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Kiva Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 662 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
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Posted March 23, 2014

I can't speak for any experience at Kiva. But my daughter was at Phoenix Country Day School. I read that a parent was considering that school. Even though the class size was small. The teachers were a nightmare! They put down my child in front of the other kids. They picked her apart and demanded an observation by a doctor off of their list. I refused to use one of their doctors and refused to accept the fact that they were being harsh. I went to a public school and I feel the environment is much healthier and fun for your child. We are considering Tesseract but also looking at Kiva. Phoenix Country Day is for parents who want someone else to raise their children. Not for me! We wouldn't get her out of there fast enough!


Posted March 7, 2014

Our experience at Kiva has been terrific. Our daughter has a great teacher and loves the other kids in her class and in the school in general. She's learning as she would be at any good school. We've never had any problems whatsoever with communication. The principal is very engaged, always upbeat and has a great sense of humor. The secretary's in the office are even wonderful. Parent involvement is very high. What more do you want?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2014

Do not send your child here!!! We have been at Kiva for 3 years and each year we have seen a decline in the overall quality of teachers who don't care. 1st grade was great! 2nd grade a nightmare! 3rd grade almost filed a lawsuit before pulling my two children out of the school. Principal is clicky with only a several few. Teachers shame students and when you bring it to the administrations attention they tell you that YOU are the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2012

Our two daughters attended Kiva after being at an exceptional elementary school in another state. Living in a town like Paradise Valley, I was thinking the elementary school would reflect its surroundings. What a disappointment. The school facilities are dated and dingy. The office staff, except for its Principal, are incredibly rude and act like it is an imposition to help you when you come in. Especially the blonde at the front, Candy. The worst. She has no business being the face of an elementary school. The teachers were OK, but we were alarmed to find during our parent/teacher conference with a third grade teacher that she did not realize what the kids were being sent home for homework after we asked a question about it, turning to the student teacher and saying, "oh, did we not cover that in class?" Yikes! That was the beginning of the end for us. And for many I am afraid as so many of the students now come from outside PV/Scottsdale. No community feel. Sorry to have to write this. Updating the school facilities should be their first step to turning this problem around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

We have been at Kiva for 4 years and it is a complicated story. The principal is wonderful. He is engaged and you can see that he truly loves these kids. Every teacher our child has had seems to be better than the last and the first was excellent. Now, having said that the class size makes the teacher's job impossible. Our daughter is in the "gifted" program and it takes her only 5 minutes to do her homework. To say the least she is uninspired. One neighbor has a child at Phoenix Country Day and the other at Basis on 32nd St. Their is no comparison between the experiences. Their classes stand at 15... ours are at 30. Kiva has the heart but not the legs to carry the weight of these oversized classes. We are more than likely going to Tesseract or Basis next year as Mohave looks even worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2012

Scottsdale school district has many great schools from which to choose. As a concerned parent I took my time and chose Kiva, largely because I had heard that it had a strong parent/teacher community spirit. After four years at Kiva I can say that it truly does try to practice the values for which it stands. Bullying is not tolerated and as such, I appreciate the fact tthat the school takes a preventative approach to a problem that can arise in any school. From the Principal, to the dedicated teachers and strong parent volunteer group, I feel that there is a team approach to educating my two children. I can only speak for myself when I say that my children come home happy each day, and performing well academically. It is unfortunate that one reviewer had a negative experience with a Kiva parent, and I do understand how one experience can taint an overall impression. However, I wrote this reivew because I feel passionately about our school and the care/education it provides our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

I'm not sure what happened with the previous review but I can say that it is very atypical of Kiva. One parent out of hundreds having a bad day is hardly an accurate reflection of the school. My child has attended Kiva for four years and we have been very pleased. The experience level of the teaching staff is very high and the community that supports the school is amazing. My child has experienced some life altering health challenges in their time at Kiva and the response of the staff and community to my child and our family has been incredible and humbling. The staff has shown a great commitment to my child's success both academically and socially. I cannot recommend this school highly enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

I have had a wonderful experience at Kiva! I first met the principal to inquire about how boys learning styles are handled. Not only were all my questions answered with clear info about Kiva's teaching methods, but the principal then read the book and called me again to be sure I had all the answers that I needed. This was a fantastic first experience, and I have not been let down since. I have 2 boys, in K and 3rd. I have experience with the Gifted program as well. The teachers understand my boys as individuals. They are receptive to my concerns and ideas. The staff as a whole is terrific: well qualified, innovative, personable, and eager to assist me in whatever role I am serving be it Cub Scout coordinator to reader to library aide, etc. They care about my children! My boys are in wonderful hands and they learn daily about kindness, integrity, volunteerism and academics(KIVA) . As for bullying, thank goodness it is not tolerated and so it never needs to become an issue. Better to prevent it than have to deal with that ugliness!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2012

