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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 170
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2536 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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October 28, 2014
I wish I could give Khalsa 5 *s. If it's just education, and your child is motivated, then your child will likely do well here. My child went to Khalsa for 7 yrs, starting at the old toddler house. I can honestly say that the last 2 years were an utter living hell for the both of us. And no, it wasn't because of grades or scores. My child always topped the charts and did well in school. The problem was in her particular class, the teacher provided no encouragement what so ever yet routinely yelled at the students. Montessori philosophy is to teach the child to want to learn and succeed for themselves and not for outside influences. That is great in theory, but if a teacher isn't going to give the carrot, then she should not be giving the stick. There were more than a handful of occasions where I heard the teacher actually yelling at a student for "not making a very wise choice!" The admin has heard from many parents of the situation and chose to turn a blind eye. The final straw was when I learned my 8 year old was sent out into an unwatched, non-secured parking lot to throw trash. The admin's answer was "we've always done it this way." The 70's approach to security is ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
Fantastic school! My daughters attended for five years each. Totally agree with prior post that the only problem is finding a school to keep your child challenged after 6th grade. We decided on BASIS as well and made the heart-wrenching decision to move our kids before completing their cycles to make sure we had a spot. I want to tell you that the Khalsa kids who came over to BASIS took care of each other like only family can during a very rocky school launch. They have all done beautifully and watched out for each other. My kids are masters of time management. They do their homework afterschool and rarely bring anything home. They take responsibility and they are organized. Khalsa taught them that. It also taught us as parents to trust our kids to manage their own work and that makes all the difference. While other parents run around with their hair on fire about what homework their kids should be working on, we know our kids are getting it done and if they don't they need to learn the consequence. Their grades bear this out; both scored well above average. Adjusting to tests is hardest challenge but they will master this in time. Khalsa's system works!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2014
My two daughters started kindergarten at Khalsa up to 4th and 3rd grade, this is a great school. The Montessori program, the diversity of the students, very good teachers, (Miss Susan and Miss Lori) I was very happy with the school, the level of education is excellent, your kids will be prepared for the best schools after Khalsa, actually that is the problem, after Khalsa is hard to find a school that challenge your kids. I decide to move my kids to Basis, just because later is hard to get a spot at Basis and Khalsa only goes up to 6th grade, but I'm very thankful to Khalsa because the current success of my daughters at Basis is because their Khalsa background.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
This school has been great for my kids. It is not perfect, but no school is. I have never had any problems with the administration, but to be fair, I've not had much occasion to deal with them. On occasion, my kids complain about certain teachers being mean, but that's life...we will not like everyone we meet, and we need to learn to deal with people whose personalities don't jive with ours. This is a small school with limited resources, so if you are expecting all the bells and whistles, this may not be the school for you. I believe my children are getting a top notch education and I am grateful that they have been able to attend Khalsa Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
We are finishing our fifth year at Khalsa. I now have two children attending (each with very different personalities and learning styles). I am delighted with the education they are receiving. Khalsa is not for helicopter parents. Kids learn to be self-reliant and self-motivated. It is amazing how much responsibility you can successfully give a child. As the children move into elementary, the academics are fantastic. They get a fair amount of homework, but it teaches them organization and time management. The best part? Unlike my friends who struggle to help their children with homework, Khalsa does not create busy work for parents. Parents are expected to contribute to the school community, but are not saddled with micromanaging their kids art/science/whatever take-home projects. If you need daily updates from your child's teacher, you won't get it here. But I have found the teachers and administration to be responsive when something comes up. Both of my children love going to school each morning and are full of smiles (and dirt) when I pick them up each afternoon. I don't think there is a better endorsement for a school than that.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
Khalsa is known as "pure Montessori" by anyone who is familiar with the school. You will find other Montessori schools in Phoenix, but none who follow this method of teaching by student initiated learning and experimentation as well as Khalsa. Three of my children have gone here and are curious about the world and their environment and enjoy getting up every day and going to school. They have deep friendships due to the small family-like environment of the school and have traditional reading/math skills that exceed their neighborhood friends at the public school. I highly recommend Khalsa and am glad to be a part of this diverse and humble environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
If you'd rather write a check than volunteer to help with a school event--move on, this probably isn't the school for you. If you are wary of dumbed-down public school curricula, and are willing to engage as a member of the school community and as a team member in your child's education, check out Khalsa. My daughter was "held back" due to a learning disability, but the extra time to mature, and to experience the full Montessori growth cycles, has been beneficial in her high school years. Teachers and admin were proactive about designing a sensible IEP, and regularly evaluating and adjusting it. The sense of community and belonging during her Khalsa years has made my child a more engaged and involved citizen of her high school. KMES is a tough school, with no sports and few extra-curricular offerings. Some parents find certain teachers off-putting, the admin unyielding, and the curriculum too demanding, and some kids don't make it through. But the academic and emotional rewards for those who graduate are core-forming and lasting. God bless Maria Montessori!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
Original posts have been removed. Mine no longer are on here. I had 2 children at Khalsa. We love this school. We had 2 children that attended up until the oldest went to lower elementary. I have nothing good to say about the administration. It is horrible how they treat the parents instating that there is something wrong with their child. We spent a substantial amount of money based on their recommendations. There was nothing wrong with our children. They are at Faith North and flourishing. The staff at Primary were awesome, compassionate and understanding. The administration is not.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
I was very unhappy with the administration here. They were so disrespectful to parents. It was never their fault, either the parents needed therapy or the child had a learning disability or needed therapy. They like to diagnose your child with no qualifications to do so. Also, school has no sports and no music program.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
It appears that a number of reviews have been removed as evidenced by references to dates for reviews not present. How can this site provide a thorough representation of a school when reviews are being removed???

