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K-5
Public charter
Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 318
 

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9209 E. Wrightstown Road
Tucson, AZ 85715

(520) 886-6076
(520) 886-6575
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July 30, 2015
I was in debate over giving four stars or five. You can see where I settled. The teachers at this school are outstanding! The atmosphere for the kids is great. The only kids I have noticed that didn't love the school appeared to have behavioral or family issues. I am not saying all that didn't like the school do....just all of the kids that I observed over the course of one year of picking my kiddo up less than one day per week. This sounds like a five star review, right? Well, my only issue is their lack of willingness to even consider making an exception on their arbitrary cutoff for kindergarten. The cutoff for state funding is 1 Jan, most schools use 1 Sept because that is the cutoff for state funding if a child ends up repeating kindergarten. AOT's cutoff is 15 Sept. They are already making a blanket exception for every child with a birthdate between 1 and 15 Sept, why would they not even evaluate a child who may be ready but have a birthdate in that grey area? As a result of this policy, we will be forced to have our next kindergartener attend a different school and then attempt to transfer in after she has completed kindergarten...which is potentially detrimental to her social development. Had their policy been one that allowed for evaluation of the potential student, and a teacher told us that she isn't ready, we would stop pursuing this...but it isn't. Our oldest would not have been allowed to enroll in Kindergarten at nearly all of the schools in the city (because of her birthdate)....but she was one of the more advanced students in her class. The one star was only lost because of the rigid enforcement of an arbitrary date that isn't even one of the arbitrary dates dictated by the state. If they fixed this one issue, I would have a hard time justifying rating a school higher than this one.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2015
My daughter has attended AOT since kindergarten and is looking forward to fourth grade. The teachers have been very responsive to the needs of my daughter and have communicated well with me. The curriculum is challenging and the parents are encouraged to volunteer. This year I was involved with the third grade Olympics, preparing meals from different countries related to their heritage project, Science Fun Fest, various field trips, and Water Day. I also dropped in an watched a couple of their class skits. I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2015
My grandchildren goes to this school. It has been an A rated school since atleast 2011 when we started vissiting the school. Our grandchildren absolutely loved the old principal and we all miss him and are sorry for his loss. The new principal though is great. This is a great school that is still very academically based. In spite of some of the reviews I have seen mostly the same teachers since we started picking up our grandchildren, I do not see a high turnover rate of teachers or students, and wonder if the other reviewers are reviewing the right school?

- submitted by a community member

January 24, 2015
I wish more parents would write in and share their good experiences since sites like this mostly generate the bad. I am a parent and had my child go to the Academy of Tucson Schools. My son absolutely loved it and flourished! The Academy schools are fantastic and continue to earn high ratings - not only among parents and students, but also among the state. I have never seen any teacher be mean, or cruel, to students in the 10 years in which I have been associated with the school. The students are also more welcoming than any other school we have ever experienced (being a military family we have moved a lot). I also have had no problem helping at the school whether in the classroom, or any other area that I was needed or willing. What I can say, is that there are parents that don't like their student/s being held accountable. Accountability is a life long lesson and the Academy of Tucson does a great job at teaching our children just how important it is. I have found that most of the parents that are disgruntled with the Academy of Tucson schools, have this issue.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2015
If you are planning on putting your child at this school you might want to make sure you volunteer quite often and trust me it will not be in the classroom because they don't encourage that; in fact it is discouraged. The only parent volunteering that this school ask for is outside of the classroom and making money for the school. (They put up a front and say its because they don't want the child distracted from their learning) but really it's what goes on behind closed doors that some of these teachers don't want to be exposed. what is said to these children behind some of those closed doors can be very detrimental to a child's learning journey. Some of these teachers are very mean and rude to the student and the new principal is as lost as a puppy without it's mama. When she does get involved she makes the situation worse instead of better. She can be confrontational and just chimes in without even knowing the story. She and the superintendent come off as professional but are far from it. Some of the teachers are super afraid to speak their mind in fear of losing their jobs. Finally, some of the administration gossip about the parents/children & are completely wrong; but felt.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2014
Fantastic school, both my kids are there and love it, they look forward to going to school. The teachers are highly skilled and motivated and the principle is in a league of his own. He really does know all the kids by name because he doesn't hide in an office. He gets out there walks the playground, directs traffic and generally gets involved. I can only assume the negative reviews have some kind of other motive since this is a wonderful school. Perhaps somebody didn't get the results they expected because they were unwilling to accept that they have a part to play too.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2014
I can honestly speak to a majority of the teachers at this school. To say that the only grumblings are about the hot temperatures on the playground are ludicrous. I don't know who is painting such a rosy picture, but it is not the teachers I have spoken with. The atmosphere at this school is terrible. The superintendents create an atmosphere of fear and paranoia. Everyone is afraid to be honest because they are worried about job security. The principal has very little respect from the staff. He is viewed as being lazy, a real under achiever. I know of some teachers who can't wait to get out of this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2014
My youngest son was thrilled to come back to his school, he loves AOT! He's looking forward to science and all the class pets. Thank you to all the teachers that make this environmentl so safe, bully-free, and successful as an "A" rated school.

