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About This School

Madison Traditional Academy is a public middle school in Phoenix. The principal of Madison Traditional Academy is Kristin Venberg. 700 students go to Madison Traditional Academy and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 0% of the Madison Traditional Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 10% of the 700 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Madison Traditional Academy is 25:1. Madison #1 Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% 53%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 7%
Hispanic 18% 32%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% %
Asian 0.6% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 43%
Limited English proficiency 0% 11%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    MTA is not for average kids I will agree with that. It is NOT for above average kids either make no mistake of that. The academics are not rigorous (that comment actually made my laugh out loud). Volunteer time is there but you do have to look for it now that the school has outgrown itself and made the class sizes too large (6 years ago we were told MAX class size would be 25- now my child is in a class of 36). I actually heard the principle state "working is not a valid reason to not volunteer" at a meeting last year. Not something you want to hear while you're literally trying to keep the power on and put food on the table. I'm not trying to convince anyone of my opinion which seems to be a common theme among the other parents here but you all can't change other peoples experiences. Just because they aren't the same as yours and you have found a wonderful school at MTA doesn't mean that everyone has that same opinion. It also doesn't mean that it's because their kids aren't up to the challenge. My son has been bored with MTA for years- because he was doing Algebra in 1st grade at home- I'm not exaggerating. Keep in mind that MTA doesn't offer anything for kids like that.

  • (10 months ago)

    I have a comment on the volunteer hours. I'm a working mom in our 4th year with MTA and not one single month have I had to search high and low for ways to get my required hours. Not Once. There are volunteer opportunities EVERYWHERE. I think a mistake some parents make is to rely on their child's teacher to provide all their volunteer hours. That is not their job nor do they have that much work to give. Instead email committee chairs and Guild board members...you'll have your hours in no time flat. As far as your warning goes....We all sign the volunteer requirement form each year. We all know exactly what is expected of us and it is our responsibility to find record and KNOW how many hours we have worked each month. That is all the warning you need. If our busy staff does happen to take the time to let you know that you are falling behind on your required hours that is simply a courtesy.

  • (10 months ago)

    I am really disappointed in these other parent reviews. We have been at this school since it has opened. This school has great academic accelerated curriculum. I brag about this school every chance I get and I almost feel guilty when other parents I talk to don't have their kids enrolled in this school. The principal is all matter of fact. It works for some and not everyone. The open door policy does not bother me. Let him do his job running our great school and making it better. The volunteer hours are a minimum of two per month. This school is for parents who really want to be involved with their kids at school and at home. The teachers are outstanding in all grade levels. Volunteering really lets you know the teacher your child has as well as other teachers in all grade levels depending on what you are volunteering for. I love knowing each one and having a good relationship with each. We support our teachers at this school with different volunteer jobs so that they can focus on the children. I will have all 5 of my kids go through this school and I am proud of that. Food for thought "shouldn't you have this same kind of excitement about where your child attends"?

  • (1 year ago)

    Our kinder teacher was amazing infact all of the kinder teachers are. BUT the principal is not a people person and runs it like a prison. He's not friendly rude and in fact his reputation has followed him from Cheyenne Traditional in Scottsdale when he left families there were ecstatic. There is no open door policy only sees parents on appt. basis and am appauled we thought this was the place for us. They give traditional schools a bad rep. I encourage you to seek out Alhambra Traditional School MTA was modeled after them. ATS out does MTA by far kind of sad actually. Their volunteer policy is so strict they kick families out with no warning.. there's not enough volunteer opp. - I asked many times and had to search high and low for opportunities... this is your warning. parents there told me after kinder the school goes downhill from there It hurt me as a mother .. we all try to find the best for our children. good luck!

  • (1 year ago)

    Run Run don't stop to look at MTA! We waited overnight to get our daughter in this school.. thinking this was the best place for her.. Instead we found out it was a "bully" school the teachers don't even know where the kids are half the time. The pricipal is a "bully" as well. Do not put your kids in this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I recently moved my 1st grader from madison simis to MTA... it has been an absolute blessing. His teacher Mrs. Wolf is a phenomonal teacher. She is organized and has expectations of the children in her class. Both academically and behaviorally. She is also willing to communicate with the parent when necessary which is a huge factor in keeping the parents involved with their kids education. My son no longer has to play 100 questions when he is doing homework as she makes sure to cover all the information he needs to know to do it by himself. Thank you MTA and Mrs. Wolf!

