E2 is different from E1. The principal on E2 campus is outstanding and I like all teachers. However. When it comes to some policies put in place by higher management, I feel left alone. This school does not care about parent's verbal input and concerns. Once the school year starts, there is more and more that needs to be purchased.
The community fee is said to be voluntary, but enforced as must-pay.
Uniform codes are intensely strict. Even a tiny bit off-color is considered a violation.
I would not be surprised if this school manipulates numbers in order to become "school of the year". Look to upper management how they respond to you. The school is a charter school. Yet they prefer to attract rich people. This school needs to wake up; most people have an average income.
Is this school about education or about digging for money? I am doubting the intentions. It is frustrating to deal with the school. They may listen to you, but they will not consider anything you say. Many things are last minute.
One more important thing to consider: if your kid forgets the water bottle in the morning, the parent will be called and asked to return to school to drop one off. There is no excuse that parents have a job and kids need to be held responsible. Parents get punished, and homework is usually sent to the parents attention.
Montessori is a wonderful concept. But this school is missing something. Maria Montessori surely did not bother about certain things I listed in this review.
The school has potential if they would finally listen to parents and their opinions. Too many families leave the school.
Good Luck with your decision.
If your child needs any attention you will be out of luck here, I saw a lot of families leave. I saw disorganized, haphazard playing hooky at every visit, little of the school handbook is true. The Prescott trips and dances are just out of control. I rarely saw any organized learning. I finally tested my child on my own due to three months of delay tactics from teachers and I found a severe drop from test scores of the previous years. There is no accountability at this facility. You will not know who to go to, and you will be given the runaround if you question anything. I'm most angry with myself, for allowing Mission to fool me for so long, for trusting them. Shame on you Mission, every child deserves better than you. Even the ones that made it without your help.
Montessori is a great concept & Mission has it figured out. However, it is no good if everyone is on a different page, which they are changing. However, as heard through many sources, administration communicates poorly. Also, assistant teachers change often or are not educated enough to deal with children appropriately. Parent involvement is fine, however, homework is often sent to the parents & children are not necessarily responsible to be reminded, parents are made aware to help out. That is certainly wonderful. However, kids need to learn responsibility as well. The school is one of the best in the state of az. It is not enough to hear they are great. It would be satisfying to learn more about facts. Teachers and assistants are not always of the same page. I keep seeing teachers staying with the school. Assistants however leave & oftentimes within one school year the classroom has several assistants. Be persistent with this school & administration if you care for a Montessori education. The school does great. They are working on it, be sure of it. This school year has many changes & I can tell they are working hard to make it work & even better, listening to parents more.
Our family has been part of Mission Montessori now for 9 years. This school is more than just a place where my kids learn the standard subjects like Math, reading etc. Although all 3 of my kids exceed the state standards in testing, that is not why I continue to choose this school. This school is a place that believes in fostering community, creativity and independent thinking. I went to public school for most of my life and I just wish I had a school like Mission Montessori when I was a child. While a lot of schools are cutting out programs like Art and Music, Mission is adding more specials to their program. The work that these children are able to problem solve and create projects is mind blowing. I wouldn't even consider sending my kids anywhere else. I love this school and the community of parents here is second to none. I am truly grateful that this school exists and I am honored that my kids have a place of peace to learn on their way to becoming adults. If you are looking for a great school that truly cares, you have found the right place. Schedule a tour with them and see just how different and great it really is for yourself.
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.
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.
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.