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Jack Harmon Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 604 students

 

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Posted October 25, 2014

We love this school! The principal, Mr. Singley, is always out and involved in every aspect of this school. He emphasizes good character, morals, values, and of course academics. Both of my children have attended since kindergarten and have tested above the nations average in all areas consistently. The staff here is so friendly and they really make it a point to say hello to every student and parent. I support my school 100% and love the fact that it is in safe walking distance from our house. Get involved and support your local school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2014

My son has attended this school for 4 yrs and every teacher he has had have been awesome and great at listening to any concerns and working with me to help my son! My daughter is now attending kinder and she loves it and has been learning a lot! I also volunteer regularly and I must say that all of Harmon's staff are respectful, courteous, and friendly! In my opinion this school is an excellent school with an excellent principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2014

My children have been at this school since the first day its' doors opened. We have seen many changes but are more than happy with the education they have received there. The staff goes above and beyond being employees, they truly care about each student. I have never seen a principal learn student's names as fast as Mr. Singley. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone I know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2014

I have been very impressed with Harmon. I have 3 children that attend there and am grateful for such a strong and supportive staff. The principal has been amazing and is very attentive to his students and their needs. I have been extremely happy with my children's teachers. They always make sure my children are getting the extra push they need and desire as they are all high achievers. I would highly recommend choosing this school. Have been very happy with my children's education at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

Mr Singley is a great principal. The school gym/cafeteria is dirty. The breakfast and lunches are pitiful. The front office staff is amazing. The teachers are great. The curriculum that they are forced to teach is not the best, but there are charter schools in the area that you can choose from. If your child is not white, then don't consider the charter schools. They will feel more comfortable at Harmon or Ellsworth as a non-white child. Otherwise, I like Harmon. The parent pickup is nice. The extra curricular activities are better than Combs Traditional Academy, but the curriculum does not "push" your child to succeed. That is something you need to do at home regardless of where your child will go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

My child has an IEP. He is on the autism spectrum. The only reason he attends Harmon is because of the wonderful special needs classes, student ratio and integration into regular classes. He has never been bullied and is treated like everyone else. The program that is implemented is helpful at home and meetings are detailed and comprehensive. If you have a special needs child, these teachers and assistants truly care and help your child overcome. We have made so much progress that you can no longer tell he has speech/cognitive delays.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2013

We've given this school a shot for almost 3 years. It's gotten so bad that we wont even finish the year. The principal is a micromanager with no children skills, the counselor is a buzzword spinning UOP graduate, and the teachers are so overwhelmed that I don't blame them for giving up and acting like spoiled teenage babysitters. The cafeteria food is an unhealthy, disgusting joke; art/PE/music are essentially nonexistent. If your child ever does anything wrong, you can guarantee that she will be BULLIED and called out for her entire time at the school, not only by fellow students at the teachers urging, but also by the teachers and staff themselves. Harmon's idea of education is to keep kids in their seats and hand out worksheet after worksheet or timed tests of rote memorization--sad, considering how absolutely DISMAL their test results are. Heaven forbid you have a child who is not a mindless drone. There is very little hands on that isn't a repetition of the activities the kids have done for years. The PTSO is a nice enough group of ladies, if clique-y, but they're putting lipstick on a pig, an abusive, unfriendly pig who is detrimental to the proper education of any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

I am excited to have 6th grade at the school this year. All four of our kids will be attending this year. I love the neighborhood feel! Just a few of the things that Harmon does well... Online grades, online behavior reports, AR (Accelerated Reader). individualized teaching/planning based on my children's needs, friendly teachers, fabulous band program. Totally happy there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2011

We are looking forward to another great year at Harmon. Instruction here is based on the needs of the students. I love the enrichment program they offer for math and reading. All kids are taught lessons first in their home room based on state standards. The teachers then evaluate DAILY how the kids are grasping the required information. Those that need to review meet together to be retaught and practice. Those that have it meet together are are given more challenging material. It takes a lot of work on the part of the teachers and I appreciate the work they are doing. I don't appreciate negative reviews by people who spent 1 week at the school 5 years ago. I don't know why they would feel the need to come on 5 years later and trash the schools rating. I have 3 kids at the school and we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2011

