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2602 North 23rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009

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September 21, 2013
Magnet Traditional Academy is an "A" Rated School as defined by the Arizona Department of Education and in September of 2013 the school was named "High Performing" by the U.S. Department of Education. Magnet Traditional Academy is also one of just 16 schools in the nation to receive the "National Excellence in Urban Education Award." Parents are highly involved in the school and the staff is excellent. It serves K-8 students and even has a free before and after school program for students enrolled in the district with working parents.

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2012
Teachers are amazing at this school. Many of them work very hard and it shows in their lessons. Students are given assignments that help them learn. They aren not given busy work. Parents, Teachers and Students are all held accountable to make sure that we have success. I love Magnet. Many of the parents that have commented on bullying are misguided. I have had my students at other schools in Phoenix. Compared to the other schools MTS doesn't have a bullying problem.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
MY SON ATTENDED MAGNET SCHOOL FOR 7 YEARS ,, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS I EVER SEEN ,, DISCIPLINE NUMBER ONE,, I FELL SORRY TO HEAR ALL THE BAD COMMENTS ABOUT IT,,, BUT I STILL BELIEVE IN MAGNET ,, JUST FIND THE RIGHT AND STRONG PRINCIPAL PLEASE ,, IT IS A GOOD SCHOOL I LOVE MAGNET TRADITIONAL SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
This school is really going down hill fast! Good luck on trying to get the principal to return your calls or emails or even show up for scheduled meetings. I can't remember the last time we got a newsletter. There is no communication between staff and principal and parents. It has become very disconnected.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
I'm not sure if I should laugh or be appalled at some of the outrageous comments posted here! Dangerous school? Students carry drugs and weapons? How absurd can you be? I have been a parent at this school since 1997, my youngest daughter is still a student here. I would agree that the quality of the educators has diminished and they are struggling with the new trends in education, but trying to blame the school for lack of positive role models at home in today's society is unfair. The school has an anti-bullying program in place. They also encourage students to report bullying. The kids in middle school participate in community service projects on the weekends and they also have street clean-up days. The test scores are acceptable and the reading of good literature is encouraged at many grade levels. It is disheartening to read such negativity and hatred. Remember, you are the adult and role model for your child. Be a positive one.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
I had high hopes of Magnet Traditional, unfortunately I was extremely disappointed. I agree with the other parents...the bullying is completely out of control & totally unacceptable. Do not send your child to this school because it is a dangerous place!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2011
Bullying is a huge problem at this school! I totally agree with the last Mother that commented regarding the bullying at Magnet Traditional. We have had the same problem the last two years with the constant physical and verbal abuse by some of the kids at Magnet. My Grandson would always try to tell the teachers and staff about the name calling and physical abuse, but they would just ignore him. We finally just gave up and decided to take him out of the school. Wake up Mr. Principle! Something needs to be done about this serious problem at your school! Hear the people and enforce the No Bullying Policy!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2011
My two kids attended Magnet for two long years. Bullying is a big problem here and principal and staff have tell you what you want to hear. Nothing ever got solved and the parents and staff are as bad as the kids. I feel sorry for the future of these little clicks of bullies, parents wont be there forever to blame everyone else. If anyone with any pull in the school system is reading these comments I strongly suggest looking into this so called "A+" school. My kids will no longer attend Magnet.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
If they had a negative rating; I would provide it. This school is more of a pre-reformatory if you will. The Principal is in over his head and needed to be fired years ago. The students run the campus and the teachers are simply pawns. I would home school a child before I would EVER let a child attend here. You have only to walk by the campus to get a feel for it. Scary at best. Stunned nothing has been done. We pulled our child within a month and put him in private school. Education was clearly not on anyones agenda...and his safety was a factor.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
I am a grandparent of a student that attends Magnet . I help out my daughter with my grandchild picking and dropping off my grandson. First off the front of the school has A+ which should be removed. Academically might be an A+ school but fails in attitude. I have noticed the the little clicks developed here. Bullying is a big problem here. My grandson is scared to say anything and has noticed how kids that do say something are treated afterwards. They are outcasted by students and staff fails to look into this huge problem. I have also noticed the language of the kids there is unbelievable. Are the teachers ignoring the way kids speak? Free dress day is a big fasion show. Those who don't have expensive shoes or clothes (like my grandson) get picked on. School should enforce that we are there to learn not the way we look. If you are looking to send your kids to an A+ school then Magnet is not the best choice. My grandson will not be attending there next year. Hopefully these problems will be fixed soon, for the fuutre of these kids.

