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Balsz School

Public | PK-6 | 715 students

 

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Posted April 11, 2014

On the surface, Balsz appears to be doing what's best for students. However, in the classroom this is not the case. The administration doesn't tolerate differentiating instruction. They want every teacher to do the same thing. There is no support or consistency with staff members. Administration has changed frequently with teachers. Class sizes are in the higher 30's. The new administration is pushing quality teachers who stand by for their students. They are only going for high test scores.


Posted May 29, 2013

Ever since the Dr. Smith has taken the district over, Balsz has gone down hill. He pushed out the previous principal and the new leadership has changed the dynamics of the entire school negatively. The moral of the staff is down, experienced, effective teachers are leaving in droves. The superintendent has taken SEVERAL raises when teachers have not in 6 years. The district office has multiple staff who make decisions without knowing what is happening in the classrooms. The professional development is a one fit wonder, meaning no matter your needs, you have to go to the same training as everyone else. Teachers get written up for trying to have a voice within the district. Most of the class sizes are over 30, including 5th grade which is over 35. Behavior is not dealt with at all. Teachers are responsible for handling most problems. We are told "find a buddy to help you". Students who cuss, hit and bully students and teachers are usually right back in the classroom within the same day. For teachers and students working 200 days is not worth it. The district is doing nothing to keep highly effective staff. The majority of the school's teachers are now first year teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 30, 2010

Mrs.Bengochea is the best principal for the job as a former student there is nobody who can hold a candle to how amazing of a principal she truly is she cares about the students more than just the paycheck i advise all parents to send their kids to balsz school


Posted November 11, 2010

While Balsz school may not reflect the best test scores, the work they do for the student population is superior. High expectations, effective leadership and teacher effectiveness is evident on the campus. Working in an inner city school with a diverse ELL population presents many challenges that are being overcome each year with dedication from staff and support from parents. Go BALSZ TIGERS
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 3, 2010

Balsz has some of the best teachers I have ever seen. They teach using standards and high expectations. They give an appropriate amount of homework. The principal is always around campus and knows all of the kids. This is one of the best schools in the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

I rating this school with five stars because is the best school here in phoenix......I really want to said thank you for the good staff that works in this school!!!! they are friendly and nice with all the parents.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

this school is the best ever!!i used to go there and honesly its the best school ive ever ben in.the teachers are great you have so much to do to keep you out of trouble.its a great learning invironment and most students are well rounded.i love balsz i wish i could go back!!some of my best memories are there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2006

I think Balsz school is the best school my kids have ever gone to. there is no a problem in school with them their grades hvae gone up since they've gone there. Th wake up club did a great job with my son he has learn to respect and to help out our community. The teachers over there are amazing. I'd say Ms.Davis was a great teacher for my son. My daughter tried out for volleyball and loved it. The coach was awsome. I went to all her games. I never had concerns with teachers with my kids. They Like the staff there. The principal shows great leader ship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

This school is a satisfaction to all the community w/ the most talanted teachers you might find anywhere. They provide ther intellectual time to students to help them learn and advance in any situation. This school to my son who used to go there in 2000 was very proud of this one school and hopes that others that are opend minded will have the same advantage as he did when he went there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 5, 2005

This school overal is a fine school to let your kids attend. It rates at a performing quality in the SAT scores. There is a music program for the younger kids. There is an art program for the older kids. There is a physical program for the older and younger kids as well. The food though, I've been told, needs improvement. The teachers are one of a kind. There is one particular teacher that I would like to point out. She is Miss Baker. One of the best math teachers you will find in the world. Some i must admit I didn't care for. There are many programs your kid could join dependin on what he or she enjoys to do. There is a gifted program, sports program, music, and drama programs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 2, 2003

My daughter was in the headstart program and the teachers are great. Too bad the administration for headstart is not good enough to even be bad. They give you the notice of them doing something that is critical for your child's well being after they have done it.
—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 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
62%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

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n/a

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
23%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
26%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
34%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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".
  • 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 65% 43%
Black 20% 5%
White 7% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4309 E Belleview St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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