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Madison Traditional Academy

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Posted June 23, 2014

We just finished our first year at MTA and We lived it! I must admit however, I was a little hesitant when I got the phone call a week before school started. We decided to go for it and it was the best decision we ever made! Our child LOVES it there! As an educator myself, I was very impressed with what these kindergarteners were learning- from double digit subtraction, to reading, to writing stories. Every time I volunteered in the classroom, the students were engaged and actively learning. There was a sense of security and everyone felt safe. The kindergarten team is amazing! I hear not every grade level has the same caliber of teachers as the kindergarten team, but that is true at every school in America. Some grade levels are stronger than others. Some teachers are better than others. You will find that everywhere. I must say, I am confused with the negative comments about MTA. It is a school of choice. If you are not happy there, leave. Make room for other families who truly want to be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2014

We have had our children in this school since it's opening. This rating is ONLY for one teacher in particular. She is a first year teacher in way over her head, perhaps as she gains wisdom and learns HOW to teach she may improve. As of this moment she is by far the most incompetent teacher we have had to associate with. Her last name is Marshall. Good luck to any parent who has her in the future. And my kids get decent grades ( B average ), she simply at this time has no clue on the aspect of TEACHING. Seems she is on the Hillary Clinton mindset of "it takes a village" to teach. This is utter tosh.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

I love this school my son started this year in the 1st grade and I am impressed with his learning and the communication at the school is great you never have to wonder what is going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

MTA is not for average kids, I will agree with that. It is NOT for above average kids either, make no mistake of that. The academics are not rigorous (that comment actually made my laugh out loud). Volunteer time is there, but you do have to look for it now that the school has outgrown itself and made the class sizes too large (6 years ago we were told MAX class size would be 25- now my child is in a class of 36). I actually heard the principle state "working is not a valid reason to not volunteer" at a meeting last year. Not something you want to hear while you're literally trying to keep the power on and put food on the table. I'm not trying to convince anyone of my opinion, which seems to be a common theme among the other parents here, but you all can't change other peoples experiences. Just because they aren't the same as yours, and you have found a wonderful school at MTA doesn't mean that everyone has that same opinion. It also doesn't mean that it's because their kids aren't up to the challenge. My son has been bored with MTA for years- because he was doing Algebra in 1st grade at home- I'm not exaggerating. Keep in mind that MTA doesn't offer anything for kids like that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

I have a comment on the volunteer hours. I'm a working mom, in our 4th year with MTA and not one single month have I had to search high and low for ways to get my required hours. Not Once. There are volunteer opportunities EVERYWHERE. I think a mistake some parents make is to rely on their child's teacher to provide all their volunteer hours. That is not their job, nor do they have that much work to give. Instead, email committee chairs and Guild board members...you'll have your hours in no time flat. As far as your warning goes....We all sign the volunteer requirement form each year. We all know exactly what is expected of us, and it is our responsibility to find, record, and KNOW how many hours we have worked each month. That is all the warning you need. If our busy staff does happen to take the time to let you know that you are falling behind on your required hours, that is simply a courtesy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

I am really disappointed in these other parent reviews. We have been at this school since it has opened. This school has great academic accelerated curriculum. I brag about this school every chance I get and I almost feel guilty when other parents I talk to don't have their kids enrolled in this school. The principal is all matter of fact. It works for some and not everyone. The open door policy does not bother me. Let him do his job running our great school and making it better. The volunteer hours are a minimum of two per month. This school is for parents who really want to be involved with their kids at school and at home. The teachers are outstanding in all grade levels. Volunteering really lets you know the teacher your child has as well as other teachers in all grade levels, depending on what you are volunteering for. I love knowing each one and having a good relationship with each. We support our teachers at this school with different volunteer jobs, so that they can focus on the children. I will have all 5 of my kids go through this school and I am proud of that. Food for thought "shouldn't you have this same kind of excitement about where your child attends"?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

Our kinder teacher was amazing, infact all of the kinder teachers are. BUT, the principal is not a people person and runs it like a prison. He's not friendly, rude, and in fact his reputation has followed him from Cheyenne Traditional in Scottsdale, when he left families there were ecstatic. There is no open door policy only sees parents on appt. basis, and am appauled we thought this was the place for us. They give traditional schools a bad rep. I encourage you to seek out Alhambra Traditional School, MTA was modeled after them. ATS out does MTA by far, kind of sad actually. Their volunteer policy is so strict, they kick families out with no warning.. there's not enough volunteer opp. - I asked many times and had to search high and low for opportunities... this is your warning. parents there told me after kinder the school goes downhill from there, It hurt me as a mother .. we all try to find the best for our children. good luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

