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Sonoran Science Academy - Phoenix

Charter | K-12 | 348 students

Our school focuses on STEM education and college preparation.
 
 

 
 

Living in Phoenix

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $59,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $700.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted March 3, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted April 7, 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


Posted April 7, 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


Posted April 7, 2010

The best in the school. We make a differendce in the world=) go eagles Merhaba
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 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


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

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
52%
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

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%
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

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
42%
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

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
26%
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

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
41%
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

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
52%
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

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
73%
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 "Highly 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

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
Black 43% 5%
White 37% 42%
Hispanic 16% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 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 72%N/A47%
Female 42%N/A49%
Male 58%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Arizona State University (ASU)
University of Arizona (UofA)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
PE instructor(s)
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Origami club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:05 am
School Leader's name
  • Ike Ozis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 244-9856

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • First Lego League
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Origami club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Seaperch
  • Student council/government
  • VEX Robotics
  • 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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Arizona State University (ASU)
University of Arizona (UofA)
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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4837 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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Phone: (602) 244-9855

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