Phoenix Advantage Charter School opened in 2000 for students in kindergarten through 8th grades. The school has an average of 900 students enrolled per year. The school offers a challenging curriculum with models such as project based, standards based, and core knowledge as well as college prep as the focus. Along with core subjects, the school offers other activities including drama, drawing, dance, basketball, soccer, baseball, physical education classes cheerleading, football, cross country, and yearbook.
Parents are quite divided on the way they feel about the school. Some are very pleased with the school, teachers and curriculum stating that their children are doing very well. On the other side, there are parents that state the school is not for students that are gifted or are not slow. Teachers are described as caring and provide the attention students need to achieve their goals. Even parents that are happy with the school say that office staff and the principal are rude and aloof. The parents that had negative comments explained that the school has a limited curriculum that does not allow the teachers to teach students with the educational tools needed to help students. Other complaints were that most parents are not involved in the school but complain instead of become involved. Most are blaming the new principal on the low test scores and issues found in recent years.
The percentage of students that passed the AIMS series of exams may give an idea to if the school is performing to standards. The percentage of 3rd and 4th graders that passed the reading, writing, and math exams was below state average. Fifth and seventh graders were below average in reading and writing, but above average in math. Sixth graders were below average in all core subjects. Eighth graders were only above average in writing.
With the percentage of students that passed the exam it would be in your best interest to learn more about the school, curriculum and teachers before enrolling your child.
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Phoenix Advantage Charter School
3738 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016