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San Tan Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 714 students

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 10, 2014

To the parent that posted a comment on 10/8/13. I am a parent of a now 1st grader. The reason I knew of the Dept. of Education rating in July was because I actually went to the school and inquired about it. Yes the school is open during the summer. I have had great experiences with San Tan Elem. My daughter is currently exceeding the reading requirements for not only 1st grade but 2nd grade as well. She has made principal's list every quarter this year and loves to learn. To all the parents that are bashing this school, it makes me wonder if you actually have a line of communication open with your child's teacher. Or if you are one of those parent's that think "not my child" when there is an issue. No child is perfect, not even mine, but when issues arise my child takes responsibility for her choices. The teachers and administration are great, any issues that I have brought to their attention gets handled in a timely manner. It would be nice to see the parents getting more involved in their child's education instead of putting it 100% on the teachers. Kids do not stop learning once they leave the school, they still need help at home to help them succeed. Please help your kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

I am a parent that has two students that attend San Tan Heights Elementary and after reading the post "Most uncaring and unsafe" I was compelled to post what my experience is. I find San Tan Heights to be a very caring and very safe school. The staff and administration are hard working, approachable, and whenever I have had a concern it was handled in a quick, professional manner. So I'm suspect to believe that there must be something more to this posting, ie: disgruntled employee or a parent that just didn't get their way. From my experience over the past two years I have never witnessed this behavior nor have I heard from other parents, that have children that attend this school, that they have experienced these issues either. My experience has been very positive for both my children and my children aren't always angels either. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Most uncaring, unsafe, unprofessional school any of my children have ever attended. Principal refuses to deal with anything unpleasant, thus children with behavior issues, bullies, etc... are free to do as they please at the expense of other students rights to an education. District and administration seem to knowingly turn a blind eye, resulting in this district as well as this school itself being ranked among the lowest in the state of Az. If you are considering this school for your child, run, don't walk to another district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I have two grand children that go to this school. My grand son is on the honor roll. I am pleased with the staff, education they are getting and how friendly they are. Also I feel safe sending them there.


Posted October 8, 2013

There seems to be some manipulation here. Several posts have been removed. Two posts stated how suspect it was that the school was posting good ratings. One post confirming the school staff does post by a former employee. The fact is that the state did not release the ratings so how could someone possibly know that San Tan Heights was a B school on July 18 unless it was someone from the school. Honestly, the school was not open and that information was not available. So, this is where the suspected manipulation of this rating site was posted. Why the censorship? Why hide the fact that someone from the school confirmed there was manipulation in posting? Despite policies etc, censoring to protect the school or this enterprise is a serious violation of free speech.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

This school has been a breath of fresh air!! We had a few hic-ups in the beginning but with parent involvement and being present in my child's schooling it has turned around with the help and guidance of staff and teachers. I have two kids here and when I walk through the doors everyone knows who my kids are by first name. One child has medical issues that they have gone above and beyond to ensure she is kept safe. Teachers are willing to go the extra mile with every child here! Love the staff and teachers at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

II love this school especially my granddaughters teacher Mrs Hegg she is an excellant kindergarten teacher. She puts the extra effort to make sure all her students feel comfortable enough to put their best foot forward. Mrs. Hegg loves doing what she choose as her job but I firmly believe she doesn't feel its a job to her. She encourages her students to do their best and always makes them feel special. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

My family and I are moving to the area soon and we are concerned about the low ratings for San Tan Heights Elementary School. The test scores seem to have been high for a couple of years and have dropped off drastically (according to this site's info). Does anyone know the reason for this? My initial reaction is to ask, "What in the world's going on over there?" I know tree can be circumstances that are hard to see from the outside but I hate to take the chance with my daughter's education. It appears that this school is below the state average on most of the state tests and I am wondering what's being done to remedy the trend. Any thoughts from parents or teachers in the area? Thanks, Concerned Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

This is in response to the post below regarding parent volunteers. I told my child's teacher back in August at Meet the Teacher that my schedule allows me to volunteer any day of the week at any time needed. I also inquired again many times throughout the school year but was told every time I asked that she didn't need any help and there was nothing for me to do. Unfortunately, I was not able to get involved as I had hoped. Speaking from the other side of the spectrum, I think if more teachers were parent volunteer friendly, than more parents might get involved. With that being said, I have seen a lot of improvements for the better at STH this school year! My child does extremely well and by the end of each school year is always ahead academically. We are looking forward to next school year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

San Tan Heights Elementary needs the community's help to bring this school around and make it a great place to get an education. The parents need to help our staff make learning fun for our students. We need better turn out when we have events that celebrate our students. We need parents that might be able to volunteer their time, or buy supplies when they can for their child's teacher. Volunteering need only be for one to two hours a week. You can help a teacher with copying, help the PTO with their activities, there are a number of things that a parent volunteer can do to make this school a GREAT SCHOOL. We already have the dedicated teachers and staff - all it takes is our parents to join us and we can have one great school. Please help out when you can and if you can't be here in person ask your child's teacher how you might help them from your home. Show an interest in your child's work and school - you will see how much of a difference this can make between having a school that teaches children and a SCHOOL THAT CELEBRATES OUR CHILDREN!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 20, 2011

