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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 991
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7302 N 10th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020

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October 22, 2014
I have 2 children that went to Simis one 8 years ago and it was awesome for the oldest child. My second child however a completelly different experience, one of teasing, not understanding homework and dissengaged teachers. Class size not issue as the size was about the same 8 years ago. I think the push for the IB and other programs spreads teachers time thin, they just push kids onto i-ready and computer for learning and testing which is awful. The math instruction is so confusing parents were given a math night traing/presentation and supplemental information on how it is done as the teachers sure do not explain it well in class. There is a saying if it isn't broke don't fix it, not sure why the school's approach to teaching has changed, I don't think Common Core has anything to do with the change in instruction but will explore further, maybe some school board members need the boot.. That said for Phoenix Urban school Madison is good but if comparing to past performance it is declining.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
My daughter just finished her first year at Simis (2nd grade). She absolutely thrived. She is a fairly quiet, shy child and after a year at Simis, I've noticed that while she is still quiet and shy, she has so much confidence. She tested into 'gifted' and I've been very pleased to see what that curriculum entails. The principal and the assistant principal have both been very receptive when I've talked to them (and they reply to emails immediately). The school is officially an IB school. While I don't have a strong understanding of how that will impact the children, I do see it as a positive thing. Simis is a big school, and if you want to keep your child in a smaller environment, this may not be the best choice for you. I like that it's big - I've seen my daughter change in a positive way and I believe one reason she's changed is because of the size. She's not living in a bubble. She stands up for herself. She has so many different types of children to interact with and she's found a wonderful group of girls (and boys) that she feels comfortable with and who look out for one another. The families at Simis area very special.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
We have had children attending Simis since 2003 and have loved every year of it! The community and parent support is second to none. We are thrilled with the new I.B. curriculum as it really allows students to delve deeper into subjects and see how they inter-relate with other subjects (and the world)! The PTA is excellent and I truly believe you get out of Simis what you give so if you are stand-offish and un-involved you will not get the full experience. Everyone is very welcoming and I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
we went to the open house because my son is attending kindergarten in the fall and we were completely impressed by the school. The students seemed to be working on really interesting projects. The principal was very friendly and so were all of the teachers we spoke to. I was also really impressed that they even had an open house. It has been difficult to get a peak into schools that help me make a decision as to where to send my son, but this was very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
I am stunned at the cruel reviews by some parents and their ease with using social media to attack Dr. Flowers anonymously. I have had three children attend Madison Simis and they all have had impressive academic experiences. These same children now attend a charter school (ASA) and were well-prepared academically. Every school has teachers that are superstars and others that are simply competent. At Simis, there are more superstars than I've seen elsewhere. In addition, charter schools rely heavily on parents and the community providing additional financial resources (we're talking $1,800 per child per year), which public district schools such as Simis would be criticized if they did. The reality is that there is insufficient money from the Arizona Legislature funding all public schools, both charter and public district. As a result, all schools have class sizes that are too large. The impact of Simis' IB program on Simis' students can best be summed up with this quote: "If you want people to learn, you have to stimulate their curiosity, get them asking penetrating questions. Make them wonder." (Mel George). IB makes them wonder....it is magical.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
Both our son and daughter have gone here. The teachers are fabulous. The administration tough, but then again that is their job. Facilities always kept up well, even when it's a water play day, the right areas are ready for the kids to wreak havoc on the grass and mud. After 9 total years as a Simis parent, I wouldn't have chosen anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
My child attended from K-4 but I was unhappy the whole time with the administration. Dr. Flowers is absolutely horrible. She sets the tone of the school which was rather blas . She was curt and secretive and enjoys hiding in her office. She is not very supportive of PATS which is such a shame because they are the ones who are on campus and friendly to other parents and visitors. My child had 5 teachers at Simis. Two were fantastic, two very good and one not so good. I was a retired teacher and was there a lot helping out as homeroom parent and classroom volunteer. Music and art were great , PE was very week. She was not prepared for middle school. My child and many other Simis students attend Arizona School for the Arts where the middle schoolers have voice and an instrument or ballet 5 days a weekend piano 3 times per week as well a a high level of academics and a Life Skills class. After school tutoring for an hour each day is free. My child participates in an after school program in drama. All after school programs are run by their very qualified staff. (Simis hires others to do special after school programs and receives a financial kick back from those who teach.)

