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Sunset Ridge Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded

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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 August 27, 2013

My 3 kids are new to Sunset Ridge this year. They have never switched schools before but last year had many horrible experiences and we decided it was time for a change. My kids were all so nervous since they didn't know a single person at Sunset Ridge. Well, when I picked them up on their first day they were all so happy and excited! We are now in our 3rd week and my kids are all still smiling and happy and just love this school. They have all made so many great friends already. It actually brought a tear to my eye of pure happiness when I over heard them talking to each other about their friends and how happy they are. All of my kids also absolutely love their teachers. So far, this move has all been worth it just to see my kids smiling and happy again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

My child attended this school 2012/2013 for 7th grade, and will not be returning! My child is an honor roll student who exceeds on aims testing yet the teachers do not want to place my child in appropriate classes. The teachers lack consistency and turn a blind eye to student issues like bullying. My child is rather "popular" yet still faced bullying by other students at this school. When we tried to have social issues addressed by teachers and staff they either ignored or down played the issue. The athletic "coach" lacks the basic understanding that ALL KIDS should be played and displayed a poor attitude when addressed. This school lacks diversity in all areas and my child will not be returning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

I am a 7th grade student at this school and I believe it to be a great learning environment. I have read some of your comments about Sunset Ridge having bullying problems. Let me tell you that I am not very popular yet I have not been bullied once since I came to this school in 3rd grade, and I do not believe it to be a problem at this school. The teachers at this school care very much for their students and go that extra mile some teachers i have had even offer to tutor after school or during lunch to those students who need it. This school has a good excel 3-6th grade reading and math classes currently taught by Mrs.Coiro. Mrs.Coiro is an outstanding teacher I had her for reading and math for 3 years and all students agree her way of teaching really allows the students to fully understand the concept and have it stick in their head. they also (new to this year) have advanced science and social studies class for 7 and 8th grade. They also have always had advanced reading and math for 7 and 8th grade. The physical education program is wonderful especially when taught by the best P.E teachers Mrs.Lucas, Mrs.Sparts, Mr.Geiger, And, Mr.Marcus they all encourage us to achieve our best.


Posted December 14, 2012

This school is working hard at changing the bullying problems. There is a no tolerance policy on bullying and/or harassing that they are really enforcing, especially since the new Vice Principal came on board this year. My own son has been spoken to about jokin around with friends, about not crossing the line. Also, the adminstration is teaching kids to stand up for others if they see bullying! I am glad to see them take even the smallest hint of harassment seriously. Maybe in some ways they are overracting to some situations but I see why and I support the bigger picture of the no bullying policy. Our kids should feel safe in all ways while at school to learn... and I feel that is the goal of the administration too. My opinion has changed to a more postivie view of this school! Sometimes you have to be the bad guy to make positive changes. I support the Vice Principal and her stance against bullying!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2012

This school is phenomenal. The kids are so happy, friendly and polite, and they have a fabulous character education program. If you ever have a problem, the principal and the teachers are quick to solve it. Sunset Ridge takes every kid's differences and helps to give them the best education possible from the level that they are. If you want your child to get a top rate education from a school with caring and compassionate, well trained teachers, send them here! I really don't understand the negative comments or reviews that have been posted here. As a parent, I know that I have to become involved in my child's education and not blame the school. Yes, it is a K-8 school, but every time I've seen all of the kids on the playground in the morning, the older kids have been separated from the younger ones. The kids have smiles and are safe, so I have no idea what that review was talking about with the kids wandering around together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

Our children were here for two years. We recently moved to Idaho, and I just can't express enough how much we miss everyone at this school. I don't understand the reviews about people not being ihelpful as this was the exact opposite experience we encountered. We had help and support from every staff member! My children received the extra help the needed on several occasions. We needed to address a possible bullying matter and it was taken VERY seriously by the Principal. Before being too quick to judge this school, I would encourage people to get involved with the classes. Now that we are in our new place, we miss Sunset Ridge and all the staff even more. They are amazing and will continue to excel under the great leadership they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

I had a child in this school for four days before taking her out. The school allows the kids of all ages to mingle in the morning and at lunch, so the little kids are walking around with the junior high kids, which I find very wrong (and dangerous). The classes were packed and the teacher wasn't helpful or kind. The only nice and helpful person was the lady at the front desk of the office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

This school has to be the WORST!! school I have ever seen. My daughter goes there and she gets stuff stollen out of her backpack almost daily. The princible does NOTHING, this score really needs to be updated, the kids there bully everyone and its over crowded, if you want the best fro your child DON'T!! send them here I promise you, you will make a very bad choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

We moved here 3 yrs ago have been very happy with the school. My son has been there for 3 yrs his first teacher didnt always teach in a way I would think is best BUT she prepared him for the next grade and he learned A LOT! His teacher next year was totally different but seemed to handle the kids yet got annoyed with silly behavior that is quite normal for this age group but still taught he excelled/learned a lot. This year he has a teacher who is very different then the last 2, she is too relaxed for me but still getting the job done, kids are learning great amounts. What im trying to say here is there is more then 1 way of getting a teaching job done kids today have to learn how to deal with different teachers. I think the school is GREAT and yes it has issues we had a bullying issue last year (I stayed more on top of it then the school) but from what I hear that is common in most schools! Unfortunately parents dont discipline at home so there is only so much the school can do! I think parents have to be more involved after all we are our kids first teachers! Funny how most parents dont want to add to their own kids education! We plan on staying at sunset ridge for the duration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

