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Leading Edge Academy Gilbert

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Posted March 6, 2014

If you re looking for a Multi Cultural Christian charter school, LEA in Gilbert is great! Pros smaller size classes, more focus and less distractions for the kids, teacher more available to provide one on one support with kids that struggle in a certain subject, teaching methods more flexible, learning/behavior problems are more visible and corrected accordingly, friendly, loving, and involved principle, staff, and volunteers, Common Core Standards, good amount of homework, good amount of field trips, free tutor assistance etc. Cons no playground, needs more after school programs. Overall, LEA has exactly what I am looking for and I THANK GOD for this incredible place. From the parents of 2 EVERYTHING IS AWESOME kids who are going on their 3rd year with LEA (Both straight A students). God is Good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

I LOVE this school. My kids are never enjoyed school but this year, they love it. The teachers are all really great and have excelled in creating a learning environment that really challenges yet encourages my kids. The teachers are great with communication and keeping me on the same page with my student. I cannot say enough about this school. We're really happy to have found Leading Edge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

This twice about sending your children to this school. The teachers, staff and principal are amanzing, but the district office cares more about money than they do the education of our children. The fired 4 staff members 2 weeks after school began. this included the ONLY Kindergarten teacher they had, 1 staff member, and 2 other teachers. They schuffled all of the teachers around to different classrooms, and even combined 1st and 2nd grade so they didnt have to pay for the teachers they already had scheduled into their budget. They are non-responisive regarding the parents' concerns and only care about the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

My three kids attended Leading Edge in Gilbert for the first time this school year. I have a K, 1st and 2nd grader. I found the teachers to be outstanding, they They have smaller classes sizes and communicate well with parents to help the kids achieve their highest potential. They use Spalding for their reading, writing and spelling curriculum which is an excellent phonics program. It has a family like atmosphere where the teachers seem to genuinely care for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2011

Ran into an on going issue with the teacher CONSTANTLY punishing the entire class for a couple kids bad behavior. Tried talking to both the principal and the teacher and nothing was done or even acknowledged in changing the way the discipline was being administered. My child was constantly frustrated and upset. No encouragement and no help with subjects. No thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

Leading Edge is the best school I have ever been at. The teachers go above and beyond to help us thrive. They also build relationships with us and get to know us so they can see what we need to succeed. All the students get along great.


Posted October 6, 2010

This is my son's first year at LEA and i am very unhappy. From the beginning I had small issues here and there. They claim to be big on commuincation and character but the staff has no character and the communication is HORRIBLE. I recently 10/05/2010 pulled my child from the school and had the police called on my during the process. On 10/04/2010 My child was not allowed to leave school grounds because of the rain and yet noone called me. Ny son asked to call home and the office staff claimed that they had already called and they spoke to me. Long story cut short, it was determined that noone called me, but they did call some other parent to pick up my child based on the fact they didn't even know who my child was! Who is Peter? Not my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Three of our five children attend or have attended Leading Edge Academy. We moved our children from large public schools and must admit that there was a bit of culture shock that had to be overcome. We have had very positive experiences with all staff members, administrators and educators. Parents need to be prepared to be more involved with the education process at LEA... There is a good amount of homework and expectations are high. High expectations result in kids who surpass expectations. School is supposed to develop the mind of a child this school does exactly that... Check out the state records on performance... You will consistently see LEA at the top of every category.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

This is my son's first year at Leading Edge Academy. When I moved to Gilbert I went to four different schools to find out which one I wanted my son to attend. Both my son and I were drawn to Leading Edge Academy. The principal gave us a tour and a description of the school. The student teacher ratio is awesome. My son is in Kindergarten this year and there are only 13 students in his class! The Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Lawson is fantastic with children. She has a master s degree in education and truly loves working with kindergarteners. Parent involvement is highly encouraged. Positive behavior is encouraged with positive reinforcement. One of the primary things emphasized within the school is good character. My son loves being rewarded for being nice to his friends, cleaning up after himself, and following directions. Most importantly, my son LOVES going to school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

