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Audrey & Robert Ryan Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 972 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted July 22, 2014

I've had three total interactions with the office staff. Every time they have been rude condescending and snarky. Second day of school and I'm already fed up and moving my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

I have four children and moved to the neighborhood very excited that Ryan was our "home" school. That didn't last very long. The principal has been there since the school was new and DOES NOT work with parents. If you have the slightest issue, they carry it to crazy extremes. My first grader (with autism) was given a gallon sized ziplock bag at the end of the school year full of the half-eaten pencils he had chewed up. I knew that he eats pencils, but the teacher seemed intent on proving a point. The same child was given a fast detention over a very minor playground incident. The following year, I moved him to another elementary school and had a wonderful experience! Ryan has some good teachers, but it's luck of the draw... and don't try to request one or they'll make quite sure that unless an older sibling had that teacher, you don't get them. New this year is the lady at the front desk that I affectionately think of as a "blonde pitbull" She makes sure that you feel unwelcome when you enter the office by grilling you with questions about your intentions when visiting the school. I removed all but one of my kiddos from Ryan. It takes easy-going kids to do well here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2013

Chandler Unified School District abuses their SLPs, or did. This is all that I have to say.


Posted September 19, 2013

Such a great school for my kids! Hard to get in and out of because of parent drop off (they do there best to address this issue), but tons of people drop the kids off instead of riding the bus. Seems like a few parents below may have some problem kids on there hands?:(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

We feel so luck to attend this school. The principal is outstanding and creates a positive and consistent school environment that allows all students the right to learn. The families are inclusive and involved and the teachers are gifted in so many ways. Keep up the good work Ryan Elementary
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

As a prior post suggested, this is a terrible school. Couldn't agree more! Teachers and administration are extremely difficult to work with, children are not challenged whatsoever, no positive reinforcements, and even the slightest mishap by your child(ren)will be punished to the fullest extreme. They are completely unwilling to work with you and your children. Parents, do yourselves and your children a favor - drive down the street and you will find a school that offers an excellent education, outstanding staff, physical education, wonderful parent involvment, and a positive learning environment. My kids have learned to love school again and are succeeding beyond our expectations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2012

My kids have been at Ryan for the past 5 years when we moved here from the east coast education system. We have been extremely happy with this school. My kids have NEVER had a bad teacher. All the teachers have been wonderful, easy to communicate with and very responsive to any problems or concerns. The front office staff is very friendly and helpful. My children have received an excellent education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

I read most of the comments published before, and I have to say I am surprise. I can't think of a perfect school, there are always going to be issues. I personally had one (indirectly) with another parent regarding the bullying, and as someone mentioned before, some parents abuse this great tool by blaming other kids for their kid's insecurities; but still having the bullying system in place is wonderful considering how nowadays kids get easily depressed. That the parent drop off-pick up structure is bad? It is great to have this school in the heart of the community and it takes no longer than 10 minutes to get in or out. Parents please don't act like spoiled children, I come from a third world country, things here are so easy and there are such beautiful buildings, that is sad that you don't appreciate this anymore and complain that easy. Ryan is a rank 10, very well deserve, my son is a perfect example of how good the school is, he has learn so much this past year and his first language is Spanish. Teachers are good, I don't know how the management people are, but they seem nice and in charge. I suggest parents should volunteer more as I do, in order to be more objective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2011

I find it hard to believe that there are legitimate 5stars ratings for this school. Our experience and many others saw the poor attitude of the administration from the beginning. We did remove our children because of the poor leadership here! I believe those who say other have their head in the sand,don't care or are bamboozled by someone. This schools is terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

Our entire experience at Ryan Elementary has been unsatisfactory. The principal & administrative staff are VERY diificult to work with or get clear consice answers from. I think a lot of times they just don't know what to say when asked about procedures or decision made within the school. The parking and traffic at drop off and pick up is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!! This school is in the worst possible location.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

