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Continental Elementary School

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Posted April 18, 2014

I was concerned about the academic environment my girls would endure when moving here in 2008. The teachers truly care about the students and that in itself makes up for the lack of state funding. The new buildings have transformed the school from an eyesore to a beautiful K-8 campus. The one and only negative review is not wholly true. Continental has made leaps and bounds since 2009 and all the pieces are now in place. Your child will get a quality education if your an involved parent - plain and simple.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

I couldn't ask for better teachers and staff. I feel the school only lacks in what they do not have funding for, i.e. new desks, sporting facilities. The new buildings for preschool and kinder are wonderful. I have heard from so many parents upon finding out my children go there is how much they love Continental and how glad they were that their children attended there. My children have grown so much and learned so much from the caring teachers and staff in such a short time. I think the administration has come a long way and is working hard to make it an all around great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

The current administration at this school is absolutely horrid. They talk down to parents and teachers, they do not communicate, they do not support the parent teacher organization in the least (called the PTC). Parents avoid the administrators at all costs. The administration at this school has completely changed the school for the worst. They are so far behind on current teaching and education. They do nothing to provide the teachers with professional development and current training. It is very shameful what is happening at this school because of poor leadership and administration. A good administrator should motivate, inspire, and lead the students and teachers to greatness. Instead there is belittling, dishonesty, low standards and expectations, and many more problems. I am moving my children out of this school. I feel bad for the teachers who have to work is this type of environment. It is very sad, because the teachers work very hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2012

Continental has very caring teachers. They work hard. However, I would like to see more TEAMING on the grade levels. The teachers need to do more sharing of ideas and resources. The PTC works very hard, but I feel there is a lot of "fluff". The PTC needs to focus less on fun and more on helping the teachers with education. I would like to see some sort of academic focus. This school could use new desks, new books, and a take home reading library, for example. This school is decent, and my children love school. I feel the administrator does not focus enough on the children. It is a small school, and she should focus more on knowing all the students and parents. The website for this school needs some serious attention. This school gets a bad rap because they lack Public Relation skills. Apparently they are doing some of the same educational approaches as in the VAIL school district, but you would never know that because it is not on their website, and the administration does not communicate it very well. There are some excellent families at this school. I feel if the PTC focused more on academics and professional development for the teachers, this school could grow leaps and bounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2011

My kids have attended this school for the last 5 years. Although the administration changes often, the teachers are still there. They have really stuck together to continue to make this school awesome. It has a real sense of community. The kids don't seem to be hung up on cliches at all., everyone is accepted as they are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2011

Great school with some AMAZING teachers! There is also a really great Parent Teacher Club PTC program with involved parents/teachers wo do A LOT for the school! I have 3 children at this school and HIGHLY reccomend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2010

I have had 3 children go through Continental from 1993-2008. During that time my perception of the teachers is that they are excellent. If a newly hired teacher comes on-board and is lacking in some areas, they either quickly rise to the levels of the others or they don't stay. The teachers have their fingers on the pulse of the kids, families, and community, and it is the teachers that make the school. During the time of my involvement with Continental, we'ev been through 5 administrators. The best were the youngest - they stayed to longest and worked to make the school wonderful. During the last 6 years, we've been through 3 administrators (2 years each) and they all have their foot on the retirement golf course and/or don't have the enthusiasm/energy to work with the staff to continue Continental's excellence. This summer we are again looking for a new administrator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

Continental School has grown from a small school to a larger school. I am happy that the new administration has the skills to handle increasing growth. While the State has not funded Arizona schools, this administration has set goals to keep kids first. Expectations of academic excellence and discipline are high. This school is a gem! I am glad our children go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

We recently moved from Oregon, and were wondering if our daughter would 'ever' enjoy going to school. After attending Continental for a year she has made leaps and bounds. Both of our daughters love going to school. The staff at Continental are wonderful. My only desire is that they don't grow to much, to fast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

Continental School is but a shadow of it's former self. While it was once a prosperous school where the staff knew every child by name and held them accountable for their actions, the school has grown to unmanagable size, with administration lacking the skills to maintain the staff and facilities. They are currently working on their 3rd Superintendant/Principle in 6 years. I expect (hope for) the 4th any time now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2006

This is a small school keeping high standards of education, while providing affection and attention to our children. One hundred mostly retired high level educated citizens of the community volunteer to help the kids in many areas of education. The school is safe, and its management and teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Continental School is one of the best schools I have seen. My children really enjoy going to school every day. Their teachers are upfront and keep me informed about my child's progress in the class. It is great to see this from a teacher even if their class sizes have increased a little from last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2005

This school gives a good running start for high school. The transition can be made quite smoothly, and you will have learned what you need to succeed.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

2012

 
 
66%

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50%

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59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
69%

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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
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 "Highly Performing".

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 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
Hispanic 47% 43%
White 47% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1991 E White House Canyon Rd
Green Valley, AZ 85614
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