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Cheatham Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 860 students

 

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Posted April 21, 2014

The school is average a good school, but unfortunately some students are disrespectful with the teachers and another students but that is due family education, also too many fights between students. I thinks the school program is good but some students cause to much trouble . The school need to work Harder with the Esl program for students with English as a second language. My children are happy with the school but I am not due the bullying problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

Cheatham Elementary seems a good school so far. My child just started in August. He has had problems with academic learning in previous schools. However, Cheatham has already taken action after they received a letter from my son's doctor. We met with the committee, and they are already taking steps to help my son with his academic success. His teacher is also very good at what she does, and seems to care about her students' success. So far, I am satisfied with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

This school is AWESOME!!!!!!!! my child's learning has extremely improved. Staff/teachers are very helpful. All my children will attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

Correction - the school is not performing - it's performing plus and actually had enough points to be excelling last year. The only thing that kept them from being excelling was that there weren't enough students exceeding the standards. The teachers have done a great job improving academics at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

This school is not a top scoring school. It is labeled "performing" by the Arizona department of Education. Which means many of the students are just barely meeting the expectations set up by AIMS. A "top scoring" school would be labeled as "excelling".


Posted February 4, 2011

The unfortunate thing about this site is that the only people who review it are embittered parents who did't get their way or teachers who weren't allowed to skate by like they do at other schools. Cheatham was a mess several years ago, but the current principal has completely turned the school around. It is now one of the top scoring schools feeding into the Phoenix Union High School District. For doing such a great job, the princpal, Mr. Winters, was recently named one of only nine Rodel Exemplary Principals in the state! Rodel has selected him out of hundreds of principals to mentor future principals on how to do it right. I'm proud to live in Laveen. It's a great district with six great schools!


Posted January 16, 2011

I go to this school now. im in 8th grade and been there sense 3rd. i loe this school. moslty beacuse the people my age are nice. but little kids in kinder are already fighting and cussing.


Posted November 2, 2010

there's a lot of fighting, bullying & teachers don't seem to care or stop the bullying. There is a school uniform. But what I have noticed its not really enforced. Girls show up with short shorts, spandex pants. some students do not listen to the teachers.parents are not involved. I wish that the younger sudents would have shade during recess. Poor kids its so hot in the summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

my child has learned nothing in this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

My two daughters attended Cheatham since 2006. In 2006 this school had severe issues. (students fighting, parents fighting, inadequate teachers) However, since then they have a new Prinicpal. He has done an excellent job in providing leadership and support to his teachers and students. The students respect him and therefore he is able to make change. I have had a few issues in the past years with different things, each time I addressed it with the teacher and the principal, and each time it was resolved timely. I feel satisfied with the education they are receiving, a few classes are at a ratio that is too high.They have began to have many extra ciricular programs, 'Lady Cheetah's' great for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls self esteem! Thank you Mr. Winters for making change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

My son has been to this school since it opened. It has lots of ups & downs just like any school. I can say the staff has improved since they open. I hope they continue to focus on building a strong & dedicated staff. The ratio students vs teachers in each classroom could be a little lower.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

This school has potential to be a great school. My child has been going to this school for 2 years. The first year he struggled greatly. The work he used to come home with has depressing. He would come home with vocabulary tests that had almost every word misspelled. As a grade he would get a sticker of great job on his paper... It would leave me wondering how the instructor was teaching... and who was really grading his work? I spend the whole year supplementing his work at home. On his 2nd year there he as has improved dramatically. He was lucky to be placed with a teacher that has been teaching for more than 30 years and really cares. He brings home perfect grades. I believe the difference is in the instructors... If a teacher is genuinally interested in teaching it makes all the difference...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2008

there are lots of fights going on at school.. my daughter always comes saying, ''oh my god there was a big fight at school today!'' taking it like it was so awsome! maybe you should put more playground equipment or opther stuff to keep them busy during recess to prevent future fights....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

This is the best school ever!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2008

My child has been going to Cheatham for the past two years. There have been a lot of changes but she loves it. The teachers she had were very experianced and dedicated. She has made a lot of friends and she had above average scores on her AIMs tests. It is great to see Cheatham is a performing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

I am a former employee of Cheatham Elementary School. I worked year one and so much has impropved. Parental involvement was the number one problem at Cheatham. Many of complaints the parents have can be easily resolved with parents contacting teachers, visiting the classrooms and taking part in their child's education. Teachers cannot do it all on their own. A teacher has 32 students and time is limited. Step in and make a difference.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 3, 2007

My two children have attended Cheatham for 3 years. Durring the first year of the school, they said it was fun and wanted to go next year. Durring the laast year (2007) everyday they complained about the kids, teachers, and lack of playground equiptment. My oldest daughter had come to me everyday telling me about the kids. A lot of kids were picking on her and the teachers had done nothing about it. They had called her horrible names, the same with my youngest. My husband had gone down to talk to the princaple twice. And the princaple had done nothing about the kid(s). (Which made him really mad). So this year I'm taking them to Vista Del Sur which will be a traditional school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

Relocated from California 1 1/2 years ago and have been frustrated and disappointed with Cheatham. My daughter attended 1st grade and half of Kindergarten there and I was not impressed what so ever. I don't know what the other parents see that I don't that and have left positive comments. Arizona is already behind in terms of money the state pays for each child. The test scores here are abysmal and there is no Administrative leadership at all. My children will be going to a private school 11 miles east this year. To bad the good teachers leave every year due to the lack of support from the leadership, no organization, and budget issues. I would not recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2007

My son started going to this school at the beginning of his 1st grade year. I loved it. I wanted him to go to a school that was diversified and Cheatham is just that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

We relocated to Cheatham in Nov. 2006. My daughter loves the school, her new friends and especially her teacher. The teachers and school need to communicate with parents better and more parents need to get involved. This area is growing fast and there are bound to be some bumps along the way, but I can see that this school has the potential to be great. I think the school needs a strong, experienced, organized principal to come in and help turn the school around.
—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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
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

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
61%
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
Hispanic 48% 43%
Black 30% 5%
White 10% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 43%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Rick Stephen
Fax number
  • (602) 237-3376

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4725 W. South Mountain Way
Laveen, AZ 85339
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Phone: (602) 237-7040

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