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Milestones Charter School

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted August 9, 2014

I am so excited for this new school year. There are so many changes happening at the school for the better. This pass school year there were changes academically that gave the school a better grade rating and they continue to make changes to challenge their students in fun ways. Their acquisition of technology, and quality art and PE programs for the students has also improved. There are also solar panels being installed from a grant the school received. The staff are so friendly and know me and my son by first name. This school is the place to be if you want your child in a safe, caring environment with quality teachers and instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2014

My son attends this school for the 4rth year. He should have been yanked out after his 2nd year, due to lack of education at his grade level. Besides this, the faculty does not address the bullying issue. No policy in place, makes no assurance the children attending this school are safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

My family loves Milestones! Our kids have been here for 9 years. They have graduated from here and moved seamlessly into the public high schools into Honors and AP classes. They were made to feel loved, smart and important here. Having had this kind of experience especially in middle school helped them feel great about themselves in high school and college. This is by no means a "traditional" school. Kids are allowed to think on their own and work as a community to better that community. I will continue to send people here and will value the last few years my kids will be here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

My son has been with the school since Pre-K and has received a great education. I have recommended this school to other at my job and they have their children their also. When the Principal states at the beginning of each year that the Parents are going thru school again it is true. You have to be an involved parent, school is not a babysitting place, to get the most out of any education you have to put time and effort into your child to assist them to succeed. I will continue to recommend the school to others because I believe in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

Milestones is a good school. I know that it is run and staffed by caring individuals that work many hours for the benefit of children. Administration has implemented many changes this year for the better. As a teacher, I feel supported by Administration and understand and support the goals in place. This year alone, administration has implemented a new technology program, new lesson planning software, school wide common core software, new laptops, smart boards, and technology for teacher use as well as new picnic tables for the outside. Teachers also meet weekly with administration and collaborate on implementation of programs and resources for the benefits of kids. All teachers communicate administrative thoughts weekly with parents. Parents should be aware of all that goes on behind the scenes for the benefit of their children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 17, 2014

The administrative staff is the worst I have ever seen. There is no communication between the staff,parents or teachers. There are some great teachers at the school however the lack of support from the leadership makes them ineffectve.the capuses is in disaray and unkempt.If the school has goalsthere is no plan being followed to reach them.It looks like the school is run just to make money for a few on the backs of rest, the teachers,parents and worst of all the children, and they can't evern get that right. There is a large turn over and a list of unfulfilled promises. Programs that just went away to cover poor management, there hearts may be in the right place but they have no skills on how to run an effective administrative staff or school. If someone from the school reads this please spend the money, get your self a good management team and plan in place or close. Do it for the Children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

Milestones is a fantastic school that builds the students up both academically and socially. Sad as it is there will always be a student or two who feel that they are behind. The children with learning disabilities recieve much needed attention in the lacking areas. Every child is given the proper education at Milestones, and I find it a sorry excuse to try and blame genetics for a lack of effort on the student's part. Students need to be willing to learn, and yes some people have to put more effort into learning various subjects. I know students who show an understanding of the work taught are then taught more challenging subjects. Graduates from this school are known to thrive in high school and college. Plus the students are loved. That is what makes this school so great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

I go to this school and I am BEHIND in math and science, writing and language arts is no problem I get that from my mom but I learn everyday more and more about writing. The 5th grade writing teacher is probably the best teacher ever. But I wouldn't recommend your children to go to this school.


Posted November 4, 2013

Milestones Charter School is full of fun loving, smart, caring teachers and staff. The expectations of students has been raised in the past few years and I am seeing changes for the better! The upper grades have challenged my child, who is very bright. We would rather see her challenged than bored. I would recommend Milestones to any parent. From preschool through eighth grade, this school is fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

At Milestones Charter School, the staff knows each student for who they are and hold them to what they can accomplish. They are extraordinarily tolerant to all children and will raise / lower the bar for each and go out of the ordinary to give extra work or explanations. Those who do not understand their lesson the teachers will patiently go over different tactics with them until they get it. All the students speak to each other and there aren't any groups unfriendly to one another despite class sizes of about 25. Students are recognized for their personal abilities and talents. There are many programs to fit student interest and preferences with great activities and sports teams called Milestone Mustangs. Teachers are fair and on a personal authority level with students and will go to all means necessary so that both student and teacher are comfortable. I would recommend this school to anyone, it is very diverse and long lasting friendships are constantly building up on the campus. With teachers whom support their students and encourage them to be role models in character, this school is a best fit for those who are a bright young individual of America's impending future.


Posted July 7, 2013

I attended this school for about three years and it was horrible! There were absolutely no standards and I was always doing someone else's work on top of mine. There is no one paying much attention there because I was a victim of bulling (verbally and physically) and when I told the teacher in my last year he told me to work it out with the child and nothing was done. When I slipped up once by standing up for my little sister (the kid was a teachers kid) I got in trouble. I never even touched the child who was verbally bulling my sister. I didn't say anything at all. I just followed him around silently for two days. Other than social issues, the acedemic program was below my level and I could skip a project and nothing would be done! I was recently looking through work projects and almost nothing was done and completed. The only time I got in trouble was when I was standing up for my little sister. Over all, PARENTS PLEASE DO YOUR CHILDREN A FAVOR AND DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL! IT WILL CHANGE THEM SO MUCH TO BE BULLIED EVERYDAY AND I SPEAK FOR EXPERIENCE! Thanks for taking the time to read! I hope I might have changed you mind about enrolling your child in this school.


