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Peralta Trail Elementary School

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Posted May 23, 2014

The atmosphere of the school has changed tremendously this year. Some changes have been nice. There is an emphasis on art; and, after a rocky start, the pick-up procedure runs smoothly. But the majority of changes have been disappointing. The counselor no longer helps students like she did last year, she is the disciplinarian. Every time I am in the office, there is a little kid -- sometimes two or three -- in the "time out" chair waiting for their punishments. I volunteer, so I see kids sitting there for hours. Discipline is harsh. Even the nice kids in my neighborhood don't like school anymore. The principal is so condescending when she talks to parents. I overheard one parent call her Dolores Umbridge, if that gives you an idea. Also, my kids were taking tests every other day, there was no time for the teachers to teach! Enrollment is way down. I was told there would only be two classes at each of my kid's grade levels for next year. People are running away from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

my child has been going to the school since he started school last year. me as a parent I see that some of the changes have been good and some of them have been bad. miss Goldman does not act as if she is the principal, where miss Goldman lax miss chain pick up the slack. my son used to love going to school and now it's a fight everyday to get him there. there are way too many kids in the classrooms for teachers to actively do their jobs. last year Mr B was awesome, and the teachers and children see more happier. the test scores are the reflection of what the teachers and children are going through this year. there are lots of bullying going on at the school, and the office staff does nothing to help the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2014

I think Peralta Trail tries very hard to give every student an excellent opportunity to excel. The Principal does a super job at maintaining the excellence of the school. The teachers work very hard keeping order in the classrooms. The commitment of the entire staff shows in the happiness of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

This used to be a great school academically and socially, not anymore. There is a new administration this year and the learning environment has changed dramatically. My child used to love school, but can now barely stand to be there. The teachers are trying but communication from the school has dropped to almost nothing and parent involvement is way down. It's sad to see kids turned off from school and learning because of the policies of unprofessional administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

The inmates (teachers) have taken over the asylum. Leadership has been lacking the last two years, and a change in the administrator (new principle) does not appear to be having much of an impact. This school has had declining test scores the last three years, and enrollment is declining due to parents realization that this isn't the same crown jewel of the district that it was several years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Great school but I hate the new principal's, Heidi Goelmon, pick-up procedure. I have to wait 15 FIFTEEN minutes to pick up my son. We have to wait in a line outside in the blazing hot sun to pick up our kids. I mean come on my kids went here for seven years and I never had a problem. I wake up at 5:00am and when I go to pick up my kid i am so tired and I have to stand for fifteen minutes. I really wish she would change that. They say it's safer but it's not. It is a big injustice and punish to the parents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

As a member of the community, PTES is always reaching out to the surrounding area: whether asking us to participate in the school through volunteerism, inviting us to fun events on school grounds, or making sure the kids that attend the school are taught pillars of character and respect. I consider PTES a highlight of our community.


Posted October 5, 2009

PTES is a great school with a dedicated staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

We are the best school because we offer the best programs. We have a schoolyard habitat learning center, and an observatory on the way. The teachers are dedicated and our PAWS program really supports the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

This school is like a family. Everyone, staff,students, and parents get along well and are always willing to do what they need to do to go 'That Extra Mile!'
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

peralta Elementary School in Gold Canyon is a wonderful school. The teachers care about the kids and go the extra mile to help them learn. The nurse is awesome too. it has a passion for excellence which I so appreciate.


Posted October 5, 2009

We have the best principal and the best staff! We are a family here at Peralta and we support each other towards our goals and mission.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

I love Peralta Trail Elementary School because it is a family. As a teacher I feel empowered and pushed to excel in my strengths. Students are exposed to the newest technology in the classrooms. Our students are creating websites using webquests. It is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Our school is the best! Teachers are actually given time to prepare to teach the future! We do not have duties before, during or after school. We are a family and we help take care of each other, not just in our grade level bur school wide!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

Peralta Elementary has consistently scored well on AIMS because of the dedication of the teachers and staff at that school. They not only teach but make it fun to learn as well.


Posted October 5, 2009

Peralta Trail Elementary School is dynamic. My son gets traditional education blended with enrichment through project based learning, technology engagement, and he gets to go to the science lab as well as the outdoor habitat. Learning is not restricted to one desk with a lecture from a teacher. Learning is interactive, engaging, and motivating. Furthermore, my son is happy. He knows that the teachers and staff care for him. We are thrilled with PTES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

It's very average, I'm disappointed that I was quick to buy a house and not pay too much attention to the school district. Coming from Gilbert, its hard to beat but ifyou work with your children, it can change. Although the family dynamic is very different in AJ. People don't seem involved, my daughter is in her second year and we just got a boundary exception at her old schools. I need that parent/family involvment which the school and neighboorhoods lack.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

I have three children two of whom went to PTES, one is still enrolled and the other is in DSMS. I can't say enough good things about the school, the staff is wonderful they work with both child and parent to obtain the goals that are needed to excel. Great job to both the staff and students for making PTES the school that it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

Peralta Trail has done an outstanding job with my daughter. The principal is amazing with children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2006

I am really pleased with the direction that this school has taken both of my children. I get a feeling of excitement every time I walk through the front door. Both of my children have exelled thru the curriculum.
—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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
n/a
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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 42%
Hispanic 19% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 44%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10965 E. Peralta Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85218
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