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Imagine Elementary at Avondale

Charter | PK-8 | 502 students

 
 

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 20 ratings
2011:
Based on 11 ratings

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Posted September 12, 2013

My granddaughter had been doing poorly in Desert Thunder Elementary. Her parents transferred her this year. There is after school assistance with her work and she has improved greatly. She felt like a failure at the other school and now she has much more confidence in herself and her abilities. They do not let children slip through the loopholes! My thanks to this school for helping her. My grandson is also attending here. He was always getting red days at the previous school. Now, his behavior has improved immensely!


Posted July 8, 2013

I loved Imagine Avondale since day one, a friend recommended it to us...So few years back when I enrolled my first child to kindergarten, couple weeks later his teacher called me for a meeting cos she noticed my child "being very smart & always on task in academic & conduct" he won't talk what so ever with teachers or piers. He was diagnosed with Selective Mutism (psychiatric disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations or to specific people). Imagine school believes that "all kids are capable of success no exceptions" that was put to the test since my child's condition is rare & requires a lot of one on one work & building a special bond with the child to enable him to overcome this challenge. The entire Imagine family participated in my child's treatment plan, they by far exceeded all my expectations in the personalized care my child receives each & every year...All My kids now are very successful no exceptions...Great teachers who take the success of all their kids very personal, Amazing staff, Plenty of Awards presented to recognize & encourage the Kiddos to achieve more, Lots of events & fun activities. Highly Recommended
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

I have been with Imagine for several years now and absolutely love my job! From the minute I stepped in the door I felt the community feel amongst staff and families. No school is 100% perfect, but Imagine Avondale is truly striving to balance and excel in academics, parent involvement, character education and academic differentiation. Teachers work hard to assess, reassess and enrich all students learning. Differentiation takes place daily throughout hands on learning activities, partner learning and centers. Intervention stratgies are in place with our SEI classroom, reading lab, and 21st century programs. Our school is based on positive character development & bullying is definitely not tolerated. However, it is nearly impossible to eliminate all modes of bullying on each and every social level. Teachers & staff work hard to educate and promote character development in all our students; however, some of the responsiblity must come back to the students as well. Thank you, to all who truly value our school, families, and staff. I can't imagine working in another school. I believe in our school, our staff, families and most importantly in our kids. We will achieve great things!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 31, 2013

My kids have attended Imagince since it opened. This school is great for parents who are really involved in their children's education. Staff and teachers are always keeping the community informed and are always willing to help out. Teachers are all so amazing and great, but no doubt Ms Walsh is the best teacher at this school. She has been the most amazing mentor for my daughter, she really cares about all her kids and I show that she LOVES what she does. My son was being bullied once, and I email his teacher in the evening, I was plesently suprise to receive a reply right away and to have the issue handle the next day. I know it was resolved because my son came home very happy the next day about how they treated the situation. Ms Agnew and Mr B have also always addressed my concerns in an very timily and efficient manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

I am an Imagine Avondale parent. My daughter had her kinder promotion May 2013, I can not begin to describe our feelings; we are more than satisfied. Our daughter has learned so much, she has grown so much with the help of Mrs. Johnson. We feel like the most proud parents in the world. My daughter was awarded Student of the Month for February and she will receive the Student of the Year award. My daughter was 4 years old when she started school back in August. She was given a readiness test and was admitted to kinder. Although she was younger than other students she succeded along with them. Mrs Johnson's teachings made learning fun for her. And I am so thankful for all faculty they are genuinely interested in all the students and education is priority. I only want the best for my kids and I know Imagine Avondale is the Best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

My daughter just completed Kindergarten and I love how they celebrated the kids. For the week they have different events to commemorate the year as well as classroom graduations where our teacher recognized each student's achievements and dreams. The principal really came out of here shell towards the end of the year and the VP is incredible. My only complaint is the front desk staff is less than desirable, they did not know much this year as they changed staff. We are returning next year. The thing that would make this school better is more parental involvement with activities,events and the PTO board. Fortunately for us, there is no fee or membership associated with PTO so if more parents were engaged it would bring the school up a few more notches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

Ecxellent staff, fantastic No Bullying policies. A little unorganized, but they make up for it with their attention to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

This school is wonderful!!! My daughter has had difficult time in school, finally found a school that is willing to go out of there way to help her..The teachers there are outstanding, willing to go out of there way to help there students acheive there goals..The principal is always there to help the parents with any question or concerns about their children-students..I highly recommend this school I rate this school A++!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Since my two boys began attending imagine avondale they have loved it! When our kids love getting ready for school in the mornings and they're the ones pushing us out the door to get there really speaks great about a school! Of course nobody is perfect and no school for that matter will be perfect either. We each have the right to have our own opinions and I'm all for that but I'm just saying Let's be fair here. Imagine does provide the children with an excellent curriculum and their efforts in going that extra bit to provide that extra help with 21st Century, SEI, the reading intervention programs (I sometimes feel bad for those reading teachers just thinking how much gripe they probably get from the children who miss their specials classes for reading) I truly believe imagine avondale has teachers who actually care about our kids' education and that is really what us as parents should take into consideration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

