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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 April 26, 2010

The small class sizes, amazing teachers, and challenging curriculum have made our two children experience great success in their learning. There is such a strong PTA and parent involvement at BBS and it's been a real joy to be a part of that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Wonderful classes being taught and such a supportive staff.


Posted April 23, 2010

The teachers are superb and the student/teacher ratio is low; the curriculum keeps the kids challenged; and the high parent involvement makes the learning environment for the kids that much more special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Our grandchildren are getting a great education and loving every minute of it. What a great school!


Posted April 23, 2010

The Staff and PTA make it a safe, fun and enriching environment for our kids. Their test scores prove the success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Because they work hard and care for their student's education. Also because Frankie Troutman works there! :o)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

I love the small class sizes and fantastic teacher/student ratio. BBS has a wonderfully active PTA and truly involved parents who are of the same mind to help their child succeed and achieve their full potential. Weekly classes of Music, Art, Computers and PE keep the kids well rounded and an emphasis on character building through the 'Character Counts' program helps develop strong values in our future generation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Great school, best in all surrounding areas. I sent my kids to a multitude of public, charter, and private schools and this is the school with the best curriculum and which treats my kids the best while teaching them accelerated academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

It has a great perspective and they have a lot of activities such as art, music, spanish, and wellness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

The teachers are dedicated, they have a ton of activities including Spanish and art, and my daughter is already well above her grade level in reading and math!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Execellent teachers, curriculum and community of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I love that they are challenging yet encouraging. My daughter loves going to school and she has confidence in herself more than before with her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

BBS is an intimate community of involved and caring parents and teachers. Class sizes are small and each has a teacher's aid. The curriculum is more advanced than the public schools and there are a plethora of after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

My kids have been at Bright Beginnings for 12 years. They have grown to love learning and to expect the best out of themselves and those around them. A combination of dedicated staff and involved families create an atmosphere for success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

The class sizes are small and the teachers are very involved with each child...


Posted April 20, 2010

This school provides interesting learning not just open the text book and read. Lessons are often related to everyday situations making it easier to understand and also seem more relavent to know. Ever hear 'I will never need to know this!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

We are impressed with the curriculum and enthusiasm our grandchildren have for school. It is fun to see the creative learning in action.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I have had 2 children attend Bright Beginnings - and both have loved the experience. As a parent I have always been impressed with the passion and focus that the teaching staff has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

The small class size, teacher and staff support, and common goals (great education, respectful children, challenging curriculum) are wonderful...my daughter's teacher this year is an absolute blessing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I have been a parent at BBS for seven years, and have seven more to go! I appreciate the emphasis on reading, because I believe that gives my children the best foundation for everything else that comes next. I also like the 'specials' of Art, Drama, Spanish, and PE, and feel that this school balances my children with high levels of class work with additional skills.
—Submitted by a parent


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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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98%

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96%

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98%
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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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90%

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97%

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95%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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98%

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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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82%

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95%

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Reading

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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93%

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97%

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92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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100%

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96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

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87%

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94%

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96%
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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.

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The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% 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
School leaders can update this information here.

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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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