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Gavilan Peak Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 842 students

 

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Posted August 7, 2014

Open enrolled in Diamond Canyon 3 years ago and have not looked back. Bullying on the playground and son put in divider room between K classes for several hours without parent or principal knowledge. I will drive to get the education my child needs and is fostered in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2014

This school was highly recommended to us as one of the best in Anthem. We had much higher expectations based on their rating and it was a huge disappointment. This school has way more cons than pros. People that send their children to Gavilan Peak obviously have never attended any another schools to compare it to and have no idea of the better options available to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2014

This school has continued to go downhill over the last few years. The campus is run down, dirty and lacks supervision from aides and teachers alike, unsuitable for the education, safety and supervision of the students. Theft is a problem in the classroom of students belongings as there are very few supplies and textbooks available and the teachers seemed overwhelmed by the class sizes. The troublemakers seem to run the show here.


Posted July 1, 2014

I went here for grade 5 and had the teacher tell me she could no longer help me with math, move me next to people who were bullying me and all they do if you have a problem is tell you to "fill out a form". I did and nothing was ever done to stop it. I'm glad I don't have to go back! Classes are crowded and kids actually twerked on their desks in Mandarin. No wonder the teacher quit!


Posted June 23, 2014

We were not happy with the 6th grade experience. One of the teachers is, the other two are not up to par. Normally involved parents become disconnected; the teachers want little or no parental involvement. One of the teachers does not handle herself in a professional manner. She humiliates and talks about students. Normally bright kids feel defeated and don't perform. She does not work with students or parents. Everything is done solely to improve state test scores. The male teacher is supposed to teach Science. That is a joke! He waits until the last weeks then does a quick lesson, with homework, 1 classwork & 1 test. This is not a fair practice! There is no opportunity to pull a grade up, if a student doesn't do well on 1 or the 3 criteria. The principal does nothing to correct the problem. He is ineffective. Even after parents talk to him, nothing changes. The Elementary Honor Society really changed this year after the old teacher left. There weren't any field trips scheduled for the group or any of the Sage classes. The kids really looked forward to the extra field trips. Hopefully these issues are resolved quickly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

We attended 5th this yr. And this is by far the worse school we have ever been too. I would recommend the school. Do your research prior to sending. -lack of communication from this school to parents -that goes with the principle does not respond to parents. And never around at school -no text books for student must copy info in a notebook -screaming crossing guard/aide who screams all day at the kids. They are scared of her. They way she dresses is inappropriate for school grounds -kids not aloud to be on playground. 5th grade is only allowed on the basketball court that's it -the library aid yet again is screaming and whistling loudly. Wow. Seriously. I helped in my last school never had issue with kids. Do we need to scram at them. Maybe that what Gavilan code is. To scram all day long. How does that help. -PTA is horrible won't give money to teachers who ask. Even though they had money 20k from the yr before. The parents can pay for it not a PTA thing is their saying. Why would I give money to them? -no school spirit at this school. Back to school night staff was rude wow really gps -bullies in 5th now be 6th I could go on and on go to diamond canyon it's night and day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

Overcrowded, no discipline or policies in place. Bullying, bad language, no respect for other students or teachers. After one year here we can't get out fast enough. Children are not in an environment where learning is promoted or prioritized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

I love Gavilan Peak school! We are finishing our first year of kindergarten here and are looking forward to attending again next year. I do have to say that if you do not want to be involved in your childs education, this is NOT the school for you. There is a considerable amount of homework, especially if you are in the mandarin immersion program. My daughter loves it and we are ecstatic that she is able to learn a second language so early.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2012

Another great year at GP! The teachers are so amazing-personally & academically. They are always striving to do more. The Mandarin Immersion is such an awesome program for the students. We couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

We are so pleased with our experience at Gavilan Peak. My children have excelled academically, socially and with sports. I have found the teachers and administration to be proactive and responsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2011

