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Lone Mountain Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 627 students

Science Technology Engineering and Math

 
 
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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted May 2, 2014

Lone Mountain is simply a great school. The atmosphere is open and caring and the kids seem to thrive on it. The staff is all available to help or lend an ear if there's ever any concerns and the Principal is AWESOME! They regularly have parent student events that allow parents to get to know one another and that strengthens the school community in my opinion. The facilities are clean, secure, and well laid out. The lunches are healthy, the aftercare programs are great. Our experience there in 3 years has been great. I'd recommend anyone looking for a great school check it out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

This school has issues. Bullying being the #1 problem. They don't reprimand the kids that do it, but reprimand those that defend themselves. They allow verbal bullying to occur on a daily basis with no consequences. There are a few good teachers but the majority are burned out and its just a paycheck. They don't care about the kids or deal with the issues surrounding the kids that are mean. They allow sick children with fevers constantly, don't allow kids to go home sick. Parents are not friendly, new kids are not accepted, they are picked on with no assistance from administration. We left this school as it was not a fit for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

I have had two children attend LMES and cannot say enough good things about this school. The principal is wonderful and provides strong leadership. The teachers really care about the children and their learning and go above and beyond on a daily basis. LMES is a STEM school with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Teachers incorporate hands on learning and the use of 21st century technology into their daily lessons. The principal, teachers, parents and students form a strong, caring community which we ve been fortunate to have been a part of for the past 7 years. I would highly recommend this outstanding school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

We have been at LMES for four years and we have had a wonderful elementary school experience every year! The teachers are wonderful show their passon for teaching every day, the principal is great with all the students, and amazing parents that volunteer endless amounts of time to our school makes LMES an Amazing school!! We love the STEM program and think that our kids are thriving in their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

We have been at LMES for several years and we have been extremely happy. Our children are thriving because of the wonderful teachers and extremely motivated principal. The level of education is wonderful, and the teachers all show their passion for instructing. Having a great principal, excellent teachers and amazing parents that volunteer endless amounts of time to our school makes LMES the Amazing school that it is. We are a proud LMES family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

Both of my kids have been at LMES since Kindergarten. I applaud the teachers, the admin staff, lunchroom, volunteers, PTO & parents for making this school a safe and fun place for our children to learn. Not only are they challenged, but they have made life-long friends. I recommend this school to anyone moving into the Cave Creek area - or even if you are on the border and can't decide to go to LMES or another elementary school - you need to pick LMES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

My granddaughter has been attending Lone Mountain Elementary School since Kindergarten. The teachers at this school not only attend to the children's academic needs but their emotional needs as well, instilling confidence in the early years so they can be successful going forward. The Principle of Lone Mountain cares for every one of her students and knows them by name. She is sensitive and kind but runs a tight ship and has very high expectations of her staff keeping this school excelling in academics and creating a safe and caring environment in which to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

We came to LMES from another state and have been here one year. Although the academic programs and teachers' skills seem strong, I am disappointed in the atmosphere of the school. Our child has come home upset by how students treat each other, mean comments and hitting, and how it seems the staff is not concerned when children mistreat each other. Our previous school had programs to encourage positive values like respect and responsibility. This school seems only concerned with the business of academics. I am saddened that my child sometimes does not want to go to school because everyone is mean. I know that our neighbor's child quit riding the bus due to fear of how other kids treated him. This is an atmosphere I believe the school needs to address.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

I have two children at LMES and am very pleased with the education they have received. Teachers provide enrichment opportunities within the classroom, as well as before and after school. My children's teachers have gone above and beyond my expectations in their willingness to provide new and interesting educational opportunities as well as showing such an interest in getting to know each child as an individual. Teachers, staff, and administration are easily accessible and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

Both of our girls have attended this school since Kindergarten. They have excelled in the school because of the curriculum, the care the teachers take in their instruction process, and the overall positive environment. The girls enjoy the other students, the extracurricular options, and the friendliness of the instructors. The school system does a great job of communicating with parents and creating a safe environment for learning and development to take place. The teachers lead by example and provide great role models that our girls can look up to. We are proud to have our daughters involved in this excelling school and feel confident they are receiving a quality education and developing socially at the right pace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

I have been at Lone Mountasingle many years and seen many improvements.. I have enjoyed my time here. My children have been happy and feel safe. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The school has top notch technology to keep our children current.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

My children attended this school for 3 years and I have to say I am glad we left! Certain teachers play favorites, so much that it harms other students. I found the PTO to be very unwelcoming and not at all interested in help unless you were throwing money at them! My children were so far behind when we moved to a different state, at least two grade levels.( at lmes they had good grades) I hope the school has improved since my kids attended as it has taken them over a year to get back on track.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

STEM program is a real asset to the students and the staff. Teaching is hands on, and helps students to be problem solvers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

We have 1st and 3rd graders at LMES. Both love their classes and teachers. The principal is fantastic and gets everyone excited, so the parental involvement is great. Academics are strong and they still offer special programs like Mandarin. We've experienced 5 schools in the past 4 years and this is our favorite.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

Our children went to this school for one year then we moved closer to my husband's work...big mistake...We moved back specifically because of the teachers and environment of learning here. We love this school and will be here til our last child is in JR High!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2006

Went to their Kindergarten roundup and they were completly organized and had a very professional presentation for all parents. Very infomative and well organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Like a dead tennis ball Meets the 'average' (sort of) all around ticket. No inspiration to move on (because no gifted program exists); no early interventions available until 3rd grade (at which point students are already 1-2 grades behind); minimal external program involvement with real world organizations. Overall, passive (not proactive), lacking inspiration and ambition to enable children to see and live up to their full potential. Environment is clean, safe and pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Although I am a firm believer that education starts in the home, this school helps reinforce the importance of education. Great Principal, wonderful teachers (Majority), Fun and funny Gym teacher, good computer lab w/ online at home access with additional learning opportunities. Very happy that our kids go there after moving here from the midwest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2005

Great school..safe, clean, nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

This school has a positive environment in which students can learn! You should look at the outstanding test scores this school has accomplished in the only three years it has been open. The principal is extremely concerned about student achievement and staff development, and it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%
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

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%
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

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
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

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

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

  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 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 93% 42%
Hispanic 5% 43%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Highest Growth Award (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Nancy Shaver
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 595-1312

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the Run
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Lone Mountain was named an A+ School of Excellence in 2013
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Sonoran Trails Middle School
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5250 East Montgomery Road
Cave Creek, AZ 85327
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Phone: (480) 437-3000

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