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PK-5
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Albuquerque, NM
 

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1801 Central Avenue Northwest
Albuquerque, NM 87104

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(505) 243-6659
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November 14, 2013
My son attended from k through 3rd grade. We are filling out applications for middle. These apps are asking for current Math/ English teachers names and email addresses so that they can be contacted them for recommendations. My reason for leaving, kids are grouped math ability starting at 2nd my son tested into the "highest" group, in third grade I he "tested" into the one of the middle groups, and the kids go through trimester testing to determine placement.At the 2nd trimester his teacher informed me my son should move down a group All this time he was achieving nearly 100% on tests and class work.Just after the last trimester test at I told the teacher that I hope my son would be able to enter Academy she replied that his math ability was not up to their standards I was shocked based on his in class math scores and demanded he be moved to the more competitive math classes, he was begrudgingly moved up two classes and earned an A . The teacher disconnect between his placement test and course work and how could I trust her valuation of my son to the middle school.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2012
Paying for 2 children in this school is not easy, but I pay every month knowing that I am sending them to a place where not only are learning, they are being truly cared for. I have been a Manzano parent for 4years, and it has definitely exceeded expectations academically. The teachers we have had are like family to us. I have an over achiever as well as a standard student, and I feel like they have both been pushed beyond their comfort level. They both adore going to this school, and thank me often for sending them there. Manzano Day school sets the educational foundation that will set my kids up for a lifetime of success.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2012
I spent the first couple months my daughter went here looking for some reason to yank her out and NOT pay for her education. I couldn't find even one tiny reason not to send her here. It is a wonderful place. She thrives. We pay, but really what investment is more important?

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2011
Our son was at Manzano Day School last year for kindergarten and we had a wonderful experience there. We had to move this summer out of state. When we were searching for a new school in the spring, we truly realized how special MDS is. The program is not for all children but our son thrived in the structured environment and traditional education model. He absorbed so much from the enriched learning activities. We felt like the curriculum was well thought out, not only for his year but year to year. Our son loved sharing his new knowledge from school and we loved seeing the joy he had teaching us new facts. He was excited about learning and that was really important to us. His teachers were kind, smart and professional and our family had a wonderful working relationship with them. There seemed to be the right balance of traditional academics, electives and recess. MDS is expensive and that limits the families that can go there. We were pleasantly surprised at how fun and down to earth most of the families were.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2011
Just to clarify, my review today listed me as a teacher, but I am a PARENT of children attending MDS.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2011
First of all, let me say that if your child doesn't or hasn't attended Manzano Day School, you cannot accurately and honestly rate the school. There is no such thing as a perfect school, and MDS may not the right school for every child, but it is the right fit for our family. When my kids were little, I heard great things about the school, but I took it upon myself to look into public, private and Christian schools that were within 10 miles of our house. I didn't want to like Manzano, but I was blown away at the open house. Fourth graders were showing us around the school, and were so respectful and articulate. I didn't want to have to pay for private school tuition for my kids, but when you see the beautiful campus and all the resources the school has to offer (including the teachers of course), you have no doubt where the money goes. Yes, there are some "wealthy" families that go to this school, but there are also 2 parents working families that rely on financial aid to help them pay for school. It's the diversity among the families of this school that help make it so great. We value a well-rounded education while providing a nurturing, safe environment for our kids.

- submitted by a teacher

December 24, 2010
There are no perfect schools, not even close to perfect schools in Albq, and Manzano is just another (more expensive) one. They do integrate the arts better than most schools, which is nice. Having required chorus is a real bonus for singers. However, the top students are competitive (rather, their families are, which trickles down to the children); many kids get outside tutoring in math to try to stay in the top; and the writing program doesn't emphasize enough grammar, punctuation or spelling. But, it's a good school for a certain type of social community. The campus is also beautiful.

