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K-8
Public charter
Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 255
 

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3701 E. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718

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(520) 529-3611
(520) 615-0625
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April 17, 2014
This is a school that allow children to learn they way they were meant to, in a peaceful and natural way. The Montessori method has value for the whole family and Khalsa School is a great example of its merits. It's a big picture school, giving children opportunity.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2012
Our family LOVES Khalsa. My Son and Daughter go to the Camden campus and we couldn't be happier. Teachers and staff are incredibly focused on the children they are very attentive to the children's needs, emotionally, mentally and educationally. The teachers and staff are just incredible. My children are always excited to go to school and we always feel welcome.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2011
My daughter is in kindergarten at the Camden campus. The teachers are genuine and communicative. My daughter has enjoyed every day at school and she considers every child at the school her friend. While it isn't easy to adjust to a Montessori education, it is very rewarding. The students develop a strong sense of discipline, work ethic, and compassion. I think the best part is that each child starts where ever they need to start and works at their own pace with the guidance of the teachers. No child is held back because the rest of the class is catching up. Similarly, no child is forced to struggle along feeling embarrassed that they don't understand. To write this review, I asked my daughter what she thought of her school. Here is her response: "I like Khalsa. My teachers are very nice to me. The math is fun. The boys and girls are nice. I also like the play structures, and playground. I like the sandbox the most. I like it here."