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2011
When I first started my daughter at this school it was rated a 10 and in 1 year it has dropped down 3 ratings. The principal's grammar is weak. Have you read any of his letters he randomly sends home? The classes are overloaded with kids and the class is very loud and seems out of control. A few times I have dropped off my daughter at school and found that the office wasn't even open yet kids were being dropped off. The only reason there is parent involvement is because it is mandatory. If parents don't attend 7 PTO meetings then the child gets kicked out of the school. Volunteer work is also mandatory. I believe it is 10 hours and donations only count for a few of those 10 hours. I am a single parent and I don't know about anyone else, but I don't get paid for the times that I'm not at work. The website stinks. They don't use it as much as they should. They ask for donations of paper yet they sure waste a ton of it making print outs to pass out at the PTO meetings. This information could've been easily posted on the website.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
Magnet is a fantastic school. The education is excellent, the teachers are very caring and supportive, which is extremely important to me as a single parent. The parent involvement and PTO are fabulous. Everyone is welcoming and inviting, not cliquish as I've experienced at our previous school. The only reason I don't give MTS five stars are that the comments about some bad students at the school is true. Our last school was a private school so I expected the kids to be a little rougher around the edges, but the ones I'm talking about carry drugs and weapons. If you have good kids that know how to make decisions about who to hang out with, you shouldn't have any problems, but something does need to be done about the bad apples.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2010
I recently went to Magnet, in 4th grade, with a horrible class. When I first walked into the room and started class, I noticed that I had already learned the curriculum that was being taught. I was then pronounced nerd of the class, at recess after that class. Everyone made fun of me, which was very horrible. I soon transfered back to my old school, which turned out to be one grade level ahead.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2010
We have been at the school for four years now my kids have made such an improvement in learning compared to the school we came from.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
The principal does tell you what you want to hear and does not follow through on what he promises. I pulled my kids because of bullying.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2010
The school has guidelines set in place, how many PTO meeting you must attend, volunteer hours that are required, etc.. If you do not meet the requirements it is 'ok' because enrollment is down. They are losing teachers because there are less kids. It states it is a traditional school on the building, but my children are not being taught in a traditional way. The curriculum is the same at your local school as this one, nothing more is expected from your child. Just a harder grading curve, that most of the teachers weigh. The principal with make you promises but does not follow through, he just tells you what you want to here. I think they forgot what a traditional school is. Send your kids to Madison or Alhambra if you are looking for a REAL traditional school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
it is the worst school ever i have a child here he would have all b`s if grading scale was regular

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November 16, 2009
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November 03, 2009
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July 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 19, 2008
My kids have attended this school for the last 9 years. The first 5 years were everything I wanted in a school, high academics, happy teachers, and a staff who cared about the kids. These last 4 years have gone down hill fast, I kept waiting year after year hoping the principal would get our school back on track. This never happened, My kids will be attending another school next year. I would not advise anyone to check out this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Both my children attend Magnet Traditional and it is a great school, back to basics learning and this school has higher academic standards than most schools. My only complaint is that it seems over the past couple of years the discipline issues have gotten out of hand at Magnet it seems like some really bad kids have gotten into the school and not too much is being done to those few bad kids. Would like to see stricter punishments for those few bad kids.

