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K-12
Public charter
Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 348
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4837 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85008

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September 26, 2014
This school is the best school I've ever been to I missed this school so much I hope I come back to this school THANK YOU SSA-PHOENIX FROM:ALI TYURANOV 2009-2013

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2014
SSA-Phoenix is a terrific charter school, offering parents a public option to all the school choices in Phoenix. The parent community is outstanding - very engaged students. Teachers are experienced energetic and engaged as well. The class sizes are one of a few reasons I picked Sonoran Science Academy Phoenix. The leadership is very strong. Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This school has a huge multicultural community in a low demographic area. Each teacher is highly qualified and has compassion for this school. Although we are a Title 1 School and do not have many supplemental resources, everyone tries their hardest and works best with what they have. The Common Core Curriculum is used and each student is learning to their highest potential.

- submitted by a teacher
September 26, 2013
The teachers in this school know what they are doing. Students always engaged with science-math and technology. The school offers computer science class to all grades K-12. This is unbelievable. Your kids begin to learn computer in kindergarten. The school, especially SSA-PHX has multicultural student structure. There are students from Somalia, Ethiopia, Russia and many other countries that I can't remember right now. I strongly recommend to visit the school to see the difference from other school once.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
Sonoran Science Academy - Phoenix is an outstanding school with a golden heart. Many of the teachers there are dedicated to the students and families and have been at this school for over 5 years. Alumni are active in the school, they donate their time to the award winning Robotics and Lego clubs. It may not be the fanciest looking school but it's heart is made of gold!

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2013
Sonoran Science Academy teachers and staff are great. They are committed to the students by volunteering there time for tutoring and clubs with no cost to parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
This school provide's a safe enviroment inside the school buildings as well as outside and if something was'nt deamed safe it was soon made safe by the school. I have been to this school for a while now; the staff are all friendly in a professional manner, Excellent school, excellent parent feedback - couldn't be any better!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
I have two kids in this school. The teachers are very supportive and provide the right balance between education and play. I found the teaching very good and to a high standard. The special educational needs department has a specially equipped with many materials. This is a mixed school and is very multi cultural and you are able to lean a lot about the different cultures and faiths in here in the US which allows kids to get a broader and more open minded view of kids and other peoples faith and cultures. Great School, Great Teachers with High Standards of Education.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
I've been here for four years and really, I'm glad I have had the opportunity to attend such a school. The teachers are helpful in that they get to spend lots of time with their students; although it might get on some people's nerves, but they are only wishing the best for you. The education is great and improving - I am a senior and get to witness the younger students receive plenty of new programs to help them succeed. To be honest, I'm a bit jealous. Anyway, not only are we polishing SSA - Phoenix on the inside, but the appearance as well. The school's been painted to a more appropriate color, we've gotten newer, safer fences, and we are working on doing more. I hope this review will change your mind and give us a chance.

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2012
I have known this school for two years and school is just doing great job. There is a diversity of students and teachers are so patient and dedicated to educate. I love the vision of the school which is STEM focused education. I feel lucky that we have this type of school in our neighborhood..

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
This is THE worst school I have ever seen. My 5 year old is not Muslim or Middle Eastern so she was made to feel like an outsider. She was YELLED AT by some inept teacher on the second day of school and was terrified to go back. The administration blamed MY CHILD for this, saying she was too immature to be in their school! The school called me and told me that I have to come get her immediately, and we had to withdraw her after only 4 days because of the teacher s inability and unwillingness to help out with the traumatic experience my daughter had there. They ate lunch outside where it's 112 degrees outside! There's supposed to be a school uniform, unless you're Muslim, and then I guess you can wear whatever you want (the girls' robes cover everything). The best thing I EVER did was pull my daughter out of there!!! I ve never seen so much incompetence in one school, and that was the adults ! (I use that term loosely) SSA I hope you read this, as I'm sure you know who my daughter was. FYI she is now doing AWESOME in her new school!!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
I have been to many, many schools, and by far this is the best school i have ever been to. There are teachers here who care and support you, if you have problems they talk you through them. No matter what, the teachers will always help you and be very kind. I have been at Sonoran Science Academy for 4 years now (3-7). They have a great education system and have some fun too. They make sure you learn the subject no matter how hard it is to complete. Also, its college prep school. I plan on going to this school until I'm in 12th grade. This school may not be the richest, but its how you feel when you get here for about a month, you start to feel comfortable.... i love you sonoran science academy phoenix! <3

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2011
To be honest i think that this school is a good school because it is a college prep school and the school prepares you to go to college. I also think that this school is a good school because it is a public charter school which focuses on math,science and english. Also, this school helps students pass the AIMS tests by giving out tutorings after schools.