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2014
Awesome school, tucked away and tuition free, amazingly because this is likely the best public school in Tucson. Highly recommended, best kept secret.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2014
The start of school is just around the corner and I am so happy to report all of our teacher staff is returning! (100% retention) The previous reviewer is misinformed and should not put incorrect information in their review in order to make our school look bad. Our teachers seem very happy and my children love this school! We can't wait for another great school year!

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2014
As a very satisfied and quite frankly a happy and fortunate teacher at AOT, I can speak for the majority of the teachers if not all. The only grumbling that goes on at this great school is how hot it is on the playground during the summer. Clearly if this parent is not happy, yet feels the need to fabricate trash regarding the teachers, principal, etc. then I bid them farewell. We all have an open door policy, so feel free to speak to any of the teachers in regards to our great school.

- submitted by a teacher

May 22, 2014
We were disappointed by this school. My child had some very specific needs and was struggling and they were willing only to a point to help. We kept trying but when it comes down to it, they have very limited resources. As long as your child does not need any special services or accommodations, he or she should do fine

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2014
I am not impressed with this school. It lacks in up to date materials as well as technology. The school really needs to invest in technology as well as the most basic in classroom supplies . If you compare it to other schools, it fails in comparison.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2014
I cannot say enough about Academy of Tucson Elementary School. As a parent of a child with special/specific needs everyone from Principal Allardice, therapists, teachers, office staff and parent volunteers have been nothing but helpful, encouraging, flexible, accommodating, extremely knowledgeable and respectful to my child and our entire family. I feel such comfort with my child in their care and educational expertise. I am an involved parent and I have been heard and welcomed as an active participant in my child's educational, emotional and behavioral plan. It is such an honor and relief to find a school that has my trust in all areas of a child's educational needs. Our experience as an entire family has been nothing but positive. As this amazing school year comes to an end I would like to thank everyone involved at Academy of Tucson, well done, many thanks! I fully recommend this school for any and all children.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2014
I absolutely love this school! I'm so glad I placed my daughter here. She is now in first grade and excelling. It's like a family here. The teachers are great and so is the principal. I'm actually shocked by some of the reviews, we haven't experienced anything like that at AOT. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2014
Just reviewed the average scores for our school, great stuff! Nothing but good from this school. Some parents are cowards and use this venue to complain, doesn't matter what school they go to, they whine, moan and complain. They don't help with the school or it's children. There are other schools to utilize in the neighborhood that only want warm bodies.. Please do take the grief there. Many others that would HAPPILY take your place at this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2014
The last posting seems to be very defensive and frankly quite perplexing. There are many CONVERSATIONS that are not appropriate for professionals in a school setting and the students of the school. Talking about religion is a CONVERSATION that should be taking place between a child and their parents. Isn't this common knowledge? I would question the last reviewer that said there is no hidden agenda.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2014
In regards to the previous posting - if a child at school starts talking about his or her religion most people would ask where they go to church. It is called having a conversation. He doesn't have any hidden agenda. We have a great principal who cares about every student. And he knows them all by name. Can you say that about most schools? If this is a serious concern of yours, why not address the principal himself and find out what the whole conversation was rather than post your "assumptions" where every potential new family can see it. Go and have a CONVERSATION with the principal.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2014
I don't believe it is called a conversation when an adult brings up religion to elementary students in a public school setting. That should not be happening. Review the Constitution. Our school has students with varied religious beliefs. I would not want to alienate a single one. I believe we should keep religion out of public schools.

