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Civano Charter School

Charter | K-8

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted August 12, 2013

Unique and wonderful! It is a small school environment and I know more parents here than at any school my kids have been involved at, or that I was ever enrrolled in. There is a whole culture about becoming a self-guided learner and being an active parcipant in all facets of your own education rather than sitting at a desk and having an instructor be in charge of what you are able to learn. The scores can be misleading, as the school is on a two-year cycle with the lower grades, but the critical thinking skills, positive experience and lack of discipline related issues more than make up for a school that doesn't teach to the test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

My children have had a wonderful experience at Civano. It starts every day with group sharing and singing a positive song together. I know most of the other parents and a good number of the kids. There are overnight events in the community and even a camp-out on the mountain that a lot of families go to over the fall break! For school events, it seems every kid and parent is present! For a fund-raiser, the kids created a restaurant and made a menu, took reservations and then worked from 5 pm to 10 pm on restaurant night. Kids hosted, waited tables, did dishes, prepared the food and even played live music. They learned while they earned! (PS, this was made possible by that commercial kitchen! So, yeah, the priorities are right!) Beyond the school culture, the teachers are great and it is a collaborative environment. As a parent I feel in tune with what my kids are being taught and love that they love learning. There are special electives like gardening and robotics! My kids learn at their own pace and are pushed to achieve more than they thought possible. With their tests scores in the 90+ range, I'm satisfied they're learning more than they would at other traditional schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2011

The teacher and staff of Civano are amazing. they are always available and eager to help work with parents and students to bring out a child's best. Students are taught to be responsible for their own learning, meaning they learn time management at an early age and adopt a, "the buck stops here" attitude towards work. This program does not "teach the test" which results in less stellar standardized testing scores in earlier grades, but the pay off is reached with excellent scores later. The students have been taught to think their way through problems rather than memorize seemingly irrelevant facts. Parents and community are extremely involved and it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

Civano Middle School is a dream come true for us. We have two students there & they both love it. The teachers are flexible & go to unbelievable lengths to help each student. They truly use a "whole child" teaching method. Most assignments are done in the classroom, only a small amount of work is assigned as "homework". Our son went from hating school @ Desert Sky to LOVING school @ Civano!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2009

As a parent and an educator, I am thrilled about Civano's 'whole child' approach to education. Children learn at their own pace, in small classes where students on various levels support each other and share their strengths. Their commitment to the environment is a plus, but it is their commitment to the education of the individual child that makes Civano an exceptional educational institute.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

Civano Community School is basically privately run by a single individual whose commitment to 'green' and 'community' while a nice complement to goals of academic excellence, tends to over-shadow the fundamentals. Extremely small (four teachers for K-5), it's a nurturing environment for your K-1 child. As students move toward upper grades and require more diversity in their curriculum, teachers and classmates to meet both state standards and the intellectual/emotional needs of inquisitive and questioning 9-11 year olds, Civano begins to fall short. This is reflected to some degree in the school's aims scores, and the way student pop. dwindles as kids advance to upper levels. Priorities are clear: the $50,000 won for greenest school is earmarked for a commercial kitchen, rather than a science lab, a better library, etc. Not sure why this charter exists.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

Civano Community School really is a great place for students to get hands-on, self-paced (within reason) learning in a caring and colorful environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

This school has made a wonderful difference in our lives and how our children approach learning. What was once a drag, a nightmare and just plain hard has become a wonderful adventure called learning. We love Civano and hope all children can be as happy as ours are in school.
—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 69% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

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n/a

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55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
100%

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n/a

2010

 
 
82%
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.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
60%

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n/a

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92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
n/a

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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82%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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91%

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n/a

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n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

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73%

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n/a
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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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
60%
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

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 72% 42%
Hispanic 19% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
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 3%N/A47%
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10625 E. Drexel Road
Tucson, AZ 85747
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Phone: (520) 762-2040

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