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Kiva Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 641 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted November 2, 2005

School has great programs and academics
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

Kiva has wonderful, professional, caring, dedicated, well-trained, hard-working teachers.My 1st grade daughter made huge improvements last school year in math, reading, spelling, and writing.Her teacher worked very close with her to improve and enhance her math facts skills, reading, writing, phonics, and vocabuary development.She also really enjoyed her art and music classes and teachers.She is looking forward to reading bigger chapter books and going on more trips in second grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

Kiva is a very warm, loving and nurturing community of learning. I believe there is a real sense of what school is about and why education is so important to be a well rounded person. I love Kiva. This is my family and my home.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 5, 2004

Our experience with Kiva has been outstanding....the teachers and administration have been accessible, helpful and caring. Parent involvement is a key to the success of this school as well, and the PTO is welcoming and effective, with plenty of opportunities for all to get involved. Both of our children have grown academically and are excelling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2003

I had a two of my children at Kiva. Many of the teachers were exceptional. I did not agree with the philosophy of teaching only to the test. The principal Dr. Helminski is ineffective as an administrator. Our experience was very disappointing due to his inability to perform the duties of principal. The kiva PTO is a very involved group of parents. It was a lot of fun to be a part of that organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2002

My son just started at Kiva this year as a third grader. I couldn't have asked to feel more welcome or for a more dedicated teacher. His transition from a Montessori setting into a more traditional one has been smooth because of the dedication of his teacher. We are very happy!


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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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
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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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
n/a
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 82% 42%
Hispanic 10% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 13%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6911 East McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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