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Acorn Montessori Charter School

Charter | 2-8 | 255 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2014

I absolutely love this school and it's staff in everyway. All of my children have attended in every grade from K to 8th. The kindergarten teacher was the best, she taught my youngest and made it so welcoming and inviting to both of us, you rock Ms. Erin! Every year they do things to improve their school and the things that they offer. As everyone in life you learn new things everyday, if you are not welcoming to change then life will get very boring. The love for every child at this school is absolutely amazing, from the director all the way down to the amazing kitchen staff. They listen to your concerns and are quick to resolve them. Going to school should not be an UN pleasant experience for any child and Acorn goes up and beyond to provide both you and your children with the extended family you deserve. The love for children is seen from the moment you walk in the doors! Thank you Acorn for providing the safe and loving Home for my family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

So to the parent who said that the pre-K teacher is lazy and gets away with it because she is friends with higher up. That's funny as I personally can tell you that the higher up has pushed and held Ms.. Sheryl to the same standard as all other teachers at West. Just wait and see how her children in that class test results are with the AIMS benchmarking. Lazy really she has so many children at so many different academic levels and is always tweaking her lesson I would say there is a staff member who could step up more within that classroom but even I wouldn't say that staff is lazy just clueless. As you maybe a parent however, I believe you must also work at Acorn now or in the past as most of your comment sounds like an employee and if you are that is sad you would vent on a public website. I believe we all work very hard for each and every child at Acorn yes I agree some children maybe hard to teach but all schools have those children within their school. Acorn loves having parents help and if you were told that after 3rd grade you can't I would go to the Director and speak with her because it maybe certain teachers.


Posted February 6, 2014

Acorn is an all around amazing school! I have never seen such dedicated teachers and staff at a school in a long time. I struggled with the concept of returning to work after I had my 2 boys. However, seeing the amazing staff in preschool, I knew I was making the right decision. My children have been attending Acorn ever since. There are always exciting events/activities to keep the children engaged in learning. This school is ahead of the game with their incorporation of Common Core Curriculum, differentiated instruction, and hands on learning. While on campus, I am often greeted by friendly staff or returning students. Any student is welcome and most find Acorn to be their home away from home. The teachers push their students to grow in character and intelligence, just the way they would their own. Like any school, there are hiccups now and again, but I have yet to find a school that comes close to Acorn s dedication to its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

I love this school! My daughter has been with Ms. Sheryl since she was 2 and now in pre=k she is well prepared for K and already doing K work...she push the children in a good way always helping them reach their potential. Lazy? I am not sure what or who you refer to but the pre-k team has done wonders. Ms. Sheryl to my knowledge is working on a Masters and is Montessori certified as well as being a highly qualified teacher which is not required but has been accomplished because she cares. If you have a problem I would speak with her rather than post here, she is always available. Love the school and teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Wow! We are in our 13th year at Acorn Montessori and currently have a 7th, 4th, 1st and K enrolled. My oldest two are now a Sr, and Jr. at a local college prep school which they were well prepared for during each of their 9 years at Acorn. We have adopted 3 kids from the foster system, who have dealt with emotional and academic issues due to their previous living situations. Our youngest has Down syndrome and is currently in the kindergarten class. With each of our six children, I have found if I am willing to listen to and respect the staff, they are more than willing to help with my children's very individualized needs. I think only one of my children was "the easy one" in class. Mrs. Cynthia and her staff have not only done their best to educate my children but also have served our family's needs. As for the person writing about volunteering in classes only until 3rd grade? Just this year my 7th grader was in need of "parental support" in his class. I was told I could show up when ever I wanted. As for Mrs. Akins, my 2 who have had her have been my most challenging academically. She was a true team member when it came to helping us to motivate them. One of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Acorn has been our family's school of choice for the past 10 years. Our children love to go to school. They began in preschool and now are in Middle School. The expectations are high, the work is tough. All of the teachers my children have experienced have been caring and dedicated. At times they are demanding as they push to reach a higher level of education. The leadership of the school is sincere. Acorn is a school of choice. At times administration may offer a family an alternate choice of schools. Not every child is a match. The diverse population makes me think most children succeed beyond all expectations at Acorn. Acorn is more than a Pre-School through grade 8. It is a place that students return to visit years after graduating. I know there are several graduates now working at the school. Parents feel comfortable sharing their concerns openly with administration. I regret that a few out of thousands who attend write negatively on this site. Our family loves this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

This school the staff were bullying my child. Teachers stating things to other children about my child as well as demeaning him in front of others almost daily. Numerous meetings were held with staff and principal and continued to occur. Their slogan kids first, certainly is not true.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

Sorry that my granddaughter won't be returning - unfortunate that this school is fine for preschool thru 2nd grade - but third grade was a disaster - and administration was deaf, dumb and blind to our concerns.


