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Awakening Seed School

Private | PK-4 | 150 students

We're best known for community, creativity, and compassion.


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $92,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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!

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted May 1, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted July 8, 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

Posted June 7, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted March 1, 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

Posted 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 42%
Hispanic 27% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Outdoor learning lab

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mary Glover
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (602) 454-2773


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • emergent curriculum model
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


Extra learning resources offered
  • parent arranged services
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$7000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Arizona School for the Arts
Horizon Community Learning Center
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6630 S 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85042
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