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Cherokee Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 4, 2014

Cherokee not only has the kindest kids it also ranks #23 of all public/charter schools in Arizona. Cherokee focuses on differentiated learning with an emphasis on Reading, Math and Science. Cherokee has tremendous parental support and is able to provide many teaching assistants/specialists. This has resulted in most children getting special small group enrichment in core areas. In addition, a lower teacher/student ratio is achieved when others are at enrichment. Enrichment is provided for many levels. Beyond financial support there are many highly educated, talented parents that volunteer at the school. Most subjects are approached using multiple teaching methods to reinforce learning and keep interest levels high. Teachers/administration work hard to support learning both academically and emotionally. As a parent, I feel that my children are being highly motivated to achieve without feeling pressure of failure or burnout. Cherokee has struck the balance of fostering a love of learning with hard work and achievement. Children at Cherokee are high achievers that perform well above most schools in Arizona and nationally. Children at Cherokee are respectful, kind and happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Cherokee Elementary is a wonderful school! We feel like we have given our child a private school education. Monna Schweers, the LRC teacher is beyond excellent. She is the best! This school is way ahead of the curve, and the expectations are high. Leadership is outstanding, Walt Chantler is a great Principal. All of the teachers that we have had are great. Can t say enough great things about Cherokee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

From what I hear this is one if the best schools in paradise valley for the youngsters. My son is special and needs be to be comfortable and have his educational needs met a certain way. I will be sending him to this school the starting of this next school year. CAN'T WAIT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

We finally found Cherokee after going to 2 other $$$ private schools for a few years. Ironically, my children were behind in math and reading when we joined Cherokee. They caught up within a month with teacher support and extra help. They are blossoming and loving their school. It is an amazing, diverse, caring environment and the parents are very involved but not in an annoying way. Everyone wants to volunteer for events, working in classroom centers and to help the school overall, especially due to budget cuts. We have had top and very creative teachers for our children and Walt and Paul (Principal & Asst. Principal) are the best we've seen. This school is a hidden gem in SUSD...so much so, maybe I should not tell people about it in order to keep it special. They do have open enrollment so our class sizes stayed small: 21 and 25! I just wish PV/Scottsdale residents would clue in that an excellent school system is a #1 draw for families and people moving to the area (resale, people!!!). So it is going to be interesting with the impending budget issues due to the override not passing. We love Cherokee and know our children will succeed in such a wonderful environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

I could not agree more with the previous posts. If we wanted to, we could send our children to a private school. We feel it is much more important for the overall development of a child to be a part of the neighborhood school close to home. Our goal is to raise self cofindent children who feel connected to their community. Cherokee is a great place for a strong foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

I've had 3 kids attend Cherokee, by choice. I have driven my kids from a different district after shopping many schools, public, private and charter, in and around my area and found Cherokee to be the perfect fit and the best public school we have encountered. The teachers are mostly top notch who really care about seeing their students excel. The special programs for those who need extra help at the high end or low end are spectacular and the principal has the kids and their needs met first, while maintaining a good relationship with the parents and teachers. The classes are a bit crowded as are all public schools but the funding from the parent teacher association helps maintain a nice ratio with extra aides in the classrooms. I believe wherever your kids are in school it is essential to be as active as you can to make it the best it can be. You will not be disappointed in Cherokee. It is a highly excelling neighborhood school where the parents and staff alike care a great deal about seeing each student excel to his/her highest ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

We have the means to send our children to any private school and are so happy and thankful we chose Cherokee. Besides the fantastic academics and brilliant staff the fact we chose our neighborhood school has helped feel invested in the neighborhood and have met the most wonderful families. We are so blessed to have Cherokee in our own backyard!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

What a terrific group of educators. First class people and a first class school. It doesn't get any better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

This is one of the finest schools in Arizona. Cherokee elementary is definitely ahead of the curve. Very polite staff and teachers. Principal Walter Chantler is an extremely kind individual who cares a lot. He is a great leader. Classroom size are a a bit large, but that is par for the course these days. Can not say enough good things about this school and its leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

