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Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Paradise Valley

Charter | 9-12 | 350 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $196,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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2014:
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Posted April 23, 2014

Both of my daughters transferred to AAEC-PV for their Junior & Senior years from the HS currently ranked #2 in the country by US News. AAEC's dual enrollment with PVCC allows students to graduate with many more transferable college credits than an AP or IB program - AND have a life! Completing the AGEC program at PVCC, lets AZ students transfer a block of general-education credits to AZ universities. Kids can take the exact same courses offered at ASU, U of A, or NAU as part of their HS curriculum. Some medical schools allow courses taken at PVCC where they do not give allow AP/IB coursework. Be aware you need to play the scholarship game. Filing paperwork to graduate from PVCC may eliminate eligibility for some scholarships, where NOT technically graduating with an AA can allow more scholarship - it depends on the university. The facility is safe, clean & beautiful. The staff empowers students. There is no bullying. AAEC embraces all students in a community. The program diversity that comes from the partnership between AAEC & PVCC enables every student to pursue his/her dream, whether that is medical school, a certificate in Fire Investigation, or a LINUX certification.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

My school is excellent, so much more comfortable and one-on-one than the previous public school I went to. The teachers are great and I made many friends on my first week of school! I love that I can receive my Associates Degree by taking college classes and that will greatly help me in college. I also love the Veterinary Sciences classes course as I want to be a veterinarian. I could not think of a better school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2014

The staff really shows what is becoming a rare attitude in schools these day. The care and concern for the individual. They take the time to develop personal relationships with the students thus encouraging the students to grow and succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

AAEC is an amazing school. Small student body and all the students are kind and appreciative of one another. Strong emphasis on excelling academically. More like a family than school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

Excellent school with high regard for academics - they do set the bar high and it forces my son to be accountable; he is challenged further academically than he was at a previous high school. I love that he can attend college simultaneously and earn free tuition now! Not all of the teachers are what I would consider "top-notch", but then again, in what school are they? BY and large they are a great group that seem to care about the educational investment of the kids. I am most pleased, also, that there does not seem to be any bullying and social pressures just aren't much of an issue. I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

My school is great because it gives us so many opportunities for success by paying for our college classes, and letting us earn college credits so we get ahead of the game. It's also fantastic for people who want to be involved with animals, especially horses. The vet science and equine classes they offer are great for people who want to have careers related to those.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2014

Seems the staff has learned how to write reviews. Almost all high schools in the area offer college classes. Although this school is improving with the new principal, it has a long, long way to go. Turn over in teachers has been incredibly high, not a bad thing. For the past two years I've seen so many students have to leave because their schedules didn't qualify them to graduate with their class even though they were told they would have enough credits. The college isn't happy with the ill prepared kids they are getting. Most are not emotionally ready and the school does nothing about this. They just push them to the college to get more money. With it being run better and firing some of the incompetent faculty and staff, let's hope it will improve with time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I love my daughter being able to take college classes while attending high school. I also appreciate how hard the teachers and principal work to have success in high school while preparing for college
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

The class sizes are small, allowing the teachers to focus on the needs of the student, not just getting through the material. The staff works with the student to help them chose the best college classes that will fit their schedule as well as towards their AA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

AAEC is a wonderful school. I am glad my son decided to try this school. I have been happy with everything AAEC has done for him and other Teenagers who go to this school. My son will earn a great education from this school and so will other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

WOW, this school is INCREDIBLE! I have two kids, a Senior & a Sophmore attending this school. I previously home schooled & had reservations about brick/ mortar schools . Happy to report, both my kids are dually enrolled in high school and college and have, in my opinion, the best school and curriculum in the area. Administration is amazing and the teachers have far exceeded my expectations. I wish I would of known about it sooner. I would recommend this school to any hard working student that has strong values and truly has a love of learning. If you are an agricultural enthusiast, be ready for an amazing opportunity that has long been lost. FFA, 4H and equine enthusiasts are in for a real treat. There are horses, a barn, and a riding arena. For others the academics are challenging and the educators are top notch. Teachers here are passionate about teaching. The building is new & the atmosphere has a college feel to it. If you have a student that loves learning & plans to attend college, this is for you! Did I mention that the college classes at PVCC are free? Only cost to you is for the books. Kudos to all the teachers, office staff and one incredible principle!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

This is my sons first year and he as excelled. The teachers are very open and available to talk to, the front office is great and the best thing is the fact that my son is one of 500 vs one of 10000 like at a traditional high school. When I go to the school to check on his progress the principal already knows me and my son without having to look in a file. I look forward to seeing how my daughter will do next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

