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Acacia Elementary School

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Posted June 22, 2014

I love this school is amazing! My daughters are doing very well her. I feel like it's a family :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2013

Acacia is an amazing school, my kids love going to school and their teachers. Every one does so much, the staff is great, it was a shame that they let Mr. Madison leave, my kids never stopped talking about him. We can't wait for the next pull the plug week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

This school is great my daughter is just starting kindergarten and everyone has been so happy and helpful..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

This year Acacia earned a National Title. They were named a National Title I Distinguished School. I am so proud to be a part of the Acacia family. This school excels in scores, involves parents and families in many events and has strong ties with the community and business partners. What a happy fun place for a child to learn! Thank you Acacia!


Posted June 29, 2012

Acacia is an outstanding school that puts students first, uses best practices, promotes students success, and has an outstanding staff. The principal is always available, positive and continually rewards students for their achievement and success. This school utilizes three levels of intervention to promote student success and increase performance. Acacia is a family oriented neighborhood school that works with the community and offers many programs free to students. It is an A+ school of Excellence as well as a Title I school. Any parent would be smart to enroll their child here.


Posted June 26, 2012

As a parent of 2 students that attend Acaia I appreciate all the hard work that the teachers put in each day. I have seen a significant improvement in my child's reading and they have numerous programs that motivate students to learn. My child loves going to school and I'm always greeted with a smile by the office staff, teachers, and principal. THANK YOU ACACIA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

Acacia is truely a community school. The teachers go above and beyond to meet the needs of every child. The families are involved and always on campus helping out. Acacia has amazing business partners that contribute to the school. A family couldn't ask for a better place to be!


Posted May 21, 2012

My son has been attending Acacia Elementary School for the past 2 years. His kindergarten teacher Mrs. Brown was A+mazing!!! She genuinely cared about each child individually. She helped my son and challenged him in the ways he needed to be. His teacher this year isn't as great. From what I can tell she is very unorganized and easily frustrated with the kids. I understand that the teacher to student ratio is high, but it doesn't negate the fact some children need to be challenged more than others. The Principal is nice, a little over the top but she has always been kind and friendly. I wish I could say the same for the office staff. The school nurse is rude and talks in an extremely condescending manner, as do the office aids. As far as parent involvement is concerned you have the parents that go above and beyond, and the ones who don't bother at all. They do have a lot of school functions. The bingo is always fun to attend. I drive my son 12 miles to attend Acacia. It is an excellent school, but like any school it has some minor things that need to be dealt with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2012

My daughter had only been at this school for about 3 weeks know and she is very happy there after leaving her other school that would choose who was able to join there school programs. She is now doing leadership at Acacia they do not put the children's self-esteem down. All students should be allowed to join student council or year committee, it help the children's self-esteem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2011

This is a very active school. After only being at the school three weeks, we were invited by the PTO president to a pull the plug night. We didn't realize that they had an event for us each night to participate in, and the PTO president was there every night too! Talk about dedication to a school and she remember me and my children. I was very impressed with the sock hop event. They had motorcycles for the kids to take pictures on, old cars to pose in front of, and a real diner. I couldn't believe they had a diner out front and the food was amazing! Everyone was dressed up and having so much fun. My kids want to know if this is how they do all their events, I'm not sure yet, but we were invited for another event next Friday where it is a bingo for all ages. We are so eexcited to be at this school. Kuddos to the principal for the great staff she has and parents who help out. The Principal was so much fun at the sock hop judging the best dressed. I even took part in the hula hoop and buble blowing contest. Couldn't believe this was a free event. Very impressed and glad we chose this A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2010

The principal, teachers, staff and parents are an A+ school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2010

Acacia School is very deserving of the A+ School of Excellence award! The teachers, staff and principal are all very hard working, genuine and caring. They take time to help each child reach their highest potential. The Acacia staff, students, parents and community members worked collaboratively to achieve the A+ award and we feel pride in our school for having such an honor. Congratulations to Acacia School and its families for working together to show other Arizona schools that Acacia is A+!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 10, 2010

Congratulations Acacia! I know how hard you have all worked over the years to accomplish this wonderful honor! You are definitley a top school in Arizona! I am proud to say I am affiliated with your organization. From the principal to all staff you are A+++++ !


Posted June 10, 2010

As a local community member I have been asked for the last 4 years to participate in the Winter Festival they hold at Acacia school. We proudly show our support with Acacia and enjoy meeting new families and friends each year. I hope to be invited back and would love to help raise more awareness of the great things this school has accomplished since I myself attended there back in the 80's.


Posted June 9, 2010

A 6 out of 10 is a generous rating for this school. The principal is driven by status and what she can achieve as a principal, not as a school. It's recent A Plus rating may be deserved by the curriculum but that rating does not spill over into the classrooms. Teachers are disrespectful, negative and rude. They no longer are role models for students, they do what they can to get a laugh even if it's at the expense of a student. Parents, if you value your child's education and well-being, I would suggest you avoid Acacia Elementary at all costs. There are, however, several awesome teachers who care about the students but more often than not, we found unacceptable behavior from the students and teachers that was never dealt with but swept under the rug so they would still receive their A Plus rating. Disgusting they preach otherwise!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

I am very satisfied with this school. My child is sufficiently challenged, disciplined, and cared for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

This is a wonderful achool. My child wakes up ever morning ready to get to school. This school goes beyond its standards.the teachers and office staff are so wonderful they always have a smile on ther face and friendly way to them all. I would say this school is # 1 in the phoenix area!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

my grandaughter has attended acaia since kindergarden she is in the sixth grade now because of the great teachers and staff she has always been on the honor roll and excelled in many activeties, there are so many wonderful programs any child can learn and grow to be productive americans, we will miss Acaia next year when we go to junior, What a blessing it has been for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Acacia has a very friendly staff. This is my childs first year at Acacia and the staff has made it a wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

This is the best school because the teachers really work with the kids and really talk to the parents!
—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 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
59%

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 63% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
78%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • 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

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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 47% 42%
Hispanic 40% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 4% 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 75%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3021 W. Evans Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85053
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