School Details

Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix

2536 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-3759
10

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-6 170 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

95%
69%
100%
75%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
65%
100%
77%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
63%
100%
79%
91%
56%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
63%
100%
79%
100%
53%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix is a charter elementary school in Phoenix. The principal of Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix is Keerat Giordano, who can be contacted at KMESPrincipal@khalsamontessori.org. 170 students go to Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Multiracial. 0% of the Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix students are "limited in English proficiency." Arizona Virtual Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Dance
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 5% %
Multiracial 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% %
Hispanic 18% %
Asian 15% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Limited English proficiency 0% None%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Khalsa is known as "pure Montessori" by anyone who is familiar with the school. You will find other Montessori schools in Phoenix but none who follow this method of teaching by student initiated learning and experimentation as well as Khalsa. Three of my children have gone here and are curious about the world and their environment and enjoy getting up every day and going to school. They have deep friendships due to the small family-like environment of the school and have traditional reading/math skills that exceed their neighborhood friends at the public school. I highly recommend Khalsa and am glad to be a part of this diverse and humble environment.

  • (8 months ago)

    If you'd rather write a check than volunteer to help with a school event--move on this probably isn't the school for you. If you are wary of dumbed-down public school curricula and are willing to engage as a member of the school community and as a team member in your child's education check out Khalsa. My daughter was "held back" due to a learning disability but the extra time to mature and to experience the full Montessori growth cycles has been beneficial in her high school years. Teachers and admin were proactive about designing a sensible IEP and regularly evaluating and adjusting it. The sense of community and belonging during her Khalsa years has made my child a more engaged and involved citizen of her high school. KMES is a tough school with no sports and few extra-curricular offerings. Some parents find certain teachers off-putting the admin unyielding and the curriculum too demanding and some kids don't make it through. But the academic and emotional rewards for those who graduate are core-forming and lasting. God bless Maria Montessori!

  • (9 months ago)

    I was very unhappy with the administration here. They were so disrespectful to parents. It was never their fault either the parents needed therapy or the child had a learning disability or needed therapy. They like to diagnose your child with no qualifications to do so. Also school has no sports and no music program.

  • (9 months ago)

    Original posts have been removed. Mine no longer are on here. I had 2 children at Khalsa. We love this school. We had 2 children that attended up until the oldest went to lower elementary. I have nothing good to say about the administration. It is horrible how they treat the parents instating that there is something wrong with their child. We spent a substantial amount of money based on their recommendations. There was nothing wrong with our children. They are at Faith North and flourishing. The staff at Primary were awesome compassionate and understanding. The administration is not.

  • (11 months ago)

    We considered this school when my daughter was entering kindergarten. She was home with my husband prior to starting school and never attended preschool. She has been bilingual since she started talking. We met with administration for an interview while a kindergarten teacher met with my daughter. The teacher came back after a 10 minute visit with my daughter asked us in front of my daughter if she had a learning disability. The administration was "preparing us" for her to be held back as that was the main discussion during our session with them. We declined the spot they offered and my daughter entered public kindergarten at a STEM school. She is in first grade now and scored 99th percentile verbal 97th percentile non-verbal and 91st percentile quantitative on gifted testing. Not only do they not know what they are doing at this school but they have no idea how to handle discussions with parents and kids. This was not just one teacher. One teacher and two top administrators. Another older review on greatschools indicated the same exact situation--she was asked if her child had a disability during the interview. Shameful!!!

  • (12 months ago)

    It appears that a number of reviews have been removed as evidenced by references to dates for reviews not present. How can this site provide a thorough representation of a school when reviews are being removed???

  • (12 months ago)

    This is an unusual terrific school. The teachers keep in close contact with the parents the students do yoga garden learn Spanish and are taught to be good stewards of the environment. I'm happy my students attend this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son just completed the lower elementary cycle at Khalsa. He has been a Montessori kid since he was a toddler. We absolutely loved the philosophy and practice of the whole Montessori environment. This is a wonderful school with a great and caring staff that really gets to know your child inside and out. We owe his love for learning to his Montessori experience!

  • (1 year ago)

    Khalsa Montessori Elementary School is the very best choice I have ever made for my daughter! After completing her first year my six year old has excelled in EVERY way. She is excited to keep learning more and more each day. It is truly a blessing to have her attend a school where I KNOW her best educational interest is at the heart of the staff. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL!

  • (1 year ago)

