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Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - South Mountain

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $92,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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4 stars

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Posted June 29, 2014

I am glad my daughter went to AAEC for High school she graduated with an associates degree and had a very good high school experience, with smaller classes and a campus were people actually knew her, there was companionship and camaraderie, very nice kids indeed and most of them care about their future and careers, no sports, you trade the sports for college credits instead so it's a good idea to supplement the high-school with extracurricular activities, and make sure they are active. Also a very diverse school which will help her get along with everyone in the future. She want's to become a veterinarian and this was a great head-start to her career!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2014

AAEC-SM has given me piece of mind when it comes to my students education. The cirriculum is very strict and i love the fact that students are offered the opportunity to take college classes. My student had entered into her freshman year coming from an under achieving junior high school and had some struggles her first high school year. With the help of the teachers she got on track and was able to get where she needed to be for her grade level. I am very pleased with the way the principle and office staff interacts and gets involved with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2014

I have been nothing but impressed with this school since day one. To start off with, I cannot say enough good about the principal and staff. They really care about and relate to the students. I have appreciated the IEP's with which both principal and teachers are on board. They really know how to push the kids to do their best and I've seen that with my own daughter. I love the small campus and the ability to take and earn college credits. The independence and confidence this school has helped to instill in my daughter is priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2014

I have a child that just graduated from AAEC-SM and 1 that will be a Sophomore for the 2014-15 school year. I am very happy with the education that they receive(d). Living in a school district area where the public high school education is not as great as it should be, it was refreshing to know there was another option! My children came from a private elementary school and easily made the transition to high school. The teachers and staff work hard with parents to create a learning environment for each individual. Students are challenged with both College and High School courses. The kids that succeed are the ones willing to work hard for their grades, those who choose not to apply themselves are given several opportunities for improvement ... but not a free pass to the next grade as you hear about other schools. My child was accepted to ASU as a Sophomore College Student and received grants/scholarships to pay for almost all of her continuing education. The only issue is parent involvement, but it really is the parents that drop the ball and not the staff because they reach out at every opportunity and are very available in person, online and by phone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2014

A true jewel in central Phoenix. This school is amazing. They have an equestrian program, a vet science program, and many student clubs, notably FFA for agriculture interested students. It has a small-school feel - the administrators know the students and truly care about their success. The most amazing part is the FREE tuition to earn college credits at South Mountain Community College. My student will graduate high school with her Associate's degree from SMCC! Most importantly the teachers and administrators care about helping students succeed, and they are realistic about the kids' school / life / work balance. If students are motivated and willing to work hard, there is no limit to what they can accomplish at AAEC South Mountain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2012

My experience at the south mountain campus was an amazing aportunity for growth. I acomplished a lot in the two and a half years i was there, AAEC provides the opportunities and one as a student is responsible for how far they want to go from there. What i loved most was the staffs commitment to see us succeed. AAEC high school prepares student with life long skills.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2011

AAEC-South Mountain has helped me succeed as a student. This school gives students the unique opportunity to take college and high school classes, and the teachers and staff are very supportive. Being able to take college classes helped me learn how to work and behave appropriately in a college environment. After graduating from AAEC with a high school with an associate degree, I am confident about going to a university. The teachers and staff were there every step of the way. Because this was a small high school, I got the attention I needed in class to do well on assignments. AAEC-South Mountain is a caring community of students, teachers, and staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2011

AAEC South Mountain has been a wonderful opportunity for my daughter to complete two years of her college education while in high school. The education and life skills provided by AAEC have helped my child to become engaged in her education and seek out service opportunities in the community. AAEC has done a fine job of creating a safe campus community and a positive learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

There are many factors that can cause trouble when you have a teenager. School and peer influence are two major factors among them. However, I am lucky that my daughter goes to AAEC-SMCC. The school is great with regards to its teachers and courses. The teachers caring attitude helps my daughter to maintain her interest and good grades in school. In addition, the school s safe environment and conscientious students affect each others productivity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

This school has given me great opportunities in advancing my educational skills and has helped me achieve two Associate's degrees.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2010

this school gave me great opportunities that i couln't find anywere else ! the staff and the students are all very friendly im glad i came here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2010

AAEC is a great school to get ahead in our learning , they also provide college classes for us the students so me being a student i really enjoyed being here these past four years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2010

Ms. Mashatt and Ms. Ness Rock!! I love the school and cannot wait for next year!! I am so excited to be here, and i am excited to take college classes next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2010

AAec is a great school for students who want to have a great edducation. the school gives the students the choice to take college classes in south mountain community college. they can even earn their AA degree by the time they graduate from highschool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2010

I love the school !! it has wonderful oppertunities,and i have had many of them. The teachers are great and so are the students,we may be a very diverse school but we all get along and love each other. There is not a word i can think of to decribe the school as to how awesome it is ! Especially the principle,Mrs.Mashatt she's like a mom to each and every one of the seniors she calls us her kids and her seniors.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2010

I am a student that has been going here for three and a half years and I've been to three different schools. This school is by far the best. The other schools around this place pale in comparisson to A.A.E.C.. It has, in my opinion, the best staff any student could hope for. They push you becasue they actually care about the students, unlike the schools that only say they care about the students that go there. I have only good things to say about this school and the staff working here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2010

I am the parent of a Student who learns differently. My son has just completed his Sophomore year at AAEC - I have to tell you that he is thriving in this environment. IEP's are honored, but more importantly they are incorporated into the teaching for ALL students, ie, the teachers meet the students needs, then challenge them beyond... My son will meet his goals of University because of these dedicated teachers & staff empowering him to do so! Do not hesitate to come visit the school. It a gem, tucked away in an area of Phoenix that for many is discounted as unlikely. Not so....great things are happening here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I transferred to AAEC South Mountain my junior year, so i have a different view of it than others. This school teaches you responsibility and how to take control of your own education. It teaches you independence, and how to succeed in college. By allowing its students to take college classes and possibly even earn their Associates Degrees by their Senior Year. This school is the perfect place for anyone who wishes to go to college in the future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2010

I've been attending AAEC since my freshman year. Today i am a senior in AAEC, all i have to say is that attending this school has given me much of what is necessary to go out into the world. Not only has it taught me perseverence, but that there are many opportunities out there. I think that over all the school allows for the students to grow in maturity and education. This school is a great place to meet people, succeed in school, and have a headstart in our future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2010

My daughter has been at AAEC SM for four years. She will be graduating this year with not only her high schoool diploma but also her associate of Arts degree from South Mountain Community College. AAEC has prepared her to be successful during her last two years at ASU. The teachers really care about each and every student. Students have every opportunity to be successful. I would recommend AAEC to students who want to be challenged and get a head start on college.
—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 62% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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
Hispanic 74% 43%
Black 12% 5%
White 10% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
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 69%N/A47%
Female 56%N/A49%
Male 44%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30
School end time
  • 4:30
School Leader's name
  • Dr. William R. Conley
Fax number
  • (602) 323-9869

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Business
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Equestrian
  • Equine Activities
Girls sports
  • Equestrian
  • Equine Activities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Partnerships with: *arizona state university *south mountain community college *many industry leaders *community provides access to biotechnolgy & veterinary labs
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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  • AAEC is directly located on the Community College Campuses. Students that attend our program will be concurrently enrolled in Community College courses. AAEC's class of 2002 averaged 46 transferrable college credits per student with an average overall GPA of 3.0. Three of the graduates graduated with their AA degrees.
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2002 E. Baseline Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85042
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Phone: (602) 243-8004

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