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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 299
 

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910 E. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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(602) 257-3790
(602) 257-3926
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December 02, 2014
Both my boys attend Faith North. My older one is in the 7th Grade and my younger one is in Kindergarden. In Faith North, they learned to be resourceful and understand that if you want something, you need to do the work. Although my older boy is currently being a typical preteen boy and bemoans having to study, my younger son absolutely loves school and pouts on holidays when school closes. Montessori is the kind of school where you learn much more than what you find in books, and I'm confident that they will succeed when they one day transition to a traditional school.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
Both of my boys have attended this school since kindergarten. My oldest started high school this year. I am so pleased at how well Faith North prepared him. He is doing very well with the rigorous curriculum as well as the change to a more traditional environment. He's very able to manage and direct himself as necessary at his new high school. In addition to academics, Faith North teaches amazing life skills. I can only say good things about Faith North after all these years. I echo all the great sentiments about the principal and the teachers. An excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
Both of my children have now graduated from Faith North and both are excelling at their new, traditional schools. This is such a testimony to the wonderful and valuable education they received. Faith North gifted them with a love of learning and s sincere curiosity for the world. The principal knows each child by name and does such a superb job of creating a community and a sense of inclusion. I will be forever grateful for the many years that the teachers and the staff of Faith North fostered their interests and a sense of peace in my girls.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My granddaughter is learning so much at Faith North! She's in the first grade and loves school!

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2014
I love this school. I have been at this school for almost 10 years. I have first hand knowledge that grace and courtesy permeate every aspect of communication at this school. I interact with parents on regular, day-to-day basis. Parents are overwhelming positive and regularly express that they feel this school is blessing in their families lives. This is their phrasing, not mine.

- submitted by a teacher
September 24, 2013
I started working at Faith North in February and couldn't believe the oasis I found in the middle of downtown Phoenix. Not only is the campus beautiful and inviting, the students are just phenomenal. The children are polite, well-mannered and excel in their academics and afterschool activities. I am so grateful that this was the school I landed in.

- submitted by a teacher
September 24, 2013
Faith North is one of the few free Montessori schools in Arizona. The staff are highly trained and qualified. The curriculum passes state standards. The children are nurtured and encouraged as they develop academically, socially and physically.

- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2013
Faith North is a free, public Montessori preschool - 8 school in downtown Phoenix, and the staff is awesome. It has an "A" rating by the state of Arizona. Also, it is easy to get to if you work in downtown Phoenix and want to drop off your children. It's on the light rail line. You will love this school.

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2013
My daughter started this school when she was in kindergarten as she got older the teachers got better until fifth grade, the teacher she had was the worst of the worst. The school did nothing when I complained. I used to love the school but obviously, it's gone downhill

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
I love this school! My daughter has been attending Faith North since Pre-K. She'll be advancing to 7th grade this fall and I couldn't have picked a better school for her to attend. Going through public school myself I see the differences. The community is close knit and the support is wonderful! It amazes me how it feels like a family more than school. The opportunities for outside learning is endless it seems! More than what I got at my traditional public school. As a parent, you strive to give your kids the best. I believe a better opportunity, if not the best, in education. I see that in her love of learning, everyday.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
We really LOVE Faith North!! From Ms. Engdall (principle) to the teachers, there is nothing more we can ask for. Our daughters have never expressed any disinterest in attending school. In fact they're disappointed during breaks (winter, spring, summer and even weekends :-D). The Faith North community is very welcoming and provides a great environment for families!! Our children have grown so much (as a whole person) since beginning at Faith North!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Our Grandson is starting his second year at Faith North. So far so good, but would really like them to teach spanish from preschool all the way through 8th grade. They learn so much easier at at early age and being bilingual is so important these days. Would really like to see them incorporate this into the program. Have spoken with many other parents that feel the same way. Pls consider!!! Thanks.