    What potential this school has. Too bad the administration is a nightmare to deal with. Self-righteous with an inability to listen close minded to suggestions and often aggressive in tone and response - it's no cake walk. Basic communication principles and empathy is missed completely. There is a shortness and tone that is unforgiving at Khalsa. Frankly given the age of the facilities lack of amenities and total lack of teacher accreditations Khalsa should be falling all over themselves to create functional parent/administration relationships. Looking at staff bios on the school website you will find that few staff member are accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council. Basically if you breathe and do yoga you can teach there. Lots of students are being held back perhaps it is time for the administration to look at themselves. I still love Montessori but sadly this current administration completely misses the lessons of Maria Montessori with their militant style. I think I would like my kids to learn from someone with people skills instead. We will be enrolling at a different Montessori school that closer meets the needs of our kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school lacks in many areas. I was told my child should be tested for "academic/learning" issues. THE SCHOOL REFUSED TO PAY FOR ANY TESTING!!!! After many costly and inconclusive tests my child is thriving in a different school and is being tested to a gifted program. Please hold teachers accountable!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I cannot speak highly enough about Khalsa Montessori School. Our son started at Khalsa when he was 4; he is now in the upper elementary program and thriving. The academic and social progress he has made; his sense of Self self-confidence and self-awareness; his curiosity about and respect for the greater world around him; everything about his education and development has benefited tremendously from his time at Khalsa. As parents we are grateful for the open communication that exists between and among teachers administrators and other Khalsa families. It is a community in the true sense of the word. We look forward to our younger son (hopefully) starting in the Primary program next year; hopefully his experience will be just as rewarding for him.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent of a student at Khalsa. I am deeply saddened to read some of these recent reviews. Khalsa is a Montessori school. This is a very unique way of teaching and often misunderstood. I encourage any parent thinking about sending their child to Khalsa to do some research on the Montessori ways of teaching. I can speak for myself and say that I was not educated in a Montessori environment. I wish I had been. My older son went through Khalsa Elementary. He is now at a new middle school. The teachers there have said that the children that come Khalsa are all great kids eager to learn and ready to enter the real world. It is a great place for your child to go to every day. I am amazed at the depth of understanding my children have. My child was held back a year and at first it was disconcerting but it made a big diffrence on his behaviour and level of understanding. This year the holiday porgramme was wonderful. The children work so hard to make it a fun performance. All the parents are very much involved. The administration is there for all the parents and willing to answer any questions or concerns. I do not work at the school and sometimes wish I did.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent of two wonderful but very different kids that have attended Khalsa Montessori I can honestly say that the school has been great for both. The Montessori method is so adaptive and the teachers at Khalsa are dedicated to teaching each child (as opposed to "teaching to the class"). In addition to be an excellent academic setting Khalsa has provided a safe and fun atmosphere for our kids to grow up in. I am very grateful to have a school like Khalsa and would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is currently attending a Madison School after being at Khalsa. She could not be happier. She goes to school happy every day loves her teachers and is excelling this year. In fact she was just tested for the gifted program after Khalsa convinced us to hold her back. My recommendation to anyone looking at Khalsa is pay attention to other parents who have written reviews not Khalsa staff. Tour other schools and observe how happy kids and staff are. Khalsa does not even come close. Follow your gut. Bottom line these test scores are manufactured.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are the grandparents of a Khalsa upper elementary student and we are constantly amazed at his academic progress. No school is right for every child and Montessori certainly is not right for every child but for our grandson it's a great fit. He is challenged and feels rewarded when he does well. When he sometimes falls short as all children do he knows why and how to remedy it. Our knowledge of administration/teaching staff is admittedly not first hand but from everything we see/hear they are responsive if there is an issue and very supportive of the children's efforts. The comments about the holiday program are laughable. Anybody who can't enjoy seeing 3 and 4 year olds on stage should go to the symphony or the opera. Maybe the grinch got to them first??

  • (1 year ago)

    In response to the posting from Jan.7. My children go to this school. I have one on 2nd grade and one in 5th grade and we love the school and the teachers. I feel blessed to have such a great school to send them to in the state of AZ. I am only a parent not part of administration. If you don't like the school then take your child out. It's not for everyone. No school is. As far as the holiday program goes my kids and I look forward to it every year!

  • (1 year ago)

    The administration of the Khalsa Montessori School would like to thank those who have taken the time to come to us as many prospective parents have and ask about postings on this website. We welcome the opportunity to correct misstatements and fully discuss our educational approaches and philosophy. As always questions or concerns about Khalsa Montessori education should be directed to the school administration directly for an open and honest dialogue.

  • (1 year ago)

    I used to work at this school. Let me be clear. If teachers and administrators don't want your child at the school for academic or behavior reasons they will tell you that your child needs to repeat a grade. Don't be fooled. They are asking you to leave. This school has lots of academic success because they convince the parents of the struggling students to take their childern to a different school leaving Khalsa with only the best students. More than half of the students at this school repeat a grade at some point. And yet the teachers and administrators still think there is nothing wrong with this.

  • (2 years ago)

    To the 8/3/12 poster I agree. Several students from my child s class have left for the reasons you mentioned. I have noticed a pattern with kids transitioning from primary to elementary suddenly being told that they are not academically ready for elementary. I think this practice is driven more by the school s desire to maintain high elementary school test scores (keep funding) & is less about academic readiness. I have mixed feelings about Khalsa. In theory the philosophy is great but the school s academic vision has become muddled. To those disputing the negative comments I challenge your remarks by saying if your child fits the Khalsa mold then the negative comments don t apply to you but if you have a child that requires guidance you see quickly how those children are handled. I say this as a parent of two Khalsa children one self-directed & intrinsically motivated who has thrived & another who requires more direction & has shown little progress. I hope Khalsa looks more closely at its practices begins to listen to parent s concerns/criticisms and starts to embrace/address the needs of all children rather than just its excelling students.

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