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Paseo Hills Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 1000 students

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Posted June 4, 2014

This school reminds me of the saying "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig". There's been so many attempts to bring this schools achievement level up by adding so many various programs it's mind blowing. This school has all these labels A++ school of excellence, IB, and TAP to try and make its self look better than it is. Where's the improvement because it's not in recent AIM's score results? The teacher turn over rate is high due to being over worked, not appreciated, and sick of dealing with large amounts of discipline issues. These Administrators don't follow through with numerous behavior issues because having high discipline problems recorded on the books make them look bad. Of the few teachers that have weathered the storm of change this school has gone through over the last four years there are some true gems when it come to quality educators. However, this school is on the lower middle end of quality education if you have high expectation for your child.


Posted January 26, 2014

This school is all for show. I had all three of my children enrolled at first. My middle daughter was harassed by staff.The principal never helped, despite our requests. I homeschool her now. Curriculum is so far behind. My advanced children are studying things they learned two years ago.They study for weeks for state test just to influence the scores. They just want money. Certain staff are great. But, as a whole, this school is awful. They want to look good so even if kids earn an F, the lowest grade is a C. What? My son walks to school, while his sister rides the bus, that stops in our driveway. Really? The bus driver even said he was one of the only children who behaved. But, it's inappropriate for my 12 year old to ride the bus, though my 11 year old can. The lunch period is 15 minutes. The kids have 15 minutes to maneuver the line, receive sub par food, and inhale it. My kids are supposed to concentrate and do their best on a few bites of food, all day. The cafeteria staff ask us to complain to the school board, because the principal doesn't care. That's the point. He doesn't care about your kids. Just the bottom line. He should be a politician. What a travesty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

My child started Paseo Hills this year in the 5th grade. The only positive statement I have about this school is the Principal is GREAT. As for academics, this school falls below the A++ rating they have listed publicly. My child s 5th grade class has had 3 different teaches this year and at least 1/2 a dozen substitutes since January of this year. Deer Valley School District has done nothing to compensate for my child or her classmates academic decline and poor grades. Nor has the District even offered the students and parent s assistance on how to deal with the multiple teacher assignments and substitutes. Instead, the District left my child, her classmates , us parents and the Principle out to dry. Thank goodness the school has this particular Principal assigned to this school, as she has been nothing short of a saint throughout this situation. Thanks to her strong leadership skills and experience with this District. The District continues to turn their backs on the students and parents at this school. Just today I contacted the school about a safety issue involving the children s safety before and after school and the District (indirectly) stated they acknowledge my call.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

My son has been at Paseo for 5 years. This year I was told (by his teacher) there is no after school help and no tutoring. If your child falls behind and the teacher with 29 other students, cannot get to him/her, it will be up to the parent to teach the child. The quality of Teaching is up to the Parent, not the Teacher. The dont have Homework now, it is called "Practice Work". They dont receive a grade on Practice work, but if they need to re-take a test, they have to show their Practice work. I am hoping to move my son to a Charter School very soon
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2011

We couldn't be happier with Paseo Hills! the teachers are great, the principal is great and actually interacts with the students! our son is going into the third grade and so far his favorite teacher has been his 2nd grade teacher Ms. Pettit who is a wonderful teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

The teachers are fantastic at this school, and as my child enters his 2nd year I am excited to see how he will grow with this wonderful learning experience. The only reason I did not give a full 5 stars is due to the slight overcrowding of the school. I understand that there are circumstances that have come about this past year that the school cannot help. But budget cuts and cutting teachers does not help our children, it only hurts them. I don't know that any public school in Arizona could get 5 stars with the recent events. It is sad, but a fact for our state. I hope to see more teachers, smaller classes, full day K back, better lunches, and more one on one time for kids and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

I love Paseo Hills ! my daughter is in Kindergarden this year and i could not be happier with her education . Mrs Spak is a wonderful teacher and i hope to see more teachers like her in the yrs to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

