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About This School

Calibre Academy of Surprise is a charter middle school in Surprise. The principal of Calibre Academy of Surprise is Curtis Garnder, who can be contacted at curtis.gardner@learningmatters.org. 650 children attend Calibre Academy of Surprise and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 0% of the Calibre Academy of Surprise students have "limited English proficiency." 17% of the 650 students here get reduced lunch prices. Countryside 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

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 69% 65%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 9%
Asian 4% 7%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 16% 18%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 34%
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    The teachers are great and so are the kids ) We have a great reading and math program that allows students the think deeper then ever before.

  • (3 months ago)

    My school is more than education it is a second family to my children and myself... I work full time and as a mother I feel confident in their education and knowing that they are cared for all day... Calibre Academy understands that education and knowledge is important but the individual student comes first... I LOVE the front staff administration and teachers... This is truly a school that cares and brings their community together. Thank you Calibre Academy for providing a safe and friendly environment that my kids learn and thrive from.

  • (3 months ago)

    Love this school. My son's Kindergarten teacher is amazing. The front desk at the South office is always so friendly and helpful. The principal is very easy to talk to and very helpful when needed for whatever situation your kid is in.

  • (3 months ago)

    My daughter is a 5th grader this year and has been attending Calibre since she was in 1st grade. She just loves her school and has always really enjoyed every teacher she has had. The school is smaller so the student to teacher ratio is smaller and lets the teachers work more one on one. All the office staff is great as well they know the students by name and recognize the parents as well. I also really like how the students wear uniforms keeps the kids concentrated more on learning than what others are wearing. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone.

  • (3 months ago)

    I have 2 kids attending this school. They have attended for 3 years. I have nothing but good thinsg tosay about this school. Prior to coming here my kids attended a private school and I was concerned the curriculum/academics and social aspects was not going to be as good. Calibre has met & exceeded my expectations. The kids here also seem to get along really well and there does not seem to be as much drama in this school as I have seen in other schools.

  • (3 months ago)

    We absolutely love Calibre Academy of Surprise. We have been here for 8 years and will be here until my youngest (who is in 1st grade) graduates 8th grade. We feel like we are at home with the teachers and staff here at Calibre. Our academics are at the highest level and my children are challenged and love it here. We have amazing parents and an amazing PTA and I am so thankful we found Calibre.

  • (3 months ago)

    Calibre Academy has it all! The education is free they offer exceptional programs for your children - gifted programs individualized learning programs sports programs for ALL grades performing arts a very active PTA and so much more! Calibre Academy is the place to be if you wish for your children to thrive and succeed. As a parent of one graduated student and one current student at Calbre I could not say enough about how fantastic this school is. As the school grows and evolves the one thing that really stands out is just how welcoming they are to all families. They truly care about each student and it shows!!

  • (3 months ago)

    We came to Calibre (formerly Carden Traditional School of Surprise) from a Dysart District School 6 years ago and there hasn't been a single day that I regretted that decision. My son is learning more from quality teachers who truly care about his education and are not distracted by having to spend 3/4 of class time babysitting kids who don't care about learning. The teachers make an effort to individualize the learning process rather than trying to make the kids conform to one way of thinking. The principals are available interested and realistic. They 'get' kids and they have a vested interest in how each child is doing. They know each child by name talk to parents and are involved in the process versus being a peripheral part of the school. The PTA is active award winning and goes above and beyond to make families feel welcome and lets everyone get involved in activities. There are many opportunities for kids to shine--whether they play sports an instrument sing perform in drama productions. love art or just want a good solid education--there is something for everyone at Calibre. As I said earlier--I have never once regretted moving my child to this school.

  • (3 months ago)

    This school has been great for us! My son struggled with the start of kinder year. The principal observed him and placed him in a class that better suited his needs. That teacher worked with us and communicated often. What started as a miserable year has transformed into a happy year. My son is excelling now and loves school. I love the good communication and the schools desire for parent involvement. So glad we chose this school.

  • (3 months ago)

    This is the second year my son has attended Calibre Academy. The curriculum far exceeds that offered within the Dysart school district (my older son attended Sonoran Hts). Our youngest has excelled at this school. The teacher he has this year is awesome. She teaches to each student not the class--so they can continue to be pushed to exceed to their individual ability. No school is perfect but we are very pleased overall.

  • (6 months ago)

    This is our third year at Calibre Academy and I couldn't be happier with the quality of education that my children receive. The third grade team does an excellent job with communication and is always ready with a smile for any and all children. My son who started pre-k this year loves going to school and hates when he has to say goodbye to his teacher. The front office ladies are welcoming and seem to know every single child by name which is one reason the kids feel really valued. Anyone who has any negative words to say about this school has unrealistic expectations of what teachers and administration actually do. The PTA does so much and has one of the largest memberships in the area. In all the teachers administration kids and parents are what make this a great school.

  • (7 months ago)

    I moved here from a great school district and said I was going to try to find one of the best schools Surprise had to offer and feel I met my goal with Calibre Academy! The teachers are great the staff is great and the communication is great! The front office ladies Lisa and Tenisha are so welcoming! I am so surprised as to how much my child has learned in just the year and a half he has been attending this school. The PTA is awesome and it is so nice to see many parents involved in the day to day affairs at the school. They donate many hours of their lives for all our children to have special fun times throughout the year; Fundraisers Book Fairs Fall Festivals Restaurant Nights Box Tops etc. which raise money for the improvement of the school. I am so happy that the Sports Program is growing and it is nice that they offer sports to even the Kindergarteners! (Most do not offer sports so young) Don't make the mistake of checking out Calibre for your kids! It is a GREAT SCHOOL!

