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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 643

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925 E. Maryland Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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(602) 745-4001
(602) 745-4099
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June 23, 2014
We just finished our first year at MTA and We lived it! I must admit however, I was a little hesitant when I got the phone call a week before school started. We decided to go for it and it was the best decision we ever made! Our child LOVES it there! As an educator myself, I was very impressed with what these kindergarteners were learning- from double digit subtraction, to reading, to writing stories. Every time I volunteered in the classroom, the students were engaged and actively learning. There was a sense of security and everyone felt safe. The kindergarten team is amazing! I hear not every grade level has the same caliber of teachers as the kindergarten team, but that is true at every school in America. Some grade levels are stronger than others. Some teachers are better than others. You will find that everywhere. I must say, I am confused with the negative comments about MTA. It is a school of choice. If you are not happy there, leave. Make room for other families who truly want to be there.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
We have had our children in this school since it's opening. This rating is ONLY for one teacher in particular. She is a first year teacher in way over her head, perhaps as she gains wisdom and learns HOW to teach she may improve. As of this moment she is by far the most incompetent teacher we have had to associate with. Her last name is Marshall. Good luck to any parent who has her in the future. And my kids get decent grades ( B average ), she simply at this time has no clue on the aspect of TEACHING. Seems she is on the Hillary Clinton mindset of "it takes a village" to teach. This is utter tosh.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I love this school my son started this year in the 1st grade and I am impressed with his learning and the communication at the school is great you never have to wonder what is going on.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
MTA is not for average kids, I will agree with that. It is NOT for above average kids either, make no mistake of that. The academics are not rigorous (that comment actually made my laugh out loud). Volunteer time is there, but you do have to look for it now that the school has outgrown itself and made the class sizes too large (6 years ago we were told MAX class size would be 25- now my child is in a class of 36). I actually heard the principle state "working is not a valid reason to not volunteer" at a meeting last year. Not something you want to hear while you're literally trying to keep the power on and put food on the table. I'm not trying to convince anyone of my opinion, which seems to be a common theme among the other parents here, but you all can't change other peoples experiences. Just because they aren't the same as yours, and you have found a wonderful school at MTA doesn't mean that everyone has that same opinion. It also doesn't mean that it's because their kids aren't up to the challenge. My son has been bored with MTA for years- because he was doing Algebra in 1st grade at home- I'm not exaggerating. Keep in mind that MTA doesn't offer anything for kids like that.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
I have a comment on the volunteer hours. I'm a working mom, in our 4th year with MTA and not one single month have I had to search high and low for ways to get my required hours. Not Once. There are volunteer opportunities EVERYWHERE. I think a mistake some parents make is to rely on their child's teacher to provide all their volunteer hours. That is not their job, nor do they have that much work to give. Instead, email committee chairs and Guild board members...you'll have your hours in no time flat. As far as your warning goes....We all sign the volunteer requirement form each year. We all know exactly what is expected of us, and it is our responsibility to find, record, and KNOW how many hours we have worked each month. That is all the warning you need. If our busy staff does happen to take the time to let you know that you are falling behind on your required hours, that is simply a courtesy.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
I am really disappointed in these other parent reviews. We have been at this school since it has opened. This school has great academic accelerated curriculum. I brag about this school every chance I get and I almost feel guilty when other parents I talk to don't have their kids enrolled in this school. The principal is all matter of fact. It works for some and not everyone. The open door policy does not bother me. Let him do his job running our great school and making it better. The volunteer hours are a minimum of two per month. This school is for parents who really want to be involved with their kids at school and at home. The teachers are outstanding in all grade levels. Volunteering really lets you know the teacher your child has as well as other teachers in all grade levels, depending on what you are volunteering for. I love knowing each one and having a good relationship with each. We support our teachers at this school with different volunteer jobs, so that they can focus on the children. I will have all 5 of my kids go through this school and I am proud of that. Food for thought "shouldn't you have this same kind of excitement about where your child attends"?

