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5-8
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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 824

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5525 N 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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(602) 664-7900
(602) 664-7199
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October 24, 2013
Very dedicated to the students learning and teaches as the student needs. I highly reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2012
I used to attend Madison #1 and I like to go out of my way to give it negative reviews just because of the horrific one year I spent there. I'm a senior at Xavier now, and I chose to attend Xavier after 8th grade because of how badly I wanted to avoid the people I dealt with at Madison. The coursework was weak and students were brought down to the lowest intellectual level so that everyone did well and received "good grades" to take home to their parents. The library hadn't been given new books since the 1980s and the science classes were practically Bill Nye every day. I was in the honors program, which actually had a few excellent teachers, but unfortunately they were stuck on the school's lowest denominator policy of pandering to the plebeians. It's straight-up Hughes film-style isolation: kids throw fries at you in the lunch room, they shove you in the hallway, they "accidentally" step on your feet. And, last but not least, let me touch on the lunch menu: a variety of cheap "chicken" products that never changes. No healthy choices to be found. Do your kids a favor and send them to MTA or Meadows.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2012
My daughter is in her second year at Madison #1 and we continue to be so grateful we live in this district and have the opportunity to send her to a school that is so committed to excellence in education, providing opportunities to participate in band or art or theatre or sports, and yet doesn't forget the basic building blocks of character. I find the teachers to be very accessible and responsive. The office staff seems very caring and kind. The principal seems very active in curriculum and testing and is a very present part of campus life. He seems to have a good rapport with students, teachers and parents alike. In her "guided study" class she is having the opportunity to do many different creative, educational & experiential projects with a variety of instructors. I feel she is getting an exceptional education from this public school. I have and continue to be impressed with the Madison School disctrict as a whole, and in particular with Madison #1 Middle School. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
I have been a very involved parent at Madison #1 for the past few years. This school is incredible in so many ways because of the wonderful teachers, administration and students. They are rated an A school and I do think this is the best middle school around. The teachers are very involved with their students' achievement. My children's AIMS scores went up after transferring here. Every year they have more and more students going to Brophy College Prep, Xavier and Honors programs at the public high schools. I cannot imagine being a part of another middle school. My children still thank me for switching them to Madison #1. We have watched them develop into excelling and confident individuals. We are completely satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2012
I love this school! My older brothers originally went there, now I am going there it's a very nice school the teachers and really nice. When you are absent they give you the work you missed while you were gone. But last year there were some issues on the bus, with kids acting up, not listening, and getting in trouble over and over. There are lots of kids so it won't be too hard to make new friends. Overall this is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2012
I went there for 5th grade for about 5 weeks. It was TERRIBLE! I had friends from Madison Heights come there but I only had 2 new friends. I had a hard time in Math and the Teacher never helped me. I missed alot of days and they never gave me the work untill my Mom talked to them. So if you want to go to this school and only make 1 friend, I suggest you don't go here.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2011
I am considering transferrng my daughter out of MTA and into this school. I am not sure after reading the reviews~ however it is between Park and Madison number 1 . Please help. I know number one has been AIMS scores . I have heard horrible tales about both schools.. I know the MTA principal is moving the Madison number 1 this year and he has a history of turning schools around...Please can parents of this and Madision Park respond?

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
You are wrong Miss Leckman is great! She always answers my questions and tried to make algebra easy. She is one of my favorite teachers.

- submitted by a community member
November 26, 2010
I was in honors English for 8th grade and may I say it was the WORST year of my life. Kids threw rocks at me, pushed me down the stairs, took my money, and said very rude and mean things to me all because I was in honors. I'm a pretty shy kid most of the time, and I didn't even know half of the kids that were bullying me. The teachers say me being picked on and never did anything. I hated Madison #1 and I hope no parent ever sends a child here!

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2010
I'm a student in the 8th grade Honors program (both Language Arts and Math) and I like being challenged, but it seems like they're just giving us work, hardly explaining what to do, and mainly leaving us to figure it out ourselves by reading the 'directions or instructions.' If our assignment doesnt have directions, they write a broad sentence/paragraph on the board. If you need glasses, they say, "Go to the front of the room." They treat you as a whole class, not as an individual. They don't recognize when someone is trying to do good, in fact, they make it hard for students to try an excel above others. It seems like all they do is give work, and a LOT of it. It is VERY time consuming. It can take me up to my whole day at home to try and finish it all. I hate Madison 1... :(

- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2010
The last couple of years there was a change in leadership, Mr. Flynn anfd Mrs. Warren, and the school has seen a dramatic turn around in attitude of students and structure. I hesistated about sending my grandchildren to #1 but it has been a positive experience. What they would be able to do with $20,000!!! They should be given a reward for the turn around.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 04, 2010
Great school spirit, enthusisatic teachers, a very well run administration staff, good parent involvement. High standards expected of all teachers and students. A very safe school, comfortatble and well maintained.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
My daughter went to school here at Madison #1 Middle School for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2009-10. Her grades went up from A's, B's and C's to A's and A+'s. Her teachers at her old school used to tell me she needed to focus more, but here they tell me she is one of their most focused students. She likes this school and so do my husband and I. If Madison #1 went through 12th grade we would just keep her here. Thanks to all the teachers, office staff and principal for A+ work!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
i love the school it meets the standards and has a great curricular plan