Run Run don't stop to look at MTA! We waited overnight to get our daughter in this school.. thinking this was the best place for her.. Instead we found out, it was a "bully" school the teachers don't even know where the kids are half the time. The pricipal is a "bully" as well. Do not put your kids in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

I recently moved my 1st grader from madison simis to MTA... it has been an absolute blessing. His teacher, Mrs. Wolf, is a phenomonal teacher. She is organized and has expectations of the children in her class. Both academically and behaviorally. She is also willing to communicate with the parent when necessary, which is a huge factor in keeping the parents involved with their kids education. My son no longer has to play 100 questions when he is doing homework as she makes sure to cover all the information he needs to know to do it by himself. Thank you MTA and Mrs. Wolf!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

Several parents including myself were not happy with the 3rd Grade curriculum last year. Not only did we see our kids' reading and math levels decrease, their enthusiasm for school did too. We weren't whining about too much homework or expecting MTA to fix our kids because most of us have had our kids at MTA since kindergarten. However, there was a legitimate problem with 3rd grade and the administration has responded. What gripes me about these parent reviews, is if a parent dares to complain about MTA, the Kool-Aid crowd snarkily tells them to send their kids to another school because the world needs ditch diggers and hamburger flippers. For your children's sake, I hope they never struggle in school because it's obvious they won't get support at home. No school is perfect and that includes MTA, but I still think it's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

We started with MTA 6 years ago - when parents were willing to overlook the lack of facilities and extracurricular activities in lieu of advanced curriculum and dedicated staff. Now that we have a new campus and great test scores, people want in for all the wrong reasons: proximity to home, convenience of having all their kids at a k-8 school, thinking MTA can "fix" their kids, that if their kids are currently struggling, a tutor can "catch them up". As a frequent volunteer, I have been in the office when prospective parents come in to inquiry about enrollment. I want to shake some of them! If your child isn't currently excelling - why would you consider moving them to a school with rigorous academics? When I overhear a parent say that their child isn't doing well at their current school because they are bored... or don't like their teacher ... or will "catch up" , I cringe. As a public school, MTA can' t turn away students... but it really is the parent's responsibility to make an educated and wise choice. MTA was never intended for the "average student".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

Our daughter started attending full-day kinder at MTA & we are loving it, best of all, she is loving it!!! She wakes up every morning thrilled to go to school; she loves learning. She is now reading a bit {recognizing words in books} & doing additions with doubles (9+9) and we are only 2 months into this school year. I really like the parent involvement at this school, it is mandatory. We love her teacher, Mrs. Gullette; she is great at sending us emails with updates & to let us know what the kids are learning. The school sends out weekly emails too to keep us all informed. I like that the uniform policy is strictly upheld. Kids are also taught to be respectful of one another & there is no tolerance for rudeness. We truly enjoy our child attending MTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

My son attended MTA for 1st grade and half of 2nd grade. He learned a ton, but honestly was bored to tears with repetition. In addition, both of his classrooms had kids with serious behavior problems, i.e. kids running from teacher, hiding under desks, writing mean notes to the teacher. I think it is very important for parents to realize that MTA is not for every kid, but the administration does not communicate this message at all. MTA is a school of choice, it has NO services for special needs kids. I also found that the teachers received no support from the administration in dealing with very disruptive children. In addition, the drop off and pick up situation is a nightmare and many of the parents are very type A. See the review below that says if a parent chooses a different school with less homework, then their child will be stuck flipping burgers. I'm so glad we left this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

Many of the parents are the ones to say MTA is a bad school, but it isn't. MTA is a great school! I am a student and have been there since day one. I love the school and will be sad to leave next year. The ecpectations and amount of homework are the way they are for a reason! So if this is one of your concerns find a new school. Also many of the parents give the school bad reviews, because they do not attend the school and experience what great staff and what a great learning environment MTA is! I highly recommend MTA if you are looking for a school where your child will excel and have a good learning experience


