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Ward Traditional Academy

Public | K-8 | 493 students

 

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Posted May 6, 2014

Students are extremely brilliant, and really try to succeed. The behavior of students is exemplary. There are many excellent teachers, who really care about the students and try to help them succeed. But there are other teachers who don't really care about them. The uniforms themselves are nice, but the dress code is too extreme. There are many restrictions that seem ridiculous, such as regulation of shoelace color. How will my red shoelaces distract the learning of others? Or do they regulate small things like this to take away our individuality? There has been a bit of a debacle on the wearing of leggings on no uniform days. Girls that come to school wearing leggings will be forced to change into uniform pants. This is appalling. Why are they forced to change? So boys don't stare at them or get distracted? girls shouldn't be punished for this. We should be teaching boys to respect girls. Making girls change teaches boys that it's the girls fault. Also, the discipline system is too harsh. We are taught negative reinforcement, versus positive. hardly ever will you hear a teacher praise us. The people are great, and some teachers are outstanding, but the rules are too harsh.


Posted January 22, 2014

I love this school! I started attending WTA the beginning of the school year and I have nothing but good reviews for the school. I was worried about making friends, but when I got there, everyone was so inviting! I made friends so quickly. It has little to no cliques, and everyone is so friendly. The teachers are great, if you are having trouble in class, almost every teacher has tutoring in either the morning or afternoons.


Posted November 11, 2013

I completely disagree with the last review. Teacher, students and parents all work as a team to achieve the best for the child. Ward provides before and after school tutoring for any student that needs or wants help at the middle school level. The teachers are dedicated to helping the child understand concepts and not just push them through to high school. Every school is concerned about test scores, but at Ward, there are many solutions to help kids improve their scores year after year. This year every parent was invited to attend parent/teacher conferences and many, many showed up. Communication is a two way street and the teachers at Ward are willing to go the extra mile to be sure parents are aware of what is happening at the school. Ward is an amazing, family, community involved school. P.S. The Spanish and math teacher mentioned in another review are no longer there. The new teachers are amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

I am a former teacher in this school and one thing that greatly disappoints me is how we fail so many students. Ward is good for students that are high functioning and need no extra support. If your son or daughter has an area they need help in, Ward will push you to go to another school rather than help your child.This helps Ward keep Wards test scores up and poor students out. It is very challenging to build a partnership with parents when teachers are kept off limits. Parents are not allowed to go past the gate and talk to the teacher without making an appointment. I feel that parents and teachers are a team. They should support each other in the education of the child, this is not the case at Ward. When going to visit ask them how many students leave because they are pushed to do so.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 19, 2012

I have mixed feelings about this school. I was very excited to get my child in at first. I liked the uniform policy and the parents involvement. As the time has passed I've come to dislike some of the teaching styles of certain individuals. The Spanish teacher teaches Spanish in the castilian dialect... where she is from. Which is fine if you are teaching in the country where you once lived. It is confusing for the children when they are sent out into the real world where Spanish is spoken with the hispanic dialect from Mexico which is different. I find it absolutely unsatisfactory that the last principal allowed this to happen. I very much hope this gets fixed. Another complaint is that she would hold personal conversations with students that had nothing to do with school while the rest of the class had to sit around and wait for her to finish. I won't even get started with the math teacher. Other than those two blips I've been satisfied. There is room for improvement. I have high expectations for this upcoming year. I'm hoping that with new leadership we will see the heights the school can attain. There is a lot promise and potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2012

Ward is an amazing school! I have been going there for 7 years now. I started at Ward in kindergarten, the first year the school opened. I loved all my teachers, however, all of my teachers except my kindergarten teacher have left the school. I think the 2 principals that Ward has had, have been great. I hope the new one is too. The idea of expanding the school was horrible. I like the how you get to spend 3 years with the same people, you really get to know them. I feel the teachers teach you what they have to teach you and more. Many teachers make it fun too. But one favors her students and hives them nicknames. Other students get really annoyed. All she can do is talk to her favorites and no one else. Other than that the teachers are spectacular and really help you if you have been absent for a long time. The school is fenomenal! I hope they do something for the first graduating class who has been there for the whole 9 years. I look forward to my next and last 2 years at the school.


