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Freedom Academy North

Charter | K-8 | 140 students

 
 

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Posted September 27, 2014

FA is okay for a Christian school. If you are not of their mind set, do not expect much. We have moved on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2014

We have had our two boys at this school for the 4 years and the school in the beginning was great great administrator and great teachers, but the main administrator that over sees both campuses is a problem. She is worried about the bottom way more than she is about the kids. She continues to beat the parents over the head about funding and donations. They keep losing the good teachers and have now lost the good administrator that North had. The kids have no sense of school because the turn over rate is more than your local McDonald's. We are very sad that a very good school has gone so far down hill
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

FABULOUS SCHOOL!!! The class size is smaller than most schools out there, allowing the kids to actually learn. Our daughter is in First grade and is reading books that I read in 5th grade. They take spelling and math tests every week and the principal is very involved. The playground is nonexistent, and they still get the kids out to play. Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

Freedom Academy North is the best school I've ever worked at! The teachers are great. The principal is fabulous, kind, caring, fair and a great role model. The families/kids are fantastic. There is lots of involvement and a real sense of community! I love this school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 19, 2014

This is a wonderful school we are so pleased with the teachers and the principle everyone goes out of their way to help better your child everyone looks out for one another I wouldn't want my child in any other school but this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2014

FAN has been a blessing for us! The teachers, principal and staff have been supportive and helpful in regards to balancing our son's education and unique medical/educational needs. He is challenged but also has the appropriate supports put into place so that he is successful as long as he is responsible and works hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

We enrolled both of our daughters in Freedom Academy after overcrowded public school classrooms severely affected their enjoyment of the school day and the quality of the education they were receiving. Both girls regularly came home frustrated and disappointed with the lack of attention from teachers when they had questions and the disfunction of the classroom. Within a week of arriving at the north campus, our girls were transformed. The class sizes are normal and allow the teachers to spend the proper amount of time to really know their kids. And the expectations of the students to mind, learn, contribute, and be good to each other promotes a positive and healthy environment. Our daughters couldn't be happier with the entire experience. The whole family has benefited from their enrollment in Freedom Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

Freedom Academy North has been a great place for my boys. One graduated two years ago, my other will graduate this year. We have been here since the school launched. I will be forever grateful to Barbara Guenther. What an amazing leader she is. She not only Cares about student academics, but she sincerely cares about the student and their families. One thing I love is small class sizes. The teachers have more one on one time with their students. Freedom Academy North Is a wonderful school and I will miss my children being a part of this amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

FAN is an incredible school with caring staff. I bought my new house close to this school because I loved it so much and knew my four children will be there for a while. My oldest, in HS now, was above his other classmates in 9th grade. He immediately entered advanced classes because of the standards at FAN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

FAN has been a fantastic school for my child. I took my son out of public school due to grades and the public schools unwillingness to hold him back a grade, although his grades proved he needed to be held back. I enrolled him in FAN and over the last 3 years have proved to provide him with amazing teachers and his grades have never been better. I am so thankful for the FAN principal and staff. They have helped my child improve 10 fold!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

Freedom Academy North is a school that focuses on quality education that is catered to each students strengths and needs. The instruction is engaging, focused, hands-on, and centers around different learning styles. Freedom Academy North equips young people to learn and grow in all areas of their life. The teachers and staff know all of the students by name. They are friendly and helpful. Many teachers offer before and after school tutoring. The school is family focused with a great family-time centered calendar. It is worth it to enroll your child at this great school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2014

The administration and teachers are amazing. I wish both our children could have started their education here many years ago. Children are taught values of respect, hard work, integrity, and good works. The principal is intelligent and cares deeply for her student body. She knows when children are absent and reaches out to them individually to tell them she missed them and hopes they feel better. The teachers care about the education and personal well-being of their students from grades to their social health. We feel so lucky our child attends Freedom Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

We are so happy that we found Freedom Academy North. We were looking for a school that provided our daughter with a positive learning environment along with a quality curriculum. The parent community is welcoming and my daughter is very happy here. Her First Grade teacher is supportive and takes the time to work with her students whenever they are struggling. The classroom is both encouraging and motivating which creates a positive environment. We like the teacher to student ratio and are happy with the communication from our daughter's teacher. My daughter has fun while she is learning and loves the extras like Art and P.E. We can't say enough about the professionalism of the principal. The school is ran well and we are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