Wow, what happened to Kiva? I grew up in Arizona, went to Arcadia High School following Hopi Elementary. Kiva, as well as Hopi, were extremely well reputed back in the 1970's. I visited Kiva today (3/21/2012) with my 5-year old son to inquire about kindergarten for the 2012-2012 year. The first thing I noticed was the huge "NO BULLYING" sign on the front gate. I have never, ever in my life ever seen such a thing elsewhere. This was red flag number 1. When I entered the office I encountered the rudest lady in years. I thought she worked there, but it turned out she was a parent of a child attending the school. Red flag number 2. When the office staff finally noticed my son and I standing there, I had already made up my mind that my son would never, ever set foot again on this school ground. The office staff was abrupt and rude. Wow, how Arizona schools have changed, and not for the better. Just my experience and opinion.


Posted September 29, 2011

My daugther has gone to Kiva starting at Kindergarten. She is now in 5th grade and has had outstanding teachers for every grade. I truely feel she is prepared for what comes next in her life. The teachers and staff take their time to become part of my childs life and worked with her during some dark times in our family. I am always able to contact the Principal and Vice Principal. The office staff is warm and caring. The nurse and I are on first name basis. This is the right place for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

Parent support and volunteers is what makes this school so great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

Kiva is a great school. My son started Kindergarten this year, and we have been welcomed with open arms. The faculty and staff are great, reaching out to meet and know all of the children as well as the parents, and very motivated to keep parents involved. During lunches they expect the children to have restaurant manners, and over-all you can feel the respect as soon as you step foot on campus. I am thrilled that my son is going here and am excited to grow with the Kiva family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2008

Kiva is a wonderful school! I have two boys at Kiva. I like Kiva as it is very welcoming to parents and kids. There are many parent volunteers, and it is a wonderful community. Also, the education is great. Most teachers teach to child's specific level in some way. They have pull out gifted program too, which works well. Also, even though Kiva is in the Scottsdale/PV area, I do not feel it has the same snobby/'plasticy' kind of feel that you may notice at times in Scottsdale. We have not had a problem with bullying, or heard about problems with their friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

My son just finished kindergarten at Kiva and we couldn't be happier with his experience so far! He is now reading efficiently with the help of their emergent reader program. We highly recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

I am extremely concerned aboutthe bullying that has taken place at Kiva. My child cannot seem to get away from it! Everyday it is something different. 6th grade has been such a horrible experience for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

We are seasonal residence to the state and I am so grateful we found Kiva, it was so much easier on my son going to a school he loves, the staff is friendly and helpful, his teacher was wonderful, there is alot of parent involement, it felt like a family. Thank Heaven for open enrollment and we could go to this could go to Kiva, even though we don't live close, it was worth the drive!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

My 2 boys attended this school for 3 years. We have lived in multiple states, and this is by farrrr theee besttt school regarding caring teachers, special ed program is amazing, it is small and personable. My children are also bi-racial, and never once did they experience any favoritism, racism or feeling left out. Rosa in the front office is priceless! The school is close knit and has an incredible Fair that the PTA puts together, and parent involvement is very high. This school is outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2010

Bullying has become a problem at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2006

Three of my children attended Kiva Elementary School. It is a wonderful school with very caring teachers. The music and art program is also very good. They use the Accelerated Reader Program at Kiva, which is good for getting children to read a lot or more than with some programs. I also liked the math program they use. I did not like the fact that class size is large at least 28 in each of my children's classes. The children did not get as much individual attention as they could with smaller class size. I also wished that they offered a foreign language or at least Spanish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2006

My daughter started attending Kiva in 2004 - we are so extremely happy with the teachers she has had for the past two years. She is currently enrolled in the 4/5 class and will have the same teacher for two years. We have had two wonderful teachers who know how to challenge her and raise the bar. We believe that she is getting a great education. They also have the PACT program in which my daughter particpates. The parental involvement is wonderful and the PTO does a great job of fundraising and helping to make up the budget where the school district falls short.
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
99%

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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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
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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

 
 
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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 63% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
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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

 
 
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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%

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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 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 87% 42%
Hispanic 6% 42%
Asian 4% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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6911 East McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Phone: (480) 484-2200

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