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2011
We were very pleased overall with this school. Gorgeous campus, kind-hearted teachers and staff, great student teacher ratio, peaceful atmosphere all add up to a great place for a child to flourish and develop. I do agree that academics is not emphasized as much as I would like at the Kindergarten level, but I think the upper levels make up for this. The dietary requirements are restrictive (no meat, most classes don't allow peanut butter if students have allergies, no refined sugar) however most restrictions do promote healthy eating habits and are more of a hassle for non-vegetarian families such as our family. The fact that they do not have a hot lunch option at school means that parents must invest A LOT of time in preparing kids' meals. For kids first grade and older, several after school activities such as yoga, kung fu, chess, painting, mad science, and girl scouts and more are offered for a fee. This makes it easy to have your child involved in extra-curriculars without having to drive them to another activity. Overall, great school, we are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
Khalsa Montessori (Camden Campus) is the ideal place for my 7 year old son. He comes home from school with a sparkle in his eyes and tells me about the amazing things he is learning, and the friends he has made. On weekends he actually cries because it is not school day! The teachers in the K-1 classroom are keenly observant, creative, organized, experienced, and fantastic. Beauty, calmness, and order set the foundation for children to thrive as students and human beings. As a parent, I feel totally supported and energized by the community. My family is deeply grateful for access to this progressive, enlightened education.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
Khalsa has been great for my son, and my daughter will start Kindergarten there next year. I like the atmosphere of structured learning yet freedom and lightness in the classroom--as opposed to the oppressive atmosphere in some classrooms. They get to do their work on the floor or a desk, whatever they choose. And they get so much work done in the classroom that they have hardly any homework (until 4th grade). My son has been more or less allowed to go at his own pace, which has been different for different subject areas--within a structure that doesn't let him fall seriously behind what would be expected at his age. With the Montessori method children are not all taught the same thing at the same time and then expected to keep up to one pace. The community of parents at Khalsa is great! Not to mention that children are not exposed to unhealthy food, a major plus.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
A great school for babies ($1000/mo though), but children at an academic age should go elsewhere. I will start by saying that it has the kindest students, afluent/nice families, and caring knowledgable teachers and staff. My child went for kindergarten. At the end of the year I went to Sylvan and got a reading assessment done. My child was pretty much a full academic year behind the national average!!! I never felt that my child was where it should have been, but the teacher assured me it was. The teacher did not encourage children to do a lot of academic work, but would suggest they do free work (at least I saw it with my kid once). The children spend a majority of the day playing on the playground. I feel that even the smart kids at this school could go farther if they were in an academic environment. This school is good for teaching social skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
Fantastic school. My daughters used to feign being ill all the time at their last school - now on those rare occasions when they do get sick (I saw a marked difference in my daughters' health at this school - likely because it's cleaner and the parents don't send their sick kids to school) they beg to go. They are both excelling (got the AZ test scores back this summer) and the teachers and staff are all top notch. Highly involved parents and community organization (Khalsa's version of the PTA). Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
My son has attended Khalsa Montessori School for the last two years and planning to continue because this school has such a great learning environment that we love it. He started 1st grade with very basic reading skills(very basic, almost none) and now that is finishing 1st grade he is a voracious reader. For those parents feeling behind, please, respect the individuality of each kid.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
My 2 children have attended Khalsa Montessori, both Camden and River campuses, for the past 3 years. We have been very happy with the quality of the school. Both children are thriving academically, socially, and emotionally. Each child is respected and honored as an individual and receives very individualized instruction and attention. Any problems or challenges that we have encountered have been dealt with very well through good communication from the teachers and administrative staff. I'm amazed by how much this school accomplishes on a limited budget. The arts are valued highly alongside the academic subjects--spanish, music, choir, strings, art, pe. In additon, great emphasis is placed on the development of compassion, understanding, communication, working things out in the classroom amogst the children. Overall, our children are blossoming in a very well rounded manner because of the environment this school provides.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
All of my children have attended Khalsa Montessori Elementary school. It has taught them to be inquisitive and the joy of learning. They are able to learn subjects from several different methods instead of memorizing the material and regurgitating it back.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 17, 2010
My kids are known as individuals at Khalsa, and that has made a huge difference in their development. We've had better teachers some years than others, but overall our experience has been wonderfual. My kids are thriving accademically, socially and emotionally. I have to add that the extra curricular teachers are fabulous. Very well rounded program.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
We have had our children at Khalsa for 5 years and we are so glad we were able to get them into such a high quality education institution. My daughter is just next to me right now telling me she could never imagine going to any school other than this. The teachers are really interested in each of their students' performance both academically and socially. The Montessori method makes so much more sense. The families feel compelled to get involved. The kids learn to respect and care for each other and the environment. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
This is a wonderful school. The community is so tight, and the school staff love the kids. My children feel happy, safe, loved, and are learning very well.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
The primary program at the River campus leaves little to be desired. I trust the Montessori method, but think some of the teachers may be lacking in commitment and work ethic. I think they need to take a hard look at where this program is headed. My child is now very far behind.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
The pre-school here was wonderful. However, the elementary school at the River campus was not satisfactory. My daughter basically learned very very little in grades 1 and 2 here. She has spent the last two years trying to catch up and it is very hard work for her. I feel incredibly bad for putting her in a situation that she was not learning what was necessary in grades 1 and 2. I would advise parents to be very cautious.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
Khalsa has 2 campuses which differ greatly in administration and teacher training. At the River campus teachers are not given the proper backing and training in order for them to be able to handle students appropiately. I see this as more a failure on the part of the Admin and not a reflection of the teachers' abilities. All of the teachers seem caring and willing to deal with any issues that arise, they just are not provided the proper support to do so. The teachers and staff at Camden are wonderful! They are knowledgable, patient and supportive to the children, families and one another. They tactfully and appropiately deal with behaviorial and learning issues in methods that are true to Montessori education. I just cannot say enough good things about Khalsa Camden. Unfortunately Camden only goes through 3rd grade. I would love to see Camden expanded through Upper El.

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2009
This school achieves great results on a low budget! The teachers are phenominal. My kids love going to school. The school is a close community that works as a team.The focus on independence, responsibility, respect and compassion is wonderful! We feel blessed to have our children at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
If you look at how much the administration and teachers care about these students, you would be astounded. Each student is treated with respect and such a good deal of interaction between parents, teachers and administration takes place continually working towards the best possible for their child.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
We've had a great experience at Khalsa School. Our children are thriving there. The teachers get a lot of support from administration and parents. Administrators and teachers are available and I talk to them a lot.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
If you look at how much the administration and teachers care about these students, you would be astounded. Each student is treated with respect and such a good deal of interaction between parents, teachers and administration takes place continually working towards the best possible for their child.

