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Whispering Wind Academy

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 28, 2014

Let me first begin by saying that all the staff we have encountered at this school have been very professional and friendly. Our child has been attending this school for 2 yrs. and only now do they seem interested in doing extensive testing to see if there are any possible learning issues. Both my husband and I have voiced our concerns and have felt unheard due to lack of action on their part. We are frustrated and looking for a better alternative at this point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

This school has had a lot of change over the last couple of years. There seems to be no real leadership or vision for the school anymore which is sad because we sent our child there for the STEM program but it doesn't seem to be a priority any longer. We will be looking for a new school for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

We have been at this school threw 3 prinicpals & the current principle is AWEFUL. My kids have been called liars by the principal to other children. He tells the kids to come talk to him if they dont agree with something than he argues with them that they are wrong instead of listening to them. My daughter has been choked by a boy & then my other child was threatened by the boys mother in the front office. My daughter got in trouble for defending herself & taken into the principals office w/the boy & the princpal he then made both kids sign a document w/out another adult present. The principal didnt even call me until 6pm to explain what happened. 2 of my other kids tried to explain what happened during the incident & were told to stay out of it & the duty aides did nothing to stop the fight when they were in formed of it. The PE coach has yelled at kids in their face & belittled them in front of classmates. Ive had to go to district to get the nurse to look into a matter more. Over all I would never recommend this school & are happy to be leaving as I dont want my current kids or Kindergartener going there. I will dearly miss some teachers that we have been w/for years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

Yes that s right school doesn t only need a good principal but need to change some of the staff too. Some of the teachers are really good but others I regret sending my child to this school, soon she will be going to better school. Any way we drive so we rather drive them to better school. If your kids are smart, always get good grads and you always work with them on their studies don t keep them here, especially if they are gifted. Because you expect staff should be friendly and encouraging and towards education. But forget about cooperative and encouraging this schools gifted services staff is unfriendly, dominative, and BULLY. And I think its quite natural because talking to principal does not make any difference. Everybody in school is focus towards fund raising events/things and making money. Forget about kids and forget about education. Being a parent we need to move our kids to education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

This school used to be A+. After Mr. Clancy left the school went down hill. The new principal just doesn't work for this school. This used to be one of the best schools in the district but not anymore. The support isn't that great and the teachers seem defeated. Get a new principal and get the moral back up with the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

We have loved this school so far. Mandarin Chinese is a great language to learn since it is spoken by the largest number of people in the world. There is always communication between the parents and teachers/principal. I am happy my son gets to be apart of the school as is he. He's always got a smile on his face when he comes home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

School allows teachers to feed kids sweets in class without first asking for parent consent. The school promotes fast food by partnering with McDonald's for events. An important part of learning is promoted by a healthy clean diet. The school seems behind on the math curriculum. They teach Mandarin Chinese and do not offer Spanish. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the States! They could offer more music class sessions. Music class is proven to improve a child's IQ. P.E. is also not offered throughout the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

My daughter has attended the school for 2 years. One thing that I like about and I think is extremely important for the school's progress is what kind of principal there is. The previous principal was a great person and very close with the students. The current principal is even better. He is a very down-to-earth person who will take the time to listen to your concerns. He is always outside telling kids goodbye at the end of the day and making sure they cross the streets safely. He goes the extra mile. Teachers are happy with him too as he has provided them with much wanted improvements and technology in their classrooms. The teachers in WWA are nice and constantly make interesting projects for the kids to do. Overall a nice school, but I don't know why its rating dropped so much. Used to be a 9/10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2011

My kids have been going to WWA for 5 yrs. now and we have seen a tremendous change... When Mr. Clancy came on board, the moral, integrity & philosophy really kicked in to overdrive. The teachers and faculty on various occasions commented how they are really enjoying coming to work now. It has shown in so many ways. There is a real sense of team work. No more... The leadership is an equal playing field. Even the students are more inspired... It seems that everyone lights up when they interact with Mr. Clancy. However... With the New School year 2011 comes a New Principal... We are hopeful ... although many think he has some big shoes to fill. We know it is not far to judge & we will certainly go into this with an open mind. We already miss Mr. Clancy and will always have fond memories... We wish him well at Desert Shadows and maybe we will be lucky enough to share his leadership again when my 3 move onto middle school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

