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James Madison Preparatory School

Charter | 7-12 | 178 students

Our school is best known for its academic excellence and small class size.
 
 

 
 

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Posted October 20, 2013

We love this school! The academics are consistent and strong. The expectations are high and they work hard with the students to achieve them. They offer sports, choir and theater plus a student newspaper and government. The students also have the option of choosing from many choices in weekly club classes. The faculty and office staff are amazing and know all of the students. JMPS is an excellent choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

James Madison is a small school with learning based on history and real life living. They promote manners and responsibility. This is our first year with them and so far we are very impressed. Our kids were not enthused about changing schools, but after a few weeks are happy with it. The teachers are very caring and keep us informed. Their website is easy to use and keep up with the kids homework assignments. A big improvement over Fees Middle School. We are also impressed that 4 of their teachers are James Madison alumni.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

This will be my son's second year attending JMPS. He was previously in a public school, and the difference between the public school and JMPS is astounding! He actually enjoys school now. The academic level at JMPS is heads and shoulders above the previous school. The faculty expects the students to perform and the students are not a number; they knew his name after the first day or two at school. My son was also involved in so many extra-curricular activities from drumline, ultimate, baseball, the all-school play, along with a few more. There is no way that he would have had the majority of these opportunities at a different school. Thank you, JMPS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

James Madison is a fairly small school, combining Jr High and High School. There are many great things about this school, but one of our main reasons for sending our children is the strict anti-bullying policy. When our younger child started, we were extremely pleased to find the commitment of staff and administration to helping him succeed. We realize how much effort that takes on any given day, and how much extra effort it took on 'those' days. The quality of education is very high and students are expected to do their best both academically and in extra-curricular activities, of which there are many.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

My son graduated in June of 2012 after attending JMPS since 7th grade. He had transitioned from a private Montessori school. We are so grateful to have found JMPS! Our son had an outstanding experience. He graduated as a well-rounded young adult, confident, intelligent and ready for college. At a time when most parents are dealing with typical teenage issues, we found the JMPS directors and staff really became exceptional mentors and role models. The balance of character development, strong academics and variety of extra-curricular activities cannot be matched. We especially appreciated the small class size and teachers that teach at the college-level. We highly recommend JMPS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

We have been part of JMPS for three years and I now have my three children enrolled here. Teachers and parents are caring, and students are the type you would want your child to be learning alongside. There are lots of extracurricular activities and opportunities for involvement. We are grateful for this alternative to our public schools. Small classes are a plus, and if you're looking for a place for your good child, this is it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

The atmosphere is conducive to learning. Students who have a hard time "fitting in" somewhere else usually fit in at James Madison Prep. The behavior and academic standards are high
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

Excellent school! I have found that the parents who are disgruntled and leave or the students that leave typically do so because they do not wish to comply with this school's high standard set for behavior. I have known parents that want to argue when their student violate dress code or get into trouble for violation of the code of conduct - I don't understand this as ALL parents and students are informed of this and expected to sign off on the school handbook! And then complain?? This is an awesome school and I'm so happy to be here - they care about me and my education! And they expect me to care too!! Thank you James Madison Staff
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2009

We have two sons at James Madison, one who is graduating this year. This school has provided them with an 'old-fashioned' education that focuses on academics, but also has many opportunities for extracurrricular activities. Respect, honesty, and responsibility are just a few of the qualities that are nurtured in the students. This school may not be for those who are more in tune with popular culture, but it has met and WAY exceeded my family's expectations!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

This is an excellent charter school. They offer a rigorous academic program that keeps my son busy. They offer many athletic opportunites throughout the year that my son can participate in. You can't have that in a larger, public school. He feels safe there, because they maintain a code of conduct. There have been students who have been expelled. There is a high level of respect for one another at the school, that the staff instills into the incoming 7th graders, and is expected from the students throughout their high school years there. You will not see this respect for others and to the teachers at other high schools. The school has PE as one of the daily classes, and opportunities for anyone to be involved in a musical or play. These are just some of the many unique aspects of this excellent school. You definitely need to attend their musical!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

I m familiar with many charter schools in the valley and haven t found a school this small with so many activities. With about 150 students, this school s extra-curriculars include cross country, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, track, soccer, softball, and baseball. There are also three school plays throughout the year, fencing club, A/V club, yearbook club, choir, drum line/color guard and strings. Many students participate in many activities at the same time. The school s philosophy is to allow every student to participate no try-outs or cuts. The teachers really care for the students not just for how the students behave in their classes, but for the students overall character development. If you are looking for a school that challenges and shapes, with good character development, this may be the right school for you. The curriculum is rigorous, but it is worth it for those students who can handle it.
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Posted October 20, 2008

This venue is meant to be a review of the writer's experience (good and bad) with this school and slamming them is a symptom of what many find wrong with the school. One school doesn't necessarily fit all. The mentality endorsed at JMPS is that you must agree with everything they do as evidenced by signing a parent/child agreement at the beginning of the school year. Whatever happened to doint what was best for your child - even if that meant leaving JMPS? There have been some tremendous losses of very good students at this school. They have left for a variety of reasons - all valid for them. It is not a perfect school and most important - it's not perfect for all students. This parent would be most satisfied if the school was shut down - the scales have tipped and it is doing more harm than good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

Its so much better than the public schools. The students all feel accepted, they can participate in anything and the academics are great.


