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K-8
Public charter
Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 500
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3738 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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(602) 263-8777
(602) 263-8822
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September 26, 2014
The teachers work so hard here and only certain people get rewarded. I have seen the teachers there for too many hours and working harder than anyone should do. The new principal is friendly but talks way to much and tells to many stories. I've seen PACS scores go down and down and I want to see more action instead of just talking. If you are willing to help your child every night to be their best, than this school is for you, otherwise your child is going to struggle because so much time is focused on students misbehaving and making poor choices. I wish more people were still around to help like Ms. Parrish, Mr. Mosley and Ms. Coleman!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
Wonderful, caring staff with small class sizes. Each student will benefit with more one on one attention from teachers. Great school!!!

- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 2014
Mi opinion sobre esta escuela es de que los maestros y personal educativo soy muy amables tanto con los padres de familia como con los alumnos,

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
PACS is a caring community of professionals doing their best to benefit students. There is a fairly diverse student population working together to strive for success. The new sports programs are an excellent addition to the school climate. The theatre program offers a uniqe opportunity for students to find a love for performance and to utilize their creative and public speaking talents. The Paragon curriculum offers a contiued emphasis on the humaities and history that is so often lacking, as other schools cut programs to focus only on reading and math. Though there is always room for improvement, the staff is working hard to see that everything is done to ensure that each student has a positve and productive educational experience here at PACS.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
Phoenix Advantage Charter School proves they are determined to be instrumental in providing the pathway to have all children reach their highest potential. They do not just hope for higher test scores, they are proactive in reaching their goals because they know how important it is for the students to do well as they pursue higher academic interests. ' The students learn a wide spread of fascinating historical themes through Paragon, and the kids love it. They are getting an intense education that not many schools in Phoenix offer.

- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2012
My daughter is on her second year here! Happily on the Principals list for straight A's. The school is wonderful. The new principal is caring and is going to take the school to the next level!! I highly recommend the school!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
I Personally really like this school . I Think teachers here really give the students the attention they need , but some students just don't know how to appreciate it and instead they decide to just play around . The 8th & 7th grade teachers that were there throughout the class of 2010-2011 are amazing ! Too bad they moved from that school , but they actually cared for their students , and wanted them to succeed . And the trip they made to Washington DC is what I really liked the most because the 8th grade Students had the opportunity to learn more about history . Honestly the only thing I think is wrong with the school is the Principal he's really not all that involved with the students , &he always seems to be in such a bad mood , Also some staff members that are really rude , and they really don't know how to be more kind to the students &parents , other than that I really like this school , and I would recommend it .

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
I would not recommend this school to anyone, especially if your student is at a highter ability level. This school is great for ESL students or low ability level students who need extra help. Students are not stimulated enough. The six grade teachers are great and do their best to accomodate all learning abilities. However, with such a limited curriculum and all the stuff put on their shoulders they shouldn't have to take time away from their personal time to make accomodations for all the students, when those accomodations should already be available within their curriculum for the students. In addition, what will those accomodations change if they don't even do the work that is given to them much less turn it in for a grade. Parents at this school are not very hands on and when they see their students grades, they are seriously stunned to see that their child is failing or nor doing so well in certain subjects. They blame the teachers however, when do we as parents take responsibility and say, wheres your homework? You know the consequences for having bad grades...etx. However, these kids don't have any consequences at home nor at school.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
Since they brought in the new principal 3 years ago, test scores have plummeted. I think that speaks for itself.

- submitted by a community member
July 07, 2010
DON'T BRING your children there!!!!!!! i went there for 7 years (kinder - 6th) me and my cousin we the ONLY smart ones. unfortunately we were the ONLY ones that were bored. and that was because we were the only ones to get the work done faster and correctly!! PACS is NOT EVEN a performing school!!! The only good teacher there is Ms. Weisberg!! DO NOT GO TO PACS!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 17, 2010
DON'T bring your children to this school ! My granddaugher went there for 6th grade the teacher never gave them any homework, he said" why they never turn it in." Some of the front office staff are rude and treat you like your crazy. Mr Burns and Mr Rowe have no idea how to run a school. If there's a problem they try to run and hide from you. You'll save your self a lot of headaches by not taking your kids here!! The food they feed the kids for lunch is below standards if you want them to eat burrito's and pizza everyday. The parking to pick your kids up is down right ridiculous if you want to stay in line till every kid gets out of school. The before and after program is the only good thing about this school !!!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
I have had my student at this school, he has done great and I have also had my friends kids come here the ones that have moved from 8th grade had all gone to honors classes in high school, I guess it depends on the student if they want to learn they learn if they just come to school to play and dont have the support from the parent at home to be hard on them and make sure they know that school comes first. I really like this school granted it has gone thru some changes and yes this principal may not be as social