We love Gavilan Peak School! My daughter attends and she is thriving here! She attends via "Open Enrollment". Her teacher is an absolute dream, what every teacher should aspire to be, an A+ example. Dr. Wong is doing things just right, she expects a lot and wants the children to be ready to compete the a global market. They earn the "Excelling" rating year after year. I have nothing negative to say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

Gavilan Peak is a school that pride's itself in excellence. The staff, though often overworked, are very caring and strive to support students to be their very best in character and academics, Teachers are expected to challenge themselves beyond their comfort level, which leads them to stronger, more effective practices in the classroom. Leadership is strong where teacher training and academic excellence is concerned, somewhat weak in useful evaluative feedback to teachers, and needs work with consistency and follow through of campus/district rules where those few disruptive student/parent behaviors are concerned. Most parents are amazingly supportive, respectful and understanding of what it truly takes to run a classroom of 20+ students from diverse upbringings. However, be wary of the 'gossipy' ones (generally hanging out in the front well before/after school). They appear kind upon first meeting but can be very destructive and unkind in their objectives and to your spirit.


Posted February 18, 2010

I have sent my children to school at Gavilan Peak on open enrollment. I have been very pleased with the teachers, administration and academics. I am a teacher myself and I have seen my children blossom at Gavilan. They are both great readers and love to go to school. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

My son has been attending this school for 5 years. I have enjoyed watching him grow academically. Yes the school has gone through growing pains--but the principal expects excellence and it takes time to achieve that--the time is here. This is an outstanding school. Other schools in the community hold Gavilan Peak as a measuring stick for a high achieving school. The middle school teachers are a cohesive team that challenges students and my son is ready to meet their challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

I'm proud to be a teacher at Gavilan Peak School! What a fabulous staff and outstanding administration we have at this school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 5, 2009

Gavilan Peak is way too crowded as are most public schools in AZ. Amazed at the lack luster curriculum!! Are 3 days of PE really needed when there are no foreign languages at all?? C'mon!! Coming from the east coast, we are very disappointed. The teachers do the best they can with what they have to work with. My son has 32 students in his 6th grade classes!! Yes, 32. We have spent 2 years at GPS with my son making honor roll each quarter. He has very little if none... homework daily. The over crowding is unacceptable and therefore after years of being supportive, proponents of the public education system, we are forced to go private next year and for as long as we will be educating our children in the state of AZ. The new VP is a bit odd to boot, adding unnecessary policies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

our children's teachers - great admin - unfriendly dr. wong - we've seen her 5 times in 4 years on campus new vp - doesn't have the greatest reputation the teachers are really giving it their best, if it wasn't for them, my children definitly wouldn't be going there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

Good communication among teachers. Office staff is helpful and principal is very involved and enthusiastic. My children are thriving at Gavilan Peak. A great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2008

I love Gavilan Peak . I send my son here on open enrollment. He entered in the midst of 1st grade and is about to start the 5th grade. Eevry teacher he has had has ben truly enrolled in my sons success. I love the staff and Dr Wong Is awesome . She is always on campus mingling in the classrooms. When I asked for her help with my child she was sure to get involved and followed upto make sure that I was taken care of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2008

I have to say I wqs very disapointed in this school. From day one it was apparent that my child's education was not the top priority. If you want to talk to someone nice in the office ask for Monica other wise you will be talking to apaththetic, crisp and cold office personnel. At Christmas the teacher would not allow the children to celebrate the holiday not even say the word Christmas. I was appalled. Why should some teacher who practices atheism ruin the holiday for children! My impression was very political envirnment and NOT for the Best interest of my child. I am happy to say that my child is doing 100% better in the new school.
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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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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75%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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93%

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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75%

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72%

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87%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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78%

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80%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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83%

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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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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74%

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81%

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90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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93%

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95%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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99%
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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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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78%

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84%

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85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 84% 42%
Hispanic 9% 43%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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  • Before school
  • After school
Fax number
  • (623) 445-7480

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
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