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Crown Charter School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $152,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,180.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 17, 2014

What a wonderful school. This school put on a "Kids Rock Concert" and didn't even charge admission. The Concert was outstanding. The look on my daughter's face was so precious. Her eyes were wide with excitement and she was right up front with all the other kids singing along and dancing. I couldn't quit smiling. Ms. TC is the greatest! She did this for our kids. She is always doing something good for thiem. I volunteer at the school and I see how much she cares and gently encouraged the children who were having difficulties and she taught me how to tutor them. There are hundreds of parents who are very pleased with Crown school and I am one of them. Volunteer and you will see how good Ms. TC is to the kids and the teachers. We love her and the school. Have a beautiful day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2014

It really is interesting to read some of these reviews. There will always be parents who complain but will never take the time to write the good things about the school. Most of the time, the complaints come from parents who still have their students ENROLLED at the school because they know the quality of the education is OUTSTANDING. I am very happy with curriculum, the parental involvement, and the excellent choice of teachers at Crown. I was glad to see posts from teachers on here expressing their excitement about how successful their students are. In the end, those are things that parents look for in finding the right school for their children, isn't it?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2014

I am a teacher at Crown School and am thrilled with how much the 2nd grade classes have accomplished this year. Our interactive lessons and the way our teaching engages the students to be active participants in their own education allows for them to reach higher levels. This year our students were focusing on oral interpretation of literature where they engulfed the words written and incorporated body language when reading. It was very successful and raised their comprehension tremendously. Because our students mastered their multiplication facts, they were able to qualify for Crown Schools 30 second Club which earned them a trophy at the end of the year. They loved that! They also researched animals and were assigned to create a diorama that represented their habitats. Their dioramas were amazing!!!! We can t wait to present this opportunity to your children. You will not be disappointed!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 13, 2014

I am a Kindergarten Teacher at Crown Charter School. I have been at Crown for 8 years now. It has been a great journey for me. Thanks to our wonderful curriculum director I have grown so much and am now a Master Teacher. I have been able to see ALL of my students succeed. At this school we DO NOT leave not one child behind. We work at every student s level. This year, my students finished the school year reading at a first grade level. They were adding up to the thousands!! I took my students a step farther in creative writing. We came up with a word bank together and these Amazing students wrote their own creative story about a picture. It was amazing to see.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 13, 2014

I am a first grade teacher at Crown Charter School. I have been a teacher here for 5 years. Thanks to my experience at Crown School, I have grown and become a master teacher. Dr. Crownover has taught me all of her fantastic methods that I use every day. This year has been my most successful year yet. We have taught our students how to write sentences in cursive. Our students have mastered their multiplication facts through 7 s. My first graders let their imaginations come alive; they were authors and illustrators of their own stories. They were the most creative and beautifully illustrated stories I have ever read or seen. I am so proud of all of the accomplishments my students have made this year. It was amazing to look at the growth my students have made this year from start to finish. I look forward to many more successful years a Crown Charter school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 13, 2014

Part 2: We reinforce phonics and we do choral reading everyday to ensure that our students feel confident in their reading abilities and never feel put on the spot to read in front of the entire class. Our reading groups are fun and keep the students engaged! By the end of the year, my students were multiplying and dividing by sevens and had amazing cursive handwriting! I am so proud of every accomplishment that my students make that I can t even focus on just one! Every year I spend time looking back at the previous class and remembering all of the fun we had playing games and learning. It is so great to see them grow and excel in school and to see that they have found that love of learning that I try to instill in all of them.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 17, 2014

I am currently at the kindergarten graduation and it is a complete joke. The principal is yelling on the mic during the children walking because of the lighting, this wasn't organized properly. The principal went on with a speech saying kindergarteners are not able to read, but they have such standards their students can read.. Every public school teaches their children to read beginning at kindergarten. I am so disappointed my stepdaughter completed a school year with crown charter. I can tell the bad reviews are honest and I will never recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

My daughter went to Crown from K-3rd grade. There were a few issues here and there that were annoying, but that's going to happen no matter where your kid goes to school. There was a specific incident that happened in 3rd grade that made me change my mind about returning for 4th. I have her in Corte Sierra now and I would seriously like to cry. She learned so much at Crown and every one of her teachers made sure she understood everything. She excelled at reading and math. The education from Crown is phenomenal. The director is rough around the edges I have to admit, but at least these children are disciplined and are taught respect. The education from Corte stinks. There is a lot of foul language and bullying and I don't know how many times she comes home telling me if she doesn't understand something, she doesn't get help from her teacher. I have talked to three other parents and they said their child would have been better off staying at Crown. If the director wasn't there, we definitely would be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

I wrote a negative review about this school in January. I did not mention any names, nor did I write anything that was not true.However, I can't find my review. I wonder why? Is it because this school does not want negative reviews? I would not send any child to this school that I loved. All they do is worksheets.Those work'sheets are not from any adopted textbooks. There is no art, PE, music. They think technology is playing games in the computer lab.There is not even a working library for the kids to get a good book to read. The science and social studies programs are basically non existent, and my friend's child has gone through over 6 teachers this year. The other room has gone through at least three IN ONE GRADE LEVEL. I will check on this website periodically, and when I see the review gone, I will write another one. I was going to send my child here, but after I started digging, I took my child elsewhere. As far as volunteers are concerned, they only want you for working at their PLANNED activities. Just try to go in and sit to watch your child. Oh, and by the way - they make the kids sit with their seats facing the wall so that the kids can't even see the teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2014

