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Bradley Academy of Excellence

Charter | K-8 | 525 students

 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 12 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
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Posted Monday, November 24, 2014

My kids have gone to this school for four years now and when you read the reviews I felt like I needed to say something. My kids have had great teachers here from Ms Kerr to Ms Scovil they have grown so much. The family service department is so helpful. They really go out of their way to help the Parents. Jordon goes above and beyond to try to help you. They are really working on the communication with parents sending out a weekly newsletter. Had a person call to make sure all of my contact info is correct. They really seem to be trying to turn that corner. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2014

I enrolled my pre-schooler into the Bradley Academy because I was impressed by the sales pitch.....I pulled my son within the same month because these people lacked follow through, lied about the cost of bus service, avoided my calls and just plain could not live up to the things they promised. Three days in a row they missed picking up my son (this was supposed to be door to door service)...unreliable. Administration staff have no idea what they were doing along with the principle. I loved my son's teacher but couldn't trust the unreliability of the people running the school.......horrible, horrible, horrible. ..don't waste your time here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2014

I had high hopes for this school only to be let down. I read all the comments about the school and although many were negative I decided to give them the benefit of doubt .big mistake on my part. The administration staff is highly incompetent and disorganized. I had to chase down information and was constantly pacified with promises to have the information I needed by the end of the day only to be let down. I was promised call backs on many occasions and never heard back. The last straw was when I was told my son would be picked up at 7:00am ..come 7:45am we were still waiting for them to show up .no explanation .nothing. I had to pull my son because I couldn t risk any more no shows as I relied on the transportation that they said they offered. I am disgusted by the lack of communication and follow through of the admin staff. You can t preach integrity when you don t live it. Don t waste your time enrolling your child here, good concept, but when it seems too good to be true it is. Take your child to a school with a better reputation, one that takes the care of your child seriously and one that will stand by their word.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2014

I would not recommend this school for any child. Very disappointed with how a particular staff member was allowed to treat my child. She has no business working with children or in any profession that requires any customer service skills whatsoever. Very unprofessional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2014

We originally chose Bradley Academy for their affordable pre-kindergarten program. We enrolled our son at the age of 4. We loved the small class size and advanced curriculum. His teacher communicated with the parents via email weekly and he had weekly homework. The homework encouraged parent involvement in their children's education. He entered kindergarten with the ability to read and write. He also had weekly homework assignments and book reports in kindergarten. Now his entire class is being promoted to 1st grade at or above 1st grade reading and math levels. The administration has had a few changes over the last 2 years, but all changes they made have been positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

This is one of the most innovative schools I have ever come across - I love their approach to education!!! They have a Family Services department that is an outstanding as they are very pro-active in reaching out to families and getting them involved. Their website is also very unique in the way that it keeps you up to speed on all events... Definitely a Great place for your children!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2014

Bradley Academy of Excellence is a K-8 charter school full of very caring & academically proficient teachers & staff. Their curriculum includes a blended learning aspect with teacher instructed class time while utilizing Mac/Apple computers in the classrooms. In addition, they offer an ABT Ballet Program, prof. level Dance/ Musical Theatre, & competition level Baton as part of their specials curriculum. I've been involved there since 2011 & my children are students there since 2012. My experience there has been great as a parent & as an educator. The school has had some growing pains since its expansion in 2011, & challenges with communication have primarily been the issue. However, clearly the vision of the Director, Mrs. Burston, the principal, & the Family Liaison Dept., is one that's dedicated to the support, guidance, education, advancement, & accountability of, not only, it's students but of its faculty & staff. I am proud to be a part of, & serve, the Bradley community, & my children's academic progress, Ballet & State Champion Baton accomplishments are examples of the opportunities the school can & does provide-especially if you'll invest yourself in your child's education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2014

Bradley has had alot of turnover in staff but still good school. Teachers send e-mails and has phone messenger service to inform parents. Wish they would bring back performing arts program my grandkids have excelled at this school small enrollment let's let's staff and parents to know each other.


Posted March 12, 2014

I would not recommend this school to anyone. The leadership at this school must be replaced for there to be any improvement. This includes all people at the front office. They are unorganized and under qualified to work at the school. The front desk staff have a bad attitude and lack of training. The sports program needs a lot of work as well as support for girls teams. This is the only school that never put a calender on its website. They can't even make a commitment to a calendar. You are better off sending your kid to the public school down the street. This school is an embarrassment to our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

Bradley Academy of Excellence has shown major growth since they moved to this new location. they've taught the students Business skills, life skills, college material, high school material, everything! It's an amazing school. i really liked how when my daughter got there in 6th grade she was really shy, and when she started performing, man did she love it! 6th and 7th grade were amazing for her! all the performing arts she did and performances they did at the high school were amazing!!! this year well, they have no more performing arts, math 3 times a day, no recess and the new front office lady is rude and sends off bad vibes! i like how they let students be their trainee in the front office. And the girls that are up there as trainee's are super friendly and best part is, one of the trainees are bilingual! They should keep working up there! As well as the nurse! she's really nice and friendly and is bilingual too. It's a good school, but i think that with all the pressure on the students, it makes them act the way they are. I hope this school really shapes up and figures out what to do before they get more negative comments throughout the year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

