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Payson Elementary School

Public | K-2 | 523 students


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Posted November 5, 2014

Wonderful teachers and the new principal is great! My daughters teacher is very eager in helping her excel.
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Posted September 11, 2014

PE is in an interesting school. We are thrilled with the teacher and the progress my child is making. As a parent, you want your child to be challenged and the staff is willing to make sure that happens, pushing the kids to succeed. The school is old and a little funky-the gym has carpeting and no room for activities. The biggest concern is the bullying problem that has not been addressed since the bully's parent is a teacher. This is a well known issue amongst parents. Hopefully the school and principal will realize no child should be exempt from the no bullying rule.
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Posted April 25, 2014

Payson elementary My oldest autistic son attended this school an number of parents have complaints about the consistent neglect of our children . My son tripped over another students chair and 4 hours and 2 teachers later they did not notice or report his noticeable limp. I would never recommend any responsible parent to allow their child to attend this institution. I can back this up with medical bills and pictures. Thankyou
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Posted April 18, 2014

My children have been attending Payson elementary since 2006 (which totals 14 teachers so far!). My husband and I have never been disappointed with this school. The teachers are experienced & highly qualified. The new principal (2013) is outstanding. He is young & has a fresh perspective & has made a lot of positive changes. The only complaint I have is that PES is a bit overcrowded this year (2014), to which the district is aware & in the works currently to modify the campus. The only real problem with this is that the lunch room is small and so cafeteria time is limited & crowded. I noticed a previous review about disappointment in their special needs program: PES's special needs curriculum is no different than the rest of the state of Az: it's all the same wherever you go in the state.
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Posted December 6, 2005

My daughters second grade teacher is wonderful. I like the music and computer programs offered, too. However, this district has a terrible problem with its special services department. Many kids needing special education are overlooked. The State has been notified of the problems.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2002

Payson Elementary Elementary school has a staff of very qualified educators. They care about students academically and emotionally. They have high expectations and help students reach those expectations. Any student attending this school is receiving a quality education from very caring and proficient professionals.

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  • 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 "Performing Plus".

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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

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 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 70%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 East Rancho Road
Payson, AZ 85541
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Phone: (928) 474-2070


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