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Paragon Science Academy Elementary School

Charter | K-3 | 216 students

Our school focuses on STEM education.
 
 

 
 

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

we moved from california in the middle of the school year and i enrolled my daughter in first grade2012-2013 have never regretted since. this current year both my son and daughter are going to PSA ,THE TEACHERS are very kind, motivating, understanding and are always ready to work with the kids to help them achieve and strive for higher standards. I also volunteer so i also had the opportunity to work with the office staff, they are very friendly and accommodating no matter how many times i disturb the front office with questions they have always helped and answered all my queries patiently. My kids love going to school and i would always recommend PSA over any other school in chandler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

As a parent volunteer for two years, I ca attest how good this school is. The teachers are competent, patient with the students, hardworking and a "mother in school". You can entrust your children to them. The principal and the rest of the administration are very open to suggestions are always there to assist both parents and students. They adjust the lessons depending on the children's capabilities and skills. Fast learners will not be bored. Special tutoring classes are given to those who have difficulties. The clubs are good samples of extra curricular activities for the children. I just hope they will have more clubs in sport (basketball, baseball,etc) and music(band).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

My child has been with this school since kindergarten and every year she has grown academically. She is currently in the second grade and her teacher is top notch. I would recommend this school to anyone. The curriculum is excellent. My child has excelled in most academic areas for the past three years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

My child has been with this school since kindergarten and every year she has grown academically. She is currently in the second grade and her teacher is top notch. I would recommend this school to anyone. The curriculum is excellent. My child has excelled in most academic areas for the past three years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

This is a wonderful school! I would recommend it to anyone. The teachers are organized and they definately care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

The school used to have a lot of pluses such as quality and caring teachers K-1st only, and in addition high scores for AIMS. However, since the beginning of this school year 2013-2014--things has gotten out of hand with their 2nd grade team. Parents are not allowed to visit and watch the class to determine if the school is still the right fit for the child. Teachers refused to schedule a meeting when needs arises. They only allowed meetings during conferences. The relationship between parents and teachers are limited to emails and newsletter. They don't have an open door policy where parents feel welcome. This year has been a struggle with homework. It seems like mastery is no longer important, they just go off a checklist, and leave everything to parents to re-teach concepts that has not been mastered. Most of the activities within the class are worksheets based. Students often get left out in Social Studies and Science if they were behind finishing the worksheets prior. It makes me sad to have my child experience this. Hence, the review. I hope they this before it is too late. It is sad the way 2nd grade team are...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

My daughter has attended Paragon since Kindergarten and loves it. I love it as a parent as well. We moved out of state for a year for my job. During that time she attended public school. She was bored and did not progress. We are so grateful we moved back and she is happy and learning at Paragon once again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

What is wrong with this school? I can't believe how out of control the classrooms are. The only reason my son goes here is because it is close. I think the principals need to enforce some discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

My child is still attending this school unfortunately. I find his classroom out of control and overlooked. The office staff is consistently rude and I always feel as I have intruded on them if I need something from them. I am currently looking into new schools and am completely disappointed with the choice I made in this school which is unfortunate because I had very high hopes when he started. If you want a compassionate environment as well as good academics DO NOT look here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2013

I have two kids at Paragon Science Academy Elementary. They absolutely love the school. I am an educator myself. I choose my kids' schools very carefully. My older child is in the gifted program. Paragon Elementary is a safe school, staff members are very caring and they listen to your concerns, they are accessible, both teachers and administration take their jobs seriously, they use technology in the classroom, the school is clean whenever you visit, teachers and administration communicate with parents on a regular basis. Overall we are very satisfied and highly recommend Paragon Elementary to anyone who want quality education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

I am a parent of a gifted kid in Paragon doing advanced math. The attitude of some of the teachers at Paragon is to bring regressive teaching philosophy in modern classrooms. For example, teachers are cutting substantial marks because a kid did not have a black pen or a blue pen to grade his own paper. Even though the kid has done all problems correctly and submitted timely, the teacher refuses to share the class supplies with him and deducts 30-40% to his marks. This is outrageous and perhaps even illegal!! This is after we donated tons of school supplies to the class at the beginning of the school year. Where are the supplies going? Whose responsiility is it to grade an 8 year old's work? The teacher's or the student's?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2012

I have been volunteering at Paragon Science Academy for five years. All the teachers are excellent and I would highly recommend the school to anyone that wants a good education for their children. There are a few parents that really push their children and they tend to be unhappy with any situation where the principal doesn't just do everything they demand.


