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Dysart Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 879 students

 

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Posted October 1, 2014

Reading this makes me happy :) this school feels like home and is A rated. I am saddened however to read "the principal is a hot mess" or that the cafeteria staff treats kids worse than animals. When parents have such massive complaints, get involved, join PTO, volunteer and make your voice and concerns heard by becoming a part of this awesome community. There are always underlying factors to everyone and everything. Don't judge without all of the pieces of the puzzle.


Posted May 24, 2014

Great staff that genuinely care for students. The principal is a hot mess but everyone else is top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

I'm so disappointed about the cafeteria staff at th I s school. They treat kids worse than animals. :( it really sad to know that because you child had no balance on the lunch acct. They will give him/her a sack of lunch with sandwich bread and a cold piece of yellow cheese instead of calling and let parents know they have 0 balance. I talk to the cafeteria manager and she didn't do anything about it. Plus the school principal has no clue of h o w to handle anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

great school...its like my kids second home and when you go there it feels like home all the teachers are really connected my 2 kids have went there for 4 yrs and we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Looks like this site is out of date compared with the school's site. It's an "A" school and the principal is Linda Shaw with an enrollment of 951. We recently moved here and our children have loved this school. The staff and teachers have been wonderful to work with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2013

We went to Dysart after having fled a horrible special education experience over at Rancho Gabriela Elementary in 2012. We stayed at Dysart for a few months and then finally moved to Scottsdale. Our short stay at Dysart was so warm and inviting. There is a real sense of family and community there. Dysart will always be in my heart as a fantastic school with very hardworking faculty members. If we were still trapped in the Surprise school district, my children would be going to Dysart. Even with a lower socioeconomic environment, Dysart beats all the other Surprise schools. It's Surprise's best kept secret. Kids in this area may not have the best home life, but they are treated respectfully at Dysart. They are all given free breakfast and teachers treat the children like family. God bless the faculty at Dysart Elementary. They are doing a remarkable service.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

I love Dysart Elementary. There are outstanding teachers, both Ms. Orozco's, Mrs. Sprankle, Mrs, Heck, Mr Kleinow, Mrs Garrett, Ms Clark, Ms McLain, Mrs Cisneros.... Ms Buck was an amazing principal and now the new principal Ms Shaw seems to be just as great and has a fabulous record. I love the office staff and always feel welcomed at the school. Mr and Mrs G are a great part of the staff as well. I have had 8 of my own children attend this school and I have had very few problems and the ones we have had were address well. I always feel that my concerns are welcomed and heard. Yes, there is a problem with parent involvement, but the kids have a great team of staff and teachers there to teach them and support them. If the parents would get more involved then this could easily be an A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

I think this school is absolutely great. I am an employee of the district and I travel to different schools within the district a few days each week, so I am able to compare schools. I work with 6th thru 12th graders, and I have to say the atmosphere is terrific at this school. The staff really takes pride in making the school a great place for children to come and get a good education. The principle is always out and about in the halls and classrooms;she is caring and involved with the students. Front office staff is awesome! The most important thing however is the amount of energy and effort the teachers put into making sure your children are getting everything they can out of their education. They care!


Posted March 8, 2011

The school is awesome I truely feel that my kids are safe there and the teachers truely care about them. I enjoy the events put together by PTA and the school its self. My child made student of the month and the celebration was awesome. made the students feel very importatnt for what they have done. ThankYou to Ms. Buck she takes great pride in her school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

I would seriously reconsider sending your child to this school. The children are allowed to bully each other, They have no money for extra programs and there is no communication between administration and parents unless you find out from your child first or the offence is worthy enough for a phone call. Pushing and hitting is not enough to warrent a phone call home.My children had only attended a couple of months and each went through at least 2 teacher's. My youngest had pretty good grades and this was the first time he had ever recieved an F ....in science. This is his favorite subject. I finally pulled my kids out of there and the front desk didn't even bother to tell the teacher and my daughter wasn't even able to say good-bye to a couple of the classmates she was able to be friends with. I called them twice to notify them, yet the teacher had no idea. Half the kids in our neighborhood don't even go to this school, they go to a local charter school, now I know why. I wish someone would have warned me before I enrolled my kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Great front office staff, very friendly welcoming atmosphere. The teachers here are great and you can tell they love their job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Best kids and parents and teachers inthe whole world!!!


Posted October 12, 2009

We just got remodeled and it looks great. We love our wonderful and caring teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Our school rocks it offers everything from great education to fun after school activities.. I
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

great staff, great students, great and dedicated parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

It has a friendly atmosphere.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 26, 2007

My son's have been attending Dysart Elementary for the past 6 years and both have had some very wonderful teachers. The school itself has bettered itself every year. What I dislike is the general schools attitude about the students, meaning the staff demostates they do not expect these students to wish to attend college and does not push this type of academic achievment, yet feel these students will only have a trade. This is mostly because of the majority of the population coming from hispanic decent or lower income status. This is not a hinderance for out kids to push for a higher education. Now for the Dysart School Board; they are inept and should all be removed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

It has low test scores. no achivements. horrible food, low student selfesteam and horrible students. i know personally because i am a student and i feel my peers are going to be unsuccesful.ive had trouble with that since the start.some peers are going to be very successful in life and others won't. I do not recomend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2007

I think that Dysart is a pretty good school. My only concern is that Dysart Elementary does NOT have an adequate program for gifted children..I am not sure what to do with my child in that aspect. Other than that, friendly staff, friendly teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

Dysart has poor customer service.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%
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

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
46%
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

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
63%
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

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
56%
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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%
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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 55% 43%
White 30% 42%
Black 8% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 75%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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12950 W. Varney Road
El Mirage, AZ 85335
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