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2323 W. Parkside Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027

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(602) 938-5517
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March 10, 2015
We had a great teacher but the administration needs to be respectful of parents concerns and questions about school policies need to be answered in a timely manner. Overall because of the disrespectful way the administration treats the parents I wouldn't recommend this school. We are unheard and talked down to even though they claim to be a parent oriented school. Very disappointing. Been there 3 years, changing schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
My child has attended Adams Pre-K, K & 1st. FYI Our 13 yr old attends Deer Valley so we have "outside" view. Adams CONS: lots of hmwrk & requirements (book rpts, reading logs, poems, etc) so lots to keep track of, as parent I feel I am teaching vs. encouraging w/hmwrk, VERY high standards - maybe a little too high? school/parent communication could improve, uses Spalding/Singapore methods which r great but most parents don't know so hard to help w/hmwrk (perhaps school needs to remember and offer assistance more) PROS: Child is doing well (little stressed over hmwrk), love uniforms & "stricter" atmosphere (less noise/chaos/respect required), Principal/staff open to talk & resolve issues, curriculum hard but gives child opportunity to achieve great levels that may not have been pushed at other schools. Results so far - GREAT my 1st grader is reading chapter books!! Overall, we are pleased w/Adams. After almost 3 yrs there I would still make same choice. If u r looking at Adams be sure to consider they do use Spalding & Singapore Math and they have HIGH expectations and hmwrk levels. This WILL require more time/involvement as a parent - but our kids r worth it!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
In terms of education the quality is high, but in terms of leadership and how children are treated I would only give this school a 1. Bullying is acceptable from the children to the adults, communication is horrible, and now they shame the elementary students by handing out detentions left and right. I would be awesome if this school could find a healthy balance between education and the children. New leadership is definitely needed, and if you don't like the way they do something, you will be shown the door and told that this school is not for everyone. I have never been more disappointed in our education system.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
My child has been attending ATA since 3rd grade, which is also the 2nd year they had been open. ATA is not for every family. It does take a lot of parent involvement, particularly in the lower grades. I've read some of the reviews. Good and bad, as far as the teacher turnover, you'll have that in every school. Of course some teachers are better then others. They try to hold on to the "good ones". It is a very high demand job, that's not for every teacher. I believe the curriculum has helped push my child to be the best she could be. Looking forward to Jefferson Prep (ATA High School).

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
As a parent, I love the structure at school. Our child has attended for 3 years now. The Curriculum is challenging, our only struggle is the long nights of HW which include Studying for test.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
For the person who wrote this review: " My kid is in ATB preschool program, their preschool program is nothing but BABY SITTING. . ." I STRONGLY disagree! My child was there 2 years and came out knowing ALL her letters/sounds; she recited poetry; she was more than prepared for kinder. In fact, when I looked at the regular public school in our neighborhood, what they were doing in K was what she did in preschool at ATB. We opted to stay at ATA because of this. We didn't want a repeat of what she already knew. Just a few weeks into K, my child is ready to read. That would not be the case if she had just been "baby sat".

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
I wrote the last review and hit five stars. I do not how it changed to one. I love Adams!!! I hope to get it fixed ASAP.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
We love having our children attend Adams! At first, I was concerned by the heavy homework load and strictness. After a year, I found out that your child brings home tons of homework if they aren't finishing the work in class. Now my kids do the class work in class and bring home very little homework. Our children feel very safe and comfortable with strict guidelines for behavior and dress code. We are ecstatic with our choice! But it takes a huge amount of parental involvement and focus.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
This school looks very good at first glance but there are problems below the surface. The turnover of teachers is truly alarming. Also the demands expected of children causes anxiety that is not worth the payoffs. Children are held behind in upper grades and will end up hating school. The resources department is very small and not equipped to handle the demands of the children who need the services. Parents read the reviews and think that this school will be a magic cure for children with demanding disabilities. If your child is ready to devote their life for the next year to schoolwork and nothing more than by all means send your child here.

