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Thomas M Knoles Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 3 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 13, 2014

I pulled my son from this school because I just wanted a smaller class size and teachers that really can get to know my son. Recess is a mess with sometimes over 200 kids and two adults. The school is just too big. They do have some great teachers and if class size is not a big deal to you than this school might be a fit for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

My children have been going to this school for 4 years and I really love it!!!! Very creative and hard working staff....The only thing I wish was that the school offered beginning sports programs like basketball or baseball for 4th and 5th graders. Obviously, with budget cuts they just cant do it....but overall I am impressed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

EXCELLENT SCHOOL!!!!!!!! LOVE the STAFF!!!! Mrs. Walton knows all the students by name and is EXTREMELY loving and caring to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

Love the staff and school!! Excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Great Teachers.... Lots of field trips for the kids to learn about our home town
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

I completely disagree with the previous review. The teachers and principal welcome parents' input about their child's education. Mrs. Walton is amazing and very caring...in fact, she is one of the main reasons my son is at Knoles. She is incredibly in-tune with the parents and students at Knoles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2009

This school is perfect if you don't want to be a part of your child's education. Most parents at this school send them and let the school do everything else. Principal is like over 60 and needs to retire. She is not on the top level needed for a school in todays time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2009

I've had three children go through Knoles. The school is increasingly diversified in ethnicity, which challenges the school to keep academic performance high despite the needs of a growing ELL population. My children have all done well at Knoles, and I appreciate the attention given to students' safety and academic and social growth. No school can be everything to every student or family, but I think Knoles was excellent for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

I noticed Knoles mainly focuses on academics and a traditional approach. This is not a multi-cultural school, so it was not a good fit for my child. It is predominantly white and lacking inclusion for children of other ethnicities. We value acceptance, kindness to others, and cultural education, but we didn't get those things at Knoles. I agree with other comments that the staff seemed unapproachable to middle and lower class families. We felt that as well. We initially based our decision on Knoles by test scores, but learned that a school's environment is just as important. This isn't the school for everyone, but then again, what school is? We are switching to a multi-cultural school with smaller class size. Knoles has one of the largest class size ratios in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

Very happy with the school, and because everyone is happy with the school everyone wants to go there. Class sizes are huge. That is the only downside of the school. Principal, teachers, and everyone there are super nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2007

I have only been with Knoles for 1 year, but I am thrilled beyond belief. My son had the perfect kindergarten experience there. I always felt welcome, wanted, and that my child's academic, social and emotional needs were being met. The teachers and aides go above and beyond every day. The school administration takes a very hands on approach and makes great decisions. This is a very happy, positive place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

This is one of the best schools in Flagstaff. The staff are great to work with and the office staff are always helpful. The PTO is really involved and provide activities thoughout the year for everyone. I have a child going into Kindergarten this year and she can't wait to attend. My other 2 have been at Knoles since Kindergarten and love it also. If you want your child to have a great education and a safe enviroment to go to school, then you need to send them to Knoles! ARB
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

I pulled my child out because the school was not willing to work with me. For the most part the staff has a 'We know it all' attitude. No one there knows my child like I do and they wouldn't listen to me at all. My advice, if you are think about Knoles really watch what is going on and talk to your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2007

I pulled my child out of Knoles because I wanted him to learn in a more diverse atmosphere. Knoles is made up of primarily white, upper class children (which I admit, we ourselves are). HOWEVER, the overall feel of the school was snooty, snobby, and the 'keeping up with the Jone's' thing absolutely prevailed. I wanted my children to be more diversified personally. I have a problem with them growing up with only rich, white children for some reason. But hey maybe that's just me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

Knoles is a great school. Always willing to work with parents and students to achieve the highest quality education.......
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 27, 2007

I pulled my kids out of Knoles school because I was not happy with the way they were treated. The principal was arrogant and the parents too. This was not the attitude I wanted my child to learn in school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2007

We have pulled all our children from Knoles and FUSD. If you are the kind of parent who believes everything your told and you don't question anything than Knoles and Mrs. Walton will work for you. If you stand by your kids and support them, then keep looking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2006

This is a great school! The teachers here are excellent and are always involved with the students!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 31, 2006

In general, Knoles school offers a high quality of academic programs. Extracurricular sports are not offered, although there is currently a dance club. The music and art programs are included in the curriculum. School leadership is strong, and parent involvement is relatively high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

Academically my child seems to be well prepared for middle school. The teachers seem to work well together. The parents pay for the art teacher and the band teacher has to travel to several schools. There are no sports. Parents are pretty involved, doing several fund raisers over the school year.
—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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
86%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • 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 65% 42%
Hispanic 16% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 14% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
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 24%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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