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Peoria Accelerated High School

Charter | 9-12 | 421 students

We are known for being safe, academically challenged and ready to succeed.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $75,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $930.

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4 stars

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Based on 9 ratings
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Posted February 10, 2014

I think the teachers push too much information into students in a little bit of time. What I like about the school is that you have a minimum of 3 classes to concentrate on. I think the school can improve on having after school buses for students who plan on staying after school for programs, extra help, sports, etc.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2014

The Teachers here at Peoria Accelerated High School cares about the student's individual success and their ongoing education long after each student's graduation. I would love to recognize Marcus Englund for going the extra 100 miles to ensure the success of these students. Although most will listen and succeed, the few students who struggles in their education will always have the great instruction given by the outstanding Teachers here at Peoria Accelerated High School. Ms. Morris
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

Absolutely love this school. I have 2 boys who attend PA. They truly enjoy learning and all the staff. The staff is so helpful and friendly, and truly care about each and every student!! So glad we chose this school:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

my school is amazing, i am glad to be a part of the school! go bulldogs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2014

my school is very hardworking and fun to learn at and a very responsible and safe campus
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2014

I was lost when I came to PA and didn't have any direction, but the staff and teachers helped me discover what I wanted to do and push me to graduate. The principle Mr Englund always would help me and give me good advice and Teresa in the office was always making sure I did everything I needed to do to be successful. I don't think I could have done it with out there help.


Posted January 29, 2014

Great program. Teachers are awsome! Front office staff is very helpful and nice! I had an awsome time at PA when I was a student. I graduated in 2004. Thanks PA for all your help.


Posted January 28, 2014

My School Is Amazing.! We Have Great Staff, Teachers, And Two Wonderful Principals. Our Teachers Are Very Motivating And Want The Best For Every Student In The School And Want Us To Graduate And Get Our Diploma. They Strive Us To Do Our Best And Only The Best
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2014

They have great teachers, and the office staff is very friendly and helpful. If you want to graduate early or catch up on credits you can do it PA.


Posted April 29, 2009

Small school with a great atmosphere! Teachers are willing to work with studnets one on one. My son loves the option for afternoon classes. I love that the students are monitored by the administrators. Also, the office staff are very nice and get their job done with a smile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

This is the worst school I ever been to, some of the teacher don't do well in teaching students, And some of the office staff are very rude! All you are is waisting your time with that this school !
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2009

As a former student I found this school to be very very good. And the best part is there was no pressure while attending this school, and even though I had a few issues with my last high school, they accepted me! Great teachers, great staff, and plenty of programs and options. I graduated in 2005, and I now attend Collins College for a degree in Game Design. Thank you PAHS so much! -Doyle Stogner
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

We haven't been here long. My son just started school this week (1 month late) and he loves this school so far. When a parent normally visits a school all the smiles and fake personalities show. But, not here!! My son said that they are 'really that cool'. Staff and students have been very warm and helpful to him. Very glad that we chose this area!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

So Far, I am pleased with what they offer. Our kids needed this type of school. It allows them to catch up (over a year behind & can still graduate with origional class) on the missed credits that are required for graduation, in a shorter amount of time and with a choice of day or afternoon/evening class schedules. I can also go online and keep up with current attendance and grades in each class. Virtually no homework, it's all done in class so no backpacks of books. Kids are doing well there. Emailed questions to staff were answered in a reasonable time. Kids tested and accepted/enrolled on the same day. If the student misses a day, they can make it up on the following friday. There should be more schools like this in Arizona.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

Great academic programs offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Teachers at the school are very good but the administration treats students as commodities and not children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

As being a fomer student here, I found it to be a fun and educated campus. All the staff members, both teachers and office workers, get involed with the school activites. I would tell every one that they need to come here for their education!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2004

Great atmosphere. Student actually wants to go to school every day. Great teachers, friendly staff and students.
—Submitted by a student


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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 62% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
37%
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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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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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 61% 43%
White 23% 42%
Black 9% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 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 86%N/A47%
Female 43%N/A49%
Male 57%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Dysart High School
Independence High School
Kellis High School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Glendale Community College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Walter Zeller Award (2012)
  • Walter Zeller Award (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • 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
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 5:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Marcus Englund
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 979-0113

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Independent Study
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Individualized Education Plan
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Dysart High School
Independence High School
Kellis High School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Glendale Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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8885 W Peoria Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85345
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Phone: (623) 979-0031

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