- submitted by a community member
April 18, 2014
Adams is very academically challenging, which for some Is a good thing! We switched to Adams due to some bullying issues at the local public school. We had a fantastic 2nd grade teacher who was very understanding to the "transition period" that new students go through to get used to the rigorous curriculum and homework demands. I have found, though, the turnover rate for teachers is VERY high bc of the demands of the job at this school. Third grade was an entirely DIFFERENT story. My son (who is a good student and very well behaved!) was regularly bringing home homework that took 60-90 mins to complete, he was constantly criticized, and ended up HATING school. Third grade is a tough year at Adams and they tell you that at orientation! We are switching to a school with similar philosophy, but with teachers that want to make learning fun and less homework demands so that my children can participate in afterschool activities and still be kids!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Adams Traditional Academy is huge step forward from the public school my kids were attending. The teachers really care if the children are succeeding.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
This school is wonderful academically, but the rigour, in my opinion is too much. The teachers are strict to the point of kids not wanting to try, because it is never good enough for the students. Teachers that can not adhere to this way of teaching quit mid-term due to the pressure. It is the teachers' job to motivate students for excellence. What I see us punishment, shame, and grading down work for minor infractions. Grades are not soley based on achievement. Students in 3rd grade lose 20% of a grade for forgetting to write their name. I'm sorry, I can not agree to that.

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2014
Wow, that last comment was harsh. When you are writing a comment llike this, please watch your punctuation, spelling and capital letters. People might take you more seriously. Please be more specific. As a former teacher and now parent of a kinder kid at Adams, I have had a wonderful experience. My son loves school and loves his teachers. They have high expectations of children here. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
My kid is in ATB preschool program, their preschool program is nothing but BABY SITTING. They do not teach anything and teachers do not communicate at all with parents. Principal is mostly interested in increasing pre school classes vs kindergarten classes. You can see that based on number of paid preschool classes they added vs KG classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
This is our first year at this school. So far it's been great - they have great curriculum. My kids seem learning a lot academically. Breakfast/Lunch programs are also great as they build a state-of-art kitchen on site this year - so the kids can enjoy the fresh made food.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Adams Traditional Academy is a wonderful school and the pre-school is very special as well. We've been with the school for 2 years now and I can't say enough good thing about it. My daughter is in 1st grade and the education for fundamentals has been outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
I love this school! I'superbly picky with schools, I'm very pleased so far. My child gets to learn with a great curriculum with art classes, and latin. The uniform code is strict (fine with me!), and the parking, pick up/drop off is kind of a challenge (they need to buy more land for parking spaces for sure!, or stagger the start times of the different grade levels?) I'm very excited about it. The attrition rate doesn't concern me at all. The school I went to growing up had a high attrition rate, because it was challenging - but it was an amazing school - so this doesn't matter to me about Adams. This is a school for kids who want to be challenged.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
We moved our kids here from the public school and have been very pleased. Our daughter had all A's & B's before coming here and really struggled to get caught up to the speed of how things work at Adams. We as parents had a lot of learning to do as well, you know you are in trouble when they offer classes on how to teach the parents, to teach their kids! They offered free tutoring and our daughter ended the year on a great note, but it was A LOT of work for her. Our son had some behavior problems at his last school, he just was not being challenged, the structure of Adams and rigor was exactly what he needed. He is like night and day, just a new kid, more well mannered and so much happier. The teachers here work their butts off. We love this school, the high expectations they have for our kids, and love knowing that our kids are surrounded by "good kids".. Adams is not for everyone, we shall see if our daughter can handle it this year, she loves it, but we don't want her to loathe school. You really just have to know your kids and what is best for them when choosing a school. The principal reminds me of my Catholic school days.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
If your child is academic oriented and not interested in sports or any literary activities, this school is for you. They do have good curriculum but lot depends on the teachers. Singapore math they teach book reports they make kids write are wonderful experience. However, both student and teacher attrition rate is too high. Though not against disciplining the children, I think the amount of detentions kids serve for some unbelievable silly reasons should reduce. On the other extreme, my son had to serve detention as the teacher assumed he had stolen a toy from another kid s bag. Luckily that small toy was from a set of 12 I had at home carried the remaining eleven to show that it belonged to him. Unfortunately my son already had served the detention by then. That left a very bad taste with us and will never forget that day. Teacher was not careful enough to enter correct marks obtained into their system. After 2 quarters, carried all corrected papers to show the inconsistency. Again, I stick to what I said earlier. No doubt It s a good school with good curriculum standards in case you get good teacher but with limited extra-curricular activities and adverse discipline policies.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
The good news about this school is it's a school of choice! I choose to send my kids here. If teachers are not performing there is no district guideline that needs to be followed to terminate employment. I have found this school for my children to be both challenging and rewarding. I appreciate that I have to be involved in my child's education. If you don't believe in being involved and discipline this is not the place for you. I appreciate the curriculum and after school activities that are made available to my child. I look forward to learning Latin next year with my children as well. I am excited for the school and it's future. To have a school be be able to provide a preschool through 12th grade education is a great accomplishment. Keep it up ATA!! You are doing great things!! Remember, we are here because we choose to be here, not because it's the school down the street or within our district.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
I have nothing but praise for ATA and would recommend the school for every parent. Comparisons to DVUSD, the home district my son would be attending, all favor Adams. 1. My DVUSD school has been experiencing a decline in student population. The struggling DVUSD schools need to be consolidated with other schools to save money and cut losses. ATA has a waitlist and is expanding. 2. ATA's curriculum is challenging and, I believe, rewarding long term. I'd be hesitant to recommend ATA to DVUSD students beyond 3rd grade as many will struggle adjusting to the curriculum (kids who have left ATA found district schools to have a much easier curriculum). Parental involvement will help with adjustment to ATA. 3. DVUSD continues to ask for money via override and hasn't made any needed cuts in places like school consolidation or reductions in Sr. Administration (if the district is shrinking, leadership is to blame, not the teachers). If ATA had the same money issues, the school would have to close. ATA has to execute well and has. Every school has its issues and every school is not for everyone. ATA is 4 years old so and is still evolving but I choose and recommend ATA over DVUSD.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
I am a little skeptical about the authenticity of the test scores. It seems the lower grades score in the 70's for math (5th grade) and then all of a sudden perfect scores for all students in 6, 7, and 8th grade math and reading (not 1 question missed in either section by even 1 child) Hum...Curious about how that happens..seems very unlikely.

