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Palomino Primary School

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2011:
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Posted August 10, 2014

Horrible school! The principal and majority of staff have no idea what they are doing.my step son was recently diagnosed with adhd and the school has done NOTHING to help him. No FBA or IEP done. Principal refused to allow a behavioral coach to come into the classrom at first but when he finally did approve it, the school year was almost over. Was told this year that my step son could not return because we now live out of the district and the 3rd classes are full. At first I was mad but now I realize how horrible that school is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

Only one good teacher and her name is Ms.Kirkpatrick.I wish there was more like her.at this school there is no structure.somtimes no way to get office on the phone.my son learning here is poor.they are unorganized.this is a Spanish school to me cause it seems they are the only ones they focus on.my son needs to be where his true learning ablilities can shine.this is a very poor and bad school.taking my son out today
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2012

I Hate hate hate this school They are very predudice ! they call home for everything and they are not able to resolve issues between staff and students (i.e my kid was making fun of a kids name and they called me at home they will call at work too.) 6 and 7 year old children do things like this . The next thing is there are 7 1st grade classes and only 2 are for english speaking children, and both of those classes have 28 children in them i mean whats the ratio teacher : to children???? I've requested the principal to move my child he says let me check numbers and call you back and never returns my calls.the teacher , principal, assisstant principal,behavioral counselor, and social workers HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEIR DOING. how can they be doing their jobs if all they do is call the parents for everything , the students might as well be running the school themselves- FRUSTRATED PARENT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

I do not like this school due to the following reasons...the faculty and staff are completely unorganized, the staff speaks spanish to the hispanic children even though they are there to learn english, the principal has no clue how to run a school, the social worker will gang up on you and make you feel like a failure as a parent when there s a problem with your child, and last but not least the teachers are too distracted to help children who have learning disabilities. I do not appreciate the lack of respect that s given to parents or the poor communication skills of the staff. Palomino Primary caters to the hispanic community! If your child speaks english look for another school!! I would not recommend this school to anyone! Your child will not only fall behind but he or she will never learn anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2012

This is a terrible elementary school. The principal has no concept of how important childrens safety is. Nor did the school show any serious concern when one of the children got sent out of the gate with me, rather than the shilds mother; stated the hall aid would not be allowed to supervise children and still does. The nurse is rude and believes the worset of any parent who walks into her office. Finally, the school seems prejudice against anyone who is not of hispanic ethnicity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

OMG. This school is horrible. The new princpal doesnt know what he is doing. I took my kids out and tell every one in the neighborhood to do the same thing. What happened to the old principal. She was amazing. I even hear that some parents are planning to sue becuase theyr kids have gotten hurt and the principal won't see them. It's a mess, do not, do not put your kids in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2011

What happened to this school. It was such a great school! The new principal is unorganized, inexperienced and careless. He has changed the schedule 7 or 8 times since school started. Every time I go in to have lunch with my daughter she is on a new schedule. I have waisted so many lunch hours, it's nuts. My son went to the school for 4 years and the schedule was never changed. The old principal would send notes home before every change. This principal just makes changes on a whim. My kids were left too far away from the house yesterday and they had to walk unsupervised because the buses were changed too! I finally just withdrew all of my kids today. If the old principal was promoted, bring her back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

The new principal doesnt what he is doing. They lost my daughter two days in a row. I called and no one answered the phones. He does not resolve anything. I think they should bring the old principal back or get another one. This one is awful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2011

I have my daughter at Palomino and I was so sad to hear that the Principal was leaving. She was the best I have ever seen. Some parents did not like her because she held them accountable for bringing in their kids late or not being involved. With her support we built a strong parent component. I hope the new principal is as good, but he has big shoes to fill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

The teachers at this school work hard to help the kids. But the principal is VERY BAD. My kid could run the school better then her. It is great that she is leaving. I think the school will be much better with a new principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2010

I am a student in the Palomino Professional Development School and I feel so lucky to get my training at this site. The Principal is awesome and has helped all of the students graduate and get jobs. She and her teachers really care for the students.


Posted September 1, 2010

My children have attended Palomino Elementary for two years and love it! Dr. Ana, the Principal is exceptional. She has not only enhanced the school, but the entire community. This school is the center of our community offering a medical clinic, dental clinic, clothing store and food bank. Dr. Ana ensures that all her students have everything they need to be successful students. Palomino has excellent teachers which is proven by the fact that the school has been labeled Performing Plus and has passed AYP for two years in a row. Palomino has been the school to test the new reading and math programs and is now the model school for the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2010

Palomino Primary does an excellent job of providing for the needs of the students. All of the teachers are highly qualified and ELL endorsed. It has services, such as after school classes and free tutoring, to supplement their academic instruction during the school day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 14, 2010

My child went to other schools in this district and they were advising me to put him in Special Education. My friend told me to bring him to Palomino and the Principal was very helpful. She put him in a class with a teacher who was very patient and positive. She also arranged for the same teacher to tutor my son after school. After a year, he is on grade level and feels very positive about school. He is like a changed child. He use to hate school and now he loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

I have taught at this school for 5 years. When I started it was a giant dust bowl. Now it is beautiful. The play grounds have canopies and there is grass. We have been recognized by the Board for our excellence. Other schools come to visit to see our programs. I'm proud to be there.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 28, 2010

My little boy loves this school. His teacher is very attentive and calls home a lot. Administration is also very caring and committed. I would recommend this this school highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

High emphasis on test scores, programs that are very boring and didactic. Imagination and creative play, all sense of individuality is squashed.


Posted November 16, 2007

My daughter was being taught things in Kindergarten that she'd known since she was 3. She was one of 4 students in her class who could speak English, and the teacher had to explain everything in English and Spanish. When I enrolled her in the school, I gave them a month to change my mind, and after that month, my daughter knew the sound of 2 letters, and could pick out a pattern. I took her out of this school, and I am so happy I did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2007

This school has shown a great deal of improvement. It is like night and day from several years ago. It offers a great deal for the community. The teachers are excellent. Everyone there is very dedicated. My son is very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

Some very strong teachers, but very weak administration. Way too much emphasis on fixing problems created by poverty and not enough on teaching.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
60%
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 "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
Hispanic 88% 43%
White 6% 42%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 85%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • School Board Recognition for Innovation (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Ana Ramos-Pell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (602) 449-2806

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

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  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
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  • Palomino is the Center of the Community. We focus on the "Whole Child" approach which means that all needs are met so that the child can succeed. The school has a Boy's and Girl's Club, a dental clinic, a medical clinic, a clothing store and food pantry for parents who are in need.
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15833 North 29th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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