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
My kids are thriving at Madison Simis. They both look forward to school. Despite the size of the school there is a sense of community. The International Baccalaureate program has helped my kids to learn and understand about different cultures, people and ideas. The testing that some complain about helps teachers see if children need extra help. One of mine did and was given the help she needed. This brought her to the top of her class. The teachers really do their job, covering a lot of ground at school instead of loading them down with homework. I also love that the children get to walk across the tree lined campus between classes. love this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
This is our neighborhood school and I wanted to like it but I agree with a lot of the people on here that the principal just seemed really cold and not that informative. She gave a power point presentation on their International Baccalaureate Application Status but never really described or talked about what exactly it meant to the students, or what it really is. It seemed all about impressing in a very abstract way. The school looks like a prison and there are 200 kindergarteners!!!! And they all eat lunch at the same time, recess at the same time. Seemed overwhelming. The art room looked incredibly sterile but the music room looked really fun and the kids seemed to be having fun. We also saw two different kinds of testing going on which was very depressing. So much testing of kids and yet it doesn't seem that their education is getting better. Needless to say, we will hopefully find a better option for our child.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
7 years ago this school was good compared to other Arizona schools (which is not saying much). They still ride that wave and fail to mention in the past several years most of the teachers have quit or turned over, the vice principle keeps turning over because the principle is a nightmare to work with. The classes are way over crowded with brand new teachers. Dr.Flowers focuses so much on test scores that she rewards teachers who get the highest scores with giving them the "top" students, so if you don't have a "top" student they are just dumped into the over crowded class with all the struggling students...this is why teachers quit and there is a large turnover at this school. It really is sad to me that a school we once loved has been run into a ditch. We pulled our kids out a couple years ago and put them in a charter school and they were so far behind their min standards, but after 2 years they are both excelling. This is proof that when schools focus more on educating our kids and less on the politics of education it works. I would never recommend this school as long as Dr. Flowers is in command. There are WAY better alternatives if you want your child to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
This is no longer a neighborhood school. Most of the kids are bused in and the administration has continued to keep "advertising" for more kids to open enroll. This is a school that has over 1000 kids, no full time school counselor and asks parents to bring in cleaning supplies because there is "no money". Everytime we turned around they were sending home a "flyer" (x1000+ students) asking for more money. The helicopter moms run the school and the principal is as cold as ice. The chaos is nauseating. If you ever need anything good luck finding out who you need to talk to. There is more administrative staff than you have ever seen, but apprently all they are good at is pointing their finger at someone else because it is "their job". We took our kids out after getting no where with this school. The people praising it have obviously do not have very high standards because outside the "simis" bubble, the reputation in the community is crazy parents and way too many kids. Good luck sending your child to this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Excellent teachers, and Principal. All are very dedicated, and they all do a tremendous and wonderful work for our kids. I had my son at Simis 3 years ago, who did amazing and still have my daughter in 3rd grade who also does amazing. If you want to choose an Elementary school for your child, then this is it!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My son loves Simis after attending MTA previously. Great teachers, great special events, and a great drop-off routine in the morning. All of the staff that I have met so far are outstanding and dedicated, and my child just completed a successful semester with great grades. Very happy with Simis!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
My Daughter and we love Madison Simis because it is one of the best schools in the State and recognized internationally with excelent Teachers Principal and Staff . She is been preschool and now attends third grade. Was the best choice for you education. Thank you so much Madison Simis :)

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
Excellent school with top teachers and a very, very dedicated Principal. Madison Simis suffers from a lack of funding like most public schools in AZ, and increasing class sizes. Notwithstanding, my daughter is receiving an excellent education, and we remain committed to the school. Simis retains strong art, music, and PE programs, and these are the highlight of my child's day. Furthermore, Simis parents tend to be passionate about the institution, and there is a strong Parent/Teacher organization. Simis is not a school for academically marginal students, as teachers tends to move at a brisk pace. In fact, it would be easy for less capable students to be lost in the shuffle. There are also quite a few negative comments posted about Dr. Flowers, the principal. As a rebuttal, we find her to be a highly educated/intelligent administrator with a keen eye for data. Furthermore, she is exceptionally generous with her time, responsive, and has a refreshing "tell it like it is" attitude. Likewise, many teachers have similarly high levels of dedication.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
My daughter has attended Simis through kindergarten and is now finishing 1st grade with Ms Atkinson (an extraordinary and exemplary teacher). As a family, choosing the right elementary school and understanding the parental involvement has been a learning process. At Simis, everyone from the front desk staff, principal, teachers, cafeteria staff, gate personell, all the way to the staff and volunteers that help direct traffic, have been nothing less that excellent.The school r eally does go above and beyond to maximize the student's experience. Our daughter has needed extra help with reading, and the appropriate testing was offered and they determined she was having a slight challenge in processing information. The teachers are working together to help her with this, which is very impressive. One of the aspects that has really impressed us, is how the school applies and encourages good behavior. The school is proactive with an anti-bullying initiative, and students are respectful with one another. The parental involvement is incredible, and we have learned the importance of it and that the learning process of our children is a collaborative endeavor.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2013
