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West Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 590 students

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Posted May 6, 2014

An awesome teacher should be recognized at West school who teaches the 2nd grade their. This teacher is amazing with her patience with the students in her classroom. Walk into her room and you will get a great western welcome. There is something to be said for a teacher that teaches in a school that she was enrolled in as a child. Coolidge is a small town and it is amazing to see the wonderful teachers who could have chosen to teach somewhere else, stay in their community. The smiles on their faces daily as the students come in to the classes make this school a great place to be every day. The dedication of so many teachers is what makes this school amazing. Parents get involved in your school! Volunteer in the classrooms to demonstrate to your child that their education is your top priority. Promote your child's success by taking time to read to them or help them with their homework. Their future can be bright and fruitful with your encouragement.


Posted November 30, 2013

I use to go to this before I moved back to california and I must say that I really loved this school. In the 7th grade I met the coolest teachers there and one of them is the assistant principal -Mr. Bruno. Bruno was an excellent history teacher he made history amazing instead of making it boring, I remember that we never touch the history book and always made the class laugh and had debates across the classroom. Mr. Bruno made history alive in his class room and till this day I still like history class people say it's boring but not to me . From your old student -Ismael Perez
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 8, 2013

Mr. Bruno is an excellent asst. principal at West School. He has a great relationship with the students. My daughter adores him and looks forward to seeing him every morning! He greets parents, students and staff in a friendly way and makes them feel welcome at his school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

Being a native from Coolidge I have gotten to know many of the staff members at each of our Coolidge Schools. Like every other school there are always sour lemons. Parents cannot base the entire school based on ONE teacher. There are 3-4 teachers per grade level. Many of them are Coolidge natives themselves. West has teachers who care, teachers who are willing to go above and beyond. I have been blessed to have excellent teachers for my children. Miss Garcia, Miss Ortiz, Miss Henry, Miss Cooper, Miss Cardenas, Miss Eades, Miss Hall, & Mr. Herrera just to name a few. These teachers have made a difference in my children's lives. I've had oppurtunities to compare notes with friends, every school in Coolidge can use improvement. Every school in the the world for that matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

I was impressed at all with this school, especially not the teacher my daughter had!! There is alot this school needs to work on, I made a mistake by sending my child there and I really wish I would have done my research first. My daughter usually loves school, but after her first day there, I knew something was wrong. I disenrolled her and enrolled her into a much better school in the area. She looks forward to going to school again now, she is learning and doing great! I would not reccommend to anyone this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

My children have been at this school for going on three years now and today I did the best thing I could do for the future of their education, I disenrolled them from West School. My son was marked absent just last week when he was definitely present as he brought me home that day's assignment and was charged for lunch that day. When the Principal was confronted on this fact, the first thing he replied with was that "I will fix this right now otherwise the school wont receive the funds for him being absent when he was actually here" The money for my child was more important than my childs wellfare. My child brings me home assignments that have A and B grades on them but when I check the Power School program these same asignments are being marked with Failing grades I also brought this to the attention of the principal and he said he would look into it, but how many other assignments have other students not been given proper credit for based on Faculty error? I would suggest home schooling your child if West is your only option for their education. By far the worst Public Elementary school I have ever encountered and the real crime is that it is my Children who payed the price.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

I have lived in this community for almost 6 years. The most involvement, inside and outside of the school, always seems to come from West School staff and parents. They attend events at school, and you often see teachers at students sporting events well past the school day. Teachers work hard and put in their own time and supplies to give the students the best possible education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 19, 2011

I believe West school has Excellent teachers and staff who are always putting forth extra effort in making sure the students are getting the best education possible.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 22, 2010

Autistic students at West Elementary have a self contained classroom for part of the school day. The autistic students attend a regular classroom during the part of the school day, and the autistic students also attend the "specials" (P.E., ART, Library computers Music) with students from the regular ed. classes. Several of the Autistic Students attend a noon hour basketball with fourth grade boys and girls, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. (Three different groups of students) during this time the are taught social skills by the regular ed. students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 29, 2010

I have had my children at West Scool for many years, and have now had one of them move on to the middle school. I have always been happy with the teachers and the staff at West! I could have moved them to another school in the district a few times. But I prefer the atmosphere that we have at West. Very great place to send your child!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

West School is a performing plus school, the entire staff and administration provide support and encouragement in maintaining high standards of teaching and learning. All teachers are "highly qualified" and dedicated to the success of all students. Although we can not please all of the parents all of the time we try hard to stay in contact. I am proud to be part of the staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 23, 2010

West School has an excellent staff. They are very caring and knowledgeable. Children learn at West School.


Posted November 23, 2010

West school has an excellent teaching staff. There is a positive atmosphere that makes learning easy and fun for the students. Test scores have improved dramatically over the last few years, and West School is one of the only schools in the district that is Performing Plus. Great staff, great administration, and wonderful students at West. Any parent should be proud for their children to be Tigers!!


Posted November 23, 2010

My son has attended West school for two years. I have been very pleased with the dedication of his teachers. The school has a lot of activities that involve parents and a very active PTO. There is always something going on that helps support learning and developing as a whole person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

I am proud to say that all of my children and 3 of my siblings all attended West Elementary School in Coolidge. The school is like a family with a caring and friendly staff. The teachers are among the finest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

I went to West School when I was a child, and now I am proud to be a 2nd grade teacher here! We have so many dedicated and intelligent teachers at West. The Administrators and all of the staff all have one common goal: GIVING THE STUDENTS IN COOLIDGE THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE! This is a great school with great values and high expectations. We strive every day to develop strong students with a positive self esteem and a love for learning!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 23, 2010

This school is very inviting and positive. The teachers are very helpful and kind. They work hard to meet and exceed the needs of their students. The administration is also helpful in answering questions and sending out information. I would not hesitate to refer this school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

Coolidge West School is a great school. The teachers are excellent both in their teaching and leadership. They truly care about the students not only academically but on a personal level. Several of the staff live in Coolidge and are a part of their community...they participate in many after school functions and community functions as well. West has a unique environment in that it is definitely more than just a job to the teachers...they truly care. I am proud that my kids are West School Tigers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

West School is a school that instills the belief to their students, "THEY CAN ACHIEVE". These teachers are highly qualified, motivated, and hold high expectations of each student; regardless of the challenges that may arise. Each teacher is dedicated to the success of their students. This is why West School is a Performing Plus School. The lessons, activities, and material used are clearly planned with care. I recommend this school because of the strong emphasis and value placed for every student and family. Education does not stop at the end of the school day, WE as parents must continue to teach our children how to behave and conduct themselves in and outside the classroom. These are the character traits, the West School teachers portray everyday. It shows in the success of my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2010

West School has an experienced, outstanding faculty and administration that cares for each and every child. They challenge students and get results.


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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 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%
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

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
31%
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

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
39%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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
Hispanic 57% 43%
White 23% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 11% 5%
Black 7% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
School Leader's name
  • Gerald Streit
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (520) 723-2707

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
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
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
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

Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Student council/government
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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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460 S. 7th St.
Coolidge, AZ 85228
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Phone: (520) 723-2702

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