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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 August 28, 2014

Imagine is a Great school, and my child loves going to school there. She excels in her education, and we plan on sending our younger child there as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2014

Since I learned about Imagine School, I have nothing to say but great things about them. I had my oldest daughter at Imagine at Cortez Park and now my little one is at Bell Canyon. I ll never go back to public schools!! I love Bell Canyon because the classes are smaller and they have advanced classes for kids that are very smart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2014

This school talks big but nothing comes of it. they say that they have small classes, NOT true. One class has 40 kids most 30. The teachers try their best, but are not given everything they need to help the children. The women in the front office that speaks Spanish lies to us parents, and looks down on white people. I would interview the teacher and do a day with your kids before you go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2014

I love to recieve the school newspaper every Thursday where they send all the important information and up coming activities. My kids love the school so I guess its a win win situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2014

Quiero agradecerles por la gran ayuda a los ni os y en especial a mi hija que ha aprendido mucho en todas las materias y a cada uno de los maestros por el aprendizaje que cada d a les ense an a nuestros hijos. Y recomiendo imagine bell canyon por su gran ense anza, es una excelente escuela..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

As a first year teacher, I had an amazing experience teaching at this school. Beginning with the first phone interview, the administration and staff welcomed me into the Imagine Bell Canyon family with sincere, wide open arms. (Due to personal circumstances, I won't be teaching there next year, but if I could- I would). My colleagues were amazing, and the population of students even more so. Not going to lie, they experienced a bit of instability with regards to maintaining staff, and do have their share of disciplinary issues. BUT... I know for a fact that the leaders and teachers are constantly working on improving the environment, setting uniform consequences for undesirable behavior, and finding solutions via positive behavior support systems. I had the fortunate opportunity to be in contact with several parents, and they seemed to be receptive to and appreciative of feedback. Bottom line: it was a supportive place to teach, the students are amazing characters, the aides are TOP-NOTCH, and it makes my heart sing to think back on the positive experiences I had while there.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 24, 2014

Very patient and loving teachers. My kinder child learnt a lot through the year. Thank you Imagine @ Bell Canyon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

My son is on first grade, and he had a great teacher who always care about helping him to learn. I also like to recieve the school newspaper every Thursday where they send all the important information and up coming activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

Imagine bell Canyon is agreat school. I know of this school do to a friend. he invited me and my husband to attend to a program relate to the university. after the my doughter is attending this school. and I love it. thank you to every one
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

My children love their little Micro society. It really gives them real life experiences. Would not consider moving schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

PROUD PARENT OF IMAGINE STUDENTS!!!! THE SCHOOL IS ALL OF THAT!!! :) I AM REALLY HONORED TO BE APART OF THE IMAGINE FAMILY FOR 3 YEARS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

My children have attended Imagine for the past 4 years even though the school has gone throug staff changes I am happy with the results. The pre-school teachers are excellent which is so important for a great education start. I notice how clean the school is maintain and the staff are friendly and approachable. My children will continue to attend Imagine because is a small secure envirorment. I get weekly progress reports. I reallly like micro society becuase its teaching my children the kind of world they will encounter and I feel like its preparing them to be successful members of society. I want to thank all the staff at Imagine Bell Canyon for their excellent service.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

My son started kindergarten at IBC this year and to be honest I was very unsure how my son would do because he has some special needs. I am very pleased to say that he has done extremely well! His teacher is absolutely amazing and has helped him through many issues. She shows great patience and compassion for her students and it really makes a difference. Not to mention she is a rock star at educating them! He and his classmates have learned so much throughout the year and have made HUGE progress! I couldn t be happier with his kindergarten experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

My son attends preschool at Bell Canyon. The teacher and aid in his room really take the time to get to know the children and how best to understand all the students in the room. The teacher also uses a program to evaluate where he is academically and so this helps both the teacher and myself to better help my son prepare for kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2014

THE GARDEN! My daughter came home excited to tell me how they got to play and release lady bugs in the garden. Now that's all she wants to do is go look for lady bugs outside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2014

I love Imagine Bell Canyon. My son has just been going this year for Kindergarten but has learned so much! He is already reading and writing multiple sentences. His teacher is amazing. There is plenty of communication between the school and home and they highly encourage parental and family involvement which is wonderful. The before and after care staff are pleasant and interact great with the kids. We will be returning for 1st grade for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2014

My niece Ashley has been going here for two years. She has loved it because she has had the privilege to have the same excellent teacher for her two years. She asked to leave this school due to the lack of school sports not being offered. My other niece graduated last year and has had the privilege to come back and volunteer. I hope that this school keeps on succeeding, but on a serious work on their disciplining. Other than this it has been a pleasure being a part of this school.. I will be returning to help out when they need me. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2014

I love the attention that my son receives at Bell Canyon, I know that he is well taken care of and educated every single day! Thank you Bell Canyon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

Our daughter has been at IBC since kindergarten. She is finishing up 3rd grade with a bang this year. We couldn't be happier with our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

IBC is awesome, my sons reading in kindergarten has excelled in kinder, has been here since Pre K3 & excelled. The entire staff at the school truly care about every child and make it a fun learning environment. My son enjoys going to school. Thanks Bell Canyon.......
—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.

About these ratings

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
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Phone: (602) 547-7920

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