Sometimes it's better to say nothing at all... I will NOT be sending my child to this school next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2013
I was reading the comments and had to post. To the parent who gave the poor review from December 6, you are not including all the details. You forgot to mention that your child was a huge behavior issue! You failed to mention you moved your child to another Madison school and you are also having behavior issues at that school. Stop blaming the teachers for your issues. Instead realize that YOU and YOUR SON are the issues!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2013
My child has been attending Simis since Kindergarten and is currently in 2nd grade. Our experience has been great since attending. Reading some of the reviews, I question what exactly the parents are look for. Not sure if they had done their research when looking for schools, but it is very ugly at many of the other elementary schools. We had very high expectations especially since our older children went to private school. At Simis, we have seen the consistence of learning between the grades which is what children need. I have no problem with the LEAP program. It is a tool to ensure those who are struggling with reading can get individual attention and not get lost among those who are reading above grade level. Parents must understand it does not fall on just teachers, but the parents as well. My child's teacher get frustrated because parents do not have the children complete their homework packet. Our children education is based on a triange; parent, teacher and child. Become involved. It is your child's education. The principal is awesome. The only complaint I have is the IB program. Not a fan of it, but will wait and see. Our child loves Simis and so do we.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
My son is currently attending 1st Grade at Madison Simis and I have had a very unpleasant experience there. The teacher never sends home work that he has done in class (or any other graded work, for that matter. PLENTY OF FLYERS THOUGH!) and although he has tested into the gifted class, is having to split his time between that class and a regular class. Furthermore, I requested to have his weekly spelling tests after they are graded be sent home so that I can reward him when he gets a hundred percent and the teacher can't seem to accomadate this. After having contacted the principle, I'm finding that they are not working towards having the teacher send home any papers but, rather, are blaming me for his frustrations at school. I am hoping he will get into the Great Hearts Acadamy next year, because I dread what next year would be like if I kept him at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
Started off strong, but the more I get to know the school, and the more I learn about their priorities, the less I like. They have instituted a magnet program for IB, which is just advertising and has not positively affected my child at all. Warning, they have also started a program where they "track" students in reading. They call is LEAP, but it's really a way to isolate students into low, medium, and high groups to push their scores. My child is in a high group, but I if they struggled in reading I would have a real issue with this practice. Is just another clue to me what's important here. We'll be searching elsewhere after this year and probably go to Peoria.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2012
I guess you always get the good with the bad on these reviews. I hope anyone reading these knows that your kid's school is what you make of it, and if you can start with a school that has such a solid foundation and amazing track record - all the better. My two daughters have attended Simis for two years. One is just about to go on to 5th grade in another Madison school because I can't imagine them going ANYWHERE else! I've never had a bad run in with any teachers, staff, or the principle, and I could probably be considered that 'annoying' parent who likes to always know what's going on and how my child is doing. They have always handled my inquiries very well and always to my satisfaction. In fact, I really love how well my children and I have been treated here, and when I meet with other out of district parents, they are always impressed by how well my girls are doing compared to theirs. I've even got a few considering moving just to come to Madison, lol. In short, no school is perfect, but my girls are happy and healthy, I'm pleased with their progress, and I hope new parents can look beyond the crabby Abby's below to consider this amazing school. You won't regret it.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
I have had one child attend Madison Simis for the last two years. She transferred from another system of education so there were a lot of adjustments to get her on track in 3rd grade. In 4th grade she experienced some health problems and surgery that kept her out of school for a considerable time. The school accommodated her unique needs incredibly well. Her teachers Ms. Hoon and Ms. Smalley and the entire support system were engaged, professional, skilled, very accessible, helpful, compassionate and caring. They have high expectations for themselves, their students and in the midst of it all she thrived. It is an excellent school and our child has done extremely well. Madison Simis s seasoned, experienced, flexible teachers, entire staff and community contribute to what makes this school so special. Dr. Flowers is a very accessible principal who seems to work hard to continually improve the school. The front office staff is excellent and always helpful. The level of parent involvement is astonishing. New parents and children are welcomed and included warmly and it has been very rewarding to watch the children grow, interact and learn together within the Simis community.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
I was so turned off by Dr. Flowers that we decided against having our child start attend kindergarten next year, even though we have family members attending now. At both the school tour and the kindergarten round-up she really rubbed me the wrong way. Going on and on and on about out of district kids needing to take the bus was an unbelievable waste of time and then putting down the half day program over was frankly disturbing. At the round-up when the question of whether they had the interest level to include the half day K she actually said (and this is almost verbatim) Yes, but I would like to caution you that every one of our full day K students is reading at great level but 10 out of 40 in half day are not. Shouldn't that WORRY them and not us? What a slam on the half day teacher and does she realize the interpretation of that is if you don't pay for full day K you are putting your child at risk for falling behind. What a guilt trip! We are overlooking ease, familiarity and positive feedback from parents because I cannot wrap my mind around the principals condescending attitude. I am thrilled with our charter school choice and Simis needs to realize there are other options.

