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Queen Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 610 students

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 10 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted December 18, 2013

Time flies when you re having fun at QCE! We had a very successful fall semester that couldn t have been accomplished without the wonderful students, parents and staff of Queen Creek Elementary. As we prepare for another eventful spring semester I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the beginning of the year. Some of our fall highlights include receiving an A label from the state of Arizona. All schools are evaluated on how many students pass AIMS and how much students academically grow each year. Student of the Month Assemblies and Awards Ceremonies were held to honor all of the great achievements and progress our students make every day! We had a Flag Raising Ceremony for Veterans Day with a great job done by the Cub Scouts and QCE Choir! During Character Counts and Red Ribbon Week we had presentations from the MCSO Helicopter, QC Fire Department, ASU Men s Gymnastics Team and the Sheriff s Canine Unit. Coach has watched over the Cup Stacking Club and ongoing Running Club. The music teacher has led our K-4 After-School Choir and put on the 3rd and 4th Grade and Choir Holiday Performance. Our Special Ed. classes participated in the Special Olympics bowling competition. We had our annual Grandparent s Day Luncheon and Performance along with our Book Fair. PTO has been wonderful this year with their Cookie Dough Kick-Off, Santa Shop and Holiday Movie Night with funds raised going to all new classroom printers and PE equipment. I hope you are able to take some time and enjoy the holiday season with your family, friends and loved ones. I m very fortunate to have such great students, supportive families and a great staff. I look forward to 2014 and all that it encompasses right here at Queen Creek Elementary, together for children.

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Posted Saturday, July 19, 2014

Very friendly and accommodating staff. Loved the years my kids were there and still go in to volunteer after 5 years after my kids have moved up in grade levels! Would definitely recommend QCES to any parent looking for a great Pre-K through 4th grade school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

My twins started at Queen Creek Elementary in 1st grade. We have loved all the teachers and staff. They have done everything to make our kids successful and its so evident they really care about all the kids. Love QCE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

I love Queen Creek Elementary! The leadership, faculty and staff are pro-active in accommodating the individual needs of the student. They do a good job of assessing students' comprehension level of the subject matter. The school is culturally diverse and QCE is considerate about the gender and cultural differences. My only concern has been the casual attitude related to children with food allergies and asthma. It is more a reflection of the Queen Creek Unified School District...they need to include a peanut free classroom and strictly adhere to it. They need to allow children to carry their inhalers with them at all times They need to keep epi-pens in the classroom and have the lunch recess monitors carry one too. We reside in the Desert Mountain Elementary boundaries but go to QCE because the principal is far more visible and active in the school. Several neighbors chose to pull their kids from DME and enroll them at QCE too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Queen Creek Elementary school is an amazing little community within a great school district. Everyone from the principal, nurse, counselor, PTO, lunch ladies, and teachers truly care for my child. We are out of district and choose to drive 15 min each way just so our daughter can be in such a positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

This is our fourth year at the school (2 years of preschool) . We love it here and are excited to keep coming back
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Queen Creek Elementary - Great smaller school in a Fabulous School District ! All the teachers are very nice and excellent with the kids ! Could not be any happier !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

QCE is a great school with a great staff! My children really love it there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

We have checked out the other schools in the area, and we were the most comfortable with QCE, and have not been disappointed. Everyone from the Teachers, Principal and Staff seem to really care about each of the students. Academically they are top notch-we are consistently impressed at the level of challenge our kids are given (they will never be bored at QCE.) I highly recommend QCE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

You will not be disappointed! This school has it all- I am thrilled to have such an amazing school in Queen Creek. Go check it out for yourself...the minute you walk through the front doors you will understand why you want your kids here....the Teachers, Principal and Staff are best in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Really great school- we feel blessed all of our children currently attend QCE. Superior education & Superior Educators. The Queen Creek community is very fortunate to have the quality of QCE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2013

Queen Creek Elementary has been the best choice for my children. The teachers and staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and really know how to work with kids. I love the fun atmosphere and the cohesive curriculum, My kids are learning amazing things and smiling at the same time. I know that my kids are getting a quality education and are very prepared for the future. So happy QCE is the place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2013

