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Athlos Traditional Academy

Charter | K-8 | 1231 students

Accelerated curriculum, traditional, back-to-basics, safe learning environment

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $215,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,180.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
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Posted August 22, 2014

We have been here for 3yrs & love it more every year. The principal and VP are amazing, strict, but in a productive way. I wouldn't want anything less when trying to set high standards for our 'young adults' to achieve. Being at Athlos quite often, the ADM is very well received by the students as well as respected. Every time I am on campus during school hours, I am more impressed with what I see and hear going on in the class rooms. The classes are not small, but they are controlled and the students are participating and not glued to their seats as you see in some traditional school environments. The teachers whom classes I have been in do a wonderful job keeping those who might be distracting to the other students in line as not to deter other kids from learning. The homework is not excessive and tutoring is available if needed. The focus seems to be extremely well rounded: character traits, academics, physical activity & health. The JH is growing and our sports department is coming along. I see that improving as well as the kids who have been there since the beginning ( school is on its 4th yr) will be filling those spots along with involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2014

Very strict school almost military. Lots of homework, the principal and assistant principal are not nice. We miss Dr. Croatt and Mr. Fitz miller. Some teachers are excellent, some others are mean and bully the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2014

We love Athlos! My son needs the extra discipline, and is thriving in this environment. He is very athletic, and the extra P.E. and activity is crucial for his attention span. I can not imagine not being at this school. The teachers have all been amazing, and we have never experienced anything negative. We started at the school when it opened. We have another child that will start next year. This school takes effort as a parent (pick up, and drop off, and extra homework), it is all worth it for this superior school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

My daughter goes to Athlos and she loves it. The staff is great, and so is the Principal.. and she is always received with hugs. To prospective parents I suggest this: look at the facts first (test scores, etc), then visit the school and get a feel for the environment yourself. Doing so is how you will find the confidence that you're making the right choice. It is easy to post negative comments and destroy the hard work and dedication of others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

Nope, not a "defensive staff member"...I just volunteer a lot at the school (flexible work schedule that allows for it) and see the inner workings a lot more than many parents do. That's all. I too don't have the time to wait in a line for 25 minutes at pick up. I just arrive closer to 3 pm and have never had to wait very long. Plus, my kids come out with half their homework done, so it's a win/win. My comments about stay at home moms is simply based on the crew that I see on campus CONSTANTLY who stand in bunches complaining about every detail...instead of offering to help. They enjoy whipping people into a frenzy and starting ridiculous facebook pages devoted to their complaints instead of being productive. I am sure that there are things to pick apart about the school, but it would be pretty easy to find similar issues with any school. For me, it comes down to the educational quality and the experience with my children and their teachers, which has been top notch. My kids have attended other schools in the Chandler district and Athlos is miles ahead of both of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

There is a lot more to a great school than just test scores. To the person who commented on 5/13, I read each and every comment and none of the concerns seem unreasonable. Parents are concerned for the safety of their children crossing that big street. Unfortunately, some of us have kids in other schools and we cannot wait in the pickup line for 25 minutes or we'd be picking up our younger kids who attend a different school, very late. So we have to make the difficult decision of allowing our kids to walk home until we're able to rush over and pick them up. Concerns over the staff turnover are also valid. It's is very concerning to see that many teachers leave over the course of the school year and it's happened every year since they opened. Nobody is expecting to be catered to or coddled and not all of us concerned parents are bored stay at home moms. Honestly the 5/13 review sounds more like it came from a defensive staff member than a parent. I hope things get better because the potential is there. The test scores are there, but changes need to be made in other areas. I can say that their sports program really seems to be coming together. I'm sure next year will be even better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

When I enrolled my 2 kids at Athlos for 2012-2013, I was very excited! My youngest is great at math and I knew he'd be challenged more since the curriculum is a grade level up. My oldest started 8th grade there and throughout the school a few jr. high teachers left with short notice. He'd come home and say "Mom, now Mrs.so and so quit today!" It happened at least 3 times which is too many to happen in a school year. Thankfully he went on to high school the following school year. Since my youngest had had a decent school year, (minus student pick up time which was a 40 minute wait) I decided to keep him there for 6th grade. Here we are at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, and he's had 3 different teachers already. My always honor roll or straight A student, is finishing the school year off with Cs-F's. It's like night and day, over 8 months. When concerns were brought up to principal, I wasn't taken seriously at all. The new principal is no where near as professional as last year's principal, who also left. Student pick up improved slightly. They still can't seem to keep their teachers there. Excited to be leaving. Never looking back! Just my family's personal experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

