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Vista Verde Middle School

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Posted January 1, 2014

Honestly, this school is just like any other in the Phoenix area. About the same percentile on the AIMS test (~%). Vista Verde Middle School has been improving over the past several years. Standardized test scores has gone up, as well as general behavior of other students.


Posted November 22, 2013

We just moved to Phoenix and we made the decision to move to this school district. Best decision we ever made. This is a great school. The staff and teachers are excellent. If you want a school that genuinely cares about your child this is the school for you. PV school district rocks!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

I am currently a 7th grade IB/MYP student at Vista Verde and to be honest this is an amazing school! I love the teachers here and everyone is so friendly. I mean every school has the bad students that give this school a bad rep but overall it's great! The IB program has really taught me leadership. - Elizabetha D.


Posted September 20, 2012

If your child is being harassed on the school bus forget about the Principal taking any action. The Vice Principal however will, but I believe the Principal should keep get involved as well. When your child is coming home crying everyday after school because of these bullies , then something drastic needs to be done asap...Liz 9/20/2012
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

My son has been going through something similar. When my son finally fought back, I got a call from the principal and she said that she didn't care what the boy had done to him in the past. Also there is a boy in his class that has called my son stupid, has pushed him on a few occassions and held him down and threatened him. My son did not want to tell his teacher because he said that she would just side with the other kid. So I told her. She talked to them both and said that they discussed how my son could have a better attitude. I had to walk away from her because I was so angry and dissappointed. I have lost all respect for this teacher and principal. I really don't know what to do. If you go to the board, do the teachers just make it harder on your kids? I am also worried what this is doing to my son. He is a good kid!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

currently, im in eighth grade, i have been in this school(and AVID) for two years. saying 'the students are mean' or 'the teachers are bad' is waay too general. yes, some teachers *cough*need more practice....and of course! theres bad kids/people wherever you go! you cant blame that on the school. and i dont believe that AVID and MYP students get more attention, its that they PAY MORE ATTENTION TO SCHOOL themselves! there are things i really hate when im at school, but i wouldnt exactly blame that 'on the school', people just use that as an excuse.


Posted April 4, 2012

I am currently an 8th grader in MYP at Vista Verde. I love this program and Vista Verde. All of the staff at Vista Verde is fantastic. I have never been so happy to be a part of a greater picture. MYP has encouraged me to look at things from a different perspective. It has taught me how to be a better person. While at Vista Verde I have tried things that I normally wouldn't consider. I've tried numerous sports and after school clubs. At first these things didn't interet me much, but I have made friends that I know will last a life time. Another great thing about MYP is the trip to Wahington, DC. This trip gives students the opprutunity to meet people from different places around the US. We were really able to connect with them and see their perspective on different topics. Vista Verde's teachers are also a key part to my success. They are all willing to help and truly want the best for us. Vista Verde has shown me that I can do anything. I wouldn't want to be at any other middle school because Vista Verde is perfect.


Posted March 25, 2012

I hate this school!!! i am a student at Vista Verde and honestly wish i wasn't.I have asked to be transfered many times but it has not worked . The students are mean and pick on anyone who has an oppinion different than thare own.the teachers are only pay atenion to the kids who are misbehaving in class ,not the ones who actually want to learn.Children are are constenly cursing , texting,chewing gum,and talking when the teachers talking, and get away with it becuse the teachers are too bisy trying to handle one or more children who are making a secne and rilling the other kids up. Besides the disiplin,the edgucation also needs work.The school has a few good programs that rase the test scores,but if your not in them you are constenly taught,and treated, like a third grader.Parents,if your reading this do NOT send your child to this school.I have been hear for almost 2years now and have hated every second of it . ~annonomous Vista Verde student


Posted May 23, 2011

Our daughter has attended Vista Verde the last two years while in the IB Program. She has had nothing but great experiences there! The IB teachers are knowledgeable, informed, caring, and really respect the different learning styles of each student. Beyond that, the principal and vice-principal are truly active in the daily activities of all the students in and outside the classroom. We highly recommend Vista Verde and the IB Program there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