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2010
My child just finished preKindergarten year and we are impressed beyond our expectations. Our daughter loved every day. By the end of the year she had acquired skilled in reading, Spanish, and computer. I had tried previously to get her interested in Spanish to no avail. But somehow at Manzano she was inspired to learn Spanish better than I did in high school. She now corrects my pronunciation! Also my child tends to be shy and not expressive. Her class had "Show and Tell" every week. When her day arrived each week she was too shy to "present" something to her class, yet her teacher never pressured her. Finally after a few fun poster projects, she actually got up in front of the class and talked about her topic. She progressed further than I imagined, and in a fun, nurturing environment. She loves manzano and so do we!!

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March 30, 2010
i have essentially nothing positive to say about my child's experiences at manzano day school except that he made some good friends. my son was there for three years; he left to attend a public school and was truly unprepared for his grade level. it has taken him months to catch up, but he has caught up (finally) and is even excelling. manzano is well below average for teaching the writing skills; their math program is terrible. the kicker is that we paid an outrageous amount of money to manzano, assuming that they were at least teaching him something, but apparently not. in my opinion pretty much every other private school in albuquerque is a better place to send your kids. by the way, i read through the other reviews and suspect that people affiliated with the school or the board are padding them--blocks of reviews left on the same day?

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2009
When we moved to Albuquerque, we looked at many of the private schools as well as our local public options in the Northeast Heights. Manzano Day School was by far the best choice. After 5 years at the school our opinion has only grown stronger. The school's philosphy is to educate the whole child, not only excellence in academics, but also instilling the respect, responsibility and integrity expected in a person of good character. Their ability to deliver on this philosphy is evident when you interact with any MDS student. We wholeheartedly recommend this school as a great investment in your child's future.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2009
This is the fourth year my son has attended Manzano Day School and he is very happy. I, also, am very pleased with the school and its numerous and varied attributes. The teachers have all been excellent, as well as the support staff, and administration. The sense of a community and caring demonstrated by all of its faculty and parents is truly unique and special. I think it is a great privilege to be part of such a wonderful and positive grade school. This is a private school and the tuition is not inexpensive, however, I believe it is a good investment. I recommend this school, with no reservations, to anyone interested in finding 'the best' grade school in the state of New Mexico.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2009
Manzano Day School offers a rich, loving, and academically well-rounded environment for our children. I believe that if a child develops a true love for learning early on that they will carry this love of learning with them throughout life. My children demonstrate pure joy in their academic achievements daily and I truly believe that Manzano Day School has given them this valuable gift.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2009
Our family is enjoying its fourth year at Manzano Day School and we couldn't be more thrilled with it the environment and education it provides. Our children love going to school, what they are learning, and their teachers. We are a family who has to make a conscious choice to spend the money on private education (as opposed to those who can afford it easily) and I can honestly say it is the best money we could possibly spend on our childrens' futures. Yes, the facilites are lovely, but it's what happening inside the classrooms that makes it worth it. Addressing a previous post, the school does ask for contributions, but are very clear that even $5 helps, they use family contribution percentages to help receive other funding. I have never been pressured about the modest amount we are able to give. Manzano is truly a joy.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2009
Our child is a thriving second grader at Manzano Day School. He has attended since pre-K. He continues to excel and truly enjoys learning. We are impressed with the consistently high quality teaching, educational format, and stimulating learning environment at Manzano Day School. Especially in these economic times, we are completely confident that our investment in Manzano Day School and the students' education is our single most important investment. We are grateful for our collaborative experiences at this very special school.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2009
I cannot say enough good things about Manzano. It is a wonderful school filled with wonderful teachers, parents and children. The head of school is stellar. The facilities are beautiful. Both of my children attended MDS and both will tell you that their educational success and love of learning can be traced back to their days at Manzano. I read the previous review and although I respect their opinion, I truly feel like they must be talking about a different school. I certainly do not understand their suggestion to look at the public schools as we rank near the bottom of the country (sometimes as low as 48th) in school performance. Do your homework!

