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Royal Palm Middle School

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Posted August 14, 2014

My elementary schooling education was through Washington Elementary School District. So when I decided I wanted to be a teacher, I wanted to give back to my district. The Teaching Staff at Royal Palm is like no other. You know that they care for the students, both in and outside of the classroom setting. They bend over backwards for them and want them to be successful, in their schooling career and life. However there have been recent changes in administration (principal, front office staff, etc). Unfortunately with the changes, there has come an extreme lack of professionalism. For example, someone in the front office opened personal mail addressed to me. If it was an accident, I received no note or email apologizing for the mistake. This leads me to believe it was intentional, hence lack of front office professionalism. I would not allow my future children to attend this school, or any school in the district as a result of my experience there. Madison, here we come!


Posted February 23, 2014

I am currently attending this school right now, and so far I have learned almost nothing. Being that I am a core knowledge student, it really hits me. Switching from class to class is almost frightening, considering the fact that there are people yelling, cursing, and even throwing things at each other. There is little effort made to control the behavior and instead the effort is more focused on the dress code. Seriously? That's the problem? I found myself violating the strict dress code nearly 8 times in one semester, often for the stupidest reasons possible. I would like to leave this off at a positive note. The teachers are very generous and kind and actually make an effort to have every student learn, but the students are more concerned about fighting or just being disruptive. Therefore, I don't really recommend this school at all, and really the only good things about it are the teachers and the social worker. Everything else is just... blah. 2 stars, because I'm giving a little bit of props to the staff for not yelling their heads off because of the students. If I worked at Royal Palm, I probably would quit instantly.


Posted November 18, 2013

I don't go here but I might and I was wondering do u have to have pe? Cuz I hate pe.


Posted August 1, 2013

Hi I'm a student at Royal Palm I think Royal Palm middle school is a great school the teachers are really nice they will help you with anything if you have any issues if you have any problems if you having difficulties in any class or situation I think the principle is really nice except he's moving but I hope we have a new principle that is really nice like he was. Another good thing is that at the end of the year do raffles and we studens can win a camera and many more things like that. Also in aims we do raffles for the kids like it really high-grade meets or exceeds they can win up to movie theater tickets or money or gift cards and yeah another go thing we DON'T WEAR UNIFORMs YAYAYA We may have low percentages on Amis but not all of us we have low percentages because so kid think an education I don't nessesarry so the don't study and then they get stuck with Saturday school and summer school .


Posted March 5, 2012

I went to this school in 2005-2006 and it was a hard place to get much help. The teachers were more focused on keeping the kids in order than teaching. There were fights nearly every day and gangs echoed the common area. It seems like this place has straightened out but when I attended Royal Palm I thought it was ran more like corrections than a studious place to learn and better your intellectual abilities.


Posted February 15, 2012

i whent to this school it was great i miss my friends and teachers alot and im thankful for da teachers that really help me to improve my learning


Posted July 17, 2011

Royal Palm is a transformed school. Teachers and administrators are proud of the school and the students and it shows. I have had a child at Royal Palm for three years and am about to start my final 3 with my youngest. I love this school, I love being involved and I know my kids are getting a wonderful education in a diverse and challenging environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

Excellent teachers, outstanding principal & vp, programs and communication is wonderful. Very happy with my childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

Very glad to see the AIMS test scores on AZcentral.com. Royal Palm increased their students scores in Math & Reading by 23 & 24%, Writting by a 57.8%. A big thank you to the teachers and staff at Royal Palm. What a great achievement and validation of your efforts. I am a parent of an incoming 8th grader and am proud to send my child to this school. Go Raiders!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

As a teacher at Royal Palm, I have watched it morph from 1300 students and total chaos, to a well oiled learning machine of 700 students where everyone there, kids and staff, care about one another. This is not that same school from 9 years ago when I started. Our focus is on academic excellence and student achievement, not just classroom management and survival. Looking back at the posts from 2003 and 2004, we have come a LONG way!! The staff that remains loves kids and teaching. We have the BEST principal and asst. principal tha tyou could ask for. They kick butt and take names no matter where they are, if it has anything to do with our school. I don't wnatto work anywhere but at Royal Palm!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 8, 2009

Excellent school, I was nervous moving my 13 yr old from Mesa to Phoenix. Not sure how she would adjust. Royal Palm has been an outstanding addition to her educational life. No slip in grades at all in fact steady A's. The principle and VP are extremely attentive to the students needs and very personable. The influence to my daughters life with a diverse student body has opened up opportunities. VAMOS program is incredible and the community support for this school and its students can not be topped. I am very impressed and would highly reccomend this school to any student regardless of ethnicity. Next year my daughter will be in 8th grade, I am looking forward to more growth and enrichment in her life as well as my whole families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

its a new school for my children but they like the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I had concerns about Royal Palm last year when my sixth grade son started, but was pleasantly surprised. He had a great year and now this year as a seventh grader he is in the new magnet program and loves it. The teachers and prinicpals are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

The office staff & teachers are very friendly & cooperative concerning the needs of the students. I have had nothing but pleasant outcomes & my child loves his school. If my child is happy...I am happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

Wow I actually cant believe that there are some parents that think that this is not a 'safe' environment for there children to be in! I personally think that they have never even been to my school, sat in on a class, or even met our principals. Me being a student at Royal Palm. I strongly disagree the ones who think that. And yes our school has changes in the past year because our new principals have totally changed our school and our lives! I dont know why anyone would have anything negative to anything about this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2008

Royal Palm did an outstanding job with my child. She started out as a c average student and left with a 4.0 grade average and a Student Excellence Award!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2008

I really like working at Royal Palm Middle School. Each year, the staff and administration has gotten better. We are incorporating innovative programs with the support of our community. We have a diverse student population with varying levels of understanding. We address the needs of our students in a variety of ways through classes, instructional techniques, and after school programs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 19, 2006

I think that royal palm is a really good middle school. Theres alot of good students and not alot of fights. I think that royal palm is a good school for kids to go to. Parent involment is great to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2005

This school is really awesome and everything is great about it: the kids, the grades the teachers, just everything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2005

Royal Palm is a wonderful school! Very organized,loving and hard working teachers that really care about their students. I have a child with a learning disablility and was very worried about sending my child to Jr. High. I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and willingness to help my child succeed. Because of this my child is reading better and doing things we were told he probably would never do. I was also worried that the school would be unsafe because of rumours I had heard. This could not be further from the truth. The children are all very nice to my child and I feel that he is protected and that the campus is very safe. I also feel the principal is doing a fantastic job and was more than willing to talk with me when I was worried and made me feel confident in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
39%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
45%

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 65% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
46%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%

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

  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 55% 43%
White 22% 42%
Black 12% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 79%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (602) 347-3220

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Soccer
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8520 N 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021
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