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John M Andersen Junior High School

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Posted September 26, 2013

Well this school stay on top of the students grades the teachers really show they care by staying after school to help in tutoring or by give them help for a test. my daughters came from Illinois school system and they really wasn't challage there however at this school they are being challage in all courses of theirs classes and we love the before and after school tutoring and they have a late bus to get them home..we really thanks our teachers for a great job they perform on a everyday basic we need more school and teachers like John M Andersen High keep up the success for our childrens. also we I need to talk to my child teacher they are there in more than 1 way they return call back, they email you back and you can speak with them either before or after school this is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

My son is in 7th grade and when i check his homework, i see how bed the level is (its equivalent to 5 grade in other countries). They also almost don t give homework to the students (at least to my son) and when they do, it s one hour max once a week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2012

I am a student Andersen Jr. High and I love it there. I've been reading the other comments and a lot of them are about how the bullying there is really bad. The thing is, it's not so bad anymore. Andersen is not a bad school. They have an amazing staff. Andersen also recently broke the record for the read words in Arizona for middle schools. ince the Arizona Ed. Foundation has been awarding A+ recognition starting in 1991 only 41 junior highs/middle schools have received it. Of the 41 schools only 5 have received the award twice so AJHS is one of only 5 schools. And since 2003 AJHS is the only jr. high to have received the award twice.


Posted December 21, 2011

I have been at this school for one semester. The school has a lot of clubs and programs such as MYP/IB. The bad part of AJHS is that the teachers are strict, give a load of homework, and are mostly mean. Never go to this school. PLEASE!


Posted October 25, 2011

Bullying is totally out of hand here. They do not take my concerns seriously. There has been no response from the teachers or the administration. My son got tackled on the sidewalk by another student who was trying to hurt him. Well he succeed. My son had a knot on his head the size of my fist. When I went to pick him up no one said a thing. They just looked at me when I complained that something needed to be done with the kid who tackled my son. Nothing was ever done and the bullying is still continuing intermittently. On a different note...I signed up for email school updates and have yet to receive one and they don't have a printed newsletter. Seems there are some balls dropped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2010

horrible school. bullying, population, mediocrity, you name it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

I like that it offers free tutoring. I like the teacher-parent communication via newsletters. You can also stay updated through the online posting of grades. (STI) My son was placed randomly with all boys class which he likes because they teach what boys like. No problems with other students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

The school is supose to have a 'No Tolerance' rule when it comes to bullying but unfortionately it's not enforced. Many of my sons friends are scared to go to school because of the abuse. The principal doesn't want to talk about it w/ the parents either. I guess if he ignores it, it will go away? Other than that the teachers seem to be good and my son gets help w/ after school tutoring. It has helped his grades a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

My children and I love AJHS! Although, I have noticed a significant drop in the organization at the school since Chief left. The AD is not on top of things with sports and dates, the website is way off, the front marquee is rrarely updated and wonderful acheivements aren't recognized unless a team takes the EVC championship. Too bad, this school has all the pieces to be the best and no one to put them all together anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2008

i go to this school and i hate it! They are very unorganized and give to much homework i honestly love homework but not now,i have way to much to keep up. they dont have alot of activites to do for students and you are only alooud to have 2electives!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2008

its a all around great school teachers are nice and have great attitudes towards students!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

this school is amazing my teachers are the best. they're there when u need them I recommend this school to any parents. GO GOLD!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2007

In reading the other reviews I have to agree with the population issue. To many elem. flow into the AJHS. I have a 7th grader that is contantly bullied by other kids and 8th graders. I have talked with counselors about it, but they seem to only talk to the child not the bullies. What good does that do? So far AJHS is disappointing in many aspects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

I am a student at AJHS and I love it. It is so much fun, and I enjoy coming to school. The sports program is great. After transfering from San Tan, I can honestly say that Anderson is much better. The academic program is great, I am challenged for the first time. The teachers are amazing, a huge step up from San Tan. Overall, this is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2007

i go to ajhs and i love it its the best
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2007

The student population was what ruined this school for us. Why should the teachers get involved if the parents don't care. The extracurricular activities are great, but there isn't much opportunity for the kids to learn. There are so many kids that try out and only a few get chosen. We are changing schools so our daughter can learn instead of trying to defend herself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2006

Parents' involvement is not welcomed. We recently moved back here and I d hoped it had improved. It didn t. It was the same 9 years ago. So we re moving. Overall 2-3 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

Not happy at all with the involvement and concern of the 8th grade teaching staff. Not happy at all with CUSD in general when it comes to meeting the needs of ADHD kids with learning disabilities...if a child is too bright, they are not going to get an IEP. My child tested at the 4th grade math level while in the 8th grade; and her Andersen math teacher Never responded to any email or request for information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

I think the quality of academic programs at AJHS are fairly good. Extracurricular activities are very well hosted and planned. I give the level of parent involvement a 3 out of 5.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2005

An okay school, but lg. student body causes kids to get lost in the shuffle. Teachers less caring than in years past.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 65% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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.

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 43% 43%
White 39% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (480) 883-5320

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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