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.
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.
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!
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.
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