Wonderful school, teachers and principal. We moved from a private school to Cherokee and I had high expectations - and Cherokee has exceeded them! The teachers really care about your kids, the principal cares just as much and every time I am at the school I see him in the kids classrooms, he responds to emails, listens and tries to fix concerns. My child is advanced and still finds enough challenges in the classroom. The APT works extremely hard on fundraising and on fun events to make the school better. The parents are out of this world involved and you can tell everyone here cares deeply about the kids. Highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

I have to say I am amazed at the experience my daughter and i have had at Cherokee. I pulled my daughter from Hopi in hopes that another school would not label her, but would observe and make suggestions for a way to break through her shell to enhance her learning ability. Her teacher immediately took action and made suggestions and got her in a reading and math program to fit her needs and level. She is now w excelling and loves reading and math. I do not know what I would have done if it weren't for the teachers and staff at Cherokee. We are so blessed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

My son attended the special education preschool here (PANDA). The school is amazing. The community is fantastic, the teachers are excellent and we could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

Cherokee Elementary School is one of the finest schools in the state! Our daughter receives special education and we could not be happier with Judy Crosby and her team. Walt Chantler is a 5 star principal. Well respected by all. Our daughter has been with 3 teachers now, all of which are first class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

The parent that wrote the autism classroom review is way off. First of all, both the autism teachers at Cherokee are certified and highly qualified special education teachers. I have worked, as a parent of a regular education student, with the primary special education teacher. I watched her included students throughout the day, even students who have limited language and had difficulties with academics because of cognitive delays. Her assistants are amazing and the students made leap and bounds of growth. This teacher was new to Cherokee last year (2011/2012), and she created a program that included all her students. Although I am a parent volunteer at Cherokee and not a teacher, I can tell you that this teacher was amazing. I have never seen children make so much growth. I feel sorry for the person that wrote this review as it is obviously unfounded, as to my knowledge ALL in the Scottsdale Unified School District teachers are highly qualified. I know parents who were begging to get into her program! How sad! It's parents like these that drive amazing teachers out of the classroom. Things should not be posted if a person does not have the correct information!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

Many 'specialty' programs for autism here. When touring, aides were just sitting around chatting. I saw one teacher texting in class, aides that has little experience and not a lot of inclusion for children with autism. By and large, special kids are kept in self contained autism classrooms. Seldom taught on-grade in those classes, either. No 'highly qualified' SPED teacher designation, so I guess that means whomever takes the job. Sad. Administration is good, if you have typical children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2012

Cherokee is a wonderful school. The principal makes a point to be approachable and visible, and holds informational meetings a few times a year to update families on what's going on. The PTO is very active and has a strong base of support, raising funds and running many programs. The kindergarten teachers coordinated and mapped out the year together so that each class was covering the same materials, and several times in the year they collaborated to have events that all four classes participated in. A five-star school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

I found the teachers 1 step short of a total disaster. In particular the helpers/assistants. Ours was just down right terrible. Here is an assistant teacher that would send home notes with spelling mistakes! What? And this is a person I want to teach my child? This happened more than once. We also found the teachers inexperienced and uncaring when dealing with any issues beyond the academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

My three children have attended Cherokee tha past few years. Two of my children have continued to middle school and are excelling in all of their classes and are at the top of their peers. I feel that the teachers, faculty, and staff of Cherokee have prepared my children academically and emotionally for this experience. The leadership has been more than welcoming and accommodating for a typically difficulty population, and I have been incredibly impressed with Cherokee's principal. However, this year the principal has changed and I have not been happy with his inconsistency and lack of leadership. He leaves Cherokee early and does not care about his faculty or parents. I fear the future for my youngest child who has a few more years left at Cherokee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Cherokee is a good public school! Leadership is however lacking but this will be resolved from the 2010-2011 school year. Class sizes are on the large size. There are some very good teachers, others are just OK. Parents are very involved in this school and fund many extras i.e. classroom aides, supplies for classrooms, technology for the classrooms etc. There are also a lot of fun family events planned by the PTA during the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2007

I've moved one of my children from Cherokee and will consider moving the other two. Leadership is seriously lacking, student to teacher ratio is very high, no Spanish and no desire to have it, PE only one day a week if your child does band. Teachers are ok but languish without direction. There is a lot of parental involvement but they have lost many many families over the past couple of years.
—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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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83%

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92%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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91%

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98%

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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%

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93%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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99%

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98%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
92%

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92%

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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 84% 42%
Hispanic 8% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
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 6%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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