended Montessori on the Westside years ago with much success and has since moved on to the upper level classes at Switzer Mesa. Our middle son was enrolled in Montessori at the Sunnyside location, although we had a rough first year, after changes were made with the administration and teachers we have been very happy. I feel that Ms. Patti and her teaching staff do a wonderful job of balancing structure while allowing the children to learn at their own pace. Mys son's teacher, Ms. Bethany has inspired him to want to learn, it's amazing how he went from being frustrated about learning to read to being so excited about his next book. I enjoy seeing the energy and enthusiasm that she brings to the classroom. I intend to enroll my youngest son next year as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

Two of my children attended the Sunnyside campus for preschool and kindergarten as well as the Switzer Mesa elementary school campus. The teachers are compassionate and interested in each child as an individual. They create a sense of community in the classroom. Each child can work at his/her own pace. The students are constantly challenged but not overwhelmed. Even at the elementary level, there is plenty of outdoor/recreation time. The kdg kids have lots of time to play and run around in a safe environment. Since each child is with the same group of teachers for about three years, we were able to really form a partnership with the teachers and our children grew very close to them. The afterschool program at the Elementary school is fantastic. It is well-organized and safe, and children can also choose from various extracurricular activities (chess, art, music) if they wish. The Montessori environment is an excellent setting for learning. It allows kids to be self-directed and mobile within the classroom. The school teaches in a fun and inspiring way and emphasizes peacefulness and respect. I can't say enough about how happy we are that our children go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2011

My child has attended for four years. The teachers are caring and willing to listen if your child has difficulty academically or emotionally. This is the best Montessori school my child has attended (my child attended three others in Phoenix). The academic standards are high and my child has been challenged. My child has also benefited from the close-knit community. The art program is excellent as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

Very disappointed with the administration at the Sunnyside location. Very unprofessional and lacking in a true Montessori philosophy. Expectations are inappropriate for the younger children who are lumped in with the older children and expected to have the same level of concentration. There is no real play which kids need not to mention love. It felt cold and not child centered at all. They try to make you feel like they are the only option in town and they can do whatever they please because of it. Don't believe them and don't waste your money!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2011

I go to Montessori, I go to the middle school and this is my first charter school. The admisistration is deffinetly less then perfect and they are patronizing, but the teachers, the students, and what we acctually learn is awesome. We have weekly outings, community service projects and, between cycles, a trip or really fun outing, like going skiing, shopping downtown, having formal dinner night, or having a school sleep over. and the best parrt about these things is, the students plan it all. but in order to go on the outings and trips you have to have all your work in and have at least a 70 to go. I think the best part about this school is if you dont understand something, the teachers help you with it, one on one, after school, in during school, before school, during study hall. they will explain something over and over until you get it. I would deffinetly reccomend the middle school, but not the elementary school. They encourage working alone, which creates a ton of social issues. the middle school doesn't do that and is by far the best school I've been to.


Posted January 9, 2011

The Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff is certainly not a perfect school. However, after trying many schools in Flag and for that matter across the country, I believe MCSF is one of the better options, if not the best option here. They have small class sizes, unlike FUSD, and the curriculum is highly challenging as well as fun and well rounded for a student in today's society. They combine community service, handson learning, one-on-one teaching when needed, and the teachers seem to be happy and enjoy their job. So yes, I would have to agree that this school does lack leadership and on occasion I have had to disagree with the director. But after seeing the products of my kids education as my kids have moved thru the school to middle school and now highschool, it is very obvious my kids learned how to take on the real world with courage and high self esteem, ambition, a love of learning, and great study habits. In fact, I had no clue how far ahead they really were until my child entered highschool, which indeed was a wonderful surprise. I truly believe the Montessori Middle School is among the best in Arizona. I look forward to possibly a highschool in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2010

They are a "great" school focused on educating the children. Student to teacher ratio is perfect and we love the multi leveled classroom where the students are the teachers as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

We had hoped to send our children to the west side campus of this school. We meet the staff and the administrator, Ms.Patti. And she was wonderful! We had to move from the Flagstaff area, however if we ever move back this would be the only school in Flagstaff we would send our childern to. Thank you for following through with such a great Montessori environment!!!


Posted May 12, 2010

I paid $1200 per month for my two children for 2 1/2 years, and the school did not earn their money. My kids learned bad habits (how to be mistreated and neglected and labeled as bad kids). The administration was horrible. Patronizing and difficult. They allowed bullying of the kids, and didn't answer questions on what they were actually teaching the kids. The public school that we moved the kids to, Knoles, far exceed anything my children learned at Montessori. My children are actually learning alot, and are much happier. The teachers challenge them, and are great about monitoring progress and answering questions. The Montessori School philosophy has great potential, but this school did not live up to it by any means.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

I was looking forward to experiencing this Montessori approach to education. What I found was a nightmare. The administrative 'leadership' was sorely lacking, and it seems like the people in charge do not have a clue what Montessori Education is all about. As if the teachers and I put that in quotations had had no real training. It was a farce. no expertise. i have seen the real thing and this ain't it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2009

We have been a Montessori family for five years, PreK-Grade 3 and PreK-Grade 1 and have loved it. The elementary school teachers are wonderful, they truly appreciated my children and I knew they were not only learning but also being encouraged and accepted for who they are. I cannot say enough about how grateful we are to have access to such a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

This school teaches individual and group responsibility. My child will complete the sixth year this school year and will walk away a self-motivated, accomplished student that can 'compete' and excel in any future academic environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2006

I am a big fan of the Montessori philosophy, and I was looking forward to experiencing it with my child this year when she entered the program. What I found was an incredible environment, coupled with an administrative nightmare. The leadership is sorely lacking, and, at times, downright patronizing. With a change of leadership and more accountability, this school could be great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have been thrilled with this Montessori school primarily because of its 'open-door' policy for parents. Parents are invited to drop in and observe their children in the classroom almost anytime. My biggest disappointment is with accountability. The leadership of the school seems to approach each parents' issues on an individualized basis (one on one with the teacher) and policy changes are slow to non-responsive. There is no PTO and no auditorium.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2003

great school, big classrooms with a lot of equipment. the afterschool program needs improvement. and more computers are needed. the teachers are very good and available to parents.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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75%

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84%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

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78%

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59%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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75%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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59%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


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 82% 42%
Hispanic 10% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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850 N. Locust
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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