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Wigwam Creek Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 860 students

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4 stars

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Posted July 31, 2013

This school so far is completely amazing. I'm in the Honors program & the teachers are definitely awesome. Teachers will teach at the best, & will challenge you as well as be the best teacher you can have. Teachers are also fun but will have to be strict which is what you should look for in every teacher! There are so many after school activities & clubs that you could join, & WCMS is just completely awesome with what they can offer you. Students who struggle with homework have the opportunity to get help, & I struggled in Math, so I was able to go to a teacher in the mornings to have homework help. There is also homework lab but I'm no sure other grades have had the opportunity. This school is really fun, & makes you want to go to school everyday. That's just how fun it is. (:


Posted July 30, 2013

Wigwam Creek is a great school. My daughter attended for 3 years and my son is currently a student at Wigwam Creek. I am thankful for the teachers and coaches that have worked with my children and inspired them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

Wigwam Creek is a great place to send your child for 6th-8th Grade. The curriculum is rigorous, the staff genuinely cares about children, and there are so many opportunities to get your child involved in clubs, sports and activities. I will definitely be sending my child here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 15, 2012

A+ ? More Like Popularity Contest. That is what it was all about at wcms i didnt enjoy it at all i graudted 2 years ago and I am Happier than ever that im gone, Bullying was not handled the way it should have, teachers had there quote one quote "favorites" detentions were handed out to the non favorites like if it was candy. Basically if ur not the Smartest, or Coolest , Or non active , or not the IT kid DONT GO !!!!!!!!!!!!! plain and simple yes i was a cool kid and everything and very well know , but only ONE TEACHER LIKE ME ON A SIDE and at least i think she did , but it took me 3 years to turn into somebody I was not . But if you are not Anyof those above dont waist ur time and emotions for them its not worth it ur better off somewhere else . well GOOD LUCK
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

The teachers do not like to communicate with parents. I developed a 504 plan solely for the purpose of forcing my daughters teachers to keep me updated on assignments. She has ADHD and most of the time doesn't recall having unfinished assignments. Teachers refuse to give me this information without a 504 that federally mandates they must. It's ridiculous to have to take such measures just for a little communication. They insist assignments are posted on teacher web pages and the online grade book.Too bad the teacher pages are rarely up to date and often the grade book is closed. They won't even follow the 504 plan unless I constantly complain. Funny though, they are very quick to hand out detentions when she doesn't complete assignments! Go figure! If you are looking for a school with teachers who genuinely care about your child's success, you won't find them at Wigwam. I had 1 of her teachers tell me he thinks they do enough & shouldn't have to do any more. This is my second child in this school and it has been the same lack of communication. I have often heard over the years that they are trying to prepare kids for the years ahead...I just wish they would prepare them for today!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2011

This is one of the best schools in the West Valley for many reasons. This is not a "warm n fuzzy" school, however "warm n fuzzy" is not what a student needs to be prepared for high school. The teachers are very knowledgable in their content areas and it shows! The administration listens to parent concerns and welcomes feedback. There are many activities that are available for the kids in every area of interest. The communication from both the principal and the teachers is absolutely amazing! I would like to see more "getting to know you" events for the kids because I do feel like the kids may not know each other very well. HOwever, over all this is one great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

I have a child in sixth grade honors, and I have been very pleased. The teachers challenged her and helped her reach her full potential, something that very few schools before her were able to do. There are plenty of extra-curricular activities and she seemed to really enjoy her learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

I have two students who have attended Wigwam Creek in the Honors program. The program gave excellent preparation for high school, particularly in mathematics. The teachers are excellent and know how to plans lessons that engage the adolescent learner. Extra-curricular activities and sports are offerred along with high caliber elective classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

Curriculum is outdated. Advanced children are not challanged, because of others just keep falling further behind. Leadership does not address the concerns of the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

