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Ridgeline Academy

Charter | K-8 | 546 students

Our school is best known as a rigorous, but loving, Core Knowledge academy.

 

Living in Phoenix

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $220,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 15 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted July 25, 2014

Son loves it there. They r proactive in positive relationships from the start whether bullying, repairing friendships, grades , creating confidence to maintain strong inner/outer being, and promoting leadership &recognition. They teach reason, confidence, morals, and how to work things out on their own for life encounters . Mom won't always be there to protect them. I love the strength, courage, &onfidence they've given my son and the comfort I have that when I pick him up he's going to say he had a good day and not cry. Staff "team" create confident happy learning environment for the kids. Yay booster club! Nice to attend school events after work. I don't miss son programs any more because they r held with the working parents in mind The kids like positive structure. They like having a fun principal that is serious when it comes time to be serious and that is fun loving and caring too. This is important for children's success and desire to learn, maintain ethics &develop good natured character. Principals/ teachers get the kids attention, respect/ friendship -are able to get the kids to listen and care about their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2014

If you're reading comments about bullying - know that it was all in one classroom with one bunch of kids last year. We have had two kids at Ridgeline going on 3 years now. We have NEVER seen any bullying first hand. My kids are both happy to go to school. Ridgeline is a new school and we have seen improvements in policies and staff every year. I'm confident that 2014-15 will be a strong year for Ridgeline and our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2014

The "leadership" of this school is an absolute joke. The director would rather be the "cool guy" than do his job in an effective and professional manner. Bullying is widespread and is never addressed when brought to the attention of the school director. I never thought I would say this but the local public school provides a safer environment. Think twice before choosing Ridgeline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

This school lacks a school wide discipline plan and leadership. The special ed department could be more effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

Ridgeline is a GREAT school in the Anthem/ Tramonto/ Desert Hills area. The Teachers are very dedicated. The Staff is personable, friendly and helpful to kids and Parents alike. The Principal is a GREAT FIND! He cares about his students and it REALLY shows. The Vice Principal and his staff are Awesome. The Booster Club is a GREAT Group and Really Cares about the school. My kids have been challenged in their studies and have benefited from that. A wonderful school I see it only Improving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

In the year and a half that my children have attended Ridgeline Academy, I have seen remarkable growth coupled with tremendous joy and excitement about attending school. Academically, they have both developed so much. The Core Knowledge curriculum means that, while in different grades, my children are learning about some of the same things at the same time (at a level appropriate for each). Listening to them chat about things like the Underground Railroad, Lincoln's assassination and ancient Egypt in the backseat of the car is pretty fun! PLUS, they're learning a foreign language from kindergarten and up. That alone puts them so far ahead of other kids. Beyond that, they are loved, cared for and respected by the entire staff at Ridgeline. Not only do their immediate teachers know and love them, other staff and teachers throughout the school demonstrate that same attention. This is a small school with small class sizes, an intimate teaching environment and a strong commitment to excellence in both academics and character. I'm a very happy parent and can't wait to see what's to come!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2014

Lack of discipline. Teachers leaving midyear and not being allowed back on last day. Some things never change, and this school is one of those. History continues to repeat itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

This is our second year and we are extremely happy with Ridgeline and the teachers. Parent participating is welcomed as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

I am very contended to send my son to this school since 2012 August as I see him return home very happy. That was an issue I had to deal with in his last school. He was always academically sound and continues to be here too. But the main difference I notice in him is the leadership qualities that he is developing after moving to this school. Wonderful teachers and a very responsible and efficient Principal. They let my son group with other kids who are good in academics and let them advance. They also have a load of extra-curricular ranging from drama club to soccer you can choose based on the student s interest and capacity. My son is tiny and was a target for bully in all the schools he went to earlier. I don t hear anything of that sort from him in this school. He did get into a small trouble last year but the teachers and principal worked together with me to get that corrected and never let him fall into the cracks. I hope they open the high school close by soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

My daughter has attended Kindergarten and 1st grade at Ridgeline. Both teachers have been phenomenal! They care deeply for the individual success of each student. They communicate with parents WEEKLY. I get emails of what is going on in their classroom and additional web links for home to support what they are teaching. I know that my daughter has learned much more material at Ridgeline than she would have learned in a public school. Ridgeline Academy has a small school feel with a lot of compassion for turning out highly educated students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2014

This school needs supervision over it's special education department staff & the Principal. This school discriminates children with special needs. In this day and age you would be surprised what happens behind closed doors. Horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

We moved our daughter over from a 'traditional' style charter school and find the philosophy at Ridgeline a much better fit. Her teacher is able to consider her learning style and actively works with her/us to provide the best education. It is apparent that they use current understandings of how children learn to shape the curriculum. The Odyssey Learning program is so engaging for kids that my daughter asks to use it in her free time. On a personal note, they went out of their way to make my daughter feel comfortable in her new school. Also, the staff and teachers all seem happy to be there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Ridgeline has done miracles with my kids. Coming from a school with no communication, care and too many students.....it is awesome!!! My children are getting the obe on one attention they need. I love all of the tutoring options too. My special needs daughter has improved above and beyond my expectations. I adore the staff and how much they all care about the kids! An A+ in my book!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

This school is amazing in every way. Great teachers, great activities, rigorous curriculum and an overall terrific environment. Best school in the area by far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

We love Ridgeline. We attended a charter school then to public school. Well her we are in 7th grade. I love the fact that they care! Love the sports!! My child is doing great! Highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

Two of my children attend. The teachers are awesome! All of them from the Spanish teacher to the pe teacher! Everyone is so nice. Kids are so happy! We are here to stay!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

My son started in kindergarten here last year he couldn't read, he is nowreading at a 3-4 grade level. I brought my daughter year this year where see began sixth grade, she is not only academically excelling but socially so happy. From the kids to the teachers everyone is so excepting and open hearted. I love the small family feeling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I am so happy with this school! With so many options I had a really hard time deciding where to send my daughter. Within the first week I knew I had made the right decision. Great communication between parents, staff and teachers. Love the excitement revolved around learning, athletics and extracurricular activities. The smile on my daughters face each day confirms it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I really like that school because teachers keep open communicating with us about my kids. My kids love school because they like their teachers very much. I believe teachers did great job! I am glad that this school gives positive environment for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

This school allows bullying. The Principle and teacher turn their heads the other way. School doesn't have a good special education program.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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55%

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67%

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90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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82%

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92%

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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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
57%

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38%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
100%

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n/a

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38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
100%

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n/a

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77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

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100%

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n/a

2010

 
 
46%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
50%

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n/a

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50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
50%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%

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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.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

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n/a

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50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
n/a

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n/a

2010

 
 
71%
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 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 74% 42%
Hispanic 15% 43%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 43%N/A49%
Male 57%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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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
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Keven Barker
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 488-2079

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • 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
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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
166
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
280
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33625 N. North Valley Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85085
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Phone: (623) 223-1335

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