School Details

Academics Plus Charter School

900 Edgewood Dr, Maumelle, AR 72113
(501) 851-3333
7

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-6 358 students 12 students/teacher (AR avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

90%
79%
95%
86%

Benchmark Exams (BE)

In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Academics Plus Charter School average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
85%
96%
82%

Benchmark Exams (BE)

In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Academics Plus Charter School average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
84%
66%
70%
51%
61%

Benchmark Exams (BE)

In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Academics Plus Charter School average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
73%
89%
75%

Benchmark Exams (BE)

In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Academics Plus Charter School average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
77%
63%
70%
32%
41%

Benchmark Exams (BE)

In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Academics Plus Charter School average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Academics Plus Charter School is a charter middle school in Maumelle. 358 students attend Academics Plus Charter School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 36% of the 358 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Academics Plus Charter School is 12:1. Maumelle Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 71%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 34%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful elementary school. The teachers are great and caring. They have enrichment classes after school in many different areas of interest. The academics part is way above par. They expect the children to be a grade level and a half above where they are. Help is needed if they are falling behind. The high school is great and challenging with one exception being math. My son had four different math teachers last year alone. This year they tried to fix the problem with hiring a teacher that had college level teaching experience. She however does not know how to teach to the younger students and it has been a struggle from day one. If they can fix this one issue with math then I would give them an A+

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent school. Great kids! The faculty is caring and professional. Lots of communication with parents.

  • (1 year ago)

    Awesome caring nurturing holds students accountable! Supportive teachers faculty and staff! Awesome school! Academics Plus is teaching more than just how to be a good student! Character education in important at AP as well as academics!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been so pleased with APCS! We fill so good knowing our child is safe and surrounded by wonderful teachers and a great staff. Could not be more pleased with the education he is receiving.

  • (1 year ago)

    APCS is a great school with the best team of dedicated teachers. It has a small town community feel with K-12 on one campus. The kids are pushed academically but also really treated as individuals. We are so glad we made the choice to enroll our children at APCS.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Academics Plus! It is a safe nurturing environment as well as academically challenging. The teachers are wonderful and the elementary principal Mrs. Gross is excellent.

  • (1 year ago)

    APCS is a wonderful school which focuses on what is best for each child. The school environment is more like a family and everyone knows and cares about eachother.

  • (1 year ago)

    You won't find a better school with more caring teachers and staff than APCS! From K - 12 all it has a community feel where everyone plays a important part in the educational process.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a GREAT school. Before teaching here I was a substitute in several other districts. I am AMAZED at the hard work dedication and long hours of the teachers here. They could ALL make a lot more money at a non-charter school but they are dedicated to the children here. There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful these teachers are.

  • (1 year ago)

    APCS really is an extraordinary place for children to learn and grow into who they will someday become. Our teachers here are highly qualified and offer rigorous instructional content while at the same time taking a real interest in each child as an individual person. The administration is wonderful and works tirelessly to enable the staff to do what they do best. The number of students in each class is carefully monitored to ensure that each student is well equipped with the skills he/she needs to be successful in today's learning environment. Ours is a data driven campus and we work hard to safeguard that each student is achieving at his/her learning potential. Being challenged and being able to meet those challenges with a positive rate of success is what learning is all about. Challenges are met here at APCS in a caring and supportive way where children feel safe to take a risk and just be themselves. It's amazing to see students encourage and support each other's learning. Our students know that if they fall as we all do in life there are many who will help them get right back up again. Learning growing achieving our goals...Come learn with us at APCS Maumelle AR.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great safe environment. New elementary building with latest technology available to support instructional materials. Open to students regardless of their place of residency nor ethnicity. Great staff and parents involvment as well as the support of the community.

