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Academy of Math and Science

Charter | K-8 | 334 students

We are best known for accelerated curriculum.

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
Based on 10 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 19 ratings

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Posted November 17, 2008

We have had the pleasure to join the AMS family this year. As a parent, I have researched many schools in regard to curriculum, safety, discipline and overall respect at school. I have been impressed with the growth and overall achievements. The Blue Ribbon is a prestigious award given to schools who exhibit consistant academic growth over a three year period. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the teachers, administration, staff and students. I firmly believe parents need to be involved in order for students to be successful. AMS has shown our family to embrace changes not only in leadership but, academics and family as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

The Academy of Math & Science teachers are a wonderful part of the school. I love that I can go and speak with the teachers at any time. They are very helpful to me and my child. The teachers work very hard to keep the parents informed on their childs progress and to let you know what areas your child needs help in. I am very pleased with Academy of Math and Science, and I recommend it to everyone that I have spoke to with children. Thank you for all that you have done for my child to to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

parents. The school board of Az definitely needs to review the school system for the multiple inadequacy and failures of this organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

The Academy of Math and Science is a wonderful learning environment for the students who are motivated to achieve excellence in academics. The faculty at the school is very involved with the students and their achievements. Its is beneficial for the students, teachers and parents to be involved and that is something we strive for!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 4, 2008

The Academy of Math and Science offers an excellent environment for learning. I took my kids out of the public school system because I was unsure of their safety and because I feared they would fall through the cracks of a large school system. Here at AMS I know their teachers and the administrators and they know me and my kids. Many of the teachers go above and beyond for the individual student. They also enjoy the ever growing variety of after school activities, from Chess and Science Clubs to Art and Cheerleading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2008

If only I could work schedules out I would remove my child from this school. The elementary math cirriculum is good, even though they made a big deal last year about adding geometry and it not being taught whatsoever this year. The computer class is a joke. Spanish class consists of watching movies in English and learning Mexican culture. After four years of A's and B's in Spanish my child can actually count to 20. It seems nothing is getting doner in the classroom and everything is getting sent home as homework. Maybe they shouldn't have gotten so greedy by opening another school until they straightened this one out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

My daugther was a student there but after a few months we decided to take her out. The teacher/parent communication is very very poor and they are not really concern with the student success. Classroom do not have the resources needed for students. The buildning is open to anyone. No lunch program or facilities available. The curriculum was poor. Turnover is high. The kids watched Juressic Park because there was no Spanish teacher. They don't ask for parent permission. I don't even let them watch the movie at home. I truly do not recommend the school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2008

all except the math and science classes i found to have very poor curriculums. in the computers class most of the students play games all hour and fail the coarse and in english most of the curriculum is reading news articles which no one is held accoutable to turn in a review of it. the history classes have good curriculum but still not a whole lot is required unless it's for a quiz which is a rare thing in some of the coarses. also the staff over the years has degraded and seem to plead with certain students to behave.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2008

Academically, AMS is top-notch. My child is a straight-A student after only one year here. However, communications between staff and parents is horrible. The office staff doesn't know what is going on in the classrooms. They are quick to poo-poo your concerns and don't help any resolutions.We are hoping to have a better experience at another high-rated Charter school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

Great school, great teachers, great program. They care and really make a difference. Thank you for all your hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

My student went here from 6th to 8th grade and it helped him tremendously in high school as well as provided for an easy transition. He is now a graduating senior and has done really well on the AIMS and SAT tests. The teachers and the curriculm of the school are top notch as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

AMS is not a school for education of young minds. It is a business for some people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

Strenghts: Excellent academic program. My child has attended three different charter schools in Arizona, and this is the best one by far! The curriculum is challenging and structured, and the teachers really care about the students. Weaknesses: There needs to be more resources for extra-curricular activities, such as after school clubs, sports teams, etc...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2004

While this is a small school, with an expected lack of full resources, the teachers and curriculum are unsurpassed! There simply is a push for education, without the types of student issues other schools have. The teachers and staff are the best I've seen.
—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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

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

  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 48% 43%
White 39% 42%
Black 4% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 66%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Blue Ribbon K-12 School (2008)
  • Gold Gain Middle School EPIC Award (2008)
  • America's Best High Schools, Bronze Medal, U.S. News and World Reports (2008)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Tatyana Chayka
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 888-1732

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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  • Besides providing the foundation of a comprehensive, accelerated curriculum, the Academy of Math and Science enriches the whole child by the instruction of art, computers, music, foreign languages, and physical education from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
Pima Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
College prep programs/courses during the year
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
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1557 W Prince Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705
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Phone: (520) 293-2676

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