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Canyon Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded

 

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Posted April 21, 2013

My child has attended this school for a couple years now and i have to say this year has had a lot of POSITIVE changes! I love the new office staff and principal! Its a much happier place to come to in the morming! They are very welcoming and helpful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

I have two children that attend Canyon. My son has had a wonderful experience there and has much support from his teachers for his learning disability. My daughter has had some struggles at Canyon and I am trying to get her the help she needs. Canyon has had many staff changes since last year and I can't say it has been for the best. I have become very disappointed and am glad my son is moving on to High School. I will be moving my daughter at the end of the school year. I have emailed staff with my concerns and have not had any follow up phone calls or emails. I loved Canyon when both of my children started their in the Preschool program they use to have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

My son has attended Canyon for 1st and 2nd grade. Canyon is outstanding! His previous school "wrote him off" stating he may possibly be able to be a "c" student. Canyon teachers work closely together to ensure that my son not only meets his educational goals, but gives him the tools to succeed! He loves Canyon and so do we! Mrs. Vaninetti is the most amazing teacher I have had the priviledge to interact with. The campus is large, yet class sizes are small.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

Both my boys went to a private school before attending Canyon. My oldest son had a great year at Canyon then went on to Cactus High School and continued to excel. My youngest son has been at Canyon since 3rd grade and is now in 8th grade. He also has done very well and likes the school alot. We are very happy with Canyon and think it is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I feel that Canyon has been great for both my boys. Both of of kids were in a private school up until 2 years ago when I placed them in a public school(Canyon) and I feel their education is just as good if not better now being in Canyon. I love the staff and friends we have met and feel it is a great fit for us. Could not be happier!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

Canyon Elementary is a wonderful school committed to excellence in teaching the required academics and special academic programs to challenge whiz-kids. Classes are small. Teacher ?student ratios are low. There are ample after-school activities. Children are safe on the campus at all times and a safe environment allows a greater focus on learning. Canyon also encourages good moral character by modeling what is right, rewarding those who respond in kind and for correcting and holding the students accountable for poor choices. My daughter is in 5th grade and she loves the school, her classes, the teachers and the other students. Please keep the kids safe and drive 25 mph on Paradise Lane and 15 mph in the school zone. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

I am happy with canyon as a school all around. They have good academic programs and do lots of extracurricular activities with the kids and I think that is important as well. They is alot of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

I like the small school atmosphere. My daughter has made many friends here and loves to attend every special event. Would like to see more challenging math classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

Great teacher-student ratio, academics, as well as extra curricular activities. Free summer progam offered as well. Very small school boundary resulting in small classes for this k-8 school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

Fantastic school climate, outstanding staff, great student to teacher ratio.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2003

The Sunflower Center is an excellent facility to educate my special needs child in. He receives services appropriate to his needs and there is excellent communication.


Posted April 5, 2003

I live out of the district and send my son to Canyon. This is an excellent school. The office staff is wonderful, along with the teachers. They really take pride in giving your child the best education they deserve!


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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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
89%

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 65% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
83%

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 58% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • 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 19% 43%
Black 4% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 38%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (623) 412-5061

Resources

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  • Gym
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  • Softball
  • Volleyball

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5490 West Paradise Lane
Glendale, AZ 85306
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