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Midtown Primary School

Charter | K-4 | 110 students

Our school is warm and cares intensely about our children and their education.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $67,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $660.

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted September 30, 2014

My family and I moved to Arizona two years ago from California. We searched both high and low for the best school we could possibly find for our three children. We were not only blessed to find Midtown, but also blessed to get accepted. Excellent is an understatement for this school because they excel beyond that. Midtown primary is the best school our three daughters have ever attended. My wife and I could not possibly be any happier with any other school. We love this school because they love our children and teach them well. It is amazing how much love there is in a school of this size. There is a waiting list though, so if you are considering Midtown for your child, plan early. And, good luck getting an available spot. My time is precious and I do not like wasting my time, but today I get chance to give back to the people that have given us so much. To the staff at Midtown - we are so proud of you. Keep up the the good work that you all do. We won't mention names, you know who you are, but you have been family to us since day one! We love you and will never forget you for all that you have done for us and our children. God bless you!! - Barry and Valencia H.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2014

Midtown Primary School is one of the best Charter Schools in the Phoenix area. Love the Family environment and the care and nurturing they give to the kids, my granddaughter is so very happy there.


Posted August 28, 2014

As a Grandparent/staff member my experience with Midtown has been more than satisfying. My grand-daughter is in her third year with the school and do not believe she would be doing as well in public school. I put all three of my own children through public schools so I feel qualified to make the comparison. There is none! Midtown outshines public on all levels.


Posted August 27, 2014

This is our first year at Midtown Primary and so far we could not be happier. I feel like my son is challenged at an appropriate level and allowed to move on at a good pace for him. He started in the Kindergarten summer program and was allowed to move on to study with the First graders this fall (2014/15 school year). He is making friends and enjoying the school experience. I feel like the staff takes steps to know each child and family individually so goals can be set and the students can thrive. Midtown is a diverse school that in my experience, so far, has worked hard to meet the needs of each individual child. We have already been invited to several meetings with the teachers, staff and social events. I am satisfied with the choice we made to start our elementary school experience at Midtown and look forward to the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

My daughter adores her school. She already says she plans to send her kids there. We love the small small community aspect with fun talent shows and festivals. Incentives for kids with perfect attendance and lots of great parents are a part of this this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

i loved this school for my children. now that they are all out of the school the teachers, staff and mis judy are missed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Midtown Primary School has created a warm and supportive learning environment for both students and their families. Teachers and administrators have a wonderful rapport with students and their families, making learning fun and exciting. Teachers go above and beyond to ensure every student's needs are met. When you enter the school you can clearly see that the success of each student academically is top priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

This school has helped my son grow so much, academically & socially. Midtown has amazing teachers and staff . I am lucky to be part of the midtown family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

This is a great school my three sister all went here and my daughter was always attending their school functions so when she turned 5 this year she was determined she wanted to go to Midtown. She is just in kindergarten and she has learn so much, she is coming home everyday with something new. Her favorite is to tell me when she sees one of her site words in a book or on television. She'll say "look mom that's my site word, little it says little". She is funny, great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

All three of my kids attended Midtown Primary School all of their elementary years....when they arrived at their Middle school they were all ahead of the rest of the kids!!! Midtown prepared them well!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Midtown Primary School has a grade A rating by the AZ Department of Education. We are so proud of our students, teachers & families, it is such a supportive, loving community. We all work very hard to make sure each student gets a well rounded education, so they can reach their goals in life. I LOVE my school!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 24, 2013

A very caring staff that put the needs of the children as their number 1 priority.


Posted August 13, 2013

We are an A school per the AZ Dept of ED! I couldn't be prouder of my team: my staff, our students and our families. They all worked hard, they got the results they were aiming for (but they didn't let the fun fall out). It is my greatest privilege and pleasure to work with such a tight (fully focused on their students' growth), creative team (using many approaches to accomplish that growth)! Then I get to LOVE "my" kids! I LOVE my staff! I LOVE our parents (have never worked with such an active, supportive group)! I LOVE our school and my job!!!! Ms. Judy, Principal
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 4, 2013

Mid Town Primary is a great school and the staff is awesome, I wouldn't send my child anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

My daughter loves everything about this school. She is excited to go every day! I feel safe dropping her off in the mornings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

I am one lucky teacher to be part of an awesome team who is dedicated to their students and parents. I am starting my 11th year teaching at Midtown and I can not imagine teaching anywhere else. I really feel like I am part of a loving family!! This year we were given a grade A by the Arizona Department of Education and I could not be more proud.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 2, 2013

Midtown Primary has been a great fit for our daughter! We wanted a small and caring school. Now in 1st grade, she was so excited for summer to end and school to be back in session. The staff know all the kids and it's great to see them even know them by name! They are always open to questions and work very closely with the parents to make their students be the best that they can be. Kids wanting to be a school is a great thing and the kids at Midtown WANT to be there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

Test scores are in; we did SUPER! All the hardwork, continuous teamwork, constant evaluation to be sure we are doing THE VERY BEST we can for each student has paid off! I have never been part of a team that is so hardworking and cares so deeply about each child. No wonder the teacher retention is outstanding. I am proud to be part of the Midtown Primary Team! We keep our classes small to ensure these kind of results. We provide free after-school tutoring & a study club to give additional help. We are also a very fun group including Girls Scouts, Young Explorers, Talent Show, Zoo Night, Holiday Night, Pumpkin Fest, Harvest Fest, Family Picnic, Water Day... Our kids have garden, library and computer lab. It is a safe & loving environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2008

Small classes and very caring teachers make a huge difference in how my daughter is doing. The extra caring given to the whole family is very appreciated. The parents are part of the education teamwork and included in the educational process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

Cozy (small) classrooms, relatively traditional learning environment. The music program is wonderful, and I love the family activities. Definitely this school is a 'fun' school that the kids love to attend. Rewards are given for showing up to school (good attendance) as well as completion of assignments. The reward system is a little more liberal than I'd like, since I feel intrinsic rewards are preferable. My child has progressed in this school.
—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 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
92%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "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 48% 43%
Black 19% 5%
White 17% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 5%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%N/A47%
Female 60%N/A49%
Male 40%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Judy White
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 604-2337

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
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
  • None
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
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • NHBC
  • Choice Hotels
  • Hands On America
  • IHS
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Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Girl scouts
  • Student council/government
  • Young Explorers Boys Club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
110
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4735 North 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85015
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Phone: (602) 265-5133

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