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Spectrum Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted July 17, 2013

Spectrum is very organized and has proven themselves in strength within the principal and teachers - whos interests lie with children's education as priority. With government cut backs, unfortunatly schools have closed bringing spectrums attendance up and therefore raising class sizes; not their fault. For spectrum to continue with high test scores as well as a high grade rating school during this hard economic time, shows the strength of the class to endure extra work. I hope they open up the closed schools within the area bringing attendance down to 15 per class as it once was; but until then we are completely satisfied and have full confidence in Spectrums system of operation and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2011

We have a 2nd and 3rd grader at Spectrum. They like it. The teachers are great and excited and enthusiastic. Principal is fantastic. Wonderful experience from coming from Virginia to Arizona.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

2011, this school is in need of a reality check by Arizona State ASAP! My kid, who is in Kindergarten, has already been sent home with 3 notes from the teacher and a visit to the principal s office within the first week of school. My kid who just turned 5 got in trouble for jumping up and down (on the carpet) and was sent home with a note. My kids teacher makes my kid come home and tell me that what I packed for snack time is not a snack at all. This school just flat out sucks! My kid cannot even enjoy being a kindergartner without facing consequences. The after school program is a complete joke. They are understaffed and if your kid dashes around a corner, they will get suspended. Yes, that's right, SUSPENDED! My 5 year old kid has been suspended for going around a corner and a teacher had to come and tell him to get back into the gym (not outside or anything). I pay for them to watch my kid for morning and after school and because they cannot watch them, the best solution is suspension. I told them, what is my child supposed to gain from a suspension at age 5? They told me, you can go home and talk about why they are being suspended. Absolute joke! Be warned! Very warned!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2011

We have had three children attend Spectrum Elem over the last 7 years and have enjoyed great success in the quality of teachers, curriculum and the administrative staff. I am very happy to continue to to put faith in an outstanding school and district even as they face continued budget cuts and challenges. Every school has its challenges but I would put the quality of education from Spectrum Elem up against any private or charter school. Some parents have left Spectrum to utilize local charter schools only to be widely disappointed by "bait and switch" tactics, "test result" based teaching and inconsistant student standards. "Buyers" beware when leveraging a charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

We moved in the district mid year. My son has an IEP for speech and was having difficulty with reading and writing. The principal took the time to sit down with me and go over my concerns and placed him in a classroom she though would be beneficial to him. By mid semester he was reading and bringing back A+ Spelling Test. These test are not easy. I never want to move from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2010

My son attended Ms. Dyas class from Oct 09 to April 10 then we had to move to FL. To this day he still talks about Ms. Donna's class and how much he truly misses her. I hope to get back in with her class on our return to AZ. My son is in an EIP and I must admit that Spectrum is a great school for the program and I am very inpressed with them and their curriculum. I give the school in it's entirety a 100 %
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

This school is NOT the right school for your children. Ever since Mr. Hallock left the school has went down hill over the past year. I am very disappionted with the staff here. They do not care for the kids and the office staff always look depressed. The only teachers that have great detication to the school are Mrs. Tatum Chitwood, Ms. Britney Davis, and Ms. Andrea Faber. Thank you for deticating our school the proper way.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 3, 2009

my kid go to this school for 2years, i used to like this .but after the new principal it got worst and the teachers did not care for their student.mykid alway get bad grade because she lost her paper work,i have to write the note for her so many timeand she found the paper somewhere around her desk and gave her credit as a late.sometime she grade wrong in the computer, and i talk to principal she told me she also type wrong too.one thing i was so disappoited is i tried to talk to her and she alway got excuse and never want to sit down and talk
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

I'm a parent and proud of our excelling school. The last 2 reviews are real distortions. Yes, it's hot in Arizona and the wait time is not 20 minutes. The process is very organized and our kids are safe. No problems with leadership or teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

This used to be one of the best schools in Gilbert but the principal has brought it way down over the past year. If you plan on picking up your children be prepared to stand in the desert heat for at least 20 minutes and by car is even worse. I can only hope with a leadership change that this school could go back to what it once was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

Hands down, Mrs. Allison is the best KPrep teacher. Both of my children attended KPrep and I believe they were very prepared for Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

This school is great! I'm so happy we were able to stay at this school rather than move to the new one. The staff and leadership is fantastic - I love the young teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2008

We love their Pre-k program, the teacher is excellent, my daugther really loves going every day, she has learn a lot and she has fun at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Overall we have been extremely happy the four years my daughter has attended Spectrum. I especially love how the staff teaches character as well as academics. She was given several age appropriate projects in 2nd and 3rd grade. All of her teachers were easy to talk with and eager to connect with parents. The principal is great with the kids; however, I did have one administrative problem that I had to take to the Superintendent's office to resolve because he would not return my phone calls and disregarded my concern when I spoke to him in person. Spectrum will be getting a new principal next year. Great atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

I enrolled my two daughters in this school from a local charter school, where they attended for 4 years. Hands down there is no comparison. I have been very happy with the school and my girls have not had any problems. The administration seems receptive and the teachers have been great. No complaints!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

The school is great. The teachers are great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

Our experience at spectrum has been a dissapointment. The classroom is chaotic and in our opinion not an appropriate learning environment. He needs to be in a calmer, more disciplined atmosphere not a 'free for all'. Such ashame, since the teacher is very well educated and experienced, we seem to think the district/administration limits the discipline she can provide in the classroom. The campus is beautiful, and the principal is very friendly. Sad that the classroom experience has not been a better one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

I have four students attending Spectrum. This is our third year there. We have been very happy with the teachers and leadership there as well as the music, extracurricular activities and field trips. This school is a step above the rest. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

My children and I really like this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

Spectrum is a wonderfully balanced school. The teachers are very involved with the students, the cirriculum is challenging and not to easy. The amount of parent involvment is amazing, the ptso meetings are normally packed, I reccomend attending as many as possible. Mr. Hallock is a one of a kind principal - his commitment to the school and students is unsurpassed by any that I have seen. We were sad when we had to leave due to a relocation out of state. Great school all around that we will miss.
—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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

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 63% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

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 "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 71% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 5% 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 12%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2846 S. Spectrum Way
Gilbert, AZ 85295
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Phone: (480) 917-0117

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