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Augusta Ranch Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 1120 students

 
 

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Posted September 24, 2013

Our school is Augusta Ranch Elementary, and we love it! It has so far been a great experience and we have been welcomed with warm arms by teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

This year will be our fourth year at Augusta Ranch and our experience has been extremely positive!!! The teachers, librarian, reading specialists and 'specials' teachers have all been wonderful. Its a caring and fun atmosphere for kids. The teachers are quick to respond to my questions and concerns. I am very happy to have my kids at Augusta Ranch!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2011

Did not have a good experience here. Actually only my ten year old girl teacher was on the ball and actually good. Not to say that all the staff are bad there are a lot of good ones. But the staff in the front office and the principal are cold and did not care that 4 out of 5 of are kids are speacial needs. We got the run around time after time. Before moving to this neighborhood strongly concider the schooling. DONT GO HERE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

This school is too large. The size of it is astronomical. Instead of limiting the number of students, they add portable classrooms. They have had lice outbreaks and pink eye, which are both very contagious and hard to control in a school this immense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

Our daughter, Julianna, attends second grade at Augusta Ranch and has attended this school since kindergarten. I have been especially impressed by her current teacher, Mrs. Christine Vierra, for several reasons. For one, she builds the student's self esteem and self confidence. I have seen this first-hand as I have volunteered to help two days a week with individual reading groups. She not only pushes each student to do the best they possibly can, but, more importantly, makes them accountable for their behavior. She explains that people make bad choices and good choices, and these can have an affect on your future. In class, it's that if you CHOOSE to not do your homework, the result is a bad grade. She is preparing them for life in the real world, and you cannot put a price tag on that lesson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2010

I am a teacher in the Mesa Public Schools and both my daughters have attended Augusta Ranch since 1st grade. My oldest (now in 6th) is mildly Autistic and has really thrived due to the wonderful teachers and aides at Augusta Ranch. We had one bad experience with a resource teacher, who was eventually moved out. Every other resource teacher (including the current teachers; Mrs. Mollerup and Mrs. Paez) have been wonderful for her. The aides are amazing and deserve so much more than they get. My 5th grader has had a similar experience; she has had wonderful teachers who understand her and push her to do her best. She was fortunate enough to be in Mrs. Quayle's 1st grade class, who is one of the finest educators I have ever seen. The principal, Suzie Kreitzer, is a disappointment, but the teachers are great and that's what matters most!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

I agree with the writer that this school is hit or miss. Some of the teachers are very skilled and attuned with the kids while others not so much. The classrooms have been consistently overcrowding year by year and this seems to be having an effect on the staff morale and general atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

I am very impressed with the faculty, and teachers at this school! I love this school, and I am so happy that my kids are able to attend such a wonderful well rounded school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

I have a 13 year old and a 9 year old that both went to AR... I cannot say enough about the caring teachers at the Ranch. My oldest son wen the entire time and never did I have a problem with one teacher or one incident. I have always been in close contact with all of the kids teacahers.... that is the key. I am all for being involved with the school, however; what is more important is that you are in closer contact with their individual teachers....Check snapgrades at least weekly and get on top of it immediately. Both of my boys strived in AR and my oldest son has done excellent in Desert Ridge JHS due to the path they placed him on in AR....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

My opinion is for those people who are considering moving to this area. It isn't that the school or educators are of a lesser quality. If you have a choice or option as to what area to move to, and if the school is important to you, pick a different district that is less crowded. If I had properly done my research, I would have moved into the Kyrene School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

Parents need to understand that their child is one out of 25-30, and that with increasing demands from the state and district, time is limited to meeting the objectives. Don't expect that your child is going to get personalized attention each and every day. Even if each child got 15 minutes, that would require 7 hours of the teacher's time. The demands the parents put on the teachers in this community are going above and beyond what a teacher should be reasonably expected to perform. Educating children is not solely the responsibility of the teacher. Teachers lay the academic groundwork, but in order to do this, they need parents to lay a moral foundation. In my opinion, the teachers and staff at this school are extremely professional and work very hard. I only wish they got the respect they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

I am Katie Wittmann.Ive been going to this school for 3 years now.If you like playful teachers Augusta ranch is the school for you.This school is so awesome to go to.I have like 50 friends.So come to Augusta Ranch.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2008

My oldest daughter started at Augusta Ranch in Kindergarten and is now in second grade. She has had outstanding teachers every year and does very well academically. The teachers that we have had really care and there are lots of opportunities for parent involvement which I feel is important. My daughter loves the extra-curricular after school programs offered through Club Discovery (keyboarding, science, art, etc) and I like that they are tax deductible! Last year, in 1st grade, her class size was large (approx 28 kids) and they added an extra class mid-year to rectify the situation. This year she only has 24 kids in her class which is perfect. My middle daughter will be starting her journey at Augusta Ranch with all-day Kindergarten next year and she couldn't be more excited! We are looking to move into a larger home but hoping to stay within Augusta Ranch's boundaries!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

I have had children here ever since it opened, and after a few rocky years where overcrowding was an issue (waiting for a new elementary school to open), this school has settled into a very nice school. There are a lot of very good teachers at this school. We lived in the KC area for 11 years, and our eldest went K-6 in one the best rated school districts in the nation. Honestly, beside the larger school size (which I don't like, but is the way schools are built these days, even in the KC area), my second daughter, who went 1-6 at Augusta Ranch, received just as good an education and thrived. My son, who has behavior issues, has had caring teachers who have truly tried to work with him all years except one (and that teacher is no longer at AR.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My three kids love to go to school here. The teachers work with them on character as well as subject matter. I will not move out of the school boundary limits because of how great the school has been for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2006

My two youngest children have only attended this school and I won't move because of the school. It's great! Teachers are wonderful! When my 1st grader was having reading problems they identified it immediately and worked intensely with him to improve. They also talked w/ me about what we could do @ home to help. He's now reading ahead of grade level in 2nd grade. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

We recently transfered from Michigan and I am appaulled at this schools lack of communication with parents, teacher changes, and acedemics. They do not send home appropriate levels of homework or reading materials and the teachers are oblivious to notes of concern consistently written. I woulod never recommend this school to any parent or student!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

good school with great teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

This school seems hit or miss. There are some fabulous teachers there who are really in tune with the children and are creative and energetic. I have found that the staff is not very supportive of each other. This has had a great negative effect on the children in those classes where the teacher needs some guidance in dealing with special or unique learning styles of the children. Stronger leadership and greater staff support would help this school be a wonderful place for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2005

I have had a great experience with Augusta Ranch Elementary. My children have had excellent teachers who care and give over 100%. They expect the children to excel in their subjects and work with them diligently. My son has been given opportunities tailored to his specific needs and challenged in every way. The principal and teachers work hard for this school and care about the students and parents. The parents I have worked with are very involved and care about the community.
—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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

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 65% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
63%

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

  • 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 "Excelling".

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 76% 42%
Hispanic 15% 42%
Asian 5% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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9430 E. Neville Ave
Mesa, AZ 85212
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