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
This is an unusual, terrific school. The teachers keep in close contact with the parents, the students do yoga, garden, learn Spanish and are taught to be good stewards of the environment. I'm happy my students attend this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
My son just completed the lower elementary cycle at Khalsa. He has been a Montessori kid since he was a toddler. We absolutely loved the philosophy and practice of the whole Montessori environment. This is a wonderful school, with a great and caring staff that really gets to know your child inside and out. We owe his love for learning to his Montessori experience!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
Khalsa Montessori Elementary School is the very best choice I have ever made for my daughter! After completing her first year, my six year old has excelled in EVERY way. She is excited to keep learning more and more each day. It is truly a blessing to have her attend a school where I KNOW her best educational interest is at the heart of the staff. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
What potential this school has. Too bad the administration is a nightmare to deal with. Self-righteous with an inability to listen, close minded to suggestions, and often aggressive in tone and response - it's no cake walk. Basic communication principles and empathy is missed completely. There is a shortness and tone that is unforgiving at Khalsa. Frankly, given the age of the facilities, lack of amenities, and total lack of teacher accreditations, Khalsa should be falling all over themselves to create functional parent/administration relationships. Looking at staff bios on the school website you will find that few staff member are accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council. Basically, if you breathe and do yoga you can teach there. Lots of students are being held back, perhaps it is time for the administration to look at themselves. I still love Montessori, but sadly, this current administration completely misses the lessons of Maria Montessori with their militant style. I think I would like my kids to learn from someone with people skills instead. We will be enrolling at a different Montessori school that closer meets the needs of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
I cannot speak highly enough about Khalsa Montessori School. Our son started at Khalsa when he was 4; he is now in the upper elementary program and thriving. The academic and social progress he has made; his sense of Self, self-confidence and self-awareness; his curiosity about and respect for the greater world around him; everything about his education and development has benefited tremendously from his time at Khalsa. As parents, we are grateful for the open communication that exists between and among teachers, administrators and other Khalsa families. It is a community in the true sense of the word. We look forward to our younger son (hopefully) starting in the Primary program next year; hopefully his experience will be just as rewarding for him.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2013
I am a parent of a student at Khalsa. I am deeply saddened to read some of these recent reviews. Khalsa is a Montessori school. This is a very unique way of teaching and often misunderstood. I encourage any parent thinking about sending their child to Khalsa, to do some research on the Montessori ways of teaching. I can speak for myself and say that I was not educated in a Montessori environment. I wish I had been. My older son went through Khalsa Elementary. He is now at a new middle school. The teachers there have said that the children that come Khalsa are all great kids, eager to learn and ready to enter the real world. It is a great place for your child to go to every day. I am amazed at the depth of understanding my children have. My child was held back a year and at first it was disconcerting but it made a big diffrence on his behaviour and level of understanding. This year the holiday porgramme was wonderful. The children work so hard to make it a fun performance. All the parents are very much involved. The administration is there for all the parents and willing to answer any questions or concerns. I do not work at the school and sometimes wish I did.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
As a parent of two wonderful, but very different, kids that have attended Khalsa Montessori, I can honestly say that the school has been great for both. The Montessori method is so adaptive and the teachers at Khalsa are dedicated to teaching each child (as opposed to "teaching to the class"). In addition to be an excellent academic setting, Khalsa has provided a safe and fun atmosphere for our kids to grow up in. I am very grateful to have a school like Khalsa and would highly recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2013
My daughter is currently attending a Madison School after being at Khalsa. She could not be happier. She goes to school happy every day, loves her teachers and is excelling this year. In fact, she was just tested for the gifted program after Khalsa convinced us to hold her back. My recommendation to anyone looking at Khalsa is pay attention to other parents who have written reviews, not Khalsa staff. Tour other schools and observe how happy kids and staff are. Khalsa does not even come close. Follow your gut. Bottom line these test scores are manufactured.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
We are the grandparents of a Khalsa upper elementary student, and we are constantly amazed at his academic progress. No school is right for every child, and Montessori certainly is not right for every child, but for our grandson, it's a great fit. He is challenged and feels rewarded when he does well. When he sometimes falls short, as all children do, he knows why and how to remedy it. Our knowledge of administration/teaching staff is admittedly not first hand, but from everything we see/hear, they are responsive if there is an issue and very supportive of the children's efforts. The comments about the holiday program are laughable. Anybody who can't enjoy seeing 3 and 4 year olds on stage should go to the symphony or the opera. Maybe the grinch got to them first??

