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K-8
Public charter
Tolleson, AZ
Students enrolled: 919
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After care: Yes

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2504 South 91st Ave.
Tolleson, AZ 85353

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(623) 474-2120
(623) 936-5337
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Map of Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain address.

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December 04, 2014
I think others should know no school is perfect ... We strive as staff to provide a community for you students to fill safe. My favorite part about AAEM is the family style atmosphere we strive to have across the campus. All students know and understand any direction or positive feedback they receive will always get back to their home rooms because we focus on communication. Let's face it - our parking lot situation. Is not ideal...however, we work with what we have and with the improvements of yellow, green, and red zones; and assistance from local off-duty officers we have been getting dismal down pat. If you really want to know about AAEM come on in and check us out :)

- submitted by a teacher
December 01, 2014
Where is the principal? Students say he has not been at the school since before Thanksgiving and the school is not answering any questions. This is another shady thing happening at this school.

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2014
Thank you for working so diligently in helping me educate my children. The staff there is great!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
My children attend Arts Academy and have been for the last two years. I am so happy with my girls teachers and the assistant principal is great. Whenever I have a concern it is addressed. My kids love it there and my husband and I are looking forward to A midsummer's night dream!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
I moved my kids to Legacy Traditional in Sept of 2013 and I'm so glad I did. Legacy is not perfect but it improved to an A rated school and the leadership seems alot more professional. I decided to move my kids after Mr. Alexanderl was disrepectful to my wife when he raised his voice at her after a disagreement. We had been told by both of our children that Mr. Alexander would intimidate the children by yelling at them and belittling them. My kids felt like he was bullying them.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2014
I recently removed my children from this school because of the principal. Under his leadership, the school's grade dropped from a B to a C. I have seen him in arguments in the office with parents and decided this is not the place for my children.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
it is a good place and it has fun things to do mis.borthold is the best LOVE KALEENAH IN MIS.BORTHOLD'S CLASS I HOPE HER SEES THIS

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2014
I am a teacher at this school and while the school needs to reimplement a fine arts program(after all it is an "arts academy") as well as a band program, it is a great school to work at. I feel supported and encouraged by the vice principal as well as the CEO. The students are hard working and the parents are helpful and supportive. I think the school will continue to improve with positive guidance from administration. Teachers at this school are dedicated and motivated to move students into the 21st century. If anything, I would just encourage administration to recognize all teachers for the hard work they are doing and focus on the positive. Also, implement more rewards/incentives for our students who are truly remarkable whether it is in their grades or their character.

- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2014
The school needs a band and art teacher but other than that i like the school.

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2014
This is the second year my daughter has attended AAEM. I read the negative comments about the principal and other office staff and I am sorry to hear other parents feel that way. Fortunately, I haven't had any negative feedback from any of the staff or teachers. This year all of my daughter's teachers have been helpful and respond to me promptly via email when issues arise regarding my daughter's education. The parking / picking up children situation could use some reevaluation. It is very challenging. If there was more than one way to enter and exit the school instead of on 91st Ave. , that might alleviate some of the traffic congestion. Other than that, my husband and I are pleased with our daughter's progress at AAEM.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2014
I cannot believe how much the school has gone down hill these past 2 years. Communication is the worst it has ever been. My son and his classmates say their teachers complain about the principal during class. Earlier this year I was walking up to the office when I heard the principal arguing and yelling at another parent. Very sad and unprofessional. I will move my son to another school next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
The principal is rude. He needs to learn how to treat people with respect. My daughter loves her teacher but me and other parents cannot stand the parking problem or the principal. I believe he is the wrong person for the job.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
This school is something else my kids are behind and Vice principal, principal and 8th grade math teacher don't care. My kids have ask for make up work for missing a day and the teachers reply was its not my fault you missed school. Another kid in same class was egnored when ask for his paper work and end up going to principle just to get his home work three days later with excuses that our printer is broke. I'm sure there's more than one printer there. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL AT ALL.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
Nothing but a nightmare at this school the principal and new vice principal are rude never in there office when need. The vice principal is more worried about her book she's going to right then her Student so sad. Your only good as your leaders maybe it's time for new leaders. From what my kids say is every month a teacher quits.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
so i attended this school last year fourced to because my family was doing bad at our old school. so we were new and i got put into the D class but most of my class was new to.so why did they put the label D if they dont know our abilities. so i got a form that said i was going to be in the honors class. not much of an honors class. the class is rude and the teachers teach us the same as all other classes. i don't get how this school has 4 stars. the principal scares all the kid here.my cousin was told 3 times that he was going to be expelled and yet he's still here. they just give the kids in school suspension and are done with them. they olny expell the students that do little things. also my cousin was bullied. hah! they didnt expell the kid bcuz it was two kids that did it. i have alot to say about this prison. oops! i meant school. no i meant jail! get better AAEM!!!