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
Our kinder teacher was amazing, infact all of the kinder teachers are. BUT, the principal is not a people person and runs it like a prison. He's not friendly, rude, and in fact his reputation has followed him from Cheyenne Traditional in Scottsdale, when he left families there were ecstatic. There is no open door policy only sees parents on appt. basis, and am appauled we thought this was the place for us. They give traditional schools a bad rep. I encourage you to seek out Alhambra Traditional School, MTA was modeled after them. ATS out does MTA by far, kind of sad actually. Their volunteer policy is so strict, they kick families out with no warning.. there's not enough volunteer opp. - I asked many times and had to search high and low for opportunities... this is your warning. parents there told me after kinder the school goes downhill from there, It hurt me as a mother .. we all try to find the best for our children. good luck!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
Run Run don't stop to look at MTA! We waited overnight to get our daughter in this school.. thinking this was the best place for her.. Instead we found out, it was a "bully" school the teachers don't even know where the kids are half the time. The pricipal is a "bully" as well. Do not put your kids in this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
I recently moved my 1st grader from madison simis to MTA... it has been an absolute blessing. His teacher, Mrs. Wolf, is a phenomonal teacher. She is organized and has expectations of the children in her class. Both academically and behaviorally. She is also willing to communicate with the parent when necessary, which is a huge factor in keeping the parents involved with their kids education. My son no longer has to play 100 questions when he is doing homework as she makes sure to cover all the information he needs to know to do it by himself. Thank you MTA and Mrs. Wolf!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
Several parents including myself were not happy with the 3rd Grade curriculum last year. Not only did we see our kids' reading and math levels decrease, their enthusiasm for school did too. We weren't whining about too much homework or expecting MTA to fix our kids because most of us have had our kids at MTA since kindergarten. However, there was a legitimate problem with 3rd grade and the administration has responded. What gripes me about these parent reviews, is if a parent dares to complain about MTA, the Kool-Aid crowd snarkily tells them to send their kids to another school because the world needs ditch diggers and hamburger flippers. For your children's sake, I hope they never struggle in school because it's obvious they won't get support at home. No school is perfect and that includes MTA, but I still think it's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
We started with MTA 6 years ago - when parents were willing to overlook the lack of facilities and extracurricular activities in lieu of advanced curriculum and dedicated staff. Now that we have a new campus and great test scores, people want in for all the wrong reasons: proximity to home, convenience of having all their kids at a k-8 school, thinking MTA can "fix" their kids, that if their kids are currently struggling, a tutor can "catch them up". As a frequent volunteer, I have been in the office when prospective parents come in to inquiry about enrollment. I want to shake some of them! If your child isn't currently excelling - why would you consider moving them to a school with rigorous academics? When I overhear a parent say that their child isn't doing well at their current school because they are bored... or don't like their teacher ... or will "catch up" , I cringe. As a public school, MTA can' t turn away students... but it really is the parent's responsibility to make an educated and wise choice. MTA was never intended for the "average student".

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
Our daughter started attending full-day kinder at MTA & we are loving it, best of all, she is loving it!!! She wakes up every morning thrilled to go to school; she loves learning. She is now reading a bit {recognizing words in books} & doing additions with doubles (9+9) and we are only 2 months into this school year. I really like the parent involvement at this school, it is mandatory. We love her teacher, Mrs. Gullette; she is great at sending us emails with updates & to let us know what the kids are learning. The school sends out weekly emails too to keep us all informed. I like that the uniform policy is strictly upheld. Kids are also taught to be respectful of one another & there is no tolerance for rudeness. We truly enjoy our child attending MTA.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
My son attended MTA for 1st grade and half of 2nd grade. He learned a ton, but honestly was bored to tears with repetition. In addition, both of his classrooms had kids with serious behavior problems, i.e. kids running from teacher, hiding under desks, writing mean notes to the teacher. I think it is very important for parents to realize that MTA is not for every kid, but the administration does not communicate this message at all. MTA is a school of choice, it has NO services for special needs kids. I also found that the teachers received no support from the administration in dealing with very disruptive children. In addition, the drop off and pick up situation is a nightmare and many of the parents are very type A. See the review below that says if a parent chooses a different school with less homework, then their child will be stuck flipping burgers. I'm so glad we left this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
Many of the parents are the ones to say MTA is a bad school, but it isn't. MTA is a great school! I am a student and have been there since day one. I love the school and will be sad to leave next year. The ecpectations and amount of homework are the way they are for a reason! So if this is one of your concerns find a new school. Also many of the parents give the school bad reviews, because they do not attend the school and experience what great staff and what a great learning environment MTA is! I highly recommend MTA if you are looking for a school where your child will excel and have a good learning experience