I am a current 8th grade student of VVMS in the IB/MYP program. Vista Verde is a low income school and isn't in the best of neighborhoods,but the IB program has changed my perspective on my view on almost everything. I used to just concentrate on the top layer perspective but now I look at all sides in much more depth. I've had a great 2yrs there. There have been fights but the Vice principal, the police officer on campus, and the duty aides got a handle on the situations right a away. This is bound to happen at the best of schools. The main point is that the teachers know what they're doing, and they care about each and every student even if it doesn't seem like it from the outside. All the teachers want all of their students to do a great job in their class. In IB we are taught to connect all of our subjects together and I think that all of the teachers do that. The teachers form their curriculum around all of their students' learning abilities. Over all Vista Verde is a great school to go to if you are going in to IB or even just as a regular student. You will fit in any where at VVMS!


Posted May 10, 2010

I am a 7th grade student attending vvms currently and i reccomend sending your child to this school. The teachers are very attentive and involved with thier students. The principal and VP are also very involved and dont let bullying go unhandled. VVMS is also the only A+ middle school in the district as far as I have looked.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2010

This is not a O.K school.IB and AVID kids get to much attention and currently they are many drug and fights.I hate this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2010

Vista Verde is an okay school. If you are looking to try the IB program, it's a good way to 'test' it before you go onto high school (if you want to do IB in high school). The reason I only rated this 3 stars was because there are some drug problems throughout the year, as well as many fights. These occur before, during, and afterschool, and also on school buses. If you plan on doing IB, they keep IB and 'regular' kids seperate, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your opinion. Some teachers are great, but others only assign busy work and don't pay attention to students if they have confusion or might be falling a bit behind. The PE and sports programs are way better than other schools. Arts programs are also offered. Overall, VVMS is only 'ok'.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2009

Im currently a 7th grader at V.V.If any parents are trying to decide if they should send their child here....well I recommmend not to. Im in the I.B. program and the program teaches students to think more world-widely. My achievement in elementary school (quail run) were all A's and I participated in reading and math honers.Also I was in band and still am.What I mean by not going to this school is that the whole point to even go to vista is to get in the I.B. program. 1 out of 10 students actually make it in...... so chances are your child will not make it in.And im sure other parents have told you that the band gets to go to disneyland.....well now the 2nd time in a row, we've had to cancel the trip for budget situations. this school is the #1 school for the most students in a class.gotomountaintrail!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

Our son just graduated from Vista Verde. We have been very pleased with the teacher s involvement and attentiveness to any of our concerns. The teachers are energetic, positive and knowledgeable. The principle and VP are very involved and aware of all aspects of the school. Safety was never a concern for us. The PE and after school sports programs and their coaches have been a very influential experience for our son.. Thank you Vista Verde!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

I'm a proud student of Vista Verde in the AVID program. It has made me a straight A student in the eighth grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

I am a happy student in the IB program for 7th grade. This is an excellent school with high grade teachers and staff. There is no 'busy work' as some schools claim to have. The principal, Mrs.Jacobs, gets involved with the students and parents, and the school is a very enjoyable environment with school spirit, pride, and respect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2008

Pulled my child out of Private School to attend VVMS IB Program. IB teachers are wonderful, Mrs. Jacobs is very attentive to students and constantly striving to get parents involved. As with any public school there have been references to gang related incidents, the school staff handled immediately & appropriately, but issues at any school also fall back to the parents. VVMS is wonderful school, but parents need to be more involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

The Principal is making all the difference, I was going to send my daughter to Private school-the IB program made me stay right here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

This is a great school. My son's AIMS scores went way up and he really enjoys school. I have a 7th and 8th grader at this school, and these are the best teachers I have ever seen. I am grateful to the principal and entire staff for their dedication and hard work. I have a son in the AVID program and we really love the program. My oldest son has grown in his confidence due to the encouragement he continually receives from the teachers . For the first time, he really believes that he can be succeed in school. This school is VERY safe. All of the kids and parents we know love 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 65% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
50%

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 58% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
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 "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 44% 43%
White 43% 42%
Black 4% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
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 60%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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