As far as this school is concerned they are very awesome in their special needs classes as I have one that is severely special needs. They are always taking care of my daughter as it was their own! I can't say about the other regular kids because the only one that goes there is special needs but if you have a special needs child in the Queen Creek area. This is the school for you! They have made so many changes to the school and I have never had a problem coming to the school at any time. The special ed teachers are the best that you can find in the area unlike other schools who just throw them in a room and leave them there all day not learning much of anything. I am excited to see what other things they have in store and I know that if you pick this school for your special needs child ( it depends on their needs) I know that I haven't been disappointed. We have a very kind principal that watches out for them as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

I went to the school when it first opened and stayed there for a week. The school, in its first year was very awful. The academics were very low, I can't say anything about what it's like now because I haven't seen it in so long but I am shocked about things I've heard.


Posted April 30, 2010

My children also love the school and we will be keeping them at Harmon. We too wish Mr. Lineberry well in his new venture. Miss Meehan has proven to be a true asset and compliment to the school. I have to commend the staff for a FANTASTIC job this year. I love the teachers and their dedication to ALL students. No matter who fills Mr. Lineberry's shoes next year we will also support them and the staff. I would agree that more parents should participate in PTSO, they are a blessing to the school and really help out whenever need. I have seen Mrs. Bishop there almost every day this year in addition to many more parents, thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

This is a fabulous school. Although there are some changes that will be taking place, I know it will be okay for my children. Mr. Lineberry is going ahead to Florence district for a better opportunity, good for him. We wish him the very best and thank him for his help in turning this school around. He has built some very strong teachers and a wonderful new Dean this year. Who knows who will replace him next year, but I plan on keeping my children at Harmon and trust the Dean will help with the transition and Mr. Lineberry will leave his school only to the best!!! The continued hard work of the staff will help keep this school moving in the right direction. Parent support should be more in PTSO, they make a difference and need the extra help. we will continue to support the Dean and hopefully Ms.brey
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

I LOVE THE NEW DEAN!SHE IS ALWAYS SO FRIENDLY WITH EVERYONE. Mr. Lineberry does a great job having strong admin. helping him. My kids love the school and are saddened that Mr. L will not be there next year. Can't wait to see what changes happen. It can only continue to improve
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

There are some changes coming up but we know it will be fine. We trust Mr. Lineberry in his choices. Hopefully Florence will make him happy. We hope to keep Miss Mehan and get ms. Brey. They would work well together for the success of everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

My kids love the school and I've been pleased with the teachers. They work hard, provide tutoring after school for kids who need it and I always feel informed as to my kids' progress.
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Posted March 5, 2010

As a former teacher, I have to say that I love having my kids go here and this is a place I would enjoy working. The staff is dedicated to helping kids succeed. Although the focus is on teaching kids the basics, they strive to educate in health, character and community service - creating well rounded students who will also be successful academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

I have been really pleased with Harmon. This is our 4th year there. The school continues to get better each year. The principal has high expectations for the staff and students. Teachers teach according to student needs, doing whole class and individual instruction, challenging students who are at the top and reteaching kids who need the extra help. It takes an incredible amount of effort and planning to meet the needs of individual students, and I feel like teachers here are willing to do just that. I am someone who volunteers there a lot and have a pretty good feel for what's taking place at the school. Both my girls are doing very well at the school and I'm excited to have my son start there next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

Yes, I think the Principal and Dean should be very proud of themselves! They have transformed the school into a truly positive amazing place to learn! The students are thriving and the faculty and staff have their whole heart into the kids! It is an awesome place to be! The Special Ed students at Harmon received higher than the standard scores! The principal is striving to improve education not only for his school but for schools all over the country, as well as the health and well being for all children!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

My boy is at this school and loves it. We turned down charter schools to attend Jack Harmon. This school has teachers and leadership that really care for the children and community and make decisions that reflect that. Public schooling is what you put into it, and Jack Harmon reflects the good people who have worked to make it that way.
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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 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%
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

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%
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

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
33%
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".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 42%
Hispanic 28% 43%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
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 43%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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39315 N. Cortona Drive
Queen Creek, AZ 85240
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