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Montessori Kingdom of Learning

Private | PK-8 | 110 students

Our school is best known for our community involvement.


Living in Peoria

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $127,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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Posted April 28, 2014

My girl went to this school when she was 8 months great care no complaints can ever be made but in her preschool the first year kind of felt very drowsy she didn't have much enthusiasm which she had in abundance from the very first day and a new teacher came in and changed the whole scenario my child had full enjoyment she enjoys only when she is challenged. She is now out to another school for her higher studies. School basically family owned it has its own plus and minus. I'm happy I was able to enjoy its plus more than minus. Finally good school to improve the child's confidence and secured environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2014

This is our daughter's second year in the Lower Elementary class; she will be going on to 4th grade here and Miss Suzy's Upper Elementary class in the Fall. Mr. Paul is a wonderful, warm Lower Elementary teacher (grades 1-3), and MKL is a place where you truly become part of the community, part of the fabric of the school. In this student-oriented environment, every child is seen, heard, and known, and given the opportunity to explore his passions and work at his individual level. Choosing Montessori education for your child in the elementary years may be considered a bold choice in today's prevailing educational environment, where constant "assessment" (testing), grades, competition, and homework are givens. If the research (or your own gut) has persuaded you that the pendulum has swung too far in that direction (and your child is not happy and thriving in that system), Montessori, and MKL, may be for you. The emphasis here is where it should be: on raising enthusiastic, engaged, lifelong learners, who will have not only the skills, but the confidence and qualities of character and resilience to meet the challenges of the future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2014

Our children love it here as much as we do. Teachers are excellent and care for the kids like they are their own.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2014

I've been nothing but impressed with the school in the two years since our child started attending it. The teachers are excellent and involved with the students, the lessons are incredible, and our daughter is growing by leaps and bounds. I couldn't be happier that we made the decision to come to this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 12, 2014

My child attended MKL for the preschool years and then went to a public school system for a few years. We returned to MKL for Jr High and couldn't be happier with our decision. After returning to MKL my child was happier, excited to learn again and was challenged academically. The spark to learn returned in his eyes and he started to talk about what he had learned that day. Thanks MKL.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 12, 2014

My son, who is now in this school's junior high program, entered MKL MKL's primary class at age 3 and my daughter, who is now in 2nd grade, entered the infant program upon my return to work. We absolutely love this school! My son has some special needs but is has been cleat to us that with the enriched learning and social environment that school provides, not only have his needs been met but both he and my daughter have and are developing to their fullest potential. There is very little staff turnover and definitely an extended family feel to the school which provides the stability that kids develop best in. I would most certainly recommend MKL to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 12, 2014

I couldn't be happier and more pleased with my son's improvement since he started at MKL in 2012! His vocabulary is amazing for a 2yo and he also learned great manners! It's amazing and it makes me so happy to see that he's growing up with Montessori and that he loves going there!! Thank you MKL staff for the amazing educational program!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2014

My Grandson is 2 1/2 years old has been going to Montessori Kingdom now for 2 years. What a great school. I can not say enough good things about this school. He has learned so much. Everyday he comes home with something new that he learns. The staff is very very helpful and very careing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 31, 2013

My son has been going here for about 4 months. He has opened up so much and learned so much. Before attending this school he had no interest in learning and now I feel like he comes home and wants to do more learning. He's 4 and is learning so much! He gets mad if I have to keep him home from school. My son is a huge mommas boy and for him to want to be at school is a huge deal. I am completely satisfied with the school, the teachers and the communication.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2013

I am a volunteer mom at Montessori Kingdom of Learning. My son has been their for 9 years and is getting ready to graduate from 8th grade. I can not say enough good things about this school or its staff. My son has become a leader, is a loving, outgoing, confident, mature young man. As for his academics - he has a 4.0 and has a vocabulary and understanding of life way beyond his years. I have read the other reviews; and as for the negative reviews I am dumb founded. From what I have observed, MKL has gone above and beyond to accommodate children with all sorts of needs, with great success. I know what I am talking about , my niece is one of those children. If she was in a public school she would have been put in a special education class; and then who knows what would have become of her. As for the other negative review about their child not being ready for 1st grade, that one ponders me. I know all the children that have moved up from Primary to Elementary and have never seen one child "not ready" for 1st grade. All that I can say is the staff and children are wonderful to be around and I will be volunteering at MKL for years to come.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2013

July 9th, 2001 we chose the best school and family ever to help us raise our daughter....the Montessori Kingdom of Learning has been our daughter's school for over 12 years now and our son's for over 9 years, and in less than 8 weeks she will be at her 8th grade promotion and moving onto high school. We have been so blessed with amazing teachers, lessons, experiences and memories to last a lifetime. We are so VERY proud of our daughter, and are VERY EXCITED for her and her future as it plays out, but at the same time so VERY SAD to have her moving on from MKL. Love you all and thank you so very much Miss Betsy, Miss Jill, Miss Shahnaz, Miss Suzy, Mr Luke, Miss Tracy, Miss Kristi, Miss Tiffani, Miss Lana and everyone else for everything you have given to us, our children and our family!! We love you dearly!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 17, 2012