Posted October 11, 2008

This is my son's second year at James Madison Prep. The first year was a bit overwhelming, which had to do with personal events that happened in our family. I am so pleased to say that this year he has learned to overcome a lot of obstacles in his life because of changing things as a family and the support and constant involvement at JMPS. I'm not sure why the other parents that wrote their reviews recently were upset with JMPS. The administration, staff, and student body as a whole are truly awesome! Perhaps, before complaining about certain institutions, we should all examine our jobs at home as parents? A lot of their 'education' starts at home. The school is another venue that either adds or subtracts from the whole experience! My husband and I found the discipline to be more than adequate. Our daughter will be attending next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

James Madison is an excellent school for students who enjoy learning and parents who love being involved. We have had kids here for 7 years. We appreciate the high level of academics but also the amazing array of extracurricular activities. Our oldest son is very shy but became very involved in the high-quality plays and musicals which the school presents. This school, although very small, has a fencing club, a robotics team that travels nationally, and many other opportunities. I would add that many of the students here tend to be somewhat sheltered, including many from home-school environments. If that bothers you, this may not be an ideal school for you. James Madison is rather old-fashioned, but that suits us just fine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

Wow, Great Schools is really cool. I have been really appreciative of this site in the past as we searched for good schools when we first moved to Arizona, and we are really thankful that we found Madison Prep. Our child is always involved in lots of activities, and we believe that these activities and her schoolwork make up her education. Madison Prep is an amazing little school, where else can fewer than 200 kids have so many opportunities in and out of the classroom? The education is top notch, the staff and faculty are so helpful and they are clearly devoted to the mission of the school, the kids are polite and respectful. It is a great place. It looks like there are a few disappointed parents, but you can t please all the people all the time. I hope that they can find the perfect school for their child, or maybe they should start their own school, but Madison Prep is the perfect school for us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

I also was very disappointed in James Madison. We pulled our daughter after two years just like several other parents this last year.. It is a small school environment that trys to give the students some experience at everything. However, there is a cost. This is not a performing arts school and devoting so much class time (two weeks or more) to the play interupts the education of all students - even the ones not involved in the play. Extracurricular is supposed to be extra not in place of. Also, the quality of some of the teachers is less than satisfactory to us when our 9th grade student was correcting the teacher's errors during review of homework. And there are students that are given multiple chances to behave when others are disciplined immediately. They are not providing the education that they promised. It isn't good for all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

Normally I wouldn t write in a comment, but the parent comment that I just read about Madison Prep really steams me because there are some things in it that I know are wrong and I don t think that that parent is very informed. I have not seen any decline in behavioral expectations at Madison Prep, and it has been true as long as my child has been at Madison that the behavioral expectations are very high. Having experienced the behavior at the public and private schools before coming to Madison, I have been very pleased with the friendliness, helpfulness, and respect that Madison kids show all the time. Also, teachers are very focused on providing help. There is study hall time every day, and my child has been able to get help from all teachers whenever it was needed. I spoke with one of the teachers who said that he is always available, but kids rarely ask him for help. Also, the musical is one of the greatest things that Madison does, no other small charter school puts on a play like the Madison plays, and the kids really love it. The whole school comes together and works hard on it for the last two weeks before they put it on. The principal calls it Education by another means , and that it definitely true. Last, about the test scores. From what I have read about the test scores in the paper, all test scores in Arizona went down because the special education kids now have their scores included with everybody else, and Madison s scores are way above the average. We really like Madison and we will continue to be big supporters!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

I have been involved with this school for 3 years and am disappointed in the decline of behavioral expectations and test scores. The teachers are so focused on behavioral problems that they are not focused on teaching. This may not be everybody's experience but getting a teacher's help academically was like pulling teeth. Also, so much time is spent out of class on the musical that the students are not properly prepared for state testing like AIMS and TerraNova and so the scores went down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

This is my son's first year at JMPS. Coming from a homeschool environment, we were pleased with the small class sizes, concerned and loving teachers, and the emphasis on Integrity, Morals, Character, etc. My son is very shy and every single kid and teacher, I might add, made him feel welcome from day one! Now he's more than half-way through the year and even though it's been tough, he bugged me to get his re-enrollment for the Fall in ASAP! This says a lot. He's learning valuable lessons that he will be able to apply to his adult life. This is a great school to check out. No expensive private school fees but a 'private school' setting and all the perks too!
—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 65% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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 70% 42%
Hispanic 18% 43%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 53%N/A49%
Male 47%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Homeschool
Christian schools
Other charter schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 10% (2011)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 80% (2011)
Percentage of students going to the military 10% (2011)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • US News & World Report Bronze Medal (2012)
  • US News & World Report Bronze Medal (2009)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • Paul Grant
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 345-0059

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • None
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • James Madison Preparatory School had TWO national merit scholarship winners this year (2011-2012) and we have another finalist for next years class (2012 - 2113).
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Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
200
Students typically come from these schools
Homeschool
Christian schools
Other charter schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Arizona State University
Small private colleges in US and Canada
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2011
2 year college - 10%
4 year college - 80%
Military - 10%
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5815 S. McClintock
Tempe, AZ 85283
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Phone: (480) 345-2306

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