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Gateway Pointe Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 881 students

 

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2011:
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Posted April 17, 2014

The vice principal at the school is rude and condescending. The principal lets the VP run the school and the teachers are overall uninterested in their job. They do not communicate with the parents on anything that matters and there is no advanced placement or pspecials that are worth while. I do not recommend sending your children here. Poor education and will suspend over spilled milk as they don't want to over extend themselves into working at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My school is excellent with letting me know how my student is faring. This school has great teachers that help our children succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2014

My husband and I have moved around the US quite a bit for his work. I have two children that are currently in 6th grade at Gateway. In all their years of schooling and in the numerous schools they have been in they have always been successful, hardworking students. I'm not one of those parents that is here to tell you that my children are gifted and are not getting the attention they need. They are your everyday children that have strengths and weaknesses. They did A-B work consistently and were mathletes. Since being at Gateway they do D-F work. The teachers are content in letting them do so. They weigh their grades unfairly. 20% class work 80% test, If your child is not good at test taking, they don't stand a chance at this school. I have also found that the teachers FAIL to teach! My children come home with assignments and have not the first clue how to complete them. I found a charter school for my daughter and moved her over. In a matter of weeks, she is a straight A student! It saddens me that I dislike a school so badly that I can not wait for this academic year to be over so we can move on!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

We love Gateway!!! I have three children that have attended this school. My oldest is now at Higely High. My younger two are in their third year at Gateway. My son as an IEP and he gets exception help and understanding with his disabilities. Mr. Hendricsen has been phenomenal, especially with helping me in personal and sensitive situations with my children over the last three years. . Lorriaine, the secretary, does not get enough credit for the job she does. Over all I am extremely happy with Gateway and Higley schools. I believe that parents should be involved more. I am disappointed in that such a large school has such a small PTO. It is the easiest and most fun way to get involved and let the kids know that beyond classes and homework..... that there is a whole world of excitement out there for everyone at Gateway!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Gateway does not have acceptable classroom instruction for kids with learning disabilities. If your child is boarder line, they recommend putting your child in a emotional behavior class. Some teachers do not care to have struggling students in their class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2013

This is one of the best schools I have been involved with and the community is outstanding. A+++++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2013

Gateway is AWESOME i came to this school in the middle of 6th grade and i got alot of friends and the teachers were really nice! i went to that school up until the middle of 7th grade cause i moved. it is the best school ive been to and my brothers and I and my parents want us to go back. I LOVE GATEWAY! :)


Posted April 9, 2013

This school is incredible! The teachers make sure each student succeeds. Parents who care about their kids progress will be happy to know Gateway wants success for each student. My kids have been attending for several years - from Kindi on up. We have received so much more from teachers than they were expected to do. This year, my daughter's 4th grade teacher set up personal tutoring for just my daughter after school in her classroom because she was struggling in math. My 2nd grader's teacher spends many after school hours coming up with extra help for those kids in class who aren't getting it. I love this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

Gateway is AWESOME! Our children have been attending for over 4 years, and we have nothing but great things to say about this school! The tteachers are super driven - caring - and academically minded. The administration is fully supportive of parents and staff, and the staff loves their jobs. Lorraine at the front is the most amazing lady at Gateway! I love having my kids come through her door making them feel completely welcome! Bravo Gateway! We love you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2012

As a mother to middle school aged students, I have to say the Gateway 7th and 8th grade teams are the best around. Between the 7th and 8th grade math teachers, my daughters have moved from meeting to excelling. They care and the teachers all have innovative and greats ways to teach. The front office staff if amazing and the atmosphere is perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

Common' Gateway, stop the bullying. It's your job to see for the safety of all the students, not just the favorites.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

My son went to this school for 2nd and 3rd grade. Both years the teachers that he had were wonderful role models and very willing to help students achieve their best. Students require parental involvment, and I have found that if I support the teacher from home, they supported my son's education! We had a good experience here at Gateway and my son throughly enjoyed attending while we lived in this area. The teachers are very easy to communicate with, willing to teach and put forth the effort that children are looking for! Great job Gateway!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

I have had two children attend this school. One with special needs and one in 6- 8th grade. Every teacher has been so suppotive. If any issues arise the principal and assistant are excellent. The front desk lady is the most amazing lady Ive ever known. The bus drivers are excellent. The tutoring program is excellent. I think my ownly concern would be the PE teacher Mr farmsworth who is not positive towards the children and choses children for sports that do not deseve it because of the childs behaviour but mummy and daddy are rich so he will put them on the team instead. The football and soccer coaches both ladies and male teachers are fantastic and what Ive seeen of the baseball coaches the same. I do have a concern about sun saftey. The children are often out in the sun with no school hat or sunscreen. The school nurse is excellent and so is the librarian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

My 4th grade grand daughter lives with me. She entered school at the start of 3rd grade. From the very first day when we visited; we have been treated with utmost respect & concern. Each item of concern has been met in the most positive way. I see nothing but success for her here. I think it speaks volumes that although school work can be & willing...even anxious to get to school. She says her 4th grade teacher is hard, but has actually been a very positive influence in many ways. I am very grateful that fate and ? brought us here. My only reqret is that so few young parents are involved. And I know there are lots of grands who could and would enjoy volunteering if they just would do it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

Our son has some special challenges and everything has been handled beautifully with sensitivity and professionalism by his teacher (Gwen Newsom) as well as the special education teacher (Carolyn Castro).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

this school sux only good teacher is Ms.Williams for math
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

My son attends Gateway Pointe Elementary and we've had wonderful experiences with the administration there. Assistant Principal Wolf was especially helpful in resoving some challenges we were having. Her professionalism was exemplary and we miss her presence at our school. I'm confused by some of the negative comments toward Gateway and its staff; we feel that we're fortunate to have our son enrolled at such an outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2010

We miss the old principals - Newphew and Wolfe but will take anyone long term. this district should know our schools need consistency!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

My son was a Kindergartner last year at this school. We will not be returning to the school next year. Didn't feel he was pushed hard enough academically and principal and his secretary never return calls from parents. Very unimpressed with administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

This is the second year that my child attended this schools, now in 6th grade. Last years principle,and staff were aweful,and this year seems to be no better.You will be denied the opportunity to observe the classroom,and the opprtunity to sit down with other parents for conference.They seem to make up rules as they go. There is no 'bully policy', and the staff seems to not care about children safety. Forget ever talking to the assistant principle Mrs. Wolfe, she seems to hate her position. This schools has mastered giving you 'false hope',and they never follow up on their promises.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

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89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

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 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%

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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
58%

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 58% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 42%
Hispanic 20% 42%
Black 8% 5%
Asian 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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2069 S. Delatorre Drive
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