School Details

A Ball Charter School - Hearn Academy

17606 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85022
(602) 896-9160
8

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 597 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

78%
78%
69%
89%
89%
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 (Hearn) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
68%
65%
84%
84%
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 (Hearn) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
92%
63%
91%
91%
79%
68%
68%
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 (Hearn) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
71%
63%
88%
88%
79%
63%
63%
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 (Hearn) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
70%
65%
95%
95%
85%
57%
57%
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 (Hearn) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
60%
58%
92%
92%
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 (Hearn) average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

A Ball Charter School - Hearn Academy is a charter middle school in Phoenix. The principal of A Ball Charter School - Hearn Academy is Jane Vert. 597 students go to A Ball Charter School - Hearn Academy and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 0% of the A Ball Charter School - Hearn Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 38% of the 597 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Cactus View Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 74%
Asian 3% %
Hispanic 22% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% %
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 30%
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    The direction of the school since the last principal left is a downward spiral. The children no longer have manners there is more running rough housing and bullying . The school concerts are now awful the children show no interest the choice of music is too ethnic and the soloists should at least be reasonable singers. I understand children should be encouraged but not to think they can sing when in fact they cannot. The education level has definitely dropped and something needs to be done to improve and return to the 5 star rating Hearn used to have and not the 3 star it is now.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been at Hearn since Kinder. It's ok. The positives are the specials. The kids get technology music foreign language physical education and art. After and before school care is excellent and my daughter looks forward to it. The downside is the lack of curriculum resources and there is not enough focus on math.

  • (1 year ago)

    Hearn is a really great school. It includes everyone. It does not push out students who require extra help or excel like the "traditional" charter schools that are so popular and rated as 10s on greatschools.org. Hearn's teachers are awesome. The test scores may be lower than those "traditional" charter schools but that is only because Hearn chooses to educate everyone and does not push out any student based on academics. Hearn's teaching methods are great. We moved from one of the "traditional" schools to go into the advanced placement class at Hearn. This class is years ahead of what is being taught at the "traditional" school. Hearn's campus is cute as a button and you won't find nicer staff anywhere! Hearn has a reasonable disciplinary and dress policy that is strict but allows children to be children. Hearn is the best without the stress! Differentiation is the way to learn and Hearn knows you cannot lump students of differing abilities together without some getting bored and others getting lost so it tests retests and places. If you want the best education for your child a nice campus and small private school feel without the tuition Hearn is the place to be!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter is in 2nd grade and has been at Hearn since Kindergarten. We feel that they take great care of the children. The staff are always visible on campus and volunteer their time for the different after school activities. Our daughter was able to join the chess club in kindergarten and this is not a private school! They also have on site before and after care. The uniforms have been wonderful. There is a gate at the entrance which we like. I like how it is small and that everyone knows each other. I do wish that they would spend more time communicating with families about curriculum and upcoming events. I also wish that they would promote healthy eating a bit more with the types of food at the events and the lunch menu.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great School in the area. Always striving to compete improve and expand for academic advancements and challenging advanced placements. Great teachers and educational resources.

  • (1 year ago)

    If I were to review this school a year ago I would have given it a 5. Many changes have been made to this school with the new principal. Bullying was a major problem and I had to be involved every day to get it to stop. Second grade teacher was rude completely inexperienced singled out my child every day saw numerous other children cry over her and made my child dispise school. Im giving it one semester if things aren't better no longer will my child go to Hearn. My child deserves a better learning environment than that.

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers are great. Office needs organization. Parking lot dropping off and picking up isn't the best

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son had wonderful run in his kindergarten in this school. A very dynamic and caring teacher who knew how to deal and making teaching a fun experience to the little ones who have different cultural backgrounds and growing experiences. It surely requires great patience and yet treads towards a wonderful year. This year surely will remain memorable that way.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am rating this school low because of my child's math teacher. If your kids go to this school you probably know who i am taking about. Yes it's Mr. Kroeker. He has his favorites and kids thats he dislikes. God forbid if your child will get to his dislike kids list your child's life will become misery. Mr Kroeker will make fun at your child infront of the whole class will be very sarcastic. We have talked to him several times explaining that he hurts child's feeling his respond was "it was just a joke". Teachers should treat all kids equally same otherwise shuld not be teaching. I will defenatly be contacting principle as well.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are new. But the teachers and administration seem very attentive and good. The students seem respectful. The curriculum seems great. The students are grouped by ability so everyone gets the attention and pace they need. There are uniforms and jeans Fridays. Best of both worlds. Very looking forward to this school!

