The Berean Academy opened in 2003 for students in kindergarten through 10th grade. On average, the enrollment for the school is 300 students per year. The curriculum is based on arts, technology, and states they work with the whole child to ensure they are ready to participate in an ever-changing world.
Along with the core subjects, Berean Academy offers extra curricular activities, which include painting, sculpture, computer arts, student government, yearbook, science & technology. Sports available include basketball, volleyball, soccer, and physical education classes. The school population is 65% white, 23% Hispanic, 8% black, and 4% unspecified.
The school has mixed reviews from statements of being the best school attended to parents stating it was the worse school their children had attended. When reviews are so drastic, one must look at the reasons for disapproval of the school to get a better understanding of any problems that may be apparent at the school.
The school offers small classrooms where students know the teachers as well as teachers and staff know students by name. The teachers have been praised for working with students and providing attention when necessary. Some students feel the discipline for uniform violations is a bit extreme however; the curriculum and teachers have helped them excel in their classes.
Most complaints come from inexperienced staff when it comes to the higher grades when dealing with teenagers. One parent noted that if a student was not popular, the teachers did not provide the same attention in the higher grades often looking at students with disapproval. Some parents were a bit concerned over the curriculum that was not challenging their children while others were upset that their child was receiving A’s but could not read in 4th grade. Bullying by other students was not addressed and often teenagers were doing pretty much as they pleased in class as reported by a parent.
From all the reviews, it seems the lower grades offer a nurturing and learning environment, while once the students enter the middle or high school stage things change drastically.
Students at Berean Academy participated in the AIMS exam as required by the state. Percentages of students that passed or exceeded the exam along with the percentages of students that did the same statewide are listed below.
In reading, 75% of 3rd at this school with the state average at 76%, in writing 59% with the state at 79%, and in math 64% with the state at 68%. In reading, 86% of 4th graders passed with the state average at 75%, in science 69% with the state at 60%, in writing 74% with the state at 83%, and in math 69% with the state at 65%. In reading, 55% of 5th graders with the state average at 79%, in writing 24% with the state at 55%, and in math 38% with the state at 63%. In reading, 80% of 6th graders passed with the state average at 81%, in writing 63% with the state at 56%, and in math 63% with the state at 59%. In reading, 82% of 7th graders passed with the state average at 82%, in writing 57% with the state at 53%, and in math 61% with the state at 61%. In reading 76% of 8th graders passed with the state average at 71%, in science 65% with the state at 63%, in writing 63% with the state at 86%, and in math 35% with the state at 54%. In reading 51% of 10th graders passed with the state average at 78%, in science 33% with the state at 42%, in writing 61% with the state at 68%, and in math 23% with the state at 60%.
1169 N. Colombo Avenue
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635