This school should just shut down please do not bring any of your kids here its just not a good place to be. And if i could i would rate this school zero stars


Posted January 10, 2014

Please do not attend this school.....It was the best decision to take my child out of this school. Since my child has left, he happier and excelling at the new school. The administration is dysfunctional and there is no communication. Please be careful....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2013

Bradley Academy of Excellence is an up and coming school that is finally on the right track. In the past they had terrible teachers, but now they have real teachers who actually teach not only grade level material but beyond it. My daughter who is now in HS finds her English classes a breeze because she already covered the material in grade 7 and 8 at Bradley. They have a world class Ballet program, performance arts program and even added several new things no other school can offer. I heard they even have baton twirling now. Is the school perfect, no school is. It does have its limitations however, despite the shortcomings, it prepared my child well for HS and strongly encourage parents to check it out if they want something different from the traditional normal school where your just a number, but more intensive, focused, individualized instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

I am sad to say that after a year of having my son in this school I was forced to take him out. I am very disappointed this year the school really needs to work on organization, communication, and curriculum. Parents if your children attend this school make sure you take serious look at what goes at the school and what your children tell you. BEWARE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

I would not recommend this school to even my greatest enemy. I taught at this school for three years and saw things that parents would be mortified if they knew were going on. There is NO curriculum (they will lie and say they have Saxon Math and Spalding, but they don't), half of the "new staff" is not qualified to teach the grade level they are teaching, and the school is very unorganized. Things change last minute constantly. Discipline is a free for all of this school. It all depends on who you are and how close your family is to the charter holder to determine what your punishment will be if your child gets in trouble. The safety measurements to keep students safe at this school are a joke. During the three years I worked there we didn't have one "scheduled" fire drill. The only fire drills we had were when students pulled the alarms or the cafeteria ladies set them off making lunch. Even after Sandy Hook happened and teachers voiced their opinion about needing to have a plan incase anything like that would happen in Arizona, the administration failed to ever create a plan or address our concerns. Please do not send your child to this school! -A concerned teacher
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 25, 2013

This school has such potential but the charter holder refuses to spend any money on a reading curriculum. Teachers have to find their own resources so there is no real cycling in the learning. Cycling meaning the same topics are learned each year in an organized manner. There isn't even a library at this school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 14, 2012

I have 2 children currently in the school 1 in pre-k and 1 in the fifth grade. The school has shown vast improvement over the last year. I have to agree with this statement regarding Mrs Berston not quite sure how she ended up carrying the charter. My children's education has grown to levels that far above what I expected them to be. My kids are involved in several activities that they would not be able to be involved with if not for the school. They have after school sports, student council, and new after school programs that help with math reading writing and tutoring for those in need. They keep me up to date on what's going on in the school whether it be after school programs teacher conferences or anything else I need information on. I am very involved in my children's education and I volunteer my time and effort at the school also. I have seen students that have a lot of disciplinary issues and those issues have been resolved within the school whether it be expulsion or helping that child overcome the issues. I understand some parents might have issues at the school but that's every school every school has issues it's up to you as a parent to help resolve them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

Please reconsider this school if your child is on an IEP. They are unable to provide proper special education. The company that provided special education to this and many of Arizona's charter schools always tried to cut corners financially and the ones that suffered were the children who are not properly served. The special education program did a disservice to my child with special needs. The only positive comment I could make is that my child felt welcomed and flourished socially. There is a heavy dependence on the online curriculum. I truly hope they hire their own special ed department or go with a new vendor for future school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

I do not recommend this school. It's a great interesting concept for a school. The digital curriculum, performing arts, and language class made us interested in Bradley initially. Then the school year went on and we observed things were not right. The students are not being taught at their levels. Students are often unsupervised. The lunch room is disorderly and overly loud. There is no order at times. Students run through the hallways and completely ignore requests from adults unless they are yelled at. Administration is dismissive toward parents. When you voice a concern, you are not taken seriously. There is a lack of caring. Schools need to be run by those with a heart for the children, not business people who only see the bottom line. Please be careful if you send your child here. Pay attention to what is going on. Ask lots of questions. Visit often. Stay involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

If I could give this school zero stars I would! My son is a 8th grader and put him in this school in hopes of a stricter school with good leadership in witch I was sold on during my fist visit to this school. They have had a couple different "school leaders" in the few months I have had my sin there, they don't follow there own school guidelines nor do they force them. They do offer free buses but my son has to be at the bus stop by 6:50 am school starts at 8:30am and does not arrive home until 5:45pm or later and school is released at 3:30pm! My son likes the school but I think it's because he gets away with anything there no wonder kids are bullied there all the time no supervision! They are also way behind in there teachings. But don't take my word for it you'll find all this plus more wrong within 3 months of your kid attending here. Good luck, glad its our only and last year here!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2014.

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56%

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49%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

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62%

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53%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

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44%

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58%

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38%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

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67%

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Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

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39%

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52%

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0%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

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57%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
36%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
36%
Science

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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n/a

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54%

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47%

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25%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
43%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 46% 43%
Black 25% 5%
White 24% 42%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 161%N/A46%
Female 255%N/A49%
Male 245%N/A51%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Fax number
  • (623) 932-9904

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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16060 W Lower Buckeye Parkway
Goodyear, AZ 85338
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Phone: (623) 932-9902

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