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2012
I used to work at this school. Let me be clear. If teachers and administrators don't want your child at the school, for academic or behavior reasons, they will tell you that your child needs to repeat a grade. Don't be fooled. They are asking you to leave. This school has lots of academic success because they convince the parents of the struggling students to take their childern to a different school leaving Khalsa with only the best students. More than half of the students at this school repeat a grade at some point. And yet the teachers and administrators still think there is nothing wrong with this.

- submitted by a teacher
August 13, 2012
To the 8/3/12 poster, I agree. Several students from my child s class have left for the reasons you mentioned. I have noticed a pattern with kids transitioning from primary to elementary suddenly being told that they are not academically ready for elementary. I think this practice is driven more by the school s desire to maintain high elementary school test scores (keep funding) & is less about academic readiness. I have mixed feelings about Khalsa. In theory the philosophy is great but the school s academic vision has become muddled. To those disputing the negative comments, I challenge your remarks by saying if your child fits the Khalsa mold, then the negative comments don t apply to you, but if you have a child that requires guidance, you see quickly how those children are handled. I say this as a parent of two Khalsa children, one self-directed & intrinsically motivated who has thrived & another who requires more direction & has shown little progress. I hope Khalsa looks more closely at its practices, begins to listen to parent s concerns/criticisms, and starts to embrace/address the needs of all children rather than just its excelling students.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
I have been a proud parent of two Khalsa kids. My daughter is finishing 6th grade this year and moving on to middle school - her biggest concern is "will she be bored with her next curriculum" Khalsa has given her the tools to succeed anywhere she goes. My younger is in lower elementary and I feel he is such a curious and free thinker because of the class environment and encouragement from his teachers. I have never had a problem with administration. It seems parents who are complaining about their children being held back should look in the mirror - standards for school can only be held so high for the education of our children.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2012
My children have gone to Khalsa for 8 and 6 years respectively. I would like to address a thread in some of the comments i am seeing in the evaluation of this school. One in which children need to be given only praise. This is a disturbing trend to me, and not reality at all. A child with only praise does not understand when they are not picked out as the prettiest, or the best. Khalsa does not focus on the best or the prettiest or even the correct, but attempts to guide the child to evaluate the options, make the best possible decision based on information or circumstances and then understand the consequences of those decision, in all aspects of their day whether it be academic or social. They do emphasize respect for the individual and work on community problem solving. All attributes that want my child to have, all attributes that more of us adults need to work on. I cannot speak to the comments by other parents- but our children have thrived at this school. In general it is only the unhappy who leave comments- so I feel that the comments here are unfairly skewed. This is an excellent school and the teachers here are great.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
Love the community of parents. The school is not lovey-dovey. You will only hear constructive criticism And sometimes that's hard. My daughter has loved to go every day for the last 6 years so that's something.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2012
The administration of the Khalsa Montessori School would like to thank those who have taken the time to come to us and ask about postings on this website. We welcome the opportunity to correct misstatements and fully discuss our educational approaches and philosophy. As always, questions or concerns about Khalsa Montessori education should be directed to the school administration directly for an open and honest dialogue.