Some of the previous comments are unfounded. All AAEC instructors meet the requirements to teach in the state of Arizona. Teachers are either Highly Qualified and or certified by the State of Arizona. The documentation is public and availble for review. It amazes my that an individual would post comments that are unfounded and call themselves a professional. All AAEC HIgh Schools are ranked in the top ten schools in the State. I currenlty have a niece and nephew attending the campus and they are in a program that allows them to go as far as they can to meet thier individual needs. Way to go, I have one of them graduating with thier Associates degree at college a week before HS graduation. Its an outstanding program and for parents its one of the best things you can do for your child.
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Posted January 13, 2014

AAEC-Paradise Valley is an excellent school. My daughter is in her second year and has become a better student as a result of the teachers and school structure. The smaller classroom, and the ability to interactive with staff is such an asset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

Everyone has all of these great reviews for this school, but I on the other hand have had tons of problems with AAEC. The teachers are great, the students are great, the administration office is TERRIBLE. They are completely unorganized. As a freshman they put my daughter in a higher grade level class and told her that she was suppose to be in it, Now she is in her senior year and they just realized she never should have been in it. The school is suppose to be a college prep school but does not prep the kids for taking the SAT or ACT. I am very unhappy with this school at this point. I regret ever making my daughter go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

This school is Amazing where can you earn a highschool diploma and an AA degree at the same time without paying tuition? No where. My Daughter is highly excited to start her freshman year with a great school that has a wonderful staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

AAEC has been amazing for my son. He has struggled greatly for years with being motivated or interested in his classes. We had private testing done and he was found to be highly gifted, which none of the previous public school tests identified. His teachers at AAEC have contacted us with any concerns or helpful suggestions, and have gone out of their way to encourage him. He is very excited to have the opportunity to take college classes and finally feel challenged, rather than just having extra homework piled on him like at his previous schools. There is free tutoring offered after school which is done by the teachers, and many special activities are offered as well. The other incredible thing about AAEC is how kind and accepting the other students are. My son was bullied constantly in middle school, yet he came to this school knowing no one, and has not had one single incident of bullying. In fact I have witnessed many times the other kids going out of their way to say hi to my son and include him. The small environment has been great, and the fact that the teachers and staff know all the kids makes a huge difference. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2012

I highly recommend this school. It is a small school and the teachers are more than willing to help students if they need extra help. The principal knows the names of most, if not all of the students. Can your principal say that? He is also involved in most, if not all of the activities at the school. He assists many of the students to choose a personalized class schedule that meets their needs and the AZ educational requirements . AAEC - PV students are able to take college courses at the PV Community College tuition free (as long as your student passes). This is a GREAT benefit. The administrative assistants know all of the students and are VERY helpful when you call the school. The only downfall I can think of is, that they do not offer sports. They do have many other activities/clubs that the students can join. My daughter loves this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

As a mom, I am so grateful, that 3 of my children had the opportunity to attend AAEC-PV. The academics, staff, and teachers are the finest. The safety of my children, concern by the staff and challenging academics are so superior to the public school that my children would have attended. AAEC-PV has been an extension of my family for the past 6 years. My children are successful in all areas of their lives due to the partnership of the teachers and staff mentoring them to not only be successful students but even more importantly responsible young citizens. I hold the teachers and staff in the highest regard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2012

AAEC is one of the finest schools I have been associated with. Their faculty is of the highest caliber and genuinely care about the success of their students. The teachers will come in early and stay late if it means helping a student accomplish their goals. The staff and administration work hard to assist the students with all aspects of academic needs/concerns. My daughter attended AAEC for four years and recently graduated with, not only her high school diploma but also her Associate of Arts degree from Paradise Valley Community College. She begins her University career having to complete only 2 years for her Bachelors Degree and also a full tuition AIMS scholarship. My son, who will be a Sophomore has already begun attending community college and is working towards his degree. My children have had and will continue to have great academic success due to the staff/faculty and administrators of AAEC because of their commitment to students and helping them achieve their goals. I recommend this school to everyone I know.
—Submitted by a parent


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Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
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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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

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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.

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 42%
Hispanic 6% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A47%
Female 65%N/A49%
Male 35%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Cave Creek USD
Paradise Valley USD
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  • Japanese
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 4:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Martha Braly
Fax number
  • (602) 569-6372

Programs

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  • Spanish
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  • Equine Activities
Girls sports
  • Equine Activities

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  • Drama
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  • Every student attending AAEC is enrolled in at least one college course, earning college credits through concurrent enrollment. The class of 2002 averaged 46 transferable college credits per student with a 3.0 GPA overall. Three graduates earned AA degrees along with their high school degrees.
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