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K-12
Public charter
Surprise, AZ
 

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16011 N. Dysart Rd.
Surprise, AZ 85374

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(623) 974-4959
(623) 974-4931
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March 25, 2015
I feel honored to work for a school like ACA! The individualized attention given by the teachers is exceptional. The administration team is hands on and couldn't be more passionate about each and every single students success. It's like a family here. A family that does everything it can to help each other succeed. I recommend this school to everyone!

- submitted by a teacher

February 08, 2015
My children have attended ACA during elementary and now high school. When my children transitioned into the high school I was greatly disappointed and still am. All of the high school teachers actually care about the students. The problem I have seen is with the administration staff. The high school is ran like a business instead of a school, students are bullied and nothing is done, the sports program is a joke (sports is a large part of a 'real' A rated high school), and the principal refuses to take parent calls or return her emails regarding serious issues. The sad thing is that now the students are all being told the football program is being cancelled, and possibly the baseball program. The high school students and incoming freshmen students are devastated that they cannot play high school football. In our opinion, if you really care about the students in the high school and you really are a so called "A" rated school, then act like it! Give these students the total high school experience, with academics, sports, clubs, and a nurturing environment! Answer your emails, phone calls, and listen to the voices of your students, they are our future leaders!

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2015
This school is ran as a business and not like a school. Teachers are overworked and not compensated for their extra duties. Students and parents do not have the consistency year to year that is needed to keep this school going as teachers and other personnel are changing all of the time. Teachers have even left in the middle of a school year!! Be careful when sending your students here!

- submitted by a community member

January 23, 2015
This school is great! The teachers really care about their students. The sports are great and the clubs are epic. I love this school!

- submitted by a student

January 23, 2015
Being a student here at ACA is amazing. They do a lot of hands on work in class and after school. Well, as a student I've been here for 8 yrs and they have tried everything to get me to where I am now. I am thankful for being here, and becoming one family.

- submitted by a student

January 23, 2015
ACA all together is a family. The staff will do everything they possibly can to help students with what they need. It's bittersweet being a senior because I have to leave after this year and I know I will miss everyone here!

- submitted by a student

January 23, 2015
As a new student at this school I am very happy with how welcoming everyone has been here and all the programs they have to offer.

- submitted by a student

January 23, 2015
This school is unorganized, teachers and staff have many jobs that take them out of the classroom, and not everyone there is highly qualified or properly trained for their job. Exceptions are made for certain people, usually who are related to the bosses. I recently heard that the administration sent out an email saying they need 15 5 star reviews on this site to get the rating they want! After reading a long list of reviews made the same day, it must be true! Not everything is as it seems here!

- submitted by a community member

January 22, 2015
My son attended this school for several years. He was bullied and no one did anything about it. The other students would take his personal items and pee on them in the urinal! They also hit him and started fights with him everyday. When I would address the HS principal, I was told that my son, doesn't fit in because he is "you know looks like Opie, the red hair, freckles and you know a farm kid". That's the reason the principal gave me for the kids teasing him and bulling him. He was called "redneck" and other racial slurs and nothing was done. My son was failing every class because he hated to go to school. Not one teacher reached out to me! I had to email and constantly reach out to them. This school is a fraud!!! They do not have their students best interest all! Its all about the money they get, and the ratings!! The last incident my son was assaulted and I had to remove my son from that school because they would do NOTHING to the student who assaulted him. I emailed and left messages for the owner, head of the school, and NOT ONCE did she reach out to me. This women and the principal has no respect for parents or their students. Parents beware!!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2015
ACA is truly a one-of-a-kind school driven by the high expectations from the administration and the relentless effort from the teachers. It is a joy to teach at a school where the students show up to learn and the entire staff works together to achieve our goals.

