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.
In the few months my five-year old has attended the kindergarten program at Montessori of the Rio Grande, she has markedly excelled in reading and other tasks. The administrator is very capable and responsive, as are the instructional coach and my daughter's teachers. The curriculum is well rounded over and above the 'basics.' I love that she is learning about, among other things, nutrition, peace and non-violent communication, world perspectives, etc- and art and Spanish in after school.
This is the first year for my son at this school. Coming from an excellent choice preschool I feel as a parent that he is getting the attention and education he craves. The experience so far for him and our entire family has been nothing but positive. There is a wonderful famliy quality and sense of reassurance given from the staff.
The school is on a beautiful campus and when I started my child there in the private preschool the staff seemed very professional and helpful. The Charter School is a totally different matter. Leadership is poor and erratic at best. The classes seem overcrowded and barely adequate for the kids' needs.