Posted April 30, 2012

I was very disappointed with this school . When my son was taken into a meeting with his teachers I heard nothing possitive, they all came down on him and expected him to keep up with 2nd year spanish when this was his first year at this school They would not let him into 1st year spanish because this would mess up there schedule I received much more support at ChildrenFirst Academy in Tempe by his Then principal Jerry Lewis who is now a Senator in AZ ,thank God for teachers that care and try to help all students. Also,for aprincipal who was willing to listen and not just allow the teachers to let him fail so he could be kicked out. Since then my son is still on honor roll at his present school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

I'm a student at Ward and I think that science teacher is the best teacher I have ever had. The social studies teacher plays angry birds on her ipad all day. Math and Englsih teachers are ok. The art teacher only lets you do art her way. I'm excited to leave Ward becasue you can not be an individual there. Who really cares what color your shoes and socks are? Girls can only where certain headbands.


Posted December 14, 2011

My son has ADHD and was struggling at a large school. Ward offers small classrooms and an urgency to assure students are excelling. Ward provides structure, empathsis on the student, excelling in academics, and insuring all kids are on track. My son has thrive at Ward and his self confidence is outstanding. Staff take a genuine interest and ownership of working together with parents for one common goal and that is the child. Wards structure on academics with homework and advancement has prepared many 8th graders to excel in high school. I'd rather have my son workhard and learn the fundamentals of studying than have him coast through shool without learning a thing or not prepared for high school or college. Let's face it, excelling kids get admitted to college not mediocre students. For parents that complain about Ward, it's not Ward but possibly how can you as a parent be more involved in your childs education. Don't leave your kid to chance but be proactive and work collaboratively with the teachers. Parent involvement is an expectation. I love the school and my son does too, that's all that matters. His happiness and quality education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2011

Our two children are thriving here. They receive individualized attention and needs-based academic help when necessary, and are constantly challenged to exceed. Their teachers have been competent and caring, and most importantly, our kids are happy. We have had a great first year and are so far pleased and optimistic about our kids' future here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2011

My son graduated last year after 5 years at Ward. The school was a good environment for him - small (just 2 classes per grade) and more of an elementary school feel than the large junior highs. The academic standards were high with some enrichment for the gifted kids. He had opportunity to excel in school and also be involved in other activities such as sports, music, after school and student government. The teachers and staff all know the kids and the school felt like a safe place for all the kids. There was a lot of homework, and the academic pace was pretty fast - but if your kid will do well in a structured environment, this is the school for you. Because the school is small, there are no electives or class choices, but still plenty of activities to keep the kids busy and challenged. The school uniforms are a plus too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

This school was supposed to be a better education for my daughter, but all it has been is a disappointment! It is so fast paced that students don't have the chance to enjoy anything they're learning. And if you've got an energetic child who might need some redirection or a child who needs to be challenged, forget about going to this school! My daughter has been bored and therefore gets herself in trouble, but the teacher has not once asked for a meeting with me to discuss these issues. The principal's answer to everything is "well, she needs to be responsible for herself". Parent's are NOT allowed on campus behind the gates, unless you're volunteering, but to walk your child onto campus, or pick them up, you must wait behind the gate. You can't show up to peek into the classroom and see how your child is doing. You can't stop by to have lunch with your child. Parents aren't welcome, unless you're serving a need for the school. We are going to be switching schools and I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone I cared about!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Academics are highly valued. The staff is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Ward Traditional is an excelling school that focuses on the student. Parents are supportive and the staff and teachers are dedicated and caring. The traditional values of learning are emphasized and the wearing of uniforms certainly enforces the focus on learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

WTA has an amazing sense of community! They have dedicated teachers, administration, and outstanding kids and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Ward offers a challenging curriculum with dedicated teachers and a great administrative staff, all of whom work for the student and are striving for their success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

A great learning community with small classes, great teachers ,and high parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Ward offers a safe learning environment focusing on the child as a whole. The curriculum is stimulating and challenging. The teachers show an amazing balance of educating children while developing them personally for life experiences. Our Principal s energy and devotion is absolutely incredible. The Principal, teachers and parents all work together to create a culture of success and confidence for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Awesome teachers that engage students and keep them focused on learning new things and skills they can be successful at in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

If you're looking for a school with high expectations for EXCELLENCE in attitude, academic achievement, behavior and character, then this is the school to choose. We are EXTREMELY pleased with this school! It is possible to have QUALITY public school education when parents pursue it in partnership with the school. I wish more public schools would model themselves after this fine school!
—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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

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85%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

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95%

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84%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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86%

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76%

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94%
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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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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85%

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87%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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85%

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89%

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91%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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93%

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94%

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93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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98%

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96%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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81%

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83%

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95%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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94%

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85%

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78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
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 53% 42%
Hispanic 27% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 6% 5%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
Fax number
  • (480) 491-1710

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Gymnastics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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1965 East Hermosa Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282
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