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PK-4
Private
Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 150
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6630 S 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85042

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(602) 454-2606
(602) 454-2773
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November 27, 2014
Awakening Seed fosters an awareness level in children that is rare in many other schools. The level of respect for children is unequivocally clear upon observing the school's activities. Teachers place importance on the a child's unique interests and allow each child to grow their talents.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2014
As director and co-founder of Awakening Seed, I d like to respond to the previous review. As with any organization, the Seed constantly changes as we strive to improve the quality of service to our families. Change happens organically and gradually. Rarely has it been extreme in the 38 years we ve existed. While many of our lead teachers are Arizona certified, we ve almost always had at least one who is not. One of our most talented teachers for over 25 years was not certified. Certainly credentials are important, and so are qualities that make a teacher a natural. On occasion, an individual will arrive whose natural teaching talents are exceptional. We work as a staff to help that person translate their talents into quality teaching practices. We invite feedback and dialogue with parents to ensure that each child has a successful school experience. Integrity is at the heart of our practice at Awakening Seed at all levels. We love to have visitors and I invite you to come see for yourself what a quality, child-centered program the Seed is. You will not see children in buckle chairs.

- submitted by a teacher
May 31, 2014
Awakening Seed School was one of the most amazing educational environments in Phoenix. The school has made some extreme changes over the past few years and its reputation and professionalism has taken a hit . The staffing changes (main reason for negative review) continue to cause parents to pause and keep looking for a school who's s The teachers are no longer required to have a teaching certificate and voicing your opinion/concerns about your child's education and daily treatment only brought unnecessary gossip and absolutely no support or plan of change in support of concerns. The school's mission is to respect all people from all walks of life but the people representing this mission have only shown my family extreme judgment and disrespect toward families who care about the well-being and education of their preschooler. If you want your child to sit in a buckle chair for over an hour and be taught by uneducated "teachers" this is the place for you!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
I am both a parent and staff member of Awakening Seed School, and could not be happier to be a part of this wonderful community. My children love being here and have grown and learned so much. The Seed provides a nurturing environment where kids feel safe and happy with an obvious love of learning. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world. My kids are being given the opportunity to learn about clean eating, recycling, gardening, composting, empathy for all living things, as well as emotional, social, and academic progress and growth. We love the Seed!

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2013
We chose to send our Son to the Seed because of the community values, nurturing support, and academics. We have not been disappointed. Our son has learned confidence, social skills, and we feel supported as parents. We feel our son is getting a unique experience that we, otherwise, would not be able to provide. Yes, it is expensive but the investment in my son has been worth the sacrifices we have had to make.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
A great nurturing community that fosters creativity and strives to develop each child to their fullest potential. They promote responsibility with compassion and don't allow junk food in lunches or snakes. They care about our kids inside and out. Yea!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
I was a preschool teacher at Awakening Seed for 25 years. The director, Mary Glover, promotes a sense of community among students and staff alike. This sense of community can be readily seen in each classroom. As children form bonds of friendship with each other they are also encouraged to include children who are new, or less gregarious socially, in their play. The curriculum is child-centered, and students frequently decide for themselves what their main unit of study will be. Other aspects of the curriculum (math, science, literature, writing...) are based as much as possible on the general study unit. Awakening Seed students tend to assume a sense of ownership and responsibility for their school. In many cases I have seen this sense of ownership extend into adulthood. Former students often return to the school to reconnect with their former teachers. A sentiment I have frequently heard from both former students and their parents who return for visits is that their favorite school years were those spent at Awakening Seed. A more nurturing environment would be hard to find.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2013
My three children attended Awakening Seed School from pre-school until they "aged out". The faculty and staff treated our whole family with kindness and respect. The children got a solid educational foundation from teachers who encouraged their creativity and curiousity. Every classroom has its own outdoor/garden area, and there is a big grassy yard with plenty of room for everybody to run and play. The Seed is more than a school -- it is a wonderful community

