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Las Sendas Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 851 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 13, 2014

My children look forward to going to school. I get regular communication from their teachers and I feel they care about their students' success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

We moved into this area from another state specifically for this school and have not regretted our decision. It has been amazing watching our children both excel in their learning and love of learning. The teachers and Principal have been incredibly responsive to our concerns and needs. Our transition to this community has been fantastic and we look forward to many great years here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

We are now going into 4th grade with our daughter who has been attending Las Sendas since Kindergarten. I can say that while I still would rate this school as above average within Arizona, it now doesn't have as far to fall in my opinion. The school seems to be in decline. There seems to be a very slow but constant stream of capable teachers exiting Las Sendas. There is still a very comfortable and informal setting there which as a parent, I can certainly appreciate, but it seems that informal is translating more and more to unprofessional these days. I am eager to see the test results for the 2012-2013 school year so that I can determine if we need to change the game plan for our daughter's education. I'm a little disheartened by how this school has deteriorated, but I am optimistic that with the right leadership, there are better days yet to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2013

I've been at Las Sendas from Kindergarten to sixth grade and I can't really complain. With this school being mostly an outdoor school, it has a welcoming, serene effect. But I believe the teachers and staff could show more consideration to students and parents. I'm not saying that all my teachers were horrible, in fact I loved most. But for example, my current teacher, as well as the three others following her from fifth, fourth, and second grade, seemed not to care about the students at all, had no patience when one made a mistake, and seemed to treat others differently due to their intelligence level. The principle this year though, cares enough to visit students in class, or play the occasional game of soccer with the fourth graders, but the staff overall could show more care to the people in their school. I'd give LS three stars just because of the majority of its staff.


Posted February 15, 2011

Las Sendas Elementary is a fine school with teachers who care and are led by a very involved Principal. Problems are addressed promptly and in a manner that benefits both the student and teacher. Ms. Amy Kramb is a principal that cares deeply for her school and the children that attend. She is supportive of her teaching staff and does not undermine them but at the same time gives the support parents need in dealing with any situation at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2010

My daughter went from a straight A student at a top Tempe school to a C/D student at Las Sendas Elementary. We have attempted to work on her academics and have not had a very good response on her teachers part. My daughter is always saying they are doing the same things she learned last year. Her teacher actually said to me that she is not just board because she did so poorly on her exams and that would show how much she really knew. In any situation this is not the response I believe appropriate when I am frustrated and need help bringing my daughters grades up. I have also left emails though the schools website that have not been returned. I am on this site looking for a school that is a better fit for my daughters academic achievement as I have had little help at Las Sendas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

Las Sendas Elementary has been a great school. It has a very strong leader in principal Julia Kelly, and while not every parent agrees with her approach or priorities, at the end of the day she demands what she believes is best for her students and her staff. Sadly, she will be retiring at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. There is a well established and excellent staff, PTO, and suzuki music program. I expect that the great foundation laid by Mrs. Kelly and her strong staff will continue to provide an excellent elementary school experience. My kids have been very well prepared academically for junior high... in fact junior high has been less demanding! On the down side, class sizes are high at this NE Mesa school, and while the teachers are top notch and committed to providing excellent teaching regardless, it is a strain on students and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

Both of my sons have started school at Las Sendas. The oldest will finish his final year in May. We have always taken an active role in supporting the school and have gotten to know teachers and administration. Although some are hard on Mrs. Kelly, the principal, I feel her leadership is the key to the success of the school. After coaching children s sports and volunteering at the school, I have gained a perspective that the parents that do the most complaining are the ones that do the least contributing. Some would rather complain about the pick-up/drop-off waiting time than simply putting their children on the bus for a half mile ride within the neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2009

I feel that Las Sendas is a great school academically, however, the principal, Mrs. Kelly is completely rude, controlling and overbearing. After speaking with many other parents about her mannerisms, we all agree she has lack of respect for parents as well as for students in the school. The school atmosphere is very impersonable and unfriendly- possibly due to the stress from the principal, which is quite unfortunate because the Las Sendas school could be wonderful if she and a few other staff members were not there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

I love this school!! My kids are enjoying their classes and their theachers are challenging and supportive. The Principal is very approchable but strict, but I feel that is the way succesful principals must run a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

Las Sendas has done an outstanding job of educating - in all areas. I found the teacher to student ratio in the 6th grade to be closer to 1-24. As a result of their efforts, my son is doing very well in middle school in all subjects. I highly recommend Las Sendas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

The classroom size is a joke this year (2008-2009). There are 35 in 3rd grade! How is this allowed? Great school, but kids are not getting what they need with 34 other kids to compete with. The school has really grown, and we need alternatives!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

The Principal of this school has some very real problems and it shows in the position she holds. She is overly controlling and uses a condescending tone, attitude and outlook to students and parents alike. It is so sad to see a person with such an attitude in a position of a role model for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

Although this school is more affluent than neighboring schools, there certainly is a high materialistic standard which has alienated both the parents and children of 'regular' families. Children should not have to feel that there is such a heavy emphasis placed on body image and clothing labels. The teachers at the school are quite gifted. However, the Principal of the school may be described as generally cross and overbearing. While our child excelled academically, the staff seemed generally unaware of the female body image issues that were running rampant. We have decided to move our child from Las Sendas because of these reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

Las Sendas is a wonderful school!! We feel very blessed to have our children enrolled there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

My children have thrived at Las Sendas Elementary but I do believe the class sizes are too large. I think that they are going to have to change the borders to eliminate anyone outside of Las Sendas. New residents are moving into Las Sendas and are on waiting lists to attend school. I agree with the parking situation. Many parents do not have manners and have caused near accidents. Also, what part of No U-Turn (in the community south of the school) do parents not understand? The children of that community along with ones walking to school have almost been hit. Will it take an accident to wake some parents up? I agree the drop-off situation is a nightmare, but the safety of the children comes first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

I have been involved with a number of elementary schools around the country over the last few years and it is sad to see so many people say how great this school is. Unfortunately this school falls in a state which is lacking in many if not all aspects of education. If you compare it to schools across Arizona it is great, but compared to other states...not even close. The kids here are getting a substandard education and now the state is considering even more cuts to education due to a budget shortfall! When will this state learn....obviously as fast as the children are. If you have a choice and have to stay in AZ-go private, not charter, just private. You'll have to pay for it, but what's more important your childs education or following a strict budget if you have to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

Not impressed at all! Yes this school has high test scores and high parental involvement but it's lacking in so many areas. If you are looking for a school that promotes a love of learning look elsewhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2007

My daughter went to Las Sendas the 2nd year it opened and my son will be going into 6th grade this year. My daughter is doing great in a very challenging school and I believe she got her foundation by going to Las Sendas. My son is on the same track. Las Sendas is a great school, the teachers are dedicated and Mrs Kelly does run a tight ship, thank goodness its needed in this day and age. We have been going to this school now for 10 years and the pick up and drop off has not changed it is still a free for all, manners from other driving parents would help. All in all Las Sendas is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

My son is going into the second grade at Las Sendas and I've loved the last two years. The office staff is so wonderful and extremely helpful. Mrs. Kelly has been attentive, caring and supportive with any issue or question that I've had. Mrs. Kelly is strict, but fair. My son has LOVED his teachers. Yes, pick up/drop off time is busy, but if it bothers you, have your kid take the bus, it's hardly a legit complaint. There are a lot of parents who volunteer, but also it's also not a negative - so many parents, so much attention, that's good news in my opinion.
—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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

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91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 42%
Hispanic 6% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 8%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Mesa, AZ 85207
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