  • (2 years ago)

    My grand daughter has been going here for 3 years and loves it. She has never came home and said she had any problems. I hope that continues. She is always talking about her teachers and how nice they are but you know as kids get older their opinions change. I hope she will always love it there.

  • (2 years ago)

    In response to the Aug 3 post regarding Mr. Kroeker - he can be tough on the kids but that is beause he cares. He can be a little sarcastic but he would never intentionally hurt the kids feelings. This is our 8th year at Hearn one is now a Senior in high school one a 6th grader and one in 1st grade. Our 2 oldest have had Mr. Kroeker and he is by far one of the most dedicated liked teachers in the upper grades. When he was teaching 5th grade there was a waiting list for the kids who wanted in his class. It is my belief that anyone who makes these types of complaints about a teacheris the type of person with very thin skin who like to cause problems.That or something didn't go their way and they want to cause problems. I havent' met the new principal yet but I hear she is fantastic and wants the best for the kids which is why she chose Mr. Kroeker to teach the middle school math.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids go to Hearn since kindergarden never had a problem before untill they got to Mr Kroekers class. (both of my kids are in advance program). Math teacher Mr. Kroeker is a very sarcastic person kids take his unfunny jokes very persanaly. He does not understand that his sarcasm is not a joke to laugh he puts kids feeling down by doing that especially in front of the whole class. He tries to change kids personalities instead he needs to change himself. Hopefully with a new principle he would be a normal teacher like all other in that school.

  • (2 years ago)

    music teachers is mean and not that great at music she yells at the kids. Janitor yells at the kids and has no right too.

  • (2 years ago)

    I just happened on this web-site and was surprised by the low ratings I saw. Obviously people in this area don't know what a good school looks like. My daughter graduated from Hearn in 2011. She was so well prepared for high school that it has been a breeze. The standards at Hearn are set very high but the students for the most part meet those standards. Kids these days are told they are incapable when the standards are low. Sure they will complain at first but they get a great sense of satisfaction when they acheive at Hearn. They will (like my daughter) chuckle when they see how weak their fellow students are in high school students who attended the average elementary school. I am very grateful for the strong start Hearn gave my daughter.

  • (2 years ago)

    I had to remove my daughter from this school. There were a couple girls that were bullying her and we brought it to the principals attention. The principal fourced my daughter to sit in the same room as the children that had been bullying here and "hash out" their problems! I was mortified and my daughter has been an emotional wreak since. With all the information out now days regarding bullying you would think that the principal of all people would know this is the number one thing you never do. I'm still completely shocked.

  • (2 years ago)

    This year will be my son's 8th grade year. He has been at Hearn Academy for all 8 years including kindergarten. I have been truly impressed with this school. The teachers all truly care about their students. Dr. Vert the principal runs a tight ship and does not allow any violence or misbehavior. It is comforting to know your child will be safe at this school. Finally the curriculum is very well thought-out. Each student's performance is monitored and measured to ensure maximum performance. I will miss the teachers and the students.

  • (2 years ago)

    I really like Hearn. My kids all enjoy the school. I really like that they allow children to make honor roll k-8 grades. It teaches the children very early on to strive for good grades giving recognition to those who do. I also like that my kids get to go to their level that they test into for math and language arts instead of being stuck in a class that's either too easy or too hard for them. Overall I would have rated the school higher my only reason for not doing so is there has been a high teacher turn over. You never know year to year who will still be there. I also do agree with other posts about the principal having a not so nice attitude. Alot more goes into being a principal than managing the money. She can be very abrasive.

  • (2 years ago)

    Hearn has great staff very caring. The principal deserves recognition for her fiscal responsibility she is very frugal and watches the money closely allowing Hearn to have the money it needs to be succesful.

  • (2 years ago)

    Many teachers at Hearn go above and beyond. Especially the ones that have been there for years. Ms Engel Mrs. Ehnes Mr. Kroeker and Mr. Traud have been a part of so many programs. Its a pleasure to see so many dedicated teachers that my children can look up to.

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