WHAT A TERRIBLE SCHOOL , most of the grade 7's from last year all left , thats why they went from around 25 last year and now only have 4 in grade 8 , that tells you how good this school is , we actually took our kids out before the year finished because the administration did not want to look at concerned parents. one of our concerns was right down to what some of the teachers were doing, which was nothing in terms of education , but the concerns were pushed away , I just found out that one teacher in grade 7 last year is now teaching grade 1 and 2 , like we told this principal then , but after all the kids leave , then she does something . WOW , we had to put our kids thru tutoring all summer long to bring them up to date. what a waste of time this school is , if you want daycare for your children maybe this is the place and then your still going to get a lot of drama , but don't send them here for an education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Freedom Academy is a breathe of fresh air. The kids classrooms are large but the class size is small. My children have excelled far beyond the supposed "10" excelling school they used to go to. They are getting a better education because the teacher has more time to spend with them. The principal goes out of her way to make sure she is very visible on campus and always there if you need to talk to her. The parents that go there believe in the school and teachers and it shows with all the support that is given. If you are tired of the overcrowded classrooms, empty promises from faculty, It's no wonder there are grouchy teachers and kids that fought all the time. Who can function in 33+ class size...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

My daughter is now in her second year at FAN in first grade. We love it!! The leadership by the principal, Ms. Guenther, is exceptional. She knows how to run a school with care and thoughtfulness. Everything runs smoothly. Her teachers have been amazing. There is excellent communication between the teachers and parents. I love that they keep the class sizes nice and small so the students get the attention and good education they deserve. Although it is a charter, they still get art, music, and PE. They also have after-school programs and sports. I am so happy we came to this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

My two kiddo's would not imagine going to another school. There is something very special about this school, indeed. The kids are happy, the test scores soar and the teachers are very approachable. Barbara Guenther and her amazing staff have far surpassed our expectations, each year better than the one before. This is our 5th year at the North Campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

We have been at the North campus since it opened. I can honestly say that you will never find a more caring and loving principle. Ms. Guenther loves and knows each child by name. The teachers are amazing and give 110%. I like that if there is a child that is struggling they are taken aside and worked with to catch up. My children love it!!! I like the community feel, good values and manners as well as a top rate education. I like that the class sizes are small. I do know it is not for everyone. If you are looking for a huge play ground, a bus and cafeteria they will not be found. If you are looking for somewhere that is growing and wants to have the latest tech and extra circulars it won't be found. The growth is limited by space and the director has no intention of moving or growing. However, if you want an excellent education in a loving community environment, with a fabulous leader and teachers, you will absolutely find it. You will also find great parents that love their children and the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

Freedom Academy North is a wonderful school with staff that really care. Mrs. Gunther the school's principal is exceptionally professional and does an outstanding job making the school fantastic for all who attend! I found the curriculum to be challenging and engaging for our daughter in both 4th and 5th grade. Mr. & Mrs. Demos the 4th and 5th grade teachers have done an outstanding job teaching our daughter not only academically but morally as well in the form of manners, accountability, a well informed financial class on running a business and so on. Our son attended kindergarten with Mrs. Covely who was in her 1st year at Freedom. Based on our experience, she needs a bit of work on organizational skills and teaching the children to read but all in all did a nice job. Both of our children enjoyed their time at Freedom and we highly recommend this school. Angie Johnson - AngJohnson.com
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

This is our first year at Freedom Academy and I wish I would have found it sooner! Academically my kids have excelled, especially in writing. We came from a 10 excelling school in Cave Creek Unified and I can tell you my kids were BEHIND when we got here. Not to mention one of my children was bullied and we have had no issues here at all. (The same students at the other school are still having issues with a different child now hmmmm) As an added bonus my kids have excelled and finally made it to Honor roll after a lot of hard work where in Cave Creek they made A's so easily. We love and dedication and discipline of the teachers is wonderful. The principal is very visible on campus and KNOWS what is going on. So if your child has a problem with respect and discipline this is probably not the school for you. If you are looking for small class size, a good education where kids are taught to think and encouraged to read literature and taught proper grammar and writing skills look at Freedom Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

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94%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

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84%

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100%

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95%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

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86%

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The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

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89%

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86%

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89%

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

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88%

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53%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

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94%

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94%

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95%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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88%

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89%

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63%

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Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

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92%

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93%

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73%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

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100%

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91%

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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62%

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73%

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

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70%

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Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 "Highly Performing".
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2008-2009.

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 82% 42%
Hispanic 11% 43%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A47%
Female 44%N/A49%
Male 56%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Scottsdale, AZ 85266
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