  • (1 year ago)

    Several parents including myself were not happy with the 3rd Grade curriculum last year. Not only did we see our kids' reading and math levels decrease their enthusiasm for school did too. We weren't whining about too much homework or expecting MTA to fix our kids because most of us have had our kids at MTA since kindergarten. However there was a legitimate problem with 3rd grade and the administration has responded. What gripes me about these parent reviews is if a parent dares to complain about MTA the Kool-Aid crowd snarkily tells them to send their kids to another school because the world needs ditch diggers and hamburger flippers. For your children's sake I hope they never struggle in school because it's obvious they won't get support at home. No school is perfect and that includes MTA but I still think it's a great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We started with MTA 6 years ago - when parents were willing to overlook the lack of facilities and extracurricular activities in lieu of advanced curriculum and dedicated staff. Now that we have a new campus and great test scores people want in for all the wrong reasons proximity to home convenience of having all their kids at a k-8 school thinking MTA can "fix" their kids that if their kids are currently struggling a tutor can "catch them up". As a frequent volunteer I have been in the office when prospective parents come in to inquiry about enrollment. I want to shake some of them! If your child isn't currently excelling - why would you consider moving them to a school with rigorous academics? When I overhear a parent say that their child isn't doing well at their current school because they are bored... or don't like their teacher ... or will "catch up" I cringe. As a public school MTA can' t turn away students... but it really is the parent's responsibility to make an educated and wise choice. MTA was never intended for the "average student".

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter started attending full-day kinder at MTA & we are loving it best of all she is loving it!!! She wakes up every morning thrilled to go to school; she loves learning. She is now reading a bit {recognizing words in books} & doing additions with doubles (9+9) and we are only 2 months into this school year. I really like the parent involvement at this school it is mandatory. We love her teacher Mrs. Gullette; she is great at sending us emails with updates & to let us know what the kids are learning. The school sends out weekly emails too to keep us all informed. I like that the uniform policy is strictly upheld. Kids are also taught to be respectful of one another & there is no tolerance for rudeness. We truly enjoy our child attending MTA.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son attended MTA for 1st grade and half of 2nd grade. He learned a ton but honestly was bored to tears with repetition. In addition both of his classrooms had kids with serious behavior problems i.e. kids running from teacher hiding under desks writing mean notes to the teacher. I think it is very important for parents to realize that MTA is not for every kid but the administration does not communicate this message at all. MTA is a school of choice it has NO services for special needs kids. I also found that the teachers received no support from the administration in dealing with very disruptive children. In addition the drop off and pick up situation is a nightmare and many of the parents are very type A. See the review below that says if a parent chooses a different school with less homework then their child will be stuck flipping burgers. I'm so glad we left this school!

  • (2 years ago)

    Many of the parents are the ones to say MTA is a bad school but it isn't. MTA is a great school! I am a student and have been there since day one. I love the school and will be sad to leave next year. The ecpectations and amount of homework are the way they are for a reason! So if this is one of your concerns find a new school. Also many of the parents give the school bad reviews because they do not attend the school and experience what great staff and what a great learning environment MTA is! I highly recommend MTA if you are looking for a school where your child will excel and have a good learning experience

  • (2 years ago)

    We had great experiences in the elementary grades but there are serious issues in the middle school grades this year especially in math. The teacher doesn't review homework so she doesn't know if a kid (or a bunch of kids) are struggling until they fail the test. By that time it's too late because they've gone on to other topics. Parents have tried to address the issues with both teacher and principal but their concerns are brushed aside with the same "love it or leave it" message that is posted here by some parents. At the same time the gifted kids aren't getting the challenge they need either and those concerns are ignored too. MTA was created by parents who wanted to be involved in curriculum decisions but it is veering off course from that original concept as parent concerns continue to be ignored. Bottom line MTA caters to above average kids leaving the struggling and gifted kids to fend for themselves.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ditos with the Feb 4 review....For all of the belly aching about the time it takes to do homework and the lower grades kids are getting..Maybe your kid is not ready for this school...Kids are here to learn and at a higher rate than an average public school...So do yourselves a favor...Leave and find a school where the homework does not interfere with your life...Then you can have a "happy child" that is content with just getting by...The world will always need hamburger flippers...

