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Ira A. Fulton Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 2 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted November 17, 2013

I am a 6th grade student at Fulton I LOVE it!!! I have been going there since Kindergarten, that was the year they opened, and I REALLY don't want to leave next year. We go on the best field trips ever!!! I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH ANYONE WHO HAS GIVEN FULTON A BAD REVIEW! I recommend EVERYONE to Fulton!


Posted October 3, 2013

I've been a student for 3 years now and no matter what your child says, this is the truth, the real student's view at Fulton Elementary. First issue, dress code. I don't have a problem with people breaking it, I just have a problem when teachers scold children when they break the dress code because THEY DON'T. I've heard that a teacher scolded some of her students because their pants creeped up when they sat down. No one can control that. Second, bullying. I'm a bullying and cyberbullying victim becaus this school can't control children's behavior and when I spoke up they did nothing. Finally the largest issue, grades and their grading system. Their system is worthless. My social studies teacher only graded using only about 4 things for a whole quarter! The same teacher doesn't even help children, he only teaches verbally and that's a disadvantage cause I need to see someone do it and others need to do it yourself. Also the vanderbolt system had messed up my brain and possibly math grades. It's so confusing and no one will help us! Teachers give us pop quizzes and timed tests! I got a C from a timed test because I was rushed and that probably messed up my science grade too. Beware!


Posted October 1, 2013

In response to the last review, of course they keep the kids inside when the temps are too high! That's common sense! I agree with the fact that too many treats are given in class. There's a Birthday everyday it seems! We were told that the treats would be banned grid year, but that never happened. I do feel my kids are getting a great education at Fulton. I don't feel a teacher's appearance has anything to do with the way they teach. That's rediculous, and judging a person unfairly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

We left this school after 6 weeks. The classrooms are overpopulated and the kids are kept indoors for recess if the temps are too high. I was very concerned with the appearance of the teachers, many looked like they might have a second job as adult entertainers. High heels, low cut blouses and short skirts. Very unprofessional when teaching young minds. Junk foods and candy are brought into and distributed within the classrooms for rewards, and then they wonder why the students are "bouncing off the walls" I am aware that they are an A rated school, but there are more important things than teaching young minds just to pass a test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

My kids transferred here from out of state and I couldn't be more pleased with our choice in school. They were both behind because of the lesser standards in the other state and both teachers worked with me and my children to help them catch up. The teachers are very attentive, and communication is great! The support staff at school is friendly and efficient, they even greet most students and parents by name. We really feel like this is the best place for us and our kids. Great sense of community at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

We changed schools this past year, and it was the best decision we could have made; no regrets. I was so tired of "donating" things to the school, and I'm not talking about classroom school supplies: bulletin board supplies, copy paper, weekly snacks, fundraising (out of control), I was one of a hanful of parents that was there weekly donating my time, etc... Furthermore, there were behavioral issues in the overfilled classroom. The teacher could not control her students, and honestly, I don't think my child walked away gaining any type of education last year. I brought my concerns first to the teacher, and when those went without any action, I went to the principal, Ms. Jayne, who could also care less. It seems that the theme of the school is let someone deal with the problem next year. Apparently, the same children that were causing problems last year are still having the same issues this year. I hope that the new principal can make a difference for this school, because there have to be other parents that want a better education and a better learning environment for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2012

I have been at this school for two weeks, and anyone who would insult this school obviously does not cherish the education provided by this institution. The standards for my children are even higher than I held them to, and I have adjusted mine accordingly. The funding for this school is phenomenal because the parents are involved. The community is involved, and they help the school meet these standards. If you want an 8-3 day care for your kids where they happen to learn how to add and subtract go somewhere else, if you want a lasting education by qualified teachers and an engaged community move here and you won't regret it. The parents are so involved that for a school field trip a lottery needs to be held due to the increasingly high volume of parent volunteers. Again this school is amazing and I am glad that I chose to move my kids to this district and look forward to years of learning and preparation for adulthood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

I was really shocked when I read the previous reviews. Are you kidding me?? I have been at this school for three years now and I love it. My kids have excelled beyond my expectations. My second grader is reading at a 5th grade level. I am able to volunteer in my childrens classrooms so I see first hand the amazing teachers that are there. I do agree about the fundraising (very annoying) but our children benefit from it and if you dont want to then don't. I only do the fun run. These teachers work for peanuts and often spend their personal money on our kids. They need supplies for the classroom and why should they pay for it because the district wont. Parents who can donate do. Honestly these other parents sound paranoid. Fulton is a wonderful school and am so glad and honored to have my children attend school there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

