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Great Hearts Academies - Archway Veritas

Charter | K-12

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $189,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $680.

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2013:
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Posted August 3, 2014

Hands down the best school experience we could ask for. There is a reason there is hundreds of families waiting on a list to get in. The Great Heart Program works.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

My child has been three years at Archway coming from a local private school. Overall the experience has been great with every teacher going above and beyond what we had seen in the private school. They integrate concepts like anatomy and physiology into PE making learning fun. Computers in the classroom would be a benefit as we all know video can get ideas across faster than words often. My wife and I are both professionals who appriciate the value of math and science- but the arts and literature aspect of the school really inspires our child. This school may have strict policy regarding dress and bullying but we have had no problems with these issues in our three years. I think these policies and the long waiting list to get in help make families feel accountable for their childs actions because there are many children waiting to get in. No school is perfect for every child but if yours is happy here I think it is a great choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

We have had 2 kids at Archway Veritas since it first started and have had an amazing experience. I find that the people who complain about it are usually the helicopter parents who want to control the classroom, the school is not for everyone. This is a school that has high standards for education and runs a top noch program that is raising expectations for our kids. It is a school that focusing on being well rounded and less on the latest trends or technology. Kids are taught to write, read, and ask questions. The standards and techniques are similar to what you would find in an elite prep school. The Arizona standards for education are some of the lowest in the country, so for parents looking for something more for their kids, this school is for you. They have a system that works. They have 2 full time teachers in every class. They have taken out so much of the chaos you see in a normal classroom and created a more organized learning environment. It is hard and it takes a commitment...as long as you understand that when you sign up, then you will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

Amazing school that will challenge your child. If you are looking for a school that will give your kids a well rounded education this is miles ahead of any other school we have experienced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

At first I was so excited when my kids got accepted in to Archway School. At First day at school, I already knew that we will be up for a challenge. Teachers were very cold, non communicative and not helpful. I think its due to the very young age and inexperience of teachers. Uniform code is extremely strict, I mean very, very strict. Classroom are tiny and kids get very little recess time during the day. They are using some old way of teaching, like Spalding. Literature for very young children is quite old time too. The school has a feeling of a very old tightly run catholic school. I pulled my kids out of school after 3 months being there. When I came over to get official withdrawal from school, the principal assistant was arguing with me, was very rude and unprofessional. Her behavior only confirmed why I decided to leave the school. I am sure as the school builds experience (this is their 2nd year) they will fix (hopefully) some of their issues. But at this point I want my children to be excited to go to school, that is nurturing and motivating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Great Hearts - Archway Veritas is an excellent school! They have high expectations of their students and excellent commitment to learning from the teachers in the classroom through the Administration. I have never seen a school so committed to learning. Every teacher offers additonal tutoring to any student that wants it. The Art & Music teachers are exceptional, teaching not just the words to a song or lines on a paper but the foundation of both as well as about composers and artists from a historical perspective. If you are looking for a school where you can make excuses for your students behavior and "helicopter parent" your student out of the learning experience this is NOT the school for you. This school offers a "Classic" education. For the parent who left the 1 star review clearly they did not research this school before sending their child there as the expectations are evident from the first time you tour the facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

If your child does not learn the "right way" or write the "right way" or cannot seem to sit in his chair without a few wiggles, please seek elsewhere. Save yourself the agony and the ego-driven conferences with administration. Think want to be military school with less experienced teachers. This lack of experience makes classroom management not adequate for the non-typical child. There are students here who have nightmares and feelings of inadequacies due to their teachers. To respond to the comment below about computers, wake up! Technology has exploded and computers are replacing the average worker. This is the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

I would rate this school higher if I could. They have great teachers and high academic and disciplinary standards. Uniforms, as well as a focus on learning instead of the latest fads, create an excellent school culture. From the teachers to the after school clubs, there is nothing not to like about Archway Classical Academy of Veritas. Submitted by a student.


Posted June 30, 2013

We have been so pleased with our child's education this first year at ANP! The courses have been challenging but engaging. We love the fact that it is a well rounded classical education. As to a previous post regarding a lack of computers in the classroom, I find it refreshing. So much more can be gleaned by reading a book on the subject than a google excerpt . The teachers and administration are all focused on assisting the parents in raising well rounded children; mind, body and soul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

My experience with this school has been undesirable. Their educational methods are questionable. Rigor has been confused with rote memorization and regurgitation, drill and kill. Rigor includes the ability for students to learn using multiple methods and to demonstrate their learning the same. There are many paths to the solution and it seems in 2013, this would be encouraged. Computers need to be integrated into their curriculum given technology is a focus in todays work place. More collaboration amongst students and less teacher talk should be the focus especially since higher level questioning is suggested. Assessment needs to be evaluated since my child only receives a summative assessment bypassing formative assessments that would indicate immediate successes or needs. There are plenty of online grade sites such as Engrade.com that should be utilized. I have asked teachers to produce grades throughout the year and I they cannot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

Your children will amaze you in what they are retaining and the quest for knowledge and structure is fascinating. A love for classical music and the arts will develop but for those who do not have this at their present school all hope is not lost. Take your kids to the ballet, the museums, and even the orchestra and art museum to cultivate this appreciation. The one thing that Veritas will teach is how to express an idea. You can also encourage this at home when discussing the latest book your child is reading (not captain underpants or j b jones). This school allows no popular culture, a zero tolerance for bullying, and uniforms. Detentions are given if they are not prepared for learning and expect spelling tests in the latter half of kindergarten. If strict discipline and straight rows of desks and no computers are a deal breaker for you this is NOT the place for you. However, my children desire to do well and based on their previous private school, this school is by far much better. However no school is perfect. Archway could help themselves by hiring more teachers with experience in dealing with various learning styles and behaviors because one size does not fit all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2013

Exceptional school with a strong liberal arts focus. Headmaster is fantastic and the quality of course material and teachers are superior.
—Submitted by a parent


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The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

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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

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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

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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

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The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

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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

The Arizona Department of Education did not report AZ LEARNS results for this school.

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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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 42%
Hispanic 9% 43%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 542-5393

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