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May 22, 2009
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May 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
We are placing our son in another school this summer. Khalsa is highly overrated

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
I am grateful to have such a supportive community of people to be around and work with. Teachers usually get anything they ask for. The children really do come first. I wish that I could have gone here as a student.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 04, 2009
I was a teacher at this school a few years ago. The school talks all about community and supporting students. Some teachers are good and are able to offer support but some teachers are untrained for the age they teach. I left this school because I wanted a teach at a different Montessori school.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 04, 2009
My child is still at Khalsa but I'm thinking of switching schools along with many of the other parents. My son has learned little to nothing this school year. My son has a hard time making friends and the teachers have helped very little.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
My son fell far behind academically while at this school. The school either didn't notice or said that it was normal and he would catch up. The administration doesn't listen to parents and makes poor decisions about how to spend funds.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
As a teacher working at Khalsa Montessori School, I feel the administration is supportive, not only professionally, but on a personal level as well. Administration takes the time to listen to my curricular and classroom support needs. My colleagues are caring, certified Montessori teachers and many have masters degrees from respected universities. The campus is beautiful and well taken care of. I am especially excited about the positive changes in the middle school with the new team, and the project based, cross-curricular program that the teachers and administration are successfully implementing. I feel the school is competitive with other Tucson middle school. I also have 2 kids in the school and I feel like their teachers are an extension of my family. They provide a safe and loving environment with high quality developmentally appropriate learning that I feel they would not get in a non-montessori environment.

