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Berean Academy

Charter | K-12 | 464 students

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $155,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $704.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted February 23, 2014

My son has been a Berean Academy student since fourth grade. He came to the school with a disability and many other problems. The community of teachers, staff, administrators, and fellow students collaberated to make him welcome and successful. He graduates this year with honors as a well adjusted and community orientated young man. Thank you Berean Academy with all my heart!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

Berean Academy is the perfect fit for my daughter! We came to Sierra Vista her freshman year. She is now a senior and has been accepted to NAU and U of A. She received a $35,000.00 scholarship and is very prepared to enter college. I thank the administration, staff, and faculty for their continuing support of their students! They are the only accredited K-12 school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

My children started at Berean Academy at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. I have had nothing but good experiences ever since. I have twins in high school, and a younger child in sixth grade. The teachers are well educated and great at communicating if necessary. The staff makes sure parents are up to date with outreach messages, a school calendar, and access to student grades. I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

We moved the kids to this school because my daughter was being refused services at Huachuca Mountain and my son was being "taught" math with a computer and when he struggled he got no help. Berean had evaluated my daughter and she started receiving services less than a month after moving to this school. My son's math score went from C's to A's, and not because the math was easier but because he could ask questions from a real life teacher, not a computer program. My children are thriving. There was a bullying incident with my oldest son and it was taken care of quickly. I was extremely pleased with how the principal handled the incident. I have nothing bad to say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

The people definitely know what they are talking about when it is time to talk about the people! ;-)


Posted October 22, 2012

I am somewhat pleased and displeased with this school. On the positive side, most of the teachers are approachable, and they can be talked to after school if a student is falling behind. I have done this many times,and they do help me when I am struggling in any subject. They are friendly and open. I am a little disappointed in the teachers on another level because they do not discipline the students to stop talking in the class rooms, and it is very hard to concentrate on our work. It uses all of my strength to do my work without getting distracted. I wish the teachers would step up a tad bit more and help the kids who are trying. But as a student in high school, here is my perspective is in the class rooms, many students are very lost in what is being taught, so they do not bother to try to work, and end up failing the class. sometimes if the teachers paired up the actually working students with the non-working students, it would influence them more to do their work, but then sometimes this just causes the student who was actually doing their work to not do it. It all depends on the student. I am some what happy, but somewhat very disappointed with the school.


Posted August 18, 2012

I love this school and both my 5th grade and 11 grade children love this school. I have met the principal in passing on several occasions. He always has time for students and parents. This is a great school, and I would recommend it to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2012

I'm so excited about the new "Honors Tract" that the school is implementing this year for the high school students. I have an advanced child in high school who is getting straight A's, now I know that she will be challenged. I heard that they might even be able to take a test at the end of the year and get college credit at the same time. Way to go Berean Academy!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2012

This school is absolutely amazing. The curriculum is outstanding, and the attention each child receives on a one on one basis is splendid! Coming from the East Coast to here, I have to admit, the values that are taught at this school is exactly what I was looking for in a school for my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

Berean Academy is the best school I have ever attended. All the teachers know what and how to do their job. The principal is completely understanding, and will definitely be involved if there is ever a problem. Though all the teachers are nice, they really crack down on uniform violations. The only things you have to pay for are sports and the uniform. I defiantly recommend this school to all who move to Sierra Vista, or have been here a while, but want their kids to go to a different school.