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2009
My child spent several years at Manzano, and I wish I could get my money back. It was a giant disappointment academically, socially and emotionally. We ultimately transferred our child to a public school. I would encourage anyone considering Manzano to take a long look at your neighborhood public schools or, if you have to go private, Sunset Mesa instead. The culture of 'money money money' is palpable; it is written into the Parent's Handbook that all parents are expected to donate to the school beyond the tuition (and you will be called several times a year to make sure you do it). The campus is beautiful and they claim to be a nonprofit, but all the money is going back into superficial upgrades and not into improving the quality of the education they offer. We found it to be weak academically. In short, Manzano is absolutely not worth the money.

- submitted by a parent

December 05, 2008
Manzano Day School is by far the best elementary school in Albuquerque. The school continually exceeds my expectations. The faculty is extemely dedicated to providing a learning experience that is challenging and rewarding for the child and the parents. The administration is hands-on and provides the support the teachers and parents need to make sure each child reaches their full potential and achieves their own personal best. 'Joy in Learning' is not just a slogan - it really exemplifies the core values and directives of the school. We are thrilled and lucky to be a part of the Manzano Day School community.

- submitted by a parent

December 05, 2008
The school does an adequate job of preparing students for middle school academically but no better than alot of other schools. Their reputation is based more on social status than true academics. Given the cost, the school needs to deliver more. From reputation, I had assumed that there would be an environment of encouraging hard work and academic excellence, but it seemed that there was more emphasis on fitting in socially than doing well. The administration did not respond to issues of student misbehavior that disrupted the classroom, except in extreme circumstances. Students were never penalized for late work or even for failure to turn work in. Some of the extracurricular activities were good (with the exception of Spanish which is taught too infrequently for any real language acquisition), but all in all my impression was mediocre.

- submitted by a parent
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December 04, 2008
I would easily rate this school 5+ stars. I have been a parent at Manzano for 4 years. The truly embrace Joy In Learning. My children are learning amazing things and love school. What else can you say about a school when your children LOVE to go to school!

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October 29, 2008
I have been disappointed in Manzano Day School. It was promoted by many people as being 'the best' in Albuquerque, but I have not found that to be the case. The Prinicipal and Administration are especially weak. There are nice things about the school like Fenton Ranch and Art, but the rest of the school is very mediocre. There is way too much emphasis on Chorus and Music which excludes too many students. Most of the families are nice but there is too much attention on money and things. I would probably not send my children there again.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2008
I feel we are getting an excellent education for our kids at Manzano Day School here in Albuquerque. We came from public school on the east coast, which had very high standards, and I find Manzano also has very high standards. In addition to that, Manzano integrates amazing programs such as nature studies at Fenton Ranch, choral singing with New Mexico Symphony, a musical theater production, as well as art and Spanish. My kids also enjoy participating in chess club, math Olympiads and science club. Teachers are nurturing and make learning fun; head of school continually strives for new levels of excellence; family and community at Manzano are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2008
Our daughter has attended Manzano Day School since Pre-K. She truly has experienced 'Joy in Learning.' The campus is beautiful, the faculty and staff are nurturing and caring, the curriculum is challenging, and the parents are involved and supportive. All these things contributre to the outstanding education she is receiving. The co-curricular classes as well as special programs are educating the whole child. Not only is she excelling in math, science and literature, but her love for art and music have only been strengthened by the excellent curriculum. We made the right decision to send her to Manzano Day School.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2008
I am very fortunate to have been able to send my two children to Manzano Day School. Manzano provided my children with a solid educational foundation, which helped them acclimate academically and socially to middle and high school. Manzano has a strong sense of community among the students, parents, facility and administration. Manzano's facility is wonderful. They teach each child based upon the child's best learning approach. The class size is small and the curriculum is challenging. I can't say enough about the facility at Manzano. They are terrific and take a personal interest in each and every child. The facility is first rate and the administration is supportive. You will not find a better learning environment anywhere. My children are thriving because of the education they received at Manzano.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2008
All three of my children attended Manzano Day School from K-5. It was an absolutely wonderful place for them to begin their education, grow and become who they are. They received an excellent foundation in every regard, and have been very successful in private middle and high school. The teachers provide a warm, safe, fun, and interesting environment for young children - the perfect start! Manzano has continued to improve and expand their curriculum, and I'm especially happy with the increased focus on Science and Math. Throw in the unique experiences of Fenton Ranch and the other extracurriculars and you've got the best elementary education possible! Sending our children to Manzano is one of the best investments we've ever made.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2008
We have been at MDS since 1998 and are very happy with the educational experience. Our kids have been well prepared for private middle school. The co-curricular courses (Art, Spanish, Music etc.) are outstanding and an important part of a well balanced education. The musical performed by the 4th and 5th graders is always fun and an amazing opportunity for the kids. The facilities at Fenton Ranch add so much to the educational experience our kids still go back for the summer camps. The parents are very involved and their participation is encouraged and welcomed by the faculty and staff. We have made many lasting friendships with the teachers and staff over the years. The faculty is the strength of the school. They genuinely care about your child and are concerned with helping them to reach their full potential. My kids love to go back and visit with their old teachers.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2008
Our daughter graduated from Manzano last year, and just loved the school. She went into the 5th grade with a 12th grade reading level and is now a voracious reader. She loves going back to the school and visiting her old teachers.

