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Mosaica Preparatory Academy of Chandler

Charter | K-8 | 250 students

We are best known for our personalized instruction and small class sizes.
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 16 ratings

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Posted June 11, 2014

Small class sizes allows my children's teachers to truly get to know them. No one can fall into the "cracks". The small group work done by the reading specialist further solidifies my kids education. This is my family's school of CHOICE... we are Roadrunners!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

As with any school, there are some truly fabulous educators at MPAC. Paragon curriculum is also a very unique and special aspect of the school's culture. The old "AFP" days were truly fantastic under the prior administration team. Sadly, after an extremely disappointing year, we can no longer sing MPAC's praises. To watch a school decline so drastically in a years time is disheartening. The new administration is unqualified, unprofessional, and lacks a true understanding of education and what is best for kids. It is very clear during interactions with administration that they are business people. This company, as a whole, seems to be more concerned with making money than about the education they provide to children. The abnormally high teacher turnover rate also speaks volumes. Very few teachers returned this school year. This does not seem like a coincidence to me, considering the complete change in administrative and office staffing. We were very saddened to see the school's beautiful, warm, and inspiring educational culture disintegrate completely this year. Please, I urge you to do your research before enrolling your children at MPAC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

MPAC's middle school has had many transitions this school year. Two of the teachers have had maternity leaves, however the quality of learning has not skipped a beat. the middle school teachers are dedicated and make certain that my child has mastered a subject before moving on to anothr. This is the principal's first year and he is doing a fine job of creating a community of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

I love this school!! My kids first attended MPAC when it was AFP but we had to change schools because we moved to Maricopa. I missed this school so much that I couldn't wait to move back to the city. I love the fact that it's a small school setting and the teachers and staff care about the well being of your children. This school really cares about your child's education. I highly recommend this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

The faculty and staff are amazing and hard working as this school. They really have the students best interest in mind and provide constant feedback on my child's performance. The Paragon performances are wonderful and my child now has a better understanding of past and present cultures with the schools hands on learning approach. Music is a regular class and I love the way the music teacher gets these kids to perform. I will continue sending my kids to this school. There is a strong sense of community at the school as there is also a lot of parent involvement at the school. I look forward to another great school year in 2013-2014!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

This is the worst school ever! The curriculum is great and some of the teachers are wonderful, but the administration ruins it. My daughter was bullied to the point of not wanting to go to school. She eventually had to repeat a grade because she got so behind in her work due to not being able to pay attention because she was worried about what the bullies were going to do. There is little to no disciplinary action taken against bullies. The principal is not sympathetic at all. Public schools are way better than this sorry excuse for a school. Don't waste your time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

MPAC has been and is a wonderful school! We love the teachers, administration, curriculum, and events. It has served the needs of my three children and given them the best foundation of education I only wished I had in my expierenced. We love the sense of community it sets. WE LOVE IT!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

This is the best school I could have chosen to send my kids to. The teachers are the best in the valley and I am so impressed on how much my daughter has grown in the last 2 years. I thank the whole staff on their hard work. And may I add that I've never known a school that involves the parents in every way they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

It makes me sad that Mosaica Prepatory Academy of Chandler declined my child due to a disability. I read the negative reviews about the school, but I was open minded. I wanted to give them a chance. I can tell you that this school is very unorganized which lines up with a lot of other reviews I read. I hope this helps other parents. Especially ones with children that have challenges or special needs (even a very simple need) be aware that the school refused my child of getting an education with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2012

I will agree that this school challenged my daughter intellectually. I LOVED the curriculum. However, they do lack organization and cleanliness. That includes pickup time. There were times when the children were allowed to go traipsing around the school to sales or other classrooms without my notice or adult supervision (during and after school). The bathrooms were always horrific. There were a couple incidents of bullying, which I know is eminent anywhere (but that lacked control and interjection by staff). This to me became serious enough to pull her from the school. The staff is friendly for the most part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

My son, Caleb, loves this school and so do I. I have to admit I was hesitant when I was checking it out last year after a move, but was quickly reassured by my two sisters who are teachers that the curriculum was excellent and they would both send their children to this school, and would love to teach here. Need a better rating? My son went from being "bored" at school and getting in trouble for talking or goofing off, to "I love my school, Mom!" Good enough for me! DeLana Brown
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2011

