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Biltmore Preparatory Academy

Public | K-8 | 300 students

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted April 8, 2014

Biltmore Preparatory has turned out to be an excellent choice for us. We are approaching the end of our son's 2nd year (2 grade) there and we have no plans of moving schools in the future. We originally chose this school based on their curriculum and the genuine personality that principle Ms. Burtamekh has. I love that Burtamekh knows almost every family, says hello and makes us feel welcomed everyday. The office staff is always friendly and helpful. Every teacher my son has had has been professional and capable. Our son is in gifted & Spanish immersion and I am constantly impressed by the material he's learning. They even have homework on Apple Ipads a few times during the week, which is both fun for the kids and relevant in our technologically driven world. I feel that there is not a lot of hype surrounding BPA (as there is around other comparable schools in the general area) which is what I like about it. It's a great school that is known to be wonderful by the families that attend. I hope it continues to succeed and enhance the learning environment for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2013

I attended this school as a young girl when it was Squaw Peak many years ago and boy has it evolved! Biltmore Prep is a one of a kind school. The teachers and parents are super involved in the education and well-being of the children. I drive 30 miles one way to bring my daughter to school here and every penny I spend on gas is well worth it. My programs are diverse. The focus on furthering education is always a priority to the teachers. I am so pleased with this school and the tools it has given my daughter. From the Janitors to the Principle, everyone is equal and so deserving of praise. This is not a school for slackers or naughty behavior, however if you or your child suffers from those things, this staff is well equipped to nip it in the butt. They hold ever person accountable and it makes for responsible parents, teachers & children. If I could give Biltmore 10 stars I would. I am sad to say we will miss Biltmore as we are needing to move out of state. I just pray we can find another school as wonderful. THANK YOU BILTMORE PREP FOR SUCH OUTSTANDING CARE THIS YEAR!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

So far this school and the teachers have been excellent. We are really loving the Spanish immersion program. We live out of district so we feel extremely lucky to be attending such a great school! It's nice to see all the teachers and parents taking so much pride in our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Biltmore Prep Academy is an amazing and wonderful school. The parents and teachers are very involved with making this school the best for our kids. Being our first year we are extremely happy so far. Communication is excellent and our kids couldn't be happier. The teachers here are truly amazing!! We came here for the Spanish immersion program which is excellent and so glad we did!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

Teachers are engaged and intentional, knowledgeable and caring. Parents are involved and support the school and their child's education. Organized and thoughtful through and through. Excellent communication. Principal is committed to excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

We love Biltmore Prep! The teachers and staff are so dedicated to enhancing my children's education, they go out of their way each and every day to ensure the students receive a high quality education. The curriculum is challenging; parents are encouraged to get involved; there are tons of extracurricular activities to choose from; and my children are thriving. What's not to love!?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My daughter has been here for 3 years and my son just started kindergarten. We feel so blessed to have found the hidden gem in our neighborhood. we actually bought our house to be in the Madison district but went here instead because of the raving reviews from other parents. the staff here is amazing.Teachers go above and beyond. My kids are in the Foreign language immersion program. highly recommend it. the principal is dedicated to improving the school and parents are very involved. Nothing bad to say!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

Biltmore Prep is an amazing school! Choosing the right school for my children was daunting considering the options we are offered through open enrollment in Arizona. I am so incredibly pleased that we went with BPA. Our kids are in the foreign language immersion program and are receiving an amazing comprehensive education. The entire faculty and staff are kind, courteous, and knowledgeable. It's obvious they love what they do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

Biltmore Prep Academy is a great school. Each year it gets better and better. The Staff is great and easy to communicate with. The school concentrates on the development for each student. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

Biltmore Prep is the best! I love that my children will be bilingual, and the school offers many excellent after school enrichment activities, such as Chinese, First Lego League, Piano, Violin, Soccer, Chess, Choir, and Gymnastics, in addition to competitive inter-scholastic athletics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

Biltmore Preparatory Academy has a wonderful Foreign Language Immersion program, and some truly exceptional teachers. I have seen my children thrive in their classrooms! There are many opportunities for parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Biltmore Prepatory Academy is an amazing school with dedicated staff and parents. BPA offers my child an excellent bilingual education in a caring and intimate setting. The teachers, staff, and principal are commited to excellence and the education of our children. The parental community is dedicated to the students and school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2013