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2012
My two kids went to Simis and as a family we cannot say enough great things about the teachers and leadership of the school. Both my kids thrived at Simis. From top to bottom, everyone cares about the well being of the students. There is a place for working and non-working parents to be involved. It is the overwhelming parental involvement that makes Simis such a great school. These parents understand that it takes a village to raise an excelling school!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2012
Madison Simis is the flagship school of the District and the entire staff and community contribute to what makes this school so special. Dr. Flowers is a very accessible principal who works hard to continually improve the school. The school is currently going through the IB application process and it is an excellent fit for the school. My kids have and will be moving to the middle school so will not reap the benefits of the IB program at Simis. I really wish Simis was a K-8 school. I love the community, the teachers and the entire staff. I will miss the wonderful sense of community you feel when you are an involved parent helping the children, the teachers and the staff and community. The PTO works hard and longs for greater involvement from working and non-working parents. The PTO does a lot to make the teachers and staff feel appreciated at Simis. Simis also has an amazing gardening program that is organized and run by all parent volunteers. The gardening program is integrated into the child's grade level curriculum and every grade gets the opportunity to grow in the garden. My 6th grader still misses Simis - it is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
Madison Simis has a tradition of excellence. The good really stops there. They are very clear. They caare more about how they appear publicly thhan actually educating each child. They are responsive if you know someone in power, but are immoveable if not. My son is in the top of his class, not a behavior and gets special concessions. As a teacher myself I see the vast inequities that surround this school. Simply if you can make the school look good, you get the red carpet. If not, well, move so someone can. This all stems from Dr. Flowers who is, to put it simply, looney bins. I feel bad, but mh child will be moving on to another district after this year.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
Wonderful school, filled with caring teachers. The principal, however, is a real piece of work! It will be a better time when she leaves or retires. The school has become overcrowded, but they are soon to open a new cafeteria and music room. Most parents are very involved, and the teachers seem to really like being there. *Note to District administrators...get a new principal. She acts nice, but is not!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2012
Our child transferred to Simis just this last year and it has been amazing! He's a good kid and he did well at this old school (was in the gifted program) but we had to move and we were delighted to find a school that was rated so highly near the area we wanted to be. He hasn't had any trouble keeping up with the material, and I don't feel like he is being pressured or pushed in any way. They expect a little more behaviorally from the kids than his old school, but I think I prefer that anyway - he's been better behaved at home, too. I haven't yet had any problems with the administration or teachers. They all seem very nice, very involved, and have always communicated well. I don't feel like there is any extreme behind-the-scenes administration drama here so far, but I guess that's hard to tell. The principal seems nice, and sincere. Maybe my kid is one of the 'normal' ones who 'fit in the box' like some jaded reviewer mentioned, but this school has been perfect for him.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
With school choice growing every year, I have researched options for all three of my children as they approached their elementary school years. Every time, I determined that Simis was the best school. The faculty is outstanding, a great mix of seasoned teachers with years of experience under their belts and new teachers who are tech savvy and bring great new ideas and high energy. I have seen the teachers successfully and nimbly adapt to the changing demands on education and their students in the six years that my children have been at the school. This is a school that is not afraid to try something new, teacher collaborate well and expectations are high. I truly believe the constructivist approach Simis uses will best prepare my children for the global job market they will face. And the school-wide gardening program ROCKS!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
Our son was going to Simis and will not be attending next year. There is a lack of communicate from the Teacher and the Administration. Our son received an extreme amount of homework and didn t seem to be learning in the classroom. Our son was excelling in math and reading but by the end of the school year he was barely meeting his targets. We requested information about paying for a private tutor or resources to get our son back on track and got no help from the school. Unfortunately, it seems Simis is no longer cares about educating children.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
This school is excellent! I enrolled my oldest son at Simis two years ago and is currently in 2nd grade. My 2nd son is currently in Kindergarten and my 3rd son will be in Kindergarten this fall 2011. I love how the teachers interact with my children and they are giving my kids best education they need. I am impressed with this school's excellency! Good job, Simis!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2010
Simis has really gone downhill! Simis has gone from caring about its students to caring only for its outward appearance. A good portion of Simis families have left & moved on to Madison Traditional Academy. I ve learned that 40% of children attending Simis are out of the district. I have spoke with several Simis mothers whose older children, now at Meadows, attended Simis just a few years ago. Now these same moms have their younger children at Simis & they re very disappointed. One mother told me she was discouraged from helping in her 1st grade daughter s room. Another Simis mom told me the principal is horrible. I was told that if you re a free thinker & have any opinion other than hers to watch out, she will not help you in any way & go out of her way to be rude & make you feel extremely uncomfortable. I m districted

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2010
I loved my elementary years at SImis! THe teachers were fun and really knew how to get kids learning. THe AEP teacher and class was excellent for those who like challenges and want to learn. I am glad that I got to attend there as a kid.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 20, 2010
Madison Simis has wonderful and energetic teachers, wonderful at home activites that keep me engaged with my childs progress and learning and great access to extra activities.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
