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Accelerated Learning Laboratory

Charter | K-12 | 216 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $130,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted December 1, 2005

The academics are awsome at this school, however, there is no music, art, or physical education. If you can provide these things for your child, he/she will benefit from a first rate education that far exceeds what public school can offer. The school day is very long and should be considered carefully based on your child's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

Mountain Rose adademy is a great school. My daughter graduated from there as one of Tucson's Senior Achievers. My son doesn't like the self-paced atmosphere as much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2005

This is a great school. The kids have a lot of fun here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2005

They are really good at allowing the child to advance in math. The other things take a back seat to the learning. Not much of the English is done compared to math. The extracurricular activities were great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

The math, science, and geography approach is fantastic! My 7 year old is doing 10th grade math and doesn't think twice. I only wish they would adopt a reading program, and offer music and art as part of the curriculae.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

This school seemed to be a fantastic alternantive to public school. This school boasts of self paced personal instruction, not entirely true. Children are expected to move along at the schools pace, not their own. Their curriculum is very limited , academics only. I found that my children were memorizing the work rather than learning .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2004

My children started the year at sample school and after spending a significant amount of time in the school observing I quickly decided to pull my children out. I was shocked at the lack of organization, the lack of direction, the lack of positive reinforcement or constructive discipline, and the lack of general safety. They treat the children there as if they were little adults. In hind sight I regret placing my children in this facility and yes I say facility because it is nowhere near school quality(This school makes some of the public schools look wonderful). We as parents should not be sacrificing our childrens safety and well being in order for our children to receive an education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2004

Parents, watch out. This school has so many problems. The director of the school has created a harsh and overly demanding academic environment and is totally unwilling to listen to parents or his staff. The children are not encouraged to have fun or be kids, only to memorize endless data and math operations. The saddest part is that there is a huge need for accelerated education in Tucson and this school is the only one we have found that comes close to providing it, unless you can afford a private school. Unfortunately, the unpleasant atmosphere at the school leaves the children feeling stressed and unhappy. Kindergarteners are expected to do at least 1 hour of difficult homework each night. There are also problems with dangerous desert creatures including swarms of killer bees.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2004

I appreciate the emphasis on scholastics compared to our neighborhood schools, but would certainly hope that we can work to improve the extracurriculars and get phys ed for all. Improvements to the mechanical plant are ongoing, and the elementary school has a 'sister' middle school on the same grounds. My 4th grader has learned a lot of things and her class seems to be able to ask the teacher lots of questions. I do think there is not enough in-depth learning, i.e., when we learn about a country I'd also like to learn about the people and crops and history to some extent, rather than so much emphasis on rote memorization. My daughter has taken leaps past kids at our neighborhood elementary, and likes the school very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2003

This school's unspoken motto is: 'shift the onus for teaching to the parents.' We spend an average of 2 hours per night doing homework with our daughter. If the school leadership was less concerned with finding paid positions for their spouses, lovers, and relatives, and more focused on reacting to the needs of the children, everyone would be better off. My personal experience with the type of teaching proffered here is that it exposes the student to a wide range of knowledge without providing a solid basis. I recommend the school for the first 3 years of a child's education at most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2003

It is embarrassing to read the comments by the other parents. They are complaining that their children haven't learned to read, when it is apparent the parents themselves need to improve their writing skills. Nevertheless, I must agree that ALL tends to push kids through math and science data sheets, without ensuring that the students fully understand the functions they are performing. The campus is fairly vulnerable, as far as security is concerned, but the administration has made some strides in that area lately. There is absolutely no instruction in the arts, as the administration prefers to focus on math and science almost exclusively. The school does not provide education in the arts, nor does it provide physical education, so parents must decide what is important to them.


Posted March 28, 2003

The school centers it's entire curriculum around math and science. I had to take my children out of the school because by the second grade, they still couldn't read. I had problems with the administration and their lack of concern for the safety of my children. And I really couldn't believe that they refused to fly the flag because it may offend the few Muslims that sent their children there.


Posted March 27, 2003

I do not believe the cirriculum being used gives students an overall quality education. I have been told several things that have turned out to be untrue about teacher qualifications by administration. These type of inconsitancies make it very difficult to feel comfortable about the education my children are recieving at ALL.


Posted October 15, 2002

The school's focus is MATH at the expense of EVERYTHING else. They do not teach children HOW to read. If parents don't do it, it will not get done! It's a shame that we pay taxes to support schools and still have to pay others outside the education system to actually TEACH our children. It is a slap in the face for A.L.L. to post signs advertizing reading tutors. (Blatant evidence to parents that there is an UNADDRESSED PROBLEM). Wouldn't it be disconcerting to see a flyer inside a surgeon's office advertizing surgery repair and clean-up elsewhere? The school has the potential to become something very special in Tucson if they would do something now and add reading and writing instruction with the same intensity as they do with math.


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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 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
92%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
47%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • 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
Hispanic 48% 43%
White 44% 42%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5245 North Camino De Oeste
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