"Singapore Math"
Students enrolled 589
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Dr. Taime Bengochea
Transportation options None
District Ball Charter Schools (Dobson)
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2207 North Dobson Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

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(480) 855-6325
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4 stars
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August 18, 2014
My daughter attended from 2010-2012, and had no major problems at Dobson Academy. She says she would give them a 4 star rating. My son has ADHD, and attended from 2010-2014. They did not implement his 504 plan when we moved here. I was asking for help from teachers starting in the first quarter. I would e-mail (which THEY said was the best way to communicate with them) and maybe 1 out of 4 teachers would get back to me. He will avoid homework at all costs! I only asked for teachers to monitor that assignments were written in his planner each night. That way I knew what was going on in classes. They might check for a day or 2 after I requested it, but within a week it was all me. I was trying everything I could do alone to check assignments each day. After repeatedly asking for help, I started including the principal in my e-mails. I never did get ANY response from her. At the end of the year, they suddenly "found" the 504 plan we had brought in when we moved. He reacts VERY favorably to praise. Which was in short supply; they just sent him to detention for every infraction of their homework policy. He felt stupid, and singled out. DO NOT sent your child here

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
We were very selective when choosing a school for our daughter. Picking Dobson Academy was definitely the right choice. We are very happy with the school. They have high academic standards - rated #2 in the state for Charter Schools. The Princiapl and administrative staff are extremely professional. They have firm but fair discipline, making students follow the 3 B's to ensure the safety of all students. I HIGHLY recommend this school!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This is the third year my son has been attending Dobson Academy, he loves the school and so do we, all the teachers, front desk staff and also the principal are so nice and helpful. We love it here.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This is my son's first year at Dobson Academy since he is a kindergartener. He absolutley loves it here. He is so proud to be a Dobson Dolphin. He enjoys the homework that he gets and loves showing us the new things he has learned in reading and math. The staff takes great care into the safety of the students at all times including the morning drop off and afternoon pickup of students each day. The front office staff are always so welcoming with smiles everytime you walk in. The parent leadership team is always having fun events for students also including a recent evening picnic and circus performance. I wouldn't even consider sending my son any where else.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
My school is a terrific place for students! There is before and after care available on campus. Dismissal everyday is safe and secured by teachers walking students out to their cars. They just installed new misters to keep everyone cool and even the principal is out there at the end of the day to help load students in cars! We love Dobson Academy!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
My child has been attending Dobson academy for over 3 years now and we love it! The teachers and staff are excellent and always willing to answer any questions I have. I love that they offer a variety of after school activities as well as before and afterschool care and healthy choices for lunch.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
I do not recommend this school. Classes overcrowded and no resources for children with special needs.

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2013
My child is in Junior High at Dobson Academy. I love the smaller environment compared to other Junior Highs. The staff is caring, supportive and active in helping students to succeed. My child is really looking forward to the Junior High field trip to Catalina.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
I love this school! I have worked at other schools, and this schools administration supports the staff and students. There are resources available that are not available to those in school districts. There is a close knit feel at this school! The curriculum is well rounded and supports all types of learner!

- submitted by a teacher
March 21, 2013
This school is a wonderful example of a generalist school. It does everything well, but doesn't specialize in one area at the expense of the others, as do some other charter schools. The staff is committed and skilled, and the administration is caring and active. The whole atmosphere is upbeat and fun. My kids love this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
Dobson Academy has met the needs of my two children. Both were high ability students who needed to be challenged and supported to achieve their best. I had good communication with teachers for the 7 years my children attended school at Dobson Academy. I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
My daughter attended Dobson Academy from 1st through 6th grade; my son K through 8th. Both have had excellent & positive experiences there with teachers and staff. Absolutely love the new principal as well as the warm and welcoming front office staff. If the traffic during drop off & pick up is such an issue for so many K-6 parents, I would suggest dropping off by 8am & not picking up until 3:15-3:20pm (the line moves much faster by then). Kids don't mind a little more time with their friends after school and it's always worked for me! It has been a great school for my kids & I'm happy with the choice to send them there :)

