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Kyrene De La Paloma School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 473 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We have been at Paloma since March of 2014. Our four kids made the transition seamlessly. Our now 8 year old has an anxiety disorder that he has struggled to control. Last year he was in three different alternative programs that kept him secluded from students his age. The school's administration and resource staff met with me before my student was even enrolled and set out a plan for his integration. He is now in the regular classroom setting 95% of his day. We have been very impressed with the entire staff and would recommend this school to anyone who wants a place to call home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2014

I have had children at Paloma for four years and continue to be impressed with the teachers, office staff, and administration. It is truly a positive environment and one in which students can learn and excel. Everything about the school is well organized and there are a lot of opportunities for parents to be involved in and out of the classrooms. I feel lucky that my children attend Paloma.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

The best! Great teachers, principal, and events. I live in this community and love the people and the homes. This is community that is like no other in AZ!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

The principle is not helpful, teachers are fine but can not handle their classrooms they are too loud and wild. I removed my 2 children from this school far away from it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

I have two boys presently in 1st and 3rd, both having come is as kindergarteners. This school has really shown to continually put it's best foot forward with regard to our children's education and pride in the community. Recently while waiting for my eldest to wrap up a student council meeting I saw, first hand, the staffs reaction to a missing child(ren) situation. Apparently two siblings, just days new to the school, were not where their parents had expected. This began a chain of calculated events that showed this school's dedication and painstaking care and concern for the children. Without hesitation, phone calls were made, parents were consoled, students descriptions were confirmed, the bus driver confirmed the drop off location, teachers and staff were called to attention and within the short time I was waiting in the office the children were located and soon reunited with their waiting parents. Although this is a scenario that we certainly hope never to be repeated, it was just one more testament to Paloma's commitment to the children. Kyrene de la Paloma is an exceptional School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

My daughter attended Kyrene de la Paloma from 3rd - 5th grade. I was very pleased with the highly skilled teachers and caring atmosphere of the school. The office staff is friendly and answers questions quickly, and the administrators returned my calls promptly and helped me when I had concerns. My daughter enjoyed the fun projects she did and made lots of good friends. All of her teachers built a relationship with my daughter and challenged her academically. I would highly recommend this school if you are looking for a great school to attend in Kyrene.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

My daughter went to this school for 2 years. In the beginning I thought the school was great! Needless to say, by the time we ended our second year I had a different opinion. Most of the staff are great, but there is one teacher specifically that should not be teaching anymore and needs to retire. The principal doesn't care if kids are bullied, she will tell you that, "we try to empower our kids to take care of their problems themselves", who the heck says that when a child is being bullied by older kids? We had dealt with the bullying for 4 months and finally went to the principal as a last resort hoping for some help, well nothing was done. I gave this school 3 stars because there are some great teachers there that really care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

I have three kids that attend this school. One of them is finishing their 5th grade year and started out as a kindergartner here. I have watched this school take a drastic turn for the worse. Leadership is a complete failure. The principal is very unapproachable. The school is falling apart. So much focus is put on safety but anyone can sign your kid out. My child was picked up by step dad and it was his first time in the office. No ID, no questions asked. Obviously my child was safe but they seriously won't let you walk your own child to the playgro und in the morning out of fear but anyone can walk in and request they pull your child out. Drop off and pick up procedures are chaotic. There is absolutely no organization. Kids are also taught ONLY what's on the AIMS test. This school needs more parents to speak up. So many do talk about these issues but unfortunately, it is not heard by the right people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2013

I have three children at Paloma. I am a certified teacher and I consider myself pretty critical when it comes to my children's education. Even at the kindergarten level, there is a very high standard for academic achievement, but it is beautifully balanced with enough discovery learning to make it fun. I fully believe that if kids enjoy school, they will be successful. All of my children love school; they love their teachers. The teachers are really incredible. They deliver engaging, relevant lessons and really teach the CONCEPTS, not just the skills. Field trips are varied and connected to learning objectives. There is clear collaboration at Paloma and they are a partner school with ASU, so there are student teachers in many classrooms. Another set of eyes makes an incredible difference in the amount of attention your child will receive. While the student teachers may be inexperienced, they are eager to do well. I love the enthusiasm and innovation they bring to the classrooms. The principal is very visible on campus and seems approachable and respected. My children love the opportunity to lunch with her. I have no hesitation endorsing this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

This school is a wonderful environment for children to learn. The principal is a compassionate, intelligent and kind person. My children have attended for 7 years between the three of them. I feel fortunate to have such caring people surrounding my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

I am somewhat unhappy with Paloma, I think the teachers are good and the class room sizes are good. Their needs to be more focus on the way children treat each other. Not addressed at all. Parent involvement is good, PTA is good. Would still recommend to parents, no place will be perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

Very good school. One of the best in chandler. The curriculum is very diverse. The schools has a lot of extra curriculum activities, and the neightborhood is very calm
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2005

This schoool has wonderful programs and as part of the Kyrene school district is one of the best in the state. The ADE raks this school as excelling. They have full day kindergarten and and exceptional gifted program. Many of the parents are in the PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

I have 2 boys attending. This school rocks! The academic level is great and keeps my kids challenged. The PTA sponsors all sorts of fun events throughout the year like carnival, pumpkin patch, etc. The kids go to art, music and PE every week and they teach 'lifeskills' like caring, concern, integrity, etc. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

Great school if your child has no learning problems or A.D.D. otherwise forget it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

We were extremely please with our experience at Paloma. We felt that the teachers were well qualified, and cared about the students. Our son entered kindergarten at a 'average' level, and left with 'above average' marks on his report card. We felt confident in sending our son there everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2004

My son has beed diagnosed with ADD, when I brought this to the schools attention they immeadietly startrd working on a program to fit his needs. Since then he has steadly progressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2003

My child has attended Paloma for three years. Every teacher 'we' have had, from the classroom teachers to the 'specials' teachers have been fantastic! The school has a very 'Open Policy', parents and visitors are always welcome. Not just by 'our' student's teachers, but the entire staff. Any concerns that I have ever had have been addressed immediately and always resolved to my satisfaction. I KNOW that everyone there is professional, careing and dedicated to giving our children the very best! We researched many schools before moving and settling here. Paloma teachers and staff made it simple to decide where to settle, simply because they are the best.


Posted April 4, 2003

Paloma is a mediocre school in all respects, although there are some great teachers. For years the school remained committed to outdated 'whole language' techniques, and it has only recently begun to integrate more up-to-date methodologies. As a result, many of those who attended here in recent years are unable to spell or syllabify and do not read, moreover, at the grade level.


Posted March 29, 2003

I have had excellent support and communication with the teachers and principal of Paloma. They keep us updated with no only our childrens progess and/or issues, but also any unfortunate situation that may occur on or around the campus.


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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

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
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

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
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

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
81%
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 59% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Black 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 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 31%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Chandler, AZ 85226
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