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Math and Science Success Academy

Charter | K-8 | 254 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted October 28, 2014

I would like to say this school has been a welcome addition to our area. I have heard so many people talking and bragging about how well their children are doing which made me interested in checking it out. This year my child is doing great. He is enjoying all the teachers and has made some friends who are as academically driven as he is. Thank you to everyone who makes this school so great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2014

I am a former massa student and i loved it there. Massa is a an excellent school and more advanced than most schools. Massa helped me to be where I am at and now that im in high school i am more advanced than other students. Massa taught us discipline and to be respectful, responsible, and reliable. Also the teachers were great in helping me with what I needed nd didn't understand. I am very grateful that I went to Massa. - Karyme Colores and Jasmine Oldham


Posted September 10, 2014

The staff are friendly and helpful and the school has an open door policy. They always get right back to you and resolve any matter in a quick manner. Curriculum is highly acceptable and the children do well with it. Parents seem to be fairly involved with volunteering and knowing what's going on with their children in the classroom. I will say however, currently there is 425 students and they are crammed in there. I wish there were more space for them in the classroom and outside to play.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

We didn't know what we were going to do when my son finished the 5th grade at a public school. As I looked into Open Enrollment at TUSD I felt very anxious for him. We passed MASSA every week and knew one of the students attending, so we decided to take a tour of the school. It was the best decision we made! The Dean of Students gave a tour and answered all of our questions. The reviews I read online showed that this school took education seriously and was not just another charter school. My sons (3rd grade and 6th grade) are almost finish with their first year at MASSA and we couldn't be happier. Both boys have excellent teachers that are true professionals and education is their priority. The setting is small and the students receive additional attention. MASSA website is helpful and the teachers list homework assignments every afternoon. The teachers and administration staff have an open door policy and met with us when my son had difficulties with the material or anything else that came up. They support parent involvement and keep us in the loop. Bonus, the students get along and are enjoying their time as children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My brother attends the school and is incredibly successful in all of his studies. The staff is always very helpful and polite. This school is a wonderful school for anyone trying to advance their child's learning.


Posted April 16, 2014

It is an awesome school, kids have an early exposure to sciences and math concepts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

Great school with a very big focus on preparing children for bright futures, My son was struggling at his previous school, and now he is reading, writing, and doing math. I am very happy that I changed my sons school, and I am delighted with the results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

MASSA has been a wonderful addition to south Tucson. Parents appreciate the academics offered and the quality of the staff. The administration is always friendly and available. My children enjoy going to school and learning.


Posted January 11, 2013

I am so happy with MASSA, I've seen both my boys grow tremendously. I'm grateful that I was given the opportunity to enroll my boys and I'm excited to see my first grader doing so well after struggling so much at the other school. Mrs. Hunt and Mrs Rodriquez are amazing and make the school run smoothly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2012

This school is as great as ever, the faculty and staff is caring and always available. I have been with this school for two years and they have smoothed any bumps on the road that have come their way. I love that they are expanding to middle school with 7th grade this year because there are not many good school options on this side of town. Though at first nervous with the middle school on campus things are just as great and even better year after year. Thanks Mrs. Hunts and Mrs. Rodriquez for all your hard work! Parent Karla Aguilar
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

WOW! I am very glad I did the change my daughter is been in this school for two weeks and I can see a huge difference already! The school staff is genuinely and caring, I want to thank Mrs. Hunt for the warmth welcome and Mrs. Rodriguez for the leadership. Parent : Veronica A. Ramos
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

MASSA is a school worthy of recognition. From the annual Science fair to the everyday this school is concerned about its students. My son has been at MASSA for 3 years now and each year is better than the last. He actually enjoys school now, when before MASSA he did not. I offered to let him stay home a few weeks ago because he wasn't feel his best and he actually told me he wanted to go to school!!!! This school is very much needed on the Southside of town!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

My son has gone to MASSA since day one. It is a wonderful school with a caring staff. It is not often that you find staff members in public schools that genuinely care about the success of their students. It is a pleasure to send my son to MASSA and he loves it too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

The staff is great. The teachers are young, energetic and caring. My child has been attending for 2 years. There was a problem with bullying, which was taken care of immediately when brought to the attention of the staff. We will be leaving the school at the end of the year because my child is going to full time GATE. Massa did its very best to accommodate our needs but we have stretched them beyond their capability. We will be sad to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

Programs are wonderful, safe environment. I am very pleased With Math and Science Success Academy, I have been so impressed With the curriculum, teachers and over all administration, I feel fortunate that My three children are attending a top notch school and receiving exceptional education. I want to Thank Ms. Rodriguez and Mrs. Hunt for their leadership, dedication and hard work, its outstanding. Parent: Ruth Aguirre
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

I'm a fourth grade student and I love MASSA. My teacher is great and knows alot of information. I am learning to play guitar and it's awesome. My principal helps me when I have questions. School is important to me. When I grow up I want to be a police officer. GO MASSA LIONS!


Posted August 25, 2011

Math and writing standards in today's classroom's are becoming more and more clear cut and subjective. One can see why it can be a challenge to figure out exactly what you want your students to accomplish throughout the school year. Fortunately, my children were blessed with the opportunity to attend MASSA. This school goes above and beyond to make sure that my kids receive the proper instruction. MASSA excels in all levels and the staff and parent involvement is so strong. I feel at ease knowing my kids are taught to strive for their best. Erica Valenzuela..mother
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and your staff for giving my daughters the opportunity to attend MASSA this school year. I look forward to a great year and best education as well. I am very excited and know my daughters are in good hands. Martha P. Lopez, Mother
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2011

This is our first year as a part of the MASSA family. My son struggles with ADHD and we are doing everything we can for him. I could not imagine being at any other school & having to work through this. The staff @ MASSA & his teacher are amazing! They have helped us, comforted us, & guided us along the path we are on. In addition to this the quality of education & the well-roundness of the curriculum are superb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

The MAth and Science Success Academy strives to offer students from all backgrounds an opportunity to be successful in an advanced curriculum. After school homework help and tutoring is available to all students free of charge. MASSA offers a traditional classroom setting with small class sizes and highly qualified teachers.
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Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
94%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
50%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 69% 43%
White 13% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 5%
Black 6% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 72%N/A47%
Female 47%N/A49%
Male 53%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Tatyana Chayka
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  • (520) 889-1540

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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434 W. Lerdo Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85706
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