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Sunset Ridge Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 1211 students

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 19, 2011

Congratulations and Thank You to all our volunteers. Sunset Ridge is proud to have over 100 volunteers that support the campus in many ways. Our volunteers serve on PTA, our Campus Improvement Team, read with our students, make copies, help in the office and much more. Parent Involvement is valued at Sunset Ridge.

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Posted April 22, 2006

Review of 8th Grade teaching team: There are four teachers who teach as a team; Social Studies, Language, Science, and Math, in addition to these core courses each teacher instructs a 'quarter' in speech, drama, health and careers. These teachers are wonderful, caring teachers who keep the kids in line and hold them accountable for their academics and behavior. They go above and beyond teaching just the basics in preparing their students for high school. If your student is at all academically motivated these teachers will challenge them and keep them motivated. I highly recommend this school because their high energy and integrated approach to teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

My kids have been at Sunset Ridge since it opened in 2003. The academia definitely depends on the teacher! My son, however, has excelled in the special-needs program. I am not pleased with the lack of attention to the dress code or the occasional slip in continuity at the school. I feel more attention should be paid to teaching the kids right from wrong than letting the kids rule the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

We have had a nice experience so far at Sunset Ridge. The teachers we have had for 1st and 2nd grade have been wonderful, I particularly like the Principal, and my child is confident and happy.
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Posted February 7, 2006

This school is a big disappointment to us. I have two kids that attend. They are both falling further and further behind. We are having to pick up the slack at home and pretty much home school our kids. My kids do not want to go to school to face this everyday .. I have spoke to both teachers involved numerous times and have gotten nowhere! I have now scheduled a meeting with the principal, and the school superintendent... I know of several other families that are in the same position as us ... We will be moving from this area by the end of the school year... My kids will not be back! parents please check it out and listen to your kids... 'Out of the mouths of babes the truth is revealied'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

'Hands-On' Principal. Teachers here really do care about your child. Discipline and safety are very important here. I would recommend this school to any parent.
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Posted October 15, 2005

This school has some wonderful teachers; however, be aware of who is teaching your child, and if they are meshing well with that teacher
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Posted January 31, 2005

My son has been at this school since it opened and I love it! The teachers are great and the Principal is awesome! Highly recommended school with great accountability! Only negative - No soccer team :(
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 69% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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86%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 80% 42%
Hispanic 11% 43%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excelling School (2010)
  • Excelling School (2009)
  • Excelling School (2008)

Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Lynnette Byrn
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (623) 445-7880

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
More from this school
  • Character Counts Program and Peer Mediation are part of the campus Safe Schools Plan.
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35707 N. 33rd Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85086
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Phone: (623) 445-5000

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