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Carson Junior High School

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Posted April 9, 2011

wow.... well, I use to be a teacher before and one thing for sure we can not really have any control on their foul launguage... that comes from home! And I am about to move into the area and my son does need special education... just a little consern because I want him to learn and not b behind and let him slide. I can not rate it but will b back to give my feed back when he is really in. Wish me luck!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

I am attending this school at the moment and the school is the greatest school in the district!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2010

My son goes to this school and I am looking for something else for him. He is failing all 6 classes. His teachers are helpful. They send home his 'missing' assignments 2 and 3 times, but no one enforces any penalties when he doesn't do the work. I have asked for an alternative or some sort of help with my son who just refused to do his work. Counselors can not help and informed me that they have no retention program. He can fail all classes and never get held back. How is this going to help him next year? They are also not at liberty to recommend alternative programs or schools. The school wants to keep my tax money right there at the expense of my son's education. If your kid has behavior or learning problems, don't send them here. They just don't care enough to deal with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

This school is the best it can be. Im a cheerleader at carson right now and most of us are straight A students. There is nothing wrong with the teachers there, their trying their best to teach us everything. But the students that are using foul language and being disrespectful are their own fault or the house they live in. Nothing will go wrong if you send your children there, nothing is wrong cause the teachers are great
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2008

I worked at Carson Junior High for ten years and if I would not have moved I would still be there. The staff members there are fantastic. They care not only about the students, parents, but their fellow teachers. Over the ten years I was offered jobs at different junior highs in the area and I stayed at Carson due to the staff members there
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2008

This school was told by my child that there were many kids that used foul language and their diclipinary status were not that good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

Carson is so cool i'm not just sayin that because i go there it just we have great and dedicated teachers that really take the time to talk to us students , they really take the time to get to know us this is my second year at Carson sure there are some dumb students that o dumb things but you can't just judge the school because of those individuals it really is a good school i'm a straight A student and i really like it at carson you should send your children there !!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2008

Last year when my daughter started to attend Carson, she would come home and tell me how hard of a time she was having being a good girl and making good choices. She mentioned the foul language and the fact that being good was just not cool. I have gone over and spoke to her teachers who I really believe are great teachers and they really care about their students, but the problem I believe, is in the poor enforcement of basic rules of conduct. It's just too bad. I would love to be able to support my local schools but my hands are tied on this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2007

The administration could use some work, but the teaching staff is far above par! They are some of the most dedication teachers I have yet to see at a public school. And the students are an amazing group of kids.


Posted July 25, 2007

My daughter attented Carson and was very unhappy we really dislike this school and everything about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

I went to this school previously and I noticed some things going on that shouldn't have been. I didn't think being in a public school teachers would constantly talk about their religion. This is a horrible learning environment and I completely disagree with everything that is going on here. I can name many teachers that did nothing to help me become at the required level. I strongly recommend you don't send your children here.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 25, 2006

The teachers truly do a good job at teaching these kids when they really do not have a lot of resources to work with. The kids are a great bunch and I belive are given a bad rap. All in all it really is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2006

Although there are changing demographics at this school, it has a caring teaching staff that works hard to meet the needs of all students. The administration is outstanding in maintaining the integrity of the instructional programs as well as basic 'law and order'. There is little violence and dilinquency.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 3, 2006

I received a courtesy call from my childs World Geography teacher advising me of behavior concerns and how he felt this was due to poor choice of friends. My daughter is an honor student and because of prior experience with this, my own, I know that this can be the 'detour' in a child's life. The care, concern and initiative this teacher has demonstrated is greatly appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

I had difficulty getting a return phone call back from a couple of teachers. Teachers complain about the lack of parent involvement, but when I want information about my child's progress, I should get it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

The school is o.k. The teachers try hard and the children seem to be learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

The teachers are very dedicated, however the staff does not make it easy to get involved with your childs classes and studies. Not very parent friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2003

My son is attending Carson for his third year. Carson is a very good school but as a parent you need to stay involved with your child's progress. Unfortunately there are many students attending Carson that have parents that don't stay involoved. Administration and teachers do the best that they can but when there is little parent support from a number of parents it effects the overall make up of the school. My son has a 4.2 GPA is invloved with activities and is enjoying his experience at Carson. We are looking forward to having him attend Westwood too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2003

My child attended this school last year. the programs were all pretty good, but some of the teachers really were'nt.The school needs More discipline. Another item was The Test scores were very low. There were also quite a few fights during the school year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2003

My children don't enjoy going to this school,the teachers/staff don't discipline stundents severe enough and don't care about all of their sudents.


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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 65% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
38%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "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 57% 43%
White 23% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 12% 5%
Black 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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 85%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Fax number
  • (480) 472-2899

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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Parent involvement
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525 N Westwood
Mesa, AZ 85201
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