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Montessori Educare Academy

Preschool | 87 students


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Posted October 13, 2012

Great teachers, great school. My son started at MEA 3 days a week for 3 hours. By second semester, he asked us to keep him 5 days a week for 3 hours. A year after that he wanted to stay for full time (5 days a week for 6 hours). The only reason that he gave us was "I want to finish my work". He was 4 years old at that time and obviously the teacher was successfully made him loves to learn.
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Posted July 7, 2011

I have been so impressed with both the teachers and the care that has gone into my child's experience here. My daughter can't wait to go to school each day. We moved to Arizona from the East coast and find Montessori Educare to be both exceptional on an educational/emotional/ social level as well as "value". The teachers and administration seem to work very hard to accommodate the variety of needs and they have followed up to help us identify a few items that affected our daughter's allergies. All in all, my daughter LOVES to go to school and I thank the teachers and the administration for welcoming her each and every weekday! I have never gotten the impression that it is money centered. The tuition is very reasonable compared to the other options and the school across the street closed down. Working on the PTO on the East Coast and working with the Director there to understand the finances associated with private education - I would be willing to pay more to keep the class sizes small!!!
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Posted June 20, 2010

The teachers here are fabulous. Brandee, the owner, is cold and judgmental, and one gets the impression this rubs off on the director, Heather. The administrative folks seem to care little about the kids and only about the money. They have tons of fundraisers for their school and treat those kids of parents that contribute differently. Just look at their website. They have a special picture of contributer's kids. Pathetic. They cater to the "non-problem" kids and push out the kids that are not "easy" or may have special needs. The teachers seem to care though.
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Posted May 11, 2010

We have been at Montessori Educare for 6 years. Our last daughter is finishing her Kindergarten year. We are so pleased with her progress this year. She has been reading for several years. There is great family involvement and great dedicated teachers. The turnover of students and teachers is low. The education, socialization, etc. has been great.
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Posted February 22, 2010

My daughter started at this school just after she turned 3 years old. She is now completing the 3 year Montessori cycle and her Kindergarten year. I have been extremely pleased with this school and my child is far above the Kindergarten level in many areas. This is a great start for any child. They learn to be responsible, courteous individuals. I would highly recommend this school to any one considering it. The administration is involved and responsive.
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Posted December 7, 2009

My daughter has had a wonerful experience at Montessori Educare Academy. I am extremely well read on the Montessori philosophy and my daughter's teachers were all Montessori certified and the classes followed the Montessori curriculum. My daughter is thriving and I credit the school and the teachers!!!!
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Posted October 10, 2009

Does not adhere to true Montessori curriculum. The staff has show little care for our little one. We had to pull our child out after 2 months due to severely negative emotional impact the teacher and her expectations had created. Biggest mistake. Ever.
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Posted October 7, 2009

I have been a parent at MEA since 2004. Both of my children have attended their primary are toddler programs. My children have learned soooo much at this school. I credit their teachers, Ms Kathy, Ms Pam, Ms Kim, and Ms Anny with giving them both such a strong sense of self and academics. My son is successful in elementary school because of his strong foundation. My daughter loves school and begs to go on Saturday and Sunday. This is the best school on the planet!!!!!!
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Posted November 20, 2008

The teachers are wonderful and are truly good teachers. The director, Heather, is wonderful and kind. The owner could show more warmth and can be judgmental at times, but overall does care about the quality of the school.
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Posted July 28, 2008

Ms. Brandee is fabulous admin, and Ms. Kathy, Ms. June, and Ms. Pam have been fabulous teachers! Love this school, one of the only ru Montessori school which also redirects your child to do the things they may not want to do, but need to do to learn. They make learning fun, and my daughter has attended since she turned 3. We are keeping her there for K.
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Posted June 12, 2008

This is a wonderful place for kids. Owner is a well educated lady and her elegance is reflected to what she does. Teachers are enthusiastic and balance care, academics and manners skillfully. Clients are fine Ahtwatukee families. Class rooms are spacious and well equipped with educational materials, aprons, etc. Semester-end ceremonies are well planned and memorable. This school provided a well managed and caring environment for my son, and he attracted admiration from his teachers with his manners and skills in his new school. I highly recommend this school to parents who are looking for the best value for their little ones.
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Posted March 27, 2008

Good teachers; strong academically; Could be more warmness toward students; typically very low ratio; lacks creativity
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Posted February 20, 2008

My child is at this school and it is the BEST Montessori school in the foothills. The teachers and staff go over and beyond the call of duty. They really care for all of the students. Will be sad to leave when she goes to 1st grade.
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Posted January 17, 2008

Moved from California and looked at all the schools in the area. Best one by far and our children were both reading by 3yrs. All of the children are enaged and empowered to learn and respect others. Can't say enough about the quality of teachers, staff and owner. Owner is fully engaged at the school and her dedication really shows. If I had more kids, they'd be there.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Black 10% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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