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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
James Madison Preparatory School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Tempe, AZ. It has 177 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
About James Madison Preparatory School...
Address
5815 S McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283
Telephone
(480) 345-2306

James Madison Preparatory School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1130
20 responses
Average ACT
25
17 responses
AP Enrollment
10%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$50,474
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$985
National
$949
Median Home Value
$219,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • M-week or our all school musical
    21%
  • Football and softball games
    18%
  • Glow Night which is a Drumline performance.
    18%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • I love Glow Night and the Fall play!
    13%
  • Prom
    5%
  • Senior trip
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
177
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$8,552/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses
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James Madison from an outsider's perspective looks to be an underfunded charter school that likely has little impact on anything significant. It appears small and seems to lack the required resources to do anything but survive. They are certainly right about the underfunded aspect of their analysis, but it is that which makes what it accomplishes all the more incredible. They continue to beat the odds and provide not only a vast array of extracurriculars, but also an education rivaling the most celebrated high schools around the country.
With small class sizes, the students receive a more personalized an effective education. They are encouraged to participate in every activity possible to enhance their experience. They also put an emphasis on having strong moral character. These elements coalesce to turn students into well-rounded adults ready to take on the world.
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My son was enrolled in JMPS from 7th – 12th grade. From our first visit to the campus, he was made to feel welcome and wanted at the school. One of my goals as a parent, as for many, was to have a well-rounded son. The school provides ample opportunities for students to grow in any way that interests them. Not every student takes advantage of this, nor do they have too. My son was involved in at least one extracurricular activity and student government in every trimester since 7th grade. He received many accolades for his athletic performance, but he can also play guitar and drums, dance, sing, work a sound board, wire a theater, lead a courtroom, lay tile, and change a tire – to name a few. He learned to be a team member and a leader. There is also the top-notch education he received as well. These students are academically prepared for their future. These students are involved, they are busy and they get it all done to very high levels.
JMPS is a great school to be involved in. In my experience there I have never met a staff member who did not wish the best for me. At others schools you are allowed to do a couple different activities, but you have to focus on one main thing. At JMPS, you can do any extraciricular activity you want and the coaches will work together to figure out a schedule for you to be heavly involved in both. As a preparatory School, they will prepare you for college. Many Alumni comeback and say that college is a breeze because JMPS academically will prepare you for college.