This is the best school I've ever attended. I have been going here for four years now and I am in the seventh grade. I feel the teachers are really into making sure all of their students have bright future ahead of them. the principal is one of the nicest people I have met. Its really great that she goes around into the classrooms to see how their doing. The VP is one of the funniest people I have met and he is really good at relating to the students. If I had a chance to stay at Paseo forever I would take the offer really fast!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2007

Paseo Hills is one of the best school I have ever attended. I moved schools and realized that I learned more at Paseo Hills than I did at the other school. The teachers are awesome and really dedicated to teaching! I'm proud to say that I went to this school!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2006

My son attends the school and I volunteer on the boards and help out his teachers. It is a great school. They are very concerned about the children's education and the staff seems to have a very good attitude. Most of the staff has been ther a long time. I am happy with the education my son is getting at Paseo Hills. I like that parents are allowed to come and go to be very involved in their childs daily education.
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Posted June 17, 2006

My son has attended Paseo Hills for the last three years (grade 1-3). We have been very happy with the school. His teachers have been very well organized. We have always had great communication between the teachers and parents. He seems to have a little more homework than my friend's children who live in another district, but overall it has seemed to improve the test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

I have had my kids at this school for 7 years and I am very happy. The new principal and assistant principal this year are very welcoming and value parent involvement and participation. The teachers have done an excellent job at keeping my kids challenged and the extracurricular activities and family nights that they offer are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

Great school. My kid go to this school. I feel it needs to do more just by looking at the AIMS test results. I support giving more homework to be given to kids. Another suggestion: The difficulty of Math problem should be raised a little higher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

So far I am impressed with the school. It is very organized with very clear goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2005

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Posted June 30, 2005

This school has an abundance of good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

The school received an award from the A+ School Foundation, and it is well deserved. The staff and administration are very responsive to the students needs. The school offers a wide variety of programs, including before-after school care, art, music, band, drama, and team sports. The PTSA organization is very involved, having 100% participation, and extremely supportive of the activities that happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

Wonderful school i went there myself It was quite amazing - Very nice people and the teachers did great - parents were invovled in almost every school assembly and there tons of people on Honor Roll and Principal's List. The K-8 mix allowed the older students to learn how to tutor the younger students. The only negative of the school is that there are no lockers so that you dont have to carry your backpack from class to class with tons of books.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 18, 2005

Plenty of extra-carricular opportunities, theater, drama, academics. Teachers are genuinly interested in your children's success. Great PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

My child is in the 1st grade this year and has learned a lot in class. I find that the school has great PTSA events. My child looks forward to going to school during the day and when the school has special events. The teachers and the students are great. The school appearance is clean and seem to take pride in taking care of their school. I feel confident that the school staff has the student's best interest in mind in terms of their education and 'lifeskills'.
—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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
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

  • 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 58% 42%
Hispanic 31% 43%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • DVUSD Superintendent Awards for Programs of Excellence (2009)
  • Arizona A+ School of Excellence (2010)
  • DVUSD Rookie Teacher of the Year (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Gayle Galligan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (623) 445-4580

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Science
  • Technology
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Parents are involved at paseo hills through our ptsa, as decision-making members of the campus improvement team (cit), as members of the parent and community involvement action team, and as classroom and school volunteers.
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  • Paseo Hills is a twice named Arizona A+ School of Excellence. We have many unique programs to ensure all students have the opportunity to learn at their appropriate pace and style of learning. In addition, our school has a 1 to 1 initiative in 15 of our classrooms with all students in those classrooms having a personal netbook for use in their learning. Students in grade kindergarten through 8th grade create and maintain e-Portfolios to showcase the story of their learning each school year. We are also currently in the application process to become an International Baccalaureate Middle Year Program World School. Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and 21st Century Learning form the backdrop of educational experiences at Paseo Hills. However, the Arts (visual, instrumental and vocal) also play a large part in the educational experience of each student. Paseo Hills boasts the largest middle school bands in the Deer Valley School District. This year each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands received Superior with Distinction marks at the Arizona Pageant of Bands Competition. Overall, Paseo Hills has a student centered focus, with supportive teachers, staff, and parents. We are proud of our school!
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No

Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Barry Goldwater High School
Sandra Day O'Connor High School
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3302 W. Louise
Phoenix, AZ 85027
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