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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent school. Scores are always top notch. Very involved families. School functions are always packed and the kids just love their teachers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Better than average facility with top notch staff and incredibly high performance. Not very diverse.
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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