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Imagine Bell Canyon

Charter | PK-8 | 455 students

We are best known for small class sizes.
 
 

 
 

Living in Phoenix

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $81,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 88 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted April 22, 2014

Imagine Bell Canyon is an amazing school with an amazing staff!! keep up the great work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

My child's school is Imagine School at Bell Canyon and started there as a Kindergartener and is now in 2nd grade accelerated classes. So far the last 3 years have been great and I feel as if he is getting a good education and good examples from the teachers of how leaders should be. I plan on keeping him there through 8th grade. They recently got a new principal and from what I can see already, this was a GREAT move for the school and I see it going well already. Having my son in a Micro Society school has been wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

I have been apart of the Imagine family for the last 3 years. All of my children go to the school to. There are wonderful things going on here and it continues to grow.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2014

Bell Canyon has great academics. The teachers are dedicated to helping every student. Staff members are friendly and willing to help anyone. The before and after care program works well for the parents that have work early or have to stay late.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2014

My daughter has had an excellent kindergarten experience at Bell Canyon. She has excelled in reading and math and her skills have passed my expectations. Her teacher is amazing and she has had many great experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

As a teacher at Bell Canyon I am impressed with the quality of instruction that the students receive. The curriculum is excellent. The teachers work together with one another to make sure every student succeeds. I also have a child who attends the school and am extremely happy with the experience she has had at Bell Canyon.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2014

This is a great school. My son has been attending Imagine for 6 years and he loves it. The staff has been great. I love that they wear uniforms and that the uniforms are affordable. I have recommended several friends to Imagine and will continue to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My daughter is currently enrolled in this school and loves it. She has attended kindergarden and is currently in first grade. The class size is moderate - not oversized and my daughter receives the personal attention she needs to succeed. The uniform options are affordable and there are multiple options so my daughter does not feel like she wears the same things each day. I look forward to many more fullfilling years as an Imagine Bell Canyon parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

My son went there and loved it he is a senior in high school now. Now my daughter goes there. We love the staff. The school. She is in advanced second grade and loves her class, school. It's a greta school. That takes pride in teaching kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

We have been attending Imagine Bell Canyon for almost 3 years now and I can't express how impressed I am with the staff and their ability to engage the students getting them excited to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Imagine Bell Canyon is a wonderful school! The curriculum is top notch and they also actively teach and walk character building! I am always able to be interactive with her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Both of my daughters started going there last year. Love the second grade teacher they have both had. She cares for her students and treats them like her own. She is very involved in notifying parents of what is going on in the class!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

My son is very eager to begin kindergarten at Imagine Bell Canyon. He has friends he attended preschool with who are already in kinder and their parents just rave about how wonderful the kindergarten program is! We can't wait!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Imagine Bell Canyon is an amazing school with great teachers, (appropriately) challenging curriculum, and customized learning for each student. The education model includes character development, and entrepreneurship and life skills, as well as the academic basics. Good communication from teachers, front office staff, and school leaders. The school has had a couple different principals the last few years, but the staff remains united and the quality of education and communication has not faltered. Small middle school program, would like to see it grow by the time my child is entering 6th grade. Highly recommend Imagine Bell Canyon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

This is a Great School. The staffs are professional and friendly. The School always gives you up to date information of how your child's grades. The School also show ways to improve your child's academic performance through the Academic Parent Teacher Team meeting. I also love their before and after care program . It is affordable and very useful for working Parents. My Son has been attending this school for 2 years now and all I can say is THANK YOU
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

My daughter started Kindergarten knowing the basics of numbers and letters. Now, nearing the end of the year, she is reading at almost a 2nd grade level. Understands and does simple addition and subtraction. She loves going to school every day and she loves her teacher. Imagine Bell Canyon is an awesome school and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

If your child is being bullied, it's your child that gets in trouble for defending themselves but the bullies go free. The teachers don't care. The after-care staff doesn't care and they do not properly watch your children. The kids just do whatever. The staff is a revolving door, no one stays for more than 2 years. It has steadily gotten worse and worse over the 3 years that my son has been there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

no good .to much bulling teachers/staff don't care or help. loved it 4 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

Trying to improve everyday! The kids have fun and the staff and teachers work really hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

Charter schools have ups and downs. There have been many changes within the middle school. I really blame the last principal for all the negativity and teachers leaving in the middle of the year. I have had a meeting with the new and definitely improved principal and the school is for sure going in the right direction, The elementary part of the school is GREAT and the teachers are GREAT and they have stayed focused on the children through all the ups and downs.
—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.

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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 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
47%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
62%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
53%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2013-2014 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 51% 42%
Hispanic 28% 43%
Black 12% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 58%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%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)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Italian
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • North Central Accreditation (2009)
  • Top 10 Most Improved Schools (2010)

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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 3:30
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
  • Joshua Jordan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 547-7923

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Singapore Math
  • Standards-based
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
  • 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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Honors Program in 7th and 8th
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Flag football
  • TBD by incoming staff
Girls sports
  • Flag football
  • TBD by incoming staff

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

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

Photos

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
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Imagine Bell Canyon practices the three Rs. We teach a Relevant curriculum with Rigor and we Respect our students in their individuality.
School leaders can update this information here.
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18052 N Black Canyon Hwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85053
Website: Click here
Phone: (602) 547-7920

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