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Arizona Charter Academy Review

The Arizona Charter Academy opened in 1996 in Surprise, Arizona to provide a quality education for students in kindergarten through 12th grades. The school goals are to produce hard working, lifelong learners, and productive members of society. The school strives to ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach his or her goals in a safe and nurturing environment with individualized curriculum.

Along with core subjects, Arizona Charter Academy offers extra curricular activities, which include sports for boys like basketball, football, martial arts, and baseball, and sports for girls like volleyball, softball, cheerleading, and basketball. Other activities offered include computer arts, video production, chorus, dance, photography, theater, painting, academic contests, community service, science & technology, newspaper, student council, and yearbook.

Since the school offers an education from kindergarten through 12th grade, this allows students to make lifelong relationships with staff, teachers, and other students while having a close knit community feel. Parents are very pleased with the role the teachers have on the lives of their children and love the open door policy which allows any parent the opportunity to “drop by” and watch the classroom to lean how their child is doing in school from a first hand experience. Most parents have positive remarks regarding their children’s progress in the school not only academically but also socially.

In the state of Arizona, the measuring exam to determine if students are meeting the standards set forth by the state is the AIMS exam. This exam is given to students in 3rd through 8th grades and then 10th graders with the subject of the exams being reading, mathematics. Students in grades 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th are tested on the same subjects along with writing, while 4th, 8th, and 10th are also given an exam in science. Percentages of students at Arizona Charter Academy that passed or exceeded the exam are listed below along with the state average for each course and grade level that participated in the AIMS exam.

In reading, 50% of 3rd graders passed the exam while the state average was 76%, in writing 67% with the state average at 79%, in math 46% with the state at 68%. In reading, 67% of 4th graders passed with the state average at 75%, in science 43% with the state average at 60%, and in math 51% with the state average at 65%. In reading, 76% of 5th graders passed with the state average being 79%, in writing 43% with the state at 55%, and in math 46% with the state at 64%. In reading, 77% of 6th graders passed with the state at 81%, in writing 26% with the state at 56%, and in math 38% with the state being 59%. In reading 65% of 7th graders passed with the state at 82%, in writing 43% with the state being 53%, and in math 35% with the state average at 61%. In reading 51% of 8th graders passed with the state average at 71%, in science 24% with the state at 63%, in writing 85% with the state at 86%, and in math 20% with the state at 54%. In reading, 63% of 10th graders passed with the state average at 78%, in science 27% with the state at 42%, in writing 52% with the state average at 68%, and in math 35% with the state average at 60%.

Arizona Charter Academy
16025 N. Dysart Rd.
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: 623-875-5975


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