GEM CHARTER SCHOOL

Location:

1704 North Center StreetMesaArizona85201United States View Map

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SIC Codes:

8211

NAICS Codes:

611110

Phone:

(480) 833-2622

Fax:

(480) 833-2655
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Description:

Good Earth Montessori was founded in July 1978 by a few parents who wanted to create an authentic Montessori program in the downtown area of Mesa, Arizona. The primary objective was to perpetuate a warm environment in which to stimulate intellectual growth of their children. The school was expressly designed to be a true "Children's House". Nelleke van Savooyen took over Good Earth Montessori in the summer of 1991 and has worked hard to make it a quality AMI accredited program. She started out with 5 students the first semester of 1991 and by the end of the school year she had increased enrollment to about 20 students. In 1994/1995, substantial attendance growth required us to relocate from our original location on Robson to our current facility located at 1704 North Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201. Through patience and a lot of sweat equity, the main building was remodeled, with a majority of the changes completed by late 1995. During the fall of 1998 and summer of 1999 the school experienced further expansion with the addition of two new buildings to serve as elementary classrooms. GEM Charter School was established at that time, which gave parents the opportunity to continue their children's education as part of the public school system instead of having to pay tuition. This was a great accomplishment for the school to be the only AMI Accredited Montessori Charter school in the State of Arizona for about 10 years. We have signed a new 20 year contract with the State Board of Charter School in June of 2012. We have made many improvements to the school over the 20 years we have been at this location.

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