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Madison Elementary School

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Posted June 19, 2013

One should take notice that the 6 1 stars in a row were likely written by the same parent. They were within a 2 day period. Looks fishy to me.


Posted February 27, 2012

This school has character, and history. Our two oldest (8, & 7) attend here. This being there first year, they have no complaints. Besides a rare he-said, she-said thing from the playground, which we can all relate to, it's apart of life and will always be a constant variable in schools. Some are just more overrun than others with bullies, but Madison seems to have their situation under control and handle it very effectively and professionally, in other words, it's not an issue. The teachers are very hands-on and keep in contact w/ the parents. It is also vice versa with our Parental concerns, if any. If you are required to have your children attend here, you should have no worries.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

My child has had some problems with bullying this year and his teacher has stepped in and taken care of the problem. I think she has been wonderful to keep me updated with the situation. The principal stepped in when needed and has seemed to be helpful as well. The only complaint that I have is the size of my child's class of 32. The teacher seems to stay on top of things but I feel that is too large. Of course this is not necessarily the schools fault but the states.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2011

This school has teachers that care. They spend countless hours working to meet the needs of every child. I have been very appreciative of all the teachers who have worked with my (not perfect, hard to handle at times) son. My experience has been nothing but a positive one at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

I am so suprised by these negative comments. My third child is starting school here this year and I'm so looking forward to it. The teachers are wonderful!! The principal is tough but you can see she cares deeply. To those who say they have had problems, I wonder if you spend much time at the school and would recommend volunteering to see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

I love this school. The teachers are dedicated to their students and go the extra mile every day. I admire the leadership of Madison because this is a school that looks for creative ways to make a difference. I have always found the principal to be easy to approach. She knows the kids and cares about them as individuals. I know there are 3 people who are looking to hurt this school for very personal reasons, and I suspect they are among the recent reviews here. If is unfortunate that they would hurt a whole school to serve their own agenda. My advice is to visit the school and see for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

While Madison does have quality teachers, our dealings with the principal has left us with a negative feeling in regards to her leadership abilities. I believe she is interested in climbing the corporate ladder in the district than focusing on our school and the needs and safety of our children. But don't bring this up to her! You then have the opportunity of seeing a new side of her!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

Beware of Madison! Behavior and discipline seem to be a constant problem on campus. The student to teacher ratio is high. Although we HAVE encountered some amazing teachers. I used to be a huge supporter of the Principal! And do not feel I can support her actions anymore. The Principal never returns call or E-mails to the parents. Assualts and bullying seem to be the lesson of the year. And the RN on staff looses important Dr's orders. My children will not be returning next year. As they deserve more! Beware of the "good" reviews!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

Unless some changes are made, please beware of this school. As a supporter of this school for several years it is very sad to see things going downhill because of the decisions made by the Principal. There is no true discipline to the kids who are repeat offenders of some serious harm done to other children. Issues are not reported with accuracy or even reported at all. The victims are left feeling like it is their fault and the Parents are patronized by the Principal. If your child has any sort of serious medical conditions I would not entrust your child to the current head nurse on staff. Certain incidents were not reported and medical notes from physicians for how to treat the child lost. The only thing that this school has going for it is some amazing teachers. Overall I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

So here's my take on this school...this is my school that I went to and now my children. Well now I have decided to pull my children from Madison and taking them to another school for the next. There have been way too many situations that disturb me to no end. Beyond the problems that I have heard from friends that they have I have my own reasons for leaving. Most of which involve one of my children getting in trouble and suspended for 3 days for saying some words that shouldn't have been said. I know my child isn't the most well behaved child and has some of his own issues but the school has done nothing to help. There was even talk of counseling that I had to sign off on to allow and well nothing came of that. The principal and staff have become a big disappointment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

This principal is not a good leader. The school is supposed to have a zero tollerance on bullying, but the principal herself is a bully. Choose a charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Madison accepted my stepson as an open enrollment student and has worked with him even through some behavioral problems. His teacher, the principal and all the staff have been wonderful to work with and have not given up on a child who would have been easy to give up on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

The teachers, staff, and principle Edman never once returned any of my calls and they always have a 'faveorite' they are always giving special treatment to one kid in the class and the other about 28 kids could matter less to them they never give the truly great kids compliments its always the teachers pets they give the most attention to my son is in sixh grade and every day he comes home i here something bad abot the teachers or principle Edman really id say to you if your thinking abot enrolling dont!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

I wouldn't believe the positive reviews here. I have two boys in this school now and I can relate to all the negative comments. Decipline problems, communication problems, favoring children who don't need help and alienating children who need help and putting them in special 'behavioral' classes that are just plain cruel, even military. Principal Edman is awful! Very high student to teacher ratio so as to prohibit any individual help. It is always the parents' fault. My second grader gets so much homework that he can't catch up even spending 3 hours a day with me. My older son 'broke the rules' by throwing a football during recess. Beware! Beware of the canned 'positive' responses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2007

I agree with that other lady about there displicnary policies. There are a few people there who are very mean to the kids and thats not right. Its a parents responsiblity to discpline there children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

This school is a wonderful school with the best teachers you can find. I love their policies and procedures. The teachers tought my kids to work hard, be self disciplined, and always show respect. It is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2007

The teachers receive a D- for communication. They don't return phone calls, don't send home notes when warranted, and their email system is virtually non-existent. I doubt that there are 17 students to each class. My sons class had 30 students and my daughters class had 25. There are a few outstanding teachers, but for the most part, the teachers are only interested in the students who need no assistance. Use caution when enrolling your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2006

I would highly not recommend this school,I think that how they discipline the kids is appaling and that their reward system is not fair or right. The teachers there that I have experienced I would not want teaching my child. I personally would want my child in a genuinly caring environment where she can excell at her own pace, and dicipline should be left up to the parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I am very pleased with Madison. The principal exhibits strong leadership and the teachers can't be beat. Their caring, concern and hard work are evident in all they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2006

My daughter attended Madison and I will never have her go back there, I feel that most of the staff teacher's and principal are more interested in themselves and playing power trips then their students. I did not feel like they truly cared about my daughter's well being or any other child's, I felt that they did not care about parent involvement but more about how much money could they get out of the parents.I believe that they try to make a good first impression and the attitude of friendly and caring is not genuine.
—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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

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 65% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
65%
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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
42%

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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
66%

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56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
64%
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 "Highly Performing".

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 58% 42%
Hispanic 33% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 61%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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