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Canyon Pointe Academy

Charter | K-6 | 402 students

Our school is best known for motivating students so that they want to learn.

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 15 ratings
2013:
Based on 11 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 7 ratings

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Posted September 25, 2014

The post that starts, 'Canyon Pointe is circling the drain,' is just one more example that Great School is not the resource they promote themselves to be. The anonymous nature of their sight allows anyone to post anything. Claiming that a school the Department of Education just labeled as an 'A' school is 'circling the drain' and 'dumb(ing) down our kids' is laughable. Perhaps this is a parent whose child has been disciplined because of his/her disruptive behavior. Canyon's Principal is loved and respected by her teachers, students and parents and her campus continually has a waiting list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2014

Canyon Pointe is circling the drain. This year they are teaching Common Core. Way to dumb down our kids. Good job. When my child started Canyon it had a 9 out of 10 on this website, each year it has gone down. Disgusted, but not surprised. Ms, Rhone is ineffective as principal. Students say she is rude, I've seen teachers roll their eyes behind her back as she shrills away at them over nonsense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2014

I am a student and I go to Canyon Pointe and they are a good school. But it is very difficult to get used to the strictness of Principal Rhone. The other day as I was going to the bathroom I saw her full on screaming at two kindergarteners. I definitely love Canyon but it wouldn't be the first place I would suggest. Also there are many bullying problems there. Around the middle of the school year you will most likely see a person crying. The hot lunches are good there though. It is just like let the kid eat it or pack one yourself. The big kid bathrooms can also use some work. In the big girls bathroom only one out of four stalls lock. Some of the stalls have bad words written in them. For awhile the only stall that locked in the big girls bathroom didn't even have a toilet paper thing in it.


Posted April 18, 2014

I love the community feeling we have here at Canyon Pointe Academy! The administration is very caring about each student as well as being supportive to the staff. Students are actively involved in their learning and take part in activities that foster school spirit. The school offers help to struggling students and a variety of after school clubs and sports to appeal to different interests! Canyon Pointe Academy is a wonderful choice for your child's education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 16, 2014

I am a teacher at Canyon Pointe Academy. I can honestly say that I have never seen a principal as committed to her students as Principal Rhone. She makes the effort to know each of the students that attend Canyon Pointe by name. When they are upset or hurt she is the first person to comfort them. She has a genuine concern for each and every student on campus. She is amazing
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 15, 2014

Canyon Pointe Academy has been my home for the past five years. It is a great community full of engaged students, positive teachers, and a united administration. Canyon offers so many opportunities for students to participate in. There is a wide variety of extracurricular programs to meet all students interest. If you are looking for a school who embraces family, culture, and education then this is the place for you.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 15, 2014

I have worked at Canyon for a long time in several capacities. I have also worked for several district schools in the Washington and Alhambra districts. While Canyon has room to grow in some areas it is in no way a "bad" school. Canyon's Academics are rigorous, It has an accepting and positive environment, and it fosters love of learning in children through fun. I have never seen an environment so accepting and supportive of differences in children . That being said, kids will be kids, but Canyon in no way takes bullying lightly. We do not employ a "zero tolerance policy" because we believe every situation is different. We employ pop culture, fun, and humor to create an upbeat, vibrant environment. We give the teachers the freedom required to meet every student's needs which is rare in public schools in the current educational environment. Our lunch program is not a traditional lunch program but the way lunch is handled is no mystery and made apparent when you look in to enrollment. To be honest, the grass is often greener on the other side for people and Canyon may not fit some people's needs but this is true of any school. This is an amazing environment for any student.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 15, 2014

Canyon Pointe is a wonderful school with positive teachers, a super principal, and a supportive environment!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 14, 2014

My son has been at this school since kindergarten. Now in the 6th grade, I can honestly say it has been an amazing experience for both of us. Never has my son not wanted to go to school. There is always something fun going on and a fresh way of learning that keeps him excited and looking forward to the day. His teachers have always been readily available with any extra help he needed and given him the encouragement to do his best. CPA provides an atmosphere that makes him want to be there and learn. From dances, movie nights to AIMS prep, the principal goes above and beyond to put the students first. He checks the website (mycanyon.org) regularly to make sure he doesn't miss anything. Thank you to ALL the teachers and staff for being the best educators ever! We love being a CPA family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Canyon Pointe is awesome. Our principal just gave all of us students T-shirts that say "Learning is my super power" for our AIMS week. We are going to rock AIMS this year. This has been the best school year ever. I love my teachers and principle. Lion's pride forever


Posted April 14, 2014

This school has been so much more to my family then just a school. I have two daughters that attend Canyon Pointe. As a single dad it can be tough raising two girls. The teachers and staff have been so helpful to me. Taking time to give my girls the female attention that they lack at home. I am sure the school gets frustrated with me when I forget to send money for lunches or when I don't have time to sit and look at their homework, but they never show their frustration, they just give me a gentle reminder call and help me be the best dad I know how to be under difficult circumstances. I know my girls are loved and getting the best education they could possibly get. Thank you Canyon Pointe for always having my back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

We have been attending CPA for 3 years and we LOVE this school!! I can honestly say that every teacher we have had (3 kids, 3 years apart), without a doubt, cares for and wants nothing but the best for their students. They make the learning environment a fun environment and are accomodating to the needs or quirks of the children and their unique style of learning. Tho I don't feel the lunch menui is a major factor in the character of the school (if you don't like what is being served, pack your child's lunch!), I have to say there have been significant changes in the overall atmosphere as well as what is being served (I volunteer on occasion and spend time getting to know the staff and students when I can). We love CPA!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

