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Venture Academy

Charter | K-7

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $100,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $730.

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Posted March 23, 2014

I absolutely love this school. First and foremost, the teachers are very pleasant and nurturing to the students. The academics here are quite rigorous, but they do a very good job at preparing the children and encouraging them to enjoy learning. The sense of community here is fantastic. It's a very little school, and it feels so comfortable to visit the school and have the entire staff greet you with a warm smile. I get the sense that everyone at the school knows one another. The parents at this school interact and are very involved in the children's education. The curriculum that the school offers puts a tremendous focus on nature and animal life. They even have their own miniature petting zoo that the children use to learn about animals. This is a far better option than a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

I did not have a good experience at this school for my son at all. The idea of the school sounds nice, but I withdrew my son within a month. The principal is arrogant and rude..from my personal experience. However the secretary and 4th grade teacher were pleasant....not enough for me to keep my son though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2011

I have two sons that attend venture... and they love it. I have one son that is doing K again (we came from a public school) mainly because I wanted to him learn spalding from the start and also because he needed to grow a little more socially and gain some confidence in himself. My other son has ADHD and has struggled within public school until this year, when I switched them to venture. Both children love their teachers, the come home feeling "so smart" because of the positive reinforcement they get. Most of all, venture is the best school in the valley. take it from me, I have tried many schools from totally strict traditonal schools to arizonas public schools. this school has the best, most caring, innovative teachers around. Your kids will LOVE it here and so will you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

We want our children to see that going to school and receiving an education is one of the best things a parent can give their children and this is their time to enjoy the best times of their lives. Choosing and Starting school for the first time can be a scary one for both the parent and the child, but I found that Venture went a step beyond my expectations. The education system my son is receiving is great. The family like atmosphere and the wonderful caring teachers means that my son is getting the best education NOW! Mr. Bennett is a wonderful principal with a caring yet disciplined spirit. I would highly recomment this school to any parent. Your child will be safe, cared for and most importantly will enjoy learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2011

My kids my kids adore their teachers and they're challenged every day. Principal is amazing, he is involved with the kids, and really cares about the kids and their education. We love this school!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

Venture is a small school with farm animals and gardens that produce fruit. They have wonderful teachers with different ways of teaching.It has a sister school named Bennett that we went to which is also a good school but without the animals and plants.Our principal loves understanding bugs,too. So, everyone in this school are close.


Posted April 15, 2010

Venture Academy is a wonderful school I love it, it's small, one on one with the students they treat the children like family and they really do care about the students. I hear them talk and I love how they are with the children. They principal always meet with the teachers to work out plans to help them in the class room. I pass by the school on the weekends and the principal is working in the yard at the school and my kids wanna know why they can't stop and help Mr. Bennett the principal now that is priceless. The school is a Great One! try it you will like it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

I can not say enough good things about the school. This is my child's 3rd year here and I have to say I have always been happy but this year is the best yet. My child is confident and happy. We are proud of the school as are all of the kids I have met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2010

This is my child's third year at Venture and it has always been a wonderfull experience. This year is even more so. The family like atmosphere and wonderful caring teachers are a huge plus. Mr Bennett is a wonderful principal and very caring. I have all the confidence that my child is getting the best schooling possible here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

Nice school, nice teachers. My daughter loves school. The 4-H program is premature, but has GREAT potential. I only wish they will be able to extend to 5-6th grade next year. I woudl also love to see a computer class also. Bennett has one, but Venture is so much like a family, I wont move my girl back!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

I love this school!!! My 2 sons attended last year and my daughter will be joining them this year. The staff are all attentive to my concerns for my two boys and work with each of their strengths and weaknesses. The staff knew my name from the first week and made the transition from home-schooling to charter school as pain free as possible. Thank You Venture!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

My daughter has attended Venture Academy for the last two years. It has been a wonderfull experience. They have assisted my daughter with her learning diabilites and helped her to do her best. Mr. Bennett trully cares about his students and is a wonderful principal. He knows all his students very well and takes an active role in there learning process. This is the only school I would send my child and I recommend it to everyone. The family atmosphere is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

My Son will be returning for his 3rd year to Venture and that wouldn't happen if we didn't believe that the education he is receiving was very good. The teachers help with individualizing to students needs and the Principal is very accessible and communicates issues well and wants to work with the parent(s) to get the best school experience for their child. Our son loves the school and the sign/art/drama class and the farm classes are his favorite. I would recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

My son had some issues with health and we looked for a small school to start him out and get him on his way but what we found at Venture Academy has exceeded our expectations. His KG and 1st grade teacher the same teacher both years has been awesome in teaching the children strong language skills, Kindergarten class reading by the end of the school year has been amazing. My son reads like a 4th grader. The Principal and Director are great! They care about the children and even through moving to a new location and other issues they never have let us down. We appreciate them so much and the school, thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

I have two chhildren attending this school and i would not recomend it either. My children will not be attending next year. I believe ths principal has the best of intentions, however, they fall short in being applied to the classroom. He does have very poor communication abilities, and tries to rely on constantly mentioning his credentials and his staffs credentials. I found the school secretary to be more informative, and better equipped to dealing with parents and the public.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2008

I love this school my second grader did a complete turn around in two days of attending. Mrs. Citrin teaches first and second grade and let me tell you something she's a great teacher and she knows what she is doing. If you want a small school this is it. The teachers, staff are great and they really do care about the children I was amazed and very satisfied try it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

In my own personal opinion I would not recommend this school to others. My son attended the 2nd grade through 4th grade combination class. The 'idea' behind this school was far better than myself and my son's experience with this school He will not be attending for next year (08-09).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2008

My daughter loves her school and so do I. The staff truly care for the students and want to see them succeed. I highly recommend Venture to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2005

Teacher are great! K and 1st grade, however I did not like that they put 1st graders in the k class (probably because my child was one of the children) I think it brings low self-esteem Mr Bennett the principal was poor communication with the parents very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

Great School across the board. No complaints what so ever. We appreciate this school so much. Our children had a wonderful experience there last year and looked forward to returning this year.
—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.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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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

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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

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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".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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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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 38% 42%
Hispanic 37% 43%
Black 16% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 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 55%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1535 W. Dunlap Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85020
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Phone: (602) 242-4220

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