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Camelback Academy

Charter | K-8 | 534 students

Camelback Academy is best known for our Instructional Model, Project CHILD

 
 

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2013:
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Posted February 15, 2014

Love this school teachers, staff, and principal are great. Very helpful and know how to work with kids. My boys have been going to this school for 3 years and have improved in every aspect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Camelback Academy is an incredible school with incredible students and staff. I have worked at the school for six years and love the way this school cares for the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2013

My daughter has been attending Camelback Academy since Kindergarden & now she is in 8th grade. The entire staff from the teachers to the cross walk staff are AWESOME. They have ALL been actively involved with my daughter in one way or another. I love that they know me by name & that they are all very friendly & helpful. I have been very fortunate that each of my daughters teachers takes the time to emai me or call me when they feel it is necessary. When I contact the teacher by email, I always get a quick reply back & the front office is always there when needed. I will & have always recommended Camelback Academy & will miss this school SO MUCH!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This school is amazing. If feels more like a family rather than just work. The staff is so wonderful to work with. And the parents seem to love it here as well as the students. About 95% of the time whenever a student leaves, the parents and the students usually come back in less than a week. They say that there is no other school like ours.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2013

Camelback Academy is a wonderful school. I have worked here for two years and am amazed at the professional, caring and respectful staff. The administration is always supportive, the students are wonderful and parents are heavily involved in their children's education. I am proud to have my daughter here and to be a part of the professional side of this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2013

This school has been such a great launching pad for my child. He has attended Camelback Academy since kindergarten and will be promoted to high school in 2014. He has developed into a great upstanding citizen and student. ALL of his teachers have been excellent and have helped molded him into the young man he is today. We had a rough patch with him last school year but the support from the Resource department and Mrs. Pennington, I felt heard and understood and felt she supported my husband and I in figuring out how to help my son with what he was struggling with. Although He does not need resource we figured out where he needed support and Mrs. Penninton helped us to discover what he needed. He is back on track and ready for the future! I love this school and recommend this school to friends and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Camelback Academy is an excellent school. The teachers and staff maintain high expectations of their students while rewarding and praising them for their positive behavior and achievements. The students are taught to respect one another and the reach for their goals. Our children are in school 90% of their time and I trust my children in the hands of Camelback Academy. It truely takes a village to raise a child and they are receiving life long skills from the teachers and staff at Camelback Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

I have called this school to obtain information about their studies as well as "extras" in their curriculum and the woman I spoke to on the phone was rude and not very forth coming about the school. She vaguely had answers and was short in her tone! She said it was impossible to meet any of the teachers and it was not an option to tour the school either. :( I am really disappointed in the behavior of the receptionist.. She is making it difficult to consider the school even though the ratings are better than the surrounding schools.


Posted May 16, 2012

This school is a awesome school. The staff and teachers really care about the students and they get to know the students personally and the parents. Everyone is so polite and friendly. The best part about this school is that they teach great. My son and daughter both attend and they have improved so much at this school and they love their teachers. My daughter says Ms Zipp is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2011

I LOVE this school. Mrs. Raj was the best teacher ever. My son has been going to this school since Kindergarten and now he's in 3rd grade. I took him out for a few months due to moving far west and his grades fell below average, he started getting into trouble, etc. I put him back in Camelback Academy and have not had any problems from him. The office staff is beyond wonderful, the school director Mrs. Kordon is beyond wonderful, the after school coaches are great!! There's not enough words to describe how great the school's curriculum is. I love this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

My daughter attended this school in first grade, Mrs.Raj was not just an excellent teacher but also very caring about the students.We have since moved from AZ but my daughter still talks about her to this very day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2009

My daughter was in La Petite Academy for almost 3 years before she started kindergarten this year at Camelback Academy. I had checked the test scores for surrounding public schools and charter schools, and Camelback was definitely a better one! I had read very few reviews on how bad Camelback academy was, even the one referring to it as being ran by the pom and cheer squad. I am a very particular person, expecially when in reference to my child, and the environments surrounding her. Not only is this school ran by peppy people who love what they do, but also, people who sincerely care that your child is there. It's almost like an appreciation that you are entrusting your child into their capable hands! My daughters teacher, Ms. Breed is excellent about getting back to me with questions, concerns, or comments. I recommend this school 100%!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2009

My daughter, too, was in La Petite for the State employees. I believe fully that the way it was ran prepared her for kindergarten this year. I chose Camelback Academy because it was close to my home, tested better than other surrounding schools, and had a lower percentage of spanish speakers, which makes it easier for my child, since she doesnt know a lick of Spanish. I think that this helps her because the class room is more focused on learning regular kindergarten material opposed to teaching english to those who can't and leaving behind english speaking children to wait on the spanish speakers. My childs teacher is wonderful and I definitely know I picked the right school for her to excel and flourish! All of the staff is friendly and helpful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

8 out of 10, because my daughters go to school there and I like this school because my oldest daughter has been going there and she likes it. now She is going out of 6 grade soon ; she has been there since 1st.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2008

My daughter is now finishing 5th grade and has been at Camelback since 1st grade. This school has been much better for her than the nearby public school she initially attended. Being a special needs child, Camelback has always been a positive and safe place for her. At Camelback, they have a professional who works with special needs children, Dr. Fritz, who has worked with my daughter, her teachers, and our family, which has helped my daughter greatly. I never had a single email I sent, or concern about my daughter ignored by anyone at this school. The principal, staff and teachers never expressed to me they were anything but caring professionals. Camelback has additional benefits that many other charter schools don t offer, such as art classes, music classes and free after school clubs and more. Not only do I like this school, but my daughter always has liked Camelback.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

My son use to go to thi school. They principle wants you to come to her if you have a problem. This is a joke. She screens her calls. Does not responde to email. and If you go to the school to see her she is always in meetings. Her mouth piece is an negitave educator who thinks she is above the world and unable to be touched by the board of education. If you have a special needs child stay away from this school. If your child is not a perfect angle stay away from this school. Oh yeah did I say this school is ran by the pom and cheer scaud of our days. If you didn't like them then you wont like them now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2007

My first child started at a local public school and it was the worst thing ever .At camelback I realized that there are teachers that still teach because they truly care.My children are doing great and really love their school. I wouldnt change schools for anything. Except middle school because they dont do it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

My granddaughter is a kindergartner at Camelback Academy. So far this year has proven to be a very positive experience for her. Th classes are small, her teacher Mrs. Clapp is great!


Posted September 5, 2007

Still a member of this great school. My son is in the second grade now and he loves his teachers and the staff. I would not change schools for any reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

My daughter is about to finish up her first year of school at Camelback Academy. I have been very impressed with her school and her teacher. She has learned more then I ever imagined, but more importantly she has developed a love for school, and learning. She has been recognized on several occasions for her 'character' which is helping build her self esteem as well as strong foundation for the importance of morals and respect. I would encourage anyone to come take a look, the school has truly gone above and beyond my expectations!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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

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
Hispanic 69% 43%
White 15% 42%
Black 7% 5%
Two or more races 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 82%N/A47%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • 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 facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Karen Kordon
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 247-1113

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Project CHILD
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • 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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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Kellis High School
Indepedence High School
Copper Canyon High School
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7634 West Camelback Road
Glendale, AZ 85303
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Phone: (623) 247-2204

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