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Ala Mesa

Charter | K-6 | 325 students

Our school is best known for developing leaders through education and service.
 
 

 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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6 reviews of this school


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Posted August 2, 2013

To the parent stating that ALA Mesa only got a "C" in state rating is wrong. The report for 2012 came out yesterday and all of the ALA elementary received a "A" Grading. Do some research before reporting something that is not true.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2013

They are very unorganized.They don't provide enough facilities for kids. Don't enroll in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

How can parents be happy about the ALA Mesa Elementary when they barely got a "C" grade from the State of Arizona... They pulled a terrible stunt midyear by putting together the two fifth grade classes. They are elevating the PE teacher to one of the 6th grade teachers with no experience whatsoever... a disaster on the rise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

My daughter attended half day Kinder at ALA Mesa, We are very pleased with the knowledge she received at this school. The Franklin Covey 7 habits were a big reason why we chose the school. Even with Half day she learned a lot and she was always challenged. Her half day teacher was great I highly recommend Miss Pope.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

My children have attended ALA since my oldest started kindergarten- attending the Gilbert campus until Mesa opened in 2012. We have been nothing but pleased with the education they receive. They are learning things that are easily a year or 2 ahead of what we consider grade level but most importantly they are learning skills and habits that make them productive and respective leaders amongst their peers. The principal is very friendly and involved closely with parents. Volunteering is mandatory when you have students enrolled, which I believe causes parents to be more involved in their child's education and in turn helps the child do even better. We really appreciate that our children attend specials, especially music- which we believe to be incredibly important in schooling. If you want a laid back, non-strict, typical schooling experience, ALA is likely not the school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

We have 2 Children that attended ALA Mesa Campus this past year . I can't tell you how happy we are at this school. The curriculum, the teachers and staff are beyond amazing! The 7 Habits is so wonderful and has taught my children so much. ALA does teach at a higher level than most schools in the area, and they are attentive to your child's individual needs. If your child is excelling, they will move them so they are learning where their level is. You are required to volunteer a certain amount of hours per family, which I think is great! It gets parents more involved, which is extremely important in a child's learning. We are so happy to have found ALA Mesa and can't wait to return next year!
—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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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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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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education did not report AZ LEARNS results for this school.

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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Oops! We currently do not have any student information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • 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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

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
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kari Schneider
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 398-2073

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
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
  • 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)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Fee Associated with busses
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • After school recreation
Girls sports
  • After School Recreation
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

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

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We strive to build partnerships with parents and families of our students. We encourage active participation by families and strive to create a culture of leadership and collaboration.
School leaders can update this information here.

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9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
300
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
325
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4507 S. Mountain Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
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Phone: (480) 420-2110

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