MONTESSORI EDUCATION CENTRE CHARTER SCHOOL - NORTH

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815 N GILBERT RD
MESA, AZ 85203
Phone: 480-964-1381
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 6th Grade
  • District: Montessori Education Centre Charter School
  • Students/Teacher: 11:1
  • Students/Grade: 27.5
  • Number Students: 220
  • Number Teachers: 20
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 3614
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 15
  • Principal: Ms Rachel Lichtenberger
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (23 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (18 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-13
    "After attachment parenting and homeschooling so far so good!! Very cute little alternative school. The workers are all compassionate and caring people. I observed a pretty diverse group of children and families. My son LOVES it. I really appreciate the car line. You must understand this is a small school so parents need to pick up the slack and help out!!! Which you should be doing in any school. I read a complainant about the principle nursing her baby on campus at parent teacher conferences, this only made me love the school more. Fingers crossed i continue loving it."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-07-25
    "My child went to this school for many years and at first it had high ratings and was an excellent school for my child under the previous principal and we loved it. Last year (2013-2014 school year) however was terrible. The classroom was split into two classes, so the space that used to have 35 students and 3 teachers now holds 70 students and 6 teachers (actually 2 Montessori teachers, 2 assistant teachers, and 2 aides). The class was divided into two sides with one teacher group to each side. One "class" could not get a drink or go to the bathroom when they wanted to because of disturbing the other "class." The new teacher was very strict, at first this was welcome because more rules were needed, but it quickly became ridiculous the amount of rules and inconsistency of rules. Most probably related to number of children packed into one room. Also the PE teacher was so lazy he didn't even walk the "mile" with the kids, he drove in his car ... are you kidding me!!! Kids who don't make own lesson plans sink - not an issue for mine, but observed this - ended up with tutoring to stay afloat. Left school, very happy with new school after first week - so much better!!!"
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-11
    "I am a parent and staff member. This school works so hard to provide authentic Montessori while meeting and exceeding state standards. This has included requiring a higher level of professionalism than before, and most are rising to the challenge. My children love music, art, and especially science, but they are certainly not falling behind in math or language. It has been wonderful to witness growth, not just in knowledge, but growth in independence, maturity, and emotional intelligence. Sure, there are parents who want to complain and espouse views that don't include all the facts, but those who really understand the scope and sequence of the Montessori curriculum and support that view at home are amazed at what can be done. Montessori is a three year commitment to a particular class. Parents who just want to try Montessori for one year, will not see the same amount of growth as those who start in the lower grades and keep the same teacher for three years. I am impressed with the effort that the teachers are putting into improving things. Let parents complain about teachers expecting more from students, Montessori suits my kids beautifully and I will stay through."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-27
    "My child has been with Montessori Education Centre now for 4 years and she loves it. We have loved her teachers and all the staff and I recommend this school to other parents!! Every time we walk in the front office we are welcomed by the front staff with a smile on their faces. I know my child is safe and supported when she is there for the day. We love the principal as she has been supportive in every aspect or concern I have ever had regarding my child's development. The teachers communicate well when there is any issue or concern as well as sharing any silly or great accomplishment achieved by my daughter. We love all the teachers as they all greet us when we arrive and leave campus. I would highly recommend this school to any parents looking for a great Montessori School!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-23
    "Parents are responsible for fundraising for computers, recess equipment, art supplies, etc. The list of supplies parents are responsible for is lengthy, yet this school pays for the Principal's on campus babysitter for her infant which she nurses during parent conferences. The upper level teachers were fired from previous jobs and offer very little direction to the students. The curriculum is not challenging. Student who left this school were very behind in their new schools. There is very little science or music. Some teachers are not certified."
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