- submitted by a teacher
March 07, 2012
I am a Khalsa parent. I have two children at Khalsa. One is in Upper Elementary, the other in Lower Elementary. I have read some of these reviews. I feel the need to speak for the school. Firstly, Khalsa Elementary is a Montessori School. It is based on the teachings of Maria Montessori. She is quoted as saying, " Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by the experiences in the environment". The Montessori way of teaching may be very different from the education many of us parents had. In the Montessori environment, the child is allowed to grow at his own pace. It is incredible to watch. My child was one of the 41% of Khalsa Kindergarteners that was held back at the end of 2010. It was the best decision that could have been made. The staff at Khalsa really learn to observe and understand the development of each child. There are no grades, there are no gold stars. Each child is encouraged to do the best work he can. I watch my children and am amazed at their depth of understanding in both Math and Literature I am grateful for the education my children are having at this school. Thank you Khalsa!.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
I have two children currently attending Khalsa. One is in 'first grade' and was held back in kindergarten an extra year. The other is in kindergarten and will be moving into 'first grade' next year. My children have different learning styles. The one suffers from mild dyslexia & benefited GREATLY by having another year in kindergarten. The other is an advanced learner and will not need to repeat kindergarten. It is my experience that Khalsa treats each child as an individual. Kids are not randomly (nor consistently) held back. They are held back only if their needs warrant it. It's not easy hearing that your child needs to repeat a grade...but it's important to take the emotion out of it and look at it strictly from the perspective of "WHAT IS BEST FOR MY CHILD??" . I have no regrets of having my little one repeat kindergarten. Some parents posted on here about grant money. Believe me, having her repeat kindergarten was very costly....but worth every penny. Lastly, I'd like to point out that I contact the school WHENEVER I have a question....probably to the point of making a pain of myself...but the teachers and administration always gracioulsy communicate with me.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
I applaud Khalsa Montessori for having the courage to not give in to Arizona's subpar standards. Arizona sits at the bottom of the list nationally for this reason. PBS put out a documentary "Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk" that unveils the dirty little secret of Higher Education in America: what is the standard and who is holding the kids accountable? As a mother of KMS alumnis, I am thankful for schools like Khalsa that uphold standards, for the sake of our kids and our future. It starts at the elem level! Kids need to have what it takes to push through and take the hard hits to move ahead, otherwise they become older and end up quitting because it's 'too hard.' Have the confindence in your child, and help with time management. The load at KMS is not unreasonable if you put in the time regularly each day...and I managed 3! You get a quality "private school" education without the tuition. If you choose to pull your child out because it's too much work, chances are your child will land amongst the sleepwalkers in college, or will drop out, as many do. Our job as parents is to give them an honest sense of realtiy.Being uncomfortable is not bad-it's 'growing.'