Posted October 13, 2012

Could not agree more with the last post. Such a poorly run place. Stay far away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2012

This school has the highest test scores and has a way better rating then my current school "Cheatham" it has a lot of bullying and I hope this school is going to be a bully free school.I a major nerd and in my other school people bully me because I am a good two shoes and gifted.


Posted March 21, 2012

My daughter is in the First grade and is doing well. Some of the teachers are good and some are just average and do not communicate well with parents on how their children are doing. They are almost at the same level of teaching as a CTA & they give homework everyday which is good .The school has kids from different cultures which is good. They need to need to have good experienced teachers and also improve their standard in teaching language arts and phonics.Teachers should be communicative with parents on how their kids are doing and try to help them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

Paragon Science Academy is just a name. The academics are poor, and teachers are not qualified and have no experience for teaching. Also, becuase the high population, the teachers work with only advanced students. The behavior in the school envirment is a big issue to discuss,bullying, inapropriot language, inapropriate actions, and ruffhousing in the upper grades (3rd, 4th) grade. Also, teachers and the two principals ignoring parent's concerns but not all of parents this is abig ? ???? In addition, the school is missing a huge amount of basics, such as a proffessional nurse, proffessional music teacher , cafateria, safe playground, and proffesional P.E teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

My son is happy and excited about school.He is a 1st grader and doing very well in class.Great school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2011

As a parent, the previous post offends me. The information is inaccurate and abusive toward the teachers who work so hard for our kids. Yes, we have had 3 principals in as many years, this has little to do with the gifted program which has developed under the supportive guidance of our current Gifted Program Coordinator. She has always had her door open to address any questions or concerns I have. The program is different from last year, but there were problems with students missing academic content with that model. Now, she is in the classroom to work with the GATE students, as well as the other students in the advanced classes regularly. She also started after school programs so that our children could participate in the Odyssey of the Mind. Plus she is fundraising in order to send students to a GATE camp experience. The students love her and her credentials make her far more than adequately suited for the position. I wonder if the previous parent realizes that she soon with have her doctorate degree and how much time she puts into planning for her students. Any school has its shortcomings, but at Paragon I feel my gifted child has exceptional educational opportunities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

It is a shame because this school started out really strong. They had a clearly defined, advanced curriculum and a good method of teaching kids by abilities instead of by age. Unfortunately the lack of consistent direction from the administrative staff lead to issues between teachers and parents, teachers and teachers, teachers and admins and it really affected the ability of the kids to learn. The loss of the Gifted Coordinator was the first major blow and then the loss of the first and second principals really caused more confusion. By the end of the third year over half the teachers were gone, the administration was completely new and most of the curriculum was lost or not arrived. I think this school has the vision to be strong but without consistent and trained staff on the curriculum no one understands the policies especially the students. We had teachers who gave hours of homework, others who gave none, some teachers allowed water and break time, others did not. This is not even getting into the religious time in some of the rooms. Really sad potential is there. Maybe in a few years when they can get back trained staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

This school is not fit for your child if your child has special needs. I have tried to address special needs of my child with teacher and school administration. They were never supportive. I have moved my child to a public school. They are very supportive. My child was enrolled in this school from the beginning when they started. They are more and more disorganized as the years ago. in the last 4 years, they are 4 different principals. So there is no continuity. Also there is constant turn over of teachers every years. I have seen all good teachers leave.
—Submitted by a parent


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The state average for Math was 69% 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

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

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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Selim Tanyeri
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 814-1661

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
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
  • Turkish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • Our school is a learning community where teachers, staff, and parents actively partner for student success and diversity is embraced. Students are appropriately challenged, through skill-level assessment and placement, and individualized attention. Data-driven instruction is focused on individual student growth, while a well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum and holistic approach to intellectual growth meshes challenging academics with extra-curricular enrichment and social responsibility.
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2975 West Linda Lane
Chandler, AZ 85224
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Phone: (480) 814-1600

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