- submitted by a teacher

January 20, 2015
Arizona Charter Academy is a great place to teach because the staff shares an enthusiasm for teaching and an unwavering belief that ALL kids can learn. Small class sizes offer students additional supports. Our campus is modern and well kept. Kids are taught rigorous academics but also the character traits necessary to succeed in college. With leadership that shares a vision of excellence and supports the students and staff in achieving their goals, there is no doubt that ACA is a five star school.

- submitted by a teacher

January 20, 2015
I love how diverse it is and how my children are being challenged to tackle rigorous curriculum. And they are rising to the occasion. All of my children have straight A's. The staff is constantly making improvements in all areas of the school. And that tells me that they truly care about the students success.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2015
ACA is a home away from home for my kids. They have shown positive gains both academically and socially largely in part to an amazing staff. The high school is rigorous yet supportive. Let's o Bulldogs!!

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2015
ACA truly is a community of learning. The principal, teachers, support staff, parents, and students are all constantly working to improve ACA and do what is best for kids. I have never taught somewhere where there was such a sense of community pride. Academics are rigorous at ACA and the teachers set high expectations for students. The students know what is expected of them and go above and beyond what is expected. I am so fortunate to be a part of the ACA family. I plan on being with this family for years to come.

- submitted by a teacher

January 19, 2015
My daughter loves her teacher and the school. She is very excited about learning and every day she comes home, she tells me about everything she learned. I am very impressed with the curriculum and high standards the school has to offer.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2015
I am in an industry that allows me to visit and interact with many different schools throughout the State. Arizona Charter Academy ranks right up with some of the best I have worked with. The staff is approachable and helpful, and the students demonstrate respect for others and their school. The environment as a whole is second to none.

- submitted by a community member

January 12, 2015
As a retired school administrator, I often walk into schools and determine the culture by observing the teachers and students. ACA is a focused school district where the emphasis on excellence is obvious.

- submitted by a community member

January 11, 2015
Since its inception Arizona Charter Academy has exhibited a cohesiveness among its administration, staff and student population. Within the last five years this has contributed to a strong sense of community with Surprise and El Mirage. ACA has shown that a diverse student population can achieve academic excellence which became obvious with its climb from a 'D' to an 'A' rated school. This could not have happened without the cooperation of the adinistration, staff, students, parents and community.

- submitted by a community member

January 11, 2015
We moved few years ago from a foreign country with two little kids that didn t know a single word in English. In two years our kids exceeded AIMS in English and in Writing! Besides doing their job teaching students academics, they taught students to respect our culture and created friendly environment; at that time that meant the world to us. Teachers and administrative staff went above and beyond in supporting our family; they helped not only our kids, but me and my husband, to adapt to new environment. We know many other families that found support, encouragement and guidance from administration and staff of Arizona Charter Academy. If you are looking for the place where your kids can be educated by a team with sharp minds, compassionate hearts, and cheerful spirit this is the place.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2015
I am so very pleased to write a review for this amazing school. I have watched this school grow over the years, where they put the students first. Thus the reason the hire the best staff. The founders are excellent business people and great educators. They should have been 5 starts years ago.

- submitted by a community member

January 08, 2015
I have interacted with many schools in many districts across the valley, and this school is definitely a cut above the rest. Meeting the students at their current ability level and supporting them to reach their full potential is a genuine goal for staff members. Parent involvement is very high, and there are many other strong community involvement components. Analyzing opportunities for improvement is an ongoing, positive process. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a teacher

January 06, 2015
Amazing school! I have been impressed how they create opportunities to put what students have learned into practice. My high school daughter will be going to Costa Rica this summer with the school and has signed up for the human rights summit in Germany in 2016. She also participated in a program where she learned about the legislative process and even wrote a bill and presented it in a mock legislative session where she presented her bill to community leaders and state Representatives. Great teachers and I always feel welcome as a parent. I love that ACA promotes community service and the student culture is amazing no bullying!

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2015
I have been so impressed with the teachers for all three of my kids. Even in junior high where you hear about kids not feeling accepted mine come home everyday happy and talk about what they are learning in class. Great school, challenging academics and still promote learning as fun.

