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Avalon Elementary School

Charter | K-8 | 282 students

 

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Posted August 3, 2009

2009-2010 is going to be a special year. We're very excited about receiving the Performance Plus rating and reaching AYP. We've added music to the curriculum. This year we want everyone to get involved with the school. We'll be having opportunities to read together as families, multicultural night, science and book fairs, science camps and other exciting activities. Our expectations are high and our teachers are prepared to open new avenues of learning to our students. As Principal I can't wait to get things started, it's going to be a great year!

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Posted September 6, 2013

This school is amazing! I can't express how much this school is like a family. They offer a great education not only in academics but in leadership and behavior. My god children have been going there for three years, so when my son started kindergarten this year I already knew where I wanted him to go. The teachers are always there to communicate with the family and they teach our children so much. When our family suffered the loss of our home to a fire the school was quick to put the word out for donations to help us rebuild our home. I can't recommend it thank them enough for everything they do and teach to our future leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

This small charter school acts like a close knit family unlike any school that I have seen. Perfect example was a recent fundraiser at a local eating establishment. There was such significant outpouring of family attendance that the restaurant was understaffed to handle the orders. The parents volunteer when asked and will go out of their way to help find resources for the classrooms. Each child is known by name by all nearly all staff. The Leader in Me program that the school began implementing last year has made a significant difference in the school.


Posted April 11, 2013

Avalon is the best elementary school in our neighborhood. I brought my kids to this school because of "The Leader in Me" program and I have kept them here because of the fantastic staff and teachers. Everyone from the principal to the janitorial staff genuinely care for each student and their success. This is the most loving and friendly staff of people that I have ever meet and it keeps getting better each year. The school has the students best interests in mind when it comes to their education and has made extra curricular classes, such as music, art and P.E. top priority in their schedules. This year has been so much fun for my kids and the plans that have been talked about for next year are exciting. My family and I are thrilled to see what's in store for the next school year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

I LOVE AVALON!!! I have been teaching at Avalon for two years and I am so thankful to be teaching at such an amazing school. The staff of people working with me all have a great amount of love for each student. We are privileged to see the students become the greatest versions of themselves. We are allowed to get to know the parents and siblings of the students and celebrate in their happy moments. We, as a school, are headed in a fantastic new direction and I am so proud to be a part of it! Come and be a part of the great new things we are doing here!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 10, 2013

I love Avalon wonderful teachers and great staff. My child has learned so much and is very happy. Avalon is a family community!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

Great school! I love how involved all the teachers and staff are with the kids! they work with the individual needs of students, my daughter and son are both happy and thriving in this school! Last year at a different public school, my children were in constant stress from the chaos, and lack of discipline the other children received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

My son attended Avalon for half of the year. He told me how kids in his class were kicked out of other schools. He is an A-B student but at Avalon he was failing. The teachers did not inform me of this and he never brought home graded material. I found this at at mid-term. In four months he had two different teachers. I attended class one day and was upset with how the children treated the teacher. I could not believe that the teacher would put up with the kids that were acting up. I took my son out of the school and he went from failing to A's and B's. Three other kids started at his new school that were also going to Avalon. I am sure that they are trying to make the school great but from what I could see a lot of the children were problem children and they were not allowing the other kids the opportunity to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR: As I begin my first year as Avalon new Executive Director, I will continue to work diligently with parents and faculty to foster an atmosphere that promotes a learning community characterized by child centered instruction and decisions, academic excellence, trust, respect, community involvement, excellent communications, and recognition of both student and staff achievement. I am committed to working in collaboration with you to continue to develop and implement this shared vision. Working together as a team we will move forward in our mission this new school year to create a nurturing, disciplined, and challenging environment in which all students can learn at optimum levels and become responsible members of society. We have so much to be proud of as a staff, family, and community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 21, 2011

I have taught at Avalon for several years and I love this school. This school has zero tolerance for bullying and students are held accountable for their own behavior/decisions. The entire staff is a true TEAM working on making sure things happen for the greatness of the school. The kids are fantastic and learning is interesting and challenging. In 1-2 years this school will be even greater through growth and continued positive direction. I'm proud to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 31, 2010

This school has a lot of heart and the students are wonderful. We work very hard to keep the community involved and value parent involvement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 26, 2010

Avalon works hard to keep students engaged and does wonders with very little resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The principal truly cares about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

I have worked at over 40 Valley High schools and 6 elementary schools. I know what a great staff, healthy, safe, and positive learning environment is and IS NOT. This elementary charter school is, by far, the safest and healthiest learning environment in Arizona. The principal and staff tolerate no intimidation from students or parents. I have a master's degree in education. I know what scientifically based reform curriculum is. This charter school employs Spalding reading. It meets and exceeds all Title I regulations and AYP criteria, which is no small task. Go to the AZ Dept. of Ed. website to view the law and standard requirements. This is a spectacular performing plus school, well on its way to excelling status. If you want your child to learn and not simple be babysat by public education, come to Avalon! It simply is world-class status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

So far, my daughter has been doing well at Avalon. She has had good teachers, who keep me up to date with her progress. I am happy that this year they have music, which my daughter will love.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

This school was underperforming and is now a performing plus school. It was a 'bully' school and is now a kid safe and friendly school. Last year this school had a new principal. This principal and staff have really turned the school into a wonderful small-home town school with small classes and concern for each individual student. The principal wants the school to become an excelling school. I am grateful that my children attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

I have found that the princal dont care and the higher up grades the teacher dont care The school has a big effort to leave paret out of everything clasroom visits field trips.My children willnot be going back if things dont change. This princapal dont think he know what he is doing.maybe the district should get some in that know what they are doingand to run the schooll
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

Avalon is a wonderful school with wonderful staff and teachers. They really do take the time to understand and care what the students needs.The staff is really dedicated to helping the students to be sucessful. We are really happy and excited to have the new principal this year ,As a parent we only see great thing to come this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

I love working at Avalon. I have an amazing class who challanges me and keeps me on my feet each and everyday. I feel blessed to have found such an amazing principal and a great staff. The staff works very well together and I am seeing great things everyday.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2008

This school is wonderful to work for! The pricipal really cares about the students and staff. He goes out of his way to make sure that everyone has everything they need. Also the students are really working hard and showing pride in their school! I really enjoy coming to work everyday.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 23, 2008

This school has wonderful teachers and staff. This year we have been able to spend more time in bringing new and exciting ideas of learning into the classroom instead of spending so much time in classroom management (compared to last year). The kids are eager to learn and have a lot of fun while learning!
—Submitted by a teacher


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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60%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
43%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
0%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

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n/a

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70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
27%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

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n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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50%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
28%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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 63% 42%
Hispanic 30% 43%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Black 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 78%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30
School end time
  • 3:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ray Webb
Fax number
  • (480) 671-4586

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Apache Junction Schools
Mesa Public Schools

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1045 South San Marcos
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
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