- submitted by a parent

December 26, 2013
Yes, it probably is time for an ACTUAL teacher to respond to the comments. As someone who has taught at this school for many years it is unfortunate that I too will be looking for employment elsewhere. The high turnover at this school is happening for a reason. Morale at this school is low. Teachers have had enough. I know that I am not the only one. Let's see how many more teachers leave this year. It is sad really, when some of the teachers who have left tell me how incredibly happy they are to NOT be at AOT. Some schools treat their staff as professionals on all levels.

- submitted by a teacher

December 26, 2013
I am considering pulling my child from this school mid year. After touring other Elementary schools in northeast Tucson, I am astounded by some of the differences. This school pales in comparison to TanqueVerde Elementary.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2013
I am so proud of the teachers at this school for getting an A rating. I am not proud of the Superintendents for going YEARS without giving teacher's raises. I am not proud of the principal for not earning the respect of the staff. Not proud of the fact that teachers will be leaving this school as soon as possible for better employment. They have no idea how deep seated the resentment is, how bad things are. When the good teachers leave because they have had enough,will they still have the A rating?

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2013
How can it be said that the school does not have a high teacher turnover when nine of twenty teachers are new? I think that says something about the way teachers are treated at this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2013
Reading through the reviews it appears there is a lot of dissatisfaction with things at the Elementary school. I was worried about high teacher turnover - it's never a good sign. My concerns are about how unhappy teachers are overall. It seems as though the school ignores concerns of teachers and parents. They write nasty comments as rebuttals to parents reviews. I am looking for a school that actually listens to concerns of parents that only want the best for their children. It has become apparent that this just isn't the school for my children. I will be pulling my kids and enrolling them at Tanque Verde Elementary. It is far more organized and the principal truly cares about concerns as well as displaying professionalism on all levels. It also feeds into a superior Middle School. I never intended to send my children onto to AOT Middle School. Submitted by a parent

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October 03, 2013
The school needs to invest in fixing the situation at pick up. With a little time and money this mess could be fixed. It is a direct reflection of the lack of organization,drive, and leadership.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2013
There is obviously a problem with a school when it has such high turnover. There are many teachers who left for many reasons. One of the reasons is the lack of respect for the Administrator. It becomes very apparent to a staff when the person that you are working under does very little with their time. Teachers work extremely hard for their paychecks. A staff expects their superiors to work harder than they do, not significantly less.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2013
I asked a teacher why the turnover is so high at this school. I was suprised to find out that the teachers haven't had a raise in several years. This becomes hard to take when you must also take on the responsibilities of superiors who delegate their work load. It's shameful really. I pray things change.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
My children have been attending the Academy of Tucson for a number of years now. Although there are always things that we could nit pick about at any school our children attend, I would highly recommend this school. Though we are only a few days into the new year, my children are excited to come home and tell me about their day. Their teachers seem eager to be at school and are jumping into the year feet first with positive attitudes. This is a school that allows for parent involvement on a regular basis, extension field trips that add to the student learning, and opportunities for the students to excel academically. Sure the parking lot issue is tough, and traffic the first week seemed unbearable. But honestly it is worth it to me to wait in traffic a few extra minutes to make sure that all students are safe at dismissal. Remember nothing runs smoothly without practice. In no way is the traffic issue a reflection of poor leadership, the parking lot issues have been around long before this was AOTE. The principal is very approachable, he seems to have good rapport with his staff, parents, and students. This is a great community school that strives for excellence.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
I asked a teacher why the turnover is so high at this school. I was suprised to find out that the teachers haven't had a raise in several years. This becomes hard to take when you must also take on the responsibilities of superiors who delegate their work load. It's shameful really. I pray things change.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
I am amused by all the negative reviews. They all carry the same theme, almost as if they were written by the same person who has an axe to grind. Complaining about the parking situation on the first day of school is sheer lunacy. I suggest you check out the parking lots on some of the TUSD schools. My children have been going to AOT for the last 6 years. Currently one in 6th grade and one in 2nd grade. I throughly trust all the teachers at AOT. They are all high quality teachers. Yes some did leave over the summer. One moved because her husband got transferred to another city, another got a better paying position. Such is life. The current princial is the best we have had in the 6 years we have been here. He has the most open door policy I have seen. He is on the playground in the morning before school starts, you can make appointments to see him, he is at the monthly Parent Advisory Committee meetings. He even has a monthly Peter Piper Pizza day where you can meet with him off campus in a neutral setting to discuss any school business you want. I have not seen any other school official do that. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2013
This school lacks leadership. This is reflected in pick up and parking procedures. It is reflected in the lack of professionalism of the administration. It is reflected in the teachers' lack of respect for the administration. Many of the parents that I have spoken with are not happy with the way things are being run at this school. Many of the teachers are frustrated as well.

