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Power Ranch Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 858 students

 
 

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Posted June 11, 2014

I can not thank this school enough for what they did for my two daughters.We came from a horrible Charter school (LEA) in QC that told me not to expect my daughter to read till fourth grade (while trying to retain her in second). Then we came to Power Ranch... no more tears, hope, reading, and excelling. The staff at Power Ranch is just amazing. :) Every school has its problems, the difference is they care to try to fix them. I am just so grateful to see my children find their love of learning again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

Power Ranch has been such a spectacular experience for our family. We love the community feel of the neighborhood school, teachers, and administration. There are many, many parent volunteers at the school. The current principal and vp work hard to hire top notch teachers and staff. The district is extremely innovative with technology and preparation for the new Common Core standards. Lastly, our children are very high learners. We truly appreciate how they are challenged, at all levels, on a daily basis here. Power Ranch Elementary is a class act.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

I have 4 children who are currently or in the past have been at Power Ranch over the last 6 years. Overall I think it is a good school. Over the years there has been issues with bullying and teacher/principal turnover, but I have seen some positive outcomes and improvements in the past couple of years. Any bullying we experienced was dealt with very quickly and effectively. I met the new principal at curriculum night and she seems to be very well qualified and professional. I like the emphasis of catching the kids doing good instead of always harping on what they are doing wrong. I have also seen a big improvement in communication from the teachers to me, the parent. I think the gifted program will be moving in a much better direction, too. Plenty of opportunities for parent and community involvement. And, thank goodness, many people do help out. It seems there is always a great turnout for school functions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

we have 2 children in PR elementary and have been thrilled with the teachers and parent involovement. I am concerned for the future because once again we are going though a change in principle and teacher staffing. Why are we having such a hard time keeping good teachers???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

There are amazing teachers at Power Ranch and it is constantly improving, Where there is a lot of community involvement in schools and support it will continue to do well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

I am a very proud parent. The teachers at Power Ranch Elementary are awesome. The staff are always polite.This is my daughters third year there. My son only went to eighth grade and got promoted to High School but I wish he would have started earlier on. I feel both of my kids have advanced since going to Power Ranch. Thanks Power Ranch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

I have two children at Power Ranch, and I have been really impressed with the teachers!! They seem to enjoy teaching, they work hard to help students learn, and the communication is phenomenal. I am a graduate student, working on a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I am looking forward to being in my childrens' classrooms and watching their current teachers in action. I have found the principal to be incredibly responsive. My only complaint is that I think the curriculum could be a little more challenging, but I also understand that some students would not be able to keep up if this were the case.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

I was very unhappy with this school. My kids attended PR for several years and I have seen too many principals and teachers leave. In the past few years, I have noticed that the school doesn't seem to support all children fairly. Some of the staff appeared to need further training in how to successfully teach to individual learning styles. Parents in the neighborhood warned me about keeping my children there. My oldest child is now be challenged at a higher level and has been recently placed in the gifted program. I would recommend to send your 6-8th grader somewhere else, as well as be involved in academic decisions regarding "how" your child receives instruction and the type of support system that is used to adequately accommodate ALL learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

We moved here in July from the midwest and were nervous about the schools our children would go to compared to what they came from. We are nothing but impressed with Power Ranch. Our kids are academically challenged, the character counts program is wonderful, and the administration seems to handle issues with students quickly and appropriately. Every school has bullies and bad kids - it all depends on how teachers and administrators take care of the issues and how parents help children work through issues appropriately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

This school is horrible, my three children used to go here and they were constantly bullied by mean children. The teachers seem to not care at all, they won't even send an email or phone call to tell you if your child's grade is slipping, no they wait till it has hit rock bottom and your child has to dig their way out of a hole. I am appalled by the lack of parent/teacher communication. Don't make our mistake and find a better school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

All 4 of my children attend this school and it keeps getting better and better, in my opinion. The teachers are phenomenal. Every year becomes my child's new favorite year. The school has had some growing pains, but it is an amazing place for my children to be each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

6 years is enough! 5 years ago, 3 principals, 2 vice principals, and 30 or so teachers it was great. Our middle schooler has dealt with sever bullying from girls, beat up by 2 boys, and dealt with a verbally abusive teacher for 2 years. I did observations for my degree at PR and was appalled at the disorderly, foul-mouthed studentbody at the middle school and lack of professionalism by the teachers. I switched to another school in the district and saw how it should be run, switched over mid year and now the rest of my children will be at the new school too. Mrs. Turcotte is a good principal, but the problematic staff, and 2 apt bldgs streamed into the school make for a bad situation all around. Don't make our mistake, move your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

I have one boy in 3rd grade. We just moved here this year. My son loves it here and his teacher comes in early for advanced math. I'm very impressed!! Not many recent comments but the current principal seems to be doing a good job. Awesome experience so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

I have two boys, one in 2nd gr and the other in 4th gr. We just moved here at the beginning of the school year and so far I have been impressed. The boys teachers are both wonderful and have been very instrumental to my boys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

We have 3 children in school, all elementary. The teacher turnover is high only because other districts pay more, the school can't help that. The principal really puts his all into the school, and the kids who behave are rewarded greatly for it. The class size is large, but a brand new elementary is opening in Power Ranch 08/09 year and that will help PR greatly. The key is: parent involvement. If you care about your kids, get active and be helpful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

My son started kindergarten at Power Ranch this year and so far we have been very expressed. His teacher is organized and enthusiastic as well as tough when needed. I am very happy at the full day program and would recommend Power Ranch to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

Power Ranch is an Awesome School with Excellent teachers and incredible parents!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2008

Average school. Average everything!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2008

We have had 3 children at this school since it opened it's doors. The first couple of years were shaky but we expected that with the huge growth in the area and it being a new school. It did get better... for a while. We do like Mr. Bellamere (sp), a great improvement over recent administration. I do believe Mr. Hernandez is a great asset, much needed and would be a fantastic Principal or Vice. The teacher turn-over is horrible, ridiculous even. I can count on 1 hand the number of teachers we've had who truly care about the children and their career choice. I'm so disappointed in Power Ranch's chain of command as well as the district. We do not recommend the Higley School district to anyone. It would be a great improvement to merge with Gilbert's district. I know it's large but it's so much better run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

i have a 7th grader and a 3rd grader and it's been very good, their grades have improved so much, i'd recemend this to any parent
—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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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87%

2010

 
 
88%
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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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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82%

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75%

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69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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94%

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83%

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89%
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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

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66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
96%

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92%

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84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
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 68% 42%
Hispanic 18% 43%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 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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4351 S. Ranch House Parkway
Gilbert, AZ 85297
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