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Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Estrella

Charter | 9-12 | 305 students

We are best known for our "A" rating, high AIMS scores & free college classes.
 
 

 

Living in Avondale

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $105,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,140.

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted October 6, 2014

This week was the American Quarter Horse Association Novice Championships. A student from AAEC Estrella Mountain competed against a hundred horses and riders from across the country and she won! She is a World Champion! Her parents believe that the flexibility offered by the school helped in her quest for the world championship title.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 6, 2014

AVONDALE, Arizona Two Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students were recently selected and appointed to the 2014 All-Arizona Academic Team, which recognizes the top community college students in the state
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

Great school my daughter is graduating with an associate degree I recommend because you signed up for my son for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

I am a Freshmen at AAEC and I have to say this school is amazing. The teachers push you and help you see your full potential. They don't go easy on you because they know you can do it and want you to be the best you can be. Be prepared to put in a lot of hard work and time. The school also has several clubs you can join and tutoring after school to get help on whatever you need. They want to see you succeed and will do whatever they can to help you get there. I highly recommend going to AAEC!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2014

Special Ed is a joke at AAEC as they have 1 sped teacher who goes to all their schools--one teacher serving tons of sped students. What good service can they provide? That's not the point....they want the student count for funding....each kid, whether sped or not is worth $6000, so better look good with dept. of ed and the parents, even though we know the services are a sham. Once again, AAEC is about a fanatical superintendent, wanna be administrators who can't make it in regular schools, and minimal or no resources for the classroom. Welcome to the dark side of charter schools.


Posted October 17, 2013

My daughter is a freshman here and we LOVE the atmosphere at this school! The students have an amazing opportunity to earn college credits while in high school! The teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

Don't let the name fool you. It's not all about Agriculture and horses. They have an excellent curriculum and the teachers really expect a lot out of the kids. Our child is thriving there! The only downside that I see to this school is the lack of the regular "high school experience". That being sports and band and chorus and other activities like that. Other than that, it has been a wonderful experience for my child, and I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

My daughter just finished her freshman year here at AAEC - Estrella. She is maintaining a 4.0 GPA, and is feeling very proud and accomplished. She loves her teachers, and comments frequently on how the kids are all so well behaved, and she loves that all of the kids seem to be college bound. We have found the school administration to be not only acommodating, but actively involved and passionate about ensuring the success of every child. We have had such a great experience this year, that my younger daughter will be attending this coming fall as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

As an educator of over fifteen years, I have been a part of large public schools and average sized middle schools and AAEC is head and shoulders above them. Is it perfect? Of course not, perfection doesn't exist and every school has flaws, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. Our students are exposed to a college environment but they must earn the right to take these classes. Nothing is given to them, in terms of grades or opportunities. They must prove their worth repeatedly for the chance to earn college credits. As a whole the atmosphere is positive and constructive with top educators in their respective field providing unique enrichment opportunities for the students. It is challenging and the students who accept these tasks will leave feeling more confident about their academic abilities and about the transition to the collegiate environment. The school lives up to its billing by investing in the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 6, 2012

What an amazing opportunity. Last year, in only their second year of existence, they had a student graduate with an Associates Degree from Estrella Mountain Community College, a week before she graduated with her high school diploma! I wish these opportunities were available when I was in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

AAEC is a school with a student first mentality. Students are able to work toward an Associates Degree while obtaining their high school degree! They have high test scores but above that they encourage students to grow and mature as individuals. They have an active and well put together FFA program which promotes students potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success through agricultural education. They also have many other student organizations to encourage students become well rounded citizens in our society.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 14, 2012

This is a great school for students who are committed to success and seek a college prep environment. Because it is a small school, students have the opportunity to really know their teachers (and vice versa), receive the help/guidance they need, and be part of an educational community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 14, 2012

As a student of AAEC Estrella I couldn't have asked for a better school, or for better teachers. This school gives you nothing but motivation and the staff actually cares for their students. The teachers know exactly what they are teaching and make sure that students know that they are there to help them in anyway possible. I have been in other schools and AAEC is the only one where I felt respected by all staff and students. Making AAEC your school would be the best decision that you could make for your child or for yourself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2012

The students at AAEC- Estrella Mtn were focused, goal oriented, and a real pleasure to teach. When I asked them to do something, they never argued, I never had to ask twice, and they went right to work. Truly an enjoyable experience. Nice classrooms and a fun staff to work with. The AIMS scores were the highest of any school I have ever taught at. The coercion with the Community College makes for an amazing opportunity for the students. Imagine being able to get an Associates Degree while graduating from high school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 13, 2011

AAEC provides motivated students a chance to earn a college Associates Degree while still in High School! I have worked at AAEC for 3 years now and in that time have seen over 100 students graduate with their Associates! What an amazing opportunity, saving parents thousands of dollars! I wish this type of program existed when I was in school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 7, 2011

If you are looking for a safe school that will treat your children with respect, AAEC is the answer. They staff teacher with respect and kindness and expects the same in return. This is the premier college preparatory high school in the west valley. Check them out, you will not regret your decision to allow your child to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2011

Out of the three high schools that I attended, AAEC was the worst. The teachers were not respectful, the school wasn t organized, and the teachers did not know how to teach. If you re a parent and you re reading this, have the decency to send your child to school where the teachers care about them and don t humiliate them and treat them like trash. If you re a student looking for a school, do not choose AAEC unless you enjoy being yelled at, embarrassed, and lied to. Choosing AAEC would be one of the worst decisions you have made.
—Submitted by a student


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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 62% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

98 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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2008-2009.

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 42%
Hispanic 27% 43%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A47%
Female 69%N/A49%
Male 31%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 20% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 80% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Arizona State University
Northern Arizona University
University of Arizona
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Math specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A-Rated School (AZ Dept of Education) (2012)
  • A-Rated School (AZ Dept of Education) (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Community College Classes
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • trips to in-state colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Ramirez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 535-1210

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Concurrent enrollment at college
  • Core knowledge
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Community College Classes
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Pre-law
  • all courses at nearby college

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Estrella Comm College advisors
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • trips to in-state colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Estrella Mountain Community College
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Sports

Boys sports
  • AAEC Sports
Girls sports
  • AAEC Sports

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Future Doctors
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • office volunteer, organize career day
More from this school
  • Free college classes at Estrella Community College for qualified students. Our students earn college credits towards an Associate's Degree.
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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
124
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
163

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Arizona State University
Northern Arizona Universtiy
University of Arizona
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
trips to in-state colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 20%
4 year college - 80%
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3400 North Dysart Rd
Avondale, AZ 85392
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Phone: (623) 535-0754

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