Actually the pick up problem is true, I have never picked up my kids in 5 min even when I'm at the front of the line. 3 times a parent has almost hit my car head on becasue they were speeding and going the wrong way. I notice a huge difference from last year. Many staff have left and continue to leave. The focus is on increassing attendance. Flag is now 10-12 min long and class does not start until 8:15 or after. Much is spent handing out ribbons to teachers (NOT parents) who have 100% attendance. There are still many good teachers there but it's obvious many don't respect the principal Many teachers don't show up for flag or just chat the entire time. Athlos alows a parent to coach the kinder cheers who brings her toddler son who hits the cheer leaders and runs out on the court during a game. Also check out the 35 page science fair instruction packet and revisons and forms before considering.Athlos. My family loves the traditonal appraoch we are just not sure if Athlos is the school for us anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2014

I'm very disappointed in the way the school year has gone. As many as a dozen teachers and staff have left the school from the beginning until now, and they continue to leave. Some had years with the charter. The curriculum is very challenging something that I had felt would be for the betterment of my child. But I'm realizing that there is and issue with the quantity of instruction versus the quality of instruction that is given to students here. I question who's best interest is the priority at Athlos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

Went to this school for 2 years, I continuously told the adminstration that the student pick up situation was extremely dangerous, they told me not worry about the little ones crossing 8 lanes of 50 mile and hour traffic, since their parents signed a release for them to walk home. Many kids parents won't wait in the long lines so they drive to other areas down gilbert rd and accross at the gas station and wait for their kids there. So safety is sacrificed and allowed to be compromised by the school since it can't handle all the traffic anyways. Beware also of mind, body, nutrition claims, they do nothing to help the kids with this. The cafeteria brings in the same junk all the schools bring in, processed stuff and mix it up and warm it up. Kids can eat fried chicken sandwiches everyday if they choose to, and many do they are not eating balanced meals. This school is a Public relations machine and they are very good at it, just look at all the ads in the papers, we were there about 10 days when we were approached to write down good comments about the school. On a good note, our teachers were really great both years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Last year the school was run by a caring principal and staff. This year a new princial has changed the way the school operates. There has been a mass exit of good teachers from the school in the first 3 weeks. My take on these changes are a combination of inexperienced administration and bad attitude. Very unprofessional compared to last years staff. The school is all about the staff power and not about the kids. Very disappointed this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

Now this is what I call a school! Excellent teachers, staff, administration, challenging academics, positive learning environment, physical education program encourages a healthy lifestyle, outstanding parental involvement...I could go on and on! My kids LOVE school - Thank You Athlos! A++ in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

My daughter attended 7-8thgrade here. She had some issues at Bogle Jr high that sent me threw the roof. The school academically is fabulous. The teachers are great. The one troubling thing to me is the school seems to be more interested in increasing enrollment to make more money than to pay attention to being able to handle so many kids. They tripled their enrollment in 2012 so traffic became a nightmare. They were supposed to put in a parking lot but decided a new building was more important. Gilbert/Queen Creek is a super busy intersection, there is no where for the parent to pick up kids, kids crossing the street and wondering around the Circle K parking lot. I witnessed so many near accidents in front of the school. The academics is great, but safety cannot be overlooked to make more money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

Athlos Traditional Academy is the best school!!! A lot of homework maybe a little to much but I believe it will benefit my daughter in her schooling!!! I Love this school!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

We moved to Chandler a year ago and I was looking for a school that would give my kids an educational challenge. We came from a school that taught math a year ahead and was recognized for their high test scores. I really wanted my children to be challenged in school. I toured many of the schools in the CUSD. And although it would have made my life so much easier with being able to put my kids on a school bus or drive just 1/2 block to the school I felt as though my kids would not be given the same quality education that we were accustomed to. I toured Athlos and although I was apprehensive about the "traditional" teaching styles I couldn't be happier with the quality of education my children are receiving. I have to drive now 4 miles to school vs the 1/2 block that we would of had to drive, but I tell you what...it is definitely worth it if you are looking for quality education for you children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

This year I moved my two children to Athlos from a local private school and I couldn't be happier! Their teachers are both amazing - so dedicated and loving. The principal is a fantastic leader. The gifted teacher is so creative. Plus, the children are tested several times per year and are placed exactly where they need to be academically. (free tutoring is available for children who need it and the school won't hesitate to test a child for the gifted program or allow them to go up a grade for math etc. if necessary) My children aren't just getting a good education - they are truly happy to go to school everyday!
—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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school 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 65% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school 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 63% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school 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 63% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school 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 65% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school 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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

39 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

The Arizona Department of Education did not report AZ LEARNS results for this school.

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 73% 42%
Hispanic 19% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
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 16%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • 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
  • 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 psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • traditional
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Parent Drop Off
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • 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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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
1231
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
2500

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Perry High School
Campo Verde High School
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Chandler, AZ 85286
Phone: (520) 423-9999

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