September 20, 2014

 Jackee Coe, The Republic | 2:40 p.m. MST September 23, 2014

The West Valley is home to two of the Phoenix area's top-scoring charter schools, including the top-ranked charter school in Maricopa County, according to school-performance scores from the Arizona Department of Education.

Crown Charter School, a K-6 school near Litchfield Park, teaches first-graders how to do double-digit multiplication and division, teaches students advanced technology skills and enables them to interact with programs and scientific experiments through its connection with NASA, according to the school's website.

School leaders encourage teachers to use innovative teaching methods, including relay races to the front of the room to answer questions, working on multiplication to rock 'n' roll music and playing games to help students grasp concepts, Director James Shade said. Teachers also often stay after school to help students in areas where they are struggling.

The school's methods appear to be working, as it was ranked higher than every other charter school in the Valley and second-highest in Arizona on state report cards released last month by the education department.

The high score was validation for the methods and the teachers' hard work, Shade said.

"The ranking is wonderful. I feel like it's just a springboard for us to get better," he said. "Our teachers feel real good about it and they want to keep doing well and even do better, so we just have to keep improving every day."

Many West Valley charter schools earned high marks. Several aced the Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards test and earned "A" letter grades from the department, which determines the grades based on several factors.

Schools' letter grades largely are based on student scores on the AIMS tests, given in April every year. Half the letter grade is based on how much students improve, including the lowest performers. The grades also consider progress in reducing the number of dropouts and moving non-English speakers toward regular classes.

Though Crown earned the highest score, several charter schools in the West Valley also ranked high. The schools vary in size and specialty programs, but all teach advanced, college-preparatory curricula and teachers make the time to focus on the needs of individual students, officials said.

It also creates an "intentional learning environment" where teachers, staff and students "support each other as learners," he added.

"For the teachers and the staff, it translates into place where you can really challenge yourself and your students and you are encouraged to do that at all levels."

Charter schools are free, though many charge various fees, and require an application or registration during open enrollment dates.

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August 21, 2014

Rates the Phoenix area's top 10 charter schools

Crown Charter School Ranked #1
in Metro Phoenix Area.

Our Students, Teachers, Parents and Staff are so pleased that their hard work is paying off with being honorder as the #1 charter school in the area. The Administrators and Teachers meet daily to share innovative ideas on developing energized and interactive lessons in all subject areas at all grade levels. We want to acknowledge the dedicated work of the students and support from the parents. Together we make a great team!

Mr. Shade
Crown Charter School - Director


August 4, 2014

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