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Pendergast Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 656 students

 

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Posted July 29, 2014

I withdrew my 7th grader after last year. There is so much bullying at that school. kids at hope is cute, but if there is no discipline why would the kids follow it. Seriously! My kid dealt with and observed so much bullying that she didn't want to go to school anymore by Oct.. The blonde English teacher is the "toughest" one they have, but the kids act out for her as well. The assistant principal is about as intimidating as a baby seal. The principal, well he is never around or he is on his iphone or he is telling kids to "not do that again" with a face that wouldn't scare my 2 year old niece let alone a teenager. They need a teacher or a principal that is a bulldog, not a pomeranian. I'm glad my kid is going somewhere else and I hope that no one enrolls their kid here unless that kid has done time in San Quinton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

One of the worst schools around. I didn't know that the state allowed schools to be this bad. First off. My 6th grader was bullied multiple times. She let the teacher know and nothing happens. I inform the office and nothing happens. It is like the principal doesn't even care. He's just there to sit in his office. Also I'd be shocked if anyone saw him NOT on his cellphone. I have seen to many cases of kids shoving each other around and bullying. Look at the test scores. They are ridiculously low. THey need to revamp that school. THey need a principal or assistant principal that can get the kids inline. They need teachers that care. I withdrew my kid and I hope other parents do the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2014

Horrible! What more can i say! This school basically is a joke! I hated this school the day i sent my daughter there in 4th grade, while in 5th grade, her tablet was stolen during lunch-the principal did NOTHING about it and its an outrage that her 5th grade classroom is being used as a detention during lunch, the teachers are not interested in education, its just a JOB to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

I promoted from this school and I wish the teachers would be more aware of the bulling that went on in their classrooms


Posted June 17, 2013

I am the parent of two children who attend this school. This school is horriable. The principal is useless. He cant stop the bullying. Everytime I go to that school there must be half a dozen kids in trouble up in that office and hes no wher to be seen. I have a son in 4th grade and he had an amazing teacher. She was terriffic. My daughter was in 7th and she hated it last year. There were so many changes to her class schedule that neither of us knew what was going on. Sometime after x-mas, her teachers changed. I met with them. All of them were subs but 1 and she had no control over that class.In fact non of them teachers did. My daughter said that the principal or another teacher had to deal with the trouble makers. She said her math teachered yelled non-stop and made the kids just stand in the hallway often. I don't know whats wrong with the principal and those 7 grade teachers, but they need to all be replaced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

I have three children that go here. My daughter (youngest) loves her teacher. Her teacher is so energetic and happy. Plus she has fun games that teach too. But my oldest son is in 8 grade and my nephew is in 7 grade. They hate it. My son says his teachers have no control of his class. The kids just talk and yell and get up when ever they want to. He told me the the other kids even back talk to the teachers. He said the principal has sat in his class room 3 times because the class is so bad. My nephew syas that some of his teachers are really strict but some aren't. he says he likes some of the teachers, but that he hates math and writting. I would like to see the principal clean up the older kids classes so my kids can learn better. But I hear the older kids just ignore the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2011

I do not know if it is todays world or the pendergast school my children go to. s soon as I can I will get them out.The problem could be some of the ones that have moved in. I do not know who is responsible for tearing down the building they had,or why it has ben over 2 years to rebuild it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

i have a daughter that didn't like that school at all. i didn't as a parent. she been going there from k-6 grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

I have 2 kids who go here and they like it. They've both liked their 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers. But my kid in junior high doesn't like it there. One of the teachers he's a bit afraid of because they snapped. He says the kids in junior high are wild and disrespectful to the teachers and substitutes. He said that they even had to send a different teacher up to his class one day to get them under control because the substitute couldn't control them. Also, the junior high kids bother the neighborhood after school and walk on other peoples lawns and pick on the younger kids. They even fight acroos from the school because the teachers can't stop them. I think the teachers are great, but someone needs to clean up the junior high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

Pendergast now has a great campus, but what is not good is that they dont have money to get enough supplies and more electives and the kindergarten is lacking education extremely! Luckly for me my child was able to go to all day kinder before they mad that rule but i do feel sorry for 1st grade next year because these kids are not going to know near as much as they should. kids are missing out on basic education and have more tv/video game time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

It is a great school...Caring teachers and an awesome Principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

I have two gifted children at Pendergast. They were recently given a 3 day test to see if they qualify for the gifted program, which was recommended by their teacher. They are in two different classes and they are not bored the teachers find other alternatives for them to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

Pendergast has strength both at the elementary and upper grade levels. I am most familiar with the upper grades. Teachers do a good job teaching students. Pendergast participates in an after school arts-academics program. I am especially impressed with their steel drum program. The level of parent involvement is not particularly impressive. This is probably a problem with most schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

The academic programs were fairly standard. We did have problems with bullying. But some of the teachers were good to communicate, some were not.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted October 20, 2005

This school is wonderful. The teachers and the administrators are very helpful. The academic programs with in the school are very good. The students are able to choose from a number of extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

I had 3 children attend Pendergast, and I was very unhappy with the school. It is run down, crowded, has a high turnover rate, and academically is very lacking. Because of the low test scores, the classes are taught at a low level and children who are advanced are left out. My children were bored and not challenged. I had a gifted child who was the only student in the class for 2 years. Needless to say, we have moved school districts and my children are now thriving. This school really needs someone to take charge and take it in a different direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2005

Pendergast is a bit run down and crowded. the school board has done nothing to keep this school up. I pulled my children from this school after they received threats for getting too good of grades and making low achevers look bad. My children were bored in their calsses because they were taught at such a low level and have done better since they have attended a new school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

Pendergast offers students the opportunity to learn in a diverse environment. Typically the students spend the majority of the day developing literacy skills. Students are expected to become readers, writers, and thinkers. Pendergast offers several after school tutoring programs and has a community center for children in grades fourth through sixth.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 15, 2005

The school is a small school but maintains adequate teaching for the children. Pendergast offers various extracurricular activities for the students by means of music, band, sports and drama.The school also offers various after school programs to assist the students in the areas of academics.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted March 7, 2005

Pendergast School has been a performing year the past 2 years and is now out of school improvement. I sit on the School Effectiveness Team which is a parent, teacher, administrator team that works to get parents more involved in increasing student achievement. The new reading program at Pendergast and the focus on reading is inviting parents to participate in their child's learning to read. I have been very pleased with the focus on getting children to read at grade level. There is a lot of assessment that takes place. Teachers let me know just where my child is in terms of reading. They send home many helpful activities for me to do with my child. The math program is also fairly new. It includes a lot of review as well as teaching new content. I also like the implementation of the Character Counts Program that started this year.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
30%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
37%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
46%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
35%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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
Hispanic 87% 43%
White 7% 42%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3802 North 91st Avenue
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