True Montessori education. Love the way my kids get to learn. Keystone is not just a great school it is a great community!
I have peace in my heart each day when I drop off my daughter at school because I know when I return at the end of the day she will have had a day filled with wonderful learning experiences. The Keystone community (parents/staff) are made up of such lovely people. I feel blessed to have found such an amazing school!
This is a real Montessori school where the children are always encouraged to follow their own interests and explore the world. They learn the 'basics' along the way without it ever becoming a chore or stressful. The facility and materials are all designed to encourage this exploration and discovery and the teachers and staff are all so respectful of each child's strengths. From pre-school to elementary school, we have never heard "I don't want to go to school" from our child!
Keystroke Montessori is by far the most child-focused, wonderful school. The campus is inviting, warm and beautiful, nestled in the Phoenix mountains, with spectacular views. The rooms each have a floor to ceiling glass garage-style door that can completely open on beautiful Arizona days, allowing the outside in while the children learn, engage, move about freely and naturally. Instruction is done with children, not at them and each child is free to focus and learn independently as well as with the guidance of the instructor. My child is happy at Keystone and he is exposed to learning and traveling opportunities that were never available through any public school. Keystone focuses on each child and family and parental involvement is part of the culture. Thank you KMCS for providing an exemplary education in a format children naturally learn best.
Our kids have been at Keystone for over 4 years now. We love the school and how the Montessori method is implemented. My husband and I are happy to have found a school in which all parents are as committed as we are to their children and to their school. You can observe the class of your child as many times as you want and the teachers are always one email away. The school offers many activities that allow our kids to positively develop into their following years. None school is perfect, but this is the closest I know to perfection!
A true "Montessori" environment that allows our children to succeed in academics, as well as becoming well rounded members of our society. Why in the world would you want to subject your children to hours of homework every night when you get even better end results with the montessori way. Beats me and Keystone has the reputation and test scores (if that is what you are in to) to prove it.
I can not possibly say enough good things about Keystone and how it has influenced my children to be the beautiful little souls that they are. They both started around 3 years old and were taught grace and courtesy lessons that have shaped them into children that I get complimented on all of the time. They are peaceful, kind, empathetic, self-driven children at the ages of six and eight and I owe that to these teachers that give them the perfect amount of responsibility and guidance. My children love going to school, and a positive foundation for their learning and education is all I ever hoped for. They take such pride in what they contribute to their class. I, personally, love most that it is a small, closed campus area that feels very safe. The front desk personnel know each child's name and know where they should be and when. The other parents are great which makes the school functions so much fun. It is a loving community of people who will help out with other's children, no questions asked. I can't imagine having my children anywhere else.
Hands on learning is how children's brains are biologically wired to learn. Sitting and listening to teachers talk all day is not. The Montessori method was scientifically based - created by researching what worked best for each age of development. My son is finally excited to go to school, is able to move around, talk with others about his learning, and doesn't just memorize what he is told to learn. He truly understands the concepts, because he is responsible for his own learning - at 7 years old and beyond. We are very happy here!!
Our daughter just recently started attending Keystone Montessori and we have been please with the school so far. I like the Montessori method of educating children and it fits in well with my child's needs. If there is one negative that I would have to say then it is the hours for extended care. The school does not open till 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. cutting it close for working parents. I think a 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. time frame would work better for our family.
We transferred our kids to Keystone after a difficult experience at our local public kindergarten. I was familiar with Montessori, but had never seen it implemented so beautifully as I did that first day walking into Keystone. Instead of being motivated externally (by constant drilling and testing and behavior charts), students here are motivated by their intrinsic curiosity and their own desire to learn about the world. Whereas before my daughter was afraid to take risks because of fear of failing a test, she is now making huge strides in her reading and writing. She's falling in love with learning, finding confidence, and gaining essential interpersonal and life skills. The teachers and administrators work hard to build a sense of community among students and parents. We couldn't be more pleased with our experience so far.
This is a great montessori school. Safe and neat enviornment. Well trained teachers. Friendly staffs.
