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Kino Junior High School

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Posted June 2, 2014

This school is great i attended this school 2013-2014 there are fights everyday and we mm dont do alot in class and almost every teacher is chill everybody is chiil im talking a bout the students i was a 8 grader i was promoted and all you need to know is dont mess with the wrong people my name is jawaun use my advise


Posted November 8, 2010

This school is terrible. They use block scheduling, which sets "new" multiple class students up for failure. The school is filled with "bad element" students...illegals, gangster type punks. There are multiple fights every day in this school, and the principal seems to have no control. The teachers are confrontational with the students. STAY AWAY!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The staff is truly dedicated to doing the best they can for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

My son will be in the 8th grade this year (2009-2010) last year we found his teachers to be involued with the students and truly care about their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

My 7th grader attended the 07-08 school year and had I known about 'blocked' scheduling I would have placed her elsewhere. I feel this scheduling is confusing and my child had 8 classes. That is too many for children of that age. My child struggled through and I had little cooperation from team leader, counselors, and principal. Nothing I requested was done until I hounded each teacher and then did actually get any assistance. After speaking w/ several teachers..they also admitted the blocked scheduling was difficult and one actually mentioned that 'unless a student is extremely organized this is a set up for failure.' In a nut shell..the teachers may be good but administrators at the school are ineffective and by observation, lazy! Parents, please consider the blocked scheduling before enrolling your children at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2008

The instructors have a different way of teaching. They do, hands-on,visual and auditory lessons. block scheduling is an amazing idea, that is implemented at this school. You learn so much more then prior years. The student council is amazing, they have spirit competitions nearly everyday. The security guards are friendly and always on the ball. The attendance staff is bilingual and extremely friendly and beneficial.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

This a terrible school.... Lack of education, and teachers with a fake sense of reality. If your child is worth taking out of Kino then do so for their sake!


Posted August 20, 2007

I love this school but to much safety problems!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2007

I think this school is ausome! I am glad I get to go to this school.but there are a few stories of the teachers there. I'm not happy with the new schedule though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2007

We are very disappointed in the lack of response or very inappropriate teacher-student interactions that we have experienced with our child from the teachers and staff at Kino. After two years of inappropriate or lack of response to issues, we are removing our child from Kino and enrolling at a charter school. Also, in many instances our child has not been adequately challenged I've been on the PTO years back and the last two years a board member with the Music Arts Booster Group. The lack total of parent envolvement at a school of this size is amazing. Kino has had three pricipal's in three years. I finally think they have one that will make a difference, but it's too late for us. I wish Mr. Flax and the music dept. the best. They certainly have their work cut out for them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2007

i think Kino Junior High is a great school and i enjoy going to it and if i live in mesa when i am older i am going to put my kids in Kino. But some of the teachers arent so great i think they should get new ones.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2007

Kino students get stamps on their PRIDE Cards if they are on time, have their materials, and have completed their homework. If they do not have those three items, or have a 'free stamp,' they may serve 30 minutes detention in a 'responsibility class' after school. This program has helped students be responsible and have higher achievement scores. Kino's weakness lies with its administrators: four different principals since 2002. Still, many good instructors remain at Kino and sincerely care about their students. If we do not call back quickly, please give us a second call or email us. This academic year the school received new paint, carpeting, ceramic tile, and free breakfast for all students. The SIAC Committee promotes parental involvement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 27, 2007

I have never been impressed by Kino. My father attended, I attended & my son attended and the only thing that has changed it the way it looks. I'm very glad we now have the option to go to a charter school. After 2 years there he found himself learning almost nothing. He started above his class and left below. For the sake of your child's future please really evaluate before sending them to Kino. Good luck finding a public middle school that really prepares your child for the future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

Kino has gone down hill slowly with the new administration. I am very disppointed in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2006

The teachers at Kino Jr. High lack compassion for their students. They are only concerned with academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

Kino started the new school year with new leadership and many new teachers. With 'safety first' as its moto, the staff and administration have worked hard to assure that Kino is a safe place for all students to learn. Teachers are supportive and challenge students to reach their educational goals. Kino also offers outstanding elective classes in band, orchestra, art, and world languages. With more parent envolvement, Kino can be a great school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 28, 2005

This school has it's priorities mixed up. They are more about bringing up the schools test scores than the academics required for children to get into college. I am very disappointed that this school has degraded to the extent it has and have plans to remove my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2005

I am pretty happy with the academic programs at Kino. The attention that my child receives in his advanced programs is excellent. I am very happy about how strict they are with the kids regarding their agendas and name badges. I was skeptical about Kino at first having had moved from Scottsdale because Kino is so 'mixed' and I was really worried about gangs. I believe that Kino has their eye on the ball and knows how to keep control. I give their teachers a B+. I like the way that they appreciate my involvement and interest in my childs education. Very nice office staff and councilors. My son says the school is a little strict, but he likes the school and teachers overall. It shows in his studies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

I have been very disappointed with most of my son's teachers. They don't follow through with what they say they will do, they don't call in a timely matter to discuss problems etc. There have been a few exceptions over the years but most that I have encountered are not particularly motivated. His music teacher and English teacher were the few exceptions. The academic programs were not up to the level of others. There is a new principal this last year so maybe he will turn it around but until then I would not recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

Teachers are helpfull, the kids are respectfull alot of parental input.
—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 65% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
39%

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.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Plus".
  • 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 60% 43%
White 24% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 5%
Black 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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Fax number
  • (480) 472-2549

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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