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.
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.
We moved to this area of Phoenix just to attend Simis. We have been very pleased and it has surpassed all expectations.
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.
We had two children attend Simis. We have watched this school decline. Administration at the district level and locally at the school lost sight of what made this school awesome ~ experienced caring teachers with active and involved parents. The school still has two awesome 2nd grade teachers ~ Connie Belmore and Barb Carson ~ two shining examples of what the school used to have through out all grades.
I have had four children attend Madison Simis, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, interests and passions. The school has accomodated each child's unique needs incredibly well. The teachers are engaged, professional, and accessible. The have high expectations for themselves, their students and the parents. My one area of concern is leadership and teacher turnover in the past two years, but I think part of that is the unrealistic demands and skimpy funding that Arizona teachers face year after year.
The school administration has declined significantly primarily due to the new principal. She is defensive and rigid. Her people skills are terrible. She is non-responsive. Parents and students alike dislike her. As a result, the school has lost many of the best teachers and some teachers who need to improve their skills with the children are not being given feedback. Although a few years ago we moved into this district for the sole purpose of enrolling the children at Simis, we would not send the children back to this school if given the choice again.
The atmosphere of the school is educational. The needs and concerns of the school center around the achievement of the child. Technology is also an inportant part of the curriculum. Faculty and staff have always been more than happy to help, answer questions and advise.
Put frankly, the principal has poor people skills. I've experienced this as a parent. There is little doubt in my mind that the excellent teachers will pursue opportunities at other schools with a more user-friendly administrator.
I have two kids at Simis and they are on a variance. I looked long and hard for a school that had everything I wanted. Simis has everthing I ever wanted in a school--very good scores, art, music, life and community based skills, excellent teachers, parent support, administration that has a great vision for the school and what it can do in terms of scores and programing--to say 'we can do better' and even 'push the envelope' to do more than what has even been expected before. I spend 3 hours a day commuting my kids to Simis--That's because I feel it provides a well rounded educational experience backed by very good scores. It is certainly worth the drive everyday.
Simis is a great community. We heard great things about it being a great all around school and so far we are very pleased. My son loves school and I feel it is a very safe and positive environment for him to be in. There are many experienced teachers at Simis and there are always parents volunteering on campus.
Principal and Assistant Principal refuse to extend any customer service. I noticed they do not respond to 'family' needs in any way ! ! Very disappointing.
My son is on a variance and attends Madison Simis...the past year and a half has been great! Mrs. Belmore is awesome and truly cares about her children. Thanks!
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