- submitted by a community member
March 02, 2012
We had great experiences in the elementary grades but there are serious issues in the middle school grades this year, especially in math. The teacher doesn't review homework so she doesn't know if a kid (or a bunch of kids) are struggling until they fail the test. By that time, it's too late because they've gone on to other topics. Parents have tried to address the issues with both teacher and principal, but their concerns are brushed aside with the same "love it or leave it" message that is posted here by some parents. At the same time, the gifted kids aren't getting the challenge they need, either, and those concerns are ignored, too. MTA was created by parents who wanted to be involved in curriculum decisions, but it is veering off course from that original concept as parent concerns continue to be ignored. Bottom line: MTA caters to above average kids, leaving the struggling and gifted kids to fend for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
MTA has done AMAZING things in its 5 years of existence. If you are not getting responses from a teacher or administrator, then you are not going about communicating the right way. 3rd Grade is a tough transitional jump of a year but it seems to smooth out quickly. But the previous poster is correct...it is not the right school for every kid & sometimes thats hard to accept when we thought we were making a great academic choice for our child. This site drives me nuts because people can say whatever they want about a very successful school to justify their complaints. My favorite is an early post from 2010 where it states that the "director" resigned. That did not happen. That very dedicated, smart & passionate "director" never intended on staying more than that first year. Her mission was to get it up & running & then search for a great candidate to take over. This school wouldnt even be a school if not for that "director". You may not like everyone but to go online anonymously & post untruths about someone is just plain cowardly! A lot of people researching schools look to this site for input. If you're going to post something (esp. negative) at least get your facts right!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2012
I have been so disappointed in MTA! My daughter transferred here for third grade and her grades and confidence have plummeted. I think the school is getting to big, huge class sizes and little to no one on one help available. My written concerns have gone unanswered by both the teacher and principal. Beyond sad, as we had heard such great things about this school prior to enrolling. Teachers read lessons right out of the book, 8 year old students are on their own in taking AR tests/not organized. Teacher website not up, and nothing but math and spelling comes home, no idea what they are learning in social studies, science, etc, or when tests are or what they are going to be tested on... little to no materials available for parents to use at home to help students succeed. Emails go unanswered, notes to school receive no reply. Really sad, as the parental involvement and the "idea" of MTA is great. We will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2011
I have to respectfully disagree with the previous parent. My children have been at MTA since the beginning and we are very pleased--especially academically. MTA is a school of choice and its challenging academics are a large part of why we send our kids here. The curriculum is a year ahead for a reason--to challenge kids. I don't want "little robots" but I really don't want my children to go to school just to "be happy". Sometimes work is hard and the feeling of accomplishment after doing that hard work gives kids a real sense of accomplishment. I understand the previous parent's frustration--I have been there many nights helping my kids. There have been times when talking to the teacher was in order. I get it. The big picture however is that MTA is not a regular school in the district--it is Excelling and continues to be so for a reason. There are other schools in the district that offer different curricula and we have a choice. My oldest child is prepared for high school next year--does she complain about homework at times--of course! She is also very proud of all her hard work--it had paid off. Oh and she is also a happy/well rounded kid--ready for the future.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
This is our first year at MTA. At first, I was so excited for my child to be attending a new school (beautiful campus, I must say) that is academically challenging. My child's 1st grade teacher is wonderful! Love her, no complaints! My child LOVES to learn, in fact, she always comes home telling me how much she enjoys doing homework. BUT...when the 1st grade team decided to change the policy and ADD more homework (nothing more than time fillers, really), I was upset. Even though they claim it should only take 15-30 min. per night, realistically, it is 45-60 minutes per night - FOR A FIRST GRADER! My child no longer likes to do her homework. Are we teaching them to dislike school? I think MTA is losing sight of the fact that at the end of the day they are children and as parents our ultimate job is not to turn out academically excelling robots, but happy little people.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2011
Well, it seems everyone rated this school lowly. I, however, think this school is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The new campus is amazingly beautiful! The extra-curricular activities are great for the 5th-8th graders, they offer everything from P.E to drama to music to art, the sports are fun and competitive, (volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, cheer, softball and baseball) The kids are very accepting and bullying is practically non-existent in this school. I am a seventh grade girl and all of the kids in my grade accepted me this year although I was new and they all are great! Also, the principal is new this year, but that doesn't mean this school is going to fail! He is an amazing leader and strongly believes in the rules. The school's only downfall for me is the academics in some areas. I came from an extremely academically-focused school and I feel this is not as challenging as my old school was. However, they do teach one to two years ahead of the grade (whereas #1 and Meadows *do NOT*) so this school is very challenging for most children, but the teachers do not overload you with homework like some advanced schools I have been to. Great school.