My daughter will be in 3rd grade. She has been here for two years, one in regular classroom, one in gifted/excel class. We really like this school. I could and would pay for private if I felt it was better, but with enrichment and other programs, I really like the teachers administration, annual fair, campus, and the after schools program is second to none, even better than the really expensive private schools. And you can't beat the price of a public school, even if out of district, which they are happy to accept. Even though I'm moving to downtown Phoenix, I still plan to bring my daughter here, because she is really thriving and excelling in this school. I'd recommend Simis to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Our children are in first grade this year and I have to say we are very disappointed in the quality of education. The Principal did not stand up for our children on a number of issues. She appears pleasant and friendly but will 'stab you in the back'. The school seems to be run by the PATS board and fund raising often feels like the # 1 concern. There is a chaotic overcrowded feeling in the school and on the playground, not to mention the parking lot nightmare. The teachers seem to have good intentions but are overwhelmed as well. The children get the same homework packet each week regardless of what level they are working at. We plan to move to Madison Hts. for the next school year as have some of our friends.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The teachers and staff really care about my son's success.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Parent involvement is Wonderful and has been for the 4 years we have been there. Teacher Quaility is wonderful also. All in all we have had a very positive experience at Madison Simis School!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Great teachers, great programs, well maintained facilities very good after school sports programs

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Simis has provided such a great education! It is wonderful to see how much time and effort they also put into personal development and respect of others...the 'loop' program is excellent. Also, it is fabulous to still have our own art, music, etc programs and not have to share them with other schools; not to mention all of the 'extra' programs such as DIGGS, Coverstory, etc. Simis is the best school ever!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
The community involvement in this school is one of the things that makes it great. The parents of Simis students are active in many of the educational programs, as well as fundraisers

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
great teachers inovative ideas

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
This is an academically challenging, rich and vibrant school experience. Yes, the parents are overly involved, and Yes, many of the parents offer wealth that exceeds my personal capabilities - in their donations of time and money! And Yes, the children are all expected to work at levels higher than schools in this state might otherwise expect them to work. If a challenging school is not what you seek - don't send your child here to Simis. The teachers and the administration really cares. Dr. Flowers and Dr. Bitterman work very hard as do the teachers who are at the school early in the AM preparing for my son and late in the evening supporting our children who need additional input or parental communication. This is our son's 5th year at Simis, he is in 4th grade and has enjoyed every minute.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2009
I am moving my child this coming year. The parents run the school more then the staff. They are always asking for money from parents, even those who don't have it feel guilty if they can't spend extra money on unnecessary purchases. The office staff isn't friendly and always seem to busy to help beyond what they are required to do. Dr. Flowers seems to avoid conflict and try to cover it up rather then solve it. Homework isn't individualized. Every child, regardless of ability is expected to do the same thing for homework even when it may be too difficult. The reason the school does excel is because of the upper class predominately white educated class of people in the area. This would not be a good placement for a second language learner needing individualized instruction.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2008
This is my daughter's first year at Simis. She is in Kindergarten and her teacher is great. I feel that she takes the time that is needed for each student and replies promptly to emails and voice mail. She is willing to try what she can to keep my daughter on track. I am glad we chose Simis.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
We moved into the Madison School District specifically so that our kids could attend Simis. Certain parents with a back-to-basics agenda disrupted our school & district, but finally got what they wanted whilst drawing millions of dollars from the district -- Madison Traditional School. This split served to lower class sizes at Simis, and now the school can again concentrate on providing excellent educations for our children. We're impressed that there are long-tenured teachers at Simis, including male teachers in the 3rd & 4th grades. The music director, Mr. Block, is first rate, and the new art instructor, Mr. Bilger, brings enthusiasm to every project. The fee-based afterschool programs are outstanding: chess, gymnaastics, Mad Science, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Athletes in Training. The Parents-and-Teachers-at-Simis organization is the most active and supportive that we've ever witnessed. We're proud to be a Simis family!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
Simis has the most active parent/teacher organization that I've ever been apart of. The PATS organization works hand in hand with the teachers and office team toward common goals. If there is a need that the District cannot fund, then the PATS organization will step in and support that request. While the student population is high Madison District just recently added two more buses to the school and the class sizes are reasonable. The teachers are really appreciated and there are committees to serve any interest. Also, there are a variety of clubs and activities such as Spanish and Mandarin language instruction, Chess Club, Art, Gymnastics, and Odyssey of the Mind (State Champions)! Simis is a great school with a wonderful student/parent/teacher community.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
I can't say enough good things about Simis. My son is starting his 4th year there (now a third grader) and I have been very happy with every one of his teachers. I will freely admit that I am one of those very invloved parents. I know most teachers in the school and the administration. The involvement of the parents is one the things that makes Simis such a great school, I couldn't see my son going to any other school in Phoenix (we are out of district, so we obviously had a choice).

