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Joseph Zito Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 762 students

 

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Posted October 21, 2009

This is a great school for my kids. They re learning a lot!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

This is the best School , my kids love it, they re good students, they re gifted kids with their teachers help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

Zito is currently an underachieving school. Zito does not begin teaching their students to read until the 1st grade. The teachers currently are not allowed to teach the students to read because of test scores. I absolutely loved my sons teachers last year though. I also feel the my son is loosing out on learing due to teacher needing to either translate or teach other student english.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

My kid attended this school for four years I can only say that I was sad to leave Zito since my kids were doing honor roll and A's. Zito has great teachers and I felt my kids were safe since there are teachers helping in the drop and pick up zone. As of the school taking preference on English deficient I say is not true my kids speak english only even though I speak Spanish at home. Our children's success depend on a combination of our involment, as parents in our kid's education at home and also great educational goals the school and administration have. I think Zito has just that: it's a Performing Plus School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2006

I believe this school has very dedicated teachers that sincerly want to empower the students. There are several remediation programs in place, but I believe they could have more programs for students that are at grade level. The overall focus of the school is student academic improvement. Unfortunately this is only being measured by standized test scores. Many programs and curriculmns have been implemented but not consistently enough to be successful. Parents role in the educational process is not fully taken advantage of because of language and lack of direction. There is not enough programs for ELL students that make up a large precent of the students. The principal is in tune with the students he is serving, and atmosphere of the school is comfortable.For such a large school it still has a sense of family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2005

I speak from experience that this school needs much improvement on the playground. Toys get very hot during summer and not enough water fountains at a close range. Academic wise this school has improved very much. It is catching up to the standards very quick. The school does provide some extracurricular activities such as music ane P.E. This school also provides an afterschool program called LEAP wich helps sudents with homework and activities. Also provides afterschool tutering. Overall this school is heading in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

Teachers are willing to work to help your child progress,although I feel it tends to sway to the spanish culture a little too much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2004

Its unfortunate, but my daughter is the only child of her ethnic background in her class as well, and has been since starting there in kinder. Fortunately for her, she is totally oblivious to it, so is not of importance to me. I think it will help her socially to know she can relate with people in other ethnic groups other than her own. I do resent the time wasted on translation for non english speaking children. This is extremely important and precious time in her education, and I don't like that she's chosen time and again to help 'tutor' other children in english. She is not there to help 'teach'. Her main purpose is to learn! This is why she will be attending a charter school in the coming years. I will never have her attend Zito again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2003

Although my daughters second grade teacher is fantastic, its sad that she is the minority. This school is absolutely horrible. I can honestly say that because I've had 2 other children that have had to go through their schools years here. The teachers totally ignore questions or ideas that the parents have and are totally uncooperative. Unfortunately all the schools in our area are at the same level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2003

This is the worst school my kids have ever attended. The safety of our children is unfortunatley in the worst hands possible. Discipline would have to be compared to boot camp. I will never recommend this school to anyone I ever meet.


Posted April 11, 2003

I have had children in this school since 1995, although my children excell in all subjects and activities, I have not been entirely happy with the school and the principal. the school is a very prejudicial school and if you don't speak spanish, too bad for you, because that's how everything is done. there are some great teachers at this school, too bad they don't have a say in how things are run.


Posted April 3, 2003

All of my children have been very successful. The staff and administration have always been great. I have had children in this school since 1991 and have 1 more to go.


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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 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
63%
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

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
49%

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 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
40%
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".

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 93% 43%
White 3% 42%
Black 2% 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 100%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4525 West Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85035
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Phone: (602) 455-6700

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