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
Teaching approach is century behind. This may have worked well in the past century. We live in a different world now and the school should consider upgrading to use of technology and computers. Wonder if teachers are qualified or have done elementary education and psychology.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
All mandated students take the AIMS tests. Only because AZ monitors attendance and testing by grade are grade-levels designated at all. This is the price we pay for tuition-free Montessori education. Evidently some believe that AIMS scores cannot be high without manipulation. From this paradigm plenty of schools teach to a test instead of believing in students capacity for genuine inquiry and learning. I suppose the expectation of mastery could be perceived as manipulation. If so, it is a form of manipulation from which every student would benefit. Every child can achieve mastery in their own time. The staff creates an environment for success not failure. To do so, Khalsa establishes minimum (higher than average) skills as criteria for moving to the next multi-age level. Students do not move forward until these skills are demonstrated. Mastery is the goal, but children do not grow and learn according to an external timetable. Students deserve the time needed to achieve mastery, so a grade-level retention (state-required) might be necessary. Promotion without mastery exists for those who want it. Khalsa offers an alternative. For more clarity, contact Khalsa School.

- submitted by a teacher
July 01, 2010
My son goes to Khalsa Montessori and I love this school. My son is learning a lot and is very happy to go to the school every day. Teachers work very hard to make kids independent.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
Another unhappy parent. I pulled both my girls after my kindergartner was threatened by the teacher for being stupid. She was not able to read 4 letter words when she was 5. They wanted to hold her back so I went to observe the 1st grade and saw children crying at their "work station" over how hard their work was. It was really sad to see how stressed out the kids get there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
When Khalsa determined both of my children needed to be held back a year, they made their decision without contacting the private Montessori school my children previously attended. They had no interest in speaking to my children's certified Montessori teachers nor did they have any interest in requesting and reviewing my children's school records. Why not? As a matter of fact, they spent 20 minutes with my kindergarten child and based on those 20 minutes alone, determined it was necessary to keep my child in kindergarten for another year. I find it interesting though that your child, too, was held back a year for his 'best development'. This is where Khalsa is not at all in line with Montessori principles. What attracted me initially to the Montessori philosophy is the fact that children are allowed to progress at their own pace. This is clearly not the case at Khalsa.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
We had two children that successfully attended from toddlers through 6th grade. But now we are pulling our 3rd child out. There is a lack of working relationship and communication if the child is perceived to not fit a certain mold they do not receive any attention. To us KS is no longer creating a Montessori environment that believes that: Intelligence is not rare among human beings; academic competition and accountability are not effective ways to motivate students; there is a direct link between children s sense of self-worth, empowerment, self-mastery, and their ability to learn; Children are born motivated to observe and learn things; and teachers should serve as children s Mentors, rather than as taskmasters.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
After reading some of the comments here, I am wondering, if you are all currently parents at Khalsa, did you speak to anyone to confirm this theory about holding kids another year?? It seems like when my son was held another year, it was for his best development and interest! So, I have to ask, did you as a parent talk with the teachers about why your child was being asked to stay another year?? Did you hear what the school was saying? Did you talk to another parent or worse a group of parents who may or may not have been clear on what they know?? It's very disappointing to think you sent your child to a school that would teach your child independence, that would allow your child to develop at their own pace...when did you decide to change your mind? And stop listening??

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
My children were transformed by this school. The children are accountable and responsible for their own actions and excel at their own pace. Khalsa teaches the children how to learn.