We enrolled our daughter in kindergarten at CPA only because of the free all day program ...I'm not happy about the lack of parent involvment, they say they offer it but it's a joke. She seems happy has made some friends but talking to my neighbor who's daughter is at a public school she seems much more ahead in math and reading and she's welcomed to volunteer in the classroom. We have toured this school & love it!! music, PE and art classes!! My daughter is excited to go to her friends school & I am happy to be able to help out in the classroom & volunteer and school functions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

It was a difficult decision to pull our daughter from our local public school! We are so pleased at the welcome she received at Canyon Pointe Academy! She has excelled and is excited about going to school each day. The staff and administration really care about their students. What a refreshing change! Thank you CPA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

We left Canyon at the end of last year because we were moving and I wanted my son to attend the local public school (gifted program, highly rated) close to my place of work. After spending many discouraging months we decided to come back to Canyon. This is the best decision I could have made for my child. He is so much happier at Canyon Pointe than at the other school. Moreover, even though he was in the gifted program at the public school there was not much if any real schooling getting done. There had not been one spelling test, assignment of math homework, or reading instruction of any kind (August - end of January). Truly, from what I saw at the public school the teachers there are so engrossed in attending to the new "college and career readiness" standards that teaching has been lost in the process. Canyon seems to have achieved a balance in this area. My son is learning again and enjoying it! Some complain about lunches at Canyon but I know hot lunch at the public school was not much of a plus there either. My child was on reduced lunch there but I would rather make his lunch and drive the few extra miles to see the smile on his face at the end of the day at CPA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

continuing what I was saying below canyon is so amazing the teachers are dedicated to every student and take each child under their wing and they are very loving on special needs kids when I was at canyon I knew every single kids name and their teachers names I wish I could turn back time and keep at canyon I was unfortunately unable to attend the prep although I wish I could the kids love it here and the teachers are amazing I wish everyone could see it as we do but there are some people out there unwillingly to open up to this charter school and see how truly amazing it is if there is a situation a teacher or a member of staff will sort it out in the calmest way possible I have learned so much from this school and it has boosted my IQ who knows how many points the after school clubs are so fun and their is such a variety teachers do everything possible to help their students achieve greatness the parents are so involved and are capable to check their students work and see what they have been learning on special nights I have literally used two whole comment boxes just to express my love for canyon as a student and I have written them to the very maximum of letters ILOVECANYON!!!


Posted July 11, 2013

Fantastic learning and educational enviornment. The curriculum is well thought out by each teacher and each teacher takes pride in what they do and how they teach. I have two children that attend, this will be the 5th year I've had my sons enrolled. My oldest is going on his 5th year, he's been at this school since 1st grade and now my youngest son will be entering the 2nd grade. Disciplined isn't over the top, and it's not too laid back either. They do not tolerate bullying, and it is taken very seriously. The lunch program has come a long way over the last couple of years, I have no compliants with the quality of food. My sons get plenty to eat and they like what is offered by the school. They love to participate in the after school clubs, such as "mind games", "cooking club" and :"craft-tastic". This is a great charter school, with above standard educational opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

All three of my kids have gone to this school. My son, who will be in 6th grade this year, has special needs. He's been going since he was in 3rd grade and it was the BEST decision I EVER made for him. He has excelled so much in the last 2 years, by the end of this yr he will be at grade level & that is beyond exciting for us. The principal is beyond great dealing with any problems we have had. The teachers are helpful & supportive. My youngest loves going everyday, which wasn't normal for her before. I LOVE this school and can't wait for them to continue on to the Prep. I am overly satisfied with this school and the way they have been with my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

Last night my son, who will be a 6th grader, asked when school started! I asked why? His reply was "I love school." My son is not a stellar student, but since kindergarten, he has LOVED CPA, and so do I. Mrs. Rhone is the most hardworking principal I have ever met. She does so many things to keep the kids motivated to learn and succeed. I am familiar with almost every teacher at that school and I have not yet found 1 teacher that was not willing to go above and beyond to help my student or answer any question I have. I feel the principal does an out of this world job of staying fresh and "new" with energy that has no end. If MY son is already reading his book for Storybook character dress up day, and thinking of ways he can leave his MARK, then for me, that speaks for itself. A huge thank you to all the Canyon teacher and especially Mrs. Rhone for a great school year. We don't know what we would do without you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

My child listens to popular music, texts and interacts on the internet. Canyon Pointe has taught her how to question elements of pop culture and be true to her values. All Pointe schools use seemingly "inappropriate" activities to bond with the kids. Check out the wet T-shirt contest at North Pointe. No, it's not a "real" wet T-shirt contest but it's funny. If you don't see the humor in one class spraying the other class with water guns and then wringing out the shirts for the winner- then this school is not for you. And that's ok. Pointe Schools use pop culture and humor to reach teens and pre-teens about writing, grammar, art, and debate. Other parents are more comfortable with a traditional setting. This is not your typical or traditional school district by design.
—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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
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 63% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
82%
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
White 70% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 30%N/A47%
Female 56%N/A49%
Male 44%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
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)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Hip hop, jazz
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: ASL, Spanish

Health & athletics

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Therapeutic
Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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
School Leader's name
  • Amy Rhone
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • mycanyon.org/blog
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 896-1164

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • STEM
  • Service learning
  • Standards-based
  • Therapeutic
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Intra- busing services
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: Hip hop, jazz
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: ASL, Spanish
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Several others
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Why is Canyon thriving when so many schools are struggling? The answer should probably be complex, but it actually isn't. Our success is the result of our culture. Really? Culture? What’s so different about our culture? It's a culture where our faculty and staff: • Enjoy spending their day with children, causing students to feel valued. • Influence children to change, causing students to feel motivated. • Excel in their areas of responsibility, causing students to succeed. It’s a culture
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
North Pointe Preparatory
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4941 West Union Hills Drive
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Phone: (602) 896-1166

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