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Mission Montessori Academy

Charter | K-8 | 270 students

 
 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 33 ratings
2011:
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Posted May 25, 2014

My daughter has been with Mission Montessori Academy since the 1st grade and recently graduated from 8th. The holistic nature of my daughter s education is by far one of my favorite qualities of this program. She has not only learned the necessary curriculum per state standards, but she has also been taught skills that will help her both in the classroom and out. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff is another quality that makes this program so special, plus the way the teachers make use of different materials, technologies and even the outdoors as teaching platforms. Throughout the years I have seen my daughter grow and mature, but never as fast or as markedly as she has during her years in middle school. While she has certainly been allowed to be her fun-loving self (and that s very important to me), she has learned to be poised when speaking before a room full of strangers, she has learned organizational skills that will take her through high school and beyond, and she has learned to be responsible for her self and her work every step of the way. Thank you, Mission Montessori, for helping me raise a young woman who will undoubtedly make this world a better place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

Great teachers and curriculum through 3rd grade. The upper elementary and middle school is a question mark. A lot of changes and confusion. Administration only cares about upper elementary and middle school wanting all parents to give money to support it while not supporting the lower levels, tunnel vision. It's very frustrating and sad for students not in those grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

I have a child in 7th grade and I have concerns. I'm likely going to trust my instinct and move on from this school. The two teachers at our campus are amazing, I hate to leave them. But I see no leadership, and I have no idea who is the 'principal'. It's sad that these two awesome teachers have no help. But we can not operate like Little House on the Prairie, we need organizational structure. Our 'teachers' cannot administrate. This school is a good idea that needs a little more work. Sadly, time moves on and we can't wait for Mission St George to figure things out. The teachers for 7th and 8th are wonderful, but for me, this school is not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Exceptional school! Exceptional administrators and staff! Every child not only would benefit from this type of environment and curriculum, but every child DESERVES this type of education! I am beyond impressed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

I am a parent of a Kindergartener at Mission Montessori and I just have to comment on the parent who claimed that Mission Montessori's test scores are LOW (in caps as he/she stated). Mission Montessori's student's test scores ranked 36th in the state (out of about 1200 schools) last year for the elementary school grades and 11th among the other middle schools in the state. Mission Montessori outperformed many (most) other Scottsdale schools. This information is available to anyone. I'm not sure where this parent is getting their information, but they are mistaken. That is, unless this parent thinks that scoring in the top 5% of schools state-wide is low. Not only do children enjoy learning and going to school, but they are performing extremely well too. Win-win in my book. Thank you Mission Montessori!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Mission Montessori (E2) is our children's "second home". We moved to the valley 2 years ago and were quite lucky to get into this charter. Our children our thriving in this school. They love their teachers and refer to them as the smartest people they have ever met. Our son went from an uninterested "average" student to an inspired excellent student after being in this fabulous environment. If you are looking for the highest quality teachers in the valley, they work at Mission. Our 10 year old son spent the summer talking about early humans. Our 11 year old daughter is blossoming into a thoughtful global citizen. The majority of their work is done at school and therefore allows "kids to be kids" after school. The sustainable systems program is amazing. The 5th graders attend Catalina Island Marine Institute for a week and the 6th graders work all year on position papers that they present at the model UN in NYC. If you want your child in a challenging but compassionate environment filled with unique learning opportunities, this is your school. Our only regret is that we weren't here for the early years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

This school is amazing! My daughter started here at 16 weeks old in the infant room with Mrs. Debbie. Mrs. Debbie and the other teachers are so wonderful with the infants. It is such a calm and peaceful environment. My daughter is now three years old and in the primary program with Mrs. Ryan. This school has helped shape our daughter into an independent, creative and a critical thinker. She is excelling on every level and I always get compliments wherever we go on how well behaved she is. All of the teachers and staff are wonderful at Mission Montessori. This school is a gem and we feel so lucky to have found it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2013