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
Teachers have no control over kids, admin has no clue how to handle discipline.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2008
My son went for first grade at this school and have Ms. Medina as his teacher, He had a wonderful year. I move him to another charter school he went there for 4 years. Then that school make changes that I as a parent did not agree so I move him back to PACS, this was a big mistake, somebody said; ' theacher don't have control of the students' that is so true. The teacher there are not in love in what they do. My son was not challenge enought, he was wore all the time...

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Unfortunately my daughter didn't have Mrs. Kleinman but for only a few days. She was great but the school overall couldn't cut it. I recently pulled my daughters due to the constant problems with the school. I refuse to have my girls in this environment. We found a much better and more disciplined school that will prepare my girls for their futures. I wouldn't refer any of my friends or family members to this school. The new principal has his work cut out for him.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
Safety and discipline, two important words that this school doesn't care about. My daughter has seen fights and drugs at Phoenix Advantage. Its a disadvantage to my girls. Lack of discipline, no consequences, unsafe. I pulled my kids out, enough is enough and we will not be back.

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July 15, 2007
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July 12, 2007
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no rating July 11, 2007
I have to laugh after reading that post about cloning, if anything Mrs. Kleinman should be cloned. She has a professionalism that is amazing, she has the credentials and knowledge to be in a teaching postition. She is by far one of the best and most dedicated teachers that school has.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
I am a very concerned parent, this is my son's second year attending this school and I am very unsatisfied with the school. The teachers or the principal is not passionate about their jobs. My son has a behavior problems with that being said my son and I have been treated like criminals. Instead of attempting to help the situation they decided it s easier to outcast my son. In addition, I believe the safety of the kids should be questioned. I have had a situation with another parent putting her hands on my son and verbally abusing him with very foul language.I was told the mother was mentally unstable; however they continue to allow her around the kids. Overall this school has a lot of problems and I would not recommend any parents put their child in this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
I had 2 of my children attending school there when they first started attending school it was great my kids loved it its sad to say over the 2 years the school has really taken a dive for the worst.They have no control over the students I had to take my children out and enroll them in a public shool and I was told my children are really behind there fore my son was held back.I do not recommend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
I have two boys who attend this school and when my children first started this school I thought it was a pretty good school. My children both had wonderful teachers and that really made me think the school was good. Until there teachers both left. This school has a lot of things they need to work on. I feel the children should be able to move on to the next level.

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December 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2006
The staff at phoenix advantage knows nothing about education. The administraters are just there for the big paycheck. If your child attends this school, I challenge you to walk around and observe the robots your children are turning to.

- submitted by a teacher
October 03, 2006
I am a concerned parent. My child has been attending this school for two years. I have been very pleased until this year. It seems that the school is only concerned about receiving a check for children these days. Instead of teaching the children. The staff is very disorganized and out of control.

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October 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My child attended this school for two years (K-1) and we had a great experience at this school. The teachers and support staff were hard-working and established a personal relationship with me and my son especially the after-care program. My son was heartbroken to have to leave his friends, but we have moved to Avondale and the commute is too long for him to attend Phoenix Advantage. I would encourage anyone who wants to send their child to a quality school with a challenging curriculum, supportive staff, and an emphasis on teaching personal responsibility to consider this one.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2006
To start,I have very mixed thoughts on this school.At first I was very pleased with the idea of fewer students per class,thats gives more one on one to help the ones that are having problems understanding thier work.I was told no one moves on until they all understand!I find out that they seperate student having trouble and ship to anouther room. If you look at the test results (AIMS)I find myself asking is this is best for my child?If this is a performing arts shool,than why are they not performing? They worry to much about the head count of students to recieve funding that they forgot their learning needs!Stop asking for donations and teach our kids! I worried that one morning the school doors wont open. Just stick to the basics. Teach

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2006
My child accelerated at his previous school and was bored out of his mind at this school. It is a great school for ESL children, but does not have any stimulation for fast learners. The after care program was horrific! Their time spent with children was babysitting vs. structured play. They let children play on the internet with no supervision, allowed them to listen to provacative radio music and did not effectively discipline. I regret having left my child in their care.