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2013
To who ever made the comment about the principal wearing causal clothing at the graduation ceremony. I was there. I think you mistaken the principal for someone else. He was wearing dress pants shirt and tie.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2013
The kindergarten graduation ceremony was wonderful! The pride the principal and teachers have in their students showed through. Thank you all for your hard work with my kiddo!

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2013
I saw this principal at an AOT graduation ceremony and was shocked at his casual appearance. As a professional representing a school, I would expect professional attire. Old jeans and an untucked shirt are far from that. This school used to take pride in the image it portrayed to the public.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2013
I have 2 children at this school. We enrolled them this year because the classroom sizes were suppose to be small and the education is suppose to be great. My son is in 3rd grade and carries a 20lb backpack home everyday (he weighs 60lbs). The teachers are rude and talk badly about the students and often yell at the kids for asking questions. The teachers seem to be uninterested in the students or thier success. The parking situation is horrible and is a reflection of the lack or organization and leadership of the principal and staff. I will be pulling my kids out this year and sending them to our local public school for it is better organized and has a principal that cares about her school and her own image.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2013
After researching several elementary schools, I have decided not to choose The Academy of Tucson. I was not impressed with my meeting with the Administration and I was not at all impressed with the school's website that publishes information with spelling errors. If they can't take a few minutes to proof read, it makes me wonder where else they fall short.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2012
Principals are leaders. i find it disconcerting that this principal chose as the banner photo on FB, a photo of himself standing next to a man holding a beer in his hand. The principal is smiling and giving the thumbs up sign. The man with the beer is a cardboard cut out of someone who is known to advertise a certain beer in commercials. Doesn't this principal realize that students look at these social network sites? That students look up to him and he has a responsibility to set certain examples. Where is the leadership here? Beyond disappointed. I'll be looking for a school that upholds our family's values. This obviously is not the one.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2012
I have children in both the elementary and middle school. I was very disappointed to see that the middle school principal was moved to the elementary school. I know that many of the teachers at the middle school were very unhappy with this principal. I hope that this decision doesn't negatively effect the elementary school. From what I've heard I'm afraid it will.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2012
I will also be pulling both of my children out of the school this year. This is our second year at the Academy. I have found the teachers hard to communicate with and the principal ineffective at best. The teachers are frustrated with her also. The lunch program is ridiculous. They have lunch catered due to no cafeteria and is approximately $5.00 per day! The children are required to eat under a ramada rather than indoors, unless it us raining or snowing. They also stand as a school in the morning on the basketball court to say the pledge and sing the school song. Even when the temperature is below freezing. The parking lot is also a disaster. It took me over ten minutes to drive through the lot to pick up my child. I agree with the other parent that the traffic directors try, but there are just too many people in too small a space. Part of the reSins I came to this school was because of the small classes expecting individual attention and do not feel that happens. I am also surprised by the amout of bullying that happens even though there is supposed to be zero tolerance.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2012
The most honest review I can give to this school is a mixed one. It used to be an outstanding school and education and I would have loved for all my kids to spend all their elementary years here. However, the past two years things have been sliding a little downward. Allthough most all of the teachers here are outstanding, many seem somewhat disgruntled and/or unhappy. The school which was once a wonderful academic and family envolved environment has added too many students and lost it's past character. It's over crowded parking lot seems like a catastrophe waiting to happen. The parking monitors help a lot but they can only do so much. I can't imagine it is legal to have so many cars jamming in a small 2 lane parking lot! As if the parking lot nightmare wasn't enough, pulling in and out of the school is a nightmare! The lunch program is sub par at best. It is still a good school but not nearly the academic environment it once was. I was one of it's biggest fans and am really, really sad to be taking my kids out after the end of this school year, but I don't see things looking up here for the future. I will miss the lovely campus, great teachers and great office manager.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2012
We have two children at AOT Elementary and have found the teachers, entire staff, classroom environment, and fellow parents to all be above our expectations. Both of our children are being challenged and are progressing wonderfully. Parents have to be willing, from Kindergarten on to spend some time almost every weekday studying with their children... You can reliably expect homework and study material daily and weekly. Our kids are making friends and we are meeting other good parents. Opportunities to help out in class, during special events, and after school keep parents involved and help them get to know one another too.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2011
This is a great school! The teachers are caring, and communicate well with the parents. They work very hard to get students up to par. The curriculum is rigorous and may not be for all families, however, my children love their teachers and friends that they have made. The current principal of this school is very difficult to communicate with, if there is more than one thing going on at once she gets quickly overwhelmed, and cannot communicate. The teachers don't seem as happy as they have in past years, the lack of leadership may be why.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2011
As a former teacher here I must say that this school is wonderful. The class sizes are small (about 20 students per class) and the staff here is great. Along with an excellent education the school also offers PE, Art, Music, and a Library. Learning is important at this school and the teachers truly care about all the students.

