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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.

 

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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:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stepping Stones Academy The standard for academic success is higher than the school last attended. The teachers and principle were amazing at helping my two children reach that standard. Both children were getting exceptional grades in public school but did not seem to be progressing in a way that challenged them to be the best according to their abilities. The personal attention that was put into place to make that happen made it evident that they not only wanted to raise the bar in education for them but were willing to take a personal interest in making that happen. The standard of social behavior is also high on the list of requirements. What they are receiving is not just a seat in the classroom but education that will truly give them a better chance for a good life and future. The principle and teachers have made themselves available to assist in everyway necessary to assure success in the children s education. Among the list of things that make it a great school is all the unique and positive ways they encourage the children s desire to be the best they can be. Stepping Stones makes the high standard happen by giving the support necessary to make it happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Alliger have been friends and fellow eduactors for years. They are dedicated to educating children by truly working for what is best for kids. I love the MicroScociety aspect of the school which brings real life learning to the classroom every day.


Posted March 24, 2013

Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Alliger (owner and principal) they have put their hearts and souls into this school for the last 15 year, and ask for us to just do the best we can. I have never met more commited boss's to something they believe in. The support you give us is outstanding!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 26, 2013

What a great little school we are so happy that we found! My children enjoy school and are learning so much. I have sent so many of my friends to this school and are also pleased with the progress their children are making. Thank you to the staff for all their hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

I think SSA is an amazing school where the whole child is being educated and valued as an individual. They are taught leadership, personal accountability, citizenship and has strong academics. There may not be Spanish or music but the Micro program more than makes up for it with real life application. May not be for all but we couldn't be more thrilled we are here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

We've been here five years and each year gets better. Some great changes made this year that we love. Staff is exceptional and really cares. They go above and beyond to help kids. Our questions have always been answered and staff is great answering questions after school and even week-ends. We love how everyone works together and looks like they are having fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2013

Like the small school and small classrooms but staff seems overworked and stressed especially office staff. My husband and I don't get straight answers from school. My children enjoy going to school there but there is a lot of homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2012

I love my school! The teachers help until I understand without making me feel bad. I have great friends and no bullys here.


Posted December 27, 2012

We love this school! The small school works well for our kids and the teachers are the best! They care about kids and help them learn. The principal has an open door policy so we are able to visit with her anytime. We love how she is so involved with the kids. Our kids are learning and love going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2012

Getting frustrated with principal and my child's teacher. Principal talks in circles and my child is not making progress in the classroom. Lots of homework--more like busy work! I like the small campus but I think my child is paying the price with a poor education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2012

Great school with awesome and caring staff and teachers! Above state standards with teacher/parent involvement. Thanks for the outstanding guidance you give my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

I am a mother of two children that have attended this school for two yrs. now. I also have an older child 21yr. that I experienced many other schools with. So I can say with experience that this school has really been a blessing. The class size is around 20 and if you start your child in Pre K that means they will be with the same class for 9yrs. I think that has helped my children feel a sense of belonging building close friendships with both students and parents. I gives a since of community that you don't always find in larger schools. Any time that I have had a concern I have always been able to easily schedule an appt. with the principle, etc. and when you are done you come out feeling as if you have a voice and your concerns are addressed. There is alot of family involvement and they really make a difference. We have alot of functions and no school buses so families usually go on the trips or help transport students to the fieldtrip when other parents are working/busy. We really work together. I will keep my children in this school as long as we are in driving distance:) So if you are looking for a school that you can make a difference this would be the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

My son has been attending Stepping Stones Academy since Kindergarten, and is now in 6th grade. Their standards academically are wonderful- and their standards morally are great too (which in this day and age seems to be a vital part of true growth). The teachers are experienced and have an open door policy. Parental involvement is enormously welcomed. If there are ever any conflicts, the principals are open to discussing in detail and are reasonable in responses. You are not just a number at Stepping Stones.There is a strong sense of a faculty who really likes kids and truly want what is best for them ! Safe and protected are two other descriptors I'd use for the campus... many parents and I feel extremely lucky to have a school like this in our community. SMALL class sizes, attention to detail, and an overall atmosphere of acceptance (NO bully zone and they mean it) has led my kids to thrive and take more steps in becoming academically prepared along with responsible, helpful and caring people of our future..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

I have two children in this school and could not ask for a better place. The staff, teachers, and principals are WONDERFUL. After experiencing horrific experiences in public schools- This school is heaven sent. We absolutely love the way they teach academics , kindness,and responsibilities. It is a wonderful school and proud to my children go there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

I am a student at Stepping Stones Academy. My teachers are nice, caring, and fair to me. My principals think of fun activities for the students. Many parents are involved with the school. The work is harder than my old school but the teachers make it fun.


Posted March 30, 2011

We moved our daughter to SSA right before the winter break. We are thrilled with SSA. The teachers and staff are great. Everyone at the school has welcomed our family with open arms. The school encourages parental involvement and the teachers truly care about their students. The administrators are accessible to the parents and are visible around campus every day. The academic standards are very high. However, the school also has many fun activities that the students look forward to every week. The teachers and staff not only focus on academic excellence they also emphasize the importance of kindness, manners, and responsibility. Stepping Stones also has classes that teach the students life skills and the importance of hard work and cooperation. Our family feels very blessed to have found a school like stepping Stones Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

My son had a horrible experience at this school! This is my story. I enrolled my son into this school and he was able to adjust well. He was very well liked and I had thought I found the perfect school. This is a very small school: the entire middle school population was around 25 children. My son started to have some issues with four boys at the school. At first he just brushed it off because he knew they were a little rough around the edges. It became unacceptable when these boys began extreme bullying tactics. When I brought this to the attention of the office, I felt they were extremely unprofessional in handling this situation. After allowing the school two weeks to remedy the situation, I realized they were not capable. The bullying was so extreme that I could not allow my son to be in such an environment. We were shocked and disappointed that our only option to resolve this problem was to leave the school. In my opinion the school culture cultivates bullying and this is apparent in the middle school grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2010

I wonder if parents actually ask the kids if they like this school, because I highly disliked it. There was no P.E., art, or music! I missed that alot. The classes were so small, and I did not have a lot of friends. I dreaded micro EVERY day. When I got to my new school, I was behind in so many classes. I was soooooooooooo happy once I got out of the school. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone!


Posted August 11, 2010

We LOVE this school. Better yet, our children love going there. We are very pleased with the quality of teachers they hire. The principals are great and very friendly. They know every child and seem to know every family. It's a great family environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

Great job of teaching kids academics and accountability. Kids excell in scholastic and social skills
—Submitted by a parent


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.

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72%

2012

 
 
80%

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100%

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58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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90%

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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.

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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.

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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 42%
Hispanic 12% 42%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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
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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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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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