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Academy of Tucson Elementary School

Charter | K-5 | 318 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
Based on 18 ratings
2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted April 11, 2014

After reading through the reviews I am concerned about the issue of discussing religion in a public school setting. If you want to discuss your Christian views with students then you should work for a Christian school. As a parent of students who do not attend the same church as some people who work at this school, I do not want my children to feel alienated by religous differences. Why are we even discussing this? Professionals know how they should act. They should know what is and is not appropriate in a public school. I would not call the parent who complained a coward. I would call them concerned and standing up for what is right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 24, 2013

I feel it is time for an actual teacher to respond to these comments which have been appearing on this website. I have been a teacher at AOT Elementary School for 11 years and I feel we have an excellent group of teachers who are very happy in their positions. They are all professionals who enjoy teaching children. One of the reasons I remain at this school is because of the positive atmosphere and how the teachers work as a unified team. This is one of the best staffs I have worked with at this school, and I enjoy my job every day. Thank you fellow teachers, parents and administration for another great year!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 21, 2013

I am very pleased with this school and the administration. We love our child's teacher and we have seen how well he is making new friends and learning how to behave with his peers. No school is perfect, but we feel that it is a good fit for him. The teachers and the principal are very approachable and work hard to resolve concerns. I see the principal on the playground every morning and I see him every afternoon. They have also been very accommodating to address our son's peanut allergy too. Yes, I wish the parking situation was better, but my son can read, write and do some hard math problems in kindergarten. So, I feel that the education is very excelled compared to other schools. As far as teacher salaries, yes charter schools do have less financial resources to work with. I guess that means that we can make a change by making sure we vote for responsible funding when we have a chance. Most teachers teach at charter schools knowing full well that the pay is less, but they do because they really like what they do. Sometimes though they may need to seek a higher paying job, but that is true in all professions. Overall, we are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 8, 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


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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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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93%
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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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

50 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

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The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% 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

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 42%
Hispanic 14% 42%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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9209 E. Wrightstown Road
Tucson, AZ 85715
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