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
Dobson Academy is an AMAZING school! My daughter's reading skills have skyrocketed this past year! The staff is caring and very hardworking and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this school to everyone! They have extra programs after school too: spirit line, sports, running club, spanish, band, lego clubs, cheer, etc... Lots of options to choose from. Lunch salad bar is a great addition! This schools lays a great foundation!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
This is our first year at Dobson. I like the Singapore math program. There is a new principal who has institutes some changes that are for the good but there is a side to her I just don't know about. The front office person can be standoffish. Most of the time I call the school i get a voicemail, why isn't the phone being answered? Still not sure if we'll return next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
Love this school! This will be our fourth year. My youngest is entering 2nd grade this year. Her K and 1st grade teachers were wonderful and have really fostered a love of learning. They were creative and fun, but also challenged her to do her best. My oldest is going into 5th grade and looking forward to another great year. Love the small community setting, the uniforms have made it easier for my tween, and there is a sense of pride at this school with staff and students.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
I am so pleased with the way everything runs at Dobson Academy, from administration, teachers, PTO, school schedules, activities parent involvement, volunteering, before and after school programs, summer programs and list would go on and on. The teachers recognized my son was advanced in his academics and have let him migrate from his current class to the grade level above for advanced learning in math, reading and spelling! I would recommend this charter to anyone! This is an excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
This school is fantastic! My child has leanred so much here. The teachers are great and the principal is the best! He is very involved. I can honestly say I see him everyday on campus! How many people can say that about there school?! I wouldn't send my children anywhere else! Thanks Dobson Academy for all your hard work! :)

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
I absolutely love this school! The teachers and staff are wonderful, and the principal is the most involved I've ever seen. I can't say enough good about Dobson Academy.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2009
Dobson Academy is great send more kids here. Parents, if you know nothing about this then go to the web site it's awesome just like the school!

