The kids work at their own pace and are only required to do one thing a day. The kids can spend an entire week on one project. They can say it's finished with misspelled words and proper nouns not capitalized. There isn't any rigor here.
This school treats kids different based on who there parents are, and the kids size. My son was pushinsed because he did things in kindergarten and was a big kid, other kinder boys that were smaller did not get into any trouble for the same behavior.
This school is awful!!! There isn't any communication you get to see some of your kids work in Friday's when their folder gets sent home. The 1-3 teacher Matt does not communicate at all and does not want any parent involvement he clams ups when he talks to parents. He does not make the kids work, he refuses to go to parent meetings with the principal. He makes the slightest thing the kids responsibility so he won't have to be bothered. The principal wants everyone to believe it's a great school even though she admits students aren't at level. Many parents pay for tutoring and are told to back off and believe in them program. The one thing this school is good at is asking for money and volunteer hours. There isn't any homework, weekly testing, structure or discipline. The kinder teachers we had though decent were not licensed teachers only Montessori certified. I moved my kid and he got a grade ahead after being a grade behind here. His new teacher said she can always spot Montessori kids because of their inability to focus and work. This is an awful school from the office staff down.
My daughter began in the 2nd grade and is now in 5th. She excels in every subject, is allowed to work beyond her level, receives the support and guidance she needs and loves going to school every day. She has built some wonderful friendships as well. The administration is knowledgeable, helpful, professional and friendly. I have never hesitated to ask questions and always receive wonderful responses. My son began attending in his kindergarten year and although he has behavioral issues I felt that the teachers and Ms. Bonnie (the principal) went above and beyond to find ways to assist me and him. Montessori is a style of education that promotes personal growth, accountability, responsibility, community, and fosters learning & MRGC does a fantastic job being a model Montessori school. There is diversity in the community of families and the feel is friendly, welcoming and positive. I can't say enough positive things about this school. Last year's AYP report gave the school a B which is far above almost all public APS schools. I give it an A+ and my kids would agree. At MRGC a child does not just learn, the child flourishes and builds character that s/he will carry through life.
As a new parent to MRGC, I have been actively engaging the school community since Spring09 when my daughter was accepted thru the lottery app process for the 09-10 year. Amazing staff is personable and professional and wonderfully balanced male/female wise. They all care so much about the students and are strict about students' need for personal safe place to learn and aren't afraid to advocate for it. Many other charters seem to cater to parents (probably out of fundraising & PR needs) but this school quickly focused in on my child instead of me. She OWNS that school in her view. That seems to be their view, too, and I like it. As a kindergartener, one would expect nervous hesitation at 'goodbyes' for at least the first week or two. She hesitated very slightly the first day then was ready to fly every day after. So far so good!
This is my second year as a classroom teacher at Montessori of the Rio Grande Charter school. Ms Bonnie is the best! She is always putting the children first making sure that they are on target to do their very best academicaly and socially. I could not ask for a better partner in education.