My children have attended LEA for only one school year thus far and I must say that it is a very caring and loving enviroment! My children are honors students and feel as if they are amoung 'family' here. The administration knows you and your children by name and are as friendly as can be. The Principle has addressed and taken care of problems that I've brought to his attention immedialtely. I would love to see more extra-curricular activities and a choir director instead of an elementary music teacher instructing the choir which consists of middle school aged kids. It would sound much better w/proper instruction I'm sure! Overall---This school is an awesome alternative to the horrible public schools in Pinal Queen Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2009

Unfortunately, administrative leadership is lacking at this school . Personal experience with the principal/director was often disappointing and unprofessional. A small school like this one can feel exclusive to new comers and nothing much was ever accomplished on our behalf to aleviate that issue. The principal did very little to help adequately integrate our child. While academic quality @ LEA is compelling, it may leave an 'newbie' out...or behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

Excellent!! Loving, compassionate instructors. Mrs. Newcom awesome principal. Instructors for K, 3rd, 4th and especially 5h grade are and inspiration and show their dedication to the students. As a parent I am deeply saddened that we have lost our principal and 5th grade teacher. Administrators (off campus) are inept.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

My child's teachers, Mrs. Cornelius and Mr. Lung are among the best teachers I have ever met. They are 5 star in my book. They have outstanding performance. No comment on the other Middle school teacher. Leading Edge has done a great job educating my child. The principal is always friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

We have been with Leading Edge Academy from the start. They have had a few growing pains over the years but seemed to be working through them until this year. Things just seemed out of sorts. Bullies have been an issue, there has been a high teacher turnover and still no extracurricular activities that won't put a huge hole in your pocket. We are considering changing schools. In our research of the districts in the area, our children seem to be behind...especially in math. I think they try really hard to do what they can on such a limited budget.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

I had an 8th grader and a 10th grader enrolled at Leading Edge last year. They both received an excellent education. I was impressed not only by the educational standards, but I was impressed by the focus placed on teaching positive attitudes. I felt that both of my children received skills for future success. My oldest son is now enrolled in a good public school in another state, and he is getting A's and B's. My younger son is getting A's, B's, and one C.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2006

Leading Edge Academy in one word is 'Awesome'. This is they first year my children have attended a charter school and in just the few short months they have excelled tremendously. All the staff members are very loving and caring and do everything they need to do so make sure each and 'every' student is successful. I never thought my 6th grader would bring home A's and B's on his report card but he did! The overall quality of the students and their attitude about school is outstanding and peer pressure is minimal. My Children Love to go to school now. Thank you to all of you at Leading Edge academy. I give you and A++++. Keep up the Great Work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2006

Leading Edge Academy is growing and getting better. The teachers and staff are doing the best job that they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

My family had a very good experience with Leading Edge Academy. My daughter is receiving special education services and the staff was very willing to work to adapt and modify the curriculum to meet her needs. The teachers enjoyed teaching the subjects for which they were responsible and worked well with the students. Even though the school is very small(the high school program) there was a real sense of community. The staff was very willing to meet and work with us, including the principal. The program is going to be improved next year by the addition of more extracurricular activities. Overall I was sastified with the education my child received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

This school is awesome for the grades that my daughter has been to k & 1. Her teachers have been superb and my daughter loves going there. The downside is that there are no extra circurricular activities, a decent playground for the younger children, or a formal school lunch program. The lunches are 3 days a week and from fast food restuarants. The other days are parent packed lunches. The up side is that they are working on building more outdoor facilities for the older children: basketball courts a ramada, etc. This school relies on Tons of parent involvement and chapperone/driving to/from seemingly monthly field trips. So if you are a dual-working parent it is tough to contribute to in-class time. The leadership seems to be a tad unorganized but has improved in the 2 years my daughter has attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2006

Quality of acdemic programs could certainly use major improvement. The availability of music,art, sports and other extracurricular activities is not there. The level of parent involvement needs to be more welcomed. Having all the kindergarten through 12th grade in one school campus is not an ideal healthy environment for children.
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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 69% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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69%

2011

 
 
74%

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60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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73%

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84%

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73%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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47%

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53%

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65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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63%

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60%

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80%
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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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
72%

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61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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80%

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89%

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83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
53%

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78%

2010

 
 
67%
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 63% in 2013.

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72%

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71%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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94%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

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59%

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85%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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 67% 42%
Hispanic 22% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 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 34%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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415 N. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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