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Circle Cross Ranch K8 School

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Posted September 5, 2014

My three children go to this school and I have had no problems. My daughter forgot one of her assignments and her teacher had her call me to let me know. The teachers are strict and my kids always have homework and the curriculum is great. They are rated an A school this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2014

This school is terrible, most of the teachers are in their first few years of teaching, which wouldn't be a bad thing if they had tenured teachers for support and a good foundation. My daughter was in a class where the teacher had no idea how to handle discipline, bullying, or how to keep the kids on task. Her classroom was always in chaos and my daughter could not focus. They kept telling me that they were very concerned she was not going pass her AIMS tests, but then kept telling me that she wasn't far enough behind for them to give her extra help. Even after I got a diagnosis from a psychologist they still kept screwing around and dragging their feet to avoid actually giving her a 504 or IEP. Her teacher also failed to notice she hadn't turned in homework for 5 weeks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2014

I really liked CCR. I had a daughter in Kindergarten and absolutely loved Mrs. Garber! She was amazing! She was great in communicating with me in all things- whether discipline, academic, or simply praising my child! My daughter is, well determined and strong minded lol, but Mrs. Garber was great in being consistent and keeping the class on task. I strongly feel she not only was great in academics, but was firm and fair in discipline. A+++! My older daughter's 1st grade teacher was a little lack luster. She did not communicate with me well. She always insisted when I contacted her or through parent teacher conferences that she was doing fine, but needed to practice Math. Yet, when we would get progress reports or report cards that did not reflect. Each quarter she had dropped at least a letter grade. Very frustrating and seemed not interested in my child, but more of passing the time. I think that there is one of these in every school. Principal is nice. Very firm yet patient. Overall staff is wonderful and facilities are nice. Only issue I really had was that this year there were 3 lock-downs. Luckily nothing very serious and everything was fine still too close for comfort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2014

My kids have been going to CCR for 3 years now and it keeps getting worse. They brought in a new principal to "clean things up" but all she has done is take away privileges. My youngest daughters 1st grade teacher was horrible and did not recognize that my daughter had a learning disability and just kept saying she was really worried about my daughter. Not once did she refer her to the school psychologist for additional testing. Then her 2nd grade teacher was almost as dumb. Finally at the end of the year she recommended that my daughter be referred for testing but only after I had spent money taking my daughter to a clinic to rule out ADHD. Since it was the end of the year, she just started getting help the second semester of 3rd grade because it took the whole 1 semester to determine what she needs help in. My son, who is in 4th grade and has been on the honor roll or principals list every semester since 1st grade, has only gotten it once this year. He has had 3 different teachers and each one gets worse. The one he has now has been a substitute in the past and this is her first year staying permanently. My son begs me everyday to home school him. Nothing good about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

My daughter started her first year in 2012.. She did great. She got recognized for the good and disciplined for the bad. I think the parents need to be more involved the teachers are there to teach them not babysit and teach the kids how to behave that is the parents job.. Parents need to pay more attention to their childs behavior in order for them to not be a nuisance in class... PARENT INVOLVEMENT IS THE KEY! As far as communication I think they do great in fact the school is how I found out about a water sanitation issue last year . Johnson utilities did not bother notifying us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2012

It's a bad school. Right now I am in 8th grade and every week our principal has to hold an assembly for the 7th and 8th graders saying how bad we are. This is actually very true as the 8th grade has its bad share of students that disrupt class and always complain out loud when we get a simple assignment. Then you have the 7th graders. Plain awful. You'll never want to see them. Always yelling, always going to other classes and disrupting them, and ignoring and complaining to teachers. They make this school really awful. Because of them and some 8th graders, we are now walked to each class and cannot go to the bathroom. The bathroom wouldn't be bad, but since we are walked to classes, we can't leave! We also end up late everyday to each class because of this. Try to avoid this prison.


Posted September 6, 2011

My son had the most amazing kindergarten teacher last year and I was so thrilled with his experience at CCR. Sadly he went from having a teacher who communicated amazingly, rewarded and disciplined students properly and was passionate about teaching, to having a teacher lacking all of the above. Any problems I had were not fixed. I was passed back and forth between the vice principal to the teacher as if I was the problem. They do NOT communicate well. My phone calls were never returned promptly, I had to call them after 24 hours of waiting on several occasions. To top it off, my son came home nearly every day with unfinished school work. His teacher didn't seem to care if he was learning or not. Im happy to say that my son is now at a much better school and I'm thrilled with what it has to offer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2011

I think the Principal has to do something, she has improve the image of the school, discipline, and to improve the level of education there. student level is low, less involvement of teachers, administration employees care less... The Principal is the boss and she has to fix these small problems that are getting bigger month after month.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2011

