Posted June 9, 2011
Madison Simis is a wonderful school with a long heritage of excellence. Parents are involved, teachers are caring and hard-working, students are eager to learn. It is nurtured by an enlightened Phoenix community and enjoys a beautiful setting. We take pride in all that we have accomplished and are ever in a mode of continuous improvement. Thank you for your continued interest in Simis, and for your support.
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!!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fabulous School. A public school that feels private. Amazing teachers, programs and PTA.
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.
For the parents who like to be involved, Simis is a great choice. They offer a number of ways in which you can participate.
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.
My son has attended the preschool and we loved it. He's grown exponentially over the last year.
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