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2013
I have a lot of friends here and the work is not always easy but my teachers always help me. I think most of the teachers in the 8th grade really want to help us and have fun with us. My favorite thing about the school is some of my teachers and the students. I wish they had more field trips and more sports equipment for 8th grade.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2013
This school is not perfect but no school is. All I would say to all of you considering this school is to check it out and see if it is a good fit for your kid. My kids love it here and I am ok with the school's challenges right now because it grew so much in over just two years. It is the most popular school around here.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
The dust has settled and all the kids are doing great. The routines are really helping my kids. This school has a lot of parents that are involved. I like how they invite me to be part of everything. Ignore the negatives below. When I saw them, I was disappointed to see that we always point out the bad instead of the good. The parents that complain need to learn no school is perfect. They need to offer solutions. Cannot believe them.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
This happens when you are rude to office staff and then you do not like when you are asked to leave the premises. Many parents witnessed you taking out your aggressions on a staff that is willing to help your kids. Get over it! Glad you left! A parent at AAEM for 7 years so trust me when I say this guy needed help!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Just moved here. Kids (grades 1 and 4) went to an awesome charter school in Nevada last year. Picked Arts Academy over Dos Rios after reading reviews and hoping for a similar experience. WRONG. So far, this school has been nothing short of a nightmare. Getting information is a joke at best. They seem to love surprises. Staff seems like they re scrambling to prove last year s problems are fixed while this years problems are plentiful. Pick up process is terrible at best and they will have your kids standing in the heat for prolonged periods of time. Be prepared for the teachers threatening the kids rude and or distracted crossing guards Cafeteria meals are totally unhealthy. Teachers are they even teachers at all?? One of the reasons we moved to Arizona was so my kids could get a better education. Way to go Arts Academy for the first impression. You guys are a mess. As such your school is a mess. We should ve stayed in Sin City smh.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
This school was Great about 3 years ago. It however has become the worst school in area! CEO, Principle And staff have the worst communications with its Parents. The dropping off and picking up is a nightmare in itself! Not to mention they treat our kids like Prsioners!!! Would not recommend this school to anyone!!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
4 stars my a$$, most of the good reviews are from 4 or more years ago. It might have been a real arts academy then but not now. Somewhere along the lines they slipped.. sorry to say.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Arts Academy is a gross overstatement of this school. Bare as a blank canvas. Its basically a concrete slab with a few buildings on top, nothing artsy about it. The teachers are not what I think qualifies as suitable to teach. Picking up or dropping off your children is ridiculous. I wish I would have known these things before enrolling my children. I'll be getting my kids out as soon as possible. And if you hear good things just as I did, don't fall for it. See for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
We were at this school for three years and every year they had a new principal. This is common. Two of my child's three teachers have also left and they were wonderful teachers. I am unsure if the third teacher is still there, but I wouldn't be surprised. The principal last year even applied to a different Charter School within months of starting at AAEM. There are major problems here. The campus is huge and actually beautiful. The art/drama teachers are wonderful, but only the older kids get to do electives such as dance, and to sum it all up, this school is just out to make money, not for the well-being of your kids. We spent a whole year trying to get my child gifted tested, with no result. The new principal is just as unresponsive and the parking at this facility is a nightmare! There are no buses and they "do not plan on ever getting them". The only reason I gave a second star are for some of the teachers who I know try hard, its just sad that they too are leaving. Would not recommend; we have enrolled our child at a different school which is very hard for us but we have to do what is best for our child.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
I'm a student at this school, and I've been here since it opened in 2005, so I have quite a bit to say, naturally. I was in first grade in 2005, and now I'm already about to go to high school. This school has changed very much in all that time, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. The school is much more spacious now, especially since the addition of the new building for the older students. I'm a little disappointed with the school at the moment, though. ALL of the staff seems to care much more about what color your jacket is, no eating during class, etc. To the point where it's less about learning and more about being in uniform. In fact, in every one of the classes I have at this school, they make us get our things out of our backpacks, and put our backpacks against the back wall of the classroom. They did this because 2 students were eating snacks. That's gone way too far, as it's a big inconvenience to have to get something from your backpack. With that said, this school seems more concerned with petty material things than learning. The teachers aren't that great, either (I've gone through 3 math teachers!) I can't complain, though, as it is my last semester here.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
Please do not send your students to this school if you would like to see them graduate from high school. Academics are lacking - and preforming arts instructors are not certified. Definitely ask to see standardized test scores and the high school graduation rate of their students if you are considering this school.

