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Pine Forest School

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Posted January 30, 2013

We were very happy at this school for our child for the first few years. The social environment, caring, loving attitude is wonderful. The activities are fun and creative. Most of the teachers and aides are excellent and we truly felt our child was safe and in a socially thriving school. Unfortunately, it is true with the consistent complaint that if your child doesn't 'click' with their teacher from 1-8th grade, you are out of luck because the school will support the teacher. They did not listen to us as a family nor try to work with us at all when problems arose with our child. The lack of support was very disappointing as we thought this school would help our child and encourage us. Also, taking our child out of this program and trying to acclimate to the public school system has been challenging as the progression of acedemics is very different at this school. If we had known the friction was going to occur at PFS, we wouldn't have started our child there. Fortunately, kids are resiliant and our child is doing well in a new school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2011

We enrolled our two children in grades 4 and 6 at Pine Forest while we have been on sabbatical in Flagstaff from Scotland and couldn't have been happier. The school community (kids, staff and parents) have been very welcoming despite the fact we are only here for half the year. The kids have thrived in the Waldorf approach - loving the holistic approach which draws in art, music, foreign languages and physical education - and at the same time is academically challenging and inspiring - because of the cross-curricular approach. It has been a special experience being part of a school community with parents, pupils and staff that are happy to be there, enthusiastic about learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

My three children's experience at Pine Forest were as balanced as a parent can hope for. They progressed developmentally in every aspect of life through their 8-10 years attending the school. Each advanced academically, grew artistically and developed socially and emotionally in ways which have supported them through high high school and into college. Thank you PFS facuty, staff and administration for continuing to provide Waldorf education to the children and families of Flagstaff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2011

This school has been such a wonderful discovery for our family. I have two boys that transferred here after school closures last year. It has an old world feel that truly nourishes each child to bring them up to their full potential. Even though class sizes are in the low 30's, my child has been taught individually to meet his needs. The teacher takes just a few moments to meet his specific needs and he functions highly. In the public school system I was demanding my child be tested because he was always behind and kept in at every recess and would cry that he didn't want to go to school anymore. The socialization is amazing. On Fridays, several grades get together in the morning and sing folk and American Heritage songs as a community. Parents may stay and sing along. Probably one of my favorite points is that parents are included and encouraged to come to school. I have never felt like an outsider looking in. As for the same teacher throughout, it couldn't be a better system. With the same teacher each class truly becomes family and teachers know how best to meet each child's needs and love each one of them. Why didn't I get them in Pine Forest sooner?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

Sometimes a family's dysfunction spills over into projections on the institution that is trying to help them. I am afraid this is the case with the first review here. I have two children that thrived in their entire elementary and jr. high education at Pine Forest. Children enjoy school and learning in the safe and rich supportive environment that Pine Forest offers. Ask the parents what they think of the school and they will tell you they love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2010

We pulled our daughter out of PFCS 12/09. The teacher was rigid and unresponsive, the principal and others were at best unethical. We had a very moderate special need, our daughters challenges were dismissed and worse than not being addressed the existence of the challenges was DENIED. Our situation resulted in an investigation by the AZ Dept. of Ed. and an conclusion of multiple violations of special ed law and federal regulations. As long as things went their (the school's) way things were wonderful, once we had a need that did not fit their mold, the first and repeated "suggestion" from the principal was that perhaps this just wasn't the school for our child. It is also absolutely true that it totally depends on the teacher you get, we clearly pulled the short straw, a different teacher and we would probably still be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2009

I too don't agree with the rating that this site gives to Pine Forest. My child has thrived there partly because of the warmth, fairness and intelligence the current teacher displays to the class. My child's teacher before this had obvious favorites among, not only students, but parents as well. It's all about how well the child and the teacher get along at PF. And if you're lucky to get one of the real human beings as a teacher, then PF is a great place. My one criticism is that parents aren't give a lot of credit. If I've had an unpopular concern that's important to me, I pretty much have to go to the principal, who is a really decent fellow. The teachers don't want to be bothered with what they consider to be extreaneous parent concerns. I have had to navigate the Northwest Passage of teachers here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