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
Our son attended the Seed for several years when he was age one through age four. It is a magical, lovely, loving place. Mary Glover's energy, intention, and vision have created a a fabulous little laboratory for discovery and growth. My son loved it. I felt very safe there. On every level they are thorough and by the book: illness policy, check-in/out, behavioral issues that may arise with young children. They handled all of the issues with loving structure and kindness. The only reason we left is because it was truly far from our home and we were willing to drive until life got busy again, otherwise we would have stayed. The child-centered curriculum really honors the creativity and spirit of childhood. Carrie B.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
This rating covers my family's experience with the Awakening Seed School from PreK through Kindergarten. In my experience, the Awakening Seed School successfully strives to provide a safe, loving environment for children to learn. When my child started the PreK program, he was not the only one to be educated. I was amazed that the teachers and other staff (literally everyone at the school) cared about my child and my family. The school provides Love & Logic training which positively changed my relationship with my child. I will be forever grateful to the school for educating and caring (truly caring) for my child. Because the school is small, individual attention is possible, and it IS given. I was amazed at the curriculum that my child was exposed to even in PreK.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
Awakening Seed - an excellent learning institution. My children attended Awakening Seed from pre school through 4th and 1st grade. We selected the school due to size, teaching philosophy and ability of parents to actively participate. The school was an excellent fit for our family and children - the values and mission of the school reflected our family's values, the instructional approach - with a focus on deep learning and project based curriculum and individualized instruction were excellent fits for our children and family. The strengths of the Seed include a strong learning community, excellence in developing critical thinking and communication, integration of the arts and a very strong reading and writing program. Math and science instruction would be similar to public schools. Overall, the Seed exemplifies a research based instructional approach. Examples of my positive comments - each class in the elementary school is small (under 20) with a lead teacher, an aid and parental support. My daughter's combo 4/5 had 12 students - a lead and aid and often 3 parents. Of course, this comes at a cost - both financial and time. For our family, this was the best investment.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2013
My son attended the Seed from pre-3rd and I still can't keep him away from the SEED. I can't even drive by it without him wanting to stop by and or sharing a great memory of his time at the SEED. I believe the SEED provided a great, healthy, family enviroment for my child. The dedication and time the staff put into the children is amazing! I love how they encourage the children to think critically and how to communicate. They support the children emotionally and as individuals, I truley believe this has made my child a well rounded, caring individual!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
Awakening Seed school is a gift!! As a parent and a professional in Mental Health and Education I rank this school as one of the best in AZ. The Seed is a Community it is a family of Life Long Learners. Go visit, trust what you feel as you take a tour. Talk to other parents I know most will find a good fit at the Seed.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
The Seed as it is affectionately called is an excellent school. The well-balanced education is delivered in a compassionate yet firm manner that builds children's confidence. There is a real sense of community that you cannot find just anywhere. All of our 3 kids have attended and it has been an absolutely great experience. It is a real jewel in the desert!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2012
We spent months with our child in the 2s and 3s class & we had many concerns. I wrote an email to the 2 teachers. I praised them for their dedication & effort. I also expressed our concerns. After so much time spent with the 2 teachers, I had grown to admire, respect, and like them both. They never returned my email or talked to me again. We got an email from the director who, despite our time in the classroom, dismissed all of our concerns and disinvited our son from the school. This was very painful and unexpected. But it was the best thing for him. We got him into a play based school & helped toilet train, & provided food, & was cheaper, & had better hours, & had fewer holidays . I heard the teacher is now teaching older kids which I think is a better fit for her skills. The staff & faculty, parents, grounds are nice, & the kids are great. But it is not a good value, very friendly to working parents, & has too many holidays. Love & Logic is not for us. I don't know if it was a culture of pride that interfered with their ability to discuss my concerns. But the idea that they are beyond criticism was arrogant & cost them a great kid, committed parents, & a favorable review.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
I like that the school has a collegial approach to education such that students are able to experience the diverse personality, creativity, and interests of the individual teachers. The environment supports development of lessons based 'in the moment of interest', it demonstrates to students that they should be observant, follow an inspiration and investigate it to its fullest within a broad context. I like that my child's teacher takes educational risks and doesn't let nonsensical rules distract her from her own greater wisdom about what might be meaningful her students and their families. I value that her educational background is in Art (not specifically Education) which allows her to support the development of creative thinking in all subjects. She is not only 'teaching about Art', rather more importantly, she is artful in the way she supports learning about the tactile world we live in. The Seed's approach is golden in an age of mediocre educational systems that stiffle creative thinking through teaching formulas for everything. They teach self expression, exploration, observation & questioning, duty & impactful citizenship w/ high learning outcomes in a caring communal way.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
The Awakening Seed has been a life changing experience for our entire family. The staff never ceases to amaze me with their high quality education, innovative learning techniques, ability to connect with students of all ages and personalities and their excellent engagement with parents. Not a day goes by that we pick our son up from school and can barely believe the things he has learned and experienced. When your child enrolls at the seed you all become family and are treated as such. You will not find this education and environment anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
We couldn't have found a better school for our toddler who started when he was one year old. The teachers and staff are very professional. There is no doubt in my mind that the school director's dedication to students plays a big role in the teachers' success. I don't see this kind of commitment in other schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
Awakening Seed is the most amazing school in the Valley. The staff is highly trained and wonderful to my children. My kids are always running in the gate, with a smile on their face, and whining when they have to leave!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
The preschool is not the right environment for every child. The preschool teachers could benefit from additional training on the development of young children.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2010
In my humble opinion, Awakening Seed is the best school in Phoenix. I am sure other parents would say their child's school is great, but you'd have to be Seed Parent to understand. The children are not stuck behind desks or locked in rooms all day. They are giving lots of outside time to run around and get fresh air. They eat healthy snacks and healthy lunches are required. I pack her lunch, so I know she's eating well. My daughter took right to this school the first time I brought her in for a tour. She walked down the hall and said, 'Daddy, this is my new school.' And so it was. Everything about The Seed is awesome! From the Director, to the teachers, the parents, and the children, I love this place! Wouldn't change for the world! I'd recommend to anyone looking for the best for their children.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