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2011
My child is in K and I feel that the idea of this school is really great, the follow through, not so much. The things I dislike the most about this school are the crowded play area, the parking lot, and the class rooms seem really dark and depressing. I feel like since this is an "arts school" the class rooms should be bright, there should be murals, there should be flowers, plants, gardens, sandboxes. There is a patch of grass, and a tiny play area where the kids climb all over each other and get hurt constantly. Also, there is no library which seems sad to me for the children. My child's teacher is ok, she seems to not want to be there most of the time, but my child likes her. I feel like they could do more, but I am not ready to throw in the towel yet. I feel like if they can make changes such as making the environment better, and expand the play areas and planted some trees and an organic vegetable garden it would feel more comforting to the children and parents, and also provide organic ingredients for school lunches. Also, allowing children to garden and paint around the school would be educational and make the school look beautiful. It needs some changes to be better.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
So far I'm not happy with this school but we can't find any other school in our area that is doing any better. If we could afford private school we would send our children. Having said all of that I think the teachers do the best they can with what is available to them and the Principal is out standing, hopefully better learning is ahead for Arts Academies students!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2011
I transfered to Arts Academy when i was in 3rd grade and just graduated last year from 8th grade. The school is deffinitly better than the other ones around the area. The only problem i had was the school wasnt focusing on education they were more worried about you only having 1 braclet on your arm and what color belts you wear, and there were no buses that took kids home . The teachers are friendly and do a good job i do recomend sending your child there. The best part of going there is there are never fights, all the kids are friendly, and the arts programs they have there are very good.

- submitted by a community member
July 16, 2011
We found Arts Academy when we first started looking at schools for our first child. Sending your first off to school can be nerve-wracking, but after we visited AAEM I felt a lot better! The staff was friendly, the school had so many activities going on, it was clean, and, of course, completely appealing to the kids. Now my oldest is going into 3rd grade and my second is headed to 1st. We have had nothing but great experiences here. Anytime a situation did present itself, it got handled to everyone's satisfaction. The teachers at AAEM are awesome and really care about these kids. The curriculum is great, not perfect - the staff and teachers are always working and building onto it and that's what makes it even more special - they try new things and use what is effective with the current group. I have had the honor of working in the PTO in the past and help run other parent-based groups. This school loves when parents are involved. They strive for it. I am so glad we found it here and plan on keeping my kids at this school straight thru. It's a great fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
My children have attended this school for 2 years now and my husband and I are very disappointed this year. The academics is below average and my children are not challenged. I would change them mid-year but I don't feel that is fair to do to my five year old. When I address the teachers at the school they look at me with blank stares. It almost like they get offended when I question them. I am afraid that my daughter is behind because of this school. The school needs to focus on developing a curriculum rather than the arts. They hide behind the state guidelines yet my daughters teacher stated that she finds most of her lessons online. I was really excited about this school when I transferred them, but now i am very disappointed. Needless to say I cannot even give this school a star, but the website made me.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
We have attended this school for the last two years and are embarking on a another school year at Arts Academy, but we do not love this school. The staff is great, most of the teachers seem nice. But the curriculum is below average quality and I find myself still teaching my children at home. There is no program or curriculum available to the teachers for the students who are excelling. The parent involvement is very, very low. The new principal seems great and pro-active so we will give it one more year. Here's to hoping we get a good teacher...

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
i go to AAEM and i love it here, we get art, drame, tap, choir, band, and more. I have very nice teachers and they have teached me to the best of the ability.

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2009
My daughter is a first grader at AAEM and we have had such a great year so far. The administration is always visible on campus, and very receptive to parental involvement and input. Ms. Branson is a fantastic teacher- my daughter has blossomed and matured greatly under her care. I am very happy with the performing opportunities the kids are given, as well as all of the other art-based special area classes. The dance teacher, Ms Kelly, is also a fantastic asset to the school, as well as a wonderful ballet teacher for AYB outside of school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2009
I love you all teacher, staff and administrators. Miss. Brandson you are super Mrs. Kreshak keep on smiling- congrands on the new granbaby.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
I really love this school, great job staff and teachers

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
My son has attend AAEM since kinder and he has had awesome teachers each year. My son is safe and has been challenged to learn more along the way.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
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February 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
I love this school! The teachers are amazing and go out of their way to make the students enjoy learning. And the office staff is great. Always so helpful. My children are learning beyond their required learning level and truly love going to school. And that's what matters to me as a parent!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2008
My child is getting a great education, but the school lacks school spirit, teacher to parent relationship and team involvment.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
My kids have attend plc for 4 years know and they love it we are now a A+ performing school and you can't say that about to many schools. They have great programs and great teachers and staff. My son graduates from 8th grade this year and the school is so great i wish they had high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
My son has been attending AAEM for two years now and we are happy with the school. The teachers and administration have been great! The dance and music programs really got on track this year with an excellent performance at the end of the year. My son is going into second grade and really enjoys going to school!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
I'm a parent of great gifted children who were bullied and made feel horrible in public school. The scene here at AAEM is designed for those kids who are interested in excelling. With the programs in place our children get all the same teaching as the other schools with the bounus of Music, Band, and Drama. The great thing is, if you as parent don't approve of the rules and regalations, no one forces you to stay. All things need time to work out the kinks and AAEM is moving on a good track. I feel my children's well being and growth are worth the extra effort. You always feel welcome to go and put your two-cents in on how to improve this campus.

