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Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona

Charter | 9-12 | 115 students

Girls Leadership Academy is the only single-gender public school in Arizona.
 
 

 
 

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School Official Point of View

Posted August 10, 2009

Greetings Students, Parents and Community Members, The 2010 school year begins Monday August 3rd and the administration, faculty and staff of Crittenton Youth Academy are looking forward to making this year the best ever. I am happy to report the Crittenton Youth Academy continues to be designated as a performing school by the Arizona Department of Education. Although we are performing, we believe that our potential is much greater. We have enhanced our curriculum and instituted new best practices that will improve educational outcomes for our students. Our first goal this year is to ensure that every one of our students meets or exceeds the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) exam by: Aligning our curriculum to Department of Education State Standards Identifying students who are at risk of not meeting AIMS standards and providing remediation and tutoring Providing a safe and secure school environment Maintaining a learning community where everyone shares a focus on student learning To achieve these goals, we have added to our administrative team. We are excited to introduce Kendra Mitchell, as the CYA Curriculum and Instruction Coach. Mrs. Mitchell is eager to support faculty and students to ensure that CYA meets our educational goals. Our second goal is to give students the opportunity to feel empowered, gain a sense of purpose and learn the decision making skills that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom. To meet this goal, CYA Social Worker, Jennifer Miller, will be facilitating the curriculum of the Search Institute s 40 Developmental Assets. The program objectives are to: Increase student achievement and graduation Increase student satisfaction and connectedness Increase student protective factors and assets Increase student positive behavior and engagement Increase parent/guardian involvement This year, we will be beginning a National Junior Honor Society club and post-secondary transition workshops through the Educational and Career Action Plan (ECAP). I welcome you to visit CYA for a tour and conversation with me regarding your child s education and our vision of excellence. I look forward to meeting with you. Respectfully, William Bressler Principal 715 West Maricopa Street, Phoenix AZ 85013 phone 602-274-7318 fax 602-288-4118 www.florencecrittentonofaz.org

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Posted Sunday, September 28, 2014

I have two freshman who are attending this year, they have been in charter schools ll their lives and i felt this would be a good fit for them. I didn't want them to get lost in the big world of public school. So far they love it there and they are learning so much especially tools to get them ready for college. One was in NJHS last year and is currently holding a 3.7 GPA in the hopes that she will able to take some of the AP courses that are offered next year. The other missed 2 weeks of school because she had surgery on her back. The went she was home they sent work home for her to do and they are helping her after school with catching up on what she has missed. I have been very impressed with the school thus far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

My daughter currently attends GLAAZ she is a junior and started there on her freshman year. She has had an amazing three years she has had the opportunity to learn with great teachers that care very much about the students the class sizes are small so she is able to get more one on one help with her learning. The school has empowered her to be self confident to have high goals for life and set very high standards for her College career. I'm so happy with the decision we made on attending this school and would highly encourage parents to come visit and see what this school is all about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

This is an awesome school. My daughter is a freshmen. She was not sure if she would enjoy the school. She has changed her mind. Smaller classes, lots of one on one teaching, outstanding teachers who really care about the girls. If you would like for your daughter to have a outstanding education "FREE". Send her to Girls Leadership Academy!!! You will not regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

If your daughter cares about her education then Girls Leadership Academy of AZ is the place. The teachers are wonderful, and truthfully care about what they teach. They want your daughter to succeed and have high expectations for the students. I like the small class sizes and I hope they continue this. I believe a small class size is very important for the teachers to be able to teach and the students are able to get the attention they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

This school is a unique opportunity for each girl to create her own experience. My girls came from a large excelling high school with a full and diverse curriculum and plenty of sports and extra-curricular activities, but they got lost in the crowds and gained nothing. Here, at this small school, the teachers focus on the students needs. They work to help them all. They want every girl to succeed. There is no getting lost. My girls have received what they needed, guidance, care, attention, challenge, and encouragement. The teachers and administrators at the school really care about the girls and their future and the future of girls as women. If you are looking for a safe academic home to nurture your daughter's mind, look no further. You have found it here. We did, and I am grateful every day for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

The most amazing schools I've ever been to, truly a blessing being able to go the first all girls public highschool. An amazing environment of care and support offered by the staff and students. When you think 'all girls' you often think of cattiness and rudeness but not at the Girls Leadership Academy, the student body is so well behaved and their sense of community is outstanding! This school has helped me realize that the future is bright for me and they've helped me build confidence and realize my full potential.


