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Ishikawa Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 784 students

 

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Posted August 19, 2013

This school is an amazing place for children to learn and grow as individuals. The staff is incredible, the devotion they display is immeasurable. Shelly Heath is the phenomenal principal that leads the staff and children with love, positivity and energy! This is our 3rd year at this school, we do open enrollment & feel so very fortunate to be part of the Ishikawa family!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

I currently have 1 child at Ishikawa school, my son attended this school and is now in High School. I think very highly about this school they have great teachers and wonderful principal that have always attended to my needs and request to help my children. I highly recommend this school the quality of education is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

I have 3 children at Ishikawa and have had only positive to say. My boys had the opportunity to attend outdoor/science camp this year and it was a wonderful experience for them. My daughter thrives with her teacher. I love the use of technology in the classroom. They are learning so much. The staff, teachers, and principal are always helpful and have my child's best interest at heart. I have been a volunteer in the classroom since my boys started and have always felt welcome. The PTO does an excellent job with activities for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

My sons teachers did/do not like their job. His teacher this year is very unhappy at the school and I feel like it shows in her classroom. The curriculum is constantly changing with each new piece of expensive and unnecessary equipment they get. For instance the principle has asked that they no longer do worksheets for the purpose of using computerized whiteboards the school purchased. This is a waste of the schools money in my opinion and they could have gotten better books for the classrooms. Instead they put more stress on the teacher to come up with ideas to teach an unestablished curriculum. The homework is a joke! I have to ask my son questions on subjects he should have learned in kindergarden. It takes 2 minutes... maybe. How do I know what he is learning based off of this? They also change how and what they teach based on scores from test that are made mandatory to see if they will pass state test. If the scores are not high enough they have to change what they are teaching regardless if the children are improving or not. The principle is all show for her expensive clients and is trying to maintain face at anyones expense. I will not be sending my kids back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

Ishikawa is a wonderful school with supportive parents, dedicated teachers and a great principal. One of the best schools in AZ.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 31, 2010

I have had 3 of my four children at Ishikawa. this is our 8th year at this school. It has been an awesome experience. All the teachers my kids have had at Ishikawa have been excellent! The teachers do such a great job at meeting each student at his or her needs which I know is difficult because of the varied learning levels. My kids have always felt happy and safe at this school! We love it! in fact, 3 years ago our family moved out of Ishikawa boundries but I continue to drive them the 5 miles everyday so they can stay at such an awesome school! sincerely, mrs. Epstein
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

I currently have a 4th grader there and have had 2 other children who are now in High school and College. I have been VERY satisfied by the quality of education and Teachers that is provided by Ishikawa. This is a family oriented school and the staff are willing to help and listen. Happy kids make Happy parents. N. Johnson
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

I am so glad that we moved to Ishikawa. It is an EXCEPTIONAL school. The teachers are caring, the principal is involved, the parents are resourceful and the community is supportive. My three children have thrived at Ishikawa. I love the use of technology in the classroom preparing the children for the future. I can't say enough good about Ishikawa Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

My husband and I moved from Gilbert to Mesa because we wanted our children to have a better education. We have not been disappointed in the quality of education that they have received from Ishikawa. The teachers push my children to excel while giving positive re-enforecment. My daughter is so excited about school that she has asked me to continue her education by enrolling her in a writing class for the summer. My son had the opportunity to attend an outdoor school (camp) as part the 5th grade science experience. It was an awesome learning experience. The PTO does a fantastic job of getting the community involved by planning fun events for the entire family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

Currently all three of my children attend Ishikawa. I am VERY grateful for the incredible leadership at Ishikawa from the principal Mrs. Heath on down. I have never seen or been a part of such an organized and well-run school. The community support is tremendous! I feel my children are receiving a superior education and the teachers are able to establish these results while making the experience fun. My kids love to go to school at Ishikawa! Thanks to all who are involved with Ishikawa for blessing our community with you time and talents!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

I have two grandchildren in Ishikawa. I am delighted that they love school as much as they do!! My youngest (1st grader) is an avid reader and loves to tell me about what he learns. My 3rd grader is in ELP. He knows more than I do at my age!!! They are challenged, rewarded for hard work and taught that learning can be fun. Ishikawa is more than a great school. It is a learning community where children want to be, teachers want to be and grandparents love to be!!


Posted March 30, 2010

We moved to Mesa when my daughter started second grade, I thought the school we moved from was great until I learned how wonderful Ishikawa is. There is such a strong feeling of family there. All the teachers have encouraged my children to strive for nothing but the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

I am fortunate enough to have my children attend Ishikawa. We are on an open enrollment (boundary exception) as we think it is an exemplary place of learning. The children are treated with respect and always encouraged to do their personal best. The principal, teachers and staff truly have my children's best interest in mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

Ishikawa Elementary has an amazing group of teachers and staff. Everyone's upbeat, positive attitude makes it a great place for my child to go to every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

The entire Ishikawa community is wonderful. They are led by an exemplary principal. The teaching staff is extremely dedicated, knowledgable and caring. This is the 3rd elementary school that my children have attended and we couldn't be happier. The teachers have been proactive and supportive in keeping my two children motivated and challenged
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

My experience at Ishikawa has been model quality. The use of and instruction with in the area of 21st Century skills should be commended. Our children need quality technology, communication and problem solving skills in order to prepare them for dealing with the vastly changing needs in the work force. The strong leadership and dedicated teachers are evident by the parent involvement, academic results and community feel that Ishikawa provides. Being a teacher myself at another school, I was extremely pleased with the quality education Ishikawa has provided!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

My children have attended 5 elementary schools in 4 states, and from my experience, I believe it would be impossible to find a better school than Ishikawa anywhere in the nation. The entire faculty and staff are all highly qualified, and are dedicated to children and education. As a former PTO board member, I am very proud of the support that our parents and community give to the school. PTO members work hard to get parents involved through activities such as Dragon BBQ and Donuts for Dad, and we are pleased to be able to provide items that teachers can use to enhance our children's education, such as placing an amazing SmartBoard in each classroom!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

I appreciate the care and concern the teachers have for my children. They really are involved in their learning inside and outside the classroom!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

I have had 4 children attend this school and I must say I have been very impressed with the quality of education and care my children have received. I believe the success of this school is directly attributed to the amazing principle here. She is always willing to chat with me about my kids and is genuinely concerned that they are happy and that I am happy. I feel confident my children are getting the best education available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

I've had 5 children attend Ishikawa. They have all done very well. The 2 who have moved on to Jr. High were well prepared to meet the challenges of a new school and curriculum. I've always felt that the teachers were open to discussion and responsive to suggestions about a particular child. This is a great school with great staff.
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 42%
Hispanic 22% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 13% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 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 38%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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