All four of our children have attended (or are currently attending) QCE. We feel very much at home at our school. We spent 3 years at JBE but after the boundaries changed, we were moved to QCE. What a blessing that change was. We have excellent teachers, all have gone above and beyond to help our students both academically and personally. We have experienced the passing of a close family member, all QCE teachers and Principal were very supportive and caring. The school has wonderful after school programs (ie: Run Club for $20/student, choir, LEGO club, Cup Stacking, etc). The PTO is excellent, fundraisers for school/classroom necessities as well as for famililes in need within our QCE community. I cannot say enough positive things about QCE. If you have a problem, Mrs. Copeland is right there, listening to your issues and finding a solution. If I lived out of district I would still bring my kids to QCE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

QCE is a great school. I was hesitant to send my children here, since GreatSchools.org only gives them a "7", but I'm so glad I gave the school a chance. (Side note- where does the 7 come from? This school itself has an "A" rating and the entire district was rated the #1 district in Maricopa county in 2013. Maybe Greatschools needs to update their records.) The principal, Mrs. Copeland, is very dedicated, the front staff is VERY friendly with both parents and the children, and our teachers have been great. I've had some minor discussions with some of the special resources staff- Speech Pathologist, School Psychologist and the Resource leader, and they've all been helpful for me and my child. The PTO is very active as well. Overall, my experience has shown me that this school cares for their children. Don't hesitate to send your child here; I'm glad I did!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2013

This is by far the worse school my child ever attended. The principle is very rude and does not listen to parents concern. I had posted a bad rating previously, but somehow it has magically disappeared. Anyhow, if I were any parent moving to this area I would highly consider private school over this nightmare. My child was in gifted/honor roll when we moved there, when we left he was behind going to a LOWER rated school in another state. Thankfully the teachers at the current school actually took time and got him caught up. Now my child (6th grade) reads on a 12th grade reading level and has scored the highest test score for the entire county DBA. This school also has a bullying problem that is brushed off by the principle even with hard evidence. My suggestion to current parents and those who have no other option than to send their child here is to keep your mouth shut about any problems. If you complain they will disregard you and make it harder on your child. Yeah, it sounds bad to say that, but its true. Even the office staff are rude unless your one of the favorites.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

All the staff and teachers are wonderful. They really meet the needs of every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

This is a wonderful school! We are very happy with the education that our children receive at Queen Creek Elementary. The staff is terrific and we are thrilled that Mrs. Copeland has returned!!! A+++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

LOVE the school and staff !! my kids love it there ! the front office is so helpfull


Posted August 20, 2010

We just moved from J.O. Combs District to Queen Creek District. We enrolled our two children into Queen Creek Elementary. We were very excited until some red flags arose. The first red flag was at Meet the teacher . The teacher was impersonal had just handed us paper work to fill out and sat at her desk. Our oldest child was having issues getting two hours of home work done every night (3rd Grade). He came home with complaints that if he asked for further instruction on how to complete his work she would say, I only give out instructions one time because you need to listen the first time. ( Which she did not deny)??? This was one of the several complaints he was mentioning not to mention being bullied in the class. (He was an honor student for two years at J.O. Combs and received the highest award in the
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

This is a wonderful school loved by both students and parents alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2009

We moved into the Queen Creek district in 2005 during the building boom. Our son was in K. With the addition of a new principal whom is extremly enthusiatic and available. Our experience with QCE has been nothing but positive for our son. If you child has extra cirricular activities the school is completly supportive. Our son has been promoted to 3rd grade. He will be in a 3rd and 4th grade mixed educational class. there will probably not be more than 18 students in his class. If you like down home values in a small town then QCE will be a great addition. Your child will be identified and allowed to excell to higher levels of educational training. QCE is whole heartly supportive of higher education, but not mandatory. The school offers multiple class settings depending on the student/parent choice.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 66% 42%
Hispanic 29% 43%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 36%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A+ School of Excellence (2011)
  • "A" rated by ADE (2013)

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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Erika Copeland
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (480) 987-0612

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Queen Creek Elementary has highly qualified teachers who know how to deliver effective instruction and help children grow, not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. We stress academic achievement for all students and provide a learning environment that will provide for individual differences, promote self-worth, and establish an open channel of communication between our school and the community. Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself when you’re here!
School leaders can update this information here.

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23636 S. 204th St
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
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Phone: (480) 987-5920

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