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Sahuaro School

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Posted August 31, 2012

I am a mother of a student of sahuaro. i have to say that these days I am more dissappointed in the fellow parents of students rather than the school. Last year it was proven to me that parents are looking to blame the teachers and the school rather than hold there own children accountable for there actions. I personally respect the teachers at sahuaro and believe they are doing a fabulous job in my daughters education. I had a young student last year in my daughters class that taught her profanity words and the teacher not only notified me but in my eyes took the proper steps in acting on the situation. The parent of the child who cursed blamed the school and the teacher as if they taught the words to the child. Children act from there direct contact and what they learn at home. My daughter has learned and grown so much with sahuaro and I would never change schools if I didn't have to. I would suggest that they attempt to have high school courses so that I know my child would recieve the best education even into her more promenant years. I like the way they teach my child and look forward to the same education for my son. I believe in the RTC program and trust our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

For any first grader requiring discipline the RTC program is a joke. The child is removed from the classroom and sent to another room where they are told to write a plan detailing what they did wrong and what they will do next time to avoid trouble. Sounds great and sounding great must be why it is used but after 30 such days some where our grandson was sent MONDAY because of a Friday incident he showed no signs of changing. The principle told me 'some kids get it and some don't get it.' Then we find out that several kids at a time could be removed and sent to the responsible thinking center. We now have another address to use so we will not be subjecting our student to this idiocy any longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

After knowing your stance on Sheriff Joe, I would home School my kids before even thinking about let them attend your school. Teach your staff what the word ILLEGAL means.


Posted March 1, 2011

Despite the ignorance on this site your community backs your choice to not allow such a hateful person to speak to our children. As a parent of 2 (soon to be 3 students) attending a school in the washignton school district I must say that I have always been impressed with the level of education my children are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

Excellent call keeping hatred and politics out of the classroom. Whatever the reason to cancel, he's a grandstander and only after polishing his own inflated ego. Well called.


Posted February 28, 2011

This principal is a pathetic leader for children. After citing reasons of controversy, he refused to allow the duly elected sheriff of Maricopa County to participate in a school literacy activity. What a shame. Students now have one less positive role model. District values state that the schools honor and respect community involvement. Hypocrisy is so easily dismissed in the face of veiled accusations.


Posted February 28, 2011

THIS SCHOOL IS BEING TOTALLY DESTROYED BY THE UNION THUG MENTALITY THAT UNINVITED SHERIFF JOE FROM READING TO 6TH GRADERS. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY THE TEACHERS UNION THUGS HAVE RUINED PUBLIC EDUCATION. THIS DECISIO0N IS WHY WE MUST ALL UNITE AND BREAK ALL PUBLIC UNIONS AND TAKE BACK OUR SCHOOLS. THIS SCHOOLS SYSTEM CAN'T EVEN GRADUATE 50% OF IT'S STUDENTS? WONDER WHY? THE UNION THUGS CARE ONLY ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THEIR BENEFITS...THE KIDS ARE CANNON FODDER. THEY COULDN'T CARE LESS. BREAK ALL PUBLIC UNIONS, VOTE IN SCHOOL VOUCHERS AND INCREASE THE SALE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IT'S TIME WE REALLY DID SOMETHING TO HELP THE KIDS. PUBLIC EDUCATION HAS FAILED AND MUST BE REPLACED.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

The school is dirty ,the kids are MEAN and the teachers don't do ANYTHING about it. The RTC process doen't even work and your keeping kids out of class for it!


Posted January 26, 2010

Sahuaro is a fantstic school filled with wonderful teachers, a hard working and involved pricipal, great faculty, and a warm sense of family and community. My sons love their teachers each year and have had the privilege of being inspired to learn by each of them. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

The principal and staff are consistent in their approach to teaching and discipline. They are compassionate, helpful, resourceful and kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Saguaro Ranch is an elementary school that my 3 kids all went to , for all their elementary years . I loved the teachers , the whole staff . They work so hard to provide and enviroment to learn , and they care about each student . My kids benefited so much because of their extroadinary care .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The atmosphere there, the administration/teachers have great attitudes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2008

I had my child in Sahuaro for about 1 month. I removed my child from the school due to the lack of education and supervision. The schoolwork assigned to my child was work he had had already done in previous grades. The standards were extremely low. My child would bring home about 5 minutes worth of homework and it was busy work at that; things like 'find a word' etc. When I addressed this with his teachers they became very defensive instead of actually addressing my concerns. My child, when discussing his day, would tell me that children were cussing and saying and doing things they had no business doing but that there was no teacher around to put a stop to it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My daughter attended Sahuaro's MAP program for 6 years. The MAP teachers were a fantastic team that really developed the children's curiosity and learning, I can't compliment them enough. The principal is extremely dedicated - he attended every single after school activity - science fairs, recitals, etc. The only drawback was that math classes were not as strong as I would have liked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

Sahuaro is an excellent school. The principal really cares about the children and is highly visable on campus. The teachers my children have had over the years have been a joy to work with and always seem to have the best interest of the children in mind. I especially like the discipline program at Sahuaro. They use the responisble thinking classroom for those children that are disrupting the learning environment, which really makes sense to me because if a child is constantly disrupting then they leave the room and go to the RTC and then the classroom teacher can go on with her lesson and those children that are truly at school to learn are able to do so without having to watch the class clown. Every staff member I have encountered at Sahuaro has been nothing but nice, from office staff to the maintenance staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

This is a fantastic school, with such wonderful teaching capabilities. I absolutely love that there is two different types of gifted programs, wonderful extracurricular activities and a great discipline program called 'R.T.C.' I am proud to say that my children attend this school, and highly recommend it to anybody looking for a good education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2007

I really like my son's preschool teachers. He has learned much these last few months he's been attending school. They encourage parent participation and are always willing to talk to us when we need to discuss something. On the other hand, when we wanted to discuss with the principal about safety he wouldn't make the time for us. I'm not satisfied with the principal. Other than that, I like the school, but my son will be attending Acacia come the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2006

Disgusting. I don't even know where to begin. I have taken my child out of this school due the staff here! Now mind you the most (after school program) staff is wonderful! The teachers (mostly subs) and Administrative staff are horrid. My son is 5 (now 6) and graduated kindergarten from another public school district who had different age limits. After my son's teacher had a family emergency the 'support system' was horrible, sub after sub, my son steadily declining even though I spend hours with him with his homework. We hope Sweetwater Elementary will be much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

I am very pleased with both the teaching and administrative staff at Sahuaro Elementary. My son's KG and 1st grade teachers have been very open to parent communication and provided great feedback/advice on homework techniques. It has been a very positive experience and I'm looking forward to my youngest son beginning KG there next school term; he is very excited as well since his it's his big brother's school :) The P.A.T.S organization is well organized and holds ongoing activities through out the year for the kids. There are extracurricular activities available. Parents are encouraged to get involved with their children's class through volunteerism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

The Multi Age Program (MAP Center) for highly gifted children is great. The teachers are wonderful. They know how to deal with and encourage gifted children. They are so patient. They challenge the children bye working at above grade level. I wish they encouraged interaction with the other children in the school. These children need to learn social skills so that they can function in society. I also wish we could see their test scores compared to other kids. I would like to see a comparison of our gifted program and other gifted programs in other disticts. Thank you MAP center teachers for a great year! I do not like the schools discipline program. Removing the child from the learning enviroment for behavior is wrong. The Responsibility Training Center should be removed the rest of the program is great.
—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 69% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
68%
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 "Highly Performing".

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 46% 43%
White 40% 42%
Black 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 78%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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12835 N 33rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85029
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