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Madison Traditional Academy

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted August 19, 2008

MTA has been great so far. My daughter is in Kindergarten this year and has made a nice transition into school. The staff and teachers at MTA have been wonderful. Ms. Grass in the office is great and Ms. Ball my daughter's teacher has been wonderful. All the parents I have come in contact with have been friendly and helpful. My daughter is happy at school and I am very happy with everything. I love the uniforms! I would highly recommend Madison Traditional Academy to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

As MTA's inaugural year comes to a close, our family has been very impressed with all school has accomplished in its first year. Our son has flourished under the Saxon math program and his reading and comprehension has skyrocketed to nearly four grade levels above his actual grade. Our second grader has consistantly showed superior performance on all of his benchmark assessments. The leadership under Kristen Venberg has been outstanding and she was able to provide a smooth transition for the children and parents who left behind their familiar teachers and friends from Simis. The school is welcoming and the parent participation is very high. I have found that the 'direct instruction' approach used in my son's classroom actually saved him time from doing his homework because much of what he needed to learn was already covered in the classroom by the teacher. MTA has been a good choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

We love MTA. Our kindergartner is reading, has increased confidence, and has made kind, caring friends. MTA has a strong focus on character and it shows. I respect and enjoy every parent and school administrator I have encountered. Allowing the staff do their jobs and a certain level of parent invovement can be a tricky line to walk, but MTA and its families seem to be doing this VERY well. I also like that they go ahead and celebrate a birthday or Halloween here and there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

MTA was established by a large group of parents whose children formerly attended Madison Simis, who were concerned with the lack of a consistent and challenging cirriculum and the shortcomings of the constructivist approach as a learning model. Our fourth grader had received straight A's at Simis since Kindergarten, but didn't have to work terribly hard to do it. His achievement test scores, while respectable, didn't reflect the mastery of academic work that his grades would have suggested. He is now challenged by his course work at MTA (including grade-ahead math and a heavy dose of reading), and is thriving. MTA appears to have attracted a more academically oriented cross-section of students and a more involved cross-section of parents than his old school. Though we will always have fond memories of Simis, it is clear to us that MTA is providing a more solid tuition-free educational foundation for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


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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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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%
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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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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97%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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2010

 
 
94%
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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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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93%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
82%

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2010

 
 
93%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
87%

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90%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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98%

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98%

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90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
70%

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83%

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87%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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96%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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77%

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70%

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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 58% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

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88%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

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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 "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

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
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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925 E. Maryland Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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