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Bellair Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 483 students

Our school is best known for its high academic standards.

 
 
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4 stars

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Posted February 23, 2013

Since my arrival at Bellair as its new principal (I began in August 2012), I've met wonderful students, parents, and staff members. We want very much to bring the best education to all children while taking good care of them while they are with us. It saddens me when someone has a negative view of the school. My door is open - come talk to me if you feel that way. I am truly grateful for the many, many wonderful, supportive parents, grandparents, extended family members who allow us to work as their partners. Education is the best business to be in - I can't imagine anywhere else I would want to be.

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Posted March 23, 2014

I have a daughter in 2nd grade. She loves her teacher. I can see the hard work she is doing. The school is friendly. The teachers are great! Seeing how happy my daughter is and everything she is learning is why I love Bellair. When I am at the school I feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

I moved to the Bellair neighborhood based on this school. It was a great decision, My son is happy and on the right path for academic success.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2013

This school has seen some incredible changes over the past year and a half, all for the positive. The atmosphere is open, friendly and inviting. Parent involvement is welcomed and sought after. The new Principal is going out of her way to bring more activities to the school which include the surrounding community. Participation is up and encouraging. The feeling around the school is that the teachers are on board with the new direction and the upbeat atmosphere is apparent. Test scores are improving and the curriculum has been fine tuned to insure that students are receiving the best possible education. This school is finally beginning to realize it's real potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I have been familiar with Bellair Elementary since the late 80's. Both of my children attended school there and now my granddaughter. I have seen a lot of changes over the years. The teachers all seem very happy there and ready to do their jobs. The office personal is very friendly and answer any questions that you may throw out to them. About a year ago we got a new principal and I can say she has really turned this school around. Things seem to be running smoothly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2012

This school got a B from the ADE, but it's just barely a B and I can explain why. The teachers are poor and the discipline in the school is non-existent. This school does not attract top level teaching talent and your children will suffer as mine have because of this. On top of that, the previous principal was a organizational disaster. That trickled down through the entire school in terms of discipline and curriculum. The new principal is not off to a great start, either. This will be my kids' last year at the school as I'll be variancing them to either Sierra Verde or Legend Springs. Honestly I'd take just about any school in the district at this point. The only slight hat-tip I can give the school is to the longevity of their kindergarten teacher. She is a good teacher, but is given a sad excuse for a curriculum to get our kids through. My kid left kindergarten unable to add or subtract because they learned shapes for the first 4 months of the school year! When a 5 year old is bored in kindergarten you're doing it wrong!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

This school has problems! The principal (The new Sue Clark, the last principal had the same name ironically) is horrible. She is just as big a bully as the others. She takes up for the bully's on campus and says they do it because they are being picked on. She doesn't take the time to get to know her students or parents on campus. She is a retired principal from the DVUSD and being paid through another company to come back and be the principal again. Double-dipping so to speak. The school has great kids, great staff, brand new PTA, great parent volunteers, and a great curriculum ( Core Knowledge) but their leader is poor! Beware...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

I have had my 3 kids go there. They love it so much they will do extra things on off days so they can go back. They HATE missing any day, even if they are sick. I would love it if they would go to year round, my kids love it that much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

My two boys been going to bellair school for 5 years now,great staff on the front office,great teachers,especially with Mrs.hoeffel a first grade teacher and Mrs.shetler both of this teacher are so nice to thier students.Mrs.Sue Clark the Principal,she really keep things in order.The cafeteria staff was great too,they let my kids eat the meal even when im few days behind my payment.All the teachers had thier share to make sure all students get thier proper learning on thier education.The school has proper discipline,so kids wont be disrespectful to anybody either to the teacher and fellow student.Great school thats all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

I have four children that have attended Bellair from 1999 to present. My opinion is and has always been that this is a highly qualified and caring staff. The new principal is very experienced and seems to know what she is doing. This is a great relief after the last three years. The past administrator was new to the job and seemed confused and overwhelmed by the very reasonable expectations of this school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2008

I'm a mother of two kids who have attended Bellair since 2002, I have been pleased with the size of the school, the programs and the overall atmosphere. It's a cozy neighborhood school that works well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

We absolutely loved Ms. Castiglione for the gifted program. Great teacher and mentor... Tammy & Hailey Hearndon
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

My children have attended Bellaier for three years now. I have nothing but positive things to say about the faculty, administrators and office staff. The gifted program is excellent. The teachers really care about my children and take the extra time needed to make sure they excel. They are great about returning phone calls or emails quickly. The school has really created a sense of community within the area as well. After losing my children's father and my husband over a year ago it was people from the school (fellow parents, staff, and faculty) who brought us meals and helped to make sure my children have received the love and support they need. They have been and continue to be a wonderful support to my children and a place where I feel safe and secure about sending my children too. The PTA is awesome too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2006

My children have gone to Bellair ever since they started school. Something obvious from the first visit to the school is that it is a fun place to be. Many teachers arrive early or stay late to provide extra-curricular or individualized help to the students. My daughter goes early each morning to help produce the morning announcements- which are totally student-run! This has really built up her confidence and it is showing in other academic areas. Also, this year Bellair has started a monthly program to honor Students of Character- something that really helps reinforce the sort of lessons I try to teach at home. Thanks, Bellair for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I have been affiliated with Bellair for 9 yrs. My two sons have been in the Gifted progam. Teachers use solid teaching practices. Teachers are approachable, answering email, notes, or phone calls usually on the same day. My children have a year or more growth in AIMS-TerraNova each year. Bellair invites parent involvement but does not harass if it is not your thing. The PTA is very active and a great venue for parent involvement. They help coordinate volunteers for classrooms and family nights. There were 35 parents at the September PTA meeting. I would encourage anyone interested to set up a tour and visit with the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

My son should've never been promoted to Jr. High because of his struggles, but I was told they didn't believe in holding a child back at this age. So, he then moves onto Jr. High to fall further behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

Very very little parent involvement at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

Our experience overall has been okay because we feel our girls were fortunate to have had higher quality teachers(some are gone now). They have excellant chorus and band program led by instructors who create great interest, fun in their programs. Aims rating mediocre, 358th out of 900 schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2005

Great with special programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

Prinicpal Mourtada is great. Really gets down to the kid's level. I love the convenience and partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. Very involved Parent/Teacher organization. My daughter loved the Father/Daughter dance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

I am impressed with the principal. She knows each teachers so well that when we moved our son from a charter school to Bellair she sat down with us and explained each teacher for the grade and their teaching styles etc to make sure our son was placed in the best classroom for his ability and personality. He has done very well at Bellair and really enjoys his band as well as his class now.
—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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

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

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
73%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 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 67% 42%
Hispanic 22% 43%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 34%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Romanian
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Romanian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Jackie Dettorre
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 467-5780

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Small group instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Physical Education Classes
Girls sports
  • Physical Education Classes

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
  • Video Announcements
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Bellair has a wonderful neighborhood feel to it. The staff is warm and caring and dedicated to providing an extraordinary education to all the students.
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4701 W. Grovers Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Phone: (602) 467-5700

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