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2009
yes, some of the rules are a bit ridiculous with having to have our teachers walk us to every single class, but you have to know that it is only for our safety from the past. im on the schools varsity softball and volleyball team. let me tell you, madison #1 teams dominate. the teachers are great, always coming up with fun new ways to help us learn. the girls p.e. coach is the best of them all. she is always pushing you to your full potential and loves seeing you succeed. she has been a big influence in my life. this is a school that would benefit your child.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2008
as astudent some of the rules are horrible but the teachers are okay some teachers dont allowus to talk about questions durinbg class!!!

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
The main thing that Madison #1 has on it's side is it's previous reputation. Teacher turn over rate is still poor. Kids are given unearned grades. Kids' homework is largely ungraded and looked at primarily for 'effort', rather than being correct. Despite much effort in dialogue with school administrators, little has changed. Sadly, my child's education has suffered. If you are seriously concerned with the value of your child's education...please keep them away from Madison #1. You will be given lip service only and your child will suffer. Don't let the 'Madison' name fool you!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 19, 2007
My children's last 2 years at No. 1 were dismal. Teacher turnover was high,adminstrators were not supportive, discipline was lax, curriculum was weak. Luckily, they went on to a strong high school honor programs were they caught up and flourished. I hope things have improved, but if I had it to do over, I would have sent them elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
Madison School District is OUTSTANDING. My son attended Camelview and is now at Madison #1. The professionalism of the staff is superior. The caring and kindness is outstanding. My son receives speech therapy and the whole education team has exceeded our expectations. Staff & adminstrators work as a team as well as including the child and caregiver. We are always able to communicate and get feedback immediately. Our son LOVES going to school-the variety of courses is wonderful; he repeats constantly various lessons learned in history and science. I highly recommend the Madison School District. They care.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Great school - good honors program. Quality teachers.

- submitted by a former student
April 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
Schools counselors and staff are great. Truly seem committed to helping the students. Surprised by the lack of homework but happy with what my daughter seems to be learning. Too bad that the schools have to cut their budgets and offer fewer programs but there are some good programs in the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
Madison #1 has been a great school for my son, developing him academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
So far this school seems to be doing good. Lots of activites and sports.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
Good quality of academic programs. OK extracurricular activities, not many choices or options for lower-income students. Parent involvement seems a little below average.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
My daughter is in the 5th grade at Madison #1. She is in their AEP program for advanced learners. Recently they participated in Project Citizen and competed with other schools in their district. They went on to state finals and finished in 3rd place. I was so amazed with these children. The amount of research and results they received, I would have expected from junior high kids. Their AEP classes truly do benefit the children. The only thing I would be conserned about would be the class sizes. The larger class sizes make it hard for students who either excel or have difficulties keep up with the class. The excelling kids tend to get bored, while the other struggles to keep up with the rest. This seems to be a common problem with most schools though.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
I have a son at Madison #1 he is in the 5h grade and doing very well. The teachers are very friendly and if I have a problem with someting about his work the teacher is there to talk about it. My son is on the Honer Roll and he enjoys being there. With his baseballl and boy scoutsw he still has time to do is work. The teacher keeps the work interesting so he does not get board. I am very pleased with how the teachers are always there to help my son thank you.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
It is not really the teachers fault, #1 lacks the quality students ready to learn. Few students here are college bound!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2004
I went to Madison # 1 when I was young and so did my daughter. The school has improved so much from when I went there. They have a great principal and wonderful teachers. Madison # 1 has high standards for success and prepares students for their high school years. AIMS, Standford 9, etc. scores are always higher than other schools similar to it. The school also offers many extra curricular activities for the students as well. Such as sports like basketball, volleyball, baseball,(which all include JV and Varsity), softball, cheer, intermural football, and soccer. Other activities/crews/clubs include NJHS, yearbook, pond crew, MITS(a drama club), student council, tutoring/mentoring, and many others. Along with the core classes of math, LA, science, and social studies, there are encore classes such as art, Technology, spanish, band, etc. Overall, Madison # 1 provides a fun, safe, learning environment for all students!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2003
I have 2 kids new this year at Madison One from a Deer Valley school and the kids have never been more motivated or happy! I think this school has been great and my kids are doing better than ever!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
Well Im not a parent, but I am a former student. I loved my experience and time that I spent there for my middle school years. It was one of the best schools I had been to.

- submitted by a former student
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Madison #1 Elementary School
5525 N 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85016
(602) 664-7900
Last modified Madison #1 Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades 5-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Madison #1 Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top