  • (2 years ago)

    MTA has done AMAZING things in its 5 years of existence. If you are not getting responses from a teacher or administrator then you are not going about communicating the right way. 3rd Grade is a tough transitional jump of a year but it seems to smooth out quickly. But the previous poster is correct...it is not the right school for every kid & sometimes thats hard to accept when we thought we were making a great academic choice for our child. This site drives me nuts because people can say whatever they want about a very successful school to justify their complaints. My favorite is an early post from 2010 where it states that the "director" resigned. That did not happen. That very dedicated smart & passionate "director" never intended on staying more than that first year. Her mission was to get it up & running & then search for a great candidate to take over. This school wouldnt even be a school if not for that "director". You may not like everyone but to go online anonymously & post untruths about someone is just plain cowardly! A lot of people researching schools look to this site for input. If you're going to post something (esp. negative) at least get your facts right!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been so disappointed in MTA! My daughter transferred here for third grade and her grades and confidence have plummeted. I think the school is getting to big huge class sizes and little to no one on one help available. My written concerns have gone unanswered by both the teacher and principal. Beyond sad as we had heard such great things about this school prior to enrolling. Teachers read lessons right out of the book 8 year old students are on their own in taking AR tests/not organized. Teacher website not up and nothing but math and spelling comes home no idea what they are learning in social studies science etc or when tests are or what they are going to be tested on... little to no materials available for parents to use at home to help students succeed. Emails go unanswered notes to school receive no reply. Really sad as the parental involvement and the "idea" of MTA is great. We will not be returning next year.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have to respectfully disagree with the previous parent. My children have been at MTA since the beginning and we are very pleased--especially academically. MTA is a school of choice and its challenging academics are a large part of why we send our kids here. The curriculum is a year ahead for a reason--to challenge kids. I don't want "little robots" but I really don't want my children to go to school just to "be happy". Sometimes work is hard and the feeling of accomplishment after doing that hard work gives kids a real sense of accomplishment. I understand the previous parent's frustration--I have been there many nights helping my kids. There have been times when talking to the teacher was in order. I get it. The big picture however is that MTA is not a regular school in the district--it is Excelling and continues to be so for a reason. There are other schools in the district that offer different curricula and we have a choice. My oldest child is prepared for high school next year--does she complain about homework at times--of course! She is also very proud of all her hard work--it had paid off. Oh and she is also a happy/well rounded kid--ready for the future.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is our first year at MTA. At first I was so excited for my child to be attending a new school (beautiful campus I must say) that is academically challenging. My child's 1st grade teacher is wonderful! Love her no complaints! My child LOVES to learn in fact she always comes home telling me how much she enjoys doing homework. BUT...when the 1st grade team decided to change the policy and ADD more homework (nothing more than time fillers really) I was upset. Even though they claim it should only take 15-30 min. per night realistically it is 45-60 minutes per night - FOR A FIRST GRADER! My child no longer likes to do her homework. Are we teaching them to dislike school? I think MTA is losing sight of the fact that at the end of the day they are children and as parents our ultimate job is not to turn out academically excelling robots but happy little people.

  • (2 years ago)

    Well it seems everyone rated this school lowly. I however think this school is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The new campus is amazingly beautiful! The extra-curricular activities are great for the 5th-8th graders they offer everything from P.E to drama to music to art the sports are fun and competitive (volleyball soccer cross country basketball cheer softball and baseball) The kids are very accepting and bullying is practically non-existent in this school. I am a seventh grade girl and all of the kids in my grade accepted me this year although I was new and they all are great! Also the principal is new this year but that doesn't mean this school is going to fail! He is an amazing leader and strongly believes in the rules. The school's only downfall for me is the academics in some areas. I came from an extremely academically-focused school and I feel this is not as challenging as my old school was. However they do teach one to two years ahead of the grade (whereas #1 and Meadows *do NOT*) so this school is very challenging for most children but the teachers do not overload you with homework like some advanced schools I have been to. Great school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I had high expectations of Madison Traditional but unfortunately I found it to be very disappointing!

  • (3 years ago)

    We are disappointed in MTA this year. Last year (4th grade) was fabulous. This year the kids began changing classes & have multiple teachers. As a general rule the teachers believe that at this age (11) kids should be solely responsible for their schoolwork They are resistant to following even the school's stated policies for reporting required or missing work to parents and forget trying to handle makeup in some classes. It often takes several days for an email response from a teacher. I fear we had lost signifcant academic ground with our child

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