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Western Valley Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 771 students

 

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Posted June 16, 2014

The administration allows students to continually disrupt class, and even bring in drugs without more than one day suspension. Unbelievable. If you've got a kid there, head to a charter school--those are free, and they're more structured and a better environment for learners.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 19, 2013

I love this school its the best school ever i went there i never had any problems if ur looking for a school go to Western Valley the best send ur kids here <3


Posted May 22, 2013

Great School for my kid! When I read the most recent reviews from parents, these are from parents who are NOT involved and NOT in touch with what is happening at the school. Middle School is a tough time for kids, my kids included, but Western Valley Middle School has so much to offer kids and parents that want to actually be part of great things. Teachers are very caring and administration is supportive of a good learning environment which includes disciplining students who disrupt class. Teachers I know are caring, not perfect. Outside the classroom they offer SUPER music programs, fantastic athletics, and they have award-winning spelling and math teams. Smart parents want their kids to attend Western Valley Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

Bad, Bad, Bad, I do not recommend this school to no one. They are always on the news and racism is alive and well there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2011

This school is horrible. racism is openly expressed and teachers and the principal do nothing.They even knew a teacher was acting inappropriate with the male students for an entire year before they removed the teacher. I removed both of my children after only one year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2011

Western Valley Middle is a Performing Plus school that I am proud to send my kids to. Regardless of what others say, the administration and teachers are caring and concerned about how each child performs. My interactions have not been frequent but anytime I have come to talk with the principal, he has listened and taken action where he could. Parents who complain too much are usually those who do not attend events like the great music programs or PTO meetings. The stand on the outside pointing a finger and do not take care of their own problems in their own homes. Kids attending Western Valley are validictorians at high schools around the area and they take part in community activities. The school does the best it can with the resources it has. I am glad my students have had a good experience at Western Valley Middle School. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

i love thiz skool. it was very cool and they treated me very good, besides one teacher
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2010

This school is a great school. they have terrific teachers, and most of the student actually learn. they might not be an outstanding school, but its way better now from when they first started. you dont have to blame the teachers, or the kids, its just that kinds these days are lazy, and all they want to do is sleep or do drugs. Its not that the kids at this school do it, its at every school. This is an amazing school.


Posted May 11, 2009

This school is faboulous. They may not meet your standerds but they meet my Mine. This school is not a failing school. stop blaming the kids or the teachers its no ones fault. Kids are just lazy these days. trust me i know.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2008

The school has undergone massive changes that are getting the school on track for success. The principal is an instructional leader who is very visible every single day and spends a great deal of time working with teachers and others. The Assistant Principal is also very helpful and most teachers have shown a great deal of concern for students. Parent meetings have a high rate of attendance, and the school is doing much more to recognize the students who are doing well, not just those that are not. I am not sure who posted on October 3rd but they base their rating on the types of students the school is trying to educate but with their own with a racist bias. And before they post they should check their 'Englis'. Those who are critical are often those who lack the understanding and patience to make a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

As you can see by the lack of English skills and basic grammar that these students are sub-standard. I know that sounds harsh, but it's true. They are enabled by parents that have no interest in assimilating into mainstream American culture and society. It appears that the vast majority of the parents and students have little interest in learning to speak proper Englis. These people have brought the worst of what is Mexico to Arizona. It is really a very sad situation. The people that run or should I say, hide out at the district office are completely out of touch with reality. As soon as their work day is trough they jump in their BMWs and high tail it back to white Scottsdale or central Phoenix. It appears that these people are imposing so bizaar flavor of the month philosophy upon the teachers like the ridiculous Curriculum Mapping.


Posted September 22, 2008

Western valley is one of the best schools i have been to so many teachers to support us im in the eighth grade and most of the teachers are prety mean im not going to say any name of those people but as well as the good teachers who have helped us a lot not just in school but in our lives Mr.Baxter is one of the most suportive teachers i have ever had none of the other teachers have not supported me as much as he has.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2008

This school has come a long way since I first go there. The principle however has unfortunatly stayed the same. The school has added another sport to its list giving its students more chances to be involved, but thier inelgible system takes chances away from students as well. Progress reports come out weekly. They use the 2 strikes and your out system which leave most students out of a sport for the rest of the season.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2008

as a student going to western valley in the 7th grade. i really think that the principal is not showing any leadership. on the other hand i do like some of my AP classes. the teacher that i think will always be number 1 in AP and teaching is MRS.SYRACUSE. she wants this school to be peforming but it is hard with all this kids that are slacking of and dont even care but thank you mrs.syracuse for keeping it always challenging. =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2007

This school has the potential to be great if they had better leadership from principal. The teachers are great but need to have more support from the administration. Overall, I believe that if they changed the administration they would see better things for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2007

I have never seen a school offer so little support to its teachers. Western Valley Middle School has some of the most talented and brightest teachers especially those teaching sixth grade. The special education program in sixth grade has never been stronger. More positive recognition needs to occur so that the students see a positive learning environment. I know my eighth grader thinks the discipline is inconsistent and that there is a lack of respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

As a student currently in the 06,07 school year this school is pretty good. The prinipal shows hardly any leadership. The teachers are the best especally Mr.Sandford, Mr. Speath and Mrs. Syracuse. Also I was on the basketball team the parent invole ment was great. Overall the school has some minor problems they have to deal with.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2007

This school seems to have caring individuals, a bit out of touch with what needs to be a realistic behavior management system, needs to be follow through with rules-boundaries-girls need more self esteem groups at this age- some teachers are low functioning, but they care, and that is what counts-strive for higher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2006

I am the parent of two students attending the middle school. I can tell you the academics are great, some teachers are wonderfull, some seem to be in the wrong field work,as well as the front staff.As for Mr.Daniels the principal i feel he is judgemental towards the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

I have children at WVMS and the teacher quality is great for the most part. Ms. Armstrong is the best teacher my child has ever had and she truly cares for these kids, not just as a teacher but as a mentor. Principal Daniels has been less than impressive. There is also very little follow-up on concerns, often with no response at all or an argument against the concern. I believe this school has some really awesome teachers and the quality of education has been good for my children. Very little in extracurricular activities offered. I do not see much invitation for parental involvement and much of what a parent could be involved in is done during normal work hours.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
40%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
62%
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 83% 43%
Black 8% 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 82%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6250 West Durango
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