We transferred our daughter to Biltmore Prep for the Foreign Language Immersion program. She learns half the day in Spanish, and the other half in English, and we are thrilled that she will be bilingual at such an early age. Her teachers are truly gifted you can tell there is a great bit of thought put into every minute of classroom time and every homework assignment (there is no busy work here). The administration and the parent community helped to make her transition very smooth, and we have been very pleased with our decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

No other school has a happy office staff...need i say more. :) Band starts @ forth grade. English instruction before lunch and Spanish instruction after; starting in kindergarten. Breakfast in classroom. Parents have to invest 40 hrs a yr. My kindergartner wakes me up to take him to school almost every morning! and my 4th &2nd grader are right behind him. The only reason this school is not a 10 is because they are diverse and take every child and not just the high scoring ones, IMHO. This school is the one! -Brian
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2012

I love my child's first grade teachers! They inspire and motivate, and think of new, creative ways to make learning fun. They are challenging my child, all while being kind and nurturing. The level of parental involvement and support at the school is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2011

Squaw Peak is truly an awesome school! With wonderful staff, lot's of electives, and excellerated cirruclium, I couldn't ask for more from this school. For my daughters 6th grade school, I moved her from Christ Lutheran to Squaw Peak because of problems with bullying, and although i was nervous at first, i couldn't be happier. Squaw Peak (or Biltmore Prep. Academy as of the 2011 school year) is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

Well Kindergarten is over and it's on to first grade at Squaw Peak Traditional. What a great year. The teachers are true professionals who connected so well with our child and the rest of the class. Class size is small, and the school is a fun and loving community that feels like a second home. The Spanish immersion adds so much to the program and the kids just love it and think it's normal. I can't wait to see where this school goes over the next few years. We simply couldn't be more satisfied or feel more lucky to have such a great public school in our neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

My son just his first year in the Foreign Language Immersion program at this school. He knows so much Spanish I am amazed. His knowledge of English and sight words, as an emerging reader, is impressive as well. By the end of the school year they were working on math that my 2nd grader (at another school) did in the beginning of second grade. I think the advanced curriculum at this school is challenging without being overwhelming. I simply cannot say enough good things about the school, his teacher or the prinicpal. You all have my full support!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

I find SPTA to be a place of warmth, growth and acceptance. The new principal, Mrs. Burtamekh has truly contributed to this very positive environment and has continued the positive change that the last principal and district started. Unfortunately, she does have her hands full. Our community is extremely demanding in many ways (and it should be.) Some of the teachers at the school are not happy and they contribute disharmony to the school and the administrators by being negative. Thankfully, the school is getting better at combatting these issues and once the unhappy, negative people start vacating this otherwise wonderful campus things can only improve! I look forward to meeting the new teachers and am excited about all we will accomplish in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

Our child has learned so much this year! She loves her teachers, is excited to go to school each day, and is doing challenging work well beyond her grade level. There are small classes, technology, music, art, after school chess, soccer & tennis programs, and on top of it all, she is learning Spanish every day as part of an immersion program. I was nervous about making the switch to this school, but I am so happy we did!
—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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
60%
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 58% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
77%
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
Hispanic 45% 42%
White 39% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 6%
Black 6% 5%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • We're an A rated school (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
Clubs
  • Gardening
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Faith Burtamekh
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 381-6170

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • intramural soccer ages 5-8
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • intramural soccer ages 5-8

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
  • Uniforms
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  • Enroll at Biltmore Preparatory Academy and climb the trail to academic success! Nestled in a shaded established neighborhood below Camelback Road, we offer a traditional school with traditional values. Our safe and secure neighborhood campus offers expanded opportunities for students to be immersed in Spanish, travel the world as a Junior Ambassador while excelling in a rigorous high quality curriculum. We are proud to be an &#34A&#34 rated school with a long history of high scores and a vision for our future that “We won’t stop succeeding until we’re exceeding”. Our teachers are hand-picked to be caring professionals with your student’s future in mind. We recognize that every family has different needs and priorities when choosing a school. Biltmore Preparatory Academy offers the neighborhood and surrounding area a blend of traditional educational values with today’s technology and provides a structured setting with consistent academics and expectations from year to year. Biltmore Preparatory Academy is a small school combining two powerful forces – caring parents and quality teachers – to provide a challenging academic environment for ALL students – kindergarten through 8th grade. Come join us! Faith Burtamekh Principal
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
North High School
Arcadia High School
Camelback High School
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4601 N. 34th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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