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Thompson Ranch Elementary School

Public | K-8 & ungraded | 885 students

 

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Posted May 19, 2014

Bullying/fighting is a major problem at this school. Both of my daughter's have attended here. My girls are white and the other children who aren't call them names. My girls have never been in trouble or acted out but do come home and tell me about fights happening between other students and no one getting into any real trouble. Just recently the bullying has been directed at my youngest. 11 different students stood around in a circle and called her different names & threatening and told her "you don't know what my hands can do to you. " staff doesn't seem to have the kids under control as the kids tell me the children are cursing and yelling at teachers. 8 & 9 yr olds shouldn't be cursing and causing interruptions. These things can be stopped with punishment and maybe they'd turn out half decent too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Good luck when dealing with the Administration at this school-very disappointed. Many excellent teachers at Thompson Ranch though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

Hello I have three students that attend this school. The school is okay an the staff are really helpful. Only thing I have one problem It's that the teachers can't call long disence. Some of the perints have long discents numbers. Please try to fix the problem. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2011

I always knew Thompson Ranch was exceptional. My kindergartener has learned so much in such a short time that it blows me away. The faculty is always so friendly and they always have activities to extend learning at home! Thank you Jaguars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2011

I have been teaching for 17 years now and have spent the last four years at Thompson Ranch. I have never been happier as an educator in a school where I honestly feel that every single employee there from the maintenance staff all the way up to the principal, truly cares about the welfare AND the education of every single child. I fully intend to stay at TRES until I retire. The staff is the best and the students seem to work harder and become more involved every year.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 8, 2011

This school has high expectations for student learning. Individual student data is tracked for each student in every classroom by the homeroom teacher as well as the grade level team. Strengths and weaknesses are identified so students can be assisted as their individual data indicates. The principal (Mrs. Sperling) and assistant principal (Mr. Nevers) are top notch and work hard to meet the needs of students, staff, parents, and community. They have created a work environment that says: "Your ideas matter!"
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 24, 2011

My daughter attended Thompson Ranch last school year. The teachers and admin were well qualified and always created a positive learning environment for my daughter. My daughter will not be attending this school next school year; however if it were my decision alone she would remain. School staff has continuously worked diligently to improve academic success and it shows. Keep up the hard work! Congratulations on the A+ Award of Excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2011

We are so proud be part of the Thompson Ranch family. There are challenging programs offered to students that encourge academic growth. All teachers are focused the growth and well being of each individual student. With the great leadership that this school has I know my student will succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

Our motto "Thompson Ranch is the best we outshine the rest!" is exemplified in all aspects of our school culture. Academically students are challenged to do their personal best. Enrichment activities are provided in the classroom as well as after school in clubs that are both academic and social in nature. Tutoring is also available for all students that are struggling. We are fortunate to have many community volunteers to support our students with their monetary gifts as well as their time. Thompson Ranch has become the first A+ School of Excellence in the Dysart School District because of the dedication of all faculty and staff to serve our students and parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 21, 2011

The Thompson Ranch Community has worked hard to bring it's school to an A+ School of Excellence quality. Students are engaged because of the 21st Century technology skills and Kagan strategies being used in all classrooms. The school has Smart technology in every grade level and on-line support from mulitple resources. STEM activities are being used throughout the school supported by FOSS. This is a school that stepped up to the challenges and PAWed their way to the top. Paw Power!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 21, 2011

The staff at Thompson Ranch understand the needs of the students in this community. They adjust their programs to meet the specific needs of the students and stand by the philosophy that all students can and will learn. There are so many programs in place for our students. We get so much community support. Everyone gets involved and it's a great campus to be on.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 20, 2011

This year Thompson Ranch became an A+ School of Excellence. The students and the teachers work hard everyday. The school has initiated many changes over the last three years. After school tutoring and clubs run four days a week. Students are recognized for their academic success and there is plenty of school spirit! Thompson Jaguars are the Best! They Outshine all the Rest!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 14, 2009

This school, like all the schools in the district, have online report card for parents to view online 24/7.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

My 14 year old son has been a student at thompson ranch just this year. I have experienced a extreme let down involving the staff up to and including the principal and assist. pricipal. The student body is out of control, and several of the teachers that we have delt with are not only unprofessional, but also unaccountable for their inappropriate behavior. How do they expect to teach our children morals and ethics when they themselves possess none of these characteristics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2008

The school does a poor job of informing parents of students grades as the year progress which tends to degrade a parent's ability to properly assist in the education process. Other schools allow parents to go online to view grades and/or progress. My children complain that some of the students do not speak English in their class. 6th grade course work appears to be 1 - 2 grades behind because the kids cannot keep up. I will be pulling my kids at the end of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2007

This is a school that has a wonderful staff that is very responsive to parents needs. My child's teacher goes out of her way to meet the needs of all of the students in the classroom. I am very happy with Thompson Ranch
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

That is sad! This school, I just cant find the words. The principal has a paddle on his window. I know he doesnt use it, weel, hopefully not. I don't like seeing it though. I had those used on me before. I think it is arrogant keeping those up there. That however is the mentality that doesnt want to help your child in an activity.


Posted August 27, 2007

I have three kids in this school covering the gamut from special needs to gifted. I also have a several family members in education in other states. I've been extremely pleased with the education my children have received at TR.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

My grandson moved from California last November. He attended a Montessori school in kindergarten and first grade. He was reading 'chapter' books and writing a review each day, 'borrowing' and multiplication, and had to research and present two major projects. Since attending Thompson Ranch, he has done very little challenging or difficult work. Homework is done with little thought (he says 'I already know that'). My concern is the low AIMS scores for Thompson Ranch. Based on the materials he brings homes, they seem to be working below grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

From the resource teachers to the speech/language pathologist and the OT/PT, all are heads and shoulders above others we've dealt with in the same district.
—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 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
58%
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 65% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
66%
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 65% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
76%
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 58% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
66%
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 "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 71% 43%
White 18% 42%
Black 9% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 84%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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11800 West Thompson Ranch Road
El Mirage, AZ 85335
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Phone: (623) 876-7000

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