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
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January 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2007
I have been a Simis parent for 7years and although the overall exoerience has been great my oldest who is now going into 6th grade had 2 1st year teachers and had a horrible time with curriculm changes. My younger daughter had a wonderful experience and my youngest has so far had a horrible experience. I think the turnover has gotten really bad due to the disorganization of curriculm. I have one left and am still deciding if my child will attendin Fall

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
My grandson attended kindergarten in Mis Davis' class. She is the best teacher. She truly cares and goes the extra mile to make sure each child learns what they need to learn. I only wish she could be his teacher for the next four years. The principal was also excellent in helping to help with anything that came up. This is an excellent school and we are so glad we had him transfer into the school. I only have one complaint, and that is the t-ball structure is so poorly organized. It did not compare to Orangewood/Royal Palm League. They are so much better organized.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
My son will be in 3rd grade next year & has been enrolled at Simis since kindergarten. Parent involvement at Simis is superb! The teachers are great! We will be moving out of district soon & still plan on our son attending Simis. It's going to be quite a drive for us but I liken it to private school. Instead of paying tuition we will be paying with time & gas...all worth it! These early years are so important. I plan on my two younger children to attend as well. A+ school!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Our son is in Mrs. Davis' kindergarten class. We feel that she truly cares about him and his academic success. There have been some behavior issues and she is always straight forward about dealing with them. I hope his (and our) 1st grade experience goes as well.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
We have been completely unsatisfied with the level of communication from the teacher. We chose this school because it was 'excelling' - I don't feel the class or homework is specific for the child. We have struggled all year and will look to move our child to a new school in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
I am a parent and also work at Simis. It is an excellent school and my child has done extremely well since Kindergarten there. The teachers she has had, Mrs. Lemon, Mrs. Tancos and Mr. Corrao are very accessible and helpful and caring. The front office staff are excellent and always helpful, always under a lot of pressure and never, ever 'lose their cool'. The music teacher, Mr. Block, is great with the kids and I am amazed at what my daughter accomplishes under his direction. The level of parent involvement is astonishing. We almost have our own community amongst ourselves and it is very rewarding to watch our children grow and learn over the years together. New parents and children are always welcomed and included warmly. The cafeteria is run by 5 people who amazingly prepare and serve 600-800 meals per day and love our children too. Kudos to us.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Fabulous School. A public school that feels private. Amazing teachers, programs and PTA.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
We've had two children go through Simis and have been highly satisfied with our experience. Currently our last child is in 3rd grade. Our kids have had a solid foundation of basic skills in mathematics, writing and reading. The science program is 'hands on' with lots of cool experiences (meal worms, weather, gardening, etc). The music program is particularly outstanding. Our children have also had many opportunities for community service, field trips, and investigations into new technology. Parent involvement at all levels of the school contributes to the positive environment. The Parents also raise a large amount of money each year so that Simis can offer so many different opportunities for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
For the parents who like to be involved, Simis is a great choice. They offer a number of ways in which you can participate.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
As noted in an earlier post, a faction of the school board tried to forcibly convert Simis to a 'traditional' model, despite overwhelming opposition by parents in both a written survey and at public meetings. The principal did not seem responsive to parent concerns on this issue, either. At least a few of these people will stand for re-election in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
My son has attended the preschool and we loved it. He's grown exponentially over the last year.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
This is an overated school but for Aizona's poor standards it is adequate.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 08, 2006
My daughter's experience at Madison Simis has been great. It is a larger school, however, the teachers negate that big school feeling with their caring attitudes and fantastic knowledge. There is a large % of the population who appear to get dropped off at school by their parents vs. walking or riding the bus which tends to make it a little hectic during a.m. and p.m. dropoff/pickup time, but that is seriously my largest complaint. They are currently deciding whether to implement a 'school within a school' program there, so if you prefer non-traditional learning styles you may want to stay tuned for the outcome of this proposal.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
