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Imagine Camelback Elementary School

Charter | PK-8 | 745 students

Our school is best known for the academic powerhouse it has become.

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $67,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $660.

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Posted April 19, 2013

This school is an amazing school. It would be even better if the parents would step up to the plate and do the job they need to do for their students to succeed. The teachers are amazing, they work very hard to make sure the student's needs are met on a daily basis. The only reason a parent complains is probably because they get called out on their own faults and not doing their job as a parent. Parents need to stop being in denial about their children and their behaviors then this school wouldn't get negative reviews :)


Posted January 28, 2013

Steer clear of this school. I (bad choice) allowed my children to attend this school. There is no teacher stability. The my Kindergartner had 4 teacher changes from August till December because the Teachers kept leaving. Not a good choice of schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

I have been let down by this school. My son's kindergarten teacher quit and we were told by another teacher, not the school or the teacher who took over the class. Their is a huge gap in communication between the office and the teachers. I have informed the teacher that I needed to pick my son up an hour early and it took 30 minutes to find where my son was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

This school is awesome! Ms. Sanders and all the teachers and staff rock!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Imagine Camelback is an excellent institution. Ms. Sanders, Ms. Frazey with the team of teachers are setting an example for any school. I love being a part of this team and part of the imagine family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 16, 2010

Imagine Camelback is an excellent school. The school provides many accomodations for the children to reach their full potential. All of the staff members that I have become acquainted with are very friendly and professional. Programs like Kitchen on the Streets, The Horse Rescue,and working on finding shelter for the homeless allows the children to serve their community! Imagine Camelback is awesome!


Posted April 16, 2010

Imagine camelback is an extrodinary school. The employees at camelback really enjoy there jobs and are determined to help every child succeed to their highest potential. The reading lab, which is run by Kelly Frazey is a wonderful addition to camelback. If anyone knows Kelly they could see that she is a hard worker, a wonderful co-worker and a leader who truely cares about making a difference in the lives of children and the community. The after school survivor camp has also been a great enhancement to camelback with lots of helpful resources for the children.


Posted April 8, 2010

I believe this school is awesome, my two boys go to Imagine School at Camelback and they have come full circle from when they began here. Their teachers Mr. Z and Miss May are the best teachers I have ever come across. My son has gone from not wanting to come to school at all, to wanting to come early and giving his 100% in Math. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2009

It is almost as if the teachers are afraid of the students. You don t see teaching going on in most of the classroom, except for the math teacher. She at least attempted to teach to those students that were interested. My child is not returning this fall. Frazey, the middle school leader runs the school because most of the time Imagine could not keep a principal or assistant for one reason or another. Frazey is the rudest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

This school has great potential, under a new principal,we had seen the difference regarding discipline,Teachers have more access to technological resources,like smartboards and two computer labs ,to use throughout the curriculum. the only issue is the lack of parent participation, but i belive that is across the board in any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2008

Other than the less than easily accessible campus, due mostly to lightrail construction, I have been very satisfied with the education my children have received there. My oldest will be in 5th grade, starting in a few weeks, and for the tail end of her 3rd grade & her entire 4th grade year, she has been working with accomodations set forth under an IEP that was established over a total course of less than a month. The only students I don't reccomend sending into Imagine are ones who might have a problem with getting bored due to higher intelligence. But for kids who are 'average learners', and those who need Special Ed services, this school is fantastic!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2008

Imagine schools are fantastic! Great teachers, administration and students!
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

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72%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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65%

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68%

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56%
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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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

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38%

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36%
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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

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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Hispanic 69% 43%
Black 14% 5%
White 10% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Arabic languages
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 2012 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List (2012)

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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Debbie Yarbrough
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 344-4630

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Adult education
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
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
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tackle Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
725
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
750

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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Washington High School
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5050 North 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85015
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Phone: (602) 344-4620

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