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Stetson Hills Elementary School

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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Parental involvement is discouraged. Teachers are impersonal. Other parents are rude, inconsiderate and do not follow school rules. Children are told what they CAN'T do rather than what they CAN. Your student must fall back in line with the rest of the class academically or risk being seen as difficult because you want more for your child. Looking for a great private school. Just remember, you get what you pay for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My school is a k-8 that has very good programs, especially extra curriculars. We have an outstanding sports group and also a wonderful program for the arts. As part of the NJHS we recently put in a science sanctuary containing a garden, greenhouse, two koi fish points and four desert tortoises, this will help younger grades to learn about the life cycle and germination. Also, NJHS is collecting bottles and cans to recycle. Lastly, our outstanding student council has been holding a completion to collect pop tabs and pennies for the Ronald mc Donald charity house. Finally, we have recieved an A+ rating three years in a row.


Posted February 20, 2014

We moved from 2 great schools in Colorado, so I've had the opportunity to judge this school against the other 2 that my kids to. I have really liked that the kids aren't overloaded with homework. Also, when I've contacted teachers, they have immediately responded nicely. The music teacher is a joke! Seriously, my 2 kids have said that she never does any actual singing or anything musical- they just learn notes on the staff and listen to her talk. She sends the kids to the corner or the principal's office if they talk. The other 2 elementary schools we went to did some sort of musical show- they don't do that here. I was so bummed. One big thing I have noticed is that the adults treat kids like they are already 'misbehaving' and are a bit harsh compared to our other schools where the adults treated the kids more like equals. My son has talked about a teacher who yells at the kids all day but is really nice when another adult comes in. This year he's mentioned that the teacher says "This is easy to understand, why can't you guys get it?" I've noticed a more authoritarian style of teaching. Gosh, maybe we'll move back to Colorado where there really are some amazing schools!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

This school is great for Elementary school kids however the middle school {7th & 8TH} has been in need of an overhall for a few years. The Administration does little to fix areas of weakness and the teacher quality is very poor. Class sizes are 30+/1 in many classes. The students are behind and not learning as they should. Used to be an A+ school a few years ago but the change of Administration has brought it down to an A school. The PTSA is exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

This not the place for IEP or special needs kids! My children have been overlooked and ignored! The administration is cold, and the teachers are unsupported and burnt out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

We have been at this school since 2004-05 school year. I have two kids at this school and have been very happy with what I have experienced, as are my children. Stetson has very dedicated, caring teachers. The teachers and staff always strive to be better than the year before. It has been an excelling school for 5 years in a row and also has an A+ rating. I realize that every once in a great while a particular parent or family is not happy with how things are going in their particular situation. But, that is not the norm at Stetson Hills. Having been at Stetson for seven years, I can tell you that the vast majority of families feel the same as we do. In addition to the great teachers and academic sucesses, Stetson has great community support. Our family has made lifelong friends and can rely on the other parents to help keep your kids safe. We love our community and all those that help make Stetson Hills the great school it is. We are proud to be Stetson Stallions!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

We are now looking for a new school, because this school does not communicate with you! In 5 years we have had 3 outstanding teachers and 2 horrid teachers. I feel a huge disconnect between teachers and administration! If your child has the smallest need they almost refuse to meet it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

I highly recommend Stetson Hills School. This is the 7th year I have had children at the school. The principal is an outstanding leader with high standards and a clear vision for her staff and students. Teachers and staff are dedicated and strive to provide the best education for the students. The parent and business community provide strong support to the school. In addition to the students performing well academically, the 7th & 8th grade sports programs also continually finish at the top. My children are also fortunate enough to be a part of the Band Program which consistently is rated Superior and Superior with Distinction. The variety of sports and clubs available will allow any child to become a well-rounded individual while being taught by some of the best teachers. Stetson Hills Schools is an A+ School, has an Excelling rating, and received the District's Superintendent Award as a school and for parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