My child currently attends this schhol and although I have been happy with it this year, I will be looking for another school. The decision to change an already excelling school to a 'traditional' model baffles me, and reeks of trying to attract affluent families. We don't need more rich, white kids at the school, we need quality teachers and a curriculum that encourages kids to think for themselves and enjoy learning. It's really sad what is happening to this school. The fact that the 'traditional' method has been snuck in, with only one parent meeting, is disturbing. This drastic change in curriculum requires dialogue between parents and the schhol. I will be searching for a schhol that values, and welcomes, that dialogue

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
I disagree strongly with the complaints about Dr. Flowers. We've met with her several times, and find her to be not only genuine, but genuinely helpful. Our biggest problem has been not with the principal, but with the rigidity of the curriculum. And beware, it could get worse: the school board is planning to convert Simis to a 'traditional' (i.e., 1950's-style teaching and discipline) school, and is ignoring objections of a large majority of parents. Very secretive, very arrogant.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
Above average acedemic programs, good teachers, excellent art and especially music programs and Music teacher all coupled with high parental involvment.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
We are so disgusted with the new principal at Simis. I totally understand the saying, becareful what you wish for! We thought we didn't like the former principal, but she was a gem compared to what is principal now! Dr. Flowers is a fake! She acts very sweet and pretends that she cares what you think but that is not the fact. My husband and I tried to discuss a problem with our student and she just didn't care what we had to say. We have never been so put off before. We are hoping to get into a different school next year. If you are smart, as long as Dr. Flowers is principal, you will look elsewhere as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2006
Our child began the pre-K program in November. My first impression was that of a lack of organization. Our child seems very happy there, though, and I hope our future experiences are good ones.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
Yes the parent involvement is nice but the whole tune of the school starts with the administration and front office staff. They are rude and not helpful. Considering the number of children with special needs in society today this school needs to become better educated and equiped to help children with challenges succeed.A large number of students in all of my childrens classes (K, 2& 4) are there on a variance. I think this is a negative thing. There was such hope for the new principal and it turns out she is way worse than the one we had before. People think this is such a great school until their children go there. The education system in AZ is terrible and Simis is a perfect example of that.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
November 28, 2005
My son attended Simis for his Kindergarden year. He made fast friends and the all the teachers were very kind. I could tell he was very comfortable and I was impressed with how much they learn in that first year.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
The parent involvement is great here. It makes all the difference in the kids attitudes. They seem really happy and excited about learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
My daughter started kindergarten this year and I was pleased to find that parent participation is highly encouraged. You may meet with your child in the cafeteria and have lunch with them if you wish! Parents are well informed of what's going on by a weekly newsletter. Only after a month of school, my daughter has become very interested in reading and writing. The teachers there are well educated and use proven methods for learning. I am very impressed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 07, 2005
Awesome! Great quality, extracurricular, parents!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
I have two children currently attending Madison Simis one in K and one in 4. The academic programs seem to be very strong. My fourth grader has done very well academically and loves the AEP program. The parent involvement is very high and quite a lot of money from PATS supports solid programs. I do wish we could incorporate individual music instruments for the students to take home and study. The music teacher is very good and does the best he can with the budget. My main concern about Simis is the high teacher turnover. Hopefully, the new principle will put an end to it. It would also be helpful if the administration could keep parents better informed about academic programs that are being phased out. Many times those of us that are directly affected are the last to know and often without any input from us.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
I was a preschool teacher there for 3 years. I loved the parent support and involvement. I was impressed with how well run the school was and the level of experience the teachers had. It is a great school!

