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Scales Technology Academy

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Posted September 17, 2013

I sent my daughter to this school for Kindergarten it was the worst mistake I have ever made. Her teacher was good but the students are violent and have no home training. Moreover, the parent involvement is horrible. My daughter would come home sad everyday compared to now where she loves the kids, teachers and enjoys going to school. It's sad when your child comes home and ask if she's Mexican (students were asking her). My daughter is now in Kyrene Ahwatukee area and was the best decision I made for her. If you are an involved parent and have the means do not send your child to this school It looks nice the staff is good IT"S the parents and it shows through behavior of the students. Last two points Her kindergarten teacher would tell us that kids In Kindergarten would talk about choking, stabbing and beating other kids up this is kindergarten. Myself while walking to the car a second grader calls a little girl a B** and says get your A** over here just not a good environment. The second star is for the staff and the technology they try to add.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

My son really enjoys this school and his teacher last year was amazing! The school itself is beautiful, and the other teachers I have chatted with seemed nice and welcoming. I do believe the office staff needs to be a little friendlier. I know it can get overwhelming up front but being approachable is apart of the job. The only issue I really had last year was that in the summer the classroom seemed really warm, and my son would come home saying it was hot inside. Students can achieve more in a comfortable environment, so I hope to see an improvement this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

My daughter has attended this school since Kindergarten (Fall 2010), thus far I am very happy to say we will continue to drive her daily (6 miles away) as it has been wonderful. Scales has a great atmosphere, it is not too large and the turn over of teachers is low. A great asset to this school is the PACE program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2012

My chid attended Scales for the 2011-2012 schol year. We had a great experience there.I have heard great things about Dr. D,however, I have not had any issues or concerns with MaArtha Jacobo. The current principal there. There was a bullying isue that arose in the begining of the year and as expected it was dealt with right away and proffessionally. My child wants to attend Scales for the 2012-2013 school year, I know it's becuase he is happy there. Thank youMrs. Robinson( Kindergarden Teacher) for a great experience!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

We have been very involved parents since our daughter at Scales in kindergarten in 2008. Since the change in administration this year, I fear that this school is becoming like all other problematic schools in the area. Parent involvement has been discouraged, to the point of not feeling welcomed at all. The new admin personnel seem to thrive on their new titles & like another reviewer stated, are very dismissive. I have noticed an increase in bullying not being dealt with appropriately. The atmosephere is more tense and not family oriented anymore. I must say that I am glad we are moving out of state and if we weren't I'd probably be looking for a new school for our daughter's 4th grade year this fall. It's unfortunate, because when Dr. Diokno was there we loved this school and were willing to drive our daughter from wherever we lived to take her there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

The Principal at this school changed before the year began and we were not aware until we attended meet the teacher night. Dr. D seemed like a great Principal and was the reason we choose this school. Our kids, along with other kids attending this school have disliked this school. We came from Meyer Elementary and have felt that the new Principal is not good. She allows bullying and there are several fights weekly. Children actually physically fight! I am changing my children's school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

I am so disappointed in Scales this year. My children have always loved school- until this year. We have been here since it opened, kindergarten through now. Dr. Diokno and the staff made Scales such a warm and loving and family oriented place. The teachers really cared and Dr. Diokno ALWAYS made our children and us feel special and welcomed. The new principal, Mrs. Hohobo is mean to the kids and doesn't want to speak to us parents. When she does talk to parents, she is dismissive, and literally puts her nose up in the air like she is better than us. I have heard her on several occasions, when I've been in the office, tell the office staff that "they are her problem" referring to parents and deal with them. Mrs. Himenez is so wonderful and always so helpful, but I can see that it is hard for her to be mean to us like the Principal. I also know it is a problem when the teachers talk about the principal and are negative towards her. It is so different from last year. Dr. Diokno listened to us and really cared. He did not always do what we wanted, but at least he made us feel like what we said or thought was important. Bring Dr. Diokno back, get rid of Mrs. Hohobo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