Posted October 14, 2013

Girls Leadership Academy is a truly amazing school. I have watched my daughter blossom into a focused young lady. She (we) have benefited from the exceptional staff and opportunities offered over the past 3 years. Teachers/Mentors at this school care about every single girl and her educational/life goals. They are willing to stay after school, come early to help girls with school work. I love this school and staff ! I know wherever my daughter's success leads her I CAN NOT TAKE FULL CREDIT ..... the positive influence of this school and staff motivates her to succeed. My daughter has benefited and grown due to the all girl enviroment. It has enabled her to be herself and grow as a leader, advocate, follower and friend to the 100+ sisters she now has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

I left the school because of the lack of professionalism of teachers as well as the fact that Florence Crittenton is a social services agency NOT a school district. They use state funding to support the residential group home. What a joke. Look at the staff - they are all from Department of Corrections. Does that sound like Leadership Academy to you? Not me. If you are white and not pregnant, they don't care about you. As for the board. What a joke.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2013

I felt compelled to write this review because I am very grateful to GLAAZ for all they have done for my daughter. We came to GLAAZ because we wanted a school that would set our daughter apart when it came time to apply for college and we feel the individual support and rigorous instruction will do just that. My daughter is thriving in the all-girl environment which limits distraction and helps to build strong relationships. I highly reccomend this school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

This review is for the current school.... Girls Leadership Academy - Well to start this is an all GIRLS College Prepatatory that opened in 2011 with the Principal being from the distinguished Madison school district, a smaller class setting vs. the traditional overcrowded highschool. Each girl gets personal attention and is offered rigerous class courses that will prepare them for College. The teachers are truly accredited , and outstanding when it comes to offering time to students. Its more of a modern approach to a girls school without the pressures of a co-ed setting. Though they do require a simple uniform, it varies to suit each student.The Girls can focus on their work and all in all the school is very laid back and familiar, all the girls get along with each other quite well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

I am a student at C.Y.A. and really loved my school up until this year. The principal and the staff are very unsupportive of the students when it comes to extra curricular activities. I'm on the volleyball team and the principal and the teachers have never shown up to a single game. I find this contradictory to what they say. Last year we had several teachers who would come and show their support. I would have hoped to have a different experience this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2009

The first week of school I came back to school to find that things have changed. I have attended this school for all of my high school years and have loved every minute of it. Until I came this year. None of the teachers that have been there for me for all these years are still teaching there. There is a whole new staff with only 2 returning teachers. This doesn't make any sense. We spend so much time getting to know the teachers through our mentor program and then the principal replaces the whole staff. I'm really disappointed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2009

I am a parent of a student who attends CYA, after reading the above comments I felt the need to tell the other side of the story. CYA s new principal is doing a great job. He has turned the school around and is holding staff, students and parents accountable for making students successful. No longer can students fail to attend class, fail to study and disrupt the learning of others. The students and teachers are being provided atmosphere where learning can happen. I am sorry that the parents who wrote the above comments were not willing to work with the school administration and hold their children accountable. Monday was the first day of school and it was great. The staff was prepared and ready to receive our children. Thank you Mr. Bressler and staff .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

My daughter loves this school but I'm frustrated as a parent. She came home from school yesterday and was scheduled in a science class that she passed last year and was also not scheduled for an English class when this is her senior year. They don't seem to be very organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

My son is a student at Crittenton Youth Academy. He enjoys the atmosphere and the sports program which is a savior for him. If there is any negatives about the school it would be the inconsistencies of the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

omg i love this school. they acctual help you succed in your grades while keeping a one on one teacher ratio
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2009

Crittenton Youth Academy offers kids a healthy, challenging and safe place to learn and grow. The school is focused on academic achievement and treats every student as if they were their own child. Every student is looked at as an individual, with individual needs, plans, goals. The teachers build respecful relationships with the students and truly care about their well-being and success. They have a fabulous campus and faculty, a service learning program, free tutors and staff mentors. CYA also provides organized sports, which is rare in charter school environments. Another great advantage over other charter schools is that they are nationally accredited, which means every teacher is certified in the subject matter they are teaching. I highly recommend CYA for any student, parent or counselor looking for a place where kids can excel.


Posted March 10, 2009

The current staff do a great job of creating a safe learning environment.


Posted March 10, 2009

As a teacher of Crittenton Youth Academy, my first priority is the success of students. I strive for nothing less than the personal and academic excellence each student is capable of achieving. Students learn in varying different ways, and it is a joy to help students discover their preferred style of learning. I want students to be creative and learn through group projects, presentations, art, drama, video clips, and traditional learning (lecture) - a healthy well-rounded combination which suits a variety of learning styles. Most importantly, I love my students. I administer gentle but firm discipline, and guide students into making appropriate, healthy choices. My students know I care about them. Your child will feel safe and nurtured at CYA. All teachers and administrative staff follow the same philosophy. That is why I choose to work at Crittenton Youth Academy. . Diane Strong, Social Studies Teacher
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 9, 2009

Education and safety is number one priotery, teacher and staff are certified and very profesional!.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
34%
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 "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Underperforming".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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 75% 43%
White 18% 42%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 100%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A47%
Male 0%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Creighton School District
Madison School District
Other charters in the Phoenix Union attendance area
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Debra Skinner, Chief Academic Officer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • All girls
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 288-4118

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College classes offered during the day
  • College prep
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Internet access
  • Parent center
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • No boys attend
Girls sports
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Fashion
  • InvenTeam
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parent Ambassador Leaders (PALS)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically come from these schools
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Other charters in the Phoenix Union attendance area

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715 W. Mariposa St.
Phoenix, AZ 85013
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