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Bales Elementary School

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Posted May 20, 2014

Bales School is a great place for kids! Whatever budget shortfalls there may be with any district, the teachers and administrators at Bales truly work their hardest to provide a top notch education and fun learning environment for their students. The principal, Mr. Lugo, is one of the main reasons we have kept our children at Bales. His love for his students is evident in everything he does. This is true with all of the administration and staff. You do find the normal cliques among the students that you do anywhere, but we have never had an issue with bullying and our kids have never felt "left out". There are a lot of choices for education here in Buckeye, and I have to say we wouldn't think of moving our kids out of Bales.The one area that could definitely improve is that of parent participation. But that is a personal issue, and I'm sure if more people were able to help out they would, but you can't fault a school for it's parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

My school is awesome because teachers care about students and go far above and beyond their duties to show it. My children are learning and growing by leaps and bounds!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

We moved here from out of state and had kids at Verrado for 2 years. Then we bought a home in the Bales precinct and this is our second year here. While it was initially a shock to get used to different demographics coming from Verrado, it has been a vary pleasant experience. YOU play a huge roll in your childrens learning. Be active in their rolls as students, volunteer at school (Bales needs it!) be friendly with staff! Principal Lugo has an amazing background! Ask him about it. Get to know him. comments on this forum about never meeting the principal are funny to me. Have YOU walked in and asked to meet him? I have found out that people in Arizona are friendly, but not outgoing. You have to put in effort to get response, and that is okay! Most importantly, my kids LOVE going there. I have 3 that attend. We chose to keep them there after being accepted to a charter school. Go Bales!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

I kid had came to bales for kinder - 3 grade and had been behind in many subjects like math and language arts the staff had also been rude to him and yelled at him for no reason he had once been sent to the office for losing his pencil and he was in kindergarten
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2012

My children attended this school and it was an awful experience. There are a handful of teachers who are there because they want to be and it shows. The other teachers party with parents and then talk about it at school! Special needs are not dealt with, bullying is not dealt with and the principal has his way of placing a placebo on every issue you bring forth. Basically, if you advocate for your child you are not treated well at this school, you are sneered and talked about and that does not make for a healthy learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

This school overall to excellent. The principal and counselors worked with my child overtime to help him achieve. There are a few teachers who could use some sensitivity training and manners bot they don't teach that in college...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

I absolutely LOVE Bales Elementary School.. I have gotten to know the principal, office staff, teachers and other parents. I have spent the last three and a half months volunteering in my daughters classroom. Yes, there are issues but minor, the type every school has. Especially with diminishing resources. I have found Bales to be a wonderful learning environment for my daughter and am looking forward to another school year for her! I would encourage all parents to stop in and see their child's learning environment and give their teachers some much needed support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

We recently transferred our child to Bales, and we are very pleased with the result. Our child is happier and feels more at home. If it's your goal to let your child succeed amidst a multi-cultural and diverse group of students then this is a great place. The faculty is always responsive and the front office and Administration is extremely communicative. For those reviews that say they are not, I would dare to say it is because of the parent's lack of communication, not the school. Parents often forget that it is their effort put forth at home that also matters. Relying solely on the school is an ignorant move. They are our children and if we expect them to succeed and excel we must do our part in our home. Originally from New York State, education is extremely important to us and Bales is currently a Performing Plus school and is doing the very best they can with the resources they have. If there was more parent participation I am sure this school would rank in the Excellence category.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2010

Great school I wouldn't have my kids anywhere else. The principal and staff are all great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2009

I am a single parent that hold education in the highest of standards. My daughter began Kindergarten this year at Bale's Elementary and I am overwhelmed with the support from the staff, communication with the teachers and the Principal is outstanding!!! I am so happy I chose Bales Elementary for my daughter. I wouldn't have it any other way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2009

Mr. Lugo is very involved with the students, always out when it's drop off or pick-up times. He is strict but loving but also loving with all students. The perfect balance. Teachers are great, office staff is always ready to help promptly, and is very kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2009

I have had nothing but good experiences with Bales and the staff at Bales. The new principal is Great. The new office staff is Great also. I am always greeted nicely when I walk into the office and they are always willing to help. My kids also love the shool and their teachers. I wouldn't have them at anyother school in Buckeye.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

I am happy to give this school an excellent report. I am pleased with the teachers, staff and academic program currently provided. Students are also encouraged by recognition given for academic performance as well as positive behaviors. I encourage all families to participate when they can in any of the events sponsored by the school. I think you will be pleased with what Bales has to offer the community and especially our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

I find it hard to even give this school one star. From the very first day of school last year we had nothing but problems. The school has no sense of organization....communication...discipline...encouragement...nothing at all. Trying to get a returned call from a teacher or any type of staff is like pulling teeth. My kids will NOT return to Bales. I seriously recommend they get it together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2009

The one and a half stars for this school I give to the Teachers that are there to TEACH my 2 kids and for the office faculty that are THERE TO HELP you and answer the many questions and concers of Many Parents. I know that even if you the parent has one day to give to your childs teacher to help him/her you get a different AND a BETTER understanding of the Adults WHO want to be at Bales Teaching or are there to Socialize. I am doing my best to NOT bring my kids back next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

I don't how anyone could possibly give Bales elementary even one star. The principal in non-exsistent, they never answer the phone, or return calls. I have walked into the office many times to phones just ringing. How can we expect our children to show respect and good nature to others when the people they spend most of their time around (teachers and faculty) aren't they role-models they should be? I am extremely disappointed with the discipline at Bales, The things that children get away with are unbelievable. The faculty don't seem to care about the well-being of our children and like to sweep things under the rug. Plus the lack of motivation from everyone is extremely tiring to those who care and try to carry the workload of everyone else. I have 4 children who won't be returning to Bales next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

Bales is by far the worst school that I have have taken my children to. The classrooms are over crowded and the faculty just doesn't seem to care. I have never been able to get in contact with any of the administration, even when I walk in the school personally or call multiple times in the day. I have heard nothing but great things about Westpark Elementary from my friends and plan on enrolling my children there on monday... I hear the have Open enrollment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2009

I feel this school problems is with the district not the principal. He is doing the best he can working with what he has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

I have had experience with another school, West Park Elementary, and I have to say that this school is far above their level of performance. The other elementary school pales in comparison. Bales Elementary's staff and faculty treat you with respect and compassion. There are no politics or unprofessional behavior. They are wonderful at doing their job....teaching our children in a safe environment! My daughter loves this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

My kids have only been going to this school for about 10 weeks now. I have never met the principal, who was in the office the day i was enrolling my kids. My kids homeroom teachers are great but as for the rest of my daughters teachers I have had the feel that they just aren't really into teaching them at all and just sending it home for the parents to figure out on there own. I am very involved in my kids schooling but when it comes to the amount of homework one child has I aometimes wonder if I as a stay at home mom of 4 would be better off homeschooling my children. I have decided that my kids will not be returning to this school next year I am enrolling them into a private school so they will have a chance to get a education.
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Plus".
  • 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
Hispanic 61% 43%
White 30% 42%
Black 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 62%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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25400 W. Maricopa Rd.
Buckeye, AZ 85326
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