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2015
The focus of ACA is that every student can and will succeed. I am honored to be a part of ACA and believe that every staff member has 100% investment in the success of all our students. The administration works with each and every teacher individually and collectively to ensure that we are meeting our goals, setting high expectations for our students and supporting us in positive directions for the benefit of our students.

- submitted by a teacher

January 05, 2015
Arizona Charter Academy truly values academic achievement with all students. The school has created an amazing sense of community within the classrooms, grade levels, and as an overall school.

- submitted by a teacher

January 05, 2015
I really like this school and the way they work. They have amazing staff that go above and beyond to work with students and help them out and whatever they need. I noticed that the principal goes above and beyond for her students and the staff. I really like does she takes time to know her student and care for them. If something's not working and you let her know she tries to figure out how to make it work. They really do care for students and make it the great environment for the students to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2013
WOW! I used to be skeptical about Charter Schools because I was misinformed about how they work. My 15 year old boy was struggling academically, culturally and emotionally while attending a well ranked Public High School. As an African American he was subjected to racial bias and teachers would just pass him through or ignore his and my request for assistance. I switched to ACA and my child is so engaged I am amazed. The teachers are incredibly accessible and they seek out parents. The students believe in the school vision and it shows. My son told me that "kids at this school don't goof off because the classroom sizes are small and you will look like an idiot" ...Yes, you are held accountable for your actions and silly behavior is not cool to their peers. ALSO...to any parents that are raising young black and brown children, please consider this school as an option. They have an amazing way of teaching respect for cultural diversity and empowering minorities to uplift peers of all colors and cultures. I am beyond impressed and can't wait to see my child reach his full potential. _ PARENT

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2013
I have been impressed with Arizona Charter Academy's passion and commitment to ensuring their students of all ages are college and career ready. I am continuously impressed every time I visit their site how creative, mature, professional, polite and involved their students are. Their staff and administration has found several unique ways both within the classroom and beyond the classroom to instill in their students not only knowledge but a work ethic that puts them ahead of the class!

- submitted by a community member

March 29, 2013
The Arizona Charter Academy staff truly care about the education of its students, from K thru 12. As an Advisory Board member and City employee, I can say that I have first hand knowledge of the ACA success story. Every time I visit the campus and interact with the students, it's evident that this school is doing everything right. Go Bulldogs!

- submitted by a community member

March 29, 2013
I have two graduates of ACA in my home. My children loved the classes, encouragement to achieve excellence, and strong, secure environment. This Administration always strives for better from themselves first, and then from it's students/families. ACA has been voted AZ Best Place to work several times. I think that says alot for their staff satisfaction, as well. Rock on, ACA!

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2013
Arizona Charter Academy is an awesome school. The class sizes are ideal, the teachers care about their students, and the academics are incredible. The level of knowledge and work that they do is impressive. My daughter is in fourth grade and is doing math that I didn't learn until my Senior year in HighSchool ( I went to a fancy private highschool)

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2013
As leader of a local community organization (Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks) who has worked closely with the Academy, It continues to demonstrate excellence in it's involvement with and commitment to the academic communities of the local area. This translates to creating an envirnoment of building leadership, good citizen ship, and genuine caring for others, all of which are critical components to building a well developed student. Furthermore, the Academy continues to b uild upon it's successes, involving parents and students in shaping the directions of the choices to be made as they develop. We will continue to consistenly support our partnership with the school, welcoming the skills and leadership of it's faculty and administration.

