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Tonalea Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 625 students

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3 stars

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Posted April 28, 2014

I love Tonalea. All the teachers are very interested in my children's education. Free tutoring is available & extra help with reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

Once the administrator got sick and too many old teachers had to leave, the school started slipping. Too bad the skills of the old teachers don't come with new teachers. Tonalea has much improvement needed next year.


Posted May 17, 2013

2 words for this school........ Downward spiral!!! I would of left it at that, but I needed at least 15 words.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

I brought my son to Tonalea from out of state and although academic levels in general in Arizona are behind, the teachers worked extremely well to keep him interested and challenged. The staff has always been polite and professional and made me feel welcomed as well. Parent involvement is poor at this school until it comes to complaining, then parents suddenly come out of the woodowork. Bullying is not tolerated and the bullying students and their parents are confronted when it is identified. Kudos to the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2012

Tonalea is the absolutely worst school in the Scottsdale school district! Being our "home" school, I kept my daughter at Tonalea hoping it would get better.. It didn't! The administrative staff is unprofessional and unattentive to the students or teachers needs. The staff is unmotivated and there is a obvious lack of parent participation at this school. The children are uneducated compared to other schools in the district and there are little to no extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

Tonalea is a wonderful school. The teachers are extremely qualified, the students are learning every day, and the parent involvement is outstanding. Look at the website to see the many activities that include parents or get involved to see for. This school even has parent exercise classes every week. This school has a strong focus on academics and has improved in ratings by the state. It is a "Highly Performing" school and is truly outstanding.


Posted December 13, 2011

the pre k teacher was wonderful and i hated taking my son out of her class but i had to. the school is barely passing in all of its test scores the office staff is some of the rudest people i have met. and the teachers are terrible to the students. i have heard how the other teachers talk to the students when i pick up my son from class. maybe since they think i am not that childs parent that its ok to act that way infront of a parent. i am not sure why the staff acts this way it was worse then when i was a child there and now the school is lacking in all areas. this by far is the worst school in scottsdale and needs to have a reality check. there is no diversity rudeness and meaness seem to be pouring out of the staff and creates a horrible learning enviroment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

My child has attended this school only since September 2010 and have found that this school has an extremely poor administration. The office staff is rude at times and the teachers can go either way. However, I am just tired of my child calling me crying because of yet another way the administrators or teachers have handle situations poorly. I have children in other schools and my child has attended other schools in this district and others, but so far, with my children academic careers, this has been the most awful experience. This school is not diverse, the administrations should be changed out, and the teachers need to keep in mind that they want students to stay in school, not get them so upset to the point that they hate school and don't ever want to go, especially when the student is a straight A student and has always loved to go to school before. My child will not return to this school to finish out my child's elementary career, we will be moving on to better school that are actually highly performing in Arizona. Good luck to all the parents that take their children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