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Catalina Ventura School

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Posted August 17, 2013

PARENTS AND CHILDREN, PLEASE BEWARE! I am sickened to say that since the current principal has been in place, this school has become nothing short of a gladiator yard! It is terrifying to hear of and see the horrific fights and bullying that takes place at this school and is not even acknowledged by the staff. I have been complaining for five months regarding the bullying of my child and it has finally turned physical and the administration including the district office acts as if it is no big deal. I have been calling and going to the school to let the principal know of the almost weekly fights that are video taped on her campus and she never even calls me back and has her staff tell me she is unavailable all of the time. Please if you value the safety of your child do not enroll them in this school and if they are already there do everything in your power as I am to get them out and put into another school. The principal at first will talk to you in a soft voice and try to come across sweet until you demand answers at which time she will just tell you to leave the office. She has NO control over the school and if too concerned with her reputation to ask for help in fixing it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

As a former student at Catalina, I had no qualms sending my own children there, until recently. My son is 8 y/o, and rather big for his age. He has been bullied and is growing numb to the teachers and administrations staff BLATANT disregard for him and his safety. He is an A-B average student, has never even got a C, and for some reason he has been getting into fights on the playground almost every other day. My son knows not to fight unless provoked. Recently, Someone threw a football at his face and HE got 3 days detention for it, and the other child not one thing! Another instance, he was on the playground, and to my understanding had not done anything, to deserve this, but someones child, came up to him and punched him in the eye, and my son also got in trouble yet again for this instance, because he retaliated by not even doing anything physical, but verbal. This happened all within a month. I literally live across the street from this school, and am MAKING SURE my son gets his variance to attend a different, more uniform school in the future. I used to love this school, now I'am doing all I can to get my child away from it. Get yourselves together Catalina Staff.


Posted March 22, 2012

I think Catalina is a great school for kids. The teachers always care for the students and everyone respects each other. Yes catalina has had some issues in the the past but that doesn't really matter! It's all about character. The new princable isn't the best but we all hold. Up Catalina isn't in the best neighborhood but that doesn't mean it isn't a good school. I recommend Catalina for all kids.


Posted January 31, 2011

I use to think this was a great neighborhood school. Unfortunately, with the new principal, they have lost their way. I don't feel that she is a great leader, nor does she have any ideas on how to improve this school. There are hardly any parents that attend the Booster Club, and it seems like it is controlled by the teachers wants and needs, rather than an organization to support the children. They actually used money from fund raisers to repair a golf cart for the mainenance staff and buy a new refigerator for the teachers, rather than use that money for the kids to go on field trips or purchase something else for the students. There are almost no after school activities and they are thinking of cancelling girl's soccer because some parents don't want to use the nearby park for practice. What was an exciting and up and comming school is turning into a very limited and run of the mill public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Im a former graduate from Catalina Ventura,Class of 09'.This school is absolute amazing. I love it! And for sports catalina is always Undefeated! To, me this school was like a 2nd home to me. If I have a chance to go back and start all over again I would definetly be back in 8th grade. 8th grade yr.was wonderful! Catalina Is the best and will always be! Go Tigers! (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2009

My son has been at this school for a year in a half he is doing well and I really like the format that the school provides for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2009

so i went to this school since i was in 1st grade and graduated class of 2007. I just want to say this school was the best school i have ever been too. the teachers are amazing, the classes are fun, and the people are nice. im just upset mr. husman, the old principal isnt there anymore :( anyways, this school will always be a part of me. CV TIGERS! U KNOWW ;)
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2009

I am currently a student and I will be leaving this school at the end of this year :[. I love school and am going to miss it, but before I leave I have to say somethings about this amazing school. The extracurricular activities are amazing and I love all my classes. Math, History, L.A., Science, I love them all. The Head Custodian, Mr. Robert Faiss is amazing. He's nice to everyone and he helps kids who are in trouble. He helped one of my friends, who was going to be held back, graduate. But I do have a down side on this school. The principal is mean and I just wish our old principal will come back :[ But I will always love this school. Catalins Ventura Rules!!!!!!!! Go Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 22, 2008

I loved this school so much. I was horrified when i had to move. I spent from k-8 on it and they were the best years of my life. The Head Custodian is amazing, and is such a nice person, as are all the staff. Only 2 complaints, the principal is very rude to the staff, and that tends to put them in a bad mood, the lunches are way to short for even the teachers to enjoy. Overall, this school will always be in my heart.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2008

i think the njhs program is a nice thing for the school to have and the officers should get a reward and the teachers running it i dont think some parents understand how important this program is
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

the head custodean is great !!! but the pricipal is unprofesional :(
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2007

I graduated from Catalina this year. Overall, my experience there was great. I loved the teachers. They were very dedicated. I was sad to hear that some great teachers (along with the principle) were leaving. Out of the remaining junior high teachers my favorite teacher was Mr. Bowman. He made Social Studies fun and got me interested in history. This is amazing considering how long I have hated it and with a passion, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2007

Catalina Ventura school is an outstanding school. My 15 year old attended Catalina and my 8 year old attends Cataline today. There is not going to be a perfect school. Last year I didn't think my youngest teacher was the best teacher but again 'who is'? But the previous year and this year he has had wonderful, caring teachers. When my older son had difficulty following the rules (after the mom defense mode calmed) I was pleased with the strict disiplinary action that took place. The teachers played a big part of my older son's postive outlook of life. Catalina promotes 'Courtesy Counts'. I applaude this. Catalina School prepares our children in the future to behave as good, caring citizens. My only complaint is the school lunches. They are way to short and the children don't have time to enjoy their food.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2007

Overall i am very happy with the school and the teachers. I think the teachers are awesome! i've had children in this school for over a 8 year period. On the other hand i would have to say the the principal and assistant principal are very poor at what they do! they are always right no matter what the situation. Any concers or intrests that might need to be addressed are always downplayed as if you are always wrong! they have never really been supportive in anything i have had concerns over. They always have an excuse or some lame reason why they are right and you are wrong. There needs to be a change in that department! we as parents know our kids better than ever.They dont seem to think so! i agree wuth the other comment about putting the little kids in detention for really dumb reasons!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

I have been a teacher at Catalina Ventura for three years now, and I have never seen such dedicated staff, supportive administration, and hard-working students. The attitude of the school is infectious...the teachers love to be at school and so do the kids. There are sports, clubs, childcare, and tutoring all available after school. There are five Rodel Teachers at Catalina, and it has been named an A+ school for two years in a row. Parents are very involved at this school...there are parent classes two to three times a month, and in 2005 an average of 160 people came to each class! Any child is very lucky to be at Catalina...I love teaching here and would never teach anywhere else.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 15, 2006

I am glad to see the administration is
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

This is by far one of the worst schools I've ever placed my child in. The staff is horrible, no extra activities are available, the teacher's don't keep us, as parents, informed of anything, other than money needed for lunch. If I wasn't declined a variance, my child certainly would not be enrolled here! It seems that if a parent doesn't take the initative to be involved in his childs education, the teacher never will. It's obivious that the childs best interest is not at heart here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2005

Not very happy with the adminstration. My child was in first grade (6yrs old) and was sent to in school detention with big 8th graders in a dark class room without notifying me until after the fact, for being tardy at class. I was never notifyed that I was bringing him late to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

This is a good school the teachers here are wonderful.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 16, 2005

School is excellent. They received the 2005 A+ School of Excellence Award. They also have an award winning parenting program called ParentLink.
—Submitted by a staff


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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 69% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
39%

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 63% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
53%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
67%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 75% 43%
White 13% 42%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 90%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6331 W. 39th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85019
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