School Details

A Ball Charter School - Dobson Academy

2207 North Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 855-6325
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 589 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

73%
73%
69%
91%
91%
75%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ball Charter Schools (Dobson) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
77%
65%
90%
90%
77%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ball Charter Schools (Dobson) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
80%
63%
91%
91%
79%
80%
80%
56%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ball Charter Schools (Dobson) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
68%
63%
92%
92%
79%
71%
71%
53%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ball Charter Schools (Dobson) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
97%
65%
96%
96%
85%
67%
67%
52%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ball Charter Schools (Dobson) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
90%
58%
97%
97%
72%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ball Charter Schools (Dobson) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

A Ball Charter School - Dobson Academy is a charter middle school in Chandler. The principal of A Ball Charter School - Dobson Academy is Dr. Taime Bengochea. 589 students attend A Ball Charter School - Dobson Academy and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and American Indian/Alaskan Native. 0% of the A Ball Charter School - Dobson Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 22% of the 589 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Chandler Scholastic Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 58%
Asian 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% %
Hispanic 17% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 13%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 19%
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My daughter attended from 2010-2012 and had no major problems at Dobson Academy. She says she would give them a 4 star rating. My son has ADHD and attended from 2010-2014. They did not implement his 504 plan when we moved here. I was asking for help from teachers starting in the first quarter. I would e-mail (which THEY said was the best way to communicate with them) and maybe 1 out of 4 teachers would get back to me. He will avoid homework at all costs! I only asked for teachers to monitor that assignments were written in his planner each night. That way I knew what was going on in classes. They might check for a day or 2 after I requested it but within a week it was all me. I was trying everything I could do alone to check assignments each day. After repeatedly asking for help I started including the principal in my e-mails. I never did get ANY response from her. At the end of the year they suddenly "found" the 504 plan we had brought in when we moved. He reacts VERY favorably to praise. Which was in short supply; they just sent him to detention for every infraction of their homework policy. He felt stupid and singled out. DO NOT sent your child here

  • (1 year ago)

    We were very selective when choosing a school for our daughter. Picking Dobson Academy was definitely the right choice. We are very happy with the school. They have high academic standards - rated #2 in the state for Charter Schools. The Princiapl and administrative staff are extremely professional. They have firm but fair discipline making students follow the 3 B's to ensure the safety of all students. I HIGHLY recommend this school!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my son's first year at Dobson Academy since he is a kindergartener. He absolutley loves it here. He is so proud to be a Dobson Dolphin. He enjoys the homework that he gets and loves showing us the new things he has learned in reading and math. The staff takes great care into the safety of the students at all times including the morning drop off and afternoon pickup of students each day. The front office staff are always so welcoming with smiles everytime you walk in. The parent leadership team is always having fun events for students also including a recent evening picnic and circus performance. I wouldn't even consider sending my son any where else.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the third year my son has been attending Dobson Academy he loves the school and so do we all the teachers front desk staff and also the principal are so nice and helpful. We love it here.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a terrific place for students! There is before and after care available on campus. Dismissal everyday is safe and secured by teachers walking students out to their cars. They just installed new misters to keep everyone cool and even the principal is out there at the end of the day to help load students in cars! We love Dobson Academy!

  • (1 year ago)

    Dobson is a fantastic small school. We have about 550 students with an average class size of 25. We offer art music PE technology and library as special area classes. All of classroom teachers are certified and Highly Qualified.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has been attending Dobson academy for over 3 years now and we love it! The teachers and staff are excellent and always willing to answer any questions I have. I love that they offer a variety of after school activities as well as before and afterschool care and healthy choices for lunch.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school! I have worked at other schools and this schools administration supports the staff and students. There are resources available that are not available to those in school districts. There is a close knit feel at this school! The curriculum is well rounded and supports all types of learner!

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is in Junior High at Dobson Academy. I love the smaller environment compared to other Junior Highs. The staff is caring supportive and active in helping students to succeed. My child is really looking forward to the Junior High field trip to Catalina.

  • (1 year ago)

    I do not recommend this school. Classes overcrowded and no resources for children with special needs.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a wonderful example of a generalist school. It does everything well but doesn't specialize in one area at the expense of the others as do some other charter schools. The staff is committed and skilled and the administration is caring and active. The whole atmosphere is upbeat and fun. My kids love this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Dobson Academy has met the needs of my two children. Both were high ability students who needed to be challenged and supported to achieve their best. I had good communication with teachers for the 7 years my children attended school at Dobson Academy. I would recommend this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter attended Dobson Academy from 1st through 6th grade; my son K through 8th. Both have had excellent & positive experiences there with teachers and staff. Absolutely love the new principal as well as the warm and welcoming front office staff. If the traffic during drop off & pick up is such an issue for so many K-6 parents I would suggest dropping off by 8am & not picking up until 3 15-3 20pm (the line moves much faster by then). Kids don't mind a little more time with their friends after school and it's always worked for me! It has been a great school for my kids & I'm happy with the choice to send them there )

  • (2 years ago)

    Dobson Academy is an AMAZING school! My daughter's reading skills have skyrocketed this past year! The staff is caring and very hardworking and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this school to everyone! They have extra programs after school too spirit line sports running club spanish band lego clubs cheer etc... Lots of options to choose from. Lunch salad bar is a great addition! This schools lays a great foundation!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is our first year at Dobson. I like the Singapore math program. There is a new principal who has institutes some changes that are for the good but there is a side to her I just don't know about. The front office person can be standoffish. Most of the time I call the school i get a voicemail why isn't the phone being answered? Still not sure if we'll return next year.

  • (3 years ago)

    Love this school! This will be our fourth year. My youngest is entering 2nd grade this year. Her K and 1st grade teachers were wonderful and have really fostered a love of learning. They were creative and fun but also challenged her to do her best. My oldest is going into 5th grade and looking forward to another great year. Love the small community setting the uniforms have made it easier for my tween and there is a sense of pride at this school with staff and students.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am so pleased with the way everything runs at Dobson Academy from administration teachers PTO school schedules activities parent involvement volunteering before and after school programs summer programs and list would go on and on. The teachers recognized my son was advanced in his academics and have let him migrate from his current class to the grade level above for advanced learning in math reading and spelling! I would recommend this charter to anyone! This is an excellent school!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is fantastic! My child has leanred so much here. The teachers are great and the principal is the best! He is very involved. I can honestly say I see him everyday on campus! How many people can say that about there school?! I wouldn't send my children anywhere else! Thanks Dobson Academy for all your hard work! )

  • (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school! The teachers and staff are wonderful and the principal is the most involved I've ever seen. I can't say enough good about Dobson Academy.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dobson Academy is great send more kids here. Parents if you know nothing about this then go to the web site it's awesome just like the school!

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