- submitted by a community member
December 23, 2010
The school is great because 1. Place a strong emphasis on basic curriculum including Science, Math, History, Geography, English and the Arts 2. Value the importance of multicultural education 3. Constantly seek ways to enrich the curriculum by offering more curriculums that supplement a strong academic program 4. Believe that all children can learn if properly taught 5. Make every effort to help students develop proper skills for college, work force or everyday living.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
My children attend SSA Ahwatukee Campus. The teachers are great! But the children do have an enormous amount of homework sent home for the week. My daughter is in 2nd grade and has 3 pages of homework a night a total of 12 pages from Mon-Thur night. My son in K, has a couple things to do a night. All this homework time is at least 2 hours a night. I think they are going a little far with it by being in school from 8-3 on top of homework nightly. Plus the catered school lunches seem to often be gross or cold when supposed to be hot. OH and after school programs you have to pay for!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
As a student in SSA, I like how the teachers focus on each student's learning in the class. Teachers are always helpful and do their best to help the student understand the topic. However, there aren't many activities for us students, such as sports clubs for girls.. In general, it's a good school..

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2010
The School is very strong in math and science, and the teachers are highly qualified, but the district is expanding, and many of the student's teachers will move to new schools, or some teachers will be fired because they do not meet the performance expectations set by the district, and the constant changing of teachers can be very confusing and delay the learning. The most impressive traits present in this school include not only the qualifications of math and science teachers, but also the fact that almost all teachers will give up their nights or weekends for any student wishing for tutoring

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2010
The school is the best. Teachers help the students when they need help. Merhaba every teacher their is. We are #1.

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2010
The best in the school. We make a differendce in the world=) go eagles Merhaba

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
I don't believe there is a language barrier. The students develop an ear for any accents the teachers may have and I believe the teachers with the accents are in fact the better teachers. I also love the exposure my son has to other cultures

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2009
This school is awesome...Now i have all a's!! yi love the new 6th grade teacher he is real nice! i think i am going to stay here until im in 12th grade!! go sonoran eagles! u rock coach haight! (i think that's how you spell it..) Xd

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2009
The school is great but, the outside cement playground needs to be changed.Also, the Spanish is not so good either, my child has been here for 3 years and hasn't learned even the Spanish basics. In other ways, it is very good in math and science.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
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September 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2009
The teachers are unintelligible. Due to broken English being spoke throughout the school by both students and administration, it is difficult to understand the instruction. Administrators are also sometimes heard talking in a different language while within the school campus during school hours. These language barriers make it difficult for students to learn the content by any other means other than on their own.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2009
My son was attending that school as a second grade. We had tremendous experiences there. I think it was one of the very unique schools in phoenix area. The striking feature was the teachers in the school. Their passion and love of teaching -we wish- to be contagious to every school in the valley. They are locked in science and achievements of peace and success.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
My son is doing so much better sense attending Sonoran Science Academy. He feels safe and loves going to school. He had mostly failing grade in public school but his grades are mostly A's and B's now.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
My son started here as a result of him falling through the cracks at many other schools. My son is special needs and requires much help with reading and comprehension of grade level texts used in his core classes. Ms. Carol, the resident Special Education specialist, has taken my son up several points in his MAP testing for reading and language arts. I could not be more pleased!!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
Sonoran Scienc Academy... the cultural diversity is such a positive influence not only for my son but for me as well. My son has be doing so much better sense attending this school. The ciriculum is challenging and therefore keeps things interesting... besides challenge is learning and learning is challenge. We are extrmely happy... this is the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
One teacher, doesnt care about anything except for his own life. My son, since the first day, hasnt learned a thing. the recent MAp testing, he got -22 points lower than her first test. At home, i help them with his hw, but at school, when he asks a question, his teacher doesnt call on him. This school sounds all fancy and all, but really in reality its bad for your children. If you had to choose a good school, go to the SSA in tucson-that's a real school-it has better education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2008
our son used to go to this school when he was in kindergarten and first grade and we really love it there, the receptionist Patty is a wonderful and very friendly woman. we really missed this school. our son now attends a brand new school under higly school district which we dont like, coz the curriculum is worse.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2008
The administration at this school is severely lacking, very serious safety issues are swept under the rug in hopes that they'll go away. Obviously this is a huge concern. Also communication is very poor - half day schedules were changed at the beginning of the school year and there was no notifications sent home. The office staff's excuse was 'now you know how the administration at this school works'. The curriculum seems great but far too many administrative issues for me to feel safe in continuing to send my child to SSA.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
Sonoran Science Academy is a perfect school for my son compared to the other schools around..At the beginning of 2007-2008 season I enrolled my son to this school.Teachers are very dedicated and curriculum is very satisfying.My kid is challenged by his teachers and he doubled even tripled his knowledge level compared to the first day of the school.So I strongly suggest our school to the other parents.

