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Kyrene Aprende Middle School

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
Based on 16 ratings

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Posted August 15, 2014

Being a 8th Grader In Pod B is Amazing. Sure Girls Wear so called 'inappropriate' clothing, That clothing is short shorts, Girls starting wearing these in 5th Grade, It's not biggy! The teachers are amazing, Including our Police Officer, Officer Gomez everyone calls him OG though! I recommend Aprende Middle School for most of the children, especially if you're coming from Fees.


Posted May 24, 2013

APRENDE is such a horrible school the girls dress like they are going to the club! A lot of the smoke illegally this is sad to think the parents and teachers let this go on without consulting someone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

My son is in 6th grade pod B (gifted) and it suits him perfectly! He is challenged on a daily basis by all of his teachers..the 4 core teachers are wonderful!!! Could not be happier....and neither could he!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

Students are rude and disrespectful. Lots of drama and rumors that go on between students that teachers don't know about. Students are out of control. Kids wear inapporiate clothing.


Posted June 3, 2011

Education is of the highest importance at this school. They are truly preparing their students for the future. My older son sailed through Corona Gifted where he left with 28 credit hours to start college. Speaking of college, he just completed his freshman year at ASU Barrett Honors College where he attends on a full scholarship thanks to Mrs Deer's 6th grade advanced Language Arts and Mrs Furman's 7th Grade Advanced Language Arts. They are the Best!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2011

our third and youngest daughter just finished an amazing 6th grade year at Aprende. Our older 2 have sailed with high honors through Corona thanks in large part to the excellent preparation they received at Aprende. As an active PTSO mom for 6 years, I've had the opportunity to get to know almost all of the teachers, administrators, and staff on a first name basis. I can't say enough wonderful things about them. Plus, the incredible array of activities beyond the classroom give the kids opportunities to grow personally and gain a wealth of hands on experiences. This includes but is not limited to yearbook, newspaper, NJHS, Stud Council, Peer Mediation & Tutors, sports teams, math clubs/competitions, and much, much more. The overnight trips to Prescott (6th grade), Grand Canyon (7th), Disneyland (music) are but a few offered. Art & FACS-fantastic, the music program- super talented teachers, etc. Everyone is committed to excellence despite limited budgets, economic challenges, and lack of state support. I can honestly say there is NOWHERE else I would want my kids for middle school than Aprende under Gerri Shaw's leadership. A well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award & A+ award!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

My son has enjoyed a year of learning and growth at Aprende Middle School this year. He completed 6th grade at Aprende and is excited about entering 7th grade next year. My son has enjoyed warm connections with his teachers and has made many new friends. I would recommend Aprende Middle School to any parent who is looking for a solid middle school placement for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

Moving my children to the Kyrene District was the best decision I ever made when it comes to their education. Yes, there is a 20 minute commute but it is well worth it. My son attends Aprende and is in 7A. The curriculum is amazing and he has had many opportunities to learn things that I believe are not taught elsewhere. The STEM program is wonderful and he excels in that class. The teachers are very good at communication, Mrs. Starling sends out weekly newsletters so you are always in the loop of what your child is learning. A+!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

Aprende is simply great. My son is in Mrs. Furman's 7B class and in advanced Math & Language Arts Class. He is also a member of NJHS. Yes, its the great curriculum of the regular class, gifted class and wonderful opportunities of NJHS. But its more than just that. Its how the teachers nurture the kids to challenge themselves to reach their highest potentials and inspire them to be good citizens. On top of it all, the kids have so much fun. Thank you Aprende! You are truely A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

My child has done awesome at this school. I am impressed with the grades and the communication with the teachers. The school is great academically and the students are also involved in sports, music, & other extra activities. Definitely an A+ school all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

I HAVE A CHILD AT AMS AND THE TEACHERS ARE WONDERFUL. THEY MAKE SURE THAT EVERY STUDENT IS A SUCCESS AND REACH EVERY TYPE OF LEARNER IN THE WAY THAT BEST FITS THE STUDENT. NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND AT THIS SCHOOL. STUDENTS AND THEIR LEARNING ARE THE NUMBER 1 PRIORITY HERE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

Coming from a small charter school, we were terrified to send our son into the "real world" public school for 6th grade, but it has turned out to be a blessing. The teachers and principal helped make it a positive transition. They are very supportive to the kids and parents in a way that makes everyone feel safe while providing a challenging and fun curriculum. Our son is moving into 8th grade and we still feel confident that we made the right decision to move into the public school arena, thanks to this support. We rated the parent involvement with 3 stars, which is actually a compliment. It's not that parents are not helping out, it's about letting go and letting the kids learn some independence and autonomy. The parents help in all the right places and the PTSO does a great job of getting the parents involved at the right level. We're looking forward to our other kids moving on to Aprende. Great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

I have had 3 chiildren attend Aprende, and I have loved it every year...As a parent it is always a huge concern with transitioning to a new school for a 6th grader....My kids...2 boys and a girl have all had great experiences...My daughter is still there....I LOVE the teachers....the 6th grade teachers are amazing for that transition to occur....I highly reccommend Aprende....team building is wonderful, character counts is wonderful, and there are many opportunities as a paretn to get involved.....Love it:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

Both of my children went to Aprende. I was very happy with all the attention they got from their teachers. The staff at this school is very caring. I feel they were ready for high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

Great School! My daughter started as an extremely shy 6th grader and has blossomed into an outgoing, confident, and happy kid. She has had amazing teachers and made lots of new friends. My older daughter also went to Aprende and was very well prepared for full honors courseload in high school. Both kids excelled academically and my youngest daughter can't wait to attend next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

Awesome school! At an assembly yesterday it was announced Aprende is "one of the top 25 schools in Arizona". Also just saw this article about their A+ award: http://www.wranglernews.com/2011/05/02/aprende-school-celebrates-prestigious-a-recognition/ Go Aprende!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

A+ Excelling School - Kyrene Aprende Middle School just recieved this prestigious award which represents teacher, student, and parent commitment to adacemic excellence. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2011

I happen to go to this school and this has many opportunities. I got chosen to go to Washington DC for my great leadership, but I couldn't make it because my dad thought it cost so much. Maybe you might get the same award, and your parents will pay $2000 for something that will go on your college application. They also have something called peer mediation which I'm a peer mediator! I'm also in student council, and I got excepted to be a National Junior Honor Society. There's many more things this school has to offer. Aprende Jaguars Black and Gold!!!!


Posted March 12, 2011

This is my son's last year at Aprende and we are white-knuckling it to the end. His Science teacher has pushed us over the edge and he is going to a charter school for high school. The cliques are off the hook and zero tolerance for bullying is on paper only. Aprende represents everything wrong with public education. His math teacher however is stellar. I am so grateful to her.....she is the best thing about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2011

I went to this school for a bit and i have to say that bascially all the girls dress inapproprately. its almost like there is no dress code here! Mostly everyone who goes here is rich and it is not very diverse. It is hard to make friends here at the school.But on a positive note the cliques arent as bad as most schools.


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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 63% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
87%
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 65% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 42%
Hispanic 18% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Black 10% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 25%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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777 N. Desert Breeze Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
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