- submitted by a community member

March 18, 2013
This school is ridiculous. Seems every staff member has a husband or wife that works there and they completely play favorites. As a parent I have witnessed teachers replaced halfway through the year, and other teachers that get away with terrible conduct because their husband or wife is friends with the owner. The owner clearly has double standards. Keep your kids far far away from this school. My 3 kids are at a real school now in Dysart and have never been happier.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2012
I am very impressed with ACA. They go above and beyond for these kids. These kids are treated so good. They are challenged academically and provided all the information they need to go to College. The teachers have an open door policy. I can drop in anytime I want and just watch my child interact in class. The teachers respond to my emails promptly and always keep me informed on the good as well as the bad behavior of my children. I have taken my children out but brought them back after a couple of months because the level of education and respect they receive at ACA is just not out there in public schools. I have 3 children at the school and all of them are on the honor roll and love to go to school everyday. GREAT principle, GREAT staff, GREAT students, GREAT teachers!!! WE LOVE ACA!

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2012
Very poor parent communication. I found that the principal did not follow up with my concerns or speak with me regarding the issues. Parents are not encouraged or even allowed (depending on the teacher) to volunteer in the child's classroom. If you are looking for a "community" feel and to be active in your child's education, this is not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2011
My children have been attending Arizona Charter Academy for several years. They both have struggled with learning and social issues, but the learning environment and culture at ACA has supported them in every area. They have made great progress and are now performing at grade level academically and are involved in sports and other extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2011
The direction in which this school is headed cannot compare to any other schools in the area. My chidren are very challenged academically, and feel very safe in this environment. It is a priviledge to come here.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2011
I love the school and the teachers. When my child was being bullied the principal took care of it right away. I was impressed and glad of how seriously they take this kind of incidents. I would recommend this school to any parent who is looking for a family oriented school with great academics.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2011
My child has been given the pre-SAT tests both in junior high and now in high school. This information has helped me as a parent to determine if she is on tract to be ready for college and helped me understand her areas of strength and weaknesses. The guidance counselor met with me and went over the results - it is amazing how much the staff cares about the success of my child! I LOVE this school!

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2011
Both of my children attend ACA, and they have made great gains this year. I'm excited to see their progress in all areas!

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2011
We are so happy with Arizona Charter Academy. Our kids participate in the 21 C Grant after school program in karate and hip hop dance classes. Our kids can't even go to the classes until the go for an hour of tutoring in reading and math....

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2011
Sadly we will not return to this school. They have very little parent involvement NOR do they make available other ways for parents to be involved. I recently found out that some of the teachers are doctoring bad grades so that they dont freak out the parents:((( So I really dont know if my kids are getting the grades they deserve or some grade pulled out of the sky. Pretty disappointing!

