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Griffith Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 600 students

Our school is best known for its continued school improvement and achievement.

 
 
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4 stars

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Posted October 24, 2013

I attended Griffith from kinder to 8th grade and I loved it. I Now have my 5 year old attending Griffith and she loves it. She is doing so good academically and loves the staff. It took me a bit to figure out what school was best for her where she would not only receive the best education but care as well. I toured multiple schools before deciding to send her to Griffith. Griffith rates grade A and they are very involved with their students. Both my daughter and I are very pleased we chose Griffith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2012

Under outstanding and capable leadership, Griffith School continues to excel as it has in times past! One of my children came home saying, "Mom, I just love the library at Griffith! They have the best books, and I've read thousands of words!" In addition to an outstanding library and reading program, she is able to participate on an after-school volleyball team that complements her learning in the classroom! Griffith's technology component is challenging and available to all students; something not found in every school. The veteran classroom teachers are excellent, dedicated and caring, and still go the extra mile for kids! I have also been impressed with the new teachers in their ability to motivate my children and diagnose a potential difficulty. Check out the gardening project! Griffith is in good hands!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

I was a former student here and have great memories of the school. I wanted to send my children to Griffith as well. Initially things were great. The teachers were dedicated and had heart. My children even shared many teachers as the years went on. A few years ago Griffith switched to a 200 day school year. I began to notice that the teachers looked completely burned out and my own children looked the same way. Last year many of the dedicated teachers left. It was really a sad sight because my children loved these teacher for many years. This year I've heard the remaining teachers who had been there for years are also leaving. That tells me as a parent that something is wrong. One teacher I spoke to said the school didn't value them. These are the same teachers that took this school to highly performing! Why are they letting them go? This used to be a close knit community. I used to go back & visit knowing my former teachers were there to greet me. These students will not have that pleasure. They've taken away all the community events and dont really welcome it anymore. All they care about now is their school labels and aims. I am pulling my kids out and taking them to Tavan. SAD!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

this school is great i went there from kinder till 5th and the teachers were all really king abd cared about the children thankyou griffith


Posted August 13, 2007

Public school at its best. Teachers who are involved in giving the students a high education with discipline, by applying high standards in social and leadership skills. Parent involvement a plus. No uniforms but everyone must have a tucked in shirt/blouse policy which helps keep a uniform system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

I went to this elementary school when I was younger. I LOVED IT!!! Most of the teachers were wonderful and tried their hardest to make learning fun! I attended Griffith from Kinder. to 8th grade. I graduated on Principal's list. I highly recommend this school as a student, and now as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2006

This is a great elementary school, as I used to go there from kindergarten thru 3rd grade. Lots of my childhood memories are from there and all of my base for education started there and remains strong in my daily life. Griffith is a great school with caring teachers. I remember.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 6, 2006

Griffith School was the worst school my children have ever gone to. They hated being there the whole time. Now they go to Alta Vista, and are much happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

My daughter is in Kindergarten at Griffith Her teacher is Mrs Zeka I think she needs to be awarded she really cares about the students. I am very pleased with Griffith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2005

My son has attended Griffith Elementary for the past two years. I am torn because we've moved to another school district in Scottsdale and I want to do the best possible thing for him and both he and I love the staff and teachers at Griffith. He's reading well above grade average, loves math and learning. Griffith gave him the best possible start a child can have, but as he enters 2nd grade, do I change districts to one in our neighborhood so he lives near his classmates?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2004

My son has gone to K and now is in 1st grade. There are many parents who do not show an active interest, this really surprises me. Each parent should take an active interest in their children's education. At parent/teacher Orientation two weeks ago, there was myself and one other parent for a class of 27 children. Sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2003

I used to attend this school. Awesome school. This is the only school I ever attended where the teachers actually cared.


Posted April 10, 2003

The overall rating of this school, above average-high. The teaching system is good and besides band and sports; there are alot of clubs and organizations, to keep the students and parents involved. Teacher turnover rate appears to be low. So, you see the same friendly faces from year to year. My son is in eigth grade and his younger siblings are familiarizing themselves with the staff. Very friendly and they keep in touch with parent's on a personal level.


Posted April 4, 2003

Griffith school staff was always there for the students and the parents. They were easy to reach if there was any concerns or problems. There is parent involvement and community involvement throughout the district; this is something that is not always seen in other school districts. Griffith school also has a lot of extracurricular activities to keeep the students involve in sports activites, band, etc. I was very happy to have my son attend Griffith school.


Posted March 21, 2003

the school was great for my son


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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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
38%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
86%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • 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 71% 43%
White 12% 42%
Black 8% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 99%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Alexis Wilson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • Visit
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 629-6704

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Assistance League
  • Rodel Foundation
  • Balsz Community Education Foundation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Orangedale Junior High Prep Academy
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4505 E Palm Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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Phone: (602) 629-6700

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