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Frontier Elementary School

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Posted November 9, 2013

I am currently a 6th grade student at frontier, and I have had a lot of bad experiences since the current principal, Mrs. Connely, arrived. The assistant principal is amazing, and always helps out with events such as the Student Council Heroes Luncheon. On the other hand, you have the principal, who I believe is very lacking in character and I think drove the good teachers away. Over 30 teachers left or retired in about 2 years. In addition, their kitchen staff is incompetent, the cheese that they were serving was about 2 months expired! And according to them, freezing it makes it not expire. Yeah, right. My fellow students and I heard them saying that not eating the vegetables is okay because they only give them out to make sure they get passed by the health inspector. The only reason that I give my school 3 stars is due to the fact that I have made some great friends, they allow us to compete in the district spelling bee and patriotic speech contest, and we have quite the packed trophy case from our sports teams. This is coming from a gifted student, who has been at the school since kindergarten, and overall, I wouldn't recommend going to this school.


Posted October 8, 2013

Frontier Elementary is a wonderful school with caring and professional teachers. Rae Connelly is an excellent principal and is very forward think. My granddaughter started 1st grade this year and is excited about school and is progressing nicely under the direction if Ms. Pearson. Excellent school! Rita Martin Peoria, Az


Posted September 5, 2013

This school is horrible if you are from out of state. The assistant principle is wonderful and very helpful; however, the teacher believes differently. If kids work out issues isn't that a good thing? Not in this teachers eyes. Now she is scrutinizing my child and listening to the children that are constantly in trouble. I'm over it. My son comes from a very good background. He gets good grades and is well mannered. He has never had a behavioral issue. So suddenly....my son has issues with other kids picking on him then the teacher is angry with him? This has been a horrible experience. Not to mention that the first 2 weeks of school the teachers couldn't get my son's schedule correct. I give the teachers 2 stars for the other good teachers. I suggest looking elsewhere for school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

We are the grandparents of two Frontier Elementary students and could not be more pleased with the school. The principal Rae Conelley is tuned into the needs of the school and the staff is very friendly. Any day that we can walk onto the Frontier School campus is a good day for there is magic in those halls and we are happy to be on their team. Most sincerely, Judy Ambelang


Posted August 27, 2013

Frontier Elementary is a wonderful school with great community spirit. Rae Connely the principal is a visionary who has garnered respect from her teaching staff, parents and children. I had my daughter at an exclusive private school and paid a fortune in tuition for kindergarden. She was so stress out and miserable that I decided to search out other schools. After an extensive search we decided on Frontier Elementary our community public school. She started 1st grade and is thriving! She is excited to go to school, loves her teacher Ms. Pearson and has become excitied about learning again. I have found everyone very welcoming and we feel a real sense of community. It's a great school and if your looking for an environment where children are excited about learning this is the place. Check it out you will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

As a parent, I have seen Frontier decline. The administration is horrible. They don't care about their teachers and all of the great teachers left to work at another school. It used to be the best school in the district and now it is the worst!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

I graduated from Frontier fairly recently after going there since kindergarten and I had a pretty positive experience. I had many close friends, caring and informed teachers, and a good educational environment. I was never bullied, but those that were had trouble dealing with it. I absolutely LOVED the advanced program set up. My only complaint is with the administration, the principal specifically. She not only talks down to students as if they were 5, but she also can't seem to relate to her students and speaks very monotone making her seem disinterested and detached. To anyone struggling to fit in, I give the same, generic advice as everyone; get involved. Over my 7th and 8th grade years, I was a part of NJHS, student council, volleyball, softball, basketball, band, and the advanced program. While it was a little hectic and chaotic, I received help from my friends and teachers. I had the absolute time of my life at Frontier and I hope you and/or your child will share some of my experiences!!!!!!!!


Posted May 24, 2013

If I were rating the teachers or the parents or anything else, the rating would be much higher, but since I am writing this review to reflect on the TERRIBLE principal, I give this school ONE star, but only because it isn't an option to give it zero or negative stars. This woman creates a toxic environment for students and teachers. I fail to understand how, after teachers leave by droves year after year, the Administration continues to justify employing her. When I think about how the citizens' tax dollars are paying her salary it makes my blood boil, because she is awful, awful, awful. Keep your kids out of this school until the administration gets rid of her and her assistants.


Posted May 8, 2013

I must say i found it interesting that 38 positive messages about Frontier were posted May 12-20, 2010. I find that suspicious. Our daughter seems to enjoy Frontier, however, despite her high academic abilities, she always seems to be falling behind since enrolled here. Our attention is not brought to issues with her education until parent-teacher conference or when report cards come home. There seems to be not much accountability or discipline around completing assignments and "cramming" is encourages. This may result in high test scores but the information itself is not retained. I understand 33 students to one teacher is challenging however a note home, an email or some form of communication would give us as parents the opportunity to help resolve whatever it is that is stifling our child from perform to her full potential. Our child, previously a straight A student, is now I fear being overlooked and allowed to fall through the cracks.
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Posted February 20, 2013

I was shocked to read the previous reviews of this school and principal, as I have had nothing but positive experiences since my child transferred to this school. Ms. Connelly, the principal, is an amazing leader and the eighth grade team of teachers, fantastic. She is proactive and does not tolerate bullying or negative behavior and takes charge of adverse situations quickly. My child is finally in a well-run, high standards school, and as a parent, I couldn't be happier.
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Posted December 19, 2012

My two little girls had the time of their lives at this school MrsConner and Mrs B you will be missed so much Summer and Keirsten miss you amazing and terrific teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

My family and I moved here from another state and we are shocked to see the teacher dressed in flip flop, wrinkly tee shirts and shorts. They sure lack professionalism and think these teacher should be dressed in business attire when teaching our children not in flip flops!!!!! Now I know why so many families in AZ attend Charter schools.


Posted August 12, 2012

The only reason why this school doesn't earn FIVE starts is the poor leadership of the administration! Most of the teachers are amazing; however, over the past couple of years with the new principal, about 30 staff members have left. It's NOT the school it was when my children attended.


Posted September 22, 2011

Bottom line this is our last year at Frontier the principal is a joke! This used to be a good school. This principal seems to give UP on kids very easily, don't waste your time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

I think that this school is great! I love it! It has great staff and teachers! Some people might not like it but i give it 5 stars!


Posted October 6, 2010

zero school administration has a blin eye on bullying. ithdrew my child, i WISH I WOULD HAVE DON IT SIX YEARS AGO
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2010

Not a great school if you are seeking a challenging environment for your kids. Very poor support when bullying issues are evident. Let's just sweep it under the rug


Posted May 20, 2010

There is an AMAZING staff. You can really feel part of the community that is created here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

I have had four of my six children attend Frontier so far. I have loved how welcomed I feel when I walk through the doors. The teachers, staff, and administration have always been willing to talk with me and greet me with a smile. When I have had concerns about my children, the teachers have been very willing to discuss them with me and I truly feel that I am a partner with Frontier in my children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

They have a great staff and inspire their students to learn
—Submitted by a parent


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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

99 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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 63% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
80%

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77%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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83%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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92%
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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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

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79%

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75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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97%

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92%

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87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

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 58% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
77%

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74%

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82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • 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 78% 42%
Hispanic 13% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (623) 412-4905

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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