Posted April 17, 2013

For the woman whose son is going to a new school after three years at Milestones, you and I have very different memories of what happened in the parking lot. Calmly telling someone that turning into oncoming traffic would be unsafe is not threatening. Honking your horn excessively is harassment. The cultural arts fee is not just or field trips. These funds are also used to bring plays, musical performances, and other educationally appropriate venues to the school. There have been at least ten of these assemblies during the current school year. Milestones sponsors countless after school clubs and activities for girls AND boys; science club, math club, art club, yoga, basketball, and many others. Information about these activities is sent home all the time. We get at least one or two notices each week in our child s Friday Folder. This information is also posted on the wall in the main office. My daughter has attended Milestones for 7 years. She has received an exemplary education. I do, occasionally, work in the office. There are other members of the faculty and staff with children who attend Milestones. These students, if anything, are held to a higher standard of discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

My son has been at Milestone for 3 years now & this will be his last there. My son gets assigned computer work, yet there hasn't been ANY computer classes or access to any computers. They charge roughly $150-200 for the "cultural arts fee" this is supposed to be for field trips, however in 3 years my son has had only 1 field trip. I have witnessed the kids bullying in front of school faculty, & that person ignores it. They do have clubs for girls, but nothing at all for boys. Children of faculty receive special treatment & are not held accountable for their actions.Faculty members don't listen to students when issues occur. I was even harassed by a male that works in the office when he threatened me in the parking lot (I honked my cars' horn at him). Save your childs self-esteem & your sanity.. DON'T ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO ATTEND THIS HORRIBLE SCHOOL!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

My son is currently in kindergarten at Milestones and this is his 3rd year there. His curriculum has him learning a 1st grade level. He loves this school, his teacher is awesome, and all the staff knows every kid as an individual. He is very advanced compared to many kids his age and Milestones is perfect for him. The only thing I would feel more comfortable about is if they had a nurse on campus. I recommend this school to everyone I talk to. My second son will enter the preschool next fall and I cannot wait!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I attended Milestones for five years. The first three years were (though still below my standards) better than the final four semesters. Initially, I had a teacher that made efforts to challenge students who were above the standards for the grade level. The same was true for the following year; the year after that, however, things spiraled downward FAST. Though I adored my teacher that year, I was (at best) moderately challenged academically. The next year, despite excelling in a math class, all the kids in my grade were forced to repeat the same class I had taken the preceding year. My final year at Milestones, there were ZERO standards. I made a game out of seeing how little I could do. And the teachers and administration did NOTHING. In fact, the only grade that suffered was my effort grade. If your child is approaching or far below grade level and you would like him or her to pass a year or two of school with flying colors, I highly suggest that you transfer him or her here. However, if you seek an education at or above your student's grade level, I highly suggest that you continue your search. In conclusion, my educational experience was lackluster, at best.


Posted February 10, 2012

We love this school.My son is in preschool and way ahead of other preschoolers from other schools.They teach a child ahead according to the child's learning skills.We love Ms Jean and Ms Tiffany from PreK.They're very involved with the parents and stay involved with the children on a one to one basis.We're happy with our son's progress so far........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

I love this School my son's teacher is great. The class sizes are small so the teacher has more one on one time with the kids. Remember we as parents still need to work with our kids. It is not all the teachers responsiblty, If any thing we need to teach our kids more manners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2011

This school is horrible! They lack basis nessesities like a library and computer lab. The principal has a BAD attitude problem and lacks proper communication when it comes to discussing issues with anything. My child cried every day when it was time to go to school. I pulled her out and now my child attends a nearby public school and if growing by leaps and bounds emotionally and academically. I would never reccomend this place to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

The school isnt doing much for the kids at all. There is no teacher cooperation with parents. There us not much extra curricular activities for the kids. They are way behind in therir accademics. I wouldnt suggest tis school for kids from grade 1 onwards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2011

I came to Milestones after teaching in a public school for several years. I needed to find a way out of letting politics run my school and get to a place where I have the freedom to teach the way students really learn. I have found that in this school. I love the entire staff and most of all I love that we are growing leaders in our students. WE as teachers are free to make choices about a child's education and do what is appropriate for each child to learn. As much as one-size fits all education is convenient to fund and easy to train teachers on, it does not benefit the children that need so much more academically. Both to catch them up or equally importantly to advance the children further than expected. At Milestones, I believe we are able to provide a different learning experience for each child and the kids thrive on that. I love teaching here and will never go back to district education again.
—Submitted by a teacher


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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98%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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65%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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n/a

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65%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Donna Steadman
Fax number
  • (602) 404-5456

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Volleyball
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