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Rainbow Montessori School #2

Private | K-2 | 9 students

Rainbow Montessori Specializes in the whole family and the Montessori Philosophy

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $245,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,040.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted July 27, 2014

My two daughters (ages 3 and 5) had a very good experience at the Voltaire campus. They spent about 3 months there this past spring. We had to move on to a different school this fall because the location is too far for us to drive every day now that my oldest is starting K. If it were closer, we would have loved to stay with Rainbow and Ms. Heidi. My younger daughter had separation issues and was able to mostly overcome this, step by step, without tears. She loved going with her sister and seeing her teachers. The assistant, Ms. Lena, was also wonderful and the girls always looked forward to seeing her at drop off every morning. The curriculum seemed good to us and we liked that our daughters were able to work independently and learn at their own level. The atmosphere of the class always seemed calm, peaceful and welcoming place for the kids to play and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

My 3 kids have been attending Rainbow Montessori for only a few months & I see so much growth. We love the teachers & all the admin. staff. We look forward to what the the next few years :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

Rainbow is a great place to work. The families that attend really care about the children. It takes all of us to work together to make the transition for the child to be successful from the home to the classroom. We offer a very well prepared Montessori class and the classroom in a "house" is easy for the child to adjust to school, if it is the first time the child is leaving the home. The school is going on 34 years and is very successful. Each teacher is family and have been teaching at Rainbow for many years. We have an open door policy that you may come and observe the classroom at anytime. This is the best way for you as a parent to see the wonderful gifts that the Montessori prepared classroom offers your child on a daily basis!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 19, 2014

Voltaire Campus is great. My daughter is in her second year there. She loves it, Miss Heidi is amazing and make each child feel special. My only complaint is my daughter being so much older than the other children this year. She has a summer birthday so she is either always older or younger than the class she is in. The teacher recommended her to come back for 2013/2014 year and she loves it but she is older than all the kids there, Her class is full of 3 and 4 year olds and she is 6 going on 7 this summer. But saying that the teacher has paid special attention to her and given her separate more challenging work that has help. I wish they had further elementary grades and she could continue there but this will be her last year :(. We love Rainbow Montessori Voltaire Campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2014

The Voltaire campus is amazing. After trying several private schools, I was relieved to find Ms. Heidi. She is amazing with my son. She made learning fun ALWAYS. She always has a positive attitude and cares about each child. My only complaint is they only offer early elementary. What a gem this place is! The other parents have become close friends and it is a wonderful community. Administration was very quick to address a few minor issues i had and corrected them immediately. I can't say enough wonderful things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

Yes, I agree, the administration is hard to reach, and is indeed a bit unorganized. But this is still a unique and specialized little school. I am not sure about the Cactus site, but they have 2 sites - the teacher leading the Voltaire site is incredible. I had 2 kids go here for their pre-K year, and Miss Heidi was the best! She is a professional who understands children incredibly well - it is almost a miracle what she can do. She makes time for parents and really makes everyone feel unique and special. She is a true practitioner of Montessori methods as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

BIG Mistake!! This is the most horrible place I ever sent my kid to.I withdrew my daughter after just 2 weeks. Very irresponsible staff. All they care about is numbers.I actually got a call from the school on day 3 that the teacher had a headache from the constant crying of my 2 year old and I needed to come get her. i was told she could only come back once they were sure that she would not cry anymore. Really!!! I would like to see a single two year old who would not cry the first time they start school. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2013

I want to say thank you to Rainbow for being a trusted environment for my children. Ms Heidi is a wonderful teacher. Her knowledge of children and their minds inspires me. Keep doing a great job. You are appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

Rainbow Montessori School has been a wonderful experiance for our three children and our family. This is a family run school for over 30 years. The teaching staff are all certified and have been teaching at the school for many years some over 20 years. We have found the Principal,Vice Principal and teachers to all be very caring and loving people. Just what we wanted for our children. We would highly recommend Rainbow. Go for a tour and check them out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2010