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March 16, 2008
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February 04, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2008
Magnet Traditional is the academic flagship of the central Phoenix elementary schools, and parents living in the Phoenix metro area would be wise to check it out. As parents we value high academic standards, school uniforms, classroom discipline, racial and cultural diversity, daily homework, and parental involvement. More support from the local school district would be beneficial, as well as higher teacher pay. But overall, an excellent school and an asset to the community.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2007
Both of my daughters attended Magnet when it first started. The homework is hard but,it will pay off later. Lindsey is completing her senior year at NMSU in education, with a 4.0 and Tara is in her junior year at EWU with a 3.7 in chemistry with forensics option.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
I feel that it is very important for children to get back to the basics, however the homework is excessive considering they are pushed all day with very little down time. The teacher last year clearly was burnt out or something. Always yelling, putting more written work on them for every little thing they did, I am not sure what, if anything, this accomplishes. It is a good school, but it could be great if just a little fun went into learning. How punishment is used should really be better reviewed by the principal. It is a very poor part of the program. Need to remember, these are still kids, not little adults.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
My husband & I have been very pleased with the school overall. We feel there needs to be more information taught to the kids regarding computer use & typing skills, as well as more time to check out books.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
This school is very academic driven. This can be good and bad. The children have excessive amounts of homework each night and have little to no room for error. The teachers that we have experienced do not seem happy in their professions and have made this experience very hard for my child. While I do realize education is important and getting a good one is important as well, I think this school is for the parent and child who value only that. If from kindergarten a child is infiltrated with an obsessive amount of work and little time for the creative part and fun part they will sooner or later start to not enjoy where they are. We will be moving schools next year. A school that values education and still allows a child to be a child.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
This is an excellent school with great academic values. The school purpose is get back to the basics. The academic programs are very good and they have a reasonable amount of art, sport and extra curricular activites. The level of parent involvement is high. The scool requires at least 10 hours of volunteer time per year as well as attendance to 7 PTO meetings.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
The school challenges students intellect and involves parents on all aspects of child's education.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
This has to be a better than average school, although it seems to me to have 'slipped' some over the past couple of years. I feel this is due to a relaxed emphasis on individual students'overall behavior- some kids push the limits of the dress code/uniform policy, kids run where they aren't supposed to, pushing, shoving, yelling, etc. Some teachers are obviously better than others, but the weaker ones never seem to change for the better. Our music program has just been a joke for the last couple of years. My daughter has learned only ONE song on her violin so far this year! Twinkle twinkle little star. It took her less than a week to learn it, duh, actually about 15 minutes, and that has been that. For the year!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
This school provides a consistent curriculum that prepares the student for high school. The school also has consistent test scores which shows stability and competance in the teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
Magnet Traditional School is a highly performing school in the Phoenix Elementary District. The staff has high academic standards for all students.Kinder students are expected to be reading by the end of the year. Seventh and eighth grade students are challenged in math by having the opportunity to take high school level Algebra. Students who complete the course successfully are then enrolled in High School Geometry. This means that some Eighth grade students start their freshman year in high school taking Algebra 3-4. The grading scale is higher at MTS and making Honor roll is truly an honor. Parents are expected to attend 7/10 PTO meetings. They are expected to volunteer at the school for 10 hours during the school year. We have an advisory council in which one parent from each grade level is a member. Extracurricular activities include sports, cheerleading and service clubs.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
While Magnet has an excellent reputation and does quite well at passing the standardized test criteria, it is not as positive of an environment as one would expect from an 'A+' school. One issue that should be addressed is that children are being held accountable for their parents lack of participation. For example, three or four eigth grade students were prohibited from participating in their graduation ceremony in 2004 entirely because their parents did not attend 7 'mandatory' PTO meetings. A child should never be penalized for a parent's lack of involvement! Shame on you Mr. Perkins!

- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
Talk about loving your job, Magnet Traditional has the best staff. They are all about the kids, they want the best and nothing but the best for them. Their time is the kids time around the clock. Teaching the kids responsibility and disipline is priority along with teaching them great skills. The staff along with the principal knows each and every student.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2003
MTS is a great place for children to learn in Arizona. The teachers are great with the children and the school s test scores are among the highest in the state. We actually live in the boundaries of another school (our daily commute is 20 miles one way), but our family really loves Magnet Traditional and their teachers and staff. The parental involvement is great! The principal loves the children. I feel the quality of education my child is receiving is priceless. It also has the safest environment. My child loves it and feel safe and happy. Like a family!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2003
I could not have chosen a better school for my daughter to attend. She has been at Magnet since first grade and is now a 7th grader. The scores from Stanford 9 speak for themselves. It is a traditional way of teaching and apparently works. Students are diciplined starting since kindergarten and by the time they reach the upper grades, there is no problem. They do have a higher grading scale than most public schools, but the students get awarded with honorable mention certificates and honor roll certificates each grading period, and tropheys at the end of the year. The teachers are fantastic, you know they care about your children.

- submitted by a parent
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Magnet Traditional School
2602 North 23rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85009
(602) 257-3790
Last modified Magnet Traditional School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Magnet Traditional School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top