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Sunrise Middle School

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Posted August 15, 2014

What has happened to this school? When we moved to this neighborhood 18 years ago ready to start a family we factored school ratings into our decision. The Elementary School was ranked high (Liberty is great!) and Sunrise was ranked high. Since that time Sunrise has continued to fall further and further in ratings and this year is at an all-time low. Many of my friends have sent their kids there, only to be very disappointed (and many of them transferred to Desert Shadows mid-year or for 8th grade). I learned from that and sent my child to Desert Shadows, which has been a wonderful experience. But I continue to hear from other families attending Sunrise how poor it is. From what I understand, D. S. middle school now has huge waitlists because word has gotten around. How is this one school supposed to support the demand? Why isn't PVUSD addressing the ever-growing issues with Sunrise? It is not fair that families in our district have to be turned away from a good education at a school, when 1 mile away there is a school that could be great too. Please PVUSE, pay attention to the issues at Sunrise and take action to fix them!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2014

Sunrise is a sinking ship. My child is a graduate of the DLC. The 7th grade DLC is very good, though the homework is too heavy (4 to 5 hours/night). The 8th grade DLC is horrific. If you need to stay in the public school system for middle school try Explorer or Desert Shadows. There is a reason Sunrise has low enrollment. A lot of the good staff members have chosen to leave. The new assistant principal was a s.s. teacher who did not even know his students' names by the end of the year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

Worst school I have ever seen. I am a former educator, and I sent my daugter to Sunrise for seventh grade. She came home everday and begged me to let her switch schools. The dress code is not at all enforced and bullying is a major problem. Unless your child is in the DLC, the standards for their performance are extemely low and the teachers are unenthusiastic. My daughter was teased because she bought her shoes at Target and because she did not have a boyfriend at 12 years old. Both the students and the staff of Sunrise are horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

Sunrise and the DLC have been wonderful for my child. The teachers in the gifted program (Graham, Seretis, Binder) are top notch. Not only do they do an amazing job teaching the kids and prepping them for high school, they accomplish the miracle of keeping middle schoolers engaged. Mr. J of Soc Studies is also one of the best teachers I have ever seen. As for the school environment, it is very safe. As with anywhere, if you go looking for trouble, I'm sure you will find it. Otherwise, it"s fine. One note, if your child enrolls in the DLC, he/she should be prepared to work, but if they do it, the rewards are many.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

The vice principal is absolutely unprofessional and not understanding of parents' unique circumstances. She simply does not care or want to be bothered by "babysitting" students that attend Sunrise. I am extremely sickened by her lack of empathy and rude demeanor. Sunrise would be a better school without this horrible vice principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Do not send your child to this school. Rating it one star as it wont rate lower. Just horrible. We encountered uncaring, unknowledgable teachers who taught only to the test and a completely clueless principal and administrative staff. The principal tried to intimidate us into not calling the police when a gang of male students surrounded my child and friends on the sidewalk in front of the school. We called anyways. After that our children suddenly became discipline and conduct problems. We actually had one teacher tell us our child deserved an F for questioning any teacher. The best part of this school was leaving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

I think that this school on the most part is pretty good. Mr. J of Social Studies is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He goes way beyond the standards with mind engaging projects on thought provoking discussions. Would NOT recommend the DLC to most students. If you're really into computers and that sort of thing, its perfect for you, but if you want to have a fun time socially stay away. The math programs go up to Geometry, and give a high school credit for Algebra and Geometry. All of the current math teachers are great. Overall, great school.


Posted October 4, 2011

I am a student in the gifted Digital Learning Center at Sunrise and all the teachers (except for Mr. Graham, Mrs. Binder, Ms. Leland, and Mrs. Grobmeier) know nothing but what is in the book which is fine for students in standard classes but for gifted education students it is not okay. All in all it is 5 out of 5 for the Gifted teachers and -10 out of 5 for the standard teachers.


Posted May 26, 2011

Three great 5-star teachers: B. of 7th grade digital learning center; G. of algebra; B. of gifted English. The rest we encountered were rule-obssessed mind-numbing mediocrities that seemed satisfied to teach to a low-normal level, pretty much just going through the motions. 7th grade DLC was the saving grace, but 8th grade DLC was a disappointing flop. A credential to teach gifted children was demonstrated to be no indication of competence at doing so. Our child encountered no bullying (other than occassional mild bluster from one clownishly dressed adult of probable diminished capacity charged with keeping order). The campus appeared peaceful and largely lawful, unsurprising given its location, although there was at least on burglary of DLC equipment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

Our family is very happy with Sunrise. Our child enjoys going to school. The teachers are supportive, experienced, and caring. It is a safe school with an excellent learning environment. No bulleying is allowed. Conficts are resolved in a timely manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

We had the unfortunate experience to attend this school where drugs (spice, marijuana, scripts) are rampant, and teachers just don't care, along with the office staff and principal and Vice Principal. Bottom line if you want your child to succeed, academically, and socially, and expect teachers to teach, and office staff to do their job, the principals not to hide in their offices or turn blind eyes to just about everything unless it benefits them, then RUN, don't walk to another school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

I am a current 7th grader at Sunrise Middle School and I absolutely believe the majority of the teachers at this public school are horrible teachers. The majority of the teachers teach from their teaching manual, they don't know anything about the subject. All the knowledge they have on the topic is straight from the book. A common answer I receive if I ask a question that they don't know is 'It's not written in the book so you have to look it up yourself.' which is a very common reply students get. They get irritated quickly and frustrated, and they do not have tolerance for us students. We also et detention for the most unreasonable reasons like 'speed walking', 'stepping on the grass' (the grass is in the court yard where tables are located) and 'standing up when not called upon'. This is not a school I wish to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2009

i have learned absolutely nothing. The same in my english class. And im in honors english?! There is more bookwork and no discussion on any of the topics we learn about. Basically all they care about is preparing us for stupid little aims so the popo and Prez do not find out how bad the some of the teachers just really are.Mrs.Grobmeir is a good math teacher,she really gets it to the point without using the whip like in the good ol days.But!The social studies teacher Mrs.Routier is the best social studies teacher in the world.The principal dresses with swagger style. I feel like im standing next to a pimp. I do not eat the food because a. im afraid the barbeque sandwich will hunt me in the potty.Schools good, needs improvement.Like thats going to happen in this bad economy. Bah humbug!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2009

poor poor teachers poor quality of admin is there a rating sunrise can get that's lower thatn poor? if so that is what it has earned
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

I have had two children at Sunrise. My daughter is now in 8th grade. I think for the most part the school has done a wonderful job of preparing her for the future. We were particularly happy with Mr. Jones and Mrs. Binder, who always seemed to go out of their way for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

This school is the best.They do not just focus on AIM'S they prepare you for real life situations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2008

The school only focusses on getting the students to pass AIMS. They do not look at the individual student and look to meet their needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2007

this school is the best school you will ever find.my daughter has sooooooooo many friends,and loves all of her teachers.the teachers are the best.choose this school and your child will have a great 2 years..GO SUNRISE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

This is not a very good school and my son is struggling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2007

So bad! Sorry we chose this school. Poor teaching, horrible administration. No effort made by teachers and staff to encourage student to succeed and forget excelling.
—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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • 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 70% 42%
Hispanic 19% 43%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
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 23%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

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  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
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School facilities
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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4960 East Acoma Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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