My child has just finished his first full year at Scales Technology Academy, and I have found much to praise about the school. Dr. Diokno and Ms. Valadez were two of the first people I worked with there, and as noted in other reviews, they are exceptional educators. But there are many exceptional teachers and administrators on the Scales staff, including at least two retired staff members who continue to volunteer at Scales. A stellar staff is not the end of my praise for Scales Technology Academy. The administration does not sweep problems under the rug; I have found them always eager to discuss any problem that comes up. The way they address these problems is what I admire most about Scales. They do not diminish problems, or solve them by turffing problems to special schools or classes. Rather, they hold everyone (child, parent, or staff member) accountable for their actions or lack of action, set up realistic solutions, and then execute the solutions. In this way every child is not only allowed, but expected to succeed to the limits of his or her ability. My child and I both look forward to next year at Scales.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

My daughter loves Scales Technology Academy!! We have always lived in the Scales neighborhood but through first grade my daughter attended a private Montessori school. This past year, we made a transition and she began 2nd grade at Scales and we couldn't be happier. The school administration and teachers have been great to work with and really supportive. My daughter loved Mrs. Valadez and was always excited to go to school. There were also a lot of opportunities for her to participate in after school and extracurricular activities, like student council, design squad, the PACE program, the talent show and now she is attending summer school and camp invention... all which are no additional cost!! I highly recommend Scales for the great educational experience they have provided my daughter and the supportive environment for both the kids and the parents.
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Posted April 26, 2011

This school is most concerned with the goal of educating their kids. I was taken by surprise by the principal Mr. David D'okino. *(spell check) He is regularly seen meeting and greeting parents when we pick up our daughter. He knows pretty darn near every kid by first name!! This is the prime example of a passionate, dedicated, involved and consummate administrator. Its because of him that my youngest (who is now one) will also be attending when its time. Madison is now in her 2nd year at Scales.(1st grade) Her reading is terrific! Her comprehension has improved greatly, and looks forward to school everyday. She has been in Mrs. Jacks class since the year began. I just can't say enough great things about this educator. She is kind, involved, caring, and respected by her students. She is the reason Madi is always thrilled about how fun it is to go to school! We have attended several functions from reading with our kids in the library, to the Halloween party. Scales did everything possible to help us when times were tough and money was tight. From providing uniforms to reimbursing our fuel costs, to ensure Madison would get to keep coming to their wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I was nervous when I first enrolled my oldest son because he loved Hudson so much. But his 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Valadez, was awesome! When it came time for my 2nd son to start I was confident that he was going to do just fine. My oldest is constantly challenged which is good because he is in the PACE program for excelling students. My 2nd son loves going to school everyday. Both of my boys are A+ students, their teachers really know their stuff. They are available if I have questions. If I feel my sons need to practice at home, their teachers give me tips on how to keep them engaged in education. The staff is so friendly. The principal is a total sweetheart but stern, a HUGE plus! The school isn't too big, too small, or too crowded. A HUGE convenience is the Ladmo Boys and Girls Club down the street. My boys go here after school is done where they continue to learn and build healthy relationships. I honestly feel Scales is an excellent school. When my youngest is ready for school, in 2 1/2 years, he will be going straight to Scales. I would suggest any parents who are looking for a good school to check out Scales. It's an awesome place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

I am so happy that my daughter is attending this school. Scales Technology Academy is a great school, with an extraordinary, enthusiastic and a dedicated principal, hard working teachers, and very caring and friendly other staffs such as the administration, the library and the cafetaria staffs. I have honestly never seen an awesome principal like Mr. Diokno at any other schools i have been to. He is so friendly, energetic and helpful and I often see him outside after school greeting and interacting with parents picking up their children. It's impressive that the school provides each student with their own laptop. The school also provides fresh and healthy breakfast and lunch. All of my daughter's teachers have been very attentive to her . They have worked so hard and are so committed to help my daughter improve her study. This school is also very diverse and all staffs are very approachable and helpful. I feel like they're my family. My daughter loves going to this school and I highly recommend all parents to send their children to this school. This is an excellent school, thanks so much to all the staffs at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2011