My daughter is in Kindergarten at Sunset Ridge. I adore her teacher. Unfortunately, I cannot say I adore the office staff at this school. They are the most unhelpful group of people I have ever come across. I've been in that office a total of three times for various questions and need of assistance. Each and every time they helped me very reluctantly. I don't know what these women's deals are, but it's really very annoying to ask for help and get indifference and attitude. I've never once seen any of these ladies smile. Not once.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

We have had great teachers at this school. No problems. My son has gone here for 3 years and is excelling and happy. So we are happy. Parent involvement is encouraged and I think that has helped us have a good experience, too. I have gotten to know the teachers and have been very pleased with them all. You are always going to have complainers and you can't make everybody happy. There will be mean kids at every school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

I have a child who has been in this school for the last two years. The first teacher was amazing, the bullying was a pain to handle as previous parents have commented. This year I am very disappointed in the teacher and how things have been handled in certain situations. From what I have seen there is no individual teaching, and lack of positive feedback. When my child asked the teacher for help, my child was told to ask a partner or other classmate. The way I see it, the teachers job is to teach not to pass the buck to another child. What if that child is wrong? I have had many issues with this school. From the teacher, to the bullying to the shaming of a child in the classroom.( not my child, but a classmate). My child has come home more than once with issues on the playground. Scrapped knee, punched, sand thrown into the hair and eyes or worse. My child was never sent to the nurse and ignored when telling a teacher. When a child has a bleeding knee, you would think they would be sent to the nurse to have it cleaned and bandaged. As a parent I like to think the school has my child's best interest in mind. I do not feel this way about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

I have had 4 children attend Sunset Ridge elementary. We have been there since the school first opened. I can honestly say that for the most part I have been happy with the school so far. Now I have a child there in eigth grade who has had to deal with bullying on a daily basis coming to a peak before Christmas break where she was ganged up on in the lockeroom and shoved in the hallways. She came home in tears every day. I called the school with my concerns and there was minimal action taken. My husband and I had to call daily to see what they were doing about it.. The bullying is happening again now and I am extemely frustrated that we are still facing the same problem with the same kids. I feel that there is really no discipline for the junior high kids and that they kind of just look the other way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

My children have attended Sunset Ridge for 3 school years. I have had excellent teachers each year that have been academic and also nurturing and kind. The principal is making changes and she's out and about on campus. We need more parent involvement and hopefully over the next school year that will happen. I have not experienced bullying or any other problem. My kids are happy and excelling. My son made Principals List for each quarter this year and Honor Roll last year. He also exceeded on AIMS. I attribute that to the school, teachers, and also us as parents. It is a good neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

I absolutely love this school and the teachers here! My daughter is in kindergarten and she can't wait to go each day. Her teacher is wonderful. In addition to being kind and sweet, she pushes my daughter to be a good student and show good character. My daughter is reading at a first grade level already, doing addition and subtraction and even graphing in math, and writing full sentences. She loves to create books and she even tells me about the pictures she draws to go along with the story are called the setting. I am very impressed with the level of instruction going on in kindergarten. Teachers are always present and smiling around campus. Students are very polite and open doors. The principal is always around to say good morning. I am very impressed with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

My daughter is an 8th grade student at Sunset Ridge. We moved to this school two years ago and have had nothing but good things to say about it ever since we got here. She is challenged on a daily basis and the teachers are always open and available to help when needed. The front office staff has been extremely helpful a in a variety of ways. I believe that part of my daughter's success comes from the fact that the teachers view the parents as partners in their child's education. Just like I hold my child accountable for her actions and her work at home, the teachers are holding her accountable at school. My daughter is not only getting an academic education from an excelling school, she is learning life lessons that will help her the rest of her life. I see these teachers working long hours to make the school a better place for my child; I only wish more parents were involved so that they could see all the effort that is put forth on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

Want to add: my son has been on honor roll since being at this school! The teachers have been great in making sure he got the attention he needed in math to help him reach his goal of an A!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

We pulled our kids from this school due to over crowded clasrooms, lack of individual attention, kids bullying. School is way too large for anyone to control
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

Allows bullying, not responsive in handling situations around bullying. Would move if we could...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

Ignore reviews from before Summer 2008. This school has been excellent. This is our first year here, but the front office staff have been very helpful. Mrs. O 6th grade has been wonderful. She replies to all emails. The Art Teacher is great. She entered students' artwork to a contest and 19 of 76 entries won. The 19 including my daughter will get to go to the Phoenix Art Museum. There's an established Girl Scout troop and my daughter is in a new one with a good Troop Leader. The school has definitely changed based on the recent reviews. Rated 9 during this writing. I hope this continues with the new Principal.
—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%

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79%

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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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2011

 
 
89%

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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 65% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

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97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

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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.

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96%

2012

 
 
94%

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95%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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
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  • 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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