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Copper Basin K-8

Public | PK-8 | 869 students

 

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Posted July 10, 2014

This school is pathetic. If your children have special needs, they will bully you and then actually force you into going to a worse school like Walker Butte. Joanne Pike is an sad example of a leader and is very unprofessional in the way she handles problems. The principal would make up incidents that took place just to send him home. When I asked to speak to witnesses to the incidents, there were none. The staff did many other things to bully my son to the point to where he hid under tables in the office and would tell me that they were mean to him. I have a second child that is going into kindergarten that they didn't even want to attend there, even though he passed his kindergarten assessment. What did they do to make sure that he didn't go there? They forced his older brother to go to Walker Butte without our permission. How did we find out the district automatically enrolled our son without our permission? Through papers that stated he needed to go to Walker Butte for meet the teacher night! There wasn't even an IEP sent stating the changes that were made. This is the worst school I have ever seen. They are unprofessional, abusive, and admin needs an overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

my school i dont wana menchtion the name (copper basin) isnt were you wanna have fun we are supposed to have fun but not really the staff is really mean one first grade teacher is s ofriken mean she yells like 30 seconds then gives a 5 minutes long right in front of me some kids almost cry i want to kick her in the face.


Posted May 21, 2013

This school has a high rate of bulling. The administration really does nothing about it. They say oh we have not seen this or its the first I have heard but its not. The special ed teachers are good but the programs suck. They give you alot of promises but only follow through when you stay on them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2012

Someone needs to look into the staff turnover. Are they not hiring the right people? Are they not mentoring their new teachers enough? Are they making unreasonable demands on teachers and students? I think so.


Posted May 15, 2012

This school is horrible the staff dont care about the student!!!!! and they dont teach well i recemend you not to put your students here


Posted March 15, 2012

My kids have gone to Copper Basin since it opened. The school as well as the district have done a fantastic job adjusting to the challenges placed on them by budget cuts, low parent participation, and a lack of education support from the state. I have seen my children enjoy learning and love their teachers.The staff does a wonderful job of supporting kids that need help and challenging kids that are gifted learners.FUSD Superintendent , Dr. Nine, really cares about ALL the kids in his district. He can be seen at any number of academic and sporting events throughout the community. The teachers have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Nine. Great school! Great district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

Where to start? I have worked as faculty at a H.S. and several colleges. It is typical to place the blame on parents and students. Then, the school does not need to take responsibility for their downfalls. I withdrew my son from Copper Basin today. He has attended since kindergarten. He is in 3rd grade. We really did try to make it work, even with lack of transportation, the printed internet pages for homework, and the rude behavior of staff. I am appalled by Florence refusing to let us incorporate. They stood to lose 1 million but actually stood to lose over 10 million for the schools. There was embezzlement 2 years at Walker Butte. We can wait around for the district lines to change or we can jump on our legislators to help redraw those lines even though we are not incorporated. I chose AZVA (online school) because I work from home as a professor online and can do this. Copper Basin YMCA offers a program in connection with AZVA for 4th grade and higher. The fact is that my son was not learning and he was bullied over the years. I've seen other children pushed and punched on the playground. AZVA is a great program and I know my son will learn in a good environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

Epic joke of a school! Keep your kids away at all costs!!!! We are removing our child immediately!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

I think this school needs the state to come in and really look at what is happening. They are not promoting life long learners, they are teaching to the tests. Shame on you Copper Basin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

In the 3 years that my children have been going to this school I have watched the decline in staff. Every year my son had stared with a teacher and inevitability his teacher leaves and another in brought in mid year. I completely disagree with having 2nd graders changing classes like high school kids. My kids get so confused and I often get notes that they went to the wrong class at the wrong time. The vice-principal is a master manipulator of words and always tries to twist your words and put all the blame on the parents. Even when a teacher admits to being the one who was doing the name calling to a 9 year old boy in a room full of people contributing to group bulling with other students of that boy. BAD administration BAD teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

