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Higley Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted September 7, 2012

My chilrdren really love this school. They have been here for five years and the changes have been truly amazing! The teachers are dedicated, the curriculum is challenging, and the administration is very willing to help. Parent involvement is encouraged and the PTO appreciates any and all help!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2011

We have only lived here 6 months but every interaction we have had with this school has been top notch! My 5th grader loves his teachers and has the best grades since kindergarten. Even when he needed to be disciplined we were involved right away. This is a great school in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

Dedicated Leadership has allowed Higley Elementary to exceed anyones expectations. Higley is offering so many great programs to meet every childs' needs including the gifted programs, technology and extracurricular. We are glad to be here in Higley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

Higley has improved drastically over the past couple of years. The new principal is very dedicated, and the teachers and staff are all kind and hardworking. The student population is diverse, and they all show excellent character. I've had 2 children enrolled there for the past 3 years, and they've never had a problem with bullying. They've also received great educations. Higley's test scores are improving every year, so the "Excelling" label is not out of reach. Having taught at schools in the Kyrene, Chandler, Gilbert, and Scottsdale districts. I can honestly say that HEMS is at least as good if not better than many of those others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

I am a parent of a student in the Gilbert District and when my kids went to this school they got a much better education. I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

This school lacks in so many different areas it hard to know where to begin. I find that the teachers tend to yell at students and intimindate instead of teach. The staff are unorganized and uncaring. The classrooms are bland and boring-not a bright learning enviroment. My daughter has been there since kindergarten and I am desparately trying to get her to another school in the Gilbert district. Much better schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2008

My children attended Higley Elementary from Kindergarten through the third grade. My daughter who is a bright student did well in each of her classrooms. My son, on the other hand, was tested as gifted in the first grade and all three years he became more and more frustrated and angry with the teachers and the school because he was not challenged. Higley School District has a gifted program (HATS) but does not exercise the program as they lead you to believe. My son is gifted in two of the areas tested and is borderline in the third. The principal said she would personally write his curriculum to satisfy his needs...her word had no follow through. His teacher did not want to teach him and his gifted teacher had very little time for him. I would not recommend this school to anyone with a gifted or excelling child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

After a very rocky start at HEMS with my daughter, I have to admit that this school has proven to me to be an exceptional place. The teachers are caring and more then willing to go the extra mile for students. In addition, the school nurse and counselor have been instrumental in helping as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2008

I have three kids in HEMS. This is our 2nd year there. I have mixed feelings about the school. There are definitely some great teachers there and some terrible teachers. It depends on who you get. I would like to see more parent/PTO involvement. I think it would make it a better place for the children. The school wide communication is lacking. And we have had two prinicples in two years and supposedly another one next year. On the positive side, my kids like school, are doing well and the curriculum is good. We are happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2008

I have two children at Higley Elementary and we love the school. I find the teachers and administrators are very willing to do whatever is necessary to help the students learn. I feel my kids are receiving a very good education at Higley. The teachers are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2007

In response to your post about Higley El. and the electives offered not only for your child but all junior high students, as well as the fact that Higley El.'s teachers are purchasing needed materials out of their own pocket, I suggest you look at the district as the cause of these problems and not the school. It seems to me the teachers are willing to do what ever it takes to help students, even if that means paying for the materials needed. This is not a Higley El. problem, rather starts at district level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2007

My children attended Higley El & Middle school for several years. I found that during this time teacher/parent communication has gotten worse. We always receive notices late or last minute. Homework is graded late or lost by teachers..thus having a negative impact on a childs progress report/report card. Teachers do not communicate with parents unless a child is in trouble...if there is a sudden drastic change in school work the teacher does not call the parent. It becomes a surprise at report card time. I am very discouraged by the lack of communication. The 'organized' sports is another pitfall. I understand and appreciate the staff that volunteers as coaches, however you cannot be competitive if a coach knows nothing about the sport as is basically there for 'supervision'...very very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

Our family has had a wonderful experience at Higley El. I have two children at this school and feel with both children that they are being taught above standards and their teachers are excellent. I am a parent that is involved in helping out as much as I can and that sometimes just means doing things at home, but I find that being involved helps the school and has helped my children as well. We love Higley schools and would highly recommend to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

Very poor quality at Higley Elementary School. The worst communication with Parents I have ever experienced. I have been to meet the teachers and many did not even know who my child was at teachers conferences. What is going on at this school. We are changing schools next year due to the poor quality of teachers, principle and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

very unwilling to assist children who are not 'quick learners'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2006

I feel that if parents would start caring about kids education, this school would be fantastic! I enjoy this school, I like the teacher and staff, and I have been very involved in volunteering in classrooms and PTO. I see parents leaving their kids at school for the teachers to raise. Kids are disrespectful. Where do they learn that? Home! So if parents would stop placing the blame at the schools and start looking into their own homes and really care about education, then any school would be highly successful. HEMS is wonderful as long as you stop complaining and get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2006

Very disappointing!, 2nd year for my Daughter and education seems 2nd rate. Some good teachers but elective classes need to be improved. Information that comes home is wrong or late.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

I have been very happy with the education my children are receiving at Higley Elementary. The teachers are wonderful. Ann Templeton is the best principal I have ever worked with as a parent or as a former teacher. She always has time for parent's concerns and really takes the time to know the students. The middle school teachers have really impressed me as well. My children came to Higley El from a private school and I have never had cause to regret my decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

I am dissapointed in Higley Elementary. Several of the middle school teachers have been unprofessional with my child. I have complained to the principal about one of them. The class was an elective class and the only other elective that was offered was band and my child does not play in band. We had to keep him in the class for the remainder of the year. I never felt he got anything positive from that experience. They don't have a lot of options for the kids for sports and the teams are horrible. The teachers are not given what they need in supplies to help teach our children. Many of them go out on their own to purchase stuff. There doesn't seem to be much school pride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

Great school! My children have learned alot and love going to school everyday. The teachers are very understanding of my childrens needs. The academic programs are very enriching and provoke alot of thought in my children. They love to get work and to turn it in. They have a great deal of extracurricular activities for the children and my children love to go to kidzart and the gardening classes that they offer. Parent involvement is definitely there.
—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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

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 63% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
91%

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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • 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 61% 42%
Hispanic 22% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 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 29%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3391 E. Vest Ave.
Higley, AZ 85236
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Phone: (480) 279-7000

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