I have been a parent at Keystone for over 5 years. We are a school community committed to growing the best Montessori program possible for the children of today and tomorrow. Good enough simply isn't and we are dedicated to continous improvement. We are funded by tuition, state monies and donations. Keystone is a nonprofit organization. We conduct our formal fund raising program in direct proportion to what it takes to pay for the high quality program that attracted families to Keystone in the first place. Many thanks to those who donate as your generous investment in the future allows all of us to enjoy a quality small Montessori school environent and low ratios. A byproduct of these is high test scores. I'm proud to belong to a community that demands excellence and is willing to find a way to pay for it. We refuse to settle for what the State of Arizona (ranked near the bottom in the nation on education spending) would give us for 'free.' The cost of education is rising and many traditional public schools are cutting 'fun' and 'extracurriculars' to make ends meet. But I am confident that the Keystone community will continue to think outside the box, take responsibility for our choices and find ways to fund our goal of growing the best possible Montessori school.
Like many Montessoris, Keystone is a very structured school and classrooms vary greatly by the individuality of the teachers. The student/teacher ratio is great and our child is learning well, but we are troubled by the lack of technology-related educational tools/work (i.e., computers, Internet) as well as extra-curricular activities and creative 'fun' work (i.e., there are minimal creative activities done in-classroom, such as holiday-related projects, unless developed by parent volunteers). Our biggest complaint about Keystone is its constant plea for donations - we selected this school not only for its great academic reputation/test scores and because it is a true Montessori, but also because it is a charter school that is supposedly 'free' and an alternative to public education. In fact, the school not only requests and expects monthly donations, but can only truly survive on private funding.
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