Beware! I am saddened by this school. Mrs. Jayne is a horrible, politic playing principal. The teachers are extremely unprofessional in appearance and actions. They talk and text on their cell phones during class time , gossip with other teachers and parents, taught well by Mrs. Susie Jayne. The teachers bully students and parents. A fine collection of misfits all flocked to one place. No wonder the public school system is failing! Look into all other options before enrolling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

What a wonderful learning environment for my children! Not only because of the quality of their fellow students (see outstanding test scores), but more importantly because of the community that includes top notch teachers, involved parents, and great leadership from Ms. Jayne. I've never been a part of an elementary school where the goal of the school is to continuously improve (kaizen). Ms. Jayne, the teachers, and staff have really built a special learning environment. I'm amazed to see how much the school has grown over the past few years and I'm looking forward it's growth in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2012

terrible school with terrible teachers and principal. i wish i could put no stars because this school is the worst!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2011

This response is to the posting from 12-17--2011. Praise GOD, someone finally feels the same way I do & other parents do. You are completely right. The kindergarten classes do need a teacher's assistant desperately. This particular is located in a extremely well to do community there is no reason that they can't afford a teacher's assistant. Oh, & the donations are ridiculous as well you are also right about that. I mean I do not mind contributing to the classroom donations but every week I have to run out after work & pick up items for classroom donations. If this school is so needy in there school donations let them raise the taxes. I am also looking a charter school as well for child for the next school year. 't
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

Please be ware. This is the worst school ever. I thought many times before writing this review, but I felt obliged to do it. I am usually against writing bad reviews but not when it comes to my or your kids The teachers are so unfriendly and lack experience. The kids learn nothing from school. Also, there is lots of fishy stuff when it comes to the relation between parents, teachers, and the Principle. The Principle pretends to be on your side, but in fact she and the teachers are playing games on you be ware. Also, the teachers hired are somehow connected personally to her most of them don t have the qualifications for the job . I have never been so disappointed that our neighborhood school is one that we never want to attend. Horrible school. For the sake of your children, don t listen to the other reviews and be on the safe side. will
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

I feel what makes Fulton a great school is the great parent involvment. Its very much a family like atmosphere with tons of school pride. Principal Jane is a no non-sense leader and she has all the faculty on the same page. This is my son's second year, last yr he was in there pre-school program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

I used to go to CTA Independence..... and it was awful! I wasted three years there... the kids there are mean and obnoxious..... At Fulton I have the best teachers, best friends, and i do just as well which is pretty well at CTA as i am doing in Fulton and people say CTA is higher education... Yeah right! Fulton Rocks!


Posted February 15, 2010

We love Fulton Elementry! I have 2 children who attend and have never had one single complaint! The staff is so wonderful, the principle is amazing! All the parents are great and my kids have made so many great friends...Great familes at this school!!! So caring and freindly! Unless forces beyond my control I will not move away from this school...I want my children to be here their whole elementry years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

I have a child in the First Grade at Fulton Elementary and I love the school! The staff is very friendly. The principal is approachable as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

I completely disagree with the last review! I send my child to Fulton out of choice. It is not our home school and chose this school. My child loves it there! He is excelling academically. The teachers and staff are great! Principal Jayne is very involved with the staff and students. The school is very clean and everyone takes pride in their school. It is a fantastic school! We are very happy with our decision!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

I cannot believe the other reviews rated this school so high. The staff is super unfriendly and Principal Jayne is completely detached from parents and the community. There is no sense of community the only emphasis is on test scores. I have never been so disappointed that our neighborhood school is one that we never want to attend. I will be pulling my child out after two years. Horrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2009

We love Fulton Elementary. The principal, teachers and staff we have interacted with have gone out of their way to accomodate our needs. Principal Jayne is very involved. The academic standards seem to be high. The school is very clean. Nice sense of community involvement. Lots of fun things through out the year that my child loves as well. Highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
93%

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86%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
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98%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
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87%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
90%

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81%

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89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

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95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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 "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 2012-2013 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 72% 42%
Hispanic 11% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 11%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4750 S. Sunland Drive
Chandler, AZ 85248
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