- submitted by a community member
July 28, 2011
I had high expectations of Madison Traditional but unfortunately I found it to be very disappointing!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
We are disappointed in MTA this year. Last year (4th grade) was fabulous. This year the kids began changing classes & have multiple teachers. As a general rule the teachers believe that at this age (11) kids should be solely responsible for their schoolwork, They are resistant to following even the school's stated policies for reporting required or missing work to parents and forget trying to handle makeup in some classes. It often takes several days for an email response from a teacher. I fear we had lost signifcant academic ground with our child

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
Perhaps MTA has improved since my child was there. I had prioncipals from 3 different schools review my child's records when I was told to retain. They all called and said there was no way they would retain! The previous Director (do they call it Pricipal now?) was part of the problem as she would not confront the bullies, who were her friend's children. She resigned. Disgraceful that a teacher and Principal ruined a child's year of school. It was confirmed by another parent I didn't even know!! I guess money talks.......

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2010
We moved into this school this past week and I can tell you that I am thrilled about the responsiveness of all of the staff and also the manner in which the principal leads this school . My daughter is a bright girl who is Bi-racial (black and white)and I must say my concerns about the articles here regarding the racisim at this school were totally alleviated when we met the staff and students...there is ALOT of teacher involvement and parents are very active. My daughter has NEVER been challenged like she has a MTA. I am excited she has this opportunity to attend this school -Ignore that comment about there not being a mixed ethnicity in this school -there are children of all races ! This school is located in an area which is in a mostly white neighborhood..its not the schools fault! Anyway 2 thumbs MTA YOU ROCK

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
Accelerated curriculum, involved parents, diversity of school, and character building program.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2010
A few students of color does not equal a diverse student population. Look at the student ethnicity graph on this site. MTA is 78% white, while the state average is 45% white. Can t argue with stats. Anecdotal evidence of individual students behaving badly to other students is not indicative of racism at the school, though. Kids are learning social skills, ethics, and morality as well as academics at this age. Making mistakes is part of the learnign process. We deal with the individual cases and move on. I just don't think there is a racist or classist undertone at the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
We couldn't be happier at MTA! The academics, the community, and the teachers are all incredible. This is a school of choice. Those living in the District and paying taxes have the option of attending their neighborhood school. It seems that those who are unhappy are the families who don't want to invest the time to fulfill the family volunteer commitment or the time at home to help their children keep up with the accelerated curriculum. The population is very diverse (despite what a few have said). I too pay taxes in this district and I am thrilled with the return on my investment. My daughter could not be happier as she completes her third year at MTA. We are absolutely thrilled with her progress and the entire MTA community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2010
I am in love with this school. My son came from a private school and I believe he is more challenged here than his previous school. I also like the small campus atmoshpere; however, I would like to see a playground added. Are there plans to expand the school?

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2010
I am in love with this school. My son came from a private school and I believe he is more challenged that ever before. Although, I like the smaller campus I would like to see a larger play area. Are there plans to expand?

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
Excellent academics....both of my children are honors students, and this is with an accelerated curriculum. Love the uniforms, the teachers and the office staff. This is where things end, though. I feel 'The Guild', as the PTO is called, is very much a clique, and discipline needs a lot of work. The principal, while he is a nice man, has a lot to learn. The supposed 'anti bullying policy' is also ridiculous. Can't do much about The Guild (mostly Simis moms) but work on the discipline policies, and you will have a great school. A new site is desparately needed, though.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
Excellent school. My son really shines. He's in the third grade but reads on 4- 6.2 grade level. Awesome

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September 20, 2009
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September 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
I am new to MTA and have felt very welcomed. This is a great school. I appreciate the academic focus.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I also do not understand the below poster's comments. I do not have designer clothes. Never have, jeans and sneakers. I have never felt like this is an issue. And yes the children all wear school uniforms. My boy's classes are very diverse. Excellent school, I cannot say enough good things about the teachers, parents and students. The aims scores tell a wonderful tale as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I don't know what that poster is talking about either. This is our second year with the school and there are all different ethnic and racial kids in my child's class. And 'designer' things? The kids wear uniforms so this is not an issue.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
MTA is a great school academically. My son has learned a great deal since we transferred into this school. We believe that our son is getting the best academic education he can get. It's great that there are required parent involvement. One of the major flaws at this school is how materialistic it is. There have been many parents who have been insulted because they didn't 'look the part'. Meaning, that the parents did not have designer things or because they have tattoos. There is even a growing concern that race is an issue, which even the children are also discriminating against each other. The only reason I give it 3 stars is because of the racism that is permitted to run rampant in the school