- submitted by a community member
February 20, 2013
I am the mother of two children that attend ATA, with another attending in the fall. We LOVE this school and are extremely pleased by the education our children are receiving here. Previously our children attended a private school and they have grown so much academically since they moved here, the growth rates on their test scores are amazing! I The administration and teachers are very hardworking and we are so impressed by the quality of the teachers who challenge students in the classroom. The teachers are also wonderful at giving extra time to tutor students before or after school, which is not something we experienced at a previous school. Parents are also highly involved and encouraged to participate in their child s education. I highly recommend the school!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I have children that attend this school. My experience is inconsistent teacher to teacher. The question you need to ask when you tour Adams is what is the attrition rate? I've seen an attrition rate of approx 40% in some grades. In my opinion, parents that are pleased with a school and the job the teachers and administrators are doing do not choose to leave and enroll someplace else. My overall impression of the school has been that if you drink the Kool-Aid and think that the school has "rigorous standards" (what the administration tells you) you'll be happy here. When (or if) things don't go well for your child if you only look at your child as the sole problem, then you will be happy here. However, if you question the teacher(s) or the administration and how they run their classroom(s) or the school you will quickly be ignored and encouraged to seek the door (the reason for the high attrition). I found that this school tends to think they have high standards for their students, but in my opinion, they have low standards for their teachers. Charter schools like to "sell" that they are giving you a private school education for free. Don't believe the sales pitch.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
I love the school, it's really pushed my kids to work harder and strive to do their best. The parent university classes will help parents understand what their child is learning and I'm always amazed at the expectations of the teachers, the curriculum is very difficult. It's impressive what your kids can learn and comprehend if they are just given the opportunity and right leadership

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
We came from an excellent public school on the East coast, Adams is a close second. We toured several schools, public, charter, private in Phoenix and I was very impressed with the curriculum. My kids have been there for three weeks and I am extremely happy. The school is small, but not too small.... The teachers are quick to respond to emails, the homework is appropriate for the grade level.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2012
This school is amazing! Next best thing to a private school. I'm really enjoying our time at this school. I have a kindergartner and he absolutely loves it. The teachers are very caring & supportive. They take the time to tell you EVERYTHING. My child had an asthma attack & school and I brought the nebulizer up to the school, his teacher sat in the nurse's office the entire time (while it was recess for her class). Pretty scary experience for a 5 yr old. The principal calls you back in a timely fashion should you have any issues you need to bring to her attention. They have movie night's on some Friday evenings & math workshops to help you understand their math program (Singapore Math). I love the traditional approach to education. I really like how they say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. And they use the Spalding Program to teach reading. It's simply the best. It's fun & easy! I would rate this school 5 stars but it's too early in the school year. This is my opinion thus far.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
I used to teach at this school. The curriculum is challenging, but overall ok. They need to adopt a science curriculum instead of teachers having to find/provide most of the resources. The principal does not back teachers, but is rather pro-parent. As a parent I'm sure this makes you happy. Please understand that parent run classrooms is not a state standard...leave the teaching to the teachers and the parenting to you. As a teacher, this makes for a tough teaching, as the teachers are usually undermined. The principal is very unorganized and does not stick to a routine. While on paper the school is great; however, once you get in there, not so much. I feel for the new teachers and have some advice for them...get ready to give up your life, because you will not have one until the school year is over. Best of luck to the teachers and students for the upcoming school year.

