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Spectrum Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 744 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 6, 2005

Principal knows all the kids by names. Has maintained positive relationships with students by actively engaging in recess activities with the children. Seems to support a feeling of the student's cooperation with adhering to school rules. Concern that principal has a tendency to automatically side with staff without seriously considering or investigating parental concerns or input. Front office staff selectively rude and unprofessional. Passive aggressive regarding concerns. Special education department lacking current remediation for reading, writing and math that can be found in many other district schools. Special Ed teacher difficult to work with and instrumental in beginning of disparaging feelings with other staff members. Kids with different learning styles are shorted at this school. Special education department way behind current research and remediation techniques. Prinipal has poor record of returning calls. Teacher's are afraid to speak out on behalf of student's due to fear of reprisal's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

My sons class has been very disappointing. Poor teacher attendance, poor organization, and poor communication with parents. The school looks very shiny and new, but experience and time goes a long way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

Small school feel with all the benefits of a city school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

Great school. The campus is very inviting and the students and staff seem very happy and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

Wonderful staff. Approachable principal. Mrs. Allison's K-Prep class is structured and the children respect and enjoy her. The kids learn with enthusiam in her class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2005

I am very disappointed in the communication with the principal. I felt he did not take my concerns seriously and nothing was resolved when I left his office. The office staff is rude and never looks happy. My sister in law picked up my son in the middle of the day and was never asked who she was or checked to see if she was authorized to take my son. The kindergarten was a huge disappointment. My son did things that he did in Pre School and the teacher did not have any control over the class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

Great staff, highly recomended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2004

This school has proven to be a huge disappointment. The principal and staff are difficult to talk to. The administration has failed to protect my children from bullies. The staff refused my child to call his mother when he repeatedly asked to call. They rarely if ever return phone calls and are curt and unprofessional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

Excellent new school in the area. Lots of activities for parents and children. Homework is plentiful and appropriate for age and school grade. Teachers are well educated and educate well!
—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 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


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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Gilbert, AZ 85295
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