Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Indian Bend Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 700 students

Our School is known for its ST Math and Literacy Laboratories

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

32 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted March 31, 2014

IBES has a great staff who works hard to care for student needs both academically and emotionally! We have high school spirit and character is modeled. The "Kids at Hope" philosophy ensures that all children are capable of success!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 30, 2014

Indian Bend Elementary has been my children's school for the past five years. Recently, it combined with Village Vista Elementary. The new staff, students, and administration has been a breath of fresh air. My kids are excited to attend a school of this quality. They give students small group teaching and my kids love the math lab and ST Math Program. There are specialists, in addition to teachers and staff who care about students. The office staff is friendly and helpful. The administration is very child-oriented and knows my kids by their name. I always see staff taking time for kids, giving hugs, and making sure they get the best education possible. As a parent, there are always ways we can become involved. My ex-wife and I often attend luncheons, assemblies that celebrate our kids, field day (which was great) and field trips. They even have free after school classes. Our kids love the science and sports classes. I highly recommend this school to other families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2014

The staff at indian bend elementary schools office staff is terrible.The vice Principal and the principal are both incompetent morons who probably Got their degrees online. If your SMART you wouldn't send your Children to Indian bend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

Indian Bend is going through GREAT changes! We have a new principal, new teachers (and old as well), new students and a new attitude. Change is inevitable, it is not always easy, but with everyone, administration, teacher, staff, parents and students we can, and will make this school the best it can be. When my children's school closed last year, I was sad. The kids were sad, but changing to IBES with the staff of their old school, we are learning to love it here. If you want things to change, you HAVE TO GET INVOLVED. Join your PTA, attended the quarterly Pastries with Parents/Breakfast with the Principal meetings in the mornings. If you have ideas, bring them to your PTA board. We are all here for you and your kids. This is a year of transition. Help us help you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

I attended Indian Bend Elementary School on the very first day it was open for instruction. It was also my first day in first grade! (OKAY, decades ago!!) I recall having Mr. Sofranic as my teacher and he taught me one thing that I recall fondly: The then-world's longest word; antidisestablishmentarianism! Subsequently, I have earned three academic degrees: B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. I can say this for certain: It was the teacher, NOT the school that I enjoyed. Does IB still have that reading pit in the center? When it opened, there were all kinds of cushins on which to sit and read. I have not visited AZ in over 25 years. I used to live on Freeze Drive; in a then-brand new "John F. Long" home. I also recall the GRAND OPENING of Paradise Valley Mall. Anyone still there? Julie C. Abril, PhD


Posted January 11, 2012

If you read the postings, the majority of these are from before 2007. It does sound like the school had issues from 03 to 07. But we are in 2012, maybe we should focus on the positive reports the school is getting. -It seems like people complain when things are bad, but do not note when things are good. There are always going to be some unhappy people. But parents should partner with the school to provide education not just take a back seat. If you don't like something, volunteer your time in another area and help out. That will allow resources to improve for your student. You get what you put in and it is true with your child's education. -Did you know that the school offers free Breakfast for the entire school? -Did you know they have band and strings? -Did you know they have many Apple computers? -Have you seen their library? Go see the school, it feels like a good place inside and learning is occurring.


Posted January 11, 2012

My son is in Kindergarten. He loves it. They do crafts and learn. He has shown such improvement. They work with him on his behavior as well. He loves his 'make my day slips'. We are doing an additional reward at home for this as well. I like the fact that they send home all weeks work at the beginning of the week, so if we have something going on one night we can work ahead. I really think partnering with the school is the way to go and suggest more parents to do so. I volunteer my time and it helps others kids, but I think it shows my kids that I am willing to work with their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

My daughter just started at Indian Bend. Her reading scores have already improved in the short time she has been there. Her teacher is helping her a lot. She likes the fact that she is started to read every where she goes. She now likes to read on her own. Indian Bend has been good for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

maybe some of you that have a complaint about IB should learn how to spell and properly put sentences together. That could be a reason why your children are having a hard time with learning how to spell words and succeed.


