Most of the teachers have been absolutely wonderful, caring and provide a positive learning experience. This school has a very challenging model, being both dual language and Montessori. The community is great and there is a lot of supportive parent invovlement. The current administration is horrible. Many parents are extremely dissatisfied. They have been in place for the last three years and there has been constant turnover in staff(at least 10 teachers) due to a cold, unsupportive admin that clearly doesn't practice what they preach. If you have any issue or concern, you will be directed to schedule an appointment, via the secretary(though they tout an open door policy). The principals interaction with students lacks warmth, understanding and authenticity. Your concerns about your student will be not be addressed seriously. Sadly, the beautiful legacy this school once had is now average at best, due to an admin with a godlike complex, who are not fit to lead.
When you have two different programs running at the same time, either one of them is weak or none of them it's been fully performed. I can't complaint about the Montessori program, all teachers are Montessori certified and the school overall is very close to what a true Montessori is. Now if you are planning to enroll your child in ECE with the hope that he might end elementary school bilingual, do not enroll him here, unfortunately this is not this school's forte. Probably 2% of English speakers learn Spanish proficiently, on the other hand not all Spanish speakers learn English at the level they should.
It has a great community and parent involvement, although many of them are not to happy with the administration that took over a couple of years ago. Don't be fooled by academic results, these are from a couple of years ago.
We could not be happier with Academia Ana Marie Sandoval. It was important for us that our child would be educated bilingual and this school is living up to expectations. In addition, we do not find that the dual language delays the academic learning in either language. Sandoval teachers and parents are wonderful, fun, and very involved in the children's education. We are proud of the community involvement and fund raising initiatives that allows Academia Ana Marie Sandoval be such a wonderful place to learn.
We love Sandoval! We are in our third year there and my son is doing amazing things. He is in kindergarten and is skip counting, adding, reading and even learning his continents. I am excited to see what my daughter will learn during her first year. My favorite part of the school besides the great teachers and , is the parent community. I have never seen so many dads involved in a school and I am a teacher. It is a great school for children to grow up in.
Excellent school that is the only true "dual-language/Montessori" in the Rocky Mountain region, no matter what others may say about Valdez (which is not). Caring teachers a very engaged principal and an awesome parent community make for a totally unique and wonderful environment for learning. I've had my kids there for 4 years and love it.
This has been a good school. The teachers are caring and seem qualified. The structure seems a bit loose, but I think that is just the Montessori style. My son is learning both Spanish and English and that was the whole point of him attending here. They are extra strict, so he has gotten in trouble a few times. All in all it is a good school with fairly involved parents.