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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

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 23 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted yesterday

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 Tuesday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Sunday, 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


Posted April 2, 2014

My kids really love the Micro Society program at Bell Canyon. Because my daughter has a "job," and spends a pay check, she seems to understand the value of money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

Imagine Bell Canyon has many wonderful things to offer. First and foremost students are treated as individuals and people rather than a number. Every time I walk in the door I am greeted warmly. It makes me feel good to send my child to school knowing he is cared for as I would care for him. Secondly, their focus on character education is teaching my son about the importance of being responsible, respectful, and honest. Lastly, the school is data driven. They know my child's strengths and weaknesses and are supporting him in his academics. The APTT nights allow me to see how my child is performing compared to his peers and provides me strategies to work with him at home. I love this school and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a rigorous academic program and a home away from home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

As a working parent I looked and looked for a school that would not only fit our schedule but also my daughter's academic needs. My daughter is very smart and needs to be challenged or she gets bored and gives up. The accelerated program not only makes it challenging for the whole class but also for my daughter's individual needs. My daughter loves her teachers and we love the school schedule. I have also noticed a lot of negative comments about the administration. Yes they have had a few hiccups but have always been open and honest with parents and even if it inconveniences a few people they keep the kids safe. If you want your child going to a school like Columbine then go ahead. I prefer to be slightly inconvenienced and have my daughter safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

Like any school, it has had its good times and its rough times. That being said, I am very happy to send my child here everyday. It makes me happy to see my son come home in a good mood and wanting to tell me about his day. The office staff has never let me down and I never seem to have an issue getting in touch with the teacher. I look forward to sending my son back here next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

This school has had it's up's and downs and up's and downs and up's and downs. There is quality here! There is staff support here! There is character here! If the school could get back to it's Shared Values, which it is on the right path with the new principal, Joshua Jordan, there will be nothing to stop this school from being a 10 plus rated school. My son has been going here for 4 years now and I can't wait to see what amazing adventures we will have next year. Oh and Micro Society is my sons highlight of each day. He has learned the value of money, what profit/loss is and responsibilities of working. I enjoy hearing every moment of his experiences each day. Can you tell - I Love This School. Come and find community with us :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

This is my child's fourth year at this school and we couldn't be happier with her progress. Compared to the nearest traditional school where an older sister went, this child is much farther along in all subjects. There was also a change of the teacher in this child's class midway through the year but as far as we can tell so far the change went smoothly. My child is excited to go to school everyday and is scoring high on national tests. As with any school you should visit it for yourself and then decide if it is the right school for you and your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

very bad school, not only because they switch teachers in the middle school constantly but because they don't focus on students as much as they should. If something happens Middle school is the first one to get blamed for it; and talking about middle school it's the least focused on group in the entire school...this year 3 teachers have quit in the middle school and they're all in different subjects, and they're still trying to Replace a very good teacher that left in social studies . The science teacher Is very good although, she doesn't know how to handle some of the kids attitudes she's a very good teacher, the middle school should honestly be shut down no need for it anymore, none of the kids are learning anything.. and it's not only this year, Last year also...around 6 math teachers for middle school fired and one science teacher left. This school should stay focusing on younger grades since that's what it does already...and they're not good at that either...
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%

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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
77%
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
White 53% 42%
Hispanic 32% 42%
Black 9% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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
  • None
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
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Phone: (602) 547-7920

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