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.
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.
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!
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.
My greatson attends to Meadows, he is doing great, he receives a lot of help from the teachers. Excellent school curriculum.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Excelling' school with dedicated teachers. Staff works with all kids to get them to perform their best. Extra-curricular activities are excellent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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