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Amerischools Academy - Camelback

Charter | K-8 | 170 students

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted June 25, 2014

My family moved from South Chandler to Phoenix last year and I wanted to find a school that would help my son and be an easy transition on him. I have to say that I am NOT disappointed with Amerischools Academy! He has had a few struggles in math but his teacher Mrs. Starkins was amazing and did one on one work with him after school as well as kept me updated. they also have a chess team which is a HUGE bonus for him and he even won tournaments against other schools. My daughter will be starting Kindergarden here and I have no doubt that she will be in great hands with the staff and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2014

This is a terrific school to work at. The staff is wonderful and the kids are great. I enjoy teaching there because of the freedom I have to be creative in my lesson planning. There is no better choice for a charter school than AmeriSchools. The students are able to learn and grow in a nurturing, supportive, positive atmosphere. They receive a well-rounded education especially with the technology, specials classes, and extra curricular activities that are available. I highly recommend AmeriSchools! - JG
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 13, 2014

I truly love teaching at Amerischools Academy - Camelback. I enjoy the flexibility of the curriculum and the encouragement to try new teaching strategies. All of the staff at Amerischools are dedicated and talented individuals that truly care about each student. The students that attend Amerischools contribute to an amazingly supportive atmosphere. The freedom to create a variety of clubs and events for students allows me to share even more of my own hobbies and knowledge with students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 12, 2014

AmeriSchools has really nice people, I enjoy movie night, the special showcase and that is about it. Students in elementary only have worksheets to do everyday. Children do not always excel with worksheets. I f your child understands math, reading and writing I reccomenend this school, but if you have a struggling elementary student this is not a good school. You will be asked to leave your child behind a grade, because they do not have a math specialist, and in small classes cannot help your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

I have 3 students attending AmeriSchools Academy. The staff is friendly and always look for the best interest of my children. They have a variety of clubs and sports that my kids enjoy. I also enjoy the opportunities for families to come together such as movie night. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to other families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

I have the great pleasure of working at Amerischools Camelback Campus as their interim principal. I have been a elementary school principal for 19 years at various campuses in the Phoenix area. These students are tremendous. They love to learn, they are respectful and they value their teachers expertise. What more can you ask for.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2013

I have three grandchildren who attend AmeriSchools Academy. One of my granddaughters has been going there since she was 5 years old, and she's 13 now. She does really great there and has made the National Junior Honor Society for the last three years. She's active in volleyball, bicycle club, and many other extra curricular activities that they offer. The school has done an amazing job of connecting children to something larger than themselves. My grandchildren are always excited about the next day at school and what new adventure may be in store for them.


Posted August 30, 2013

Amerischools is an amazing school with staff that truly cares for the individual success of every child. Our family has truly been blessed with the teachers and staff there at AmeriSchools. All of our children find themselves not only exceeding academically, but enriched beyond measure with a positive peer culture that has been nurtured by this phenomenal group of teachers. Their philosophies on student engagement and community learning have truly helped to inspire my children along with others to become star students. Teaching to the whole child is not only a motto they live by, but evident in the success of my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

My Son is yet to start this school.So not sure about the Environment or culture yet, however the best part about this school is that they have an early exception criteria (which most of the schools don't have in Phoenix region) and my son born in September got an admission. I am very thankful to them for saving my Kids precious one year of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

I love this school and both of my children are doing well. This will be their third year attending Amerischools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

We were looking for a charter school that gave personal attention to our child. With only 18 children in the classroom, individual attention was still not possible. The class went through 3 teachers in one year, one of which was not a certified elementary teacher, which I know is permissible, but she was unprepared for the classroom. I was also disappointed in the level of art education, the emphasis on discipline instead of learning, and the lack of creativity on behalf of the teachers. Classrooms need to have order, but when the only thing my child reported to me about the day was the new "rule" to follow or that now my child was partnered and the partners were responsible for keeping each other in line, its too bad. Needless to say, my child will not be returning for another year. THe principal was new the year my child attended and her lack of connection with the parents and with keeping us informed was sad. With such a small school, my hopes for creativity, meeting needs of the individual student, and great communication with parents was my expectation. Amerischool did not meet my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