Had two boys enrolled there and recently moved to TX. Family will miss, the principal, faculty. Community does not know what a blessing it is to have a school, like this, in essence it was a public school, with private school qualities. The principal is a man of great character, really cares about the children their well being and a very hard worker, I personally witnessed him numerous occasions stand outside and greet and interact with parent's picking up their children after school. His attitude portrays one who loves his work, a man with extraordinary leadership qualities, one who instills a sense of accountability and responsibility in all My wife and I were enamored with the teachers my boys had, they will be missed, I have never seen such a group of hardworking, men and women who were so devoted.The technological based concept provides a laptop to each child in the classroom. The environment is conducive for learning and excelling, along with hard working, caring faculty, they made me feel the school was an extension of my family! Awesome school! We'll miss them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

I am so happy that my son has had such a positive experience in his education already at Scales! It is a wonderful school, with dedicated teachers, and a caring, enthusiastic staff, including our very involved and, thankfully, energetic principal!! I am happy that Scales is a small school, where I know the librarian and the ladies in the office, and my son feels at home, which makes me feel safe. The school worked to get the grant for the fresh fruit and veggies program, and now every week the kids get to try new healthy foods! I am grateful that Scales is back in the neighborhood, and that it is full of such a powerful force of people to shape and strengthen our kids in their development! Thanks everyone, you are so appreciated!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

This is like a private school, without the high cost of tuition. I had two children enrolled there last year and both ended up excelling. The principal is a very enthusiastic leader and the teachers are very hard working and committed to the improvement of your child, the best staff i've seen at a school so far. The laptops for each student and technology available in the classrooms, is like nothing else in any school in Arizona. This is the future of education and every school should emulate this. The facility is brand new as of last year, with a kitchen and cafeteria, spacious gym with a stage and large library. They have their own band and orchestra as well. I wish all students could go to a school like this and I hope the one's that do, appreciate the opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

all of the students are able to use the state of the art technology. This makes a great combo. with the excelent principal and staff.


Posted May 5, 2009

Scales Technology Academy is an incredible educational opportunity for students! It is more than just laptops and smart boards- it is a mindset of being fully emersed in the daily applications of living in a technology-based world. The administration, teachers and staff are fantastic! The students love their school!
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Posted May 4, 2009

My son started kindergarten at Scales when he was 4 yrs old and he is now in the second grade. The teachers he's had are awesome. I love the staff and the principal Mr. Diokno is very active with the students. I remember the sit behind the desk principals that you didn't see unless you were in trouble or at assemblies. I would and have referred friends to this school.
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Posted April 30, 2009

I like how the school provides a variety of elective classes and after school programs for the children. My daughter is currently involved in the Mallet Madness program and choir.
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Posted December 18, 2008

One factor to conceder when ratting Scales would be the amount of students that move in and out of the school. My Nabors are mentors at Scales. They have many accounts of students that they have worked with, developed a relationship, made progress, felt proud of the accomplishment and one day the child is gone .moved away. This happens a lot and has a sociological impact that is much more difficult to deal with. Therefore, when looking at test scores you do not get the full measure of a school like scales. Teacher s abilities to handle situations that are more difficult should be a factor. A test that is taken by a student who enrolled mid semester, who has moved around multiple times in a year is most likely to be lower that a student that has been in the same school system their whole lives. I moved from mesa and parent involvement was very good. The PTA actually voted for more homework for their kids! When you meet the teachers of both schools and talk to them the comment and real concern for the students is so much more at Scales. It really bothers me when looking at the five stars rating at the school system my daughter was in and the ratting Scales receives. The sense of eagerness and dedication from my daughter s teacher has made a life changing difference in her. She has made incredible progress at Scales and I would rate Scales much high then any school she has been to
—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 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
46%

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

  • 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 "Performing Plus".

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
Hispanic 48% 42%
Black 21% 5%
White 16% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 6%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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