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Imagine Cortez Park Middle School

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Posted August 12, 2013

This school has a great staff and teachers that are very caring of students. Their main focus is to prepare middle school students for high school and also lessons of life. Before I came to Imagine, I went to public schools but their discipline and education were much lower than Imagine's. When I graduated here, everybody in my grade graduated with me, none flunked. Also, a majority of my classmates left Imagine with a grade percent average of 90% or higher. I now go to a college preparatory high school well prepared with what my teachers have taught me. If you are considering enrolling your child into this school, I would highly recommend it.


Posted May 26, 2013

My primary concern in taking my child to a charter school was the school atmosphere and discipline. I have not been pleased with the discipline in the public schools. CortezMiddle School maintains a learning environment that keeps the students focused. The students are given the opportunity to interact with their peers in a manner that does not detract from their education. Teachers seem focused and willing to go the extra mile to educate the students. The success of the students is due to the successful teaching and environment created by the staff, and that includes from the personnel at the front desk, to the adminstrator offices, the certified staff, the classified staff, the kitchen staff, and the custodial staff. Cortez is a clean school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2012

Imagine Cortez has a wonderful staff. We have 4 children in this school. We recently adopted three of these children. All 3 were academically behind their grade level when they came to us and we knew it would be a challenge no matter what school they attended. As parents, we had no prior experience with charter schools and were hesitant to enroll them. As it turns out, this school has a fantastic staff that work well together. Their team concepts of teaching bring unity to the academic methods without the students even realizing it. The teachers are eager to help individual students whenever asked. We have had a couple of scenarios where we requested meetings or special assistance for our children and both the teachers and the Principal were very productive in our childrens succes. The teachers also do not hesitate to contact us as parents when the need arises. We also have a straight A student that they have made special arrangements to challenge her to keep her focused on learning and not turn stagnate. There is a positive environment with emphasis on learning. They promote proper respect between students as well..just an extension of what a family unit should look and act like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2011

I have 4 children at this school. My kindergartener begs to go to school. She has an amazing teacher! Mrs.Scala obviously loves her job. She has helped my family in ways she will never know! I recently went through a divorce and we were going to move closer to my family. I do not want to move because of this teacher! My son is doing amazing academically and socially. I can not say enough about Mrs.Scala. I am truly a grateful parent!
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Posted June 18, 2008

I' have had two of my children that have been at Cortez Park Middle for two years going on three now. I feel that there would not be no other school out there better for my children than Cortez Park. The front office has ALWAYS been friendly and helpful and with a smile on there face.Parents need to be patient when they go up to the front office. The front office is always so busy and I just think that parents can be so impatient most of the time. Middle school never has had homework packets, at least the years that my children have been there. Middle school has really awsome teachers and lots of help for middle school students. They have a great 21st Century Program for students. They also have sports through out the year. This school has a friendly and safe enviroment with awsome principals that care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

I am impressed with the office staff at Cortez Park. They go out of there way to help parents and staff and in the most difficult situations, still try to do it with a smile. The safety of the students is their concern and its sad that parents don't realize that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

The principal is wonderful, but he will not be there next year. This school need to change their administration team or pay for them to take some customer service classes. The fron office is very rude to parents and even students, no wonder there are a lot of bullies here. Elementary teachers need to give homwork everyday, NOT sending packets home for them to complete throughout the week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

this school has a lot of off track teachers and bullies. some parents just hang out in the school and distract the learning enviroment.
—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 63% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%

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 65% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
74%

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

  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 59% 43%
White 16% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 3%
Black 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/A47%
Female 54%N/A49%
Male 46%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3535 West Dunlap Avenue
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