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Harris Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 530 students

 

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Posted July 28, 2014

We were thankful the year ended after attending Harris. The principal failed to properly address a situation that involved a police report and only offered an apology after contacting the district. My child's teacher seemed more interested that her students could pronounce her name with a Spanish accent and failed to enter any grades until the day before report cards came out. The staff seems nervous to make a mistake in fear of the principals wrath. The atmosphere and environment feel tense. I'd walk my child up hill both ways in the snow barefoot before attending Harris another year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

Dedicated teachers and they are always working hard! I am very impressed with the 6th grade teachers. They seem to have the student's best interest and are always keeping me involved in my child's learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

This school I had enough and will be placing my son in a new school. The front office staff is featherbrained, cant comprehend a simple task given to them. Ive called in to have my son in the font office because we have an appointment, we arrive five minutes later for them to ask why we are there, what for even though I had called. Along with it took them five more minuets for them to call to get him up the office. During a meeting just this Monday 3/10 the Principal decided he wanted to text and play with his phone. And we were discussing my sons education I was so furious to say the least. The school has a ton of pink eye breakouts, and strep throat, lice it feels like cess pool of germs. Ive sent my sons class room plenty of hand sanitizer and tissues. I understand kids are kids things get germs but threw out the whole year my other son has been in Val Vista Lakes Elementary not once has he come home with paper stating outbreaks or gotten sick. Yuck! I understand the buses are not apart of the school but we are getting tired waiting 25-30 minuets during the hot summer so late! They do not provide our buss route with air conditioned buss its Arizona ugh!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

The Gilbert School District, in Gilbert AZ has made such a difference in my child's ability to learn. She is severly Dyslexic and is 4 years behind. AZ recognizes Dyslexia and it's related disabilities and complies with the identificationa and implimentation of the appropriate interventions. she is finally learning and I am so impressed..words can not say how greatful I am for their ethical and compassion to do the right thing....Dear Lord and Harris Elementary thank you, for giving my child what she needs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

All three of my children attended Harris and they all had wonderful caring teachers. I would hihly reccomend Harris. Carrie Barno
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Posted May 4, 2009

The students do not receive consequences when appropriate. For example one student hurt another student and nothing happened to the student who caused it. But the teachers are wonderful and give their all to each student.


Posted August 13, 2004

My child currently attends Harris and has for a couple of years. I think the principal should be commended for all her hard work as she makes this school work. There is much effort put into running this school. Also my child was blessed to have such a wonderful Kindergarden teacher, Mrs. O. Thanks to you dedication to the children, it showed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

Overall my kids really enjoyed this school. They excelled in my areas here and the teachers are great, they make the kids fell great about themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

This school was a big disappointment for the parents of a current student. As a result of this disappointment we are transferring the student. The teacher in the beginning of the year summoned parent support. I have been involved in schools every other Friday for three years as a volunteer and was only asked to help 2 times at Harris. I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and taught 7-8th grade years ago therefore I know my academic achievement was not an issue. I was told I was an excellent volunteer yet was not asked for help with the class. I wrote to the principal and teachers (2 different teachers this year) and received no support from the school. Very little feedback on the student s progress was ever given. This school was not rated high in my expectations of schools I am accustomed to working with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

I had much problems finding out how my student was doing all year. I tried to communicate with little or no feedback.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2003

My children went to Harris all 7 years (k-6). I've been involved in the school for 8 years now. The teachers take the time to listen, care, and actually share in their children's lives. I will miss Harris greatly as I move on completely to Jr. High. You can not go wrong at this school!


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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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
67%

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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
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 "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 47% 43%
White 39% 42%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1820 S. Harris Drive
Mesa, AZ 85204
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Phone: (480) 545-7060

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