As a parent, I wanted a place that would foster joy in learning, respect; an environment where my child could grow not only academically, but as a whole person, preparing him with life skills, not just test taking skills as most traditional schools do. This I have found at Keystone. You'll also find the school community to be very welcoming and supportive.
We have 2 kids at Keystone Montessori; one in Toddler classroom and one in Primary (moving up to lower elementary this year). We moved them from another Montessori school and could see a big improvement in them. Both classrooms provide excellent care, education and practical life experience. We grew up in a traditional school setting and at first we were concerned about their academic abilities. To our surprise, our older son shows great math and ready skills. With authentic Montessori experience the school provides, I feel my son does the math with thorough thought process and deep understanding, rather than memorizing. He also started to read a chapter book himself when he was about 5 years old. The toddler classroom is also excellent. We are pleasantly surprised to see how much my little one can be so independent at such a young age (feeding, dressing up, cleaning up himself). His communication and concentration are also excellent. I give all the credits to the school for such a great job they have done to my kids!
My daughter began attending Keystone in first grade and is now in the school's "Adolescents" class for 7th grade. So far, we have been very, very happy with our child's academic progress and the extra-curricular activities, especially music and Spanish instruction. The transition from "Upper Elementary" to "Adolescents" was pretty rough because of the sudden shift from no homework to what seems an awful lot, but after a few miserable weeks, things are going more smoothly, and my daughter has learned some important lessons regarding time management. I'm certain that when she moves to the local high school in a couple of years, she will be very well prepared.
Montessori school should be the way every child is taught. Not only does it teach a love of learning, but it also teaches how to love and respect all others. Our daughter loves Keystone and so do we. The teachers, staff and administration all truly care about every child. We could not be happier!
Keystone is incredible. My daughter has been there since February of this year, and bounds in there every day. The staff are warm, genuine, and take they're jobs as educators very seriously. There is an amazing vibe about the school, and loved it so much that I applied for a job! Now they're not only the best school for my daughter, they're the best school for me. Amazing colleagues.
We cannot tell you enough how much we appreciate all of the caring staff and wonderful teachers at Keystone Montessori. Keystone Montessori helps each of our children grow to their full potential. We have a child with special needs who knows they are loved in their schooling environment. While our typical children are thriving academically, our special needs child is thriving socially. We are very thankful to be part of this wonderful community and amazing school.
Our family has been with Keystone for many years. Our children have had the opportunity to excel academically while they grow socially with their peers. They have developed a true love of learning with the Montessori philosophy. We have been extremely happy with Keystone and highly recommend this school.
I can't say enough about how happy my whole family is with Keystone. The teachers are so dedicated, the administration is well organized and fair, and the school has a caring and respectful tone. Parent involvement creates a supportive environment and a community feel. Most importantly my children are happy, challenged, and passionate about learning. We have been at Keystone since preschool and on and I would recommend the school with out hesitation. We feel truly lucky to be there and know the school has something very special going on. The only area I feel could use some improvement would be in communicating changes. They do a good job but not as strong as they are in other areas. To reference some comments I saw below, I have never witnessed favorable treatment to families who are able to donate more money, that has not been my experience at all in the five years we have been here. Also, this is a true Montessori school. To avoid a mismatch in schools where comments like I read below come from, "great if your kid wants to be a janitor" please make sure you understand the Montessori philosophy before you pick Keystone and you won't be disappointed.
Keystone is an amazing school with outstanding students, teachers, administration, and parents. The school is an authentic Montessori program that nurtures each child's individuality. My two children have attended the school for 6 years starting in Children's House and it is the only school I see them going to through the 9th grade. I have spoken with other parents of children who have transitioned out of the school and into high school and they have all had wonderful things to say about their children's smooth transitions, social adjustment, and academic accomplishments. This school is an authentic Montessori, privatel like quality school that depends on donations to operate at this quality level. I personally feel that parents need to understand that public funding does not provide the means to deliver a quality program; this is why people are unhappy with public school. I chose Montessori and I chose Keystone.
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