My Daughter has just bloomed here. What a great formula they have for success at this school! Every area from administration to supplies to children's individual needs, are covered. Student teacher ratio is excellent, and the balance between my child s social growth and academic growth is carefully nurtured. The director really has a great talent in keeping this school safe, successful and strong. Well worth the money. It is very exciting to be part of such a great place, and to watch my daughter do so well in every way. I highly recommend you at least consider this school if you are looking.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2008
Our son (first grade) and daughter (pre-school) have attended the Awakening Seed for the last few years. The teachers here are highly caring and creative. The Seed also does a wonderful job instilling a sense of caring for one another and problem solvng. Bullying is nonexistent. The creative aspect has lit our children's imaginations on fire. They come home wanting to duplicate their school day: doing yoga poses, singing songs, wanting to write and illustrate their own books, making up board games, drawing, painting, making a giant model of the human body, and on and on. Our son read a book to the class at the end of his pre-K year. Clearly, they are doing something right at Awakening Seed.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
The Seed is a wonderful environment for our kids. The only draw back is the decline in the quality of the academics and teaching in grades 2-5. Perhpas this is the reason for the huge decline in student enrollment and the schools need to rid of the higher grades (so far only 5th, but one can feel that 4th is around the corner). It is slowly turning into a day care through Kindergarten school. The consistency in some of the classrooms is poor, which teaches kids the wrong lessons. Teachers also do not take advantage of prime learning moments when conflict or confusion ensues amongst students. My biggest disappointment has been the schools failure to provide high quality consistent teaching & classroom projects in classrooms with low enrollment, teacher's assistants and abundant parent volunteers. The upshot, the school does nurture a community family environment and positive problem solving modelling.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
The Seed is the reason that my husband and I don't plan on moving for years. My daughter is under 2 and absolutely loves it. The environment is loving and supportive. Where else do you get music, PE and spanish in addition to the usual structured environment? We already see a love of art, music and school in general flourishing in her. The outdoor section for each classroom is also treated like an amazing learning environment. We get daily written and even verbal feedback on her day. There are also regular parent/teacher conferences to discuss progress and any issues. Parents can come by anytime and observe, but helping in class is more appreciated.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
The school provides a good environment for children who are ages 2+. I would not recommend starting your child off in this school if your child is under two years old unless your child is able to talk with you.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
I love this school and so does my daughter. The teachers, staff & the owners dedication to over educate gives me the feeling of relief.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
The overall feeling is warm and welcoming. It's areal community where children are supported and nurtured throughout the year. Teachers really care and it shows by the way in which they treat the students. Art, music, P.E. and Spanish are a regular part of the curriculum at no extra charge.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
Amazing school. I can't say enough great things about it. From the moment you walk in the door each and every person cares and soon knows your child. I truly feel it's the best school in the Valley. It's a 'pet' school for ASU's department of Education. I first heard about the school from a professor in the school of education at ASU. My child is a quiet observer and has blossomed here. They understand her way of expressing herself and validate it, in turn she's outgoing when she wants to be and reserved at times too. They value each child for who they are. Their approach to discipline is respectful and clear.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2006
Great school for any kind of kid. they learn how to solve conflict and good social skills. Lots of activities to inspire thier creativity.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2005
The Seed is superb. Parents are involved daily with this true community of enthusiastic learners. We all learn from each other at the Seed from the youngest child to the most educated teacher. Our children are involved in a well rounded curriculum which encourages global learning; a love of learning; and compassion. My oldest daughter attended the Seed for preschool and 1st grade. I know the Seed greatly assisted her present abilities/passions. A junior in high school participating in honors classes; newspaper; film production and editing; reads for fun; writes and produces music (words and music) and performs 3 musical instruments. She has benefitted from the Seed. Her younger sister and brother attend the Seed now. They are flourishing in all avenues of learning. Functional cognitive skills; compassion for others; joy of learning/reading; personal attention; social skills; along with support and guidance for parents. The Seed is superb.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
Our son has attended Awakening Seed School for almost 3 years now, and we love it. The staff really goes above and beyond to individualize each child's experience. We receive incredible feedback on our son's progress, and we are able to be active participants in the educational experience. The Seed is a small school that feels like a family. The kids are exposed to a wide variety of creative activities, and are given ownership over their own educational experience. Academics and learning to be a good student are strongly emphasized. Intellectual curiousity is encouraged in a way unlike anything I've ever seen. My son loves to learn, and feels empowered by the leadership opportunities offered in the Seed's classrooms. The after-school program at the Seed is the best. ASU Education students run the after-school, and provide both structured and unstructured play opportunities. Art, dance, gymnastics, organized sports, and outdoor play happen everyday.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2005
My child has attended the Seed since he was 2 and we can attest that its a great school. The teachers really treat each child as an individual and work hard to provide the best learning environment. There is also a wonderful family environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
Our daughter has attended the Awakening Seed for five years from ages 3 to 8. The teachers here are highly creative, always growing and a very dedicated group. It has been a home away from home for ar the joyous sounds of the whole school singing together! Ask any child that attends here and most will tell you that growing their own garden is one of their most memorable projects. Imagine that, right in the middle of the city! Theour girl and she has blossomed on all levels; academically, socially and beyond. There are many opportunities for parent involvement. Art and music are a big part of every day at the school. Stop by for Monday morning meeting at 9am and he children here are true Seeds and the amazing, wonderful teachers are their ever mindful gardeners.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
My child has attended this school since preschool and has excelled due to the attention and caring of the staff at Awakening Seed School. The learning program employed by this school allows individuals to express themselves in an environment that promotes self-realization while providing assistance to students who need it. No one is left out or behind and the students learn important social and coping skills. Parents are highly encouraged to participate in their child's learning experience and school activities. This is a GREAT school!