- submitted by a community member

October 12, 2010
My son and I absolutely love this school. Class sizes are relatively small so the children get more 1:1 attention. I also love the fact that there is a no bullying policy which is strictly enforced so that my son can focus 100% of his attention on learning. Teachers and staff are very personable and will take the time to address any concerns you have without redirecting you to someone else that's not going to help you. The curriculum is geared more towards actual life and problem solving skills and is presented in a way my son can easily understand and assimilate.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2009
My son has been a student at Academy of Tucson since Kindergarden. He's currently in 4th grade and his studies are 'excelling'. Not only is he advancing in math, science and reading. AOT's behavioral expectations have led to good citizenship and knowledge of conservation and sustainability. I recommend this school to all familes that care about their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 05, 2009
My children attended AOT for four years and over all I liked the school. While the first 2 years I loved the school. Many changes happened and some things I was not fond of. Somethings that were small were passed over when the could have very easily been changed. As for the homework it is a lot and very hard for some children, especially when the did not start in Kinder at AOT. My children never had a problem with homework or projects and were always done in less that the time I was told it should take. We have since left and attend a public school(not TUSD) were my children are moved up at levels they would not have been allowed to at Aot. They are given more opportunities to be in higher levels of learning rather than keep with the class at the same basic level .

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2009
My daughter is in K, and I absolutely love this school and their wonderful staff. I feel welcomed and not just another mother. My daughter will continue her education here till college and my son will attend as well.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2009
Well here we go again! My daughter is entering the 4th grade and the school is going on their 3rd principal since she started. I cannot tell you how many different music teachers have come and gone, the last one was great with the kids. Our new principal was one of the 4th grade teachers so I'm actually looking forward to her as principal. I have no doubt in my mind my son will do just fine in 1st grade as we have had this teacher before and she was awesome. Its really sad though when during your summer you start to have anxiety about the year to come. I guess I will just have to wait and see what the Stewarts have in store for us next!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 26, 2009
My child just completed 4th grade and had an excellent year (as usual). The fourth grade teachers are fantastic.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2009
My child has attended AoT Elementary School since her kindergarten year and next year she will be entering the 5th grade. What a terrific school! I feel the school has given her the foundation which will help her succeed in middle school, highschool, college and beyond. In addition, this school has the best teachers around and an administrative staff that really cares about the students. I couldn't ask for anything more. I know our school will be experiencing some changes in the upcoming years, but I am extremely confident they will not affect the quality of education my child will receive. I believe these changes will make us an even stronger community. Thank you AoT staff!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 10, 2009
A big thank you to the teachers, resource teachers, and principal at Academy of Tucson Elementary! You identified my child's learning challenges, and also recognized his potential. AOTE has gone the 'extra mile' to help my son. More importantly the teachers at AOTE believe in my son, encourage him, and challenge him in a loving way. My kids would say, 'You Rock!'