Posted January 22, 2012

What a shame. Had high hopes for this school. The Principal painted a great picture and promised a lot of interraction with my kids. I had many emails unreturned and requests for help were never fulfilled. The staff is young, inexperienced and immature and not equipped to handle teenagers. Especially those who they don't deem "popular." Those who are more 'mainstream' get the attention...the others are looked at as trouble and treated as such. A huge disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

My children attended this school for 2 years. Unfortunately, I am disappointed with the education that my children received. My children are now in schools that are excelling plus and are struggling to keep up. I am having problems understanding how my son is in the fourth grade and has problems reading but received straight A's in school. I know I am partially to blame, but No Child Left Behind and Berean have made it very difficult for me to play catch up with my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

This is not a good school. We had our son enrolled at PDS, and moved him here before middle school, because we wanted to keep him in a smaller school. After 2 months we had enough bad experiences to convince us to move to Vail. It may be a longer commute for my husband, but it was worth it. Some of the issues... - many of staff young and unprofessional - kids unsupervised (we saw/heard teens cursing in office area, and staff said nothing) - no anti-bullying (my son was told to "stop tattling" when he complained of daily hazing by some other students) - academics are poor (all subjects were more on par with what my son had been learning in 3rd grade, they stopped doing any type of school work 2 weeks before school let out) I could go on and on, but I'm sure you have gotten the general idea. I think that this school is a sad institution, and I feel sorry for the kids who go to school there. They are not in an environment that will allow them to reach their full potential and succeed in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2011

I am very impressed with the teachers and principal at this school. They are very dedicated and passionate about what they do. I have a daughter now entering the sixth grade and I am so excited to see what they have in store for her. All of the elementry teachers are outstanding! The new campus is absolutely gorgeous! The only 2 complaints I have is the two font desk girls. I know one of them has been there forever(she sits behind the main desk) she dresses inappropiatley and is always out with the high school kids?And their newest addition (the one who replaced the other young girl in april of this year) is rude and has no idea what she is doing. Complaint #2 is the traffic! Goodness gracious is it crazy out there when school lets out! But no ones perfect! I love the school and would recommend it to anyone!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2011

I love Berean! My two children have been there for two years now, and have performed miles better than they did at the public school. The teachers are young and energetic and willing to creatively problem solve. The kids are challenged and encouraged to work toward excellence. I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

This is by far the worst school that any of my children have ever attended ( we are a military family and have seen a number of different schools). It may once have been a place of excellence but now is a dumping spot for troubled youth. It is more suitable as a juvinile detention spot than a place to educate. Teachers have little control over classrooms, staff are poorly educated and seem not to care about reaching academic excellence. Violence among students is common place and bullying a daily activity. Leadership is non-existant, those in leadership positions play favorites and frequently label children. The history teacher has rotated like a revolving door, evidently no one wants to keep the job ,as a result students education suffers. I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy. My child will spend all of next year in a different school trying to make up the complete lack of education recieved this year. As a military Mom I am sad that my child had to attend this nightmare, it was a mistake we won't repeat next year. Army families beware, avoid this place if possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2010

Placed both of my children at Berean this year, I am very impressed so far with the lessons and activities that this school has provided. My children are actually being challenged and excited to learn and share with me what they are learning. So far great school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

Berean is a school, capable of taking students failing in standard schools, and get them back on track. Many of their students have been removed fom oth schools because of assorted problems, and have learned to succeed. Sometimes it takes awhile, and yes, occasionally they are unsuccessful, but they are often able to help young people get back on track. They are also highly successful with the really bright students who need to be allowed to move ahead whenever possible. With the inclusion of art, PE and music available to all students, and a wonderful computer program, all students have a chance to move at their own speed, meeting each child's persoanl needs.


Posted August 7, 2009

My daughter has gone to Berean Academy for the past 2 years (K-1) . I am thrilled with the entire staff! They have been wonderful in teaching a solid, positive foundation for learning. She exhibits a positive and considerate attitude. Love and Logic teaching is beneficial for all. Thank you Berean Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
24%

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 63% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
63%

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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
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 62% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
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".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 42%
Hispanic 22% 43%
Black 21% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A47%
Female 48%N/A49%
Male 52%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
Cochise College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mark Bennett
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 459-4121

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Independent Study
  • Title 1
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We are a fully accredited k-12 School.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
Cochise College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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1169 N. Colombo Avenue
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
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Phone: (520) 459-4113

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