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May 20, 2007
My daughter attended Manzano Day School and I found it to be a bit too traditional and controlling. She did not transition to Middle School as well as we would have hoped. The Math program did not provide her an understanding of processes and concepts.

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May 11, 2007
My daughter has been attending Manzano Day School since Pre K and we could not be happier with her development. Not only does she love to go to school she is above grade level in every subject. The teachers are phenomenal and the parent involvement is outstanding. When people ask if we have an investment account we say yes our daughter.

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October 29, 2006
Manzano Day School is not only a place to learn, it is a place to make friends. We moved from the east coast and were amazed by everybody! Our family has really blossomed at MDS.

- submitted by a student

October 19, 2006
My son went to APS school then transferred to Manzano Day. The words night and day do not begin to express the difference. My son comes home excited everyday. He is talking about science, music, Spanish and art. We talked about Monet and Degas during on drive home. This is what education should be!!

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September 14, 2006
It has a great facility that is being upgraded and a fine head of school. It also has mediocre teachers, a tired curriculum that is especially weak in science and math and a group of privileged families that get special teatment. My child attended for several years and then began attending a public school in a different city and the children at her new school were much more advanced than those at Manzano.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2006
Mazano Day School is not just one of Albuquerque's finest schools, but one of the region's finest schools. The teachers are dedicated and highly professional, the administration is energetic and committed. The parents are caring and devoted, and the kids are fun, interested, and polite. There is a great diversity among the student body, and the kids are very accepting of each other and their differences. The school advertises that it provides 'Joy in Learning' and it fulfills on that claim. If you are truly committed to your child getting the best possible education and spending time with people who will genuinely care about the whole child's well being, this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2004
There is no better school in Albuquerque for your elementary school aged child. Period. Great community, great academics, great extras...the whole package. My daughter has blossomed socially, academically, intellectually...A+

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February 29, 2004
All three of my children have attended Manzano Day School. I feel it's the best investment I could have made in my children's future. The school is truly focused on the individual child - helping each child to develop their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Since instituting the FAST reading program every single child reads at grade level or above. 40% of 5th graders read at 11th grade level or higher. I really can't say enough about the wonderful teachers, the outstanding curriculum, including music, art and Spanish.

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Manzano Day School
1801 Central Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM  87104
(505) 243-6659
Last modified Manzano Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Manzano Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top