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Whittier Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 490 students

 

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Posted March 27, 2014

Under new leadership, Whittier is blossoming! There is a core group of amazing teachers, but some of the newer teachers are a little iffy, and unfortunately, the "old" principal ran off some other good teachers and some classes have been stuck with subs all year long, but things are looking up. Miss Okyere, the principal, is very responsive and kind to parents. Unlike the previous principal, she is also respectful to students and teachers. Mrs. Woodrum taught my nephew at another school and is now teaching my son, and she is amazing. My son is excited to go to school every day. He also loves the recess teacher, Coach Trissa. I can't wait to see Whittier become an A school, so much potential!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

Some fabulous new teachers! We actually moved here from a different school to follow one of our favorites. Fingers crossed we get her next year in 3rd grade! I don't like the way that some teachers talk to children, though, in a very derogatory manner. Ever been in a school where teachers are allowed to blow whistles in children's faces? Where kindergartens are forced to walk with their arms folded across their chests, even ON STAIRS!!?? It's abhorrent, and I wish something could be done about it. Parent involvement stinks. I don't understand how two schools in the district are allowed to mandate parent involvement and other schools aren't. It puts Whittier at a disadvantage. I wish that some of the teachers and support staff (even the "behavior expert" spends a lot of time screaming at children. What??) would learn some better management techniques, but overall the curriculum is excellent, expectations are high, speech and language services are excellent, and my children look forward to going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

3 of my children are current students at Whittier. All of their teachers are, and have been, great teachers. The principal has the students' best interests in mind all of the time. My kids are all excelling on the standardized tests and are constantly learning. My oldest goes to ELP once a week, which is a great tool for those that need a little extra challenge. None of my kids, or any of my friends' kids seem to fall between the cracks or get left behind, but there are always new challenges for the kids at the top to work toward. I love this school and the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2010

I thought about sending my daughter here this year for kindergarten because the curriculum seems excellent. I have a cousin who is in the 3rd grade that attends this school. She is doing very well academically, and in that aspect, Whittier almost seems to be an Excelling school. But my concern was the bullying. My little cousin was constantly bullied by a boy in her class who actually physically assaulted her on more than one occasion. One of those times was with a pair of scissors. All the teacher ever did was send this student to the office time and again. I'm not sure if the kid was eventually expelled or not, but I do not feel comfortable sending my little girl to that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

i will rate this school a 10. whittier is a very good school. it teaches me lots of new things that i didnt even know or thought of. I love Whittier!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2005

Whittier is a great school.The teachers and staff are well-trained, dedicated, caring, professional, and hard-working.The principal and office staff are very nice, helpful, energetic, and patient.My daughter loved her teacher this year, she learned a lot in math, reading,spelling, science, writing and social studies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

The teachers and principal are wonderful. They care baout your kids.
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Posted July 31, 2003

This school has improved greatly in the last year, with becoming more committed to education rather than social activities. The teachers are good and committed to the students. I can only stress that this is one place where parent involvement is definitely all the difference. The principal is open to new ideas and isn't afraid to try them. The administrative staff is also very helpful at all times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2003

I am aware that Whittier is an 'underperforming' school, but I have seen a tremendous growth in the leadership and staff. The students have worked really hard to bring test scores up and the principal is a great assest to the school by holding teachers accountable for student achievement. Whittier is a great school in my opinion with great people to serve our children.


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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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
41%

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 63% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
46%

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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
n/a
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".

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 84% 43%
White 6% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Black 4% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 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 90%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2000 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
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