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2009
We have been at this school for many years and I believe overall it is a great school. However, it is true that 3rd, 4th and sometimes 5th grade has way too much homework. 3rd and 4th seem to be the hardest. There are a ton of projects that require many hours of help at home, and the homework does not adjust to help families with this. The result? Little time for anything but school. Even though it is touted as a college prep school, the administrators seem to forget that they are just kids. I have seen quite a few students (and parents) get burned out. I wish they could balance it better. Although I love our school, for the first time we are considering other options. I do not want my kids to burn out!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 29, 2009
My child is in kindergarten at aot and I am very torn about how I feel. At times they seem to be a superb school, yet when certain situations occur, I feel that they will not even attemp to hear the whole story, rather take action with out really knowing the truth. I don't feel like anyone really cares about my child. I feel almost ignored as if my child and I don't matter.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2009
Great school overall, especially compared to TUSD. The academic program is excellent although it is rough for the 3rd and 4th graders; 2 hours average homework time means that there is less time for family and sport activities. When you try to talk to the administrators, principal or teachers about the lengthy homework the standard response is 'It's the Academy way and maybe the Academy is not right for your child. We are a college prep school!' Just beware that it is a huge commitment to have your child here. They will get a fantastic education, but less time to be a child. Special note: We do have excellent teachers!!

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2009
My children are in their third year at AOT and I couldn't be more pleased. Here's why: rigorous curriculum; high academic and behavior standards (which are fairly and consistently enforced); small size means everyone knows everyone else; high parental involvement; energetic and enthusiastic teachers; really good kids, for the most part; good extra activities (in addition to music, art, and PE during the school day, they have strings, drama, sports, chess club, and other activities after school). And not to be discounted is the fact that my kids feel safe and important here. This is largely due to an extremely involved principal who knows each child personally (not just by name) and is out interacting with the kids at every recess and during lunch and who does not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2009
Hands down the best option for your child here in Tucson !!!

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2008
Great school. I would recommend it for anyone currently trapped in TUSD. The teachers are pleasant and dedicated, and the Principal appears firmly in charge.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2008
I was very unhappy with my choice of this school for my child. Traffic is a nightmare when picking up or dropping off. The leadership is poor and supervision is lacking. If none of those matters are important to you then it may be a great school. I am truly surprised this school could have any positive reviews. Please,dont take my work for it, find out for for yourself. What have you got to lose?

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2008
I love this school. My daughter was at a public school and just faded into the woodwork. If you asked her a question she just shrugged. We brought her here and Mrs. Huges and Mrs. Thompson worked with her reading skills and just really brought her out of her shell. She loves these teachers. Now she is actively involved, and a great student. The teachers won't let you get lost here. They are well organized in the classroom and challenging! The campus was a beautiful older private school. It makes me feel very safe because it is back off the road. Unfortunaly what makes it feel safe makes it slower to pick up students. The safety is more important to me.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2008
Having been at the Academy of Tucson for my child's Kindergarten year, I could not be more pleased with what we have experienced. Mr. Conner is a leader of the highest quality, listening to parent's concerns, and being invested in each child's success. While he might not agree with a parent, parents always receive a thoughtful reasonable answer and explanation. The teachers are of the highest quality and the rigorous curriculum exceeds expectations, as has my child's performance. I feel she is being prepared for future years of education. I look forward to each of my children experiencing the Academy of Tucson's quality, inspiring educational experiences.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2008
The principal knows all the kids' names. So what. When it comes to being a good leader, he is lacking. To name a few things: The playground at lunchtime is a free-for-all. When he is approached with a concern, all you get is lip service. While the academic rating is good, there are plenty of schools out there equal to it. Obviously, I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2008
This is our last year to attend Academy of Tucson Elementary. It has been a wonderful experience for our child coming into the school at fourth grade and concluding with fifth. Prior to Academy we experienced the TUSD system and we have absolutely NO regrets with changing! The emphasis placed on education as a whole and not just to teach the students for what may or may not show up on a standardized test is very refreshing. As a result of this experience we will be continuing on within the Academy of Tucson schools. Next stop- Middle School!