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August 27, 2009
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no rating November 06, 2008
I must agree with the posting of 11/5/08. My grandchild did in fact test for a learning disability at her 45 day screening. Khalsa staff worked with her and did successfully help her strengthen and improve the area of concern so that she needs minimal intervention. My 6 year old is extremely independent at school and at home and has the same responsibilities as all of the members of our household, laundry, yard work, caring for pets, etc. Draconian? No. Helping to build a sense of worth and indepenence in our childern? Yes. I had just as much if not more homework than these children have when I was in elementary school. Parents of today need to quit the hand holding and recognize that our children are a lot more on the ball than we were at their age.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
Khalsa is a great school IF you child is bright, highly motivated, and self directed. If they don't meet all of the above criteria - you and your child would be happier at a different school. For kids who do 'fit the mold' it is wonderful learning environment that allows almost limitless exploration of both Montessori materials and other learning methods. The children are forced into practicing self-disipline at every turn - which I have to say seems a bit draconian - but the study habits and focus they learn while there really seems to put them ahead-of-the-game when they move on to higher learning (the successes of former students is no less than incredible!). This school is not for the faint-of-heart (kids or parents), in upper elem expect 2 hours a night of homework even for the best of students. Wacky admin, lacking in art and science.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
I Love this school.... my child is acceling in all areas. She has the ability to work at her own pace, and the teachers care!!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I have had experience with large public school districts, small charter schools and now Khalsa Montessori. I have two grandchildren both of whom were wait listed for Khalsa. One was accepted and one was not. Initially I was disappointed but it definitely worked out for the better. Both children are thriving in their separate educational environments. Why do I mention this? Because most parents go into a Montessori setting with preconceived ideas of what it means and what it will do for their child and for the parents. I see now that the environment was perfect for my Trans K student but not my fourth grader. I am exceptionally happy with the growth and success my grandchild has seen at Khalsa. I do not agree in any way with the negative comments posted by other parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
Khalsa Elementary functions like a very poorly funded private school. Like a private school, they have a profile of the ideal student and so they screen applicants, and they also dismiss children who don t fit their profile. Parents can pay significant sums of money to the Primary school, expecting their children will graduate to the Elementary school, only to be told that their child is not a Montessori child. Moreover, this charter school does not offer accommodations. Any student who requires accommodations will be very frustrated, very quickly. Parents who want Montessori but need accommodations should contact Villa Montessori. Their faculty embrace children who learn differently and many of the children identified by Khalsa a not a Montessori child usually transfer to Villa, where they thrive.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
My daughter is in the Primary Program at Khalsa Montessori and LOVES it. This school is the #1 reason keeping up from moving out of state. I really love the diversity and sense of self that they encourage in each child. I recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
It is not true that parents are kept informed. There is no benchmark , target or goals for the students to achieve. This is the most disorganized school we have ever seen. They are playing with the kids developmental skills.

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September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
We love the treatment of kids and care provided by Miss. Gina.

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March 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
great teachers, and the school is very organized.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
I think that they have a great program at Khalsa. The teachers really care and the Director is very involved with day to day activities. I also like that they keep parents very informed and involved.

- submitted by a teacher
March 14, 2006
My son has learn so much in the 3 years at this school. However, I feel he isnt as advanced in reading and math as other kids in public school that I know. The school really is helping out to give him the confidence he needs.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
My son is in pre k, he has become more independent, as well as helpful. He also loves art, and know his numbers and letters. The teacher and administraion are very helpful and dont ignore your requests or opinions.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
Our kids are doing good so far at this school. The small classes and diversity of the children and teachers make this school a great experience for our children.

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February 05, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 02, 2005
This is a terrific program, supportive of diversity, with wonderful and caring teachers. My students are pre K through 1st grade, and have been in multiple classrooms over the years, each one was an enriching experience. For the uninitated, the program is run by American Sikhs, using Montessori philosophy. The principal is wonderful, the administrative staff highly dedicated and attentive, etc. It is a small school, with small classrooms, a very high ratio of teachers to students, but not a lot of staff dedicated to administrative duties. In other words, the staffing emphasis is on the classroom. Parents drive all the way across the valley for the educational experience, and graduates routinely go into the finest private high schools, but the mix of students and parents is quite ecletic.

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April 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Academics are challenging and demanding, but extracurricular programs are lacking. There is virtually no music or art. Parent involvement is very high, and the atmosphere of the school is positive.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2005
While the word of mouth of the school is good, the administration (as mentioned in other reviews) is awful. Careless, snooty and hardly ever answers the phone. They are non-communicative towards parents on the waiting list and rarely return phone calls. In addition, the school is very cliqueish and they tend to prefer admitting students who fit a certain mold, which I find bizarre given the Montessori philosophy. Their toddler program is based on the 3H concept of 'healthy, happy, holy', whatever that means. They definitely discriminate among the waiting list...if they have an opening and prefer a boy born in September or a girl who attended private school, they have the option to choose one over the other. Since this is a charter school, I find this bizarre. I know of one person who walked in and got enrolled that very day!

