Founded in 2000 in Tucson, Arizona, the Academies of Math and Science (AMS) now serve thousands of students in seven schools in Tucson and Phoenix. AMS offer a college/career preparatory, STEM-focused education designed to set students on the path to lifelong success. AMS consistently ranks among the top-performing charter schools and has received numerous awards and recognitions. Emily Casarona, the Secretary of Education’s Regional Representative from the U.S. Department of Education, has called AMS “a model school” and “an inspiration to other teachers and students."
2008 National Blue Ribbon School
Also in 2008, AMS Prince received a Gold-Gain award from the New Leader’s Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) Program. EPIC selection is based on value-added (student growth) analysis completed by Mathematica Policy Research, one of the leading national research companies on education. During the five years that the EPIC Program existed, AMS was the only school in Arizona to be recognized for its significant student achievement gains and top-of-the-line teachers.
The AMS Flagship school has been an “A” rated school every year since the Arizona Department of Education implemented letter grades. In the 2015-2016 school year, AMS Prince students passed the AzMERIT statewide assessment at nearly double the rate of other schools in Arizona. In March 2016, AMS Prince and MASSA were recognized by the Education Equality Index as two of 10 schools in Tucson closing the achievement gap.
As the AMS curriculum also incorporates hands-on STEM projects, AMS students often succeed in academic competitions. During the 2015-2016 school year, an AMS Middle School Robotics team competed against all high school teams at the Southern Arizona Region Science and Engineering Fair, and won 2nd place for their engineering book. The AMS Science Olympiad team advanced all the way to the state competition, and several AMS students took home individual prizes. AMS extracurricular teams are among the highest performing in the state of Arizona.
The AMS network has been featured several times in “A for Arizona” articles, the Arizona Daily Star, blogs by business leaders such as Glenn Hamer, President of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and has been a source of research on what makes schools effective by notable researchers and research institutions including Robert Maranto, Philanthropy Roundtable, Mathematica, and others. Recent visitors to the AMS schools include Governor Doug Ducey, former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, current Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, and many others who have come to see what makes AMS successful.
The AMS network plans to both grow existing schools and expand to new campuses. AMS expects to add 3000 new students in the next 3-5 years and open at least six more schools over the next 10 years.