  • (1 year ago)

    Academics Plus is a great school! Re January 16 Yes there is a middle and high school band. But that is just the beginning of extracurricular activities at APCS. Your children may be interested in middle or high school basketball. They would practice at the community center. Not into band or basketball? How about one of the following clubs archery chess cheerleading robotics ....to name a few. The academics are challenging and presented in a way that the kids are able to see real life applications. For example my son just finished a math project that included answering equations written problems plotting math answers on a US map looking up varius information pertaining to the states that the math answers had him travel through. He had to discuss how to plan travel on plotted path and write a short paper on all that he learned. Very similar to the actions an adult might take to plan a family vacation. Task such as this teach the student more than memorized facts. It teaches a student how to apply what they have learned to their own life. Again APCS is a great school with wonderful staff and administration.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have nothing to say but GREAT things about APCS. Our daughter is in her second year there and looks forward to going to school everyday...EVERY day. She is challenged daily by some of the best teachers I have known in public or private school period. Our youngest will be starting kindergarten at APCS in the fall and she sees how her sister loves the school she is excited as well. I would like to address what was posted by a parent on 16Jan2013 Socially inept? please APCS develops social skills as well as academic proficiency. As to your second point about extracurricular activities I see school as a center of learning. I do not need a school to tell me what activities my children can participate in after school. Now if you are trying to develop a future baseball/football/basketball 'star' maybe you need to rethink this you have just as good odds winning the lottery as junior making it to the pros just saying. There are some life experiences that I have gotten from kids from ALL backgrounds if you do not think a child can learn unless you have % of this race % of that race then I really think you should take a step back open your eyes and your mind.

  • (2 years ago)

    If you are raising a child that you may consider socially inept then this is the school for your family. If your child is into any extracurricular activity other than band (i.e. no decent sports programs where would they practice anyway?) or if you want your child to acquire life experience with kids from ALL backgrounds this is not the school for you. There is more to life for elementary kids than homework but not at this school. Yes it is great to want your child to strive educationally it s another to saturate every hour of free time at home working on school matters. This school also teaches to test so it is doubtful you will see any enthusiastic learning light bulbs above your child s head. Good test scores equal funding so if your child can t keep up or score accordingly then prepare to work them to the core to catch up or literally get left behind... in the same grade next year. This school also ranks your child how s that for confidence?

  • (2 years ago)

    If you have a middle or high school student you can rest assured knowing they will have NO homework. While they are in school they are taught to test. The middle and high school is facilitated out of mobile units and the cultural diversity among teachers is nil. Most of the good teachers from the middle and high school don t stay around long. Upon entering this school I had such high hopes. I thought the idea of a charter school is a corporate funded school that can take learning to the next level developing strong students who are ready for college and a life of success. I have not seen anything of the sorts; just mediocre academics in a culturally bland school. There is more opportunity for a resilient child in public schools than this one.

  • (3 years ago)

    I would like to respond to the parents comments of May 8th 2012. I wouldn't say that APCS is on academics alert or probation. Our charter was up for renewal and the previous Administration had set some very unrealistic goals goals that were not attained. Therefore APCS rewrote more realistic academic goals which will be reviewed yearly. Please DO go look at our test scores they are comparable or better than other schools in the area. But more importantly they have improved this year thanks to the current administration and its teachers. It will only improve as we inform our parents of the goals and strategies and how they can help us help their children.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our 1st year at the elementary school. So far I've been pleased. All 3 of my kids have great teachers who are always readily available anytime I need to talk to them or check on my kids' progress. I like the strict discipline because it holds the kids accountable for their actions and keeps down distractions in the classroom. This coming from a parent who has student who had many notes sent home and phone conferences due to his high activity level and talking. I understand that he has to conduct himself in a certain way in the classroom for the well-being of ALL students! I have one child going into the 6th grade (middle school) but I don't know much about the middle or high school level yet so I'm having a hard time making a decision about whether to keep her there for higher grades or not. There's definately a different population than you would see in a traditional public school. It's more sheltered so it just depends on what you think about that. There's also a whole lot of parent involvement which I think is great.

  • (4 years ago)

    Change is hard for everyone even when it's positive. The new administration running this school is doing an amazing job. Increased academic standards a stricter uniform policy and greater accountability of the High School students have had a positive impact. It's upset some parents and staff members but you can't be the best without upsetting a few people.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my son's first year in Academics Plus Charter and we love it. He's not bored here as it is more challenging than his previous elementary school. His teacher is awesome and really cares. They are also getting a new elementary building which is promising.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has a lot of problems. It is not safe for children. They don t care about students; all they care about is sending students home when they wear off color pants. This school does not have too many good teachers or staff. They left. The Vice Principal criticized other teacher in the classroom to her students. I don t think my child need to be in that kind of environment.

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