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 26, 2008
My kids have been going here since kindergarten. My oldest child is in 6th grade and loves it. My youngest child is in 1st grade and is also loves it. Dobson helped my youngest child needed to go to special ed and he now is more confident about reading and writing. Dobson Academy has changed my children they love goingto school because even though they have uniform they can still express whothey are.With writing papers in school. Thank you Dobson for all that you have done for my family.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
The teachers and staff make this school an excellent environment for learning. I have 2 children here and they both are very happy and excelling in their learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
This school is awesome!! I do believe that this school is the best school I could have put my son in. He has ADD and is a little much to handle sometimes but the teachers at Dobson nurture and help him grow with every step. He entered first grade this year and has loved every minute at this school. He feels comfortable with himself and surroundings much in part do to the wonderful teachers he has, Ms. Walker and Ms O. We love the uniforms too and it helps our son focus. We are looking forward to many years at Dobson.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
My children have attended Dobson Academy since 1999, we have been extremely pleased with the teachers, special Ed dept, Principal and all the parent volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 26, 2007
Great school, Dedicated and experienced staff. The principal is a well liked, dynamic leader. Excellent art and music program, which is sadly missing from many schools these days. I Have had shildren 1st through 5th. The first grade teachers are well experienced and brilliant. My children have had Mrs. Doss, who does an excellent job in teaching independence and self awareness. This is not easy with first graders. She also does a fabulous job with the sciences and social studies. Children often leave the class hungry to learn more about the Founding Fathers or the differences between deserts and other climates. A love of learning is the key. The only area that Dobson should improve on is not leaving behind advanced children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 17, 2007
I do believe that this school is one of the best I could have put my daughter in. Entering the first grade this year, she is excited to go to school. Having already been in the Kindergarden class, she feels comfortable with herself and her surroundings much in part with the wonderful teacher she had Ms. Farester. The only problem is she hates the uniforms, but I tell her to sacrifice one thing she wants to gain multible others is a great thing.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2007
What an awesome school. My child is going on his 4th year & continues to be challenged in all areas except P.E and Spanish. P.E. program needs work, but I heard a new teacher will be coming. 4 years & my child still knows only the most basic Spanish. The parent involvement is great & shows commitment to education. Upgrades such as a library, better shading on campus & an obstical course have added to a pleasent experience. Teachers are amazing & truly care about students & their work. I'm not planning on going anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
My daughter has had the pleasure of attending this school for two years, the tough middle school years. I felt very comfortable with her attending this school. I felt she was in a safe environment with nice students, great teachers,and involved families. I definitely recommend this school for 7th and 8th graders.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
I am both a parent and teacher at Dobson Academy. This is my 8th year on staff and when it came time to send my son to kindergarten, there was no hesitation where he was to go. While our campus is small compared to district schools, it is quite spacious compared to many other charter schools. The size has many benefits: more attention to individual students, and a family atmosphere. The staff here work hard and are very dedicated to their craft. We are constantly diagnosing areas in which to improve and working to make them better. We have implemented a response to intervention program which will be presented at an national conference. You don't have to take my word for it, come see for yourself the amazing things happening at Dobson Academy.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2006
This is our 3rd year at Dobson Academy and we just love it! Our child is highly involved in the Fine Arts program at the school and her grades have improved and her self esteem has rocketed!! With so many schools losing their Music and Art programs, Dobson has something to be proud of with their excellent and very educated and creative teachers in Music and Art. I went to the last school production and for a small school, it was incredible. Great work.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
Wonderful school. Very good on discipline and order. Sometimes unreasonable with rules and regulations. (Including uniform policy.) Children seem to lack personal expession. We love Mrs. Doss in first grade. She keep the kids engaged and is very strict. My son knew all about the beatles, saving the whales, native plants, etc. And was thrilled to talk about these facts at the dinner table. We're going to different school next year. My kids would like to where normal clothes and i wish for more of an art program.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
My son has been thrilled to transfer to this great school. His teachers are caring and don't hestitate to stay in touch with me via e-mail. Provides a positive learning environment for kids!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
This is our 4th year at Dobson and overall we have been pleased with the program. The one issue that needs to be addressed is the lack of enforcement of their uniform dress code policy. They revised the policy for the 2005-2006 school year which required most families to purchace all new uniforms. However, 15% to 25% of the students are not adhereing to the new policy. I volunteer at the school 6+ hours per week and see first hand the violations. I presented this information to the parent/teacher organization and the charter board of directors and little action has been taken to improve the enforcement. They just keep saying that they are 'doing a good job' but I have not seen any improvement. If they are going to have a policy in the student handbook they should enforce the policy.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
My son has been at this since he was 8yrs of age. He had fell behind in reading and writing in the public schools, so I found this one and enrolled him. The teachers were great and very helpful, they put him in a after school reading program to catch up with the rest of the class. I'm really greatful for having my son in this school and watching the school grow as he grew.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
The Jr. High program has come such a long way. With the addition of a new Math Teacher and Social Studies teacher, they have a real team of high calibur, and caring teachers. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2005
The elementary is pretty good, the Jr. high needs work. Most of the teachers are great, and a lot of parents are active volunteers. The dress code is not enforced like it should be, for a school requiring uniforms. The playground is small, and the car line is terrible. The school would do better with more room.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
My son has attended here for 7 years, it has been the best school we found in the area. Teachers are all high caliber and do an excellent job. Parent volunteer program is excellent and very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
I love this school! I hate we have to leave(moving) They excell in teaching stong academics and character building skills. we choose for our child to learn spanish and he also had the choice of learning an instrument, I also like the uniforms. They need a swing set for the younger students, but other wise no complaints.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
This is a really good school. They will teach your child well and help them develop good characher and study habits.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2005
We are constantly challenged at the school for time with the teachers and principal. The parking is minimal and contributes to the problem overall a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2004
I have been involved with this school since it began. The consistency to improve from year to year with a desire to excell keeps me committed to sending my children to Dobson Academy. My oldest child is now a Senior at Hamilton High School and has been able to achieve above a 3.0 GPA with ease. This is a credit to her basic foundations she received at Dobson Academy. The greatest challenge at Dobson is in the 7th and 8th grade studies. This year they seemed to address this issue and there has been a vast improvement from the previous year. If Dobson Academy can raise their Mathematic commitment to equal their Litature, this would be the best school in the state if not the nation. I couldn't give a better recommendation for a child's education and growth opportunities,