Just a quick note from a parent perspective after returning from the first Immersion trip in Prescott. I did not know what to expect like most of you experiencing this for the first time. I can honestly say I had a wonderful time sharing this with my daughter, her classmates and teachers. Ms. Joslyn, Ms. Caitlin, Mr. Hawkinson and Chandon from After Cool Outdoors, run a tight and very productive ship! I was greatly impressed with all aspects of the trip from goal setting and thankfuls to the eco challenge and the designing of their Rube Goldberg contraption. It was awesome to see the kids in a different environment, sometimes out of their comfort zone, yet using what they have been taught in the Montessori classroom. I think these are important steps in the right direction in these tough adolescent years. This is a wonderful program that we are so fortunate to have offered at our very own school! I hope everyone attending Mission will get the opportunity to take part in this community building adventure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

Mission Montessori my 3 children have attended for almost 3 years. Every comment below and future comments are people's opinions- some good, some bad. FACTS: Test scores very low. Why so many students need extra help in Math and do so poorly in Math even though they are in school for 7-8 hours. How they applaud mediocrity (at best). Check out the so called "band" program. The school is a Charter School and basically governs itself. The AZ Board of Ed has no jurisdiction over them. So, ask yourself, what happens if there's an issue at the school and you don't feel they handle it appropriately? Well, they are the final say. To state my opinion or anyone stating their opinion for that matter, really is subjective. Do what any educated consumer would do to make an inform decision...look at the facts. Don't make the same mistake as so many parents have made keeping there children in this school because they are nice people only to remove them and finding that other schools are better. You only have one time to properly educate your children. Don't regret your decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Mission Montessori excels at providing the highest in quality and support for our children. We have two children who are in the program. We couldn't be happier with their progress and the effectiveness of the administration to offer excellent resources so our children will advance. The intensive summer bridge program that was provided for our daughter to transition from Kindergarten to first grade was very beneficial. Te children were introduced to their new campus and were able to get their bearings before the official start of the year. We were recommended to Mission by close family friends an we highly reccomend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

My daughter has been going to Mission Montessori for 4 years now and we have been very pleased with her progress. It's the perfect learning experience for her since she has Auditory Processing Disorder. The hands on experience coupled with the teacher modifications has really helped her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

My daughter is currently in the 5th grade at Mission Montessori and started attending Mission when she was 4 years old. Her experience here has been wonderful. She has been challenged in her academics at the right level the entire way. All of her teachers have been great in primary (130th St. campus), elementary one (96th St. campus) and now in elementary 2 (Larkspur campus). My personal interactions with the administration has always been positive. I continue to be amazed at how they work around the state's budget cuts handed to them yet continue to provide a wonderful environment and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Exceptional school. Our children have attended Mission Montessori from pre-school through upper elementary. It's a hard balancing act between state testing and a true Montessori curriculum but this school succeeds -even on the much more limited budget afforded charter schools in AZ . Each classroom has 3 teachers and administration on the grounds every day so I have a hard time understanding people complaining about staff to child ratio or lack of admin involvement. Montessori is all about older children helping younger children as well as kindness and compassion. The one time in 8 years we experienced a child making fun of one my kids the situation was addressed immediately and well. At Mission,kids experience animal care, gardening, art, music, language and PE. Children are able to enjoy working outside in a garden environment on their regular school work. This is a magical place. The staff cares, the parents care and the students care. Your children will be brighter, smarter, kinder people for attending here. And yes, I am a parent. Contact Mission admin and request a call back from this posting and I will confirm and happily recommend Mission to you personally. LS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2012

I have two kids in middle school. They had attended 5 schools prior to this one (we moved a lot) and I can honestly say this school is the best! They truly get to know your child and the environment is welcoming, small and tailored to each individual child's learning style and capabilities. Kids are moved up in Math based on their abilities, not on what grade they are supposed to be at. That means my son is able to work on high school level Math even though he's not in high school yet and he's not bored with a lower-level book waiting for the other students to "catch up" like in regular public schools where "no child is left behind" and everyone works at the same pace. This also works in reverse, when a child is a little worse in a subject, and because everyone works at their own pace, no one is made fun of for working in a lower book that the average. The parents are VERY involved in the school and the teachers are AWESOME. Most kids will have the same teacher for a few years, especially in the upper grades. I only wish they had a high school :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

