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Academy Adventures Primary School

Charter | K-5

 

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2013:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted March 24, 2014

This school is by the worse school my child ever attended. We relocated him to another school and come to find out he had not learned anything. education is not their first priority. Because they are so busy make up for the lack of education with WONDERFUL!! field trips. Just check out the test scores on AMIS and other rest scores. Look at the Department of Education website at azed.gov then go under School Report Cards. This school was rated 1 out of 10. this is bad.But don't take my word. Parents educate yourself before putting your child in this school.


Posted January 13, 2014

This school has continued it's down ward spiral. My child has attended for a couple years, the education has become scarce. They have such a high turn over of teachers and students it might as well have a revolving door. The staff talks down to the students, I have heard on several occasions the staff belittling students and if their parent forgot to do something like bring their lunch or permission slip they will guilt the child over it - saying they need to remind their parents to do their job. They openly insult students. This has become such a poor environment for students. I feel so sorry for the students they talk down to & they have no problem grabbing students by the arm to get their attention. They just really don't care and have no accountability. So sad


Posted July 17, 2013

Do not let the friendly staff delude you, this school is awful. The atmosphere is unhealthy and the education given is poor. My children disliked this school so much they begged to be removed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

I LOVE this school and so does my son. Every teacher knows every child's name. They approach every child individually. The classes are small and each child is working at his or her own pace. The school is family friendly and has an open door policy. The kids all know eachother because they mix the classes up for reading buddy time and foreign language. School spirit is high because of there daily practice of meeting for morning assembly. The teachers, director and staff are creative, motivating and open minded. At AAPS you child is treated like his/ her own person and not fit into a box. The curriculum is progressive and my son is reading far above grade level because of this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!! My daughter just finished kindergarten and my son will be enrolled this up coming year. I have never meet such wonderful people! Mrs. Stark always updated me about my daughters behavior whether positive or negative which i do love since my daughters a diva and i love she does not say everyday "Oh she was great!" and send her off. Ms. Griffith is also a sweet and wonderful director. My daughter has grown so much and I am so proud to call this school our home untill %th grade ;)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

AAPS helped my son LOVE school again. Before we came to Academy Adventure my son attended the public school in our district and there were 38 students in his 4th grade class. After a month in school the teacher would still ask me who's your child again? When it got to a point where he was crying on the way to school everyday I pulled him and put him at AAPS. The staff at AAPS were so AWESOME with him and he loved his new teacher and class. His new class only had 17 students not 38 and it's a wonderful, loving, family enviroment. I just can't say enough wonderful things about this little charter school. Only one bad thing I wish it went past 5th grade . We are going to miss it so much. Theresa Anderson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

This is a horrible school.. after the 20th time i picked my kid up with untied laces and about a million things in her hands with no direction from a teacher besides "your mom is here goodbye!". Very disappointed not only in curriculum but in care taking as well!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

As a former employee of Academy Adventures Primary School I have nothing but wonderful things to say. I had such a wonderful staff and principal to work with. Every person at AAPS cares about all of the students and their well-being. The families at AAPS are wonderful and are always willing to help. Academy Adventures Primary School is the best school I have ever had the pleasure of working at.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 4, 2010

Am a parent and a very mad one at that. I really don't like the administrator since she treats everybody like a child including parents. This school only cares about their attendance since it's how they get paid. My child was sick and the director failed to call me because she cared more about the school's attentance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

This is a terrific school! The teachers are very caring and want all the students to feel welcomed and successful in the classroom. The teachers are able to work in small groups with students to provide more individualized attention. This is a wonderful school that really cares about their students.


Posted September 21, 2009

The close knit atmosphere between the kids and the staff. You can tell the teachers really care about the students.


Posted September 19, 2009

The teachers that were there were great with what they had to work with regarding administration. Unfortunately, there are many problems with the administration. Top of the list as they don't believe in the children as they claim. They expect little and thus require little.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

As a member of the Academy Adventures family/community I believe that this school has the best interest of every student at heart. AAPS strives to make every student feel welcome and challenges them to be the best they can be, recognizing the differences of each student. I'm thrilled to be part of this dynamic community and look forward to their continued success.


Posted May 29, 2007

Academy Adventures has set a great academic foundation for my child. The whole staff is very caring and involved with every child. I feel my daughter would not be so advanced if it weren't for this awesome school. She surprises me every day with her reading abilities and writing skills. And she's only 7! I recommend this school to any parent who only wants the best education and daily environment for their child(ren).
—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.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
21%

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n/a

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
29%

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2010

 
 
53%
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.

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n/a

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44%

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55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

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56%

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45%
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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38%

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n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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75%

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n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

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38%

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n/a
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 "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "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 61% 43%
White 33% 42%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 36%N/A49%
Male 64%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
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  • Before school
Fax number
  • (520) 407-1201

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  • Spanish
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3902 North Flowing Wells Road
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 407-1200

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