The administrators are terrible. They waste the teacher's time with unnecessary menial tasks instead of giving teachers time to plan quality lessons. The principal especially, is too concerned with her image as a principal instead of making the tough choices that will benefit the students. Disruptive students are not dealt with because the principal is too afraid to do anything because it will make her look bad. The district insists on having their hands on everything involved with teaching. Teachers here are told what to teach, how to teach it, when to teach it, for how long, and how to assess students. This in turn has taken away the creativity needed to teach high quality lessons that will get students interested in learning. Is this really the way students should learn? The teachers here are amazing, but are severely limited by the districts's bureaucracy and their tyrant principal's poor leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

My 4 yr. has done great this year at CCR, in the first month she doubled her vocabulary. I'm not an in class parent, but I send supplies and participated in the field trip. I stay very involved with my childs progress because thats my job as the mom. Ms. Mary and I talk often to make sure everyone is doing their best including my crazy girl. It's not a blame game it's your childs future get involved, help your family and local community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2010

My daughter started this Spring, and absolutely loves the school. She is eager to go, and even study. Her grades have gone up, and she is increasingly involved in other aspects of school life. As parents, we have had no issue with communication, and the teachers are readily accessible for any questions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

My child was always a straight A student until we moved to QC and put her in CCR. Her grades went down and when question she stated that she didn't 'see the point in working hard, no one else does'. I was blown away, I talked to her teacher, she said most are C students and that's 'normal' . When I attended the HR assembly (that's right my kid still got Honor Roll with B's & C's *rolls eyes*) I saw most of her class get awards (teacher said these kids were C students and their getting awards?!?) I'm still in shock at how crappy this school was. I enrolled my child at Benjamin Franklin and she is now back to working hard, getting A's and is her happy self again. Parents: If you want more than a bleak future for your kids take them to a better school than CCR!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

These parents who think they will get a better education going to Chandler schools or other districts are nuts. You are going to find the same problems there that you find at Circle Cross. Be supportive and volunteer, get involved to help make the school better. The only way to get better is the community stepping in helping out. I would choose Circle Cross Ranch over any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

I am disappointed in the school and district as a whole. My daughter is an excelling student who is ignored because her teacher has to deal with disruptive students. The school has low expectations and teachers have to dummy down the curriculum. The district is too busy buying new computer programs to help students instead of giving the teachers the administrative support to work with ALL learners. My child sits at her desk and does worksheets while the other lower students work 1 on 1 with the teacher. I have personally observed this on several occasions. My child is being left behind because other children are behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

FUSD went through some growing pains a few years ago with the housing boom which explains some of the previous comments that have been posted. They have since built new schools and, though some schools are still very new, the district is doing a great job. We have been very happy with Circle Cross Ranch. Our son has excelled in all areas and has many wonderful teachers who have gone above and beyond to ensure that he is successful in everything he does. The clubs and extracurricular activities are great as well. The school has great communication with parents including paper notices, e-mails, and automated phone calls. Great school all around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

I'm very disappointed with this school and administration. The teachers are overworked and students who disrupt the classroom are not dealt with at all. My daughters class has these kids in it and after 7 months they still cause disruption and nothing happens to them except lunch detention. It's not fair to the kids who have to deal with this everyday and lose learning time. We are going back to chandler where the teachers are happy and students are not allowed to take learning away from others and where they are not over tested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

CCR is great! Some people below said that grades have gone down but that is due to the high expectations that they are held to. Kids also don't make the honor roll for poor grades. They need at least an 80% average to make the lowest level. Those parents would know that if they attended an awards assembly. I will alwyas keep my kids here. Great school!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

We love CCR!!!! It is a great school. We love the teachers and staff. The school works hard and pushes the kids to succeed. I think parents who rated the school low are not used to havingteachers who care and hold students to high expectations
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

my son started in kindergarten after a terrrible experience with a preschool teacher which left him not trusting his teacher by not intertacting or speaking in class. he had a wonderful teacher at ccr and he has come out of his shell. the teachers that i have been in contact with communicate well with my husband and i. if i send and email to the teacher i get a prompt response. i am very glad i put my son in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

I felt sorry for my kids (k and 6th grade) they both loved this school specially the teachers and the front desk staff but we had to moved I hope another students and parents enjoy the same experience, we'll misssssss you.
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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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

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63%

2011

 
 
55%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

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47%

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57%

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55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%

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59%

2011

 
 
50%

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49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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36%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
71%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 42%
Hispanic 34% 43%
Black 9% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 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 51%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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35900 N. Charbray Drive
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
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