I read the varying comments to date with interest, because I'm just on this site to consider moving my daughter up to the next level at Mission. We have been there for 4 years and couldn't be happier. There is an expression I've heard that may help: Montessori is for every child, but it's not for every parent. If you really believe that testing and homework is evidence of learning, you may feel something's lacking. I just watch my child's amazing progress compared to peers in public school, and I know what's working. Plus, the kids are so happy! I don't really think the administration leadership is a problem. They just don't have as much regimented structure/ processes/ forms/ procedures as a public school. It takes getting used to if you prefer government bureaucracy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

I had my 3 children at this school and I'm moving them out one by one as fast as I can. This school is awful and I made a HUGE mistake allowing my children to be in this school for two years. Academics isn't important to this school, but indoctrinating them into an extreme leftist mindset is. You'll notice the schools test scores are going down, that's because they think it is more important to learn about how the United nations is going to save the world than it is to teach my children how to write well thought through sentences and paragraphs and how to think critically about issues from both sides of the issue. I read other parents calling this a progressive school. I beg to differ, this school should have their charter taken away as I gave them children scoring in the 95% and they returned me children who hate school and now score in the 60% range.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2012

In my experience, Mission Montessori has provided a rich, globally aware, deeply caring education for my two daughters, helping them not only grow in academics, but become more self-confident and stronger leaders, tapping into their unique passions and talents. Moving here one year ago, I was delighted to find such a gem of a school and community amidst a ton of more traditional schools in Scottsdale. This school attracts open-minded, internationally aware, forward-thinking families. The Model UN program was an incredible experience and the Pay It Forward program (check out Fox TV's coverage) is powerful to teach children about abundance and generosity. Mission is not afraid to do something cutting edge. Yes, like any school, there are positives and negatives. If you want things to be run like a tight ship, you may be challenged here from time to time. But if you've read the latest on brain research, you know that the prepared environment and Montessori approach to teaching give kids an edge in really integrating and applying their learning in life. For me, Mission is a great place to nurture the resonant talent and passions within my girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

I am one of the parents who posted a 5 star review in April which a reader deemed "fishy" (I can be reached by email or telephone for anyone who believes this is written by "the Administration"). I did so just after returning from our class trip to the UN in NYC, where my daughter had one of the best experiences of her life! The next week, she went to CIMI with her class and learned about marine biology. I thought to myself, at what other school in the Valley could she have had those experiences? No matter what one disgruntled parent writes about Mission Montessori, I would hope readers of this site look past that individual's private vendetta and focus instead on the numerous 5 star reviews and what they see about the school on TV and in the news. Mission Montessori has been a wonderful experience for my kids for the last 6 years. They have evolved into socially-conscious, kind, tolerant, intelligent, self-directed learners with an insatiable curiosity about the world around them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

Mission Montessori it is more than a School it is a community to develop global citizens. I have my 2 children in the school, one in K and the other 1st grade. We moved last year from Hawaii, and from all the choices we looked at, this school contains all what we were looking for our children. The teachers really care for the kids and I feel that there is a sense of community. The school is great in teaching higher principles of living for the kids; the y have a "Pay it Forward" award and recently they sent a delegation of students to the UN to advocate for a better world. Like any other school you will find good and bad things; however the good things are way better than the bad things. Overall I am very pleased with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

This year, there was a lot of restructuring and classroom moves which made for a lot of challenges. Parents considering Montessori need to realize that it entails a minimum 3 year commitment between grade levels, where the teacher will be able to spend more time on instruction because they will know your child well by the end of 3 years. Other countries lead the world because of such best practices. Children who start Montessori after first grade, who are not naturally self-motivated, may need more time to develop the independent work habits needed to succeed in the classroom. Parents who just want to try Montessori for a year and give up before the real work is done, should consider other programs. The more you educate yourself about the Montessori method, the more you will understand your child and help them fly higher than imaginable. Montessori has transformed me into a better parent. My children are more independent, happy, and compassionate learners with academic AND emotional intelligence thanks to Montessori guides who are skilled and loving.
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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 43%
Two or more races 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • JoDene Tryon
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 657-3715

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  • Outdoor / Farm-based

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12990 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
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