My son is in 5th grade and we moved to phoenix last year.he came in the middle of the school year and he was welcomed into the class. the teachers are good. especially the gifted and talented teacher.he is also in the school band.it is quite an enriching experience for my son.i love this school. planning to put my younger kid in kindergarten during fall this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

The teachers and administration at this school are great... Helpful, knowledgable, flexible and very approachable. The only negative really is the lack of funding for improved teacher to student ratio throughout the upper grades. Parent involvement could improve as well. Overall we have had a very positive experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

This school has excellent teachers. the new principal is now getting rid of the teachers that made this school excelling. The philisophy has changed. Excellent teachers, Worst principal ever, No vision or importance for academic programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2011

Our child has been at WWA since first grade and is now in sixth. At that time, we were changing from private because we felt the experience in private was too culturally limited. WWA has been a great public school experience: students from a diverse social and economic background coming together under the school motto of work hard, be nice, and achieve. The new Principal's leadership is greatly positive and supportive--he leads a staff that is 100% enthusiastic about education and love teaching above all else. He has made it a point to get to know each and every student. The Special Areas Teams complete a rounded education that every student enjoys. The PVUSD gifted teachers and experience is amazing. I give the school 5 stars for their community, school, and staff. My one wish is that the District would find the money to restore the smaller class sizes to the upper elementary grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

Unlike private (but expensive) schools, teachers and principals in public schools don't get their salaries from families payments. As a result, treatment of children and parents depends on the principal's philosophy. The new principal has the old fashioned view that faculty is always above students and parents too. The school now has some teachers that academically don t know much more than their students, and don t even care. The grading standards of tests are becoming of low quality, but cannot be challenged. Realizing that they are well supported by the new principal, some teachers are becoming increasingly rude to both students and parents alike. I can t give details because of the space limits for the reviews here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2009

The new year has started with a new principal. He seems very dedicated and will ing to make positive changes. The only drawback this year, due to budget cuts, is 4th,5th and 6th grade have only 2 teachers per grade with 30 plus students in each class. There were aides for kindergarten and 1st grade (no aides for 2nd-6th grade) and the aide positions were cut too. The school is a great school and if/and when a budget gets passed and classes can get back to normal this school will really be the school it should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2009

I have a student beginning second grade in the fall. We searched several public and charter schools in the area, and found the staff to be the most welcoming and informative, the class size to be good, with an aide in the room as well, and just a really good energy overall. We drive her 5 miles each way, and wouldn't do it any other way. The teachers really care about her education and about our interaction with them. They help us know what to work on for homework and give us fun games to play. All the 1st grade teachers were invested in our student, know her by name and let us know what's up. When I call the office to talk about her, the staff knows who I am as well. Can't wait for 2nd grade to start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

This school is great! I absolutely love it!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2008

My daughter started her education at Whispering Wind on an inter district transfer as we live closer to another school. I would not hesitate in highly recommending this school to any parent that is up in the air about which school to send their children to. The teachers, principal and admin staff are all amazing! We couldn't be happier with our choice in schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

My children have excelled at this school. The students are diverse and give students a view of the world as it truly exists. Mr. Gilchrest extremely insightful in his approaches to solving problems with parents and students. I know my voice is heard, and that the decision is always in the best interest of the children (not the adults.) All the home room teachers have been excellent! The P.E., library, and chorus teachers provide exceptional activities for the kids, including extra before school clubs for the older kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

Whispering Wind is an excellent school. The community atmosphere fosters kind behavior between students and creates a conducive environment in which to learn. Administration, faculty and staff are all education and student focused. We are very happy.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "Excelling".

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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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 68% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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15844 North 43rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Phone: (602) 449-7300

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