Montessori Academy Parents & Families


Our community is blessed with a group of interested parents who help support Montessori Academy teachers and families. Parents are a key part of each child's growth and education, and we seek to use all the talents and resources families bring to the school.

Parent Involvement


Parents are expected to contribute 30 hours of volunteer time, per family, per year, and to remain current with any account balances for private tuition, ECA fees, Big Trip costs, etc. We are a non-profit so we appreciate those who add their support with their time as volunteers and their timely payments of fees.

Our parents and community supporters help in three ways: Why Fundraising?


As a public charter school, Montessori Academy K-8 receives a per-student funding amount from state and federal governmental agencies. This amount funding amount is insufficient to fully cover the added costs of a Montessori-centric education, with its curriculum that offers more advantages than most public schools. To make up this shortfall, which is only partially offset by modest ECA fees, we must raise funds by holding specific fundraising events throughout the school year. These events require parental, family, and business support.

Arizona Tax Credit for Education


Speaking of fundraising, we respectfully request that all Montessori Academy families utilize the annual Arizona Tax Credit for Education. This tax credit costs you nothing, as it is balanced by real CASH BACK on your annual Arizona Income Tax burden. This is a real tax credit, not just a deduction. It's currently $200 for Filing Single, and $400 for Filing Jointly. With over 200 students, each with two parents at $200 each, this option should raise $80,000 per year for the school. With some grandparents involved as well, the school could easily raise over $100,000 per year through the Arizona Tax Credit for Education, which costs you nothing but means everything to Montessori Academy!

Committees & Communication


In support of a vibrant, involved parent community at our school, the Montessori Academy Advisory Council meets at least quarterly, and frequently more often than that. One member of the Advisory Council is assigned as the Parent Liaison, who serves as a special channel for parents and others to have a voice within the Advisory Council. Parents and others interested in the school are welcome at the Advisory Council's public meetings, which are posted in advance on the school's website.


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