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Albuquerque, NM
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3821 Singer Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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(505) 344-7447
(505) 797-4294
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January 22, 2015
One of my friend's had her daughter at Sage Montessori for just a few months. She was astonished at the chaos and lack of structure at Sage Montessori! She was shocked at how all the students are cramped into open rooms and left to work alone without any instruction whatsoever; she said it was like a free for all situation. Students don't know if they are learning or not! Her child came home crying daily; there wasn't any discipline either. Also, the students stay in class most of day without any physical activities! This is a horrible place for a child! The management is clueless about "Montesorri" method! NMPED shouldn't renew their charter!

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2015
Sage and Ms. Aljean have turned my son's academic career around. At first he did not like the changes (under-enrollment at census meant changes in staff/classrooms, then campuses) but now that everyone is happily settled at the Singer Campus he loves school. He enjoys learning about cultural differences, and enjoys the wide variety of cultures represented through students and staff. We have heard other students complain about teacher(s), and a few parents, but the majority of the complaints seem to be due to a lack of understanding/entitlement issues. We are pleased, and halfway through the school year we have undone 2 years of damage in APS. We do not recommend the school to individuals who don't enjoy taking personal responsibility, Montessori method is all about taking responsibility for one's own choices.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2015
If you're looking for a true Montessori school, look elsewhere. Between August and December 2014, there had been a mass exodus of most of their newly hired teachers (see other review below) and new principal. This coupled with some classroom issues (little control, disruptive students, poor communication with parents), I wrote the present director asking what may be causing the problem(s). Her answers were disrespectful, condescending, defensive, and evasive. The comments below about one of the original founders (Ms. A) is accurate as is the school's abandoning of Montessori training for its teachers (I found this out after doing a quick Google search). From what I was told, there was only ONE truly trained Montessori teacher, and she was awesome--but overwhelmed with having to train other teachers. Poor leadership; not board oversight; apparent disdain for parents. Good luck renewing the charter and purchasing a building. We pulled our child out of there...and the director couldn't have cared less, by her curt and dismissive responses. Find another school.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2014
My children are attending Sage this year. The teachers in their classrooms are Montessori trained/certified teachers. The school is committed to the Montessori method. The school is working on recruiting and training administrative staff who support Montessori as much as the teachers and parents do. I believe the school is putting together the right team to move the school forward and stay true to Montessori. We are very happy here!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2014
"This school is one of the best in the city" is what many parents and students have heard. It has been junst three months since the new school year had started, and already there were some changes in the school. Every time we hear adjustments to the school, we try to acknowledge and cooperate with the staff. Personally, I don't like students having to take the city busses to get to a park to have PE classes twice a week. I know it is benificial to have PE classes, but it seems a waste of time. Recently, we were told about the school principal's resignation. We also heard that some teacher's aids, an Art teacher, and a regular classroom teacher have left the school. Now they need more adjustments. I don't know how many of the parents were affected by this issue. I am very concerned about this problem happening in the middle of the school year. Is this nomal?

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2014
SMCS continues its school wide improvement in response to parent and student feedback. In 2014-2015, our community moves forward with a new head administrator, credentialed Montessori teachers leading instruction at every level from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and authentic Montessori materials, pedagogy and philosophy implemented in every classroom. In addition, middle school students will enjoy projects based and experiential learning, while the online component is only used as a supplement to the Montessori curriculum.

- submitted by a teacher
July 25, 2014
We couldn't agree more with the last review (June 25, 2014). The school was absolutley wonderful the first six months they were open, 2012. Then the middle school abandoned the Montessori method all together and substituted good teachers with computers. Over 3 1/2 hours a day (on average) was spent alone on the computer---they called it "indapendent study". Completely the opposite to their original approach. The teachers in the Middle school had no Montessori training. When they were asked to go through the training they found it was very expensive and they had to pay for it out of their own pocket! The K-5th might be a different story but they shouldn't offer 6-8th.....We will not be back. Shame. It HAD great potential......

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
While there are one or two teachers who are adequate at this school, the majority are not trained, especially not in the Montessori method, as the school charter states (at least not the first two years it was in operation). There is constant animosity between members of the administration which can be felt throughout the school. Most of the teachers AND students are NOT returning next year due to this environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
My son started kindergarten with no previous academic history (no pre-k, no daycare) and he's now reading, writing and loves math! We absolutely love Sage, the teachers are amazing. We look forward to coming back. It's a small school which is great because I can call in about my son and they know exactly who I'm talking about. Great school

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
The first three years that my oldest son attended school the only response my husband and I heard in response to "what did you learn today?" was the answer "nothing." Now, both of our sons come home excited to tell us what they learned; and the only struggle we have is getting the boys to take turns in telling us about what lessons they are working on. The teachers are amazing, and go above and beyond to challenge kiddos who are learning above their grade level as well as those struggling in certain academic areas. Yes, the school is small, but that works for us too as the administrators and teachers know our children as the kiddos that they are and not like a number to be processed through the system.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2013
This school is young. That being said, we love it! My child is happy to go everyday, and is excited to tell about his day. The staff works hard with parents to make this school a success. We are excited for the schools future, and enjoy that we are a part of something special.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
This school is small but has great potential to succeed! The staff is kind ms. Algene and ms.Peggy work very hard to make it a wonderful school! My son loves it!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
The school has the potential to be amazing however the the mail teacher the one who help to start the school makes every one miserable! Ms Algien ?spelling? Is her name. She often speaks before thinking. Loves to tell parents how to parent and is constantly taking away the montissori materials from the students leaving them with nothing to do because they don't use it right but she won't teach them to use it! I know of staff members and students who have left directly because of her! She is rude and arrogant. It's so sad to me because this school could be such an opportunity and instead we are left with a decision on weather or not to take our child from this school:(

- submitted by a parent

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Sage Montessori Charter School
3821 Singer Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM  87109
(505) 344-7447
Last modified Sage Montessori Charter School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Sage Montessori Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top