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Ajo Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 324 students

 

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Posted May 23, 2012

Error in part 2: is suppose to say this -- Just so you know I have four CHILDREN (not golden) in three different grades that all attend Ajo Elementary. Ultimately it is your job as a parent to ensure your children get an education and your involvement makes all the difference Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

Part 2: to understand the problems the school faces. Just like any school it has good and bad teachers, but the inability to control the classroom seems consistent throughout the lineup. I believe if there was a clear direction as to disciplining children, teachers could do so without fear of rebuke if the discipline was unpopular. Clear cut rules and punishments would allow teachers to act with clarity of purpose. In short this school is in dire need of reform. Reform that would allow students to move from grade to grade with some idea of what to expect. Students learn quickly which faculty members are push overs and which ones run a discerning classrooms. Sorry for the rant, hope it helps. Just so you know I have four golden in three different grades that all attend Ajo Elementary. Ultimately it is your job as a parent to ensure your children get an education and your involvement makes all the difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

Part 1: Ajo elementary is INCREDIBLY bad. I know that my opening argument is not very articulate, but I don't even know where to start. The jist of the situation is there is no cohesion among the staff. The in fighting and drama cripple the school as a whole. The lack of planning and leadership at the administrative level leaves the teachers to fend for themselves. As teachers create their own plans for running classrooms, with no clear administrative guidelines, they invent wildly differing plans. Ultimately those plans offend parents or other staff members leading to, shall we say, disagreements. When someone gets offended enough to complain to an administrator they just agree with the offendee, and hay why not it wasn't their plan or idea that was offensive. The school has a particularly difficult row to hoe just due to its geographical location. Ajo is not a particularly desirable place to live, making it difficult to hire and retain faculty. Also, the diversity amongst patrons makes it difficult to please everyone. However, if you could imagine a bunch of firefighters running into a burning building with no plan or the ability to communicate with one another, you may begin
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

The teachers are allowed to choose their own classes thereby sticking the new teachers with the most difficult students/and or parents. The curriculum is fractured by more than one reading program which doesn't mesh well.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 3, 2005

I love this school's spirit. Seems like everyone in town turns out for sports/activities. The teachers are great for the most part. Class sizes are small.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
7%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
33%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Underperforming".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 60% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 20% 5%
White 16% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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111 Well Road
Ajo, AZ 85321
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