I have two children finishing their first year at Stetson Hills. They are in first and second grades. I am very happy with their teachers. Ms. Harder and Mrs. Lepick. They have been very well rounded teachers. Each has high expectations for behavior and scholastics yet my kids do not feel stressed out, a good balance. We did have an incident with bullying from another student that I felt was address immediately and properly. it is a very full campus and students are expected to know where they are supposed to be and to act appropriately. For the most part they do. The students here at Stetson Hills have exceeded my expectations as does the principal, teachers and the parents. I am looking forward to another year at Stetson Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I was so excited about enrolling our daughter at this school because my niece had attended a few years back and had a great experience. This was not the case for us. Though I truly believe her teacher is dedicated to her, there have been so many issues with communication and policy that we are now trying to find other alternatives for her next year. In the beginning of the year our daughter was lost on campus for over 45 minutes. In November a little boy made a serious threat to our daughter that required the office to pull her and the boy from PE class to discuss....yet they didn't inform us nor her teacher. There was another issue between her and the same boy that we weren't notified of (again neither was her teacher)...we only found out when his parent approached us on a field trip to find out if we were going to be at a meeting that we knew nothing about. Disputes are common in school, but not being in the loop when things are going on is not something we, as parents, can tolerate. I think this school has great intentions, but there is a disconnect in communication that really needs to be addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

The teachers truly care about their students and expect nothing but the best from them. My children are challenged to exceed and to achieve in all areas of the curriculum. My husband and I are very happy with the school and we highly recommend it to those families who want their child to have a solid education. Stetson Hills not only provides a academic program but also an opportunity for kids to shine through many enrichment programs and activities. Stetson Hills is an A+ school in our eyes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

My boys love this school. I adore the new principals and my kids have had wonderful teachers. A couple of years ago my son had a problem with bullying at the bus stop and the old principal did nothing to stop it except tell me that they were working on Olweius bullying training (which is a great program) but when the administration changed nothing seemed to change. However, there is more supervision on the playground which has helped my children feel safer than last year. Overall this is a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

This past year has been a wonderful experience for my children. Our new President, Krista Anderson and Vice-President, Deb Roets, have been very involved in not only the day to day activities, but also in taking the time out of their personal life to attend most academic, sporting, and musical events. They really try to get to know all the students and become very involved in every aspect of the school to make it a better learning environment. I am also very impressed with the quality of teachers at Stetson Hills and the enduring effort they put forth every day. Keep up the good work - Bravo!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

This years new administration is doing a fabulous job in keeping parents informed about all activities at the school. GREAT JOB!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

Lower grade teachers are very mixed. Many of the teachers are not kid friendly and talking style is often viewed as yelling by the younger students. Administrations view on the issue is that the children will get use to the loud teachers. Not sure this is something you want young kids getting use to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2006

New school, grounds still in excellent shape, very new and modern. I am very happy with the parent/teacher communication. Both of my sons are extremely happy with the school. They both enjoy going to school here. They have only positive things to say about their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2006

Very disappointed in the 'curve' grading given by the teachers. They are setting our kids up for failure with grading curves like these. I understand the teachers have quotas they need to meet but it shouldn't be at the expense of our children. I have a student who works hard to be a B to a C student. But here at Stetson my student is getting straight A's. Hhmmm. Teachers, re-evalute your curiculum and ask yourself - are you preparing your students for the next grade and beyond or just getting through the year?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2006

I feel the 7th grade teachers are some of the best in the state. The english teachers go above and beyound to help students have success. Great School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2006

We have been very happy with Stetson Hills. Our child has learned so much in the last 3 years her reading is better and better every day. The parent involvment is wonderful. All the activities have been good as well. We really like our experience at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

My 7th grade son went to the asst. principal to get help because a group of boys were stealing his hat and harrassing him(pushing & calling him names), she said she would talk to them that day. Well she didn't and the next day they did the same thing and my son put one of them in a headlock, I had to go down there and talk to her. She told me she was too busy to talk to those kids, I told her if she had some adult supervision on the playground maybe this wouldnt happen. She said one of the boys had been suspended 7 times and this was only october. Obviously there is a problem with discipline at this school.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

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 65% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

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 58% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
82%
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 77% 42%
Hispanic 13% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
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 13%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A+ School of Excellence (2010)
  • DVUSD Superintendent School of Excellence (2011)
  • DVUSD Superintendent School of Excellence (2009)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Amy Jorgensen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (623) 445-5380

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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25475 N. Stetson Hills Loop
Glendale, AZ 85310
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Phone: (623) 445-5000

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