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West Wing Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 1015 students

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 2, 2014

My school is West Wing Elementary and I am very proud to have my children attend this school. I have never had any problems with teachers when I have reached out to them regarding my children. I know many of the teachers well and they all really care about how the students do in the school. Could there be improvement, of course, any school always has room to grow and improve. I like to see a more consistent procedure on when students bring home fliers and such so parents know when to look for them to come home. I also would like to see more parent involvement with the size of the school we have. I would highly recommend West Wing and they are now offering Free All Day Kindergarten starting in the 2014-2015 school year. Good luck on what ever school you choose for your child/children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2014

I have two kids that are fairly new to West Wing. I have been very happy with all of their teachers to date, and the level of commitment the teachers and staff have to me and my children. Teachers are always available by e-mail and staff is always very helpful when I call or stop by the school. Dr. Price-Barry is a very dedicated principal and it definitely shows through with her teachers and staff on campus. Keep up the good work West Wing!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2014

Our son has attended West Wing for the past 3 years. He is currently a second grader and absolutely loves West Wing. The staff is amazing and they have high expectations for student learning. The standardized testing gives us an idea of what areas my son is excelling in, and what areas we can work on together. We are so pleased at how far he has progressed in the last few years. The administration is wonderful and provides a secure environment for our son. The office staff has always been so pleasant and helpful. I would highly recommend West Wing to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

My son has attended West Wing for 7 years. He has had excellent teachers that have pushed him to be a better student. The teachers at West Wing go above and beyond to meet the needs of all students. I am confident that my son is prepared for the demands of high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2013

All three of my children have attended West Wing and we are so happy with the experiences they have had. My children tested "gifted" and benefitted greatly from the advanced coursework they have had at West Wing. The two that have moved on to High School were so well prepared that their high school teachers asked where they went to elementary school and said how impressed they were with what they already knew. My youngest is in 5th grade and she is able to learn at an advanced pace in all subjects. The West Wing experience also features an award winning fine arts and sports program. I could not be happier with a school and I recommend it highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2013

My children have both attended West Wing school for four years. Both kids are both part of gifted cluster classrooms. We have been nothing but impressed with the education they are receiving. West Wing's flex grouping has provided opportunities for extension of learning in reading and math. The teachers establish routines and activites that challenge and motivate the gifted students to persevere through thought provoking and often technology based projects. We love the standards based grading because it allows grades to be a true reflection of mastery of required standards. We love the teachers, staff and administration of West Wing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2013

I am a teacher myself so I only want the best for my children. Both of my boys went to two seperate schools before West Wing. I feel like we have finally found a home. This school is amazing. The staff truly cares and the education is better than any provate or charter school. My son has a learning disability and he gets up and beyond the attention he needs. I have seen so much growth in the 2 years he has been there. I usually don't write reviews but I have to say how much I love west wing. Couldn't be happier there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2013

West Wing is a top notch school! I have 2 children that attend West Wing. I would not want them anywhere else! The teachers are so hard working and dedicated. Students are challenged and held to high standards and achievements. The teachers provide instruction suited to each child through small grouping and what they call, "flex" grouping which allows students additional instruction for areas of weakness or enrichment for students allowing them to go beyond the instruction. Teachers are innovative in their instruction utilizing manipulatives, models an activities that go beyond traditional instruction to allow students to truly grasp an understanding of the concepts being taught. Teachers work together and are constantly evaluating and monitoring student progress to shape their own professional development. My children are really forced to think. I'm so pleased with their progress and educational experience at West Wing. The principal, Dr. Price-Barry and vice principal, Mrs. Mabee are phenomenal with the public, parents and teachers. I would highly recommend West Wing to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

My grandchild attends West Wing School, and I must say I'm very impressed with the school. There is a warm, caring environment, and a high level of expectation for student learning. Parent (and grandparent) volunteers are welcomed on campus, and invited to share in the children's school experience. It's a wonderful school community.


Posted December 21, 2013

West Wing has provided my children the opportunities to succeed on many different levels. I am grateful that they have the advantage of being able to retake a test. The last two years they have been learning math in new ways and it has been a transition for them. They have both retaken several math tests and improved their scores and increased their overall letter grade. I know that this would not have happened at other schools. I'm so happy that they are learning that hard work and effort pay off. I am also happy that they are surrounded by teachers and a principal that truly care about them and their learning. They are both excited to go to school. West Wing does an amazing job at providing a school that really has it all - excellent teachers, challenging classes, band and an environment that is pleasant, enjoyable and secure for my kids. We are happy and we are staying!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

My kids have been going to West Wing for the last 7 years and I couldn't be happier. The staff is extremely caring and hard working. The principal and assistant take an active part in the school and work with the teachers to help the students be successful. My daughter is in sixth grade this year which has presented some challenges academically. I am so happy that West Wing has adopted the policy of allowing the students to retake tests if they don't do well on them. Don't get me wrong. This isn't an opportunity for students to not study, fail tests, and then just keep retaking them until they pass. Students are expected to study hard and pass their tests. However, if students have struggled with a concept and then done poorly on a test, they are allowed to retake it as long as they put extra work in to ensure they have mastered the concept. This may mean doing a review packet or meeting after school with the teacher to ensure the student fully understands the skill. This has been wonderful for my child who struggles in math. It also shows me that West Wing cares more about the students mastering a skill than just moving along with the curriculum. Way to go West Wing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

