School Details

Imagine East Mesa Elementary School

9701 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85209
(480) 355-6830
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-8 750 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

76%
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78%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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 2014
  • East Mesa Charter Elementary School Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
78%
62%
87%
87%
75%
71%
71%
58%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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 2014
  • East Mesa Charter Elementary School Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
63%
63%
82%
82%
80%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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 2014
  • East Mesa Charter Elementary School Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
52%
61%
77%
77%
80%
51%
51%
56%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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 2014
  • East Mesa Charter Elementary School Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Imagine East Mesa Elementary School is a charter middle school in Mesa. The principal of Imagine East Mesa Elementary School is April Blatzheim, whose e-mail is april.blatzheim@imagineschools.com. 750 students attend Imagine East Mesa Elementary School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 9% of the Imagine East Mesa Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 55% of the 750 students here get reduced lunch prices. Imagine East Mesa Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 61%
Hispanic 26% 26%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 1%
Asian 0.3% 21%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 55%
Limited English proficiency 9% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I feel the lunch at school is very poor for the price parents pay! Portion are extremely small and the student is limited to items can have. Some days the cafeteria runs out of hot items and substitutes cold items! Children need a nutritious hot lunch that fills them up to be at there best. A review of lunches serves and portion size need to be review to not only the child is getting enough to care them through the day but parents are getting there monies worth. What are they doing using lunch monies for things other then cafeteria1

  • (6 months ago)

    My child attends this school and I have never had any issues until today. Unfortunately his lunch balance had fallen behind and I was unaware that the issue had not been taken care of. Instead of the school lunch lady Michelle calling me herself to let me know she denied my child a hot lunch for MULTIPLE days. How is this fair to a young child who has no control of the situation but is hungry? If she would have called this would have been taken care of and my child could have ate the same things his friends were eating instead of only being allowed to have a salad. I do not think this is fair to kids I also think in the future the communication needs to be better...

  • (7 months ago)

    I am so thankful for the amazing staff at Imagine East Mesa. Everyone from the classroom teachers specials teachers interventionists aides admin everyone makes you feel special valued and welcomed. This is a wonderful school with high academic rigor without losing the family feel.

  • (10 months ago)

    Something is fishy about this place. They always charge for everything. While doing some research I discovered that its parent company has been kicked out of a few states so far due to fraud. when they do get a great teacher they leave sometimes in the middle of the school year. The homework they have here is a joke as well. If your kids stay here be sure to have them attend only Imagine schools because they will probably be a few grades behind in a real school. They talk about leadership and values but what its really about is making money. I also searched the net for all the supposed awards they are always winning and those awards are offered by the company who owns Imagine East Mesa.

  • (11 months ago)

    Great school but the only problem and reason why my daughter gotten switch to a different school is that when they started the cheer club with coach Heather it was free she justed charged for shorts and shirt. But now school its admitting the new coach run her whole business in the school. First it started with a lower montly fee but over the years the fee has been increasing higher and higher. Even the registration fee has increased. It's hard for alot of families to afford the prices. Main point my daughter just started junior high great school and were there is no montly fee for her cheerleading hobby... I hope school understands my point.

  • (11 months ago)

    My son is starting his 3rd year (kindergarten through now 2nd grade) and we are very excited about the coming school year. The teachers are well trained in identifing the education needs of each individual student and really helped us to develope a balanced home/school schedule that directly impacted his grades and performance. My husband is a parent volunteer in class and appreciates how fluid the educators are in adapting to new testing requirements. Overall I would highly recommend Imagine East Mesa. My thanks to the faculty and staff there for all their dedication and hard work educating the youth of our community and continuing to establish teast school results that are at or above state testing levels. Keep moving forward!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son Is going on his 4th year at IEM. We had our struggles in the beginning with a teacher & administration staff turn over but we are beyond happy with the education my son is getting!! Ms Porter in 1st grade is an amazing teacher and has great new ideas & so happy my son had her for 1st grade!! She really changed his thoughts on school & he is so excited to go! This year my son had Mrs VanLonkHuyzen..... Mrs Van is incredible!! I was able to help out in the class room so glad I was able to watch her interaction with the kiddos she truly loves the kiddos and works her hardest to help each child out individually!! After all the changes with the administration I'm so happy with who they have & the group is awesome!! There will always be turn over at schools every school has their issues and people think the grass is greener on the other side but you will eventually be back.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has been a joke over the last year my son has attended talk about being left behind. There shouldn't a reason why all of his class work is being done incorrectly and not even noticed by teacher. No one stopping him to make sure to explain or make sure he is understands the work. He will now be repeating Kindergarten at a better school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I think the fact that teachers are posting is a positive thing. I have been at this school for 8 years. There isn't any other place that I would rather be working. The fact that the teachers love the school is an added bonus for our students. I truly believe if a person is happy where they work they are blessed! I love how I feel valued as an individual and can feel comfortable and free to add my own personality and passions into my daily routines. This allows our students to have many types of experiences they may not have in a public school. My animals create leadership roles and the development of responsibility and respect. Many of the teachers go above and beyond the planning and teaching in their own classrooms. We've provided meals for the community and work hard to make sure that our students' basic needs are met. Teachers tutor after school during breaks and early morning. Through a few major transitions we've come out strong and better than ever! I am proud to be a part of the Imagine East Mesa family and enjoy watching the students develop and grow into the leaders of the future! Going to work with such amazing kids is truly a joy!

