Ombudsman opened their east campus in 2007 for students in 9th through 12th grades to give students a choice when it comes to their education instead of attending public school. On average the school has 84 students enrolled, which allows for small class size. The school works with students that have poor academic standards and for various reasons did not perform well in a traditional school setting. Many of the students are at risk or are working with adult responsibilities. The programs offering include technology based, syllabus model, personalized instruction, and 3 or 4 hours per day of school for high school.
A few of the reasons that parents choose Ombudsman is that their children had issues with traditional schools including falling behind in credits due to work, truancy, suspension, or expulsion. Students have the opportunity to choose if they prefer day or evening classes and can perform most of their studies on computer with teachers near by when help is needed.
Students really enjoy the school and the teachers. A few students that graduated expressed their gratitude to the teachers that helped them reach their goals in a caring environment. Parents explained the learning environment is perfect for students that are a bit slower at learning or feel overwhelmed in large groups. The parents expressed that the teachers work with students on a personal level focusing on their strengths. Some parents were very happy with the opportunity their children were given to work at their own pace which is perfect for both gifted and slow students.
The percentage of students that passed the AIMS series of tests was 80% in reading, which was above the state average, only 8% in science, which was below average, 20% in writing being below average, and the 8% of students that passed the math exam was also below state average.
The school seems like a great place for student to learn, however, the percentages of students that are passing the exam put up a red flag. Before enrolling your child in the school, it would be best to talk with other parents and teachers to learn more about the curriculum as students must pass these exams in order to receive their high school diploma.
Ombudsman – Charter East II
4041 East Thomas Rd. Ste. 106
Phoenix, AZ 85018