This is an average school with extremely irresponsible administration. You can never (I mean never) reach or talk to the administration in spite of leaving multiple messages. They also seem to be little rude on occasion. There are not many activities after school. The teachers are mostly nice and efficient. We had to change school for our kids after 2 months. They are in a different school in the city and we are very happy with both school and staff. Overall, I would not recommend this school to anyone at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

I could not be happier with my experience at Rainbow. Class sizes are small and directresses are personally invested in students and their families. The staff has repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to go above and beyond for students and a genuine desire to create a positive school experience. This is a family environment that provides an easy transition between home and school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

My daughter is in her 2nd year at Rainbow Montessori; my husband and I are amazed at what she is learning. She is 3 and she is writing words by herself and spelling. She is fascinated by the unit subjects so I think they have made great choices. The teachers we have had so far have been caring and nurturing and we are completely pleased. We are thinking of keeping our daughter there through 2nd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

This is my son's 3rd year at Rainbow Montessori; he has grown into a patient, kind, helpful child who loves to learn. I feel so lucky to have found this preschool and I know that it will benefit my son for the rest of his life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

We used this school's summer program and found it sub-par at best. The communication with parents was horrible and the director is never around. The price is sky high for classes that only last a few hours a day. There are many better choices than this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

My son has attended this school for 3 years and my daughter for 1 year, and I cannot say enough about how WONDERFUL the teachers are at this school. My son has developed so much in his 3 years there and his teacher, Miss Heidi, has been instrumental in helping him flourish. I have traveled over 60 miles round trip to keep my children going there. The teacher turnover (for head directresses) at this school is extrememly low and most have been there for many years, which tells you that they have great support and love the environment. I would recommend this school to anyone! It is for children of all levels and abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2008

This is the best school in Arizona. My three children have attended Rainbow Montessori School. As a parent this school has offered my family the full circle. The administration will do whatever it takes to get it done. The administration, the teachers, the children and the parents are all connected like a big family. The school is a family run school and they really care about the staff and famlies at the school. Some of the teachers have been there for over 15 years! My children are high achievers and love learning. They are excited about life and are really good kids. I know Rainbow was a big part of this! We visit often and everytime we visit the same teachers and administration are always excited to see us! I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

I have 3 children that attend Rainbow and I could not be more pleased with their education. My child in kindergarten this year, came out of pre-k reading at almost 1st grade level. In comparison to the peers of my children, mine are bnetter readers, problem solvers and much more confident in their abilities. I wish I could keep them at Rainbow throughout their entire elementary education. The teachers are phenomenal as they recognize and encourage each child's individual attributes and teach to those stengths. I LOVE LOVE IT LOVE IT and recommend it whole heartedly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2007

This is an outstanding school! The children's lessons are hands on and highly academic. They build the confidence of the child and continue to challenge them. Our child will leave this school well above grade level. The teachers are loving and caring and this family could not be happier! There is not a lot of parental involvement needed as there are 2 aides assisting the teacher and the ratios are very low. Our child receives daily one on one reading lessons something we did not receive with our other child in the public school system. When our child had a difficult time transitioning to Kindergarten, the principle was there daily to help her through her difficult time and both the teacher and principle were in constant contact with me. We highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2007

My child attended this school for 3 years and we have seen a huge decline in quality. There is a huge lack of leadership and no parental support. You could not pay us to go there and I would/have not recommended this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2005

My son goes to Rainbow Montessori for the 2dn year in the row.We are very pleased with the way that teachers do their job at this school.They are highly skilled and they treat children as different individuals as they are.The children are tought to be indipendent and very helpfull around the others.During the school hours my son enjoys the new information that teachers give him.I recomand this school for any kid that enjoys to be around a happy and smart company.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 42%
Asian 5% N/A
Black 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 11%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 39%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Mandarin)
Hebrew
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Dance club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Robin Sendra
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • website
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMI
  • AMS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • Parent drives child
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Playground activities
Girls sports
  • Playground activities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Dance club
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Rainbow has fantastic Montessori classrooms specializing in small class sizes, one on one contact with our families, and over 30 years experience!
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
20
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
40

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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6402 E Voltaire Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Phone: (480) 998-0024

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