  • (8 months ago)

    As a parent at this school I felt compelled to review in response to the recent one star review. As a working mother I appreciate all that Calibre Academy does to keep my child safe in the morning so that I never feel unsafe dropping my child off. From the moment I pull up to drop my child off and a smiling employee opens the car door to help my kindergartner out of the car as a second employee watches him walk through the gate and a third and fourth etc. supervise the children on the playground I know he is safe. The PTA of which I am one of much more than 5 members works tirelessly to make this school better through fundraisers of all kinds from weekly popsicle sales on Fridays to Jeans days and seasonal fundraisers. The programs the PTA puts on are beyond amazing! The sports program is superb and the sports director puts his heart and soul into making the program all it can be FOR THE KIDS. While I do think the the curriculum at Calibre is excellent I believe it is the teachers and staff that make the school excellent.

  • (8 months ago)

    So this is my second and final review. I think that if your child is well behaved and pays attention without being distracted talks out of turn and is perfectly obedient then this school is for you. They have a great curriculum but the teachers are horrible and unprofessional. I can hear another parents business because teachers shout stuff to parents or are loud when they talk of their issues. It is a charter school (a fake non traditional school) like every charter school is. They do 10 fundraisers every month and they only have like 5 people in the PTA. They lack supervision in the morning with the exception of some lady who never smiles and sets the bad energy tone for your kid in the morning. The parents dont follow the rules the sports program is a joke and the kids lack supervision. Kids rough house and the adults do nothing. There are many other things I can say about this school but I prefer to write them in my blog which has earned me 234 followers every month on average. I guess it depends on your preferences and understanding of the school system. Other than the teachers and staff the school is amazing. They need more experience and new staff.

  • (9 months ago)

    I am a teacher at Calibre Academy and one of my favorite things about this school is my 4th grade team!. We work together and help each other out whenever we need anything. We make sure that each of us has what we need to further and better our students education. We also have a wonderful support administration that supports us whenever we are in need they take care of their faculty and staff not just as in employers but as friends and mentors as well.

  • (11 months ago)

    This school has great education. Their teachers go over the subject more than once. They have technology Spanish Art Music P.E. and Sports. Principal Gardner is great with students. Pre-school gets pretty expensive but like I said GREAT EDUCATION! Food is great! )

  • (11 months ago)

    This will be our fourth year at Calibre Academy (formerly Carden Traditional) and we couldn't have found a better fit for my children. It is a very family oriented school that welcomes parent involvement and has many programs in place to help students of all levels. There is a great RTI program for those struggling in reading as well as tutoring available after school. They have a Middle Years IB program for the older children this year they are implementing a new program called CAPP designed for students that thrive in a faster paced and more in depth learning environment. They have an award winning PTA that is very involved in helping make improvements in the children's education and community outreach. I believe Calibre has also qualified for Title I recently which will allow them to assist more lower income families. We also have a great extra-curricular sports program including our LIttle Colts program for the younger grades including basketball soccer and now flag football. Parents do need to understand that it is a charter school and is not run the same way as a district school. For our family that is a huge plus others may not feel that way.

  • (12 months ago)

    This school is above and beyond AMAZING. We came from a school with horrible bully issues and a principal that really didn't care. I cannot believe how much the 5th-8th grade principal cares for the kids. He is at every event with a smile on his face. He cares deeply about the kids and is very involved with him. For the most part my kids' teachers have been outstanding. Amazing amazing amazing place.

  • (12 months ago)

    I thought Carden now Calibre was a horrible school! Giving it 1 star is one too many! My oldest son started kindergarten at Calibre and after the school year ended we enrolled him into a public school within the Dysart district. I know of a few other parents who did the same. There were bully issues and issues with teachers not paying attention to their students. The teachers and staff are not very professional and some are even rude. Their turnover rate is unreal. The teacher my son had didn't seem to be very experienced. Their curriculum is behind based on my daughter's K curriculum in public school. If your child has any sort of special needs this school will not benefit them and I highly recommend looking elsewhere. If you're interested in charter schools look into others in the area and avoid this one for the sake of your child.

  • (1 year ago)

    I AM PARENTS OF TWO KIDS IN CALIBRE FOR THE PASS FIVE YEARS AND COULD NOT BE HAPPIERR PERSONLY AND ACADEMICLY. CALIBRE HAS A GREAT STAFF WHICH THEY CARE DEEPLY FOR OUR KIDS. SOME PARENTS ARE NOT HAPPY THAT THERE ARE TEACHERS TURN OVER THIS IS NOT JUST IN OUR SCHOOL IT IS NATION WIDE IT IS GREAT THAT OUR SCHOOL SEE'S THAT A HEAD OF TIME THEN LEATER IN THE YEAR. WE ALL KNOW NOT EVERY THING IS ALWAYS PERFECT AND FOR THAT REASON WE SHOULD BE MORE INVOLVED IN OUR KIDS SCHOOL AND THERE EDUCTION SO WE COULD FIX TEH PROBLEMS TOGATHER.CALIBRE ACADEMY IS A GREAT FAMILY SCHOOL...REMEMBER IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A KIDS SO LETS STOP THE COMPLEAIN AND FOCUS ON A POSITIVE ASPECT OF THE SCHOOL . )

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