- submitted by a teacher
August 12, 2005
We live outside the Simis area and are greatful that our daughter is able to attend Simis. Our total experience has been great. My daughter loves school and I believe that is due to the love and dedication of Mrs. Tancos as well as Ms. McNeill. I'm sorry to see that Ms. McNeill is gone and I hope the new administration is as friendly and caring. I would recommend Simis to anyone who asks. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2005
My son attended kindergarten and 1st grade at Simis and we were pleased in every way with his education. He learned alot for just beginning school and he had fun doing it too. Parents were very involved and I think this had a very positive impact.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
This school is currently undergoing a big transformation. Hopefully the new principal will be a better leader than the last one was. They have been hiring some 'not so good' teachers as of late. My daughter had a terrible experience this past school year (2004-2005) in 3rd grade. They also don't like having children with special needs, and don't have an accepting climate, unfortunately. What is this teaching our children? It's not all bad...the master teacher's there are excellent, so if you can get a very experienced teacher, they get a great education.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
I enrolled my children in Simis in January 2005 and so far I am not that impressed. I had two teachers that were average at best. Most of the teachers complain that they do not have a curriculum to teach, thus leading to a high teacher turn over. The test scores are high because the demographics are upper class. Most of the parents I have spoken with are sending their children to private tudoring for reading and math. The method of math taught at Simis is horrible. It confused my daughter who was in the gifted program at her last school (a excellent private school). The principal never left her office, and when we first enrolled in the school nobody bothered to show us around, they just gave us a map and let us go on our own. We are reconsidering re-enrolling our children into private school.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
My child loves going to school. Mrs. Luckey, Mrs. Tancos and Mrs. Comstock have been the best teachers in the world. Not only do they know what they are doing, they teach in a way my child is a successful learner. I wish I had more children to send to Simis because of these teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
I liked Madison Simis because the teachers were interested in exploring new ideas of how to teach the small kids, not just the same old thing every day. The only negative thing I have to say is that the teachers didn't always coordinate activities with the parents in the best way.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
Madison Simis is a quality elementary school. The demographics of the school contribute to the high test scores. For the 2005-2006 school year there will be a new principal and vice-principal. The previous principal was an excellent instructional leader. The new principal is highly touted.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
Excellent school. Scores are always top notch. Very involved families. School functions are always packed and the kids just love their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
The academic growth provided by the Madison district is phenomenal. Simis has great teachers and I never have to worry about my daughter s education, when it comes to this school. This school still provides weekly Art and Music classes. There's a big fall festival and only one school fundraiser a year.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
After considering private school we decided to send our daughter to k-1 at Simis. We have been pleasantly surprised at our experience. It has the feeling of a community, the teachers encourage children at their own pace and it is evident that the average child at Simis performs above average statewide. We are pleased with the extremely active parent involvement. The only negative were dealings with the principal, who is now leaving. Otherwise all staff we have encountered are professionals with the best interest of education for our children. We moved to this neighborhood to ensure our 3 children will be able to attend Madison Simis.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 20, 2005
I have two children who attend Simis. The school prides itself on it's test scores, and it does work hard to achieve these ratings. There is a high level of parental involvement, and the school and parents provide many fun extracurricular activities. However there does seem to be some teacher dissatisfaction, possibly because of the pressure to continue achieving such high test scores. I do have an issue with letting so many out of district children attend Simis on variance. I think the classrooms are too crowded, which makes it difficult on the teachers and children. Overall, Simis is one of the best public schools in Phoenix, which is important because Arizona is not known for high standards in education. My children are happy at Simis, and I would recommend it to others considering moving here.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
March 16, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
March 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2005
This school is a good school but somewhat cliquesh. The paren't group is very cliquesh, I went to a meeting and no one even introduced themselves. Very homogenous student population. Nice teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
Not a bad school, but little extra in the way of enlightened, multicultural awareness. Teacher turnover really hurts the cultivation of an experienced dedicated faculty.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2004
Better than average facility with top notch staff and incredibly high performance. Not very diverse.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2004
Simis is a great school, the staff really cares about our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2004
I am an alumni of Simis and now my twins are in Kindergarten there. I have been VERY disappointed in the whole experience. One of my children has special needs and the knowledge, understanding and follow through of the staff has been horrible. For many years the Madison School District has been a selling point for homes in the area. Recently the reputation has gone drastically down hill. In fact when other people asked me where I would be sending my children to Kindergarten and I told them Simis the usual response was, 'Good luck with that!' Most of our friends and neighbors send their children to private school. I highly suggest anyone considering Simis ask around and get feedback on the curriculum, discipline policies(or lack therof) and administration.

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August 31, 2004
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April 12, 2004
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February 20, 2004
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February 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2003
We moved to this area of Phoenix just to attend Simis. We have been very pleased and it has surpassed all expectations.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
As an experienced teacher I have seen over the past few years a greater shift in focus to academic achievement than ever before. The administration has given excellent support to its teachers to insure the highest level of educational achievement for our students. Ongoing continued education has helped produce a highly professional and knowledgeable staff. Our students continue to be rated among the highest not only in the Phoenix area, but in the state! (See test scores.) Our parent involvement is outstanding as well, as are the extracurricular offerings of Simis.

- submitted by a teacher
July 31, 2003
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Madison Richard Simis School
7302 N 10th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85020
(602) 664-7900
Last modified Madison Richard Simis School is a Public school that serves grades PK-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Madison Richard Simis School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 110 reviews. Top