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Garden Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 1058 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted April 30, 2003

I must agree with the former posts that this school does pose a security threat to the children attending there, this is a K-8 school,(unfenced campus, just minutes from a major interstate) located directly across the street from a high school,(which is fenced) very open campus, with many places that 'uninvited' visitors may gain access to unlocked classroom doors and open bathrooms with little interception, and no campus 'monitors'. Children are found wandering about campus 'on their way to the bathroom or library'. Parents and high school students repeatedly walk on campus (without signing in and obtaining a visitors badge in the office, (which is school policy,but is laxly, if at all,enforced)


Posted April 30, 2003

I was watching the President of the USA sign the bill for the Amber Alert today & I thought about my child's school & what measures GLES takes to ensure that this Alert system never have to be used on this very open campus. The only thing I could visualize while Bush signed this new bill was how GLES counteracts this new law. So shame on all who do nothing about bettering the school's safety. In this day in age how can a parent, teacher, staff member just sit & pretend all is OK and not speak about it? Are teachers, staff afraid of losing their job? Is it, It will never happen to me/GLES..? Wake up. Stand up for something. Stir the pot and make it happen and stop being one of the walking dead on campus, just smiling and saying hell-o but afraid to stop and hold a conversation. What a $40,000.00 joke!


Posted April 24, 2003

Garden Lakes has a warm, caring and experienced teaching staff. Unfortunately, safety issues appear to not be taken seriously by either the teaching staff or administrators. The major drawback is an open campus K-8 elementary school which is situated on a major road (107th Ave)with no campus enclosed fencing. Lax security procedures and no campus monitors add to the concerns, especially since students use restrooms which are only accessed by exiting the classroom buildings and crossing the open campus to the open restrooms. Playground safety is also compromised by insufficient monitors and a lack of protective surfacing beneath the equipment.


Posted April 15, 2003

The parent involvement at this school is very high. I do feel that the curriculum is lacking, as is the motivation for children to reach their potential. Administrators are involved on a surface level, but very little intervention takes place when problems arise.


Posted October 15, 2002

I feel the curriculm is a little relaxed. Kids in California schools are much more advanced. I feel if I moved back to california I would have to put my child back a grade in order for her to be at the same level as the kids there. My child is currently at the top of her class and I still feel she would be behind.


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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

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
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

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%
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

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%
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

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
62%
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

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%
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

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • 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
Hispanic 52% 43%
White 32% 42%
Black 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 51%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10825 W. Garden Lakes Parkway
Avondale, AZ 85323
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