We transferred from a Charter school and this school is amazing. You are able to track progress online and they do a lot of testing which is great because you know exactly where your child is academically. They also do tutoring and learning labs and they separate the kids into levels so they can learn with other kids in their level. Great job preparing them for the future! They change classes to accommodate the changing levels and that prepares them for the older grades. I love that they support music and have sports, bookstore, nurse, and a cafeteria. The teachers have to know every child in their grade because they probably have them in one class or another and they are still able to tell you exactly what is going on with each child. After our transfer, my daughter was far behind on her reading and within 3 months they gave her so much practice she was up to the right level. I appreciate everything that this school does! They are so organized it puts smaller, unorganized schools to shame! Well done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

"Kids First" I don't think so," test scores first" should be their motto! When primary children are tested to death, and don't have time to explore, learn and be children, then it is time to rethink what is being done throughout this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

This school is no good they do not care about the students at all the would rather fail a kid then try to help them or even give them extra work to make up a bad grade. Even after trying to talk to the princaple about what was going on did no good until I told them I was going to take it up with the school board we are moving out of this nabor hood just to get my kids away from this school!!!! I would never recommend this school to anyone EVER!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

Teachers have really turned this school around. With a great adminstrator team and support from the district in all programs you will see great things happen with your child here. One thing that needs to be improved upon is PARENT support and students not accepting responsibility for their own choices. A school needs parent support and students need good examples from their parents. For those negative nellies, maybe you should get off the computer and go see the classrooms for yourself. I love helping in my child's class and the differentiated instruction is seen at all grade levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

I love the school and the teachers, It's no perfect, but... wake UP!!! The teachers need support for the parents they can't do everything. Help your childrens to read and do homework, that's what I do. Call your teacher and ask her what she needs.. School like Eduprize have a high parent support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2009

I used to be an employee of FUSD, I have move to another state now, but if Florence had not built so many homes before they had schools to support these children , maybe classrooms would not be so over filled. The poor teachers can only do so much with what they are given. No wonder so many of them leave. They can't give them the education they need when it's 40 to 1. Hopefully these children find someone who cares.


Posted February 27, 2009

Im very upset this school has just did a big u-turn in 2 years and now we have problems with funding who know what will happen know there is so many great teachers and the Principals that we haved in the past 2 years. Everyone working like a team and this is what we need now . Very sad not knowing what will happen 30-40 kids in a class is crazy the teachers already have it hard enough and if this happens forget it. If more parents got involved it would make it even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2008

Well, reading through some of these reviews, I am a bit shocked. I have attended this school ever since it opened when I was in fourth grade. I am currently an 8th grader at CB, and I just have to say that I would be nowhere without this school. At first, it was horrible. Vandalism was done often on the walls. However, since having this new principal of two years, I believe that this school has changed for the better. Teachers work hard to make school fun for us while pushing us to get a great education. Especially my current writing teacher. I plan to have a book published one day, and she has increased my writing ability by ten fold. I absolutely adore this school, and would suggest any parent to send their kid, here. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2008

We moved here in July 07, at first I did not think I would like the school, just seemed like no one had it together there in the office, but, I'll tell ya my son had a Great teacher last year and so far this year He has another Great teacher she keeps me up to date on everything! I have no complaints!!It takes awhile to get things together and become better they seem to be REALLY working hard to make this school a much better one.. and I see a lot of Positives! I am Proud my son goes this school. This is just my opinion!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

Your kidding right? If you could only be a fly on the wall. 5th graders who do not know their times tables. 8th graders who pass but can not read. The rudeness of these children are the worse that I have ever seen. FUSD is a JOKE. Anyone of the schools you will find the same thing. Parents not caring about their children's education. I can tell you this, I would not want my children attending this or any of the FUSD schools. Don't believe me, then become a sub and you will see.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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59%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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72%

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69%

2010

 
 
75%
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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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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55%

2012

 
 
65%

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54%

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43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

2012

 
 
80%

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82%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
74%

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60%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
48%

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60%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • 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

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 61% 42%
Hispanic 23% 43%
Black 10% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:10 am
School Leader's name
  • Joanne Pike, Principal
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (480) 888-2134

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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28682 N. Main Street
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
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