Posted April 6, 2012

My daughter is thriving at this school. We enrolled her this last year in kindergarten, and we have seen her learn grow so much in the last 8 months. These teachers genuinely love their students, and dedicate so much time, effort, and energy to ensuring that the children succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2012

My daughter has gone to Acorn Montessori since preschool, and is now in 4th grade. I could not be happier with her education. Acorn strives to reach each learner and meet their individual needs. My daughter got in the 98th percetile on the AIMS test in math and 95th percentile in reading. Currently she is in the gifted class with Mrs. Akins, as she was for 3rd grade, and is very successful. I know my daughter's academic and social needs are met at this school where all of the teachers know her name and greet her as she walks down the hallway. Thank you to all the great teachers at Acorn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2011

BE AWARE OF THE 4TH GRADE TEACHER WENDY DAUGHETEE! I had my son in her class for two weeks. My son was forced to stand up ALL day for two days in a row for not pushing in his chair when he went to throw away his breakfast!! When I asked her about it she admitted she did take away his chair and said, " That is my classroom rule. If you don't push your chair in you loose it for the rest of the day and must do your work standing up." He was not even allowed to lean on his desk while taking a test. I told her that is not acceptable to me. She said Oh well, that is my classroom rule. She also forced him to miss both recesses one day because he did poorly on a test and had to have another lesson and retake the test. The principal did not believe me when I told her what happened. I said that she proudly admitted it to me in front of the other teacher and said that is her class rule.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

Acorn is home for my kids, during the day. As a school, both campuses are welcoming, warm and busy about the excitement of learning! Having been raised by parents who were both excellent educators themselves, and coming from another state that had considerably greater funding allocations for its schools, my first concern in moving to this area was finding the right atmosphere to promote citizenship and self-control right alongside academic, artistic and athletic development in my children. The only school I was satisfied with was Acorn! My oldest daughter graduated with their first eighth grade class in spring of 2010, and went on to the most-difficult-to-enter college prep high school in our district, along with two other classmates. Our preschooler and kindergardner are brimming with lessons and personal achievements every day when they come home. Being exhausted by bedtime from the fun activities they rack up each day is a perk, too. They all adore their friends, work through common gradeschool mishaps with dignity, respect and manners, and all but run to the car each morning to go back. Our family is thrilled with Acorn and its programs, staff and dedication. Very few leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2011

In this school it is noted to be a traditional/Montessori blend that is how the Charter is written. In preschool Ms. Sheryl is taking her Montessori training now and has got all A's and is bringing more and more Montessori into her classroom. Pre-k is Ms. Alana who is Montessori trained and is also working with the Saxon and McGraw-Hill to help advance those children who are ready for that style of learning. As the children go up in grades Acorn moves more into the traditional style of teaching in order to prepare the children for what other classrooms are like. AIMS score are correct and we are proud of them. As far as the principal that has to be the rudest thing I've ever heard. All schools may not be a match for all children theat is why parents have a choice. I have always been picking on where my children go to school and now I'm proud to say my grandchildren also attend here now. It's great that this is America and we have freedom of speech I speak from the heart. Come to Acorn and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2009

I havve only gone to this school for 2 years but it has helped me greatly. It's very hard to find schools that give one on one attention and help from the teachers. My siblings on the other hand have all gone for 3 years and they are still loving it. I admit that the Principal does not always have her head on straight and sometimes does not think things through but she is still amazing and does a really good job. The students who have a harder time with learning get the attention they need and are getting much better. My sister couldn't read at all and she was already 10 and she goes into the school and is reading by the end of the first semester, all becasue the teachers and other staff members gave her the help she needed. This is an amazing school!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2009

I have had my children in this school since it opened and it is getting better every year. I can't wait to see all the improvements they have done over the summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

The school is amazing. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2009

i am a student at acorn in the 7th grade class and it is a great fun school
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2008

This school not only serves the educational needs of their students but also acts as a resource and support system for the parents. The teaching staff is excellent and well qualified. The support that students as well as parents receive from every member of their staff is amazing. Would highly recommend to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

I rated this school an excellent based on the education my kids have received. The teachers are wonderful...They really love their jobs and care about their students...The owner of the school on the other hand needs to be more consistent and stick to what they say they are going to do. Office staff is unorganized. One hand doesn't know what the other is doing half the time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

I absolutely love this school. My children have learned so much, they surprise me everyday. I would highly recommend this school to anyone. They take the time to listen and also accommodate your needs. I also love how my children can work at their own pace and really take the time to learn the lesson and soak it all in. My children need that kind of attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

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57%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
77%

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47%

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59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
41%

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60%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
86%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • 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 72% 42%
Hispanic 18% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Black 4% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A47%
Female 45%N/A49%
Male 55%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

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)
School facilities
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
Fax number
  • (928) 775-8654

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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8556 East Loos Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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