  • (1 year ago)

    Imagine East Mesa is a great school and a great place to work. Coming from a public school IEM is a breath of fresh air. The teachers leadership team instructional aides and office staff are incredible. We are a family who work together to meet the needs off all students. People who post negative reviews are simple minded and don't know what's best for kids. I am confident in saying IEM is a GREAT school. Come see for yourself if you don't believe me.

  • (1 year ago)

    This was my first year teaching at this school and it has been amazing. The administration is very supportive and the entire campus is a huge family. Everyone genuinely cares about each other and work well together. I am so impressed that I am pulling my child out of public school and bringing them here next year. If I had ANY doubts in my mind about this school my own child would not be attending. I know my child will get the best education possible here from the amazing staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son was with the Florence Unified District for 7 years. I worked day in and day out with him and there were always multiple excuses about not wanting to go to school. His grades were persistent C's and high D's. His older teachers used to call me and tell me he NEVER applied himself. I ended up pulling him out in November 2013 due to a separate issue that was ignored for almost a year. On his first report card he was ALL A's! I have never seen him so excited to show me a report card. He raves about EVERY teacher and I get compliments on him. Our teachers go out of their way to help students even after school! One of our teachers said "If he can't figure out his homework here's my cell phone number you have him call me!" Seriously!!!! Where else are you going to find this kind attention?! East Mesa should have been my son's home from the beginning! I love our veteran teachers and love seeing so many of them advancing within the Imagine Family!

  • (1 year ago)

    Imagine East Mesa is a great place to work with amazing leadership. I have been a teacher there for the last two years and have loved every minute of it especially in comparison to other schools I have worked at. I am feel very supported and everyone on staff comes together to support children however they need it! IEM is a great place to be!! Go Roadrunners!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Let me preface this by saying that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. That being said I have had nothing but great experiences my entire year here as a teacher. From the administration to the office staff and fellow teachers and support staff I have never met more wonderful and caring individuals. Not being here last year I cannot speak for the turmoil but I cannot understand how a teacher could leave their position mid-year. I know some were due to extreme illness and family issues and those must come first but anything else is inexcusable. We make a commitment to our students for the school year and regardless of our personal feelings towards the administration or other staff members we must honor that commitment. What exactly are we teaching our children when we quit?

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children who attend here and love it. The teachers are awesome and communicate with me all of the time. I volunteer once a week and the atmosphere is great. The school has many after school programs/sports that the children can be part of. I think they are doing a great job!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my 5th year with Imagine. Out of the 5 years there was only one year I questioned whether or not I made the right choice to move from a public school. I DID! I have been nothing but impressed with the Leadership the last two years the Teacher's are all Highly Qualified the support staff are welcoming and friendly and the office staff always have a smile on their faces. But the most important reason I love this school is my kids! They love going everyday! This is truly an awesome school. )

  • (1 year ago)

    I am not impressed at all with the office staff and how they handle issues with the children. The rules are not the same across the board. Once child does and action the other does the same thing and the actions taken are completely opposite. they also have nothing to offer kids with special needs. They have no staff to accommodate the needs of these kids. If your child is smart and can fly under the radar this school is for them. We have three kids there 2 do great and the other no so much. Disappointed and after 5 years with this school we are saying goodbye.

  • (1 year ago)

    My 4th grader is very happy at this school. I am not sure if the negative reviews are posted to the correct school - every concern we have had about bullying were promptly and appropriately addressed. Some new teachers some have been there for quite some time - normal in every school and not sure why it matters since the kids get a new teacher each year. Regardless the staff is kind and caring and they seem to know all of the kids. I will be enrolling a kindergartener next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    At the end of the 2012-2013 school year I withdrew both of my kids from this school. The rate of teacher turnover was staggeringly high under the administration at that time and including the unexplained firing of my son's favorite teacher. The administration at the school does not appear to be trustworthy and continually engages in cover-ups and double-speak. And they permit bullying and other forms of abuse by students on the campus with no significant consequences for the perpetrators (my son's class). This was easily the worst elementary school I have ever encountered and I'm quite content with my decision to send my children elsewhere.

  • (1 year ago)

    My grandsons have attended this school since pre-k. One is in fourth grade and the other in second. I have volunteered in their classrooms once weekly for tne past five years. I have been very happy with the genuine caring of the teachers and support staff. I am able to observe not only what is going on in their classrooms but I get to see how the students in other rooms behave in the hallways. I walk past many classrooms and am always pleased to see students actively engaged. The music program is outstanding. I heartily recommend this school.

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