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2007
My children were homeschooled prior to enrollment at AoT. This past year, they have thrived both academically and socially. I am impressed with the principal and his high standards for the children and staff. He took the time to get to know my children by name as well as others and pays special attention to each one. My children are rewarded by their teachers which motivates and encourages them to be their best. The curriculum is challenging and above the bar. I couldn't have chosen a better fit for my children in choosing a school.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2006
WE have been so pleased with AOT Elementary. From the involved parents; super commited teachers and extra activities such as sprts,a rt and music. The advanced and tailored education our first grader recieves in his small classromm ; I know is far superior to what we would be offeres elswhere . AOT truly makes charter schools proud. Indeed is s private school; high academic and personal standards without the high cost of private tuition. It is a joy for us and for our son to go to school every day. He loves it !

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2006
Great! Our son absoltley loves going to school every single day. Learning is fun and challengin; strong community sence and friendships. The admin. Does a great job structuring classrooms and curriculum. Both academic and personal standards are high. Makes charter schools the buzz word aroung town for sure. We love the personal attention and small class sizes. The teachers are in love with whatthey do-- no burnedour kindergarten ladies here --it is a happy place to learn and grow

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March 17, 2006
I like the Principal, teachers and staff here. Great! The academics are well rounded and advanced. Parents and children are all well behaved and adhere to strict codes of conduct. However, the owners of this school are difficult. They make new rules that seem to benefit no one, and then back off when confronted by parents. It is sad, because I feel they are going to 'shake-up' this great school and make it into another average school. The current principal is great, but I fear that she will leave and the owners will have more presence at the school, driving away the great teachers. Also, the owners are very slow to deal with general maintenance issues in this older campus.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2006
This is a wonderful family school. The small class sizes and quality of teachers and programs is outstanding. Art, Music, Spanish, and PE are part of the weekly schedule. A newly updated play ground is essential to this fabulous program. Children thrive, and are challenged each day. Our family enjoys this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2006
Overall, a fabulous place for our children to obtain a great education. The teachers are wonderful! There always seems to be such a good turnout of parent volunteers. The 'reading buddy' system is an excellent way that the children interact with others of a different grade level. May we ask for just a little better organization on list of school supplies for the upcoming year? Thank you for providing such a pleasant school.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006
I think the academics are excellent. There is a nice variety of extracurriculars including art, drama, sports, chess and others. Parental involvement is high. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the school. Most importantly, however, is the fact that my child enjoys the school, is adequately challenged by the curriculum and absolutely loves her 4th grade teacher.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2005
This is a well structured and smoothly operating charter school with a lot of teacher and parental involvement. There is a strong sense of community at the school and the results are commendable.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2005
The children seem to really enjoy their teachers, and they actually love after school programs there!

- submitted by a teacher

September 24, 2005
The faculty here at AOTES make me feel safe sending my children because I know that teaching is more than just a job to them, they care about my kids. Parking can be a hassle but it's well worth it. The principal is approchable and cares about each and every student and this is evident in the progression the school has made.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2005
This is a high quality academic school. Expectations are high and so is the care of the children. Mrs. Pierson is an excellent 1st grade teacher who holds kids responsible by allowing them to be responsible for their choices.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2005
Lack of communication from staff to parents. Not enough staff supervision during play and lunch times. When asking questions to the principal or staff they are very guarded and you never seem to get a straight answer. Once again back to the safety issue. Picking up and dropping off children is no picnic. Overall I would think twice before considering this school. We have been very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2004
Academy of tucson has moved to a new location, They are now located on Wrightstown road, right next to Camp Adventure.

- submitted by a parent

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Academy Of Tucson Elementary School
9209 E. Wrightstown Road, Tucson, AZ  85715
(520) 886-6076
Last modified Academy Of Tucson Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Academy Of Tucson Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 92 reviews. Top