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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1123 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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Posted July 18, 2014

Akimel A-al Middle School is a great place for students in 6-8th grade. Our daughter is having a wonderful experience at the school. She not only is being challenged academically, but she is participating in honors choir, band, and drama. Our daugther is most impressed by the staff at Akimel A-al who have excellent communication skills, challenge her, and care about who she is as a person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

This school is average at best. The orchestra and band program is very nice and my daughter enjoys that aspect. I feel this school is too large and not very challenging, particularly in math and science. It is very light on the homework and academics in general. The teachers I have encountered are adequate. Overall I am not impressed and I cannot imagine that my daughter would be prepped for high school let alone college by attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

My school has been a wonderful addition to our neighborhood for many years. Both my children have been educated there and were very ready for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

Dear staff and students, Akimel is a semi good school there are some really funny kids! We have an amazing track team. Although out rivals beat us by 4 points in conference were still better!we have more students which gives us wider variety of kids to educate! On the other side we have a garden that is growing weeds if you call that plants then go back to kindergarten! we have half cut trash cans! there school is okay! the teachers yell and e-mail me when my kid goes to ISI and interrupt my work day... and half the time my kid does absolutely nothing wrong! My youngest child has gone here for 2 years and hates it but my oldest went here for 3 years and loved it, he wishes he could go back but for the pep assembly's at least 10 kids get in trouble for talking they are suppose to be PEPPY oh my gosh they are not doing anything bad!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2011

great school it has good honors qualitiy and the music program is awesome. I would choose Akimel A-al school


Posted March 11, 2011

THis school is unbeatable! THe moment I steped into Akimel, the whole feeling changes. I'm used to going to school after school but never actually found any that I like, but have no choice but to go. But this school is different I tell you readers! I am currently in 6 grade! Also, just so you readers know, my opinion would never change!


Posted July 2, 2010

This is such a wonderful school my daughter transfered from another middle school and she loved this school so much the teachers from 8C are the best. So is all the staff. Will send my other girls there for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

Akimel A-Al Middle School is a great school. The teacher's are very proactive. I think like any school, it depends on the child and their parents. The more the parent is involved, the more you will get out of the education they are providing. The administrations is there to help and willing to assist with issues. I have been very happy for three years. Great pick!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

My son has a rigorous schedule, with all advanced classes, and 2 grade levels up in Math. Its a whole lot of homework, and no consideration for extra curricular activity. This concerns me as the social growth and development of children this age is crucial for an emotionally balanced young adult. network to continue through school with. I have requested a meeting with the administer 2 times, and then in person, all 3 times, I have yet to recieve even a return phone call. successful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2008

This school is amazing. My child is currently being bussed from Maricopa and she loves it. Teachers are great and it seems her grades have gone up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2006

Some of the teachers do not offer poductive help to the students while others are amazing techers/mentors, and the majority are very fine teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 25, 2006

My daughter is currently being bussed from MAricopa to attend this wonderful school. The teachers and staff truely care about every student! Wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

Akimel has some excellent and dedicated teachers. The quality of the academic programs is mediocre because teachers are focusing on discipline, etc. The quality of music, art and sports is very good. There is not enough challenge in the curriculum for gifted students. Many classes have too much note-taking and memorization without anything challenging or creative. The atmosphere is positive and supportive of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

This school is a school that I can count on to get my daughter what she needs. However, I think they need more activities for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

I think the academic program is okay, for the most part. However, I think the weekly 'team building' exercises are a waste of valuable learning time and I would like to see it disbanded, especially in light of declining student test performance in some parameters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2005

Wonderful quality of academic programs. Qualified teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

This is overall a very good school. My expereince is that each 'pod' has a great combination of teachers. I wish that the school had a seperate program which gave more attention and could encourage involvement in extracurricular organizations and opportunities (ie Junior Achievement, Food Banks, National educational Contests-GeoBee etc., etc.,) The teachers do a great job with the extra time they have, but there are so many other opportunities for them to braoden their exposure to other educational opportunities and organizations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

After one full year (7th grade), we and our daughter couldn't be happier that she is returning here for 8th grade. We currently live out of boundary, but we wouldn't dare move her. Teachers are great, and the office staff is professional and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2003

Akimel seems to be ahead of other schools in the district regading their goals to prepare kids for high school. It is more disciplined and offers a tougher curriculum. Homework assignements and projects are more in-depth and frequent. At times it has been difficult on our daughter (and us)but I know it will benefit her later.


Posted March 27, 2003

We recently had to move out of town, we miss this school more than anything else!!! It is the best of the best.


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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 63% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
82%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
87%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 56% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Black 12% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 26%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2720 East Liberty Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85048
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