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
In just one year, my daughter went from being behind academically, to above average - making Honor Roll twice! I deeply appreciate all the hard work from the teachers and staff. ACA is like a second home to us; everyone knows our name, we are greeted with smiles, and the students look very happy. I see the value in grouping children by ability in certain subjects. If your child excels, they allow your child to go farther. If your child shows a weakness, they will target that subject and work very hard to improve success. I love ACA so much, that my daughter's little brother will also be attending next year. We look forward to many years with ACA.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2010
ACA is an excellent school. Their reading program is spectacular! All the teachers sincerely & equally care for each of their students. I would highly recommend this school. Your child will get treated like an individual; not like a number, like the public schools in Arizona. Hats off to ACA, this school is truly amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 01, 2010
My son has experienced cocsistent bullying ,at school and eventhough the matter was taken to the principle and the teacher ,adequate steps were not taken to end the matter , as as result of which he is now reluctant to go to school!!frankly i'm a little disappointed!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
The teachers genuinely care not only about quality education but also each student as a person and an individual. Even the principals pride themselves on knowing each child's name as they pass them in the hall. All of the students genuinely ENJOY attending school each day, and look forward to creative, new learning experiences. Last year, Arizona Charter Academy even completed an outreach project in which students participated in building a home in Mexico. As the academy grows, more electives are available in the curriculum (such as dance and photography) and more sports teams become available (Go Bulldogs!). Everyone at Arizona Charter Academy aims to build a personal rapport not only with the student, but the parents and family as well, and that has made all the difference in the world to my son. His grades are the best they've been since kindergarten (now in the 8th grade) and he's excited to go to school. I can't thank ACA enough!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
This is my grandson's first year attending ACA. I have seen a tremendous positive change in his attitude towards school. He truely enjoys learning now and I attribute this to caring teachers. I can't thank the teaching staff enough.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
July 17, 2009
My stepson started at aca in the 8th grade, and he will be a junior this year. His improvements are amazing...And the sports that are offered give him more structure. I love this school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 23, 2009
My kids transferred to the high school in January 09. We LOVE this school! It has a famioy feel and great community. In addition to excellent academics, my kids were able to participate in a house building project to mexico among may other service-learning projects to help better the local community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 09, 2009
My two children attend ACA and I must say that I have been impressed with their growth in academics. My students are reading at least one grade level above. In addition, the administration is not adding more students to the classroom. Their class sizes will remain small despite state budget cuts! This means a great deal to me as a parent.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2009
Since I have started going to ACA I have realized how drastically my grades have been improving. Not just from the amount of work I do in my regular classes but because of the way we can get creative with our work. That and all my teachers are very supportive and are always there to help me with any work I may be having trouble with. I have made many new friends and have become an honor roll student and a member of the NJHS which I had never thought I'd be capable of achieving. I can honestly say that this is the best school I have ever attended.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 20, 2008
As a parent I have seen tremendous growth in their reading. When they came to ACA both were struggling to sound out words and read fluenty. After some time and extra support both girls met there reading goals. The friendly, positive, atmosphere makes me love this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 20, 2008
ACA rocks! My sone has attended this school for one year, and I already love it. The teachers and administration are one of a kind. They are so caring and so real, they honestly care about your child, they will do anything you need them too, for your child to succeed! I am looking forward to next year, with the new cafeteria and gym. Another great thing is, they are expanding but not adding to the population of the school, they will remain small to stay student centered! Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2008
I am very disapointed to find out that the 08-09 6th graders will be considerd elementry. My child has looked foward to going to middle school all year. Now once again the school has disapointed him. There have been so many disapointments this year that has made it really hard for him, he does not want to return next year. I really hope that the school begins to emphasise on the students and not how many time they can add on to the school. They really need to work on their test scores, wich from what I can see are below the state average. Another concern is they play favortism. You are not an employes child or best friends with an employe, then they do not seem to care about you. This is wrong in so many ways. I hope this school can resolve it's issues.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 19, 2008
MY daughter has attented ACA for 5yrs . I wouldn't send her any where else. ACA improves every yr. Students aren't just test scores .

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2008
My kids have gone to this school for 2 and 3 years. I have absolutely loved the school so far. My kid's grades are good and the staff seems to genuinely care about the welfare of my children. There have been minor issues here and there. Not happy that my 6th grader has to carry her backpack around all day long and has no locker or desk... or even a hook to hang a jacket on. Junior high kinda got the short end of the stick for this year, I assume that problem will be taken care of next year though. What does bother me is how low the school has scored on their AIMS tests. It will be interesting to see how they score this year. Its enough to make me wonder if my kids were in a different school.. would they still be on the honor roll?

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2008
The classrooms hold only 25 chairs. You're not going to get that ratio in a public/district school. At this school, there is a family-type atmosphere. The 8th graders buddy up and read to the Kindergarten kids. It is so cute to see the little ones running up to the big kids to say 'hi' and then the junior highers feel so proud. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 15, 2007
Arizona Charter Academy has been a great experience for both of my daughters. The teachers are caring and take the time to help them. Every night my duaghters come home with a book to read at their individualized reading level. This makes it so easy to read with my child and watch their growth before my very own eyes. There is no better place then Arizona Charter Academy.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2007
ACA has been nothing but a supportive and caring school for my children. I have had attendance issues with my child in the past and ACA has gone out of their way to help get y children to school -even as far as picking them up in a school van. The high school staff works diligently to help students not oly in academics but in motivation and looking at their future. This is a diverse, upcoming and excellent school

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2007
ACA has done a great job in providing a well rounded curriculum for our Junior High daughter. She has thrived in all of her classes especially Math and English. Her passport to success elective has helped her develop a career path and taught her life skills like etiquette and budgeting. I was amazed how her writing skills have improved! I also appreciate the fact that her English Teacher was willing to host an after school club to teach them French and take them to Parris in 2008! I can t wait to chaperone! I could not be happier with my child s progress. Thank you for caring!

