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Imagine Cortez Park Elementary School

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Posted June 10, 2014

The education and teachers were acceptable. The management was a complete failure. After an incident with my son's medication, I found out that they had no records of my son's medication for 3 months. Schedule II medication and no tracking whatsoever. The management failed to investigate the incident until I contacted the national parent company. Even after the incident, they failed to administer my sons medication 20% of the time... A prime example of everything that is wrong with the charter school system. Poor supervision and reckless management. My son will not be attending this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2012

I have 3 children that attend this school, and one that is now in high school. I have a 4th grader, 2nd grader, and 1st grader attending Imagine Cortez Park. They also prepared my daughter very well for high school. I am very close to my children and I worry about their safety. This is my top priority. I am comfortable knowing they will be well taken care of at this school. My children are also held to very high academic standards. The teachers make sure that my children are responsible to do their best. We have struggled financially in the past few years and this school has provided uniforms, shoes, socks, back packs, and school supplies for my children! This has taken a lot of pressure off my family. The administration is wonderful, and Mrs. SCALA is wonderful too!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2012

Awesome school! They have helped my daughter SOOO MUCH! she has only been there 3 months and the improvement in all areas has impressed me. I am thankful that this school has a Principle and Teachers who really do care in making a difference. Cortez is driven to help our kids succeed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

Imagine cortez Park is a great school. I have two children in this school and like it very much. We recently moved, but I continue to bring my children here. I feel a sense of community here and that is important to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

I am a parent of 2 kids who've been in Ms. Weaver, Ms. Chesney, Ms. Paz and Ms. Koski's classes. They are great teachers and like being at this school. I will be sending my Kindergartner there as well. They have attended for 3 years now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

I have had the pleasure to meet Heidi Schloesser the Principal of this school. The love she has for the children and the dedication she shows is amazing and therefore by her example the teachers and aides must be amazing as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

I initially tested my 4 year old son in to kindergarten at IS-CP because it was centrally located, full-day and had better reviews than other schools I was looking at. His teacher Ms. Goodman is fantastic and the principals are great. He's excelling both academically and socially and I feel like although I'd love for extra-curricular activities to be offered I'm super impressed with the academics side. There is a nearby co-ed t-ball league at Manzanita Ball Club if anyone is interested. The only thing I can gripe about is the laundry list of school supplies each kindergartener has to bring to class on the first day...6 glue sticks, 2 boxes of crayons etc. etc. I understand budgets are tight but really..?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

Both my children go to this school. One is in 3rd grade and my other child is in kindergarden. Both classes, the thechers are great and they care so much. I could not ask for a better school for my kids to be going to!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I think Imagine School at Cortez Park is a great school. My kindergartener was in Mrs. Scala's class and she was fabulous! I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. My daughter loved her and was excited to go to school. I highly recommend this school and especially this teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

This school is wonderful compared to the other students in the area. The Kindergarten and First grade teachers do an amazing job and my son has excelled in all standardized tests. Ms. Hubert has done a wonderful job and she really cares about her students and their families. I would definitly reccommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

I found this school on the internet prior to moving here to Arizona. I found the Imagine Schools to be centrally located. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Since my child has been enrolled in Cortez Park, I have a fantastic relationship with his teacher Ms.Koski. Also Mr. V the current principal has made his office door always available and welcomes any comments or suggestions. He has a great partner Ms. S, who is always busy assisting children, whether they are in the class or just walking down the hall. My child makes comments on how Mr. V and Ms. S is always smiling, and that makes him feel very Happy. I highly recommend this school! It has surpassed my expectations, great staff, execellent Curiculum and strives for their students to do their best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2008

Cheerleading is actually open to boys too! There are three coaches who run the elementary cheer program. They have done an awesome job this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

Elementary school here needs to have more options for sports or extra curricular activities. There is only cheerleading and that is just for girls! Cheerleading is a joke, little 4th and 5th graders are actually teaching cheerleading!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

Imagine Schools at Cortez Park has been a great school for all of my children. I have four of my children that attend Cortez Park. Cortez Park not only get 'School of the Year' but also got '2007 Imagine Character Ed. Runner Up School of the Year', '2007 Imagine Parent Choice School of the Year'and 2007 Home of Imagine Schools Teacher of the Year...'Maryea Flaherty. So, I as a parent of four children that attend Cortez Park, I am proud to have them at this school and will continue to attend for many years.Teachers are awsome!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

I have 2 kids who attend this school and I have been satisfied with their teacher's in the past. Mrs. Van is such a wonderful, warm and kind teacher. She always has a smile on her face. Her students are very engaged in their learning. Mr. Fidel is doing a wonderful job taking over for the 4th grade class and my son truly respects and loves him as his new teacher. I am proud to have my sons attend Cortez Park!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2007

I think this school has a few teachers who really love to teach. i have special needs children there. It has been impossible to get the staff to follow an iep. Frequent discussions with administration have not improved our situation. In fact, the administrators do not support the teachers,parents or their students. I was hoping for so much more from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

I think this school is the best thing that every happen to my childeren. Cortez changed our lifes. Cortez It the best!!
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Posted July 16, 2007

I have a son enrolled at Cortez, and both he and I love this school. He had some minor learning difficulties with reading, and this school has made every effort allowed to them to test, teach, obtain extra reading help for him...he's done nothing but grow and florish. Every school has its good and bad points, but, I truly believe this school is filled with caring individuals that love what they do, it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

My children go to this school. When they first started I was very pleased. The teachers were caring and challenged them. This year, I am very disappointed! I can't say that all is bad about this school. There are some great teachers and staff members. The new assistant principal, Heidi Schloesser is a fair and understanding person. She will be a great principal, if they can keep her there. I think the principal Mr. Villalon has a great heart but doesn't know when to be tough. For the kids that are smart there is nothing for them, no challenge. More is being done for those who are ELL and that is only hurting my kids. I will find another school either this year or next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2006

This school has made so much progress and is very successful! I am very pleased!
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
70%
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 53% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 3%
White 17% 42%
Black 9% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3535 W. Dunlap
Phoenix, AZ 85051
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