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New River Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 275 students

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Posted August 5, 2013

New River is the best kept secret in the district. The teachers and staff members all work together to meet the needs of the WHOLE child. Students know the staff and the staff members know the students. The students have caring adults surrounding them all day long. A positive relationship between the educators and the students is a must for a successful experience in school. There is no doubt that the New River staff cares about each child while creating a very exciting learning environment where they can meet with success.


Posted November 5, 2012

We have recently moved to New River and we are impressed with New River Elementary. The atmosphere/culture of this school is wonderfully positive. There is a terrific effort which is focused upon each student succeeding. Our daughter is quite shy and was very nervous her first day of school. Her teacher was incredibly sensitive and our daughter responded immediately to her kindness. Our daughter is thriving in her academics and socially. In the past, at our previous school, our daughter was simply bumped up a grade if the academics were too easy for her. This was a concern to us because she is young for her grade to begin with and socially it was difficult for her. Her teacher has tapped into her passion, writing, and is keeping her engaged with creative writing exercises. Our girl loves it! There are many opportunities such as band, art, music class, reading club, chess club and others. We are thankful for New River elementary! It is fun to watch our daughter grow in her excitement of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

My daughter transferred to New River school this year. The teachers and other staff have been nothing but friendly, professional, thorough, caring, and effective. I am very impressed with the education my daughter is receiving at New River. She has some special needs and I believe she will absolutely flourish at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

My kids have loved both the teachers and principals since starting the school. They make lots of friends and enjoy the family atmosphere at the school. They are doing well in their classes and teachers work great with the parents to help them know about needed improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

Our childen have attended NRE for the last 3 years. I love the campus location and its desert surroundings - beautiful. I am happy with the education and attention my kids receive. The small size of the school is a huge plus for us - my kids' classrooms had no more than 21 or so kids. There are currently 2 classes per grade, which I like better than schools with just 1 class per grade - not too small. The new Core Knowledge curriculum did bring home lots of fun projects this year, but the thing I noticed most with the new curriculum is EXCITEMENT from the teachers to TEACH this curriculum. This can only translate to good things in the classroom on a day-to-day basis! As far as staff, there are some great, some good, some not, but that is with any school. 3 teachers are leaving this year. As far as administration, I really liked Trish Graham as principal, but she too is leaving. So we do have a few changes for next year. My only gripes - I have a child that qualified for SAGE, and there is no Gifted program whatsoever. Also, parent involvement is lacking. Overall, I love New River and am grateful to have the smallest and oldest school in the district right here in my community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

My son went to New River during his elementary school years. Now that he is about to enter college, I am exceedingly grateful to the teachers and staff for their professionalism and expertise. Because of the solid foundation he received at New River he has received scholarship offers from colleges around the country. Thank you New River!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

I have four children who have attended and currently attend New River Elementary School. My childrens' experiences have been nothing but positive with their teachers and academically challenging. The teachers are dedicated to encouraging responsibility and success in all students. With the implementation of Core Knowledge, we are finding that our children are excited and interested in the subject matter, often teaching us new information at the dinner table! What I understand of Core Knowledge is that there are really no text books, but it gives teachers more ideas and freedom to create fun lessons in the classroom. My children bring home less worksheets and more projects. We love New River!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

My children attended during the time there were great changes in both the campus (new facilities) as well as administration. I had 2 kids attending a grade apart and was very surprised that they received extremely different educations. A good teacher is everything, but there is no guarantee. Several of the excellent teachers that taught my daughter, subsequently retired. My son on the other hand, was always getting new teachers and his needs were definitely not met during his time at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

So happy we live here and have NRE for free! Truly amazing. I had never been exposed to public schools before in my life and I'm very happy here. The kids get treated like they are in a small private school and everyone knows each other. They care about the whole child; very well-rounded and balanced. My kids love going to school and I couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

New River is a wonderful place to work because we are small and get to know all the students and families connected with our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

NRE has the most amazing teachers and parents. They are always willing to go the extra mile for the students. Up early in the morning and staying late in the evenings to make sure that the students have a great learning experience as well as fun activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

This school feels like home. The small school atmosphere creates a warm environment for everyone. Students, parents and teachers all seem to know each other. If it weren't so welcoming I would never have stayed here this long.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

New River School has the best teachers, students and parents surrounded by a wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

We have the best Principal, Mrs. Graham at our school. We have a variety of children with only the best to put forth. We are a small school and we make the best out of everything that we have. We are 'Green' for our Mother Earth, we are a close school. We succeed in everything we do. We have an awesome and highly qualified staff that have been there forever, but most importantly we put our students first -- and it shows in them. They are the greatest kids ever. You know how awesome our school is when you walk through the front doors and Darcy and Lisa, the office staff, are the first examples of kindness that you arrive too. It only grows beyond the first doors and into the rest of the Best School in the West.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

New River is the best because of the great staff, parents and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My daughter (only child) started full day kindergarten at New River Elementary this year. She loves it. Her teacher is excellent. She does her best to keep all the kids stimulated so they don't get bored. I love that the staff knows every child and parent by name. Awesome School!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

My daughter has excelled since starting at New River. Her grades and discipline were starting to suffer from the poor leadership of a charter school. However, once starting at New River, she is focused, well-mannered, and respectful. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

New River Elementary is a wonderful school with great teachers and great students. The campus is clean and safe. It is very different from any other school in AZ. My children have been to various other schools around AZ and New River Elementary is one of a kind. My kids absolutely love the school. After having them in other schools, they do not compare to New River. The teachers and principle know all the kids and parents by name, unlike all of the other over crowded schools in AZ. The staff is kind and considerate of parents and students. I only wish we had found the school sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

Iam very satified with New River elementary school. My child enjoys school and wants to learn. The Teachers and staff are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

The reveiws for this school must have been done by the staff or PTA.
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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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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 9% 43%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 25%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NCEA Higher Performing School (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Red Carpet Award (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Stephanie Tennille
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (623) 376-3580

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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48827 N. Black Canyon Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85087
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