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February 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 25, 2005
My child has been with Khalsa since the age of 2. This school is wonderful in so many ways - a strong sense of community, high level of parent involvement, and the academics for early learning are outstanding. The downsides are that the school is so small there are virtually no extracurricular activities, there is no cafeteria and if you have problems with your child's teacher, there are few-to-no other choices.

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January 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2004
If you want small classrooms, a supportive / nuturing / caring / dedicated staff, an approach to learning which is holistic and montessori-based, then look no further! Khalsa Montessori beginning at the toddler level goes all the way up to middle school!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2004
Incredible school up to upper elementary where it seems things have gone crazy. Conflicts of interests between Principal and teacher. Disappointing 'Holiday' program- people were walking out.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
My kid goes to Khalsa for last 2 yrs and we just love the school. Khalsa has great Montessori material and use is well. Teachers are montessori trained and are very professional. Khalsa K-8 is small (<150 kids) and provides a very nurturing and caring environment for kids growth. Academics are also excellent there kids regularly get accpeted for Brophi and St. Xavier. I have not seen many school where elementary kids are held back for lack of performance. However Khalsa is unlike where I have seen kids held back with a very good reason. The principal is the kindest gentleman I have met and even my 2nd grader is comfortable in approacking him. They do lot of education fields trip also for kids unlike other public/charter schools. Khalsa PTO is very active providing two way communication between parents and teacher. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2004
Khalsa Montessori Primary, Elementary and Middle School are wonderful, nurturing enviroments for any and all children. Contrary to popular belief, children do not need to be especially gifted to enter a Montessori school, it is the extraordinary teaching methods and catering to each childs individual learning level that helps children to become so skilled and talented. My two children have loved their time so far in this wonderful school, and I encourage parents, especially those of young children, to consider enrolling their child in the Primary program. Montessori is hands-on learning, and through materials formatted specifically for Montessori classrooms, your child will learn to count, add, subtract, read, write, slice bananas and even sew! Montessori is a wonderful way to introduce children to the worlds of math, language, geography, science, history, and so much more, and I hope all parents in the Phoenix area will consider this absolutely unique learning program!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
This is a wonderful school with excellent teachers. The Montessori method is the best that I have seen. I have observed children learning subjects far advanced for their years. The children are self-focused and self-disciplined. They complete their tasks on their own initiative and yet they are free to pursue their interests at will. My son is transitioning from the toddler program to the primary school this fall 2004. I live in Scottsdale, far from the school, but I intend to continue making the drive so that he can attend because I value the Montessori education so much. I think it fosters a love of learning and a self-discipline that will stay with him long after he is in a traditional academic school program.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2003
The over all school seems okay but the teachers seem a little snooty toward parents when questions arise regarding classroom concerns. The administration does not return phone calls. School montessori method of teaching is great, but I'm ill at ease with teacher/child relationship within the classroom. Teachers seem like they don't like being there.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2003
The teachers do not focus on testing or test scores! They teach solid reading, writing and math skills via an individualized Montessori method. Does your child receive an individual contract to complete each day, tailored to their successes and 'misses' of the day before? Khalsa kids do. That type of teaching translates into great test scores. It is not teaching to the test. It is teaching to the child

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2003
In veiwing the negative comments posted on this site, it is important to remember that it is usually the disgruntled that make their complaints known, while the many satisfied families feel no need to comment. Our daughter is starting her 10th & final year at Khalsa. She has received an excellent academic education. But, perhaps even more importantly, the school encourages individual thought, creativity and expression. Consequently, the students develop respect (or at least tolerance) for other people and their opinions. Yes, the teachers do expect a lot from the students. But, check out the test scores! The program works! I am confident that the skills learned at Khalsa will be most beneficial to our children as they move on to high school, college and the work environment. My daughter was very lucky to have had this oportunity.

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Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix
2536 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ  85004
(602) 252-3759
Last modified Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top