AFP is a wonderful school and is significantly better than a few years ago. As a teacher at AFP, I was disappointed to read the recent negative reviews. They are unfair & inaccurate. I can't speak for every teacher, but I can say that my classroom & most others are well-managed & provide a nurturing learning environment, without needing to yell and scream . For a review to state that the "teachers are horrible" is inaccurate & uninformed to say the least. We can't make every family happy all of the time, but we work hard every day to try and do so. We are excellent teachers & an excellent school, with talented students. It s unfortunate that some families had negative experiences with one or two teachers. This can happen at any school, anywhere. However, it s unfair to criticize an entire faculty of teachers based on a poor experience with one teacher. AFP may not be for everyone, and it s up to you to decide if it will be a good fit. I encourage you to put in your due diligence when researching schools. I am sure you will be pleased with what you see & hear at AFP. I am proud to be a teacher at AFP!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 22, 2011

I learn a lot at AFP and I love the middle school teachers.I hope they all come back. I even moved up a grade because the principal and my teachers listened to me and helped me so much and I learned all sorts of things in science and math. Also the books I've read I ve done in literacy have been amazing. We also did a lot of stuff in Paragon. I am really glad to be going to this school and I can't wait to go back next year!


Posted June 17, 2011

I don't usually "rate" things - schools, stores, etc., - but after another parent showed me the below review, I feel the need to at least give another side of things & it's the side that I think the majority of us parents feel. My children have been at AFP for almost 4 years & while of course there have been hiccups and teacher turnovers (The U.S. actually has one of the highest teacher turnover rates in the world & it has less to do with CAO/admin than it does educational budget cuts), I could not be more pleased with the education & care my children have received here. While I can understand a parent being frustrated with a lack of communication, I have a hard time believing it to be true &I don't say this to make someone else look badly, but because of my &my friends &their experiences here. Maybe it's because I volunteer so much at the school that I see how much they do for every child every day that I understand how thin they stretch themselves, our CAO especially, but I know know I've received phone calls after hours from him, something I consider above and beyond. But then, I've always been an active parent, and I think communication is a 2 way street.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2011

This school is lucky to get 1 star! Unfortunately, the reality is quite different. Lack of leadership by the CAO and school policies not being enforced in the five years my child attended. Additionally, with the school staff, I have seem a high turnover each year. Unfortunately, since the principal resigned two years ago, this school has went down hill with their new principal . Several times, when my child has had problems with another student(s), the school never brought it to my attention.. Not acceptable! NOT recommended. I am sooooo glad school year is OVER! Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

As a grandparent, I have watched my grandchildren blossom due to the education they are receiving. Ahwatukee offers programs that enrich a child's learning. They involve the family, faculty, and staff in providing a true learning environment. This school teaches them not how to take a test but how to learn and apply what they have learned to have a better understanding of life. I have watched their patience with my grandson as he has matured. Their structure and method of teaching has allowed both of my grandchild to exceed beyond belief. If I had but one wish, it would be that Governor Perdue of North Carolina could convince this organization to open a school here so our students could receive the wonderful opportunities that my grandchildren have been bless with.


Posted May 3, 2011

Mr. Brown, Ms. Wachtel & the rest of the staff at Ahwatukee Foothills Prep made my son's transition to kindergarten & our family's journey into the school easy, smooth & amazing. My son is excelling, thriving & popular among his class. He was very emotional & shy at the beginning of the year. I look forward to sending my son to kinder at afp in 2012, & our youngest daughter to kinder in 2013. Ahwatukee Foothills Prep is an amazing & life changing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2011

My son began his Kindergarten year as an extremely shy child who I was afraid would not be able to thrive in the Kindergarten environment. His teacher Ms. Wachtel, worked with him and all the members of his class to promote the highest level of development, learning and creativity. I am so grateful we are a part of this wonderful school and am excited to be sending my other son to AFP as a Kindergartner, next year. With Mr. Brown at the helm, this school is going places and my family is so happy to be a part of it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

I think Mrs. Schubert is a fantastic teacher. Our daughter is excelling in her class. We are especially pleased with the level of expectation she sets for her class. What you are doing is working..Thank you!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

The great thing about this school is the paragon program. The kids learn about cultures public schools don't even mention. My son has been teaching me new facts since 1st grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 35% 5%
Hispanic 29% 43%
White 28% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Leanne Bowley
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 763-5107

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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5835 W. Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85226
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Phone: (480) 763-5101

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