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Western Institute for Leadership Development

Charter | 9-12 | 65 students

College prep, changemaker focus, we excel in reading, writing, and green science
 
 

 
 

Living in Tucson

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $90,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $710.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 12 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 10, 2014

I really like the school because it gives you a sense of what college will be like in terms of work and "late policy". It is also a small school so you really get to know everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2014

This school is a great school that offers so much, and I think students should take advantage of it at all times. I think this school should keep expanding because it's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

The school is enjoyable because the teachers keep it challenging and keep the burden of completing assignments along with keeping grades, up to students which offers a very college like environment for students to grow in.


Posted February 10, 2014

My school is good because it is hands on and interactive. I made a lot of projects at this school and it has helped me greatly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2014

My school is very cool and awesome because you get good help in your classes. The teachers always go out of their way to help the students at my school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2014

I love that Western Institute is always finding ways to expose my child to college experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

I like this school because it's small and convenient. This school has a lot of one on one with the teachers. The school isn't all perfect though the food isn't the best and they don't have a good enough amount of sports, but other than that it's a pretty good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2014

It gives plenty of freedom for the students to grow and become independent. Es un tiempo para crecer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2014

Esta escuela como cada otra escuela tiene sus defectos, pero si en verdad el estudiante le hecha muchas ganas en aprender el curr culum de los maestros los estudiantes pueden tener un futuro brilloso. Although, as a fellow student here at the Western Institute, my personal opinion for this school is for staff to connect and understand where my fellow students are coming from. Throughout the year this school tends to become more unorganized and unsettling.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2014

Esta escuela tiene muchas oportunidades. Mucha gente nos visita, y nos cuentan de sus carreras y como llegaron aser lo son hoy en dia. Otra cosa muy buena de esta escuela, es que los estudiantes tienes su voz, y trabajan por lo que quieren. This school has many opportunities, many people come to speak with us, they tell us about their career and how they are what they are to this day. Another good thing about Wild is that students have their own voice, and they earn everything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2014

Me gusta esta escuela porque hay muchos paseos por ejemplo ala U of A, ASU y al 4H ropes course. I like this school because there is a lot of field strips for example we go to the U of A, ASU and to the 4H ropes course.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2014

eye really dislike this place the food is horrible and the students can be really annoying and frustrating , i dont want to be here, never had, never will.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2013

This school has a lot of growing to do. Unfortunately during the time my child went, things were very disorganized, understaffed, there were a lot of unkind kids and not a lot supervision or structure. Students were allowed to input and govern on too many of the school rules and events. I don't think allowing kids to help run the school is appropriate at this age. So if your child is vulnerable to bullying, needs structure and set rules or has special needs you may want to look elsewhere. The only positive things I can mention are that I think the school wants to be a great school, the humanities class is challenging, and the facility is very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

This school has potential to be a great school. But the administration needs to step up their game on many issues. Teachers are thought of as peers. And there are many times where there isn't supervision & incidents have occurred where a student could get sexually &/or physically assaulted. They allow non-students to participate in dances or events at the school without having the non-students parents sign them in. The curriculum in good & allows the students to do a lot of hands on.
—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 62% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

11 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

The Arizona Department of Education did not report AZ LEARNS results for this school.

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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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Middle school - we have open enrollment
Colleges most students attend after graduation 2015 is our first graduation
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Literary magazine
  • Woodshop

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Judith Anderson and Luis Perales
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 615-2112

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Changemaker leadership focus
  • College prep
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Model congress
  • Student council/government
  • Woodshop
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We provide a rigorous, hands-on, personalized education for teen Changemakers that want to make a difference in their community. We offer small classes, early graduation if ready, tutoring when needed. We are a "B" school passing 87% in Reading AIMS and 91% in Writing (well above average) and near the state average in Math. A green school, we are the 1st U.S. h.s. to partner with Ashoka's Youth Venture, linking students with 150 Changemaker colleges including ASU, NAU, Stanford and Yale.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
Middle school - we have open enrollment

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
2015 is our first graduation
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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1300 S. Belvedere Avenue
Suite 50
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Phone: (520) 615-2200

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