- submitted by a teacher
November 20, 2008
Khalsa School offers many unique programs and services to a diverse population. The teachers are dedicated to offering a high quality academic experience, the administrators are involved with the daily operations of the classrooms and the success of the students, and the extra curricular programs are consistent and first-rate. The administrators, teachers, and support staff truly care about maintaining the highest quality program, and work tirelessly to discover and implement new ways to bring excellence to the school. There is also an active, caring parent community that supports and values the efforts of the school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 06, 2008
My daughter attended this school for many years. I was concerned by the principal reaction to issues many times. She either speaks non-stop at you or smiles while saying angry things. One day she yelled at my daughter and then I took her to a new school. I read that some have been happy with this school but most seem to say it's because of the teachers. I was happy with my daughters teachers until the principal would join in.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2008
The middle school needs work. The administration needs to learn to listen to the input teachers and parents give. The students are compromised by a lack of special services.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
This is a great school. My children love coming here and are excited to start school again. The school is responsive to parents. Last year a new parent communication process was started and it was really effective. Their commitment to authentic Montessori education is why we chose the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
This school has a lovely campus and some good, caring teachers. But, extracurricular activities are few, teacher and aide turnover is quite high, communication between teachers, administrators and parents is abysmal. Note that standardized test scores for this school are excellent (and the school has been deemed 'excelling' by the AZ Dept. of Ed.), but that could be in part due to a filtering process: children who do not fit the Montessori mold simply go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
We left the school. Our child was not taught reading or math and is far behind in these subjects. The school does not have a good PE program, little extra curricular activities, and no music for lower elementary students.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
My son went for many years, but we are moving to another school. I think the primary problems with the school stem from uneven administration. The administration does not support the teachers well enough or listen to the parents. I believe that their hearts are in the right place, but their ability is lacking. The pluses are that my son made many friends , and the montessori technique allowed him to excel in areas he is gifted in. But the school lacks some extracurricular activities. There are some very gifted teachers here.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2008
My daughter attends the first grade at the Khalsa Camden location. I've never been happier. She loves school and seems to be learning at a fast rate. Both of her teachers are excellent. The classroom and the garden look nice.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
I have a child in upper elem. Academically many teachers seem lacsidasical and my child is in tutoring. There is little music and art, parents are not listened to even with serious issues like bullying. We're on a waiting list for a different school.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2007
I have a child in upper elem. Academically, I see the teachers are lacsidasical. My child must go to paid tutoring. I also agree that other parents are somewhat chiqueish. We re on a waiting list for a different school.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2007
I have a daughter in 1st grade, and a son in 4th grade at Khalsa. Both my chidren have excelled. The school places much emphasis on values, communication, community and team work, and this shows in my children's attitude to learning. I have been impressed with the school's approach to fostering a love of learning, while creating a low stress and peaceful environment. The mix of academics, outside play, and creative work is wonderful with very little opportunity for boredom. Both my children have become avid readers very early, and seem to embrace all aspects of their learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
As a parent with two children at Khalsa school and an active participant in the parent organization, I was somewhat surprised by other reviews mentioning the cliquish nature of parents. I disagree, entirely. There is however, an increasing lack of communication between parents and administrators. The school seems to be losing some of it's foundational instructors and cutting back almost completely on extracurricular activities. Children with special needs are not addressed competently, consistency of curriculum and teachers in the charter school (1-8) needs to be addressed. The community of Khalsa, made up of some lovely and diverse families is the school's high point. Let's hope administrators start listening closer to their needs.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2007
My child was a student at Khalsa from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Our experience was very successful: he had caring teachers, experienced challenging and inspiring academic projects, he met and kept his best friends there, and was very prepared for the college preparatory high school he now attends. Khalsa s administration was always willing to meet with me to find creative solutions to any bumps in the road we encountered. Art, music, drama, and P.E. are integrated into the curriculum. There is a friendly, active Community Organization and parent involvement is very welcome. The central foothills facility is the nicest in Tucson, on 5 acres in a rural setting with bus lines and parks within walking distance for field trips. I always knew my child was safe at Khalsa School, with teachers and staff who knew him as an individual and truly cared about his success. L.B.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
Khalsa school has one of the best infant through kindrgarten programs in Tucson. They have a beautiful campus and wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
My son left a top-rated elementary school in the Foothills district to join the 5th grade at Khalsa. He loves Khalsa. He is excited about the in-depth and independent learning; his friends at Khalsa are much more psychologically healthy and real than at his previous school; he enthusiastically does research on relevant topics at home, just for his own benefit; he has learned to manage his time effectively at school so that he rarely has homework and can now do several new extra curricular activities (including the improv club after school). The director and teacher seem wonderfully flexible and understanding and welcoming! Although he excelled academically, my son used to dread going to his previous school--now, at Khalsa, he doesn't want to miss an hour of class!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
My child has attended this school since he was 22 months old. This school does an excellent job preschool - 3rd grade. The environment and culture of the school duing these years was very supportive and caring. I believe the school grew too fast and the quality for 4th grade and up is poor. The teachers do not understand the developmental needs of students this age, especially boys. The opprtunity for sports, music and art is very poor. The administration is very out of touch with parents and kids needs and is denial about current problems. I sincerely hope things will improve in the near future, but I would not condisder keeping my child in this environment. I would not recommend thsi school for 4th grade and up.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2006
The teaching methodology used at this school seems to work fairly well for certain students, those who are extremely self-motivated. For the majority of kids, however, I don't think this method works very well.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
We were unhappy with this school overall. There was no clear structure and the environment was not welcoming to students or parents. We withdrew our child before the end of the year.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
The administration and teachers are wonderful. My child loves going to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
The teachers are great. THe school stresses academics in a fun way for the students. My son is in second grade and loves going to school every day. The community is spectacular!

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June 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
1. The quality of academic programs appears average. 2. The availability of extracurricular activities appears to be less than I remember from my own elementary experience. 3. I believe that the level of parental involvement is quite good and is probably the most attractive aspect of the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
Khalsa school has grown a lot in recent years but only for the better. It has become and ultimate Montessori school. It has all the equipment inside and out and has very good teachers. I highly recommend it. Very active Parent Board.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
I have two children here and they are thriving and love it. The focus is on the individual child rather then arbitrary test scores.

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February 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2003
Both my children where in top public schools in Tucson before coming to Khalsa. The environment at Khalsa fosters responsibility and respect. The kids seem to get basic skills, like math and reading, at such a young age. The teachers are phenominal. It's so nice to have a charter school option that meets our childrens needs. Thanks,

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2003
Having toured and observed over a dozen of schools in Tucson, I am thrilled to have both of my children at Khalsa. The teachers are phenomenal! My oldest child was having a hard time at her other school. She was failing and had to repeat a grade. She is now excelling at Khalsa. I feel so blessed and grateful to be a part of he Khalsa Community.

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Khalsa School
3701 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ  85718
(520) 529-3611
Last modified Khalsa School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Khalsa School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top