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2012
We love Faith North! My daugter started here in Pre-School and is about to start First Grade. I'm impressed with how much she has learned already (starting Multiplication and reading extremely well.) I especially find the small community at Faith North enduring and incredibly diverse. The teachers and principal appear to be genuinely interested in their students. We've looked at "10" school throughout Central Phoenix, and haven't found any reason to move her to another school.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
After reading many of these negative reviews I felt it necessary to respond. This is my daughter's second year attending and I've never seen the discrimination that is repeatedly mentioned. I've also had nothing but positive interactions with the Principal. I'm especially pleased with the social worker, who has gone above and beyond helping my daughter academically and socially. My biggest complaints are the vast amounts of homework, extensive fundraising "opportunities" and a teacher that is sometimes too busy to help in the way needed. I see these negatives as a result of the school budget cuts, not a reflection of the school itself.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
I am so happy my son was able to do 7th and 8th grade @ this school.The teachers he has are wonderful and understand the behavior of this age group.My son started @ faith north in the 6th grade after leaving a different montessori school in the area.The other school he went to was a horrible experience the last 2 years he went there.Thank you faith north for making him enjoy school again and making me remember why i choose montessori10 years ago.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
Faith North is the school of choice for my 2 older boys and my youngest will attend next year. The teachers are committed and devoted, parent community supportive of staff and students, and children kind and respectful. I have been involved with the school for the past 6 years. Needless to say, the original draw and continuing high point is the years of experience, immense patience, and grace of the principal, Mrs. Engdall. She welcomes and listens to parents, treats students with kindness and dignity, choosing not to punish but rather teach in their weaker moments. The teachers, parents, and most of all students respect and admire her for this.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I can't say I wasn't warned about this principal but read thru this site and consider it carefully. My child attended this school at age 3 1/2 -4 and we were pleased but did not interact with the principal until this year. This year he got a new teacher and I started to get reports of behavior issues in class. We went in for our 1st parent teacher meeting eager to find a solution to help our child and instead of guidance we were told to never bring him back. Our child is bright, already reading and doing math but they flat out told us he wasn't their problem. This was days after his 5th birthday, a month into the school year... and they just gave up on him! We really liked his assistant teacher but she was not allowed to talk to us about what was really going on.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
Diversity is a HUG issue! The school was made for the neighborhood kids and the principal don't want them there. In a district in which 90% of the student population is Hispanic, this particular school has a huge Caucasian population! I think there is lack of integrity in administrators. I really like some teachers because there are good and dedicated teachers there. I will never take my kids there nor recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a teacher
March 11, 2010
I love how the school feels like a big family. The teachers truly want to teach our chidren. They have out of town trips with their classmates. Its great for developing a childs independnce. I drive from Metro Phx to Downtown everyday and I wouldnt change it for anything. Faith North is a wonderful school in so many ways.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
Stellar school! We are so fortunate to have a public Montessori school here in downtown Phoenix. Our kids are going on 4 years at this awesome school. They are self motivated hard workers with a love of learning and exploring. Thanks Faith North!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Greatest free Montessori School in Phoenix. Devoted Staff. Excellent Administration. Hugely Supportive and Caring Parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
My 3 kids have gone to Faith North. One is in 6th grade and two are now in high school. They were given the opportunity to work beyond their grade levels when they were ready to; and their behaviors, when not adhering to the compliant mainstream, were accommodated and then positive change occurred. This school's answer was not to immediately send my child for discipline, a meeting with the principal or for a conference with the social worker; indeed, a good atmosphere of problem solving. I appreciate the depth and breadth of the information covered in the curriculum. My high schoolers found that they were MORE than prepared for the rigors of an advanced program in high school, in many cases, their knowledge bases were superior to those of their peers. I am particularly impressed with the 7th/8th grade curriculum. These kids are leaders and it shows!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 27, 2009
What do chickens, herbs, and basketball have in common? Faith North Montessori, a place where children get to explore and learn independence. I highly recommend Faith North.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2009
No way! This can't be a public school--the teachers are outstanding, beautiful campus and both my children are happy, content, and flourishing--A++