My daughter started here this year and she is so excited to go to school everyday! She loves her teach and the staff is very helpful, Aftercare is awesome and gives the kids a great place to finish homework and relax after a long challenging day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

This is a great school if you want your child SCREAMED at on a daily basis! I have witnessed teachers screaming at, getting in the faces of and being just plain mean to the younger students! It is absolutely ridiculous. And don't expect a call back from the principal or vice principal. They are too busy with "meetings" to deal with an upset parent. HORRIBLE discipline practices in this school!!! The ONLY good thing about this school is 5th grade teacher Stephanie Walsh.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

My 2 boys just started this year in this school and they feel safe equal and happy at this school. I my self like the way this school has been helping my son that has ADHD and disruptive behavoral disorder to control himself and be able to focus more in class i have not one complain of this school since my boys have started
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO BE A BULLY OR IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO GET BULLIED, THEN THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOUThis school does not care about children or their safety. I am the proud mother of a child who is in third grade going to fourth grade. My child went to school every morning with a smile, but to my realization, was faking it because of fear. One day I asked how school was, and was finally told what was going on. My child was being bullied by another student in class. When informing the teacher about what what going on, the teacher did nothing about it. I tried to talk to the teacher, but the teacher was never available. When trying to get a hold of the principal or someone in administration, but never got an answer or so much as a phone call. This continued until the very last day of school. I am so glad that school is finally over so I can withdraw my child from this horrific environment. I have never heard of a school that condones bullying, or a school that tolerates bullying. Just a shameful school, and I'm ashamed at myself for keeping my child there as long as I did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

This school is nothing but a dog and pony show. I requested my daughter to be in Mrs. Walsh's 5th grade class next school year and when I came in to talk to her about it she told me flat out that she already had her "apple" students in her class and that she didn't have room for my daughter. The way I took it was, my child is not good enough or smart enough to be in her class. I went to Principal Agnew, Mrs. Frazey, and Danielle Rehling with those comments and they brushed it off like it was not big deal. They made me feel like my daughter was a second class citizen. All I wanted was to give my child the very best education and I have heard Mrs. Walsh was the best. After this, I am pulling my child from this school, and telling every parent I know that this school encourages discrimination on students who are not "apple" students. Administration doesn't care about students, they only look at kids as money in their pocket. The more students enrolled, the more money in their pocket and who ever owns the Imagine company. It's not a school, its a corporation. DO NOT SENT YOUR CHILD TO THIS "SCHOOL"!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

I have never in my life seen such a caring and understanding staff. My children have become students who are excited about learning!! I was so excited to see this school being envolved with programs like Rachal's Challenge to promote a sense of safety and kindness. I just wish that everyone could see how great this school truly is!! Thanks Imagine Avondale fro saving my children from ignorance!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

Today while walking through the hall at Imagine Avondale I saw 5th graders with their 1st grade reading partners. They were walking quietly down the hall. It warmed my heart to see the bonds that were being made and the examples the 5th graders were giving to the 1st graders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

My little man is about to graduate from kinder and I am so exceted. He could not have done it with out the caring staff at Imagine Avondale. They offer 21st centry which is a free tutoring program for kids and my child was in Ms. Gregory's class. She is so amazing, words cannot describe how much I appriciate all the work she puts in. My student is in Mrs. Johnsons class and he came home the other day talking about Taibet. He has learned so much and I am super excited for him to be in Ms. Chubbs class next year. Parents are so supportive, teachers go out of their way, and admin is great. I also love the after care program. When I pick him up, he never wants to go. I have to drag him out of their. Ms. Elliot and her staff work so hard to make sure the kids are always entertained. I also can't believe the relationships the students have with each other. All the big kids (middle schoo students) know who my child is and it makes him feel good that they all know his name and come up and say hi. I think there are great opportunities for leadership roles for every child who goes here. This school is definantly setting students up for success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

I am very happy to have brought my girls to Imagine Avondale. I have a 5th Grader and a preschooler. They are both very exited to return next year especially my 5th grader! She can't wait to be in middle school. I have never seen how much the teachers care about their students as I see here. All of the teachers and staff at IA are all awesome! I love how family oriented this school is. The minute you walk in you feel like you are part of the family, which I never felt at my daughter's previous school. I don't ever want to go back to public schools again! Thank you Imagine Avondale!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

Every once in a while things and people fall into your lap, which is the case with this school. I simply love how great these teachers are with this kids. Everyday when I drop off my kids they are met with a smile and a hug. They have brought up their grades and my sixth grader just love all his teachers. They offer an environment for these kids that supercedes my expectations. My friends were right when they said i would be impressed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

I love my school!! I am in the sixth grade and think it is the greatest school ever! I love my teachers and so do my friends. I think that when I stared at this school I was really scared but everyone made me feel very comfortable and wanted to be my friend. I am very glad that my mom and dad sent me to this school.


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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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

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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 63% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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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

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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

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The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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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 "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Underperforming".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 49% 42%
White 28% 42%
Black 18% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Asian 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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950 N. Elisio C. Felix Jr. Way
Avondale, AZ 85323
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Phone: (623) 344-1730

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