(Continued...) I have seen how much this has helped my 6th grader throughout the years. Some concepts are tough, and having the opportunity for my child to meet with his teachers and have direct one on one tutoring has helped him to master the skills he needed. I am so grateful for the dedication of the West Wing Teachers. I can say that each teacher is truly teaching because they deeply care about the educational success of children. They promote Character education, anti-bullying programs, and provide individualized instruction for all children. I see how much my children have gained through their experiences at West Wing, and I am so confident in their preparation for the educational challenges of High School and College.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. There is not a staff member involved in my son's life that doesn't care about him as an individual; everyone from the office, lunch staff, to all of his teachers. My son doesn't have straight As, but he loves going to school. He finds the assignments fun and challenging. He is growing into a well-rounded, caring individual, and I give a lot of credit to this school and it's community. My son could have easy been lost in the system, but due to the individual attention he has received from teacher's who care, he is thriving and happy. He has been attending West Wing for 3 years now, and I can't imagine sending him to another school. The educators at West Wing are "top notch." Thank you, staff members at West Wing, for all that you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

This is my first year at west wing school. Though it has only been half a year, the entire school has exceeded my expectations. Coming from a local catholic school I thought I would lose a sense of community as well as communication. However, I have experienced even more of those great qualities, and more! The reason for moving to west wing was due to their academic reputation. I was greatly disappointed with the catholic school academic focus. Since the first week of school I have been involved with both my children's academic experience. The teachers email you weekly with ways to help your child succeed. I am beyond satisfied with the dedication from the principal and teachers for our kids and school!! Thank you! Jennifer Hurtado
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

We have been very pleased with this school. We are the parents of an Autistic child and nearly every aspect of my son's experience at this school has been greater than expected. As a parent of a special needs child we often hear "horror stories" about how teachers and staff treat special needs kids or complaints about inadequacy of the school to handle special needs kids. West Wing Elementary is a shining star in this regard. Our son has been growing in leaps and bounds and nothing could make us happier. West Wing Elementary is a top notch school, with exemplary staff, and the Principal (Dr. Price-Berry) is great! Dr. Price-Berry is warm, genuine, and a pleasure to work with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

Dr. Berry is an awesome principle who is culturally sensitive and is professionally aware of diversity and the academic needs of children. Her staff is energetic, dedicated, and main focus is the academic growth of each child.
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Posted May 6, 2013

If your children are gifted they are accepted at this school with no problems. If they have any kind of special needs I would highly recommend another district. As a foster/adoptive parent with children of all different ages, our experience has not been this way. Foster children as well as foster parents are not treated well at all. They are not able to get services without a fight or a court order from a juvenile court order. The DV interpretation of the law for these children is far different from neighboring districts. My son was adopted after 3 years in foster care and I was finally able to get him the services he so desperately needed. I am terribly disappointed and sad that we wasted so much time during his early years. He was treated like he was less than a person. Several of Arizona's foster children have received the same type of treatment making a bad situation worse and making these kids see that being stuck in the state system targets you. It is sad to me that West Wing School contributes to that treatment. I am hoping for some real changes in the coming years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

My children have been going to West Wing since it opened. I have to say that I am very pleased with the school. My daughter was at the school before standards based grading (this gives the students an opportunity to retake tests to make sure they master what they have been taught) and after standards based graded was implemented. I feel that allowing students to retake tests is wonderful becuase my children have the opportunity to be retaught (students are retaught concepts before they can retake the test) on concepts they didn't understand the first time. I also felt that because of this my children were more successful on AIMS because they got the extra help they needed to make sure they understood what they were taught. West Wing is a very professional and caring campus. I know that my kids are taken care of when they are there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

My child has attended West Wing since it opened (as a kinder). She is now in 4th grade, and let me tell you that WW is a great school....if all you care about is having your kids be able to retake tests so that the kids do well and the school gets funding. In my daughters class, there were 6 kids getting D's and F's and they were allowed to retake their math and reading tests (per school policy). They went form Ds and Fs to A's and they made Presidents list. My daughter got all As and Bs, and mad honor roll and the kids that were able to retest made fun of my daughter because they did better than her. Not just one child, but many did this. What standards are they instilling of the kids can retest if they get lower than 75%. They are an A rated school because they are handing out grades. Of course your child will do well here. They all do. But, wait until they get to college. They will want to retake tests, and then watch your kids fail... good luck, I tried to get the PTSA to change policy but parents want kids to get As at all costs, so I am out of this "school".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

continued from above... West Wing is a happy place, and this I never gave its due credit until now. More than success, more than knowledge, o all the things we as people strive to be, it is happy, thus the phrase "the pursuit of happiness." West Wing is a master of its craft, it provides a wonderful education, in the happiest environment I have seem in a school. Believe me, I have toured them all. West Wing is not just an education, it is truly an experience, the kids work hard, and they play hard. They make friends, and have fantastic teachers to support them. West Wing is not myopically focused, the education is broad enough to encompass a whole individual, happy, confident and with the pursuit of becoming a life long learner.
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Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
89%

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83%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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85%

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91%
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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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
79%

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89%

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81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
98%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
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 65% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

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75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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96%

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93%

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93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

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84%

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82%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
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 76% 42%
Hispanic 11% 42%
Asian 7% 3%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excelling School (2010)
  • Excelling School (2009)
  • Excelling School (2008)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Price-Barry
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (623) 376-5080

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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