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Bright Beginnings School #1

Charter | PK-8 | 486 students

 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 14 ratings
2011:
Based on 10 ratings

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Posted January 24, 2005

I'm a parent at this school currently and though they offer quite a bit in terms of field trips and special activities (music, Spanish, art and PE) I really don't believe they hold the children accountable enough with daily homework and learning of the basics (spelling, math and English skills. I'm actually considering placing my child in a more traditional learning enviroment before they fall behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2005

This school is wonderful. The principals are friendly and available to all parents. Class size is small and the students recieve alot of one on one with their teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 25, 2004

My child's experience at this school has been excellent. Her kindergarden program includes spanish, sign language, art, music, computers and much more. But best of all, she loves the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2004

This is a good academic school with some really fine teachers. We chose it because they offer a nice balance between academics and creative learning as well as some flexibility for individualizing instruction. Example, our child goes to the math class one year ahead of her grade. The school suffers from some disorganization and inconsistent quality in teachers. Make sure you meet your child's teacher in advance and talk to parents of children who have had the same teacher and you will have great results with this school. The administration is not consultative and as a result you feel that important decisions are made arbitrarily or 'off the cuff'. Example, while on vacation last year, 1 week before school started, we received a phone call that our child would have to 'test into' her year ahead math class the next day. Reasonable policy. But why the last minute announcement?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2004

I went to this school for 3 years. I loved it. The teachers I had were great. Since then it has changed though. It isn't the school it used to be. I still think its okay though.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 2, 2004

We sent our son to pre-K here and it was fantastic! The teachers care about the students, they strive for a variety of learning styles and experiences for the students. There is a sense of community at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2004

Words cannot explain how wonderful this school is. I took my child out of public school because I didn't feel that she was getting any quality education. BBS teaches to the higher level student, and in doing so, brings all children regardless of levels upwards in all areas including academic, social and personal growth. The staff is wonderful. When your child has to reenter to the public schools they will be at the top of their class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2004

Bright Beginnings has an excellent academic program for all grades. The teachers use all types of learning. The kids enjoyed the music and arts program as well. I just wish it had gone all the way to the 12th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

Bright Beginnings is a wonderful school. The teachers and assistant teachers are incredibly caring and well-organized. The office staff 'has their act together! The campus is beautiful...clean, warm, inviting. Spanish, Art, Music, PE, and Health are taught by passionate experienced teachers. Parent involvement is available in any area you would like. (I helped at reading time.) We love the family hikes, Skateland evenings, school performances, and family dances. The school gets better each year! We have had kids there for eight of the ten years they have been open. They have the best achievement test scores because they teach the kids to think!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2004

My child attended preschool at Bright Beginnings because administrators said that their Kindergarten had higher standards than most of the public schools and that their Pre-K program would prepare the students for the Kindergarten. After paying $2,000 and completing the preschool program, my child was entered into a 'lottery' for Kindergarten enrollment and was not accepted. The school does give siblings preferential placement, but does not offer that to pre-K students for Kindergarten. My child doesn't understand why he has to leave the school and friends that he loves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2003

This school is wonderful! I am so pleased with the teacher's commitment to the education and well-being of their students. There is a great deal of parent involvement, as well. It really is like a small community surrounding. The teaching philosophy emphasizes reading skills very early on, which continues to be valuable throughout education. My child is going into junior high next year and I am quite concerned about the quality of the public schools in this area compared to our experiences at this charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2003

Very supportive principal according to teachers; participates in activities that draws outside talent into the school for art and other subjects; small class size; very good at listening to parent input.


Posted April 17, 2003

Best Charter School around! Great parent involvement and small class sizes. Wonderful, caring, dedicated teachers.


Posted March 31, 2003

The best thing I ever did for my son was to enroll him in this wonderful, innovative school! Excellent education and a close-knit school community.


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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 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

65 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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

66 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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% 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.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% 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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The state average for Math was 65% 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 58% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 72% 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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 65% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 3%
Hispanic 8% 43%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 56%N/A49%
Male 44%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Academic Excellence Award (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
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Karen Edris
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 821-1463

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
410
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
1200
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400 N. Andersen Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
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Phone: (480) 821-1404

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