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July 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2009
I have two students at this school,and have been very impressed. While it is a smaller school, I feel that the quality of the education is much higher than my oldest child recieved in the same district. It is like getting a private school education without the pricetag. The teachers have all been excellent, and there is a ton of parental involvement. My children average about an hour of homework a night, but I know in the long run that a good work ethic will benefit them.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
Love this School!!! First Year here my son is in Kindergarden and i dive a good distance so he can go to this school! His teacher is the best and goes above and beyond for her kids! Love the fact that there is volunteer hours that have to be put in ita alot of fun and i det to see what goes on in the classroom. Plus my son thinks its cool when i come! MTA doing a awsome job!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2009
All I can say is that this school rocks! My daughter is in the same grade as my neighbors kid who attends a catholic school and my daughter's work is much more on target and challenging. MTA is preparing our kids at a young age and I could not be happier. Smaller community and mandatory volunteer hours and you will be asked not to come back if you cannot complete. SO....don't sign up if you don't want to be a part of the school. keep up the good work MTA. Principal needs a little molding but he will get there....we hope.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 16, 2008
I cannot say enough about the faculty and staff and the education my child is receiving! This is the one of the two best known free secrets in central Phoenix (Veritas Prep is the other). An undercover 'Private' school with public funding. Parent involvement is a must as volunteer hours are mandatory. Homework is daily except weekends. Discipline is enforced and consequences are black and white. We came from a parochial school and I have been extremely satisfied. Teachers are well-rounded and can teach to all types of learning in our kids. Love it! MTA is the best!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
Our son has been attending Kindergarten this year at MTA, and we can't say enough wonderful things about the school. We travel 13 miles to MTA every day and it is worth it! His teacher, Ms. Gullette, is amazing with the students and goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure each and every one of her students receives the right attention and care. The staff and administration are amazing, and there are many parents that are truly vested in making sure MTA continues to exceed expectations. We have been amazed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2008
MTA has been great so far. My daughter is in Kindergarten this year and has made a nice transition into school. The staff and teachers at MTA have been wonderful. Ms. Grass in the office is great and Ms. Ball my daughter's teacher has been wonderful. All the parents I have come in contact with have been friendly and helpful. My daughter is happy at school and I am very happy with everything. I love the uniforms! I would highly recommend Madison Traditional Academy to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
As MTA's inaugural year comes to a close, our family has been very impressed with all school has accomplished in its first year. Our son has flourished under the Saxon math program and his reading and comprehension has skyrocketed to nearly four grade levels above his actual grade. Our second grader has consistantly showed superior performance on all of his benchmark assessments. The leadership under Kristen Venberg has been outstanding and she was able to provide a smooth transition for the children and parents who left behind their familiar teachers and friends from Simis. The school is welcoming and the parent participation is very high. I have found that the 'direct instruction' approach used in my son's classroom actually saved him time from doing his homework because much of what he needed to learn was already covered in the classroom by the teacher. MTA has been a good choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
We love MTA. Our kindergartner is reading, has increased confidence, and has made kind, caring friends. MTA has a strong focus on character and it shows. I respect and enjoy every parent and school administrator I have encountered. Allowing the staff do their jobs and a certain level of parent invovement can be a tricky line to walk, but MTA and its families seem to be doing this VERY well. I also like that they go ahead and celebrate a birthday or Halloween here and there!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
MTA was established by a large group of parents whose children formerly attended Madison Simis, who were concerned with the lack of a consistent and challenging cirriculum and the shortcomings of the constructivist approach as a learning model. Our fourth grader had received straight A's at Simis since Kindergarten, but didn't have to work terribly hard to do it. His achievement test scores, while respectable, didn't reflect the mastery of academic work that his grades would have suggested. He is now challenged by his course work at MTA (including grade-ahead math and a heavy dose of reading), and is thriving. MTA appears to have attracted a more academically oriented cross-section of students and a more involved cross-section of parents than his old school. Though we will always have fond memories of Simis, it is clear to us that MTA is providing a more solid tuition-free educational foundation for our son.

- submitted by a parent
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