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2004
I think Dobson is definitly a step up from the average public school. The teachers are great, the staff is caring and responsive. The amount of parents who volunteer is amazing. The Jr. High could use some work, and lockers, which are now designated for the 6th graders only. I'd like to see more extracurricular activities offered, and more attention on the dress code, which seems to be getting sloppier. The lunches offered are good, but too small for my older children. A small salad bar would be a good addition to the cafeteria. Compared to other area schools Dobson comes out ahead, but needs a little fine tuning.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2004
Getting ready for the new school year and first grade. So far we have been very satisfied with Dobson's curriculum. The small class sizes are great. They are a very academic school and offer Spanish, Computers & P.E. for kindergarteners, which is part of the reason I picked them for my child. Also liked their core values: Be Safe, Be Respectful & Be Responsible. Lots of opportunity for families to get involved, as much or little as you want. Big on fundraising; great volunteers. All the staff members I encountered were also very helpful and active in the school as well. Only thing I would like to see is more extracirricular activities, like sports, and more of a play area for recess. I'm sure it will grow in time and with more money.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2004
My children had wonderful, encouraging, caring teachers. I can't say enough about how wonderful these teachers are. I do however think the Principle needs to be more hands on. Academics have slipped and the disapline is very lacks. I was told,'that no one child would be allowed to disrupt the learning process!' and 'testing would preformed to identify disruptive childrens special needs'. Instead these children hold the classroom hostage like public school. Dobson Academy is a 'business' of numbers and $$. Uniform code has been uninforced especially in the Junior High. The parking lot is nothing more than a death trap for my children every day! The Dean is useless! Need someone who is more involved. She has little involvement with the students and quite frankly, I think she should pay the school for letting her 'Hang around'.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2004
Good school with lots of parental involvment and extracurricular activities. Great before and after school daycare. However, very high expectation of students that are not always developmentally accurate and lots of homework every night (average 2 hours). Many students come from affluent families, stay-at-home mothers.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2003
One of the things that I love about Dobson academy is the fact that they don't have too much of extracurricular activities, One thing they have is P.E.,which my kids love Mr. Moore their p.e. teacher, they also have art which my son loves,music, both of my kids enjoy because they both are musical incline,and Spanish which I'm really happy for that since is my 1st. lenguage. So to me that is good enough.My kids went to public school and they hardly learn anything because the time was taking for all this extracurricular classes, and when the year was over, they hardly new their math,spelling,etc.but when I put them in Dobson Academy in only few weeks my kids improved on all their basics and now are doing awesome on every one of them.Another thing that I love about this wonderful school and that is that our teacher really hear us parents and we don't feel ignored when we have an issue or complain,they work with us.My kids are bless going to this school,I have a lot of friends who see their improvent and which they can live closer so their kids can come to this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2003
Quite a few teachers to just die for. Getting better every day. Great small school atmosphere. Private school quality. Great principal inspiring teachers and students to better themselves. Research based reading curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2003
When I compare the education that my younger child is getting compared to what my older child got in public school, I am amazed! This school had my kindergarten aged child reading like a pro. I have friends with children in second grade who do not do as well. I have been highly impressed with the curriculum, teachers, and the principal who is never too busy to pay attention to his students!! This is not found every day. Great job Dobson Academy. My daughter is now entering second grade and I can not imagine sendng her anywhere else. There are two things that I feel need improvement; the parking/pick-up/drop-off situation (it is getting better) and the children need more access to the playground which is there and looks like a lot of fun but is always locked up.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2003
This School no longer has a 200 day school year, its now at 175..Lock downs have never been practiced here. No Library yet..Since Its a Charter School lots of volunteering and $ to be raised by students families. Not Enough outside space/equipment for Pe Or Recess.

- submitted by a former student
July 11, 2003
My daughter started attending Dobson Academy in the 2nd grade and she will be starting 7th grade in the 2003-2004 school year. This school has been great and improving every year. My daughter will finish through 8th grade. I highly recommend this school to my coworkers and friends.

- submitted by a parent
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(480) 855-6325
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