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Estrella Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1283 students

 

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Posted August 5, 2014

PLC? really?? Might be true if it stood for Pirate Learning Community. Well, since I've left your PLC, I lost so much: 15 lbs, my high blood pressure meds, (snicker). So, anyhow...you all really need to work on those 6th gr math scores. If I were you, I'd try harder to be their friend! lol, ....
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 26, 2013

Hello I currently am attending EMS and I am proud to say that I go to a school where the teachers are dedicated and responsible. Yes, people might have encountered unwanted experiences in the past, but every year school is different. Before I came to this school, kids would get bullied, kids would act inappropriately, and teachers didn't care about giving an education. Surprisingly, now at Estrella rarely anyone gets bullied, and if they do, the counselor is dedicated to fix that. Kids will be kids, you just need the right patience and discipline to help their future. Some say Estrella is boring, but Estrella has a variety of boy, and girl sports, ranging from soccer to cheerleading. They have art, band, music, wood shop, P.E., and computers as electives. Estrella has educational clubs, too. Overall, I do not regret attending Estrella. It's fun if you ACTUALLY pay attention, which nowadays most kids don't do. If kids don't show dedication, neither will teachers.


Posted November 6, 2012

I went to Estrella Jr High the first year it was open I believe the principle was Mr. Hallahan or something like that. I was raised on a farm in Iowa and my first big trip was phoenix for health reasons. Still have a lot of great memories of that school. for the first time in my life I enjoyed school. My only regret is thats where I learned to smoke and at the age now of 53 I'm still smoking. Thought smoking was cool and I wanted to fit in and be cool, smoking I know now is not cool


Posted June 27, 2012

I attended this school in the 1980's. It was 7-8th grade then. They were the 2 most miserable years of my life. There were cops parked on campus everyday. Gangs, bullying, mean teachers, poor curriclum, large classrooms with no walls and several classes going on at once. Very difficult to make friends as the atmosphere was so hostile. I later went on to Trevor Brown High and dropped out-horrendous. Luckily we moved and I got to go to a better school district.


Posted May 24, 2011

My son has been attending since 6th grade..and hes very happy there.hes in a gifted program and has awesome grades..also loves being envolved in school activities.I think parents always blame the school when there kids are doing poorly..but as parents its our obligation to be more hands on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

I am a student at Estrella Middle school. I have been bullied and picked on my whole time I have been there. And I had no friends. The kids here are very rude and ridiculouls. The staff is incredibley mean. If I were you do NOT check your student into this school.


Posted May 17, 2011

Estrella is by far the worst school my daughter has ever attended. The office staff are the rudest most miserable looking bunch of people I have ever seen, my daughter was very unhappy at this school she was only there for 3 months before I had to take her out. She is a straight A student who loved school. She said the teachers are rude and disinterested in teaching. There is a lack of disciplin in the classes. And there is constant bullying. If you have a child that needs room to excell I do not recomend putting them through the dissapointment of this school. I have sence moved my daughter to a charter schoool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2011

I think this estrella middle school is reallly fun ! I went there form 6-7 i had a GREAT ! Time there i learned alot From Mr.Gonpart I really wish i could go back WOAAAH CLASS OF 2011!!!


Posted January 5, 2009

Estrella sixth grade center has a fabulous staff that works well together and fosters a positive educational environment. We often wish for more parental involvement in the students' lives. I must agree with a previous comment that the office staff is impossible to get ahold of... and if they do answer, it's often a rude/abrupt greeting.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 10, 2008

I think this school is great the teachers are great they teach very well and even the empolyes that work there are great workers I promoted form here and I been there 6-8 and so far Im doing good high school because of the great good teaching teachers that work there think you!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2008

I think Estrella Middle School is a great place for students to learn. I even went to Estrella myself and i absolutely loved going to school each morning while i was there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

I have worked at this school for 36 years. I am proud to say, The teachers care, the students want to learn, a good example of a great community school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 1, 2007

Estrella Middle School services a very difficult spectrum of students. In light of previous comments, parental involvement is far and few between. Often staff members are treated disrespectfully not only by the students, but also by their parents. If a parent is involved in their child's education in a positive way, no problems will arise from this positive teaching environment. Under the circumstances, parents who choose not to believe or even trust teachers, or try to work as a team for their child's well being and education, will one find difficulty.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 1, 2005

Most awful school and administration I have ever encountered. I was even cussed at by a staff member, I took it to the Superintendent and apparently nothing was done about it since that staff member is still with the school. I did pull out my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

The principal is great and it has just been remodeled. I taught there for 6 years and loved it. It is a good school.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted February 18, 2005

I have been very disappointed with this school. Not only are there many bad kids there, but the office staff are so incompetent that they ignore you when you come into the office, and I have yet to call in and get a real person on the phone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2005

This school is great for sports programs, but lacks parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2004

This is the worst school I've ever dealt with in my life. Impossible to get any information from, unreturned calls, & refusal to take messages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

I've had no problems with this school. Both of my children attended Estrella and loved the school.
—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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
37%
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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
39%
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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%
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 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 89% 43%
White 5% 42%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3733 N 75th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85033
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