Does anyone else find it suspicious that for ever bad review a good review rebutting that previous bad review shows up? I don't put it past the school to be fling them out themselves as they use this website as "selling point" to new parents!! Sure their aims scores are great.. That's all they teach is reading and math! Any student getting 8+hour of only two subjects would produce good scores
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Part Two: Kids get benched at lunch for talking for 10, 15, or even the entire 30 minutes for lunch. Not every child is going to have beautiful writing so degrading them does not encourage them to want to do better. I have helped with activities and I have seen my share of unethical procedures from some of the staff, administraters, and the owner as well. While Crown does show great test scores you need to be VERY involved with your child at this school and listen to the things they tell you. One of my children has been bullied by the same kid for 2 years now and on more than one occasion I have been forced to step in and take action. Kids playing four square in class, balls being thrown accross the classroom while other children are still tring to complete their packets for the day..and the teacher does nothing. BE CAREFUL at this school. Do not believe everything you hear. If your child was doing well someplace else and starts to struggle here there IS something else going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

Look at the aims scores. Compare to other schools. People complain about art and PE. They are their to learn to read and write not art. My kids excel well beyond ds in the same grade at other schools. I noticed a lot of other reviews on petty issues. The aims scores say it all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2014

To the parents saying there is no parents allowed in campus for volunteering, I know that's not true. I get flyers sent home with my child on a regular basis asking for parent volunteers for all sorts of special occasions. They also have told me that if I ever would like to see how my child is in class, they have cameras set up in every room for added security and observations. Honestly I like the fact that you can't come strolling on campus whenever you like...safer in my opinion. My child is doing very well in class, she reads, writes, and does math at levels I didn't do until I was in 4th grade. Amazing academics. The only downfall is I wish there were extracurricular activities such as sports teams or clubs and I do feel that there is a communication block with teachers, but the lady up front always helps out with any problems. Otherwise, its great. Oh and before you write a bad review on a school, you should probably make sure YOUR spelling and grammar is correct. It doesn't look so good on your part. I have NEVER seen the police at the school. If they were there, my child would have said something for sure, if the school didn't notify parents first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

This schoold does an outstanding job focusing on your child's education! I was very happy with the level of education my son and daughter received. My son is now in all honors classes in his middle school. Out of convenience my daughter now attends Palm Valley Elementary . Next year she will be returning to Crown....she is regressing at PVE. At the end of 1st grade at Crown my daughter could read at the 4th grade level and was able to do mulitiplication. Right now at PVE they are doing the work she did as a Kindergarter an Crown. Not too mention I love that Crown only asks for the parent participation. All they want is your time! They only ask for supplies for your son or daughter. They do not send home a bunch of flyers with your child advertising businesses. There is no need for a PTA because they staff and teachers do a very good job communicating with the parents directly! Good job Crown....we will see you next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

If you care about your kids keep them away Crown School. They just care about having more students; more students, more money. The administration is awful, the teachers are not aloud to maintain a good contact with parents. No email, no phone number, and just one parent- teacher conference a year. Some teachers are not highly qualified. The owner of the School is rude with the staff and students. I saw her once yelling to a teacher in front of the students, and also grabbing and pulling a kid arm. They always have issues with the police related to students. They love to punish students for anything. The curriculum doesn't have enough Science and Social Studies. There is no PE, art or music. The school doesn't follow the AZ core Standards when they are supposed to. It is a complete mess. It looks ok, but the reality is different.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

This is a terrible school to put your kids in. The only reason I kept my son in here because this is the only school that he can go since he didn't turn 5 yet by Sep. 1st. There is no communication what so ever with the teachers. They are mean but if you complain then your kids will be suffered. The only thing they are good is sending you a reminding notice if they don't see your money first day of the month. I was so frustrated with this school and was so glad that my kid finally got out of this horrible school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

Academically this school is above average so I give them kudos for that. Unfortunately when you have a child who has behavioral issues related to a medical problem things become a bit sketchy. They have no problem sending home negative character reports, however when you try to get your child medical help they do not report the truth on forms asked to be filled out by the doctors. They do not approve of any behavioral medications for children. We have wasted endless hours trying to take our child to different doctors, psychologists, etc. with little help due to the schools reluctance to do the right thing. Integrity and honesty is important. If you state our child has issues, please don't try to be the doctor and figure them out. That would be practicing medicine without a license which is against the law. If a child has asthma or diabetes, I am sure they would not withhold treatment. The negative stigma associated with behavioral issues is unfortunate and unnecessary. We will be doing the right thing, and giving our child the chance she deserves. Unfortunately, we will have to take our child out of this school in order to get her the help she needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2012

If you love your children, don't let them go to this school. I have written commets on here about what happened to my child and they keep taking them off because it's the truth and they don't want parents to know. I saw it with my own what happened in the class with my own eyes not only to my child but to others in his class regarding the pricipal. She is two-faced and fake and verbally abusive. I've written letters to the educational board and the charter board but of course nothing has been done. Don'ty take your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

Try Legacy Traditional...don't know how far away you are but they are at El Mirage and Van Buren. Love this school. We went to Crown for 3 years and were happy there but if you are not check out Legacy.


Posted September 20, 2012

Parents, run away from this school as far as possible! My son started kinder this year and it has only been two months and I am ready to pull my hair out from disappointment. I am currently looking for a new school. Don't make a mistake, keep your child away from here.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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85%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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2010

 
 
98%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
80%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
73%

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69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
100%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • 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 38% 42%
Hispanic 35% 43%
Black 18% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/A47%
Female 56%N/A49%
Male 44%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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12450 W Maryland Ave
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
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