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Academy For Math Engineering & Science (Ames)

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Posted October 15, 2011

I am currently a very unhappy sophomore at AMES. This school, while it has a great reputation, does not live up to what all that it claims. Teachers are supportive but teach to only those they see 'need' the help. Administration will listen and sympathize to situations or problems, but will never make an advance to fix them. The student body is comprised of about 40-50% of students that don't want to be at the school, and the remaining are either settling because they don't care or truly enjoying their experience. The social aspect of AMES is almost entirely segregated by race and leaves very little room for those who aren't close to others of their 'skin color'. The three R's of AMES are rigor, relevance, and relationships. The rigor of this school is by far less than those of normal AP or IB programs at other schools. The relevance of the classes often have nothing to do with applying an education to real life but applying what you know to pass a test or exam. The relationships of AMES are lacking and often superficial. I would not recommend this school to any student, male or female, looking for a challenge and purpose in their education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2010

I'm just about to be a Senior at AMES. It's a fantastic school, I love it. The teachers are very into getting you prepared for college and encouraging you to reach your full potential. Not only can you take AMES classes, but you can also take classes through Cottonwood High School, such as languages, art, music, and sports. It's a school dedicated to helping their students, the teachers are great, and it's also a lot of fun. No matter what your interests are, I would recommend AMES to any high school student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2009

AMES in Salt Lake City, UT is a thriving ECHS (Early College High School) that exudes excellence in learning. The AMES Principal and staff consistently dedicate themselves to empowering a diverse student body to 'reach for the stars' and pursue a college education. Students are challenged to reach their full potential, and given full support to do so. It is truly a rare culture that fills the halls and classrooms of this fine school, a model that certainly many other schools could learn and grow from. I am proud to have my child attend this fine academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2009

I am a Sophomore attending AMES. I think the school environment is great. The teacher actually learn you students name, and they are always willing to help with anything your student needs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

I am a senior in AMES. The school is great the teacher and student relationshisp is diferent from other schools. whe see our teacher as friends that we can go and talk about our problems in school and outside the school. They encourage us to seek a better education by goin to college. If you are serious about your education AMES is the right place for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2007

When I compare my children s academic achievements with those of my colleagues the average college entrance test scores are higher students academic achievements gives them more scholarships and their partnership with the University of Utah, not only gives actual college credits from a 4 year university, but gives the student whom must compete with college students for their grades, the understanding of how to handle the rigors of college academic life.
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Posted September 28, 2006

Hey there! I'm actually a student that goes to AMES. K I'm not going to pretend that it was easy or a way fun decision that I had to make. I came from a school where I had a lot of friends, so I wasn't just coming here to get away from pressures of the usual high school experience. I came here to get myself a better education. Which I firmly believe I am getting. Yes it does get hard sometimes, but think about it, when will it NOT get hard? I have only been going here for a month but I've already made a ton of new friends and I am getting the education that will help me get into college and succeed in life. Some of my friends haven't been very supporting but I feel that it is for my best interest to stay. And I actually mean that.
—Submitted by a student


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Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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91%

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90%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 87% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 86% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 40% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
10%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 40% in 2010.

2010

 
 
44%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 58% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
64%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 68% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 42% in 2013.

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54%

2010

 
 
64%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 75% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 73% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 77%
Hispanic 25% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 9% 2%
Black 6% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A48%
Female 48%N/A49%
Male 52%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5715 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Phone: (801) 278-9460

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