Academy of Math and Science Prince Utilizes Well-Rounded Approach to Assure Student Achievement
Tucson, AZ | Submitted by Adriana Rodriguez
Educating Tucson students since 2000, the Academy of Math and Science (AMS Prince) knows that a well-educated student is a well-rounded student – and this is why they were named the Arizona Charter School of the Year in 2016. The school doesn’t limit itself to academics; they incorporate STEM education, visual and performing arts, foreign language, and character development to prepare students for the future.
A K-8 school with more than 400 students, AMS Prince serves a wide variety of backgrounds. With Latino, Asian, Native American and African-American students, the school celebrates its diversity.
The team at AMS Prince rises to the occasion and seeks out the most effective educators and programs that will aid them in their mission to send students to college. They blend the traditional approach of high academic expectations with enriching and enlightening extracurriculars, including robotics, choir, art, music, and sports. Students are even prepared for potential international careers through instruction in both Mandarin and Russian.
What’s more, the youth are aided in learning life skills that will ensure they’re a step ahead regardless of their career path. An emphasis is placed on academic skills that one would need and the attitude towards learning that are necessary for future success. Teachers work with students on how to ask questions, conduct research, problem solve, and work in a team.
The teaching staff plays a critical role in student achievement. Their innovation and collaboration ensures that no child can fall through the cracks; their dedication means that students can even receive after-school help when needed. They closely monitor results and adjust methods based on the data from student exams. The educators know that it’s not about the numbers, it’s about giving youth a solid foundation and the skills they need to be successful in all pursuits.
In addition to being a National Blue Ribbon Award school, AMS is consistently one of the highest performing schools in Arizona for math and English language arts, and 95 percent of their students meet or exceed the AIMS science exam. In fact, their 2016 AzMERIT passing rate nearly doubled most other schools. During the 2015-16 school year, 93 percent of AMS Prince eighth graders who applied were accepted into Tucson’s most competitive high school, nationally ranked University High School. AMS Prince has also been recognized by the Education Equality Index as one of the top 10 schools in Tucson closing the achievement gap. Anecdotally, parents love the school and regularly indicate their satisfaction on school surveys.
For additional information please visit their website www.amsschools.org.