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Terramar Elementary School

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Posted May 30, 2006

Great support from the PTSA. You must get involved to get to know which teacher is going to be a good fit for your child many different teaching styles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

Four principals in four years, no clear discipline policy, elimination of exploratory teachers after passing an override and a technology bond...this is a recipe for failure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2006

Academics are good. Sports and recreation are good. This is still a fairly new school. I must say that I didn't have a very good parent/teacher relationship when my son went here. Great school, but their communication skills lack some.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

The Teachers at Terramar are awewome! My son has been going there since it opened, he was in 1st grade. He has reading problems, and every teacher he has had has gone that extra mile to help him. His current Teacher and the Teachers from previous years talk to each other, this has helped tremendously. Their teaching technics are similiar and consistant. He even had one Teacher stay in contact with him over the summer and worked with him so he didn't loose what he had been taught over the summer. Terramar Teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

I have really appreicated the teachers here. They keep me informed and have an incredible attitude towards their work, which reflects onto the children. They took care in my families difficult situation and help all of my children feel welcomed and help them fit right in since we came late in the year. My children have learned a lot more depth of study here as well. I do recommend Terramar to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I feel like this is a middle of the road school. Nothing horrible, nothing special. There seem to be quite a few teachers that don't seem to really like kids. That is very sad and I hope that is something that the new principal will address in time. It also seems like administration treats the upper grades like prisoners/juvenile delinquents. Most of these kids are very good and it is a shame to see them treated not as the young adults that they are, but rather as young children. There is a zero tolerance for fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

My child just completed 2nd grade at Terramar. His teacher was excellent, she had a very individualized plan for each of her students. The teacher seemed very committed to her students and to help them succeed. There are several, very involved parents in the PTSA and the school CIT. I wish more parents would step forward for our kids, but these groups do a great job! It was a difficult year, with the principal quitting mid year, but the assistan principal did a wonderful job taking over the campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2005

I believe the quality of Terramar's academic programs is on par with other Deer Valley District schools. I would like more communication from the middle school teachers. They are not too quick to respond to phone messages, if at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

AZVA has an awesome, very comprehensive curriculum. The materials and manipulatives are top notch. Kids can do school in the comfort of their own home and have more freedom to schedule their time around other extra curricular activities. Art and music are both included, but we didn't really care for the music program and art wasn't as fun as we had hoped. But that is our opinion - and our experience during our first year homeschooling. One parent has to commit full involvement in teaching their kids. One negative we found was too many administrative tasks, in addition to just trying to teach (and having to first learn each lesson prior to trying to teach it!). Compound that with multiple siblings and still try to maintain a home just got the best of us. It's a great program but we'll be trying something different next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2005

The academics for the lower levels of elementary school are good. The grade school teachers are great. It seems once the student gets to 6th grade, the academic standards go down and more parental involvement is required to maintain good grades in easy courses. This is only Terramars second year, however and the growth spurt was almost double from the first year. Community support is very high and all school sponsored ventures (carnivals, dances, etc) have a high turn-out. The band department is good. I believe Terramar is still in a settling in stage and with new schools being built close by, it will help even out the student to teacher ratio.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2005

This school is in need of quality educators. I have a 1st grader and 4th grader in this school at the moment and have been very unhappy. This school does not provide foreign language or computer science course, at least not at my children's grade level. The school has had several staff and administration turnovers in the last 2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

2003/4 was the first year the school was open. Both my children liked the school. My daughters first grade teacher was excellent. My sons teacher was ill quite often and was even out for an extended time, so he had some difficulty with the teacher changes. The principal has very high expectations for the teachers with respect to standardizing the curiculums. The PTSA is very active and put on regular events intended to draw the entire family. The before and after care program is run by the City of Peoria and the school is run by Deer Valley Unified, so there is some disconnect between the two with respect to summer camps.
—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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

78 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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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77%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

98 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 63% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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79%

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86%

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77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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93%

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83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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74%

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75%

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84%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

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89%

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82%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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93%

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94%

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93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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83%

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77%

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92%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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80%

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84%

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71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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93%

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93%

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92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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73%

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77%

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93%
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 58% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • 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 75% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 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 12%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (623) 445-7680

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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7000 W. Happy Valley Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85383
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