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2007
Our son has been attending ACA for 2 years now and he is in the 5th grade and Mr. McPeak is outstanding. The school has provided Title I assistance to my son for his weaknesses in math and I am proud to say that this year at the end of the 1st quarter he received the highest grade in math out of the entire class. We are very proud that our child attends ACA. We feel that the elementary is exceptional and plan to keep him enrolled there until 8th grade. At which time we will review the extra curricular activities offered to determine if he will stay on for grades 9-12 or not. The school is currently working on building those programs so we will see when the time comes. With a new gym being built and scheduled to open in Aug 2008 it looks promising.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2007
I was one of the first students beginning high school in this charter school. I was very disappointed in the curriculum. I feel that I didn't learn as much as a typical high school student should have. The 'Self Pace' idea sounds great but there were students who would fly by there work really fast and did an outstanding job and then there were the students who couldn't even get there work done and did not graduate with there class. This school allows 21 year olds attend and be around other underage students and act inappropriately around them. Some teachers were great, but others would speak inappropriately to students. I strongly wouldn't suggest sending your child here, because the owners who started this school (Dr. Atkinson and Mrs. Atkinson) will not listen to the students. Just as long as there getting there money. Give your child a real education.

- submitted by a student

August 22, 2007
I thought because it was a self paced school my kids would thrive. What I found was a school that showed favoritism to certain students. I was very disappointed in the level of academics and when I transferred my kids to another school, I was not shocked to find that ACA was not up to the standard of other schools.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2007
My son James Martinez had the best school year in high school.The teachers made him feel as though he was a human being, a young adult trying to find himself, as we all did at one point.He went from Straight F's to A's & B's. Thank you for caring and treating my child like a human being.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2007
I am very pleased with Arizona Charter Academy. The efforts and constant concern the teachers,staff and administration have for the students is amazing. I have a son who graduated from ACA and two other children in high school and their progress and knowledge has taken them to another level and I have ACA teachers and administrators to thank for that. Keep up the great work your school is a positive educational enviroment for any child.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2007
This school has a wonderful family atmosphere with excellent careing teachers.

- submitted by a teacher

May 09, 2007
ACA is a great school that has a very high amount of support for its kids. The low student to teacher ratio benefits the children in countless ways.

- submitted by a teacher

May 09, 2007
Arizona Charter Academy has made great improvements in the high school curriculum and is striving to take their curriculum from good to great! The students are noticing these changes and have made many positive comments. Students say that they are working harder and learning more and look forward to the new challenges next year. The staff has noticed that when students are challenged and held responsible for their work, that the students are more content and more successful in their academics and behavior.

- submitted by a teacher

May 09, 2007
There is a great diversity in this school, which lends to a greater sense of community. It is a school that consistently shows positive changes and growth year after year, and the administration is forward thinking in terms of finding new ways for students to reach their potential.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2007
My daughter has attended Arizona Charter Academy for the last 5 years and she has excelled beyond my expectations. She is challenged acadimically and is shown how to rise to meet the challenge. After christmas break she was asked to write an Americanism Essay that was to be submitted to a regional competition. Out of 180 essays from 14 schools my daughter and one of her classmates earned 2nd and 3rd place honors. This would not have been possible if the quality of education at ACA was not a priority. I am proud to have my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2007
School provides great curriculum. School provides tutoring after school. School provides small class size.

