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Western Valley Elementary School

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Posted September 9, 2013

This is a great school. My son has been @WVES for 4 years and I have met great teachers how care about their students. I truly believe in parent involvement with teachers and school activities to really know how hard they work to make this a great environment for kids. Thanks to all the teachers and staff for your dedication :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Great school , great teachers , unfortunately we move and now my children miss the school so much. They had learn si much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

I have two kids at WVES. They absolutely love school. They are receiving an amazing education. We love the teachers and are very happy with administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2009

This school does not meet the needs of kids with behavioral issues or disabilities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

The teachers in this school are excellent, I am very happy. My child is in kinder and and i am very impressed in how much he has learn so far. I would highly recommend this school, teachers and staffing are very hard working. Go WVES!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

As far as the teachers, I am impressed with the fact that they have noticed my childs skill level in academics. I do not like the amount of students that are worldly, but since my child has moved to higher academics my child has been excelling even higher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

This school [h]as the hardest and most dedicated teachers and administrators I know. If you look up test scores for this school you will see improvement every year. My kids have been there 4 years so I have spent several days volunteering and every time I can see these teachers really care for these kids. They have several after school events and it's a sure thing that you will see several staff members in attendance. So in my opinion Western Valley Elementary rocks! Keep up the great work Ms.Ulloa & Mr. Routhier and to all WVES teachers a big thank you for all you do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

My children have attended Western Valley for two years now, and I am really impressed with the school. The teachers are excellent and they go above and beyond what is expected. My kindergartner learned some sign language, my first grader became an excellent reader and my third grader learned simple fractions and wrote two different research papers. I have been given many opportunities to be involved with the school and have found the experience quite rewarding. The staff has always worked hard to resolve any concerns I have had. Communication is also very good. The only disappointment I have had was at losing an incredibly gifted music teacher that taught my children to love music and performance. Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend Western Valley Elementary to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

I have a preschooler in the school and although i have found the preschool teacher and program to be great. They dont supervise the kids and dont seem to care either way about what happens to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

No flexibility for accomodations in music dept. Some teachers were awesome. But, by the end of the year noone cared for anything. My children felt like they learned very little all year long. I spent most of my days at the school assuring accomodations and concerns were taken care of apposed to staff accomodating parents and children. No spaecial programs, and counselors very busy. Too busy for childrens concerns! We are there to entreat others and the children as God intended. It was too formal and uniforms were too limited. One color, one uniform. No room for accomodating unstable or low income families.Love middle school. They are awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

Dress policy is overdone and ridiculous. Some teachers very defensive and unresponsive to concerns. No leadership to address those issues. Some teachers are awesome and some very poor. Inconsistency abounds.
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Posted February 26, 2007

I have Two children attending Western Valley Elementary and have found that all but one teacher that my children have had were great teachers. I wish there was more of an open door for parents to talk to administration. Every time I have been in to talk to them about concerns I felt as if I was being rushed out. The spirit of the school has really impressed me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2006

Very disappointed with 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 69% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
57%
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%
Black 7% 5%
White 5% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

Fax number
  • (623) 707-2104

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Diving
  • Gymnastics
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6250 W. Durango
Phoenix, AZ 85043
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