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225 W Ocotillo Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013

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November 08, 2014
Our son started seventh grade at Meadows this year and we couldn't be happier. We just wish that we had considered sending him here starting in fifth grade. The school community is friendly, down to earth and inclusive. District administration is responsive; and phone calls and emails are returned promptly with a helpful attitude. School administration is cheerful, efficient and no-nonsense. There appears to be a high priority placed on teacher retention and development; each of our son's teachers are veterans with 10+ years experience and are wizards at engaging pupils in their admittedly large classes. My son finds his homework interesting and there is a reasonable amount of it so that he has time for sports. Over the last 18 years we have had children in public and private schools in AZ and the East and this school is easily one of the best.

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August 18, 2014
To accommodate the IB requirements to have 50 annual hours in 8 subject areas, the music program at Meadows has been butchered. To complete the high number of now required exploratory classes, kids can now only attend each exploratory for 1 hour once every 4 days. No one can learn much about any subject (band, choir, Spanish, technology, etc) in essentially only 1 hour per week. What a waste of time! A school that previously had an outstanding middle school level band now can't get in enough practices and instrument training to even plan to have a winter concert. I am so disappointed that I'm very seriously considering switching to a different school. Obviously I'm biased toward music education, but the same is true for the other exploratory classes. One cannot learn even the basics about Spanish in 1 hour per week. Most teachers have been a good experience for us. But the principal comes across as unavailable. The couple of times that I have attempted to contact she has had a teacher return my call, even when I wasn't calling about a teacher level issue. For instance, I had once called over concerns about school level curriculum changes and she has a teacher call me back.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
I have had children attending this school for the past 6 years. It is an excellent environment for students which allows them to learn in a highly diverse and supportive environment. The curriculum is rigorous and the teachers are outstanding. The PTA support is unbelievable. This really feels like a community. The principal is highly qualified and has an open door policy. She is supportive to students, parents and staff. We love Meadows!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
This is my sons 3rd school and 3rd school district in Phoenix and by far the best! This is his 3rd year at Meadows and he has grown so much socially and academically. The curriculum is challenging, there is plenty of assistance if needed, excellent activities to be involved in, and great teaching staff. I am extremely happy with his experiences here and would recommend to anyone.

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October 28, 2013
My greatson attends to Meadows, he is doing great, he receives a lot of help from the teachers. Excellent school curriculum.

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October 24, 2013
Best and most dedicated teachers. Very happy with my son's performance in all classes. He has attended Meadows for 3 years and his present AEP Math teacher is one of the best nationwide being awarded by the President. And by the way, to the comment below: students must always give respect to their teachers no matter what, regardless of the teachers' attitude. It's ridiculous to hear that teachers bully students. Come on! Teach your child RESPECT, which should always be there for the older. This is what we, as parents must teach our children. RESPECT!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
The school lacks strong leadership. The principal is unwilling to deal with student or teacher issues and passes it all off to the assistant principal, who then shoves the matter under a rug. The teachers are berating and down right bullying to the students. Some teachers do care but they are waiting their time to move on to better places. FERPA is not followed and the students grade each other's papers, often incorrectly and the teachers do not check the validity of the grade given by another student. A the child of a parent with any amount of perceived prestige is given preferential treatment regardless of how improper that student's behavior. There is very little respect given to the students by the staff and yet the staff demands respect. I wish they would learn to lead by example. If you they don't like their profession I wish they would move on and allow GOOD and caring teachers to come in. I am not a fan of public school and dislike the unions that prevent the termination of incompetent educators.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
I love this school. My autistic son has been going here for 2 years now and tthe teachers are the best he has ever had. They seem not to define him by his label and expect him to achieve highly. I am so glad I moved to this district and send him to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
My daughter is thriving. I am very involved at the school and have had an opportunity to get to know the teachers. They never cease to amaze me. Their dedication is heartwarming and impressive. I would recommend this school over others in this district, even the shiny new one.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2010
I am a student at this school and i HATE it. The teachers are bad and i'm never challenged. Beside the main problem is DRAMA!!! Our school has the most drama you have ever seen. I suggest #1 or Phoenix Christian.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2010
Our child attended Meadows for four years and each year has been increasingly disappointing. There are some VERY good teachers at Meadows and, as expected, some who are not. As parents, we have no way to influence the continued employment and rehiring of teachers who not only fail to inspire students, but actually discourage them from trying. The administrative leaders of this school do not respond to parental concerns about specific teachers and practices. The burden to achieve success is constantly off-loaded to the student and parent. Even the basic process of insuring accurate recording of grades is the responsibility of the student with no accountability and no responsiveness on the part of the teacher and principal. This school could still be great but needs a principal who engages the students and parents as partners to restore the core values that foster a positive, productive environment for learning.