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April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
This preK to 5th grade school is excellent with customized curriculum. My son needed a class with fewer children per teacher since he was learning English as his second language and had been in English for only two years. The teacher has worked with us to give my son the direction and instruction he needs. There are no set extracurricular activities but he is not lacking in sports activity here. There is a very active parent group. My only concern is the expense of this school and that the fund raising efforts are not made broader but continue to ellicit money from the families who already attend the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2004
Our son was at the Seed for seven years. We found the teaching to be top rate for all but one year. Our son was challenged both academically and socially. I have to say that the one of the greatest strengths of the Awakening Seed is the overall community. There is strong parent, teacher and returning student participation. The seed is a nurturing environment from early childhood through the 5th grade. Mary Glover is a gifted teacher, artist, writer , thinker and Director.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2004
Our child has grown and learned so much at this school. It has a very friendly, family atmosphere, with an emphasis on theme curriculum, art education and reading. There is a lot of interaction between classes, which was great for my child who enjoys spending time with older children. The staff is very caring and developed individual plans for our child. The after care is also fun, with outside and arts activities every day. School has small classes, very involved parents and several annual events that bring the school together. Classes are toddler to 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2004
Awakening Seed is a great school. Children seem very happy and well behaved. The staff are very friendly.

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April 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2004
This school has emphasized the whole child approach to learning which has had a very positive effect on my daughter. I feel that the educational experience she has had at this school, will stay with her for the rest of her life. She is a top student with excellent grades, and ability to think for herself. She loves the arts and the outdoor activities that this school has created, giving each child a chance to grow their own gardens, planting and watering plants and watching them grow. What a great experience! I am sad that she is graduating. We now have to find a school that can match the caliber of this one.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2003
Awakening Seed is a wonderful place where exceptional teachers and staff take a real, personal interest in each and every child. Learning isn't drugery but vital, fun and meaningful. Education at this school isn't limited to academics but covers every facet of the person - mind, body and spirit. There is an extraordinary atmosphere of respect for one another, cooperation and comraderie. Our third child to pass thru the school is now in 4th grade and we have nothing but praise and high marks for Awakening Seed.

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Awakening Seed School
6630 S 40th St, Phoenix, AZ  85042
(602) 454-2606
Last modified Awakening Seed School is a Private school that serves grades PK-4
Awakening Seed School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top