Posted March 2, 2012

We had great experiences in the elementary grades but there are serious issues in the middle school grades this year, especially in math. The teacher doesn't review homework so she doesn't know if a kid (or a bunch of kids) are struggling until they fail the test. By that time, it's too late because they've gone on to other topics. Parents have tried to address the issues with both teacher and principal, but their concerns are brushed aside with the same "love it or leave it" message that is posted here by some parents. At the same time, the gifted kids aren't getting the challenge they need, either, and those concerns are ignored, too. MTA was created by parents who wanted to be involved in curriculum decisions, but it is veering off course from that original concept as parent concerns continue to be ignored. Bottom line: MTA caters to above average kids, leaving the struggling and gifted kids to fend for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2012

MTA has done AMAZING things in its 5 years of existence. If you are not getting responses from a teacher or administrator, then you are not going about communicating the right way. 3rd Grade is a tough transitional jump of a year but it seems to smooth out quickly. But the previous poster is correct...it is not the right school for every kid & sometimes thats hard to accept when we thought we were making a great academic choice for our child. This site drives me nuts because people can say whatever they want about a very successful school to justify their complaints. My favorite is an early post from 2010 where it states that the "director" resigned. That did not happen. That very dedicated, smart & passionate "director" never intended on staying more than that first year. Her mission was to get it up & running & then search for a great candidate to take over. This school wouldnt even be a school if not for that "director". You may not like everyone but to go online anonymously & post untruths about someone is just plain cowardly! A lot of people researching schools look to this site for input. If you're going to post something (esp. negative) at least get your facts right!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2012

I have been so disappointed in MTA! My daughter transferred here for third grade and her grades and confidence have plummeted. I think the school is getting to big, huge class sizes and little to no one on one help available. My written concerns have gone unanswered by both the teacher and principal. Beyond sad, as we had heard such great things about this school prior to enrolling. Teachers read lessons right out of the book, 8 year old students are on their own in taking AR tests/not organized. Teacher website not up, and nothing but math and spelling comes home, no idea what they are learning in social studies, science, etc, or when tests are or what they are going to be tested on... little to no materials available for parents to use at home to help students succeed. Emails go unanswered, notes to school receive no reply. Really sad, as the parental involvement and the "idea" of MTA is great. We will not be returning next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

I have to respectfully disagree with the previous parent. My children have been at MTA since the beginning and we are very pleased--especially academically. MTA is a school of choice and its challenging academics are a large part of why we send our kids here. The curriculum is a year ahead for a reason--to challenge kids. I don't want "little robots" but I really don't want my children to go to school just to "be happy". Sometimes work is hard and the feeling of accomplishment after doing that hard work gives kids a real sense of accomplishment. I understand the previous parent's frustration--I have been there many nights helping my kids. There have been times when talking to the teacher was in order. I get it. The big picture however is that MTA is not a regular school in the district--it is Excelling and continues to be so for a reason. There are other schools in the district that offer different curricula and we have a choice. My oldest child is prepared for high school next year--does she complain about homework at times--of course! She is also very proud of all her hard work--it had paid off. Oh and she is also a happy/well rounded kid--ready for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

This is our first year at MTA. At first, I was so excited for my child to be attending a new school (beautiful campus, I must say) that is academically challenging. My child's 1st grade teacher is wonderful! Love her, no complaints! My child LOVES to learn, in fact, she always comes home telling me how much she enjoys doing homework. BUT...when the 1st grade team decided to change the policy and ADD more homework (nothing more than time fillers, really), I was upset. Even though they claim it should only take 15-30 min. per night, realistically, it is 45-60 minutes per night - FOR A FIRST GRADER! My child no longer likes to do her homework. Are we teaching them to dislike school? I think MTA is losing sight of the fact that at the end of the day they are children and as parents our ultimate job is not to turn out academically excelling robots, but happy little people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2011

Well, it seems everyone rated this school lowly. I, however, think this school is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The new campus is amazingly beautiful! The extra-curricular activities are great for the 5th-8th graders, they offer everything from P.E to drama to music to art, the sports are fun and competitive, (volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, cheer, softball and baseball) The kids are very accepting and bullying is practically non-existent in this school. I am a seventh grade girl and all of the kids in my grade accepted me this year although I was new and they all are great! Also, the principal is new this year, but that doesn't mean this school is going to fail! He is an amazing leader and strongly believes in the rules. The school's only downfall for me is the academics in some areas. I came from an extremely academically-focused school and I feel this is not as challenging as my old school was. However, they do teach one to two years ahead of the grade (whereas #1 and Meadows *do NOT*) so this school is very challenging for most children, but the teachers do not overload you with homework like some advanced schools I have been to. Great school.


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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.

89 students were tested at this school 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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% 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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 58% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Hispanic 15% 43%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 9%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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