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no rating March 29, 2010
The Advanced Educational Placement (AEP) track for advanced students is amazing, it challenges students and builds their confidence as they achieve well beyond the expectations.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
'Excelling' school with dedicated teachers. Staff works with all kids to get them to perform their best. Extra-curricular activities are excellent.

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no rating January 28, 2010
I have my 2nd child now going thru Meadows and let's be honest Middle School is the toughest age for change & adjustment. Overall, education & social balance has been great, sports program competitive, academically excelling and well-prepared my first son well for high school & hoping the same for my second.

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January 26, 2010
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September 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
My children have the best education there! Theres alot of open space and an easy way to find the classromms. They hae unique learner system, and my kids are bored and tired and have a lot to say when they get home. Big gym, and a huge cafetiria with stage. they even send a weekly newsletter to tell whats going on.

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no rating October 07, 2008
Meadows is an all around sound school ..Teachers are motivated and dedicated..parent community is very involved ...extracurricular activities abound..band,chorus,volleyball ,soccer.basketball ,wrestling,flag-football,baseball,softball ,track and field cheer.and cross-country...everyone is involved..that is why it is an excelling school.

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June 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
Some teachers do not keep parents informed despite having PowerSchool, an on-line system for reporting students grades. Some teachers let four weeks pass before updating grades in PowerSchool. Some classes don't issue text books and expect the students to take extensive notes on material. If the students' handwritten notes contain inaccuracies, then the students study for tests using incorrect material. The school has had a new principal each of the last four years.

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March 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 01, 2007
Madison Meadows is a school which has wonderful teachers and a supportive parent group. Our school has an excelling status. Do we have some challenges at present--yes. Are they being addressed in a positive manner--yes. We are looking forward to new beginnings in the 2007-2008 school year.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
Outstanding school. Committed and Caring Teachers. No wonder it's an excelling school! After two years I find my kids challenged and encouraged to be successful. Is Madison Meadows the perfect school? No, but what school is? My overall experience has been very positive.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
My son started Meadows at the beginning of this year in 5th grade- so far, I am impressed! He has always been bored with school - but here his teachers challenge him, and he is now excited to attend school. He is slow to make friends, and misses his old school- but the children here are nice, friendly kids, and he seems to be adjusting well. The teachers are wonderful, especially in AEP classes - they are very involved and caring, and communicate well with parents. Extra curricular activities are well-rounded and well-funded - sports are supported, as well as chess club, homework club, band, choir, etc. They also have an excellent method for field trips - payment is collected in one sum at the beginning of the year. For large trips (like camp)students who normally could not afford to attend are offered scholarships, so no child is left behind.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2006
Excellent school with high expectations for student achievement. Caring and supportive school administration with highly qualified teachers. Students excel at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2006
My son has attended Meadows since 5th grade, each year I have become more disillusioned with the administration and teachers. I had high hopes for the new Principal but the hope went away after my first encounter. I tried meeting with the Principal and teachers but haven't gotten any resolution so I have made a hard decision to withdrawal my son after winter break. He won't be graduating 8th grade with all of his friends from Meadows.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2006
Meadows excels both with its teachers and community. The district office is transient and administration is rarely approachable but the school maintains its reputation for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
My daughter has attended Madison Meadows for 2 years. She transfered from an under performing school and you can definately tell the difference in the assignments and homework. Expect a lot of homework and books back and forth. At first I thought she was never going to adjust to the increased load. I am very pleased with the academics and her test scores. She has not participated in sports because of the homework load, but she is thoroughly enjoying the band program. They provide wonderful after school care for a reasonable fee and the children also enjoy several nice field trips. I do however wish the children were assigned lockers because one of her biggest complaints is carrying around all her books and folders all day, but a backpack with wheels worked.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
My son is in the 7th grade this year. Throughout his attendance at Meadows he has had a wonderful experience with Ms. Kratz, his band director. She is a wonderful, joyful, and caring person. When there is a band concert, the work that she has done with the students is obvious. Whereas, it might not be quite so obvious how good a math teacher is because there is no public revelation of what the child has learned. My son's AEP teacher this year is Mr. Amos. He is one of the most interesting, diverse, caring, and open-minded people that I have ever met. My son thoroughly enjoys Mr. Amos and respects him very much. When he comes home and starts talking about something, it's amazing. I say, 'where did you learn that?', and he says, 'from Mr. Amos.' He knew the name of my French perfume bottle because of Mr. Amos.