- submitted by a teacher

May 09, 2007
The school is accommodating to children with problems, such as emotional, learning disabilities and attention deficiencies.

- submitted by a teacher

May 09, 2007
As a parent first, I am completely satisfied with Arizona Charter Academy. I have transferred one of my kids to this school from apublic school and I have seen a tremendous change. She came in and dove right into the wonderful sports program that they have here. I am very pleased that the sports program starts at such a young age. It gives the younger students a chance to participate. It teaches them teamwork at such a young age. She has made such a turn around attitude wise and I think that is directly related to her joining the sports team. My husband and I are looking forward to enrolling the other kids next year. I am more than confidant in the teachers and the curriculum that ACA offers. As a staff member, I know that we all love the students and want the best for them all.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2007
I have a six year old daughter who attends Kindergarten at ACA and I'm extremely impressed with how much she has learned in her first year. The teacher is very well planned, wonderfully caring and the kids absolutely love her! She has home work assignments regularly that are interactive with us the parents. She is excited about every aspect of school including attending class and completing her homework. My daughter has shown remarkable academic and social growth. She is by nature a very shy girl but now is very outgoing since she feels so safe and has made some great friends. I'm very pleased with my decision to enroll my daughter at ACA. And would highly recommend it to other parents interested in progressive learning for tier child.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2007
I think Arizona Charter Academy is a great school where students learn,and achieve tneir goals without exceptions.It's a multi-diversity school where everyone is respected regardless of their background. Administration treat teachers and staff in general like family. Everyone is included in activities and ideas are not taken for granted. We all go from good to great with a positive attitude.

- submitted by a teacher

April 21, 2007
I am amazed at the growth and standards of excellence held at Arizona Charter Academy. I think their biggest strength is their diverse and caring staff. They are excellent about communicating to parents and have a great 'pulse' on the students. My daughter is in a class of 20 students and the individual attention she gets has allowed her to excel this year. Hats off to ACA!

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2007
Teachers and leadership are simply outstanding in every category.Bullying which is rampant at many schools is nonexsistent at az charter. Curriculum is the highest in importance priorty.The school is exceptionally clean.Staff is friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006
My son attended ACA for 4 1/2 years. The higher the grade level the more I realized the teachers were not teachers they were babysitters. Getting support from the school was impossible. I came to the conclusion the school is all about money and nothing else. Don't ask for communication because they don't want to give it to any parent. I never received any type of progress report as they stated would be given out and I had to request a report card many times before finally receiving it. My son is now attending a public school which he loves and he has told me these are real teachers. If the kids notice it then that says a lot. The kids are also not treated fairly and when it is reported to the school they always deny and tell you the kids are lying.

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December 23, 2005
My child has excelled at the AZ Charter Academy. He was distracted at other schools because of the high student to teacher ratios. Here he is with about 12 other students and he is setting goals and excelling in all the areas he was struggling in at the local district school.

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no rating
October 22, 2004
This school is great for those students who can work at their own pace.

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June 15, 2004
Good school overall need some improvement on the extra-curricular activities. Plans are on the near future to correct some of this, the idea of having the kids group and work at their own pace is very helpfull for them

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no rating
May 19, 2004
this will be my childs first year starting in kindergaden at the new kindergarden school. I have herd nothing but good from this school and that is what I want because my childrens eduacation comes first. I want them to recieve the best possible education they can and I think I found it hear at this school. thank you so much for being here for my children.

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May 04, 2004
I have two children that attend ACA. One is a 1st grader and other is a sophomore. I like the fact that it is a small school covering all grade levels. The students work independently through packs. I like the fact that my children will get the standards that are required by the state and that the teachers only expand upon the concepts, but all of the standards are taught. The teachers really care and want to help all students. There is a low student teacher ratio. I am glad that my children attend ACA.

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Arizona Charter Academy
16011 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ  85374
(623) 974-4959
Last modified Arizona Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arizona Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 93 reviews. Top