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MacArthur Elementary School

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Posted today

BIG CHANGES underway at MacArthur, The NEW principal seems to be very much about his staff & students(180 deg. turn around). The uneasiness and tension that was evident over the last couple years from the staff will without doubt rebound because those who were able be make it the last three years as very good teachers, may now be the Great teachers they are. Like their mascot no trail ponies here, Mustang spirit bruised never broken is a win for everybody, especially the kiddos. A previous post mentioned how well the former principal ran the school, There was little doubt who was in charge(not entirely bad), intimidation only works if you let it, she might have mellowed slightly by the end of 2013, the writing on the wall was clear on her future. Her sliding scale of discipline at best was baffling and lacked any consistency, rational or hint of fairness, accountability for good behavior? WHAT? I have Faith in the new administrators competence, his faculties ability to be the best in the district and its students potential for greatness
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

This school has gone down to a 7 I wonder what's going on and a lot of teachers has left the school and a lot of students have move to other schools too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

The best part about MacArthur is the active neighborhood support. I have also found the faculty to be very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

My three children have, overall, had excellent experiences at MacArthur as they have attended over the last seven years. They have loved all of their teachers and have appreciated being involved in orchestra, band, student council, the spelling bee, after-school tutoring from a teacher, the Gifted and Talented program (formerly extended learning), Battle of the Books, a bi-annual Carnival, after-school gymnastics, an after-school Spanish Club, and many other school activities. My kids have made friends from a variety of backgrounds (religious, socio-economic, ethnic). The current principal is working hard with teachers to raise the bar academically as they implement the Common Core standards. We are happy to have had the pleasure of getting to know many fine, down-to-earth families in this caring and involved community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

I have 3 children at MacArthur. The teachers are focused, and they truly love my children. This school has helped my son's self esteem. One gifted child was given the support he needed while another child received additional reading teaching instruction. Lesson plans are personalized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

I am a parent and an educator at a high school. I love this school. I couldn't understand why the school had a previous poor ratings until I looked at the dates! (Some of those poor ratings are from 2006.) Notheless, I will proudly continue to send my kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

This school is the epitome of community. Teachers are from the area and take "ownership" of the school. They have creative teaching techniques. I really like MacArthur!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

MacArthur is located in a clean, well kept, family oriented neighborhood with awesome families. I read some of the earlier reviews about MacArthur in 2006-09, that is not at all the MacArthur that we have experienced. There is diversity of beliefs, politics, finances and race. I would be heart broken if my child with held friendship because of any of those reasons. Many of my daughters friends have completely different backgrounds, but there is one common belief among most of the families here, it is that community, family and our children are the priority. The teachers are amazing and enthusiastic and they along with the families are the reason that this school is successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

MacArthur is an excellent school with excellent teachers. I have three children who currently attend MacArthur (5th, 3rd, and 1st grade), and have been happy with every teacher they have had over the years. My children have been happy as well. They look forward to school and the friends and teachers they get to interact with every day. MacArthur is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

the school is well run. The principle is very focused on academic rigor. the principle has done a good job of fairly holding kids accountable for good behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

MacArthur is a great school to send my kids to every day. The teachers are talented and dedicated, each bringing their unique skills to the classroom to help my kids succeed. They routinely find ways to encourage my children s strengths and build on areas where they are weak. The school has found the perfect mix of academics and the arts. The PE, music and arts programs are all headed by awesome teachers. My kids love these classes as part of their school day. MacArthur has a close relationship with the community. The staff and PTO sponsor a turkey trot, the Halloween parade, open houses, writing contests, a talent show, family math night, Reading Under the Stars, etc. I love the way these events bring our neighborhood together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2013

Macarthur has been such a great school for our children. Fantastic teachers who go above and beyond, dedicated staff, super fun PE teacher, and great music and art teachers. G/T has been awesome, best teacher ever! And the PTO is amazing...we have so much support from the parents in our neighborhood. Lots of parent volunteers on campus and at school events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

We LOVE MacArthur! All 4 of my kids have attended MacArthur, 2 are still there. They have all done very well there. If there were any issues, they were handled professionally and fairly. The teachers are amazing and really care about the kids. My oldest 2 were sad to leave but were well prepared for junior high and continue to do well. My kids have had some issues with some of the students but it had nothing to do with race or religion (like some others have posted about). Some personalities just do not get along. I think ALL the teachers are wonderful including P.E., music, art, band, orchestra, media center, computers, etc. They all work together fantastically to make it a great learning environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

I have sent four children to MacArthur over the last 8 years (and will have my kids there for several more years before we are done). MacArthur has strong academic leadership, an AMAZING and supportive family community, and great teachers who really go the extra mile for the kids and have listened to and worked with me to help my kids with their specific challenges. My personal experience with the speech pathologist has been wonderful. My boys have improved so much in a short time. The G&T program is terrific -- it inspires the kids to things you wouldn't think they could do at this young age. The PE teacher is awesome - gets the kids moving and loving it. There are lots of involved parents who help with extras. I can't say enough about the great teachers my kids have had here. We love being a part of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

I have 3 children attending this school in grade 5,2, and K. All 3 have had wonderful teachers and a great experience here. We will be moving shortly an I am so sad to leave this school! Great sense of community, and great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

My children have attended here for about 1.5 Years, and after the end of the 2009-2010 year they will be leaving. The discipline here leaves a lot to be desired. It seems to be all about the haves vs. The have nots. Both of my children have been bullied, hit and generally treated like non persons by classmates. The sad thing is, after defending themselves from these attacks they end up with write ups and 'lunch detentions' always the same attackers but my kids are the ones getting punished. Neither one of my children ever had a discipline problem at their old schools, but here they are labeled bad kids. There are some great teachers who really go the extra mile here but administration is weak at best, and depends on where you fit in in the social chain. Not Mormon? Not from the wealthier areas? Sucks to be you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

My two youngest children go to McArthur and we love it. We live in the neighborhood, we are not mormon, but are accepted as a family here. We are just common, no speciality here. But we love the school and the teachers are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

If a child has aspergers, they might have a lonely experience at any school (unfortunately) so this does not say anything bad about MacArthur. My child only had a handful of Mormon kids in the classroom, so I know for a face there are other kids to play with and a child's loneliness can't be blamed on Mormons alone. Also, my child's classroom had plenty of diversity from white kids, to Mexican kids, and even a Tongan student. My child had a great experience at MacArthur.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

Well lets just say MacArthur is a Mormon school. That may not be a bad thing unless you have issues with your child going to an all white school, focuses more on repetition of action, and over all academically lacking. The principle is wonderful, the majority of staff is wonderful. I think the best thing this school has going for it is the P.E. teacher. She is the best and MacArthur is really lucky to have her. My son has Aspergers and the kids were not mean to him (Mormon children) but they would not be his friend. He had a very lonely experience at this school. My daughter was bored and constantly came home talking about what her friends had bought or had. Its a keeping up with the Jones' type neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

All of our kids attend, or attended, MacArthur. Our oldest child is now in H.S., and was very prepared for J.H. (Poston) coming from MacArthur. The teachers we've had at MacArthur have been consistently good, with high expectations and great attitudes.
—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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
88%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • 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 77% 42%
Hispanic 17% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Black 2% 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 41%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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