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May 04, 2006
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February 24, 2006
The principal appears to support his staff more than the population that supports him. The staff seems to have more control than the administration. The support appears to be there for the AEP students, but the average students are forgotten. As a parent who lives squarely in this school districts boundaries (and won't use this school again), I would ask any other parents to consider the student:teacher ratios and ask themselves why 'average' student:teacher ratios are so high.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
I continue to be very disappointed with my child's education at Meadows. During our years at Simis, all we heard were great things about Meadows. Well, it either wasn't true or boy has that school changed. The majority of the teachers don't seem to give a hoot about the students. Why they are there, I'll never know. The principal is a joke. I can't think of a better way to describe him. Put the assistant in that position. Mr. Sotomayer is wonderful!

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January 10, 2006
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January 08, 2006
Madison meadows used to be one of the best. Now it is hard to find teachers who care about students, even harder to have a gifted child challenged. Teachers do not know how deal with the gifted. They only know how to teach to the book. Very sad to see it go downhill.

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August 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 14, 2005
The newer administration at Madison Meadows as well as at the district office seem to have forgotten what and why they are here. The needs of the students do not come above everything else and that is quite sad. We have been in the Madison distirct for over 8 years and it is very sad to see how it keeps going down hill from the standpoint of administration. Most of the teachers are great and really love what they are doing. It's sad that they aren't allowed to do what's best for children.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
Great test scores and lots of parental involvement but after attending curriculum night and being ignored by several teachers, having second thoughts about sending child.

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no rating April 21, 2005
Lack of diversity but wealthy, involved parents.

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January 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
I have been so happy at this school - especially with the new principal, Ralph Schneider. He is excellent. He is always at the various sporting events as well as plays, musicals, etc. I feel we are getting an excellent education at Meadows.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2004
My child went to Madison Meadows for three years. Her grades declined as the years went on. When she got to seventh grade, kids at the school started harrasing her. The staff was notified and did not do much about it. This became to much of a problem. She started getting worse grades in school. The problem got so bad, at the end of the year we had to switch schools. My child has told me about her teachers. One or two of them actually cared how well she was doing. The others didn't mind at all. One of her teachers even used profanity in the class room. I would not recomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2004
My child attended Meadows all 4 years. I was more than pleased with every aspect of the school. Very high parent involvement, high morale, excellent, caring teachers who really love to teach and desire to impart a love for learning to the kids. I only wish there was a 'Madison High School' for the graduates to attend. Unfortunately, I have not found a public high school with similar ratings as Meadows. The school is small and very personal. All regular classes are acedemically higher than at other public middle schools. My child was automatically placed in AP/accellerated classes when enrolling in high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
My daughter attended this school for 2 years and it prepared her very well for high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
In total, Madison Meadows is one of the best schools in Arizona and probably one of the best in the country. From what I see with my daughter, she works hard, has a lot of friends, and loves it there. I would recommend the school to anyone and everyone.

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Madison Meadows School
225 W Ocotillo Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85013
(602) 664-7900
Last modified Madison Meadows School is a Public school that serves grades 5-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Madison Meadows School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top