After having had 2 children attend pineforest charter school I can not begin to tell what a great school this has been for them. My oldest is a freshman in college and I still have one in high school. Both of my children have excelled on all levels. More to the credit to pineforest teachers and administrators is that you see almost all of the pineforest glassmates are also excelling in comunity, science, theater. They seem to be in the forfront of most classes. This school is not for everyone but everyone I've seen go through 8th grade seems to stand out once they go to high school.The word life forces are used and what I have observed this school brings these out in individules.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

I have concerns about the philosophy of students staying with the same teacher thru 8th grade. Is this system realistic? If it 'clicks' between teacher and student, it is great. If it doesn't, it can be negative experience. The school is inflexible about this subject and brushes off parents' concerns. I had a child attend Pine Forest K-8, and it was a wonderful experience because the teacher was open, honest, flexible, compassionate, knew and embraced every student. I have another child who attended K-4, and I felt that this teacher judged my child in first grade when the child was young, unfocused and 'chatty' and never saw them differently after that. Test scores indicate student is doing great, even excelling, yet teacher gives student 'needs improvement' on their report card. Did my child become disengaged and stop performing to their full potential? Would a change in teachers have made a difference?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

I do not believe that the Greatschools rating adequately represents the quality of education kids receive at Pine Forest. It is true that PF takes the hard-core academic stuff more slowly (reading, writing, math) in the earlier grades, but if you look at the test scores, the PF kids 'catch up' to the higher rated schools by the older grades. And in the meantime, they have learned German, Suzuki violin, they've had art and music every day, Spanish twice a week, and the older kids I've met are well-rounded, delightful human beings who have developed a life-long love of learning. Class sizes are smaller, aides are in abundance, and kids are given the individual attention they need. The comments about the administration are definitely not true anymore. We currently have a very dedicated, forward thinking principal and some excellent, committed board members. We love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2005

My son entered Pine Forest after struggling at the local middle school. Feeling as though I was constantly struggling to keep his self-esteem together, I pulled him out of the system in frustration. As parents, we KNOW what our children's potential and talents are. And I felt FMS had labeled my child has a failure, and tracked him as such. A friend told me about Pine Forest, and immediately we scheduled an interview. He started two days later, and went from an F student to an A student in two weeks. His talents, ambitions and self-esteem thrived and he made lasting friendships with his peers. The highlight of the his tenure was a trip to Hawaii with his classmates on science based field trip. The staff is extremely family focused and compassionate to each individual student's needs. At the end of the term, the resource teacher assisted my child's IEP for high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2005

I choose this school after my child attended Kindergarten at a pubic school. I was not happy that after only one year my child hated to read. Pine Forest take a mush slower approach at academics and I am happy with that. I am not happy with having the same teacher year after year. It has some good points, but also bad points. I am also not happy with having no voice in the school. The administration is not in controll. The decidions are made by the Pine Forest School Board and the College of Teachers. The board is made up of hand picked people, some not even parents of students at the school, and invited teachers. The college of teachers are the teachers at the school. They do indeed know best in many areas of education and teaching, but do not have the ability to speak for every parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2003

I am a student at Pine Forest and I really love my school because it focuses on the whole you, your head heart and hands, not just your head. Everybody knows eachother and your class is like one big family. I feel lucky to be at this school because it is so unique and special. I enjoy going to school each morning because I know I will have fun learning .


Posted March 31, 2003

This is a beautiful well rounded school with the student being first priority. The philosophy is very enchanting with a feeling of security for the student. Parent involvement is a must and is very obvious.


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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 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
87%
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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 5%
Hispanic 6% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A47%
Female 47%N/A49%
Male 53%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1120 West Kaibab Lane
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