KNOX GIFTED ACADEMY

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700 W ORCHID LN
CHANDLER, AZ 85225
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Phone: 480-812-6100
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Chandler Unified District
  • Students/Teacher: 15:1
  • Students/Grade: 100
  • Number Students: 700
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 3999
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Ruth Michalscheck
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (39 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (36 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-03
    "Be aware, this school is not safe. The school is in an old and run down neighborhood. The neighborhood kids are still attending this school even though the school is named Knox Gifted Academy. Apparently the neighborhood kids don t like the school being taken over by the gifted kids. So there is a hostile attitude/behavior towards the gifted kids. The school administration has not done a good job to bring the two groups together. They try to avoid their responsibilities by blaming on the poor upbringing and intelligence of these neighborhood kids. Several incidents such as the neighborhood kids picked on the CATS kids have occurred in campus. So far, the only solution the school can come up with is more segregation. Should the school provide a role more like an educator than a prison guard?"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-31
    "I had high hope before my child joined the Knox gifted program. But just in one semester, I realized it was a huge mistake. First of all, the quality of teaching is average at the best. Many teachers are new to the gifted program at Knox. Then, there was a hiring crisis for a first grade class, several teachers hired and resigned in a short time frame. Recently, a great fourth grade teacher quit the job after only one semester on the job. The principal doesn't share any concerning issues among different grades. So you won't be able to learn the bad news for another grade directly from the school. Now I can't wait to take my child out of Knox when the semester is over."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-11
    "KGA is definitely in the development stage. There is NO curriculum or textbooks that define a logical progression through lessons. They did not have a spelling test in first quarter. When asked about getting the homework sent home on Friday, the teacher indicated that is not ready till after school, which shows how last minute it is. When a child is learning the basics (as in K-2), sometimes there has to be drills/ worksheets. Example: multiplication is all memorization .it just has to be learned by drilling. When there was a specific issue and parents were asking for a meeting the administration repeatedly said no or completely ignored the emails. The school also struggles with discipline/structure. Since Gifted kids also have other traits of ADHD, they need structure or else it becomes chaos, which distracts from the teacher being able to teach. To improve they need curriculum plans that align to the common core standards. They need to evaluate the focus of the 40 year old campus - facilities, school within a school, etc. To sum it up we are regretting moving our child to this school as we feel they are not learning anything beyond what they learned last year."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-06
    "This is my child's 3rd yr here. Most of his teachers have been outstanding and wonderful with the quirks of gifted kids. The PTO is better now than a few yrs ago. The curriculum is STEAM, not STEM. Most of the reviews I read forgot the A...they do have a music program and drama, thus including Arts. The huge grounds back to a park.In their 3rd grade class for Greek Mythology,, the teachers had an Olympics outside...kids brought togas and signed up for one Olympic event. The bad? Nurses are not the best. I called the principal twice over 3 yrs ago to volunteer...still waiting for her to call me back. She always appears angry and unapproachable, and is NEVER friendly or smiley at people at any after-school events (or any other time, I would guess). Another parent told me that she targeted her child on the playground in front of everyone to shout...are YOU the one who saw the person with the gun? Who was it? (That wouldn't possibly put a target on the kid's back!) There are neighborhood classes/kids in addition to the gifted. The PTO is very active but the teachers and PTO are always asking for donations of things or $. The school is wonderful, but a long way to go on some things."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-03
    "Pros - Good students and responsible parents. All kids are tested into the program Cons - Young program lack strong teachers. - Lack of structure and curriculum for the classrooms. Teacher teaches whatever she/he wants. Materials covered are very scattered and no depth to the subject. - Homework for lower grades require extensive parents involvement (Preparing PowerPoint slides for Kinder. Work through and explain directions of computer math games to 1st grader. Make sure you have a working printer at home to print out your kid's homework. Homework come from parents, not school). Leaving parents wonder if the kids are going to school or they re-live grade school all over again. If you are both working parents or you don't have time to do kids' homework, think twice before you send your kids to Knox. You basically signed up for another part-time job. From the raving reviews, I wonder if they are coming from higher grade students' parents. I feel like Knox might be more targeted for higher grades where project based teaching is more suited, but for lower grade kids entering school for the 1st time, I don't see any merit to Knox's teaching style."
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