Villa Montessori Charter School opened in 2001 for students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grades. The school offers a Montessori based curriculum that integrates stimulating resources and various extra curricular activities that cater to the development of the whole child. The unique educational model works with each child individually with guided education, foreign language, land lab, outdoor environments, sports, and fine arts.
The curriculum offered by Villa Montessori is said to improve positive values, academic standards, living skills, and self esteem. Along with core subjects the school offers dance, chorus, painting, drama, ceramics, computer arts, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, martial arts, track, softball, physical education, gymnastics, yoga, swimming, volleyball, multimedia, debate, science & technology, student council, and newspaper.
Parents have mixed feelings about the Villa Montessori Charter School. All did agree that the lower grades are wonderful and the students are learning and enjoying going to school. However, when going to the middle school things seem to change quite a bit. Here parents are not happy at all with the way teachers often ignore students and parents. Administration is closed to new ideas and does things as they see fit instead of listening to parent’s advice. The school is improving in some aspects but it is slow going and the children are the ones that are not receiving a quality education while the changes occur. Even though the school states they have foreign languages at the school, one parent stated there are no foreign languages taught.
Looking at the AIMS series of exams, you will see that all grades across all core subjects were above state average. This shows that the school is providing the educational tools for students to excel. However, with the comments of a few parents it would be a good idea to learn more about the curriculum. The AIMS exams only test math, reading, writing, and science. If the school is not providing other subjects such as foreign language you may wish to look at other schools in the area. Remember, to find a school that fits the environment and overall educational needs you want your child to learn before enrolling them in a school.
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Villa Montessori Charter School
4535 N. 28th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016