Mission Charter School opened their Glendale Campus in 1999 as an alternative to public school for students in kindergarten through 8th grades. On average, the school has 90 students enrolled per year. This provides very small classes, which ensure each student has the one on one attention they need to succeed. The school uses the world as the learning environment and works with children to become responsible citizens of their community and the world.
Along with core subjects, the school realizes that social activities are as important as academics and provides extra curricular activities such as drawing, dance, theater, basketball, physical education classes, volleyball, softball, soccer, football, student council, yearbook, and debate.
Most parents agree the education and curriculum is above average when compared to schools in the area. Parents expressed their children are doing quite well in a family style learning environment with caring and nurturing teachers and staff in the younger grades, however, when the students hit 6th grade it seems the teachers did not work with the students as well. One major issue cited by most parents is weapons being brought on school property by students. Students are allowed to bring pocket knives into the classroom and teachers turn a blind eye. Half of the comments from parents recommended the school while the other half were against enrolling your child in the school.
A look at the AIMS series of tests, may shed some light on the school and if it is providing a quality education for students. The percentage of 3rd graders that passed the reading and writing exams were below state average, with math being average. 4th graders were above average in reading and science, but below average in writing and math. 5th and 6th graders were below average in all core subjects. Seventh graders were below average in reading and math, but above average in writing. Eighth graders were above average in reading and science, but below average in writing and math.
The scores seem erratic and the reviews of parents put up a red flag. Before enrolling your child in the school, it would be best to take a tour and talk with other parents to ensure this is a good fit for your child.
Mission Charter School – Glendale Campus
19602 N. 23rd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85020