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Anna Marie Jacobson Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 828 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 7 ratings

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Posted November 1, 2014

Unless your child is in the CATS program there is not too much that differentiates this school from any other. Our teachers ARE wonderful and we have nothing but admiration for their dedication to our children. What is missing is better communication from leadership about school happenings; parents shouldn't have to subscribe to the school's PTO Facebook page in order to stay informed. Despite subscribing to School Wires we feel routinely left out of the loop. Also, with the disparity in income levels among the students the campus would benefit from an Anti-Bullying Campaign. When my children have had issues they refuse to complain because both the parties, no matter how one-sided the bullying is, are punished. Popular (ie. clique-y) kids are encouraged while shy kids are receiving the message that they shouldn't even bother speaking out. This is discouraging as a parent trying to raise kind-hearted, fair-minded children in this environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Awesome! My kids get the best education here. The teachers give each child their undivided attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

The students are the main focal point of the school's mission statement. Great student/teacher ratio.


Posted April 10, 2014

Fantastic! So blessed to have my children attend such a great school. The teachers are amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

The school has in place guidelines to continue the path of success with methods of including parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

I agree with other parents concern about students with special needs. Principal, teacher and special needs counselor shows total disregard for students with special needs. They are just one additional headache for them. If you go and talk to them, they will politely ask you to go to another school rather than taking care of you. There is too much bullying. Teachers and administrators don't like students from other races. That is why you will see very few students of other races. My advice is to go to other schools if this is your home school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

I am pleased that my children attend this school. The princiapl, Mrs. Weed is the best princiapl, so interactive and outside talking with parents, meeting the kids to make sure they have good days. I honestly am so glad I switched my kids from Noah Webster Basic School where the principal never called anyone back and never was seen. Jacobson has been a blessing to my children and as a parent I am so happy!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

This has been my son's first year at Jacobson and I could not have been more pleased. He's gifted with fairly severe ADHD. Other school districts had wanted to put him in a special needs classroom. Only Chandler agreed with us that he should be put in the gifted program where he would be challenged academically and socially. Jacobson has given him the support he needed to succeed in the gifted program. They have been responsive to all our concerns and usually were way ahead of us. I don't think we could have had a better experience. The teachers and resource teacher have been phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

We have a lot of issues with this school. The principle does know the children's names, but that is just for show. She seems nice at first, but after you hear her talk, you can see how fake she is. She couldn't care less about our concerns & was trying to force our child into one of the "four buckets" (their words for special needs classes) due to one simple need. They show no respect for children that are not white or those who have some challenges. One of the special needs "bucket" was labeled "the wheelchair class" . I personally don't have a child that requires a wheelchair, but the very thought of the principle and some of the staff labeling children like that is very offensive. Their main focus is to have every kid memorize what they need to know for the AIMS test and to look good on paper. We are white, but I have seen the horrible looks they give to people of mixed races or different color. That is not the environment we want our child in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

This school is amazing! After having my daughters at a private school for several years, I can honestly say the academics at Jacobson are more challenging and well rounded. The teachers really care about the students and the principal knows every student by name. My oldest daughter was in the advanced program and my youngest daughter needed speech therapy, both were easy to access and valuable. I LOVE this school and feel very fortunate that my children have an opportunity to attend a great school right in our own neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2012

We have our two daughters at this school. We have lived in England,, Ireland and USA three states (NM, Oregon and now AZ). This is by far the best school my kids have ever attended their opinion !! and they are very happy and contented. Reading these reviews I had to double check at the top of the page that this was my childrens school I had logged into. As for bulling issue my oldest daughter has told me she has never seen any during her time at this school. We could not be more pleased with this school, the teachers and Principal are excellent and my kids grades have increased while here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

Jacobson has great teachers, a dedicated and involved support staff and a really fun principal who loves the kids. My son is very happy there and we're please with the education he's receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

This school becomes more of a joke, day after day. The school/district now thinks they have the power to tell me what music class my daughter will take. Excuse me, you are NOT my attorney, you are NOT a court of law nor are you the decision maker in my household. The administration is a joke and talks out both sides of their mouth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

Jacobson is a wonderful school! The teachers love to teach. My children have developed a great love of learning. I believe their teachers at Jacobson have had a great influence over this. The teachers at Jacobson really care about their students and help them reach their fullest potential. I believe my children are getting a phenomenal education. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to send my children to Jacobson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2011

Excellent School. Great teachers, parents, and administrators. My child has been at this school since kindergarten and is moving on to junior high in the honors program. Never any issues with security or gangs. Many kids walk to school, nice neighborhood. We are lucky to have had the opportunity to have been in this district and attend this school, lots of parent volunteers and involvement. Highly recommended school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2011

I agree with previous post in regard to the wealthy demography of the neighborhood. That is reason it what made Jacobson a racist school itself.Majority of the guardians as well as teachers hold a false attitude of superiority in terms of race, color and class and they are nakedly exposed. So far the merit of the teachers and quality of education are concerned this school is falling behind to many of the district schools in Chandler. That is why also I like previous post for showing the courage not to mention that truth.Bulling is a common practice just due to the background of the students.That is why you will see almost zero presence of non-white students who are in most cases are far superior in merit and attitude and compose a lion's share in district's overall high-grade performance We are from Asian origin. My kids were here for two years and had enough of bashing. I wish this school should come out of their current stance and blend to the actual dynamics of what making Chandler as one of the academically and socially rich cosmopolitan in the state. Otherwise guardians will send their kids to an island that floats itself and to watch free fashion show of its snob teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

This is a very engaged elementary school. Teachers and administrative staff are awesome. Has some issues with our daughter that were quickly resolved thanks to her teacher and the staff. I give this school a big kudos for all their hard work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2011

I am a parent. my son has been bullied quite a bit. There is a lot of gang violence in all grades. I reccomend there are officers on campus after school at all times. Pick up your kid DONT LET THEM WALK ALONE!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My child has been unhappy attending this school. Her teachers have used humiliation and negative consequence to control student behavior The academic standards are average. If a student is not in the CATS class room (gifted self-contained), there is no enrichment program available to reach the above-average child. There has been a change in principals. The latest principal is unwilling or unaware of improvements needed to make this school a better place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

Our son has autism and has been in the Chandler schools since preschool. We've always had excellent support and he's received a great education. This has been our first year at Jacobson and I've been very disappointed when I compare it to the other Chandler schools he's attended. A great deal of the staff - teachers, principal and counselors - seem disconnected and uncaring. The one shining star is the resource teacher, who is fantastic. It's been a discouraging year and we will be looking elsewhere next year.
—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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79%

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88%

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84%

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80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

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92%

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94%

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94%

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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

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94%

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96%

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96%

2011

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

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92%

2012

 
 
95%

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

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

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97%

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95%

2011

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

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90%

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85%

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77%
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

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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82%

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82%

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85%

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82%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 42%
Hispanic 13% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 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 15%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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