About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Villa Montessori - Phoenix Campus's test results to learn more about school performance.
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Villa Montessori - Phoenix Campus Reviews
Have had 2 children go through Villa, and while it does lack a foreign language program, there are several other programs to recommend it. The middle school incorporates Heroic Journey and has the children participate in land labs, and both of my children were well prepared for high school and higher education. The school's test scores are consistently higher than State averages and each of my children are compassionate and involved citizens.
Like the montessori style, but the school is lacking in basics. They have no foreign language as part of the daily class-time curriculum, which in today's day and age puts my kid at an extreme disadvantage. Plus, studies show the best time to learn a foreign language is when you are youngest. Was also disappointed with a lack of a real arts program (other than clay sculpting.) We ended up going with a preschool nearby, Little Big Minds, which teaches Spanish and feeds into a FREE public school, Biltmore Prep Academy that offers dual language education. We are very excited to have the opportunity for early language learning. Plus the traditional school also has a real art program.
Wonderful Montessori school. My daughter has attended since age 2. My son just started - also in the Toddler 2 room. My daughter is now almost 5 and is reading and writing some words on her own. Both kids LOVE going to school every day, and often when I pick my daughter up, she cries at the prospect of leaving and asks me to get my son first. True, this is not an immersion school, but weekly Spanish classes are offered (for an additional fee). Extra-curriculars, such as soccer and t-ball, gymnastics and swimming (in the summer) are also offered (for an additional fee). Ceramics is also included, and Kinder Music is included for the Toddlers. The afternoon program (Circle) has a heavier emphasis on play and art. Everything this school does is meant to teach and foster independence. We couldn't be happier.
School has unfortunately, had to cut kindergarten to "half day" due to state budget cuts. However, it didn't make it a half day, but only two hours in the middle of the afternoon from 12:30-2:30 which is very inconvenient. Most troubling is the school didn't work with parents to come up with a schedule, but just did it they way the school wanted. Very disappointing. The teachers are great and the method is good for kids (at least at this younger age) but I can't recommend a school that is run more like a dictatorship than a community.
We loved the atmosphere and philosophy of Montessori, but have been very disappointed that the school seems unwilling to move forward in this global world by implementing any foreign language program. What little the school offers starts too little, too late. And, when we inquired about the possibility of adding a language program, we were told NO, that was not what the school was interested in. Many schools around the Valley now have extensive foreign language or actual immersion programs that will give kids a better future in the new global economy. We have since left for a school that took our concerns about foreign language more seriously. This school met with us, listened to us and we have felt listened to and valued. I wish we could have had this kind of communication at Villa Montessori.
Villa Montessori School is clearly the best example of a true Montessori education. We have had all of our kids at Villa for several years, and have been very pleased with the quality of the education, administration and especially the students and teachers (in nine years, we have never experienced one turn over in teaching staff). While the Elementary 2 physical space may not be Villa's ideal, it still beats our neighborhood public school and the teachers make up for it! The children are respectful and compassionate human beings. There is a great sense of community right when you walk in the door. If you truly know what Maria Montessori had in mind, you would see that Villa is an outstanding example of her philosophies...all the way from infants to 8th grade. We feel so lucky to have found this gem!
Lovely main campus at 28th street for preschool to 3rd grade. Big change in 4th to 6th grade Elementary II campus, kind of dumpy, small for kids that age, classes in trailers (with one bathroom), teachers at the Elementary II level rather uneven, Administration often unresponsive (unless you donate big time to end of year auction, or are a soccer mom who donates tons of time in the classroom etc). Big turn over of teachers in the time that we were there (5 years). Good for the young ones, but not consistently Montessori if you are really attuned to what Maria Montessori had in mind.