After having a top notch, wonderful experience with oldest son at a different Montessori school, I enrolled my younger son in MLK at 3 years old. What a shock I had when I went to his first parent teacher meeting. The teacher accused my husband and I of hyping our son up on sugar so that he was uncontrollable in the classroom (mind you, he ate lunch in her classroom and it was all natural, no sugar added food. The teacher became more annoyed with our son as time went by. She started sending him to the office, who called me and told me to leave work immediately and come pick him up. When I would get there, he would be crying in her office because he wanted to go be with his friends. It was suggested that I should take him to the doctor to get "evaluated". When I asked what that meant, they just said "in case 'something' is wrong". The teacher and "principal" were uncaring about what was going on. We ended up pulling him out of this school and putting him in a different Montessori school, where he did just fine. I won't say that all staff are bad, but the teacher we had was horrible and we left feeling that unless your child is perfect, he is not wanted as a student there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 17, 2012

As grandparents we wanted a quality education for our granddaughter and therefore agreed to pay $1200 in admission fees and nearly $800 monthly to send her to MKL for kindergarden. Our children had a attended a montesorri school and we incorrectly assumed they all were held to a high standard of education. While in preschool our granddaughter had always received rave reviews with her development, maturity, and learning ability. MKL also acknowledged she is a very bright child. After researching options her parents choose a different school for her elementary education and were all shocked to discover she had not learned basic skills needed for entrance into first grade. This little 6 yr old is now faced with either repeating kindergarten and/or costly private tutors. If you send your child to MKL he/she may enjoy the laid-back environment, but fail in academic standards. A lot of money for a poor education and wasted time.

Posted December 19, 2011

My child was not allowed in this school because he is autistic. The woman who answered the phone said they didn't have help for our son. This certainly doesn't sound like the Montessori way to me. Didn't Montessori herself teach disabled children??
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 1, 2011

I must totally disagree with the last poster. Montessori Kingdom of Learning does have certified lead teachers in all of the positions. I do know that there has been a change in some personal, with one lead teacher currently working in both lower and upper elementary. However she gives all of the lessons. The aides (both of who have many years of experience in Montessori) do work with the classrooms, but are not presenting the lessons. As both an educator and supervisor for many years in the public school system, I can tell you that the teaching that my son has received for the past 7 years at this school rivals anything I have seen in the state of Arizona. I believe the best academic decision I ever made for my child was to send him to Montessori Kingdom of Learning. Also my son has been in classes with "family" children and it has been my experience that they are treated the same as all others. Each child is looked at as an individua and treated as he/she needs. Also, as an outside observer, parents may not know of other conditions that have bearing on situations. As for the tuition being "outrageous"--my husband and I feel that a good education is priceless.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 4, 2011

As a former customer to this institution, my insight comes from several years of observing the goings on. The parents need to verify certification of the teachers teaching their kids before taking them there and paying the outrageous fees!!! The assistants, last I was there where earning low wages and were the ones doing most of the guiding (except actually one on one teaching). Family comes first, and this IS a family run business therefore the owners kids get away this MANY things. Since leaving, I have spoken with some former employees as we run into each other on the street and I find that they feel the same way!!!. The premise is a good one and given the right motivation children will soar, but if the agenda is one sided the children do suffer and the parents pay for this suffering. Parents please verify, verify, verify!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 4, 2010

My 2 children have been attending MKL for 21/2 years and we are very happy here. They are getting such an amazing education and have such a thorough understanding of what they are being taught. There are so many "montessori" schools out there but if they are not AMI certified you really cannot be sure what you are getting. MKL teaches Montessori they way it's intended to be taught and therefore the results are astounding. My kids are learning to be confident, independent, empathic, and the have a profound joy for learning that most kids unfortunately lose once they enter public school (in my humble opinion). We are very happy here and love the small, family like setting. Whenever there's been any issue it has been taken care of immediately and now that email communication has started I feel like I'm getting information about school events & issues much better than before which was probably my only compliant previously.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 24, 2010

My child has attended this school for many years(5+). He has earned a very complete education at this institution due to the dedication and hard work of the caring people who strive everyday to assist him. I have noticed that there is a core of parents who work very hard to support and enhance the environment of the school. They work tirelessly with the staff to offer greater opportunities for the success of the children. I am so proud of the community of the school. The management guides the school with a loving interest for children's exploration. I have always known the staff to be responsive, caring, and up to date in their educational philosophy. We would never think of leaving this school and would reccomend it to all parents who wish to take an active role in their child's education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 24, 2010

I totally disagree with the comments in one of the previous reviews (2 back). My son has been going to this school for 6 years, and I feel it is one of the best schools in the state. I have NEVER had any problems with communications. In fact, my son's teacher has called us at home to make us aware of situations, and has even left her own cell number for us to use to reach her. In regards to the materials, I know for a fact that the school updates the Montessori equipment as necessary, since they have generously donated their "used" equipment to my school. Unfortunately when parents choose something different for their child, they feel they need to justify the change by being negative about the former school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 23, 2010

Excuse me. Montessori Kingdom is perfection. These silly reviews are from parents who don't have an understanding of what Montessori really is. Communication is actually excellent... I have never had a problem with this. The staff may not respond right away... but that is probably because they feel tending to your childs needs is more important at the time... but it does not go ignorned. The problem lies when parents try to have a cafeteria Montessori school... you can't choose what you want Montessori to be. Especially in an AMI certified school. My children have attended for several years and I have volunteered on several occasions and I love what I see. This is a great community and a great place to send the children. It is an older environment... and the materials so use which indicates the children are using it repetitively.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 42%
Two or more races 17% 2%
Hispanic 11% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Gardening teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Betsy Schneider
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Nonsectarian
  • AMI


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Individualized Learning
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Playground
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Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
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13111 N 94th Dr
Peoria, AZ 85381
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