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.
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.
This is an overated school but for Aizona's poor standards it is adequate.
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.
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
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.
Above average acedemic programs, good teachers, excellent art and especially music programs and Music teacher all coupled with high parental involvment.
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.
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