About This School
In 2012, KHA Merit Academy had 8 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New Mexico average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Students Per Teacher (2012)
KHA Merit Academy Reviews
My family loves this school. My grandchild has learned so much by attending this school. It is operated by a mother & daughter who are both highly qualified educators. The teaching program is a structured learning environment not meant to be a "day care" or "Pre-K", but a school with hours matching the public school system. The playground is large with a picnic area for lunch. The teachers are great at sending notes, emailing, and talking to the parents during dropoff and pickup times. I care about my grandchild's education and she loves attending school there. She loves her teachers and the close relationships she has made with the other students. If you're interested in getting a well education for your child at a price that's comparable to other private schools, ask the teachers for more information or a tour of the school.
My daughter has attendend this school since they opened in 2010, and we have been extremely satisfied with it. We love that the student/teacher ratio is much smaller than public school. The smaller ratio has worked out really well for my daughter, it allows her to get that extra attention and help that she would not otherwise get in a public school that has a classroom full of children. Both the teachers have gone above and beyond in helping my daughter in areas that she struggles with learning. They have given her one on one attention, and spent extra time with her to ensure that she is grasing the concepts she needs to know. I love that the teacher's communicate daily with us in the children's take home journals, which allows us to see what our children did during the day and how they behaved. I also love the fact that they are always open to meeting and speaking with me regarding my daugher's academics and/or behaviors. I love their academic program. Their academic program has opened up a wide variety of subjects that my daughter has learned that she would not have recieved in our public schools. NM public school standards are set very low in comparison to the rest of the United States, and I am happy that I have found a school that set's the academic standards back where they should be in order to prepare our children for a successful future. My daughter loves the projects she does in school, her favorite is arts and crafts. We are really excited to begin the 2012-2013 school year at their new location. Their new location has a large outside play area, and the inside is very charming, it is a must see! Overall, If you are looking for a school with a small student/teacher ratio so your child can get that extra attention, than this is it. If you are looking for a school that has a great academic program where your child can still have fun while learning, than this is it. We couldn't be more happier bringing our daughter here to go to school. She loves it and we love it!
My daughter moved to KHA four year old program from another school, and so missed the first semester of pre kindergarden. Even so, by the end of the first semester of kindergarden she was able to read. The school she moved from, which I had hoped to give her a good foundation, was nothing more than babysitting as they had too many kids to teach anything. I love this school for my daughter as she is so proud of her accomplishments. Its is definitely academically oriented, and they also teach the kids to be responsible, learn manners, be respectful of others. They do have field trips, and a nice playground with plenty of outdoor play. I was worried what would happen after second grade but now the school has expanded and moved to 5th grade with a great new building and all the modern teaching help including electronic whiteboards and computers. They also will offer piano lessons individually. I could not be happier with the school. The principal and teacher are open to my ideas and request. My daughter is moving ahead academically and the teachers have noticed a learning disability that I am sure would have been overlooked in another school. Call me for any questions. 575-437=5055
As the principal of KHA, I am dissappointed to see that a former parent was so displeased with our school. KHA always encourages open communication between parents and staff. It is unfortunate that parents do not always utilize open communication and choose to vent in other places instead of voicing their concerns directly to school administration so that we can take their concerns into consideration. At KHA we take ALL concerns to heart. KHA is a non-profit K - 5th grade elementary school which does in-fact have a strong focus on academic instruction. This academic focus, as well as homework policy and parent involvment requirements are clearly stated on our web -site and in our school handbook. Parents are required to acknowledge these standards at time of enrollment. Homework given at KHA should never require more than 10 minutes for our K4 (not PreK) and K5 students. Our level of instruction is at least a year above the area public schools and is clearly stated as such. Not all students are ready for this level of instruction at a young age and this is why we require parents to sign an acknowledgement of our academic standards upon enrollment. Parents are highly encouraged to be a part of their child's education at KHA, as family involvment fosters a love of learning. We recently purchased a new school building and have expanded for the 2012/2013 school year. We highly encourage anyone who questions our school practices to please visit our website and/or feel free to contact us regarding this. Change can not occur when you do not know there is a problem.
This school is operated by a mother & daughter, the mother is not very friendly the daughter is nice but shy. The facility is small not much room for physical activity, small enough for 2-4 year olds. There is not enough activity with the kids,(music,art,PE,fun in general) the owner/teacher/principal is more about the academics which are set above NM standards. For 4/5/6 year olds that can really be a bit much since they should be able to have fun while learning. The hours of operation & tuition are not reasonable and do not offer before or after school care. The owner/teacher/principal does not communicate well nor welcome parents concern without becoming defensive. The daughters nice, quiet but depends on her mother to make most of the decisions. If you are looking for a school that only cares about the academics then this is the school for your child, but as a parent don't expect to get much joy from sending your child there just the stress from all the homework that your child will have (in pre-k which they call kinder/k4) and did I mention the lack of communication with the teacher. Hope this helps.
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