Wigwam Creek Middle School wasn't a school I enjoyed sending my children to every day. The school's environment is very biased, and teachers and administrators always have "favorites". I am not saying this because my children were treated as the lesser compared to others, but they were in fact all the teachers' favorites. Even they thought it was unfair. Although WCMS has an A+ status, that doesn't mean they deserve it. The week before the A+ evaluators came, they cleaned everything up and bought new things, and even tried to drill good behavior into the kids. I believe that to be a false exterior; one that was never kept up. Bottom Line: Unless your children are perfect A+ students or those who play sports, they aren't going to get the same treatment as those who are more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

wigwam creek is an amazing school that any of your children would be lucky to attend iwas there al three years all the teachers that ive had have felt like friends to me they really do care and if your having any problems in school or outside of school and just need to chat with someone they're there for you. your child life at wigwam is depeneded on them and what they do to make the experience the best, i took part in soccer got to know all thee teachers became and t-a( teachers assitant) which made thee school years great,im a freshman now and i wish i never wouldve graduated there, your leavin a family when you leave wigwam. you gotta be outgoin and social BE A PROUD JAGUAR, cause those three years at wigwam WILL be the best years of your life trust me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2009

This school is the worst school you can send your child to. You can't walk, step or anything on the grass! the principle always yells. I raised my hand for 5 minutes and the teacher's didn't answer me. The school lunch is not good at all. The fries are always cold. Do not send your child to this school! it is the worst school in the world!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2009

My son just graduated from Wigwam Creek Middle School. He attended all 3 years there (6th - 8th). This age group of kids is a difficult one. My son did experience some bullying, but I have a feeling it's probably the age group of kids - not necessarily the school. After these incidents I contacted the school, and they took it very seriously. They have a zero tolerace policy against bullying and put a stop to it. The biggest complaint I had related to this was P.E. The P.E. coaches need to watch kids better for bullying. My son has an IEP and the teachers that work in the resource room are absolutely the Best teachers. My son learned so much from these teachers. Mrs Hagan & Dr. Smith were wonderful and some of the best teachers my son has ever had. Would highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

Wigwam Creek is not that great. Honestly? To win the A+ award, they bought new everything and spent weeks scraping gum off the grounds. It was a set up, basically. The teachers play favorites like crazy! I got sick of it. As a student, I did my best, but the teachers always chose the most talented, better looking, and more involved kids to be their 'favorites'. The classes will be jam packed this coming year. I'm glad I left when I did. We are thinking of moving my brother to a charter school for fear of his education. I didn't like it.. I'm glad its over.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

This school is terrible..My son always has a ton of homework, teachers are forced to cram stuff in at the end of the year to meet standards. No sports or music to tlak about..Never again..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2009

I have been extremely pleased with the education my child has received at Wigwam. The teachers teach with rigor and are always available to the students. The school provides many opportunities for community involvement; there are BBQ's, concerts, fundraisers for students in need, and much more. The extra curricular activities are well organized and offer students the chance to continue their education outside the classroom. My child is well prepared to enter high school and beyond thanks to the dedicated teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

This school is great academic-wise and has great extracurricular opportunities. But even with programs in the school, kids are still bullied, sometimes in front of teachers/administrators faces, and nothing is done! Sometimes I think they are too afraid that the kids will turn on them, which is completely silly. Teachers tend to be a little prejudiced too. Otherwise, it is a beautiful school, and I'll be sad when I leave....
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2008

I do not have any thing positive to say about Wigwam Creek and am happy that my child will be moving on to high school next year. The teachers and principal are very rude. The teachers are only good with the 'norm child'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

I like this school. They hold students accountable for their actions. Teachers always email me back when I email them. They also have lots of activities and things for students to do to keep involved and out of trouble. Great staff, great place for my child to get a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2007

This school has awesome athletics,band and chior.Everything else,well,is just terrible.Many teachers do not care and wont listen or reply to me.
—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 63% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

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 58% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

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

  • 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 "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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 40% 43%
White 38% 42%
Black 15% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • "A" Letter Grade (2012)
  • High Progress Award School (2013)
  • Arizona State Co-Ed Champions (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 am
School Leader's name
  • John Scudder
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 547-0873

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Honors track
  • Reading Apprenticeship, Connected Math
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • RTI Intervention
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
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4510 N. 127th Ave
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
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Phone: (623) 547-1100

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