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June 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
The teachers here are great! They love their jobs and it shows in the quality education that they provide to their students.

- submitted by a teacher
March 06, 2006
I have volunteered to be an active parent on many levels at this school, and never receive feedback from the school. There is no PTA, and very little in the way of art, music, or other extracurricular activities. Even more disturbing, children that are ahead of the curve are forced to just sit and wait for the other children to catch up instead of being given some sort of independent study to challenge them, even when this is requested by the parent. I would not recommend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
Great place..Awsome, caring staff

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2005
The students are the focus. Core subjects are taught in the morning along with a very hands-on social studies program. There has been an improvement in providing the students with extracurricular activities especially in sports.

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August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
July 22, 2005
I pulled my daughter out of this school after 4 1/2 dreadful months. She entered Kindergarten there as a 4-year-old who already knew how to read early chapter books, but there was nothing in the class program to accommodate her ability level. She had to endure boring lessons where the teacher pointed to pictures and asked, 'What is this?' Students: 'A ball.' Teacher: 'A what?' Students: 'A ball.' Teacher: 'Yes, a ball.' I helped out in the classroom two days a week and thought I'd die of boredom. In all the hours I volunteered there, only two books were read aloud to the children that I saw. Shameful. The school is definitely geared towards kids who don't know English, but not set up in a way to help them enjoy learning it.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
THis school has done wonders for my child! I love the staff and the bilingual environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
things are much better this year, friendlier environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
I as a former teacher there , would highly suggest this school to everyone, the amount of learning that goes on there is awesome . Their teachers are great too... Mutti ( Go Wilson .)

- submitted by a teacher
February 25, 2005
Phoenix Advantage Charter School focuses on children's individual needs. Teachers work together on teams to communicate issues at each grade level to meet student needs. The children at Phoenix Advantage are very diverse, however, PACS teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all students. Each student is entitled to an equal opportunity for a quality education, and Phoenix Advantage does just that. Cultural diversity, respect and global awareness are taught at an early age through the Paragon curriculum. Starting in kindergarten, students are taught art from other cultures, music and customs.

- submitted by a teacher
January 14, 2005
My son has been going to this school since he was in kindergarton then i took him out couple years because i moved out of state then when he was in 3rd grade brought him back he is now in 5 grade.I am not happy with this school there are so many changes and no parent involvement.There are no sports activities.Teachers don't let us know anything except when they need supplys.There is lots of homework everynight and on the weekends they are very prejudice my son is mixed i am looking for a better school for my son.They do not help the kids very much.There is alot of yelling and screaming at the kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
What a wonder principal the school has in Ms. Haluska! Her recent improvements are fantastic. My child loves the school. It is a caring environment with a strong emphasis on academics. Kudos to Haluska and her team!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
The academic level is not clear, and truely depends on who you talk to. Due to the high level of new mexican americans it appears that the children may be slowed down inorder for the other students to be brought up to the standard levels. Music, art and sports are on a rotation class schedule so no student has a real chance to learn more than a surface brief review. This school asks for parent involvement but it appears that due to the significant language difficulties that parent involvement is low. Unable to guide students with the children translating. Students know more about the inner workings than necessary.

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August 26, 2004
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August 26, 2004
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May 26, 2004
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- submitted by a teacher
May 19, 2004
I am not very happy with this school. They have been under-performing for the past couple of years now. In addition to this, I called the school as a concerned parent regarding their bus stop. The neighborhood has gone down hill, with the wrong kind of people walking down the street. The school has let the bus driver constantly yell at my kids to be out of the car waiting for her to get there. I told them my concerns for the neighborhood (for safety reasons why we wait in the car) and after going over everything, they told me 'We do not care'. I told them that this is not the kind of school that I want my children going to, where the management does not care about the safety of the children. They also did nothing in regards to the bus driver yelling at my kids either.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2004
Phoenix advantage charter school has a great program called paragon which covers the history and culture of different civilizations around the world teaching students with hands on experiences.

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February 24, 2004
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Phoenix Advantage Charter School
3738 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85016
(602) 263-8777
Last modified Phoenix Advantage Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Phoenix Advantage Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top