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Stepping Stones Academy

Charter | PK-8 | 220 students

Our school is best known for its high academics on a small, friendly campus.

 

Living in Phoenix

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $199,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,230.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted November 10, 2005

We love this school! My kids have been attending Stepping Stones for three years. We do not have to worry about them being bullied, made fun of, or called mean names. The small school is like its own community. If we have any concerns, the teachers and principals are always willing to listen and help out. We know our son and daughter are getting the best education. And we are having fun watching our kids learn so much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2005

Solid academic program. Good intentioned administration. Some turnover among teachers that is atypical and can be viewed as disruptive when it comes in the last 6 weeks of school. Stringent rules - that some children need and other will find very constrictive. Not all the rules are aligned with what a parents home practices may be. Keep this in mind as they are not 'bad' just restrictive. Limited resources - no extracurricular activities. Interesting academics - such as micro society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2004

I think it's an O.K. school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

Excellent school for those that want a smaller classroom environment. As with most Charter Schools there are limiited resources, bussing, lunches, after school activities. Please take that into consideration. Couple of unique programs at this school including Micro Society. Very inventive and intersting to the children. Teacher range from average to outstanding. Head staff is at the outstanding end. Very caring and passionate about their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2004

Great teachers and support staff. Wish extracurricular activities were offered!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2004

The staff is wonderful. Academics are first rate. The school would benefit from some type of sports activities for the older kids, however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2004

My son loves going to this school! He has many friends and is learning so much. The work challenges him and the teachers are so helpful! I really like the friendliness of all of the teachers and other staff. They make me feel welcome whenever I visit school or just call on the phone, plus I know my son is in good hands with people who really care about him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2003

Stepping Stones Academy is awesome! My daughter was very apprehensive about entering an extremly large, overcrowded new school, then we heard about S.S.A. The staff, administration and the students welcomed our family and treated us as if we were 'family'! My daughter has felt safe, gained self esteem and progressed in all her academic classes! The friendly, energic, knowledgeable staff definitely strives to go that extra mile, with each and every student. Our family is looking forward to another great year at Stepping Stones Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2003

Stepping Stones Academy pushes kids too hard. Even the homework in kindergarten is astounding. The principals are unwilling to listen and the teachers are too strict, overbearing, and even grouchy and definitely nit-picky. I could make a list a thousand words long! Everything is one-sided. A group of parents speaking on an issue makes no difference to these educators. My child hated going to school every day. It was a fight to get him to go. Once I changed schools, his outlook on schooling completely changed. He is actually beginning to learn in his new, upbeat, challenging environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

This school has had many problems that have been brought up by many parents (example: inapporopirate discipline, sexual discrimination) The directors of this school are fast talkers and talk their way out of actually dealing with parents concerns or problems...Their philosophy of only good kids need to learn unacceptable to me and my family has been removed from this school, due to this and many other issues.


Posted March 28, 2003

Having my child in this school has been a wonderful experience for me. I have been amazed at the academic progress my son has made. This school is more like an extended family. All of the schools staff and teachers know every child by name and even their parents too! The MicroSociety and Character Counts programs are teaching my son skills that will be so critical for success later in life.


Posted October 15, 2002

The school is committed to creating responsible children. Their dedication goes beyond their expected responsibilities. They are always striving to improve. Keep it up.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
71%

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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
92%
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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 83% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Black 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

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)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
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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 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dedre Alliger
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Visit campus
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 587-8514

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Honors track
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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Dance club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • 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?


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


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
215
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
245
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35812 North 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85086
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Phone: (623) 465-4910

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