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Bright Beginnings School #1

Charter | PK-8 | 486 students

 
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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 14 ratings
2011:
Based on 10 ratings

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Posted June 24, 2010

Although I have been teaching for 22 years, the last two years at Bright Beginnings have been the very best. The administrative and parent support make it a great place for students and teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 18, 2010

Great school, great teachers, and incredible parent involvement. I would recommend this school to parnets looking for an alternative to private school that is free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

The teachers and staff are wonderful, hard-working and nurturing. My son is in pre-school at BBS and has loved every minute of his time there this year. BBS has successfully started him on a love of learning in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

The information I received from the teacher and administrative staff matches what my daughter tells me so I'm very happy with the communication system. There is always something going on that taps on the children's imagination and problem solving is a critical skill they use every single day. I've been very happy with the teachers my daughter has had in grades K-4. The quality of education is top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

every time I visit the school, the halls are full of imaginative examples of their work...as exciting place to learn....I want to go back to school


Posted May 4, 2010

Its a healthy safe enviorment for my child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

The Spanish program begins in preschool. Great instruction in the arts and sciences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

We have been very pleased with the teachers, academics, arts and spanish programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

They provide a great education for my grandchildren.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Teacher take the time to sit down and spend the time with the students


Posted April 28, 2010

They have an excellent teaching program including the Spanish lessons they provide. My nephews have learned so much and love their teachers!


Posted April 28, 2010

I love our school because of their strong academics, wonderful staff and teachers, safe environment and cute campus, small student to teacher ratio, great communication between school and parents, Spanish curriculum and much more. It is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

It has a sense of family and offers a top notch curricullum. Everyone knows each other, it is loving, warm and safe. The perfect environment for learning. My children are very advanced beyond their current grade level due to advanced teaching techniques. They also enjoy a great music, wellness, art and Spanish program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

It is a small school that helps kids reach their full potential while building character.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I have one grandchild that has graduated from Bright Begging s and I have 3 grand children attending now. I feel that they get the best education that prepares them for high school and college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

BBS has the right balance of traditional education(reading,math), arts, music and challenging activities that help children to grow. It is also a wonderful community of caring parents who volunteer to make the school better. It is also a good value since you are getting a private school education at public school prices (free).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The wide range of educational opportunities for our children constantly amazes me
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The teachers love love love and appreciate the children!


Posted April 27, 2010

Bright Beginnings has everything my grandchild needs to succeed.


Posted April 27, 2010

The curriculum is well designed and accelerated at just the right level. They have a wonderful way of pushing children a bit beyond where they would typically go but not too much. Children are wonderfully supported in their learning and offered special area classes that are most often cut from public schools. We are so pleased with BBS.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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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Reading

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 Reading was 85% 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

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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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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