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
It is a blessing to have a quality public school like Faith North Montessori! My daughter has been enrolled at Faith North since Pre-K and is now entering the 4th grade. We could not be happier with her experiences at Faith North. The campus is clean and beautiful -- well maintained gardens and open courtyard is a warm welcome each day. Earth friendly practices and outdoor environment education is alive at Faith North. The teachers are kind and caring. The children are nurtured and celebrated in ways that would make Maria Montessori proud. Faith North is a wonderful partnership between Montessori education and the public school system. Many cheers to the Principal, the administration, the loving teachers and the community!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
My child has been at Faith North for 3 years. I have found the school an extremely positive environment. My child has blossomed. Children are allowed to progress at their own speed, while still being guided and directed. My child excelled so much at math in kindergarten that he moved beyond addition and subtraction and was working on multiplication. If he had been stuck in a traditional kindergarten his math would have been determined by the ability of the other children in class. The teachers and administration of Faith North want the children to succeed and keep the children's best interest in the forefront. I have also found that any conflict my child has been involved in was handled in a timely and effective manner. Faith North is racially and socieconomically diverse, and doesn't have the snobbery shared by other Montessori schools in Phoenix. Faith North Montessori is a happy school.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
My son has attended upper elem and now middle school at Faith North. I highly recommend Faith North. Mrs. Roam and Ms. Sotelo are excellent teachers who really care about their students. If you are a parent that blames others for your child's lack of success or boredom, then you may want to homeschool. Montessori is not for every one. Children with discipline problems or those that can't keep focused may not thrive in a school that teaches cause & effect and responsibility.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
I'm so grateful for this public program. I am a big believer in the Montessori Method. My son attended a well regarded charter program for 3 years. In his third year we discovered he has a learning disability and we were not provided necessary accomodations for my smart, but challenged little guy. He made no reading progress for nearly a year. At Faith, his teacher was so willing to help. He quickly made large strides and is now reading at grade level. It's still a struggle for him, but his teacher is willing to work hard and go that extra mile to help my non-conventional learner grow to his potential.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2009
It was great was it first. Son learned alot from grades preschool to 3 than not so much after that. Students didn't get enough lessons got bored easily do same stuff over and over

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2009
The teachers while montessori trained do not seem to know how to manage integrating it into a classroom. My student was lost in the crowd and discipline is goes unaddressed. Keep looking for a true montessori school and leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
The review from Feb. 19th, described many of the difficulties found in this growing program, but I am hopeful that with the right people, things will get better within the organizsation. If you have average, or high achieving, compliant children, they will do well here. Some teachers are gifted with dealing with special children. Choose your class carefully and try not to be bothered by the rumor mill. The facilities on the North campus are gorgeous, but looks can be deceiving when it comes to what is happening inside.

- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
At this school each child is an individual and education of the child is approached that way. Students are never expected to hold back while the rest of the class catches up and are offered extra help with resource teachers if needed.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
Everything looks great on the outside, but since there is a pervasive dynamic of CYA, there is no real dialogue with those who run the school. PTA meetings are opportunities for grand-standing. Some of the teachers are as about as Montessori as a drill instructor. Montessori seems to be a bit of a novelty here, and those who run this school do so with a smugness that is absolutely antithetical to the principles of Montessori education.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 27, 2008
I have been with the faith north school for 3 years! Mrs. Valdez, Mr. Robert, Mrs. chacon have really helped me these past three years well actually i ended up moving and it was a really bad decision! so faith north you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2007
Our family has been part of the school for 4 years and hoped to help build a strong public Montessori school. Unfortunately, poor instructional leadership, lack of integrity in administrators, and a desire to increase enrollment without maintaining quality are problems that continue to get worse. Lack of quality and consistency in art, music and P.E. Because of these problems, and lack of leadership response, over 14 families left in the first 3 months of the school year and many more families have left throughout the year. Some good and dedicated teachers, but the newer teachers struggle without proper support.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
After spending 4 years at Faith North we moved out child to another school. The environment is wonderful and the staff caring. Unfortunately it is very difficult to find Montessori teachers. This coupled with the district's desire to increase enrollment has harmed the academic areas of the program. The teachers mean well. It's just not a good situation.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
Faith north is a good school, the students ar ewell mannered, and very friendly.

- submitted by a former student
April 18, 2005
Academic programs seems to lag behind those of other Montessori schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2004
My child has been attending this school for the past 2 years. We are very pleased, the staff is phenomenal as for the curriculum it's exceptional.This school is preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
I love this school.My kids never want to miss school. The teachers are great and they spend all the time our kids need.This school has it all great activities,fun field trips. I love this school as much as my kids do!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2004
This school is definitely not Montessori, regardless of the name! Instead, the administrators seem to pick and choose what parts of Montessori education they deem appropriate. For example: When our children went to school there, they learned to sing Christmas carols, read stories on Christmas, and made Christmas crafts. Kwaanza, Hannukah, and other winter festivals were never discussed. This is odd, as true Montessori schools are about diversity. Of course, diversity is also an issue: In a district in which 90% of the student population is Hispanic, this particular school has a huge Caucasian population! Of course, they would when all prospective parents are made to fill out an application for enrollment, which no administrator will admit to reading or using in the selection criteria. The whole program is bizaare, and there does not seem to be any oversight by the District on staff or the program itself.

- submitted by a parent
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Faith North
910 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ  85034
(602) 257-3790
Last modified Faith North is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Faith North Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top