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Anthem School

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Posted September 8, 2006

My experience with this school has been the worst in my 29 yrs of parenting. My son was to receive special ed services but they were never delivered in the 2 yrs he attended. The principal/vice principal were adversarial and rude. There are physically abusive and verbally abusive students that are not being addressed. School is filled with mostly below par teachers. My son did not learn anything new in 2 years. I left the state to seek better education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2006

Very disappointed in this school. No consistency, too many kids in one class, no discipline whatsover. There is no communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2006

I have a first and second grader at this school. My second grader has 29 children in his class. I find this unexceptable. There seems to be no place for the child who is not in the 'normal' range. Both my children are above average and they are not given anything more challenging the what the class gets as a whole. Although I do not think this is the teachers fault directly. There is no program in place for children who need something extra. We are switching schools to one that will challenge them even though they might not be 'gifted'. The principal is NOT engaged with parents or students for that matter. Not impressed with him at all. This school has the potential to be a great school, but for some reason they just cannot get there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

Marginal teachers, lots of bullying- Not impressed and will move my children.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted January 23, 2006

This schhol only wants cookie cutter' kids. If a child is below the line or above the line, they will not succeed here. The Principal makes no effort at all to deal with 'high maintainance kids'. His answer is to put various roasdblocks in the way so that the parents have no choice but to withdraw the child from the school. There is no effort to match a child's personality with that of the teacher. I would only recommend this school if you have a child that can blend in anywhere and does not need any special attention since they certainly will not get it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

Seems to be a nice school. It was High Performing, but Performing now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

As a parent with children attending Anthem and a teacher at the school I find myself in an interesting position.We have had a lot of teacher and administrative turnover.This has been difficult on the staff and students.However,we have a positive new principal who has voiced his commitment to our school and our kids.We have several new teachers who live in the Anthem area and I believe will stay on staff.Our school has a lot of room for growth and I hope to be a catalyst for change there.The more parents who get involved (PTSA, classroom, etc) the more you can help to influence the school in a positive way.We do have many great teachers on staff who work very hard to teach their students their very best every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2005

My daughter has a great teacher when she is there. There is a high turn over in staff and sub often. Not a lot of supervision on the play ground. Problem with violance and teasing. They have a seperate classroom for art but none comes home. They put an honest effort but there is room to improve. I'd say it is an adverage school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

Wonderful kindergarten program. Very nice and professional teachers. Good facilities and play area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2004

We just moved to Anthem just before school started and we love it here. My children love their new school and the staff is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2004

I find this school to be a place of warmth, growth and acceptance. The new principal, Dr. Griffith has truly contributed to this very positive environment. Unfortunately, she does have her hands full. Our community is extremely demanding in many ways. Some of the teachers at the school are also disloyal and live in the community so they contribute disharmony to the school and the administrators by being negative. Thankfully, the school is getting better at combatting these issues and once the unhappy, negative people start vacating this otherwise wonderful campus as they have been, things can only improve!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2003

Unhappy with the teacher experience and/or knowledge of how children act/behave and learn in a social environment, dissatisfied with answers from upper educators for reasons to this fact or ways to correct/improve it. Once a child is labeled, that stays with them...independent testing of children results thereof will end in many parents voicing concerns (yes our child tested at a genius level and they offered remedial classes and behaviorial training for the child until we enlightened them with the independent testing we paid for at our own expense educationally and psychologically (you know your own child best. )They want to use the child as a marker for their system. We're not even sure we will be staying at that school. Private schools can be costly but we want/need the best for our budding genius.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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87%

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73%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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93%

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86%

2010

 
 
88%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 42%
Hispanic 11% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (623) 376-3780

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
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41020 N. Freedom Way
Anthem, AZ 85086
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