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March 29, 2008
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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
This school isn't any different from any regular public school. The faculty is a joke. They have too many rules. Their drop off location is always jammed packed with cars and students. often late!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
I'm a parent of a sixth grader. She has been enrolled since the school opened. Great 'safe' campus with 'cheerful' and responsible teachers and staff. She loves the music and drama classes and loves performing in the shcool's musicals. Since there is almost always a waiting list for students who wish to register, I highly recommend parents to get your children on the list as soon as possible!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2008
I love The Arts Acadomy, I was unhappy with my daughters education at public school. Our family moved to Yolleson 2 years ago. This is my daughters 2nd year she is turning eight this year. I knew a charter school would be good for her, but I did not expect a 'whole new kid' I never expected the amount of support from my neighbors, teachers, admin.,and parents. my daughter has learned and improved drastically since attending the charter school. It has done wonders for her self asteem. My daughter is in drama, hip hop, chess, and girl scouts. A couple weeks ago she had two performances in one night. We were so proud of her. We all feel like were apart of something great. My husband and I decided to buy our first house near the charter school just so our daughter could stay at the school .

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December 12, 2007
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November 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2007
My son, who it in 4th grade, and my daughter who is in 6th grade really love this school, but not nearly as much as my husband and I do. This school has high standards for their students, and really encourages parent involvement. The extracurricular activities are the best. My children were both in last years production of Annie, which really insipred and gave them self assurance, which is something children really need. The teachers there are great!!. Mrs Ellen and Mrs. Memoli have been extremly great with my son. My only problme with the school is traffic, and morning drop-off. There really has to be a better system and more planning on this area, and I'm sure I'm not the only parent with this concern. Other than that, keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2007
My daughter attended 6th and part of 7th grade in this school. Her 6th grade was awesome, Miss Schnider worked so hard and had the kids perform Shakespear, along with another teacher co-ordinated a field trip to the Grand Canyon, and overall was a great teacher. There seem to be admin support for the teachers, the next year, the school expanded and the admin staff seemed unavailable and the teachers were overwhelmed. I took my daughter out of the school. It was like night and day from one year to the next.

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October 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 20, 2007
First year the school was open my daughter was a kinder. Which was the best year yet. Thanks to the excellent teaching skills and attitude of Mrs. Kreshak. Your awesome Mrs. Kreshak! But now it feels like there is just too much pressure on our kids. Safety and discipline is really good there. They also have a lot of extracurricular activities. I think the teachers need more assistance from the school with supplies, teacher assistants, etc. And for the school ground. They need more shade! Especially in the summer months.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 09, 2007
School is unresponsive to parents. New school lacks admin oranization.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
I wanted to change schools, but when my child cried and told me how much she loved school, I thought otherwise. We aren't too fond of the neighborhood, but it's worth it to stay at AAEM another year. We love the activities, and my child's teacher was amazing! The school could use a libarary though.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
My daughter has attended AAEM for the last 2 years. Our first year as a kindergarten parent was a total disaster. They went through 4 kinder teachers. There was absolutely no support from the principal or staff. There are several great teachers at this school who have no support from the principal or the upper staff. Huge dissappointment. I will pulling my child out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
moving here from California was really hard on my son who was already in kinder. because of the state laws in AZ he was forced to do it again. I feared that he would be bored in his class. in the beginning of the year he was and became slightly disruptive. after talking with his teacher and after school coaches about this issue they have all worked very hard to keep his mind busy. I have watched my son grow and excel in areas such as leadership. something he very much needed help with. I am surprised to see this school has scored low at this point. I have no doubt that being a new school they are just working out the 'bugs'. I am sure by the time my daughter gets to attend (next school year) they will be a top school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
AAEM's focus on the arts creates a stimulating learning environment. The teachers and staff are great, there's tutoring, after school programs, it's great!

- submitted by a teacher
August 29, 2006
Since my children have been going to AAEM their self esteem has gone up. The teacher and staff at AAEM are wonderful. They interact on a daily basis with all the students. The Karate, Drama, Art, Music has open up my child's imagination and made them more aware of the fascinating world they can explore. My children are motivated to read, listen to music , and use their imagination. I recommend this Charter School.

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Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain
2504 South 91st Ave., Tolleson, AZ  85353
(623) 474-2120
Last modified Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top