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Santa Maria Middle School

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Posted September 19, 2013

I don't know why people are saying this is a bad a school, its a great school! I'm a 8th grader in this school and I got to say its they best school in have ever been. The teacher are great people and they will support your child in anything. Example - i'm going to this high school where people say its really and I can tell because my older sister went to that school and when my father told my teachers, they said its gonna be hard but I believe you can do it you just got to work hard, And thats what i'm doing! Since 3th grade I hated math, but now I but it and the math teachers help understand it! Its sucks that its my last years here! Being in Santa Maria was the best years of my life!


Posted December 3, 2012

This school supports a NO BULLYING policy...but only on their signs. When reported a problem, the staff was quick to say we will check into it. Nothing came of it and the bullying is still happening. Most of the teachers are good teachers. There is definate raceism at this school, and English is not spoken at programs here or other Fowler Schools. The system has been broken for over 10 years and it is still not fixed. The money spent on "fixing" the inside of the schools would be better spent on teachers.........................
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

Santa Maria Middle school is a GREAT school, I'm a student their and i dont know why people dont like this school, its sure not the best school in the world, but its a good school, theirs discipline rules, like rtc so you can focus and think about what you did, i think this school has good rules, i would never wanna move this school for the world, especially the teachers are remarkable at their job ESPECIALLY 7 th grade teachers we have fun activities and something called top dawg day were you can go to the dance gym something lke that if you have never received a refferal so it encourages you next time to not get in trouble, well what can I say this school is the best for me, people dont like this school, but to me this school is the best were all bulldogs at this school, HOME OF THE DOGS!!!!!


Posted May 22, 2011

My 6th grader is bored out of her mind! She missed almost 1 entire month due to illness. I left at least 9 messages for teachers and administration to get her homework to me. Rather than giving her the school work, they gave her C's and wouldn't allow her to make up her work, which devastated a straight A student since Kindergarten. The following semester, she was back to straight A's. Very poor quality school. Horrible communication with parents. Horrible follow through even with meetings and promises in writing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

I can't believe what people are saying about Santa Maria! I am a student at Santa Maria and am also involved in the Gifted program. I believe my school pushes students to their best abilities. Even if students are not in the Gifted program doesn't mean they are getting the best education. If the student is above what they are learning in regular classes, they can get the advance classes in their specials classes. Although I think Santa Maria is a great school, I do have a few issues. First of all, I do not think the principal shows true leadership. I don't see her doing what the rest of administration is doing. Also, I frown upon the lack of encouragement the school shows to team sports.


Posted March 4, 2010

This school is not a positive place for children to be. I have had three sons at this school and am so sorry we decided to keep them there. The teachers are poorly qualified and it shows with their interaction with the children as well as the parents. The teachers will not go out of their way to encourage the kids to be and do their best. If your child doesn't 'get it' the first time around, the teachers will not try to explain it a different way. I also believe that the principal sets the pace of the teachers and other staff and I certainly didn't feel that their was any support from her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

This school is the best school that I have been to in my entire life. I wish more schools would be like this but there not. The teachers are great, the students, what am I saying? Everyone in this school and who goes to this school is awsome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2009

I love this school thier are a lot of good people their.This is the best school I ever been to
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2008

It's hard to believe this school is performing plus. My daughter is in 6th grade and rarely has any homework. If they want a child to succeed then they should believe in homework. Since they have implemented a new grading system the teachers are spending most of time trying trying to figure it out. How sad!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2006

I have two sons at this school. Some of the teachers I have come in contact with are awesome. I think the principle is prejudiced, and needs to learn how to interact with parents. If the leadership is not right, then it trickles down. If there was another school closer that they could attend in the district they would not be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

I am very pleased with the teachers and staff at Santa Maria Middle School. They are always very pleasant and welling to assist my children and myself with any questions or concerns we may have. My children have blossomed at Santa Maria because of the great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2003

This is my son's 2nd year there.I think majority of the teacher's are good but there are a few I dont agree with the way they teach or handle discipline.The lady's in the office are very helpful always.I will miss them when my son switches to the new school in January.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2003

My son is an 8th grader at Santa Maria and my daughter is in the 6th grade. I have a son that went to Santa Maria for 3 years and is now in high school. I would say that I am shocked at the other parents comments. I feel Santa Maria is a great school. My son is at the top of his math class in Algebra and is learning consistently. My daughter is an honor roll student also and I feel that the teaching staff is very good. I feel that there is a lack of parent involvment especially at the sporting events. If there was more parent invlovment then maybe the children would be more succesfull.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2003

This school's teaching is extremely terrible. My child attended there for about 8 months and when she switched to another school she was so far behind it was just sad. There dicipline is very low and the drug involvment is terrible.


Posted April 20, 2003

They think the school is safe for the students.


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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 63% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

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

  • 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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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 80% 43%
Black 9% 5%
White 7% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 81%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7250 W. Lower Buckkeye Road
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