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.
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:
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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