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Hermosa Montessori Charter School

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Posted September 11, 2006

My two children were students at Hermosa from pre-school through middle school.They both received an excellent education that prepared them very well for higher education and future employment. The Hermosa staff is excellent, including the principal who founded the school. They are caring individuals, excellent teachers, and outstanding role models for students. Many of the staff have been consistantly working together since 1979, and there is very little staff turnover. I read one parent's comments regarding the administration and wondered if they were commenting on Hermosa Montessori. The administration, a small staff of four, was always kind, caring, and very accessible, including the principal who was always available to both students and parents. The parent organization plans many ways for all to be involved. Hermosa was a terrific experience for my children and myself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

Lots of problems with this school! The teachers try to do what they can with limited resources. Physical education is practically non-existent. Principal is mostly absent and hard to communicate with. Refuses to address parents concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

My children love their school! The teachers create a love of learning in the children. This school is such a safe and wonderful environment for all the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

Would Not recommend this school. The administration is unfriendly and unresponsive to problems and suggestions. There is no Parent Teacher Organization only a Volunteer Organization that has strict guidelines to not get involved with the school. The main obj. of the Volunteer Org is to monitor & track parents, who are required 10 hours of volunteer work each or pay an additional $300 per child. Though the Kindergarten teachers try their best, there are not enough resources for all the children to use. This leaves the students with much free time while waiting for materials to come free. This problem also effects the Lower & Upper Elementary School. Extra activitivs are rare and limited. There is no music program and art is once a week. Gym is taught by a parent with little to no resources. Please do your own research, contach the Dept of Charter Schools, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

Problems are plenty at this school. We removed our son after it became evident that the administration wasn t interested in listening to the parents or the many concerns that they had. Montessori is supposed to be about learning at your child s own pace, but competition and intolerance is rife at Hermosa. There s not much Montessori about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

The teachers are doing the best they can under the circumstances, but resources and materials are stretched beyond capacity. We removed our child from the kindergarten program after our concerns were ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2006

At first sight, Hermosa looks to be a very good school. Their numbers for registration are always high and pre-school parents wait overnight for the opportunity to enroll their children. Unfortunately, this once great school now coasts on its reputation won while it was still a private school. Now the teachers are stretched beyond capacity, the children are over-whelmed with the pressure to achieve high scores and the non-competitive, tolerance-teaching philosophy of Montessori education has been lost. All of this could be rectified, or at least addressed, if the Administrator was more available to parents, but she is not. We removed our son after numerous problems and unaddressed complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

My children have been attending this school for the last 6 years. I currently have 4 children in the program from Kindergarten to upper elementary. Over all I have been happy with this school. I love the teaching methods. My children have had just about every teacher and I must say over all I have been happy with them. I enjoy the enviroment that the students learn in. The facilites are great and incourage learning. I enjoy the way that the Middle school children speek around the younger students. Everyone shows respect for each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2003

Strengths: Montessori Method utilized well. Superb teachers, Beautiful school, Scenic setting. Wonderful opportunities for learning evident in classrooms and exhibited by students' performance. All teachers seem to know all students. Weaknesses: No P.T.O.. Minimal communication between administration and parents. Dirt playground small relative to number of children. Outdated playground equipment.


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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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

27 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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

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84%

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64%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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87%

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84%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

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78%

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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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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100%

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89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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100%

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75%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
100%

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100%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

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50%

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57%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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88%

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100%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 3%N/A47%
Female 53%N/A49%
Male 47%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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12051 E. Ft. Lowell
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