We've had a wonderful experience the past 3 years. Everyone is warm and friendly. The school does have a lot of students, but handles the situation well. There is great communciation from the administration and the PTO. We don't feel like there is an "order" if you will, because you have money/don't have money. Everyone is treated the same. Each year we have seen more and more parents getting involved. The school and administration handles issues very well (not that we have every had any, but have heard from others). Our kids love it, we love it and we would never go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

Ryan is an average school that is EXTREMELY over crowded. During my daughter's 1st grade year she had over 30 children in her reading group and there wasn't even enough desks for all the children. Come to find out my child wasn't in the correct reading group the first half of the year due to numbers and space:( Test scores are high, but my daughter wasn't growing academically (especially in math). State standards are taught, but nothing above and beyond!!! I am glad we made the choice to change schools. I really can't believe two schools in the same district can be so different academically. My daughter loves her new school and we have never looked back!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

I just want to share my experience of this school during the kinder year 2009-2010 of my daughter. The school looks nice and roomy because it is new. The traffic in and out to school in the morning was chaotic. The streets around that school were not built to handle many cars in the morning. In addtion, school allows only 20 minute window to drop off students, that makes parent in the position of rushing. If your kid take bus, it should not be a problem, but my daughter was afraid of taking the bus due to the big kids on the bus. My daughter did not learn much academically because the teacher spent too much time to handle the troubled kids (told by a parent who volunteered to help the teacher). I moved her to CTA school for the 1st grade even I have to drive longer and off traffic to my work. To me the reason the school is rated 10 because of the test scores. The school has the programs for the advanced students for 2nd grade and up. So it could be a good choice if your children go there at older age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

I've had kids at Ryan for the past 5 years. The principal and office staff are hard to work with if you have problems. Some of the teachers are wonderful, and others are terrible... just depends on who you get... and if you try to request one they will make sure you don't get whoever you wrote down. They also have a "bully prevention" program in place at Ryan that I don't care for. It teaches the kids that there is someone else to blame when there's a problem... They are constantly telling me that they have been "bullied". I asked my 6 year old to do some jobs around the house and she told me I was a bully. I wish they'd get rid of the bully program. The school is overpopulated (and they will use that as an excuse if you have a problem with how they do things)... the enrollment is over 1,100 this year. They've also got a "dean of students" who is nothing but an overpaid police officer who has terrible people skills. I really wish I could say more good about the school, but it really is run more like a boot camp than an elementary school. Needs new leadership really bad. The test scores are good though, and the academics are okay... as long as you fit in the box.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2011

I would never recommend this school to anyone. They expect your child to be perfect! They refuse to work with parents when there are concerns, it's they're way or no way! This school gets NO STARS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

The teachers are subpar, classes are chaotic. The principle is apathetic. Any issues that arise will result in deportation of your child to other schools; they will even fill out the application for you, not informing you of their intentions first. They are under staffed. Student to teacher ratio from this site is incorrect. There are 25-30 children per teacher, well over the nation s average. Classes are run like a boot camp, only thing missing is an effective leader. Our child will be removed from this school as well; the previous post is 100% accurate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

This is our third year at Ryan Elementary, we love it!! All of the staff help to provide a safe, fun environment for the children to learn in!! We could not be happier!! Our child loves it and is very happy, that makes for happy parents!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Ryan Elementary is the BEST! From the administration to the teachers to the students. ALL the staff provide such a warm, caring atmosphere for the students and the parents. WE LOVE RYAN ELEMENTARY!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

We are so happy with the school, the administration, teachers and staff. They really care about the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

My daughter has attended Ryan for 3 years and my son is in Kindergarten. They both have a dramatically increased learning experience from what I received and both love their teachers, school, and Principal. Hat's off to the Ryan Royals.
—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.

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84%

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94%

2012

 
 
95%

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91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

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97%

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99%

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98%

2011

 
 
93%
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

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%
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

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

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

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
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

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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 73% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 3%
Hispanic 9% 43%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 9%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4600 S. Bright Angel Way
Chandler, AZ 85249
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