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2012
Don't ever go to this school! The teachers are bad and the math is so hard! Don't go here! If you want a really good school to go to try BASIS.

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2012
Fantastic school! We have been at Adams Traditional since the day it opened. We have watched the school deal with the challenges of being a new school. The growing pains have been handled well by the principal and faculty. Mrs. Malone is a phenomenal principal who is both firm and loving. She is respected by the teachers, faculty, and the parents. The teachers at Adams are taught to expect the best from their students. The students are challenged at a reasonable, but not unrealistic pace. The environment is organized and orderly which is particularly helpful for students that need extra help focusing. There is a focus on the family at Adams. Homework is not offered on the weekends which allows families to have relaxing time together. The teaching faculty has gotten better each year. Teachers are constantly being educated and further trained. The after school programs are excellent and the before and after care is good for those who need it. The specials teachers in P. E., art, and computers are fun and inspire their students to learn. This school is quickly becoming an excellent asset for the North Phoenix community.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2012
My son attended here for one year, in first grade. The curriculum is very challenging, I liked that part, but however didn't like the fact that his teacher graded every single paper that they did. I just don't believe in giving letter grades in first grade, the kids are just too young for it. Also, my son really struggled with handwriting, I tried to get him some extra help, but really there was nothing available. I have since taken him to Scribble 2 Script to get some help and they have been great with him. The discipline is very strict, at least it was in his class, if your child isn't an angel and tends to talk in class, look out, they will be in trouble daily. The principal tried to take away the end of the year party from my son, who by the way is a talker, but in no way a severe disruption in the classroom. I now have him at his home school of Norterra Canyon, although the curriculum isn't as challenging and he is ahead, I appreciate the understanding they have that not all children are going to sit perfectly and be quiet for 7 hours.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2012
Overall a very good school. Very challenging curriculum. Lots of homework. Plenty of tutoring and help if you need it. Lots of extracurricular activities. Lots of social events. My kids love going to school here and we feel that they are becoming well prepped for bigger and better things in the future. The one downfall for us, as well, is the lack of awareness as to dietetics. The regular lunch program is has a variety to choose from, but at events and walking through the lunchroom to see what kids are eating, you see a lot of junk food. It's the one thing the kids don't learn. Other than that, we are are very satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
If I could give ATA more that five stars I would. We are finishing our second year at this school and I could not be more pleased. I have three children enrolled. I like the accelerated curriculum and the knowledgeable teachers. I like the traditional values and that they enforce the rules. As a parent I have always felt welcome in any of my children's classrooms. A parent that is looking for a new school wants to know what to expect. Here you go. We use the Spalding Method for reading and Singapore for math. Expect homework four nights a week, accelerated academics, and parent involvement. You are suggested to volunteer 3 hours a month either in the classroom or at home. YOU MUST BE INVOLVED!! Homework gets more difficult as the child progresses in the school. To help with that the school offers classes for parents in both Spalding and Singapore Math. This school is all about success for the student and parents. They have summer school to prep the new transfers and tutoring during the year. I highly recommend this school to anyone that has high standards for education and service. You will not find a better school out there. I have done the research.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
This is a wonderful school that views the child's needs first and respects the parents and their opinions. They have high academic standards and goals the students are achieving these goals. The school has an A rating and is an excelling school after only 2 years in operation!

- submitted by a parent

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Adams Traditional Academy
2323 W. Parkside Lane, Phoenix, AZ  85027
(602) 938-5517
Last modified Adams Traditional Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Adams Traditional Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top