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Sonoma Ranch Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 653 students

 

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Posted January 27, 2014

I have two kids that go to Sonoma Ranch. One of them started from 1st grade all the way to 6th. The principal is horrible. The office staff even worse. Snooty, caddy, gossiping people don't belong around children. The music teacher, pe teacher (new one), and most of the teachers are great. Mrs. Nelson hates kids and it is not hard to see. The preschool program is an overpriced joke. I am so happy to be moving. The front office needs some testosterone. Way too much estrogen up there, if you know what I mean. Too many girls (not women) with attitude problems. Find another job please. Like I said, most of the teachers are great, but with the poor office staff (even the nurse) being so bad and a terrible principal, the leadership makes the rest not so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

**Id rate this school at 2.5 stars, Im at a 50/50 with this school (unacceptable in my book) and am working towards getting my son out ASAP. Principal Terry is awful, ignorant to say the least.. as other reviewers have said he has no people skills, that is an understatement. I had a returned call from the superintendent of GPS within 7 hours due to Terry's incompetence. My sons inclusive teacher is fantastic, his primary teacher on the other hand I wish I could say the same but unfortunately I can not. I have had emails from her with my sons name spelled 3 different ways, his name is Aden.. how difficult is that? Im assuming she obtained her degree online or at some sub par university. I get other students homework sent home with my sons folder, she has given my son TAP water when I send him to school every day w. a fresh bottle of R.O. water, freshly made lunches have gone to waste, I use mostly organic and was disgusted that she would give my child processed garbage over what I had sent in. Front desk ladies, main one is very nice the unpleasant looking one is well... very unpleasant. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

My children have been going to Sonoma Ranch for years. The teachers help them feel welcome. The school has a very active PTSO that keeps the children engaged in fun activities and supports the school with fundraisers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

I went to this school from kindergarten til the 6th grade. Now im a freshman. The teacher's there are the best, the tricks they use to help us i still use to this very day! I rate this school 5 stars! I love and miss you all!


Posted March 26, 2010

The office staff is outstanding. The teachers we have had (especially mrs. Munley in music and the former p.E. Teacher) have been super committed and incredible. The principal needs people skills. If our decision rode on him to send our kids to school there or not we would not- but the rest of the staff is so great that we choose to stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

I disagree with the comment below Great Special Education Teachers. Do your research before sending your kids to this school if they have special ed needs. We are almost done at Sonoma Ranch for special ed but things have really changed over the last two years. When a principal and school psychologist don t want to be there to help the kids who need it, it is downhill from there. If your child doesn t have special ed needs, the classroom teachers are wonderful and the Sonoma Ranch community is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

We two kids attending SR, we have nothing but kudos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great Special Education Teachers/Aides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

This school has great teachers and a fantastic PTSO!! Wonderful. This year though has been such a disappointment in the principal. We have been spoiled for many years prior. It is a sad shame that we received him. All we ask is that a leader actually likes children and wants to be around them. Stiffed necked, snooty people don't belong with children. Disapointment is on the minds of so many of the parents. Not many are speaking up as far as we know, but we know the truth. I feel soooo sorry for the teachers also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

I love Sonoma Ranch! I went there for all 7 years. The school is great, the teachers really cared, and the principal (both principals) were very involved!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2006

My child has been at Sonoma Ranch for 3 years. This is an excellent school - from academics to teacher/parent involvement. The communication is wonderful. When we transferred here, everyone made my son feel welcome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

Fantastic school. Head Teacher is fantastic, staff dedicated. Good academic programs and extracurricular activities. PTO is very active
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I find Sonoma Ranch Elementary top notch. Starting from the principle to the teachers they provide a great and safe learning environment for my children. I love the 'Character Counts' program that emphasis on respect for yourself and others. It is also nice to have the option for your child to choose to play an instrument in traditional band or strings (violin, cello, base). There is also the 'fun run' the kids love and our 'family picnic' (that was a lot of fun). Sonoma Ranch gives you the feeling of a big family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2006

My daughter has been at Sonoma Ranch for almost 3 years now. I love the teachers and principal. They (teachers and principal) want and try to see that the children succeed. There are numerous extracurricular activities (such as Fun Runs) in which the children can participate. The teaching quality has been very good, and, to this point, there has been a safe and nourishing learning environment. There is quite a bit of parental involvement but it could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

This school has excellent teachers who truly care about the academic success of their students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 28, 2005

Although parent involvement could increase in multiple settings, the staff is very help ful and ready to work with the students to see them succeed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 14, 2005

My son has been at this school for 2 years and it has been great. The staff is wonderful and take the time to know each child individually. My son has special education needs and they have been very good to work with setting his annual IEP. The only thing I am disappointed in is the lack of parent involvement in the PTSO. It would be nice if more people would show for meetings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

We have been residents of Sonoma Ranch since 1999. Four of my children have all attended Sonoma Ranch Elementary School. I love everything about the school except for the principal. The school's previous principal retired in either 2000 or 2001. The new one certainly leaves alot to be desired. I have had a few run ins with this new principal, which were either iniated by myself or by her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2005

It used to be a great school, but not anymore after my daughter and I have experienced there for two years with changed principle. The principle is the main problem we have to deal with. I can't trust her and I am tired of dealing with her. She is the person you wish you never met her. I can't risk my daughter's future there. I am moving her to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2005

Great School! My kids love this school and the teachers. The principal is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%

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 65% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

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 63% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • 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 74% 42%
Hispanic 16% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 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 17%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excelling, Master School AR (2011)
  • Excelling, Master School AR (2010)
  • Excelling, Master School AZ (2009)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Terry Maurer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (480) 497-9574

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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  • Each of our classrooms are equipped with mounted Projectors and Document Cameras to enhance teaching and learning. Thank you PTSO!
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601 North Key Biscayne
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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Phone: (480) 497-9343

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