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March 28, 2008
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October 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
When I found SSA I was very excited about the school. My daughter is a bright child. Most of the teachers at this school are really great teachers. The one my daughter had, unfortunately was not one of them.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
Sonoran Science Academy is a great place for my child to learn and grow. It is a great school with caring, dedicated teachers who go out of their way to help ensure that each student maximizes their learning potential. Professionalism and dedication to students is apparent every day as staff is easily accessible to parents/students. The school has great math and science programs that provide excellent challenge for students. Students may take part in numerous extra curricular activities (free-of-charge) such as chess, soccer, aerospace, etc. The school has strong test scores and I strongly recommend it to parents seeking a great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
My child has been attending SSA since it first opened its doors. We tried private schools and SSA is levels above them. Math is terrific and they can work at their own pace. One on one instruction with smaller classroom size is a giant plus! I do wish they had more athletic organized sport events, however the school is a God send!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2007
Sonoran Science Academy is a great school. Last year, my kids were there and we need to relocate due to my job. This year, kids are going to a different school, but we still miss Sonoran. Academic is excellent there and teachers are very dedicated and dealing with students' needs. In addition to these, i have not seen any other school offering that number of academic clubs and teams for their students.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
My son is in the Kindergarten in SSA since August 06. His teacher is very devoted to provide above the standard quality in the class and in after class activities. I like small class size in the school and also the strictness and discipline they are enforcing. I haven t seen any running, yelling or misbehavior of students like you can see in many other schools. This school provides very high level of math, science and art/music/history curriculum in the school. There are several clubs for the after school activities as well. They will also start with the high school this year (2007) which will allow me to keep my son in the same school K-12.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
My son has been attending this school for 3 years and we have had the best educational/social experience of any school private or public. The math and science programs are unparalleled. The students are encouraged to work at their own pace and it is not unheard of for 7th graders to 10th grade math. Language Arts and History curriculums are excellent. Drama, Art, music, and Personal Development are required classes. They also offer excellent after school programs and clubs including tutoring with ASU engineering/math/computer PhD candidates, guitar club, aerospace, and sports club to name a few. The faculty are easily accessible and accommodating. It is a friendly environment. I recommend it to everybody, particularly if your child is a math/computer whiz.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
This school is great! I am impressed with the school's math and science program. The teachers work hard with each individual.The administration and the teachers are very professional and dedicated. There are many extra-curricular activities that my son can join. They are also encouraging all students to be part of academic teams to compete in the regional and national competitions.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My children's two years exerience with Sonoran Science Academy has shown us that this school is committed to providing a superior alternative to the traditional public and private school systems. Due to the smaller class size, they are able to devote the time needed to ensure each child understands the curriculum. The teachers I have had the pleasure to work with are caring, competent and committed to giving my children their best. They teach to our children's educational capabilities rather than their grade level. My sons are eager to go to school, and excited to learn. They have music, art and excellent after school clubs available. Unfortunately, they are too small for organized team sports, but I feel there are enough sports experience alternatives(AYSO, YMCA, Pop Warner) for this to not be a large concern. Parental involvement in the school is encouraged and welcome.

- submitted by a parent
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Sonoran Science Academy - Phoenix
4837 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ  85008
(602) 244-9855
Last modified Sonoran Science Academy - Phoenix is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sonoran Science Academy - Phoenix Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top