This school was great for my older son who loves to read and is very academic. He had a great (1st year teacher) Mrs. Salle. She loved the kids and loved the class. But for my son who still gets up and moves around and can only concentrate when he is moving, he had a hard time. Over 90% of the year he came home with red for "Being out of his seat" "Calling out answers". For a boy that is full of life these traits are hard to learn. We worked with him at home, had an IEP done (that came back normal) and still with everyone involved they were unable to keep him in his room and learning. They would move him from class to class and sometimes put him in a small room right behind the administrators. I would only go back a second year because Mrs. Salle will be the teacher for my little one. Also the dean of students was very helpful, though in the end he could not help in this situation either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

I would recommend Amerischools Academy - Camelback to other parents. School has friendly and knowledgeable teachers staff, they are interested in involving parents into educational process. Children get individual attention and a good level of education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

My son attended 2 years here, grade 4-5. I have witnessed many improvements implemented. We got new principal, multiple after school activities. My son attended Montessori school before transferring here and I was glad how the transition happened. I value very much that this is a small school, with personal attention to all kids. In my opinion the teachers at Americhool make this place very unique. It's a group of people working together well, sharing with kids hobbies, experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

We were looking for a school that could handle my grandson's exceptional math and science abilities, bring his reading up to snuff and deal with his mild ADD. This school did just that. Wonderful school I highly recommend.


Posted March 23, 2011

AmeriSchools Academy is a charter on 15th Avenue and Camelback. With 200 students it allows us to express ourselves. It is a creative community that shows us different ways to show your feelings. Something unique about this school is that they follow the FISH! Philosophy. This is program to stay positive. There is Play, Make Their Day, Be There, and Choose Your Attitude. In other words, Have Fun, Be Nice, Pay Attention, and Be Happy.


Posted March 14, 2011

It takes a village to raise a child, Amerischools is a village that works together for the child, family and staff. I am proud to be a part of the village. The school offers small classes and a super supportive staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 12, 2011

This school is so open to new ideas! It is one of the last schools around that do not teach to the test, we believe that teaching the whole child is what is important. Small classes does make a difference when trying to help struggling students. The Staff is caring and always look out for each others students, this shows the students that we work as a team and we all expect the same things! As a first year teacher here I have been able to explore so many options for teaching my students, using fun ways to teach unlike the scripted methods used in other schools. We work hard, and we have high expectations but we do it all in a fun happy environment! If you are looking for a school that will keep your child safe and teach him/her how to think and make decisions rather than how to take a test than this is the school for you! I am so happy that I found AmeriSchools.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 4, 2011

This school is amazing. After working several years in a large public school district, I am so proud and thankful to now be working for the Amerischools family. The smaller class sizes means I can truly individual instruction and met the needs of EVERY child. The classrooms are huge and offer tons of natural lighting making for a superb learning environment. The children are amazing as well. The students are respectful, responsible and active in sports and their academics. I love that the school believes in inquiry, project-based learning. Something that is nearly unheard of in the larger, over-crowded public school classrooms. Students are truly engaged, challenged and balanced. GO AMERISCHOOLS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 3, 2011

The administration supports excellent teaching by providing guidance and leadership. Teachers are top-notch! Students are very friendly and active. It's a great place to go to school and a great place to teach.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

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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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
50%

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 63% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
60%

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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
35%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
100%
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

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
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 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

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
Hispanic 41% 43%
White 33% 42%
Black 14% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 80%N/A47%
Female 47%N/A49%
Male 53%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • 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)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

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 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Gordievsky
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 532-9964

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
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
Foreign languages taught
  • None
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
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cone Ball
  • Cycling
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cone Ball
  • Cycling
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

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

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • We are a public tuition free charter school that has educated kids going on 10 years and our district is starting it's 12th year. Come check us out and see how we will educate your child!
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7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
40
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
55

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
8th graders have a choice of high school they would like to attend
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1333 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Phone: (602) 532-0100

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