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Magma Ranch K8 School

Public | K-8 | 795 students

We are the newest K-8 campus in the Florence Unified School District.
 
 

 
 
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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted August 2, 2013

The teachers and staff truly go out of their way to make you feel welcome at Magma Ranch. The new principal is on a mission to establish Magma as a "School of Excellence" and his vision shines with the attitudes of the students: they want to be at school and are hungry to learn. It is refreshing to see so much positivity at school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 30, 2013

awesome!! i love it! we moved here & my boys started school 2 yrs ago mid way through the year & they were welcomed with open arms & adjusted very well. their grades are great & have never been bullied. everytime i have ever had a question about anything i have gotten quick responses & help in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

This school is so horrible! I agree with what some of the other parents said about the bullies getting away with it. My child is being bullied and the school is just blowing me off... They speak to me like i am stupid, they talk down on me, don't listen to what i have to say and pretty much takes the word of the bully even though i have witnesses.. I am taking my kids out of this school and would NEVER reccomend this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2012

This school is horrible with bullying!! Every time something happens to one of my children nothing happens to the one doing the bullying. There are always other "witnesses" that go against what my child says and the kids that I have talked to have the same story as my child. So "witnesses" are believed over other children? Something does not add up right....Then to make matters worse when one of my children defend themselves then they get a referral because they fought back??? Well what does it say to a child when they are bullied and the people that are suppose to be there for them don't listen, this is just sad.. I would not recommend this school to anyone, there are a few teachers that are good, but overall experience, your better off homeschooling or doing on-line schooling for them, they might learn more that way. At this point if I could get away with not putting a star then that's what I would do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2011

This school system SUCKS!! I just dont know where to begin!! Just so dissatisfied with the school. Ever since my kids started going to school here I have never been satisfied with any of the schools that the Florence Unified School District has sent them! we went from Walker Butte to Copper Basin to Circle Cross to finally Magma Ranch! my kids have bounced around more than a "bouncey house" , every time an issue came up with my kids being "picked on or bullied" by other kids, my kids were never give a chance to tell their side of the story and the other kids stories were over ruled by my kids story, know matter how many witnesses were around and spoke up for them! It's sad......a sad situation at times!! it seemed like know matter who i spoke to through out the school system, i was ignored!! i'm sure this will not b posted and ignored once again!! Just SAD!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

I absolutly love this school. I am in 7th grade and this school is the best one that I have been to so far. The teachers and principal are strict, but not too much. I would recommend this school to anyone that is in elementary or middle school!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2009

that is a very good school my kids love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

Magma is a great place to have your children. The leadership is fantastic. Most of the teachers are very good and the ones that aren't don't get to stay very long. Mrs. Hendry really cares about your kids.
—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 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
57%
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".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Hispanic 45% 42%
White 45% 42%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Tagalog
Filipino
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • District Elementary Teacher of the Year (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Dance club: Modern
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Filipino
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
School Leader's name
  • Eddie Lopez, Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • (480) 474-6279
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 723-5370

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Power Teaching
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Filipino
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Dance club: Modern
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • S.O.A.R. Club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • If you would like to know what makes Magma Ranch such a wonderful school, please allow us to give you a tour. Meet our staff, teachers, and ask parents why they love it here. We look forward to meeting you!
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Poston Butte High School
Florence High School
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10980 E. Desert Mountain Blvd.
Florence, AZ 85232
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Phone: (520) 868-7300

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