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Willie & Coy Payne Jr. High School

Public | 7-8

 
 

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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 September 26, 2007

This School is a wonderful school! I am still going to school there but it's my last year. The teachers have great knowledge and they work as hard as they can to make sure that the students understand what they need to! But the staff that work in the office do tend to have an additude towards the students but act like angels infront of the parents! But we have 2 police officers and a secrurity guard that patrole Payne to make sure everything is fine. They are very strict about dress code policys and threats toward other students. This year we have a new principale, but she doesn't interact with the students at all, so half of the school doesn't know who she is! But I love going to Payne and will be sad to leave this wonderful school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2007

We are new to this school. So far I'm not impressed. I think the teachers are good but most lack experience. One thing that makes it difficult is none of them, except language, use the provided school books. If a student is absent it is difficult due to having to get class notes from another student. Also they need to use web sites to post info and homework. The office staff and support members are what really drag this school down. They are not friendly, in fact down right rude, and these are the first people you encounter in the school. The health office also has problems in that they do not appear to want to deal with students w/special medical needs. They very much put out an attitude of not thinking they should help students w/chronic illness. I recommend not sending a child w/chronic health needs to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

My son recently transferred to Payne from a K-8 school. I can tell you he is much happier and is being treated like a middle schooler. The office staff, counselor, teachers, and principals all had his well being in mind from the start. The curriculum forces him to use his brain, which his other school was lacking. He is able to take advanced classes and still participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. So far I am very pleased. I see my son with homework, textbooks, workbooks, and a better attitude; again things that were lacking at his other school. We are still new to Payne but so far I am happy with the staff, policies, and procedures at Payne. My next step is getting more involved as a parent which seems simple due to the communication letters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

We are really happy to see how this school is operating. This is a brand new school and it seems like it has been operating for years. Teachers are great very motivated and are wonderful with the students. The administration comunicates well with staff, students and parents. We are very pleased to have our son at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 65% in 2013.

700 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

700 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

689 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
93%
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 58% in 2013.

693 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

693 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "Excelling".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7655 S. Higley Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
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