I think that it is sad that this forum is used in such a negative way. When disgruntled employees are able to make allegations and name names creating a negative image of teachers and administration something must be done. The disclaimer on this review says that GreatSchools.org will not post reviews that contain allegations, names of students, teachers or staff and then they post the reviews anyway. The administration, teachers and staff all are working very hard to recreate the schools image, students success and overall effectiveness of our school. When an organization such as this allows such posts without honoring their own guidelines it creates a website of hostility. I think that our consumers are very intelligent and can make their own decisions about our school without the hateful comments that have been allowed to be posted here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 23, 2011

My childs biggest complant was that the class was loud a lot. I then spent some time in my childs class last school year I found that students were disruptive and loud and the teacher didn't seem to care. This wasn't a good learning enviroment. There was one child that romed the halls most of the day with his own hall pass. I didn't think the office staff was very friendly. And what does the principal do there anyway. I think most of the Honor Roll Awards were given out just to make the school look good. The students may have made the grade but may not have earned it. I'm sorry but I gave the school many chances over the years. It was time to move on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

As a parent with children who have attended this school for several years I have to say I am more than pleased with it's progress. They are up and coming and doing a great job at improving the learning environment for the students. Mrs. Hegg in the kindergarten was fantastic. My son has had his share of struggles when it comes to learning and she was patient and caring with him the entire time. She was always willing to listen to any ideas or concerns that I had as his parent and then implemented them in her classroom. So many times we have teachers that say they are listening and then don't make any changes. He is my 4th child to send to kinder and I actually cried at the end of the year when he left her class. We couldn't have picked a better teacher. Big thank you's to the Principal and all the staff too! Keep up the great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

My daughter went to this school for 1.5 school year. In grade k they were not even reading, school functions were poorly planned out and communication was very poor. Luckily grade 1 she had a great teacher and was able to work back up to grade level. Thank you miss malpass! But i would never recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

To the person who wrote that Mrs. Romm is the worst teacher ever, I feel sad that you have to post something like that on here when you have no experience with her. You have no idea what goes on in her classroom, how well her students love her, how well behaved her class is and well managed. By far Mrs. Romm is an excellent teacher and was recently recognized as an excelling teacher by the San Tan Regional Council. To anyone who has a question about Mrs. Romm's character, professionalism and academics, I would encourage you to meet her, see her students, talk to the administration. Mrs. Romm is a blessing to San Tan Heights and all her children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 16, 2011

After reading these reviews there are a few things that as a teacher I would like to express. First is that if you have something negative to say then please take it to the building administration. It is more productive than bashing a teacher on a website. Second we work extremely hard for the best interest of all of the students, if you don't agree then please come into our school and volunteer your time. That's the way you make a change or to let your voice be heard. As for the comments about Mrs. Romm, I am very sorry you feel that way. You would be grateful to have a teacher like her for your child. It will be your loss not to have her as your child's teacher. She is an amazing teacher and has done GREAT things with all of her students. The proof is in her test scores. Don't believe me go to the school and check it out for yourself. For anyone else that is going to do any teacher bashing, please take into consideration how you would feel if someone posted something negative about you or a family member.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 14, 2011

My daughter entered Kindergarten right after we moved to Arizona. I was so nervous having to put her into a school that I didn't know anything about or know anybody, but our family was totally blessed when she ended up with Mrs. Romm as her teacher. I had the privilege of being in the classroom alot and seeing what went on and how it went on. Mrs. Romm has a passion to teach, she takes time with each child encouraging them, helping them to learn in their own way, being interested in them. I have seen her go above and beyond many times to make Kindergarten the best it can be. I would not have let my daughter stay at the school if she was in another class room. Now the school as a whole...oh boy... but I would never have second thoughts about having Mrs. Romm as a teacher again. I am rating the school low but I have seen a few wonderful teachers. The school is dirty, children wander the halls, the front desk staff- haha, and there are big issues with the specials teachers. But seriously- Mrs Romm is a great teacher- it was like being in a different school till you had to step outside the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2011

I was unable to complete a teaching contract at San Tan due to an injury. I repeatedly requested help to be able to stay off my feet and remain at San Tan. My requests went unanswered. Sometimes teachers need help to ensure that children come first.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 28, 2011

My son has absolutely the best kindergarten teacher this year. From the moment we met her at meet the teacher night we knew that our son would be well taken care of and learn all that he should and then some. Next year, we definately want Mrs. Romm for our daughter. Patient and kind, loving and stern, Mrs. Romm provides a classroom community that is tops! Thank you Mrs. Romm and thank you San Tan Heights for having such a great teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

We have been at San Tan Heights for three years now. It has evolved and changed for the better. Tests scores have gone up, giving San Tan Heights a performing plus label for the first time. Plus it made the federal label of AYP. Communication is better, great family activities such as fall festival, spring fling, and multicultural night. The PTO is working hard to involve parents, which is greatly needed. Overall, my kids love school, and that is so nice.
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
70%
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".
  • 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

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 48% 42%
Hispanic 33% 43%
Black 8% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Hungarian
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Performing Plus and AYP (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
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
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage

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
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hungarian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

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
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Art Moncibaez
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?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 888-2932

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Writing
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
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hungarian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Pinal County Health
  • Pinal County Sheriff Office
  • Cental Arizona College
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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2500 W. San Tan Heights Blvd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
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Phone: (480) 888-2930

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