Posted April 26, 2011

Indian Bend is the worse school you could send your kids to. My child is in Kindgarten and the teachers do not have the patience. My son was getting beat up at school and for letting the teacher know he got in trouble for tattle telling. He already in kindergarten is coming home and saying he doesn't want to go to school. I have never seen such a horrible school. I have grown children as well so I have dealt with schools but this one is the worse. He will not be there next year I would have taken him out sooner but due to a move and already changing schools I did not want to do that to him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

2-3 years ago I would have whole heartedly encourage parent to enroll their kids at IB. This year however I have noticed the SEVERE decline in teacher moral, lack of challenge to the kids (they get homework once a week?!), I have pointed several grading errors, the so called "parent/teacher meetings" are student led, it's like they're not even trying anymore! Kids are coming home saying how much it has changed and don't even want to be there. I understand the budget cuts have greatly affected ALL schools but I can see it getting worse and worse. I will be moving my child to a different school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

I am very disappointed in Indian Bend. I love the principal and vice principal. I also love the diversity in the students. However, I have had to beg teachers to give me reinforcement activities for my child at home. I get nothing. I think this is because this is such a large ELL school, that the English speakers are just out of luck. If I had of known it was run in this manner, my children would not have enrolled at this school. They also don't seem to be getting even moderately close to hitting the AZ state standards. This school is a huge disappointment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

My child attended K and part of 1st here. I do not feel as if she is challenged enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

We were primarily disappointed with the lack of involvement of the principal and the lack of educational support from the teachers. There was not enough homework being sent home by the teachers and we had to supplement our son's homework with our own. This is all too bad as we live right next to the school. We now send our children to another school within the school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

The world of education is constantly changing and a lot of the changes are mandated by the state and school disticts. Indian Bend has gone through some changes in staffing in the past few years, and has now reached a place where all of the teachers that are there, want to be there. The principal works extremely hard to keep the school running smoothly. She is dedicated to making IB the best it can be. Test scores are on the rise, and proper preparation is given to students. All curriculum and instruction is aligned with the Arizona State Academic Standards, and teachers provide meaningful activities to students. I am very surprised by some of the reviews on this page, as all of my experiences with this school and it's staff have been very positive. If you are considering enrolling your child in this school, visit the campus and see for yourself!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 27, 2006

Indian Bend is providing a top notch education for the students that enter their doors. Everything is done in a manner that is best for kids. Like it or not test scores are the name of the game.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 1, 2006

We will not be sending our 4th grader back to this school. Poor test scores tell the story. Our child's teachers don't believe in homework, administrators have been downright rude to us and other concerned parents who question why commitments for special education needs are not being kept. We are tired of feeling like the enemy as concerned parents when dealing with the principal and staff who ignored and resisted our efforts to advocate for special education needs and extended school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

My 1st grade child enjoys her classes, and seems to be learning at a good pace, but the facilities concern me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

My child has been attending I.B.for the past four years. As the years pass the teachers dedication is decling alot. The 'specials' are a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

1.) Safety - Poor - Accident looking for a place to happen. Teaching AIMS only! They have eliminated all other forms of education leading to a rounded education.. (ie. Art, Music. etc.) School located in an area of transition (homes).
—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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
71%
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

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
76%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 64% 43%
White 32% 42%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School psychologist
Security personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Gifted specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Title I Distinguished School (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Yearbook

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
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Some Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jan Stevens, Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Some Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Bus for those who qualify
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • After Bell Clubs
Girls sports
  • After Bell Clubs

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Game club
  • GenYes
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Sports
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

Apply

 

This school accepts applications on a

rolling basis

 
Apply now
 

What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
700
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
276

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Sunrise MS
Greenway MS
Horizon HS & Paradise Valley HS
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

3633 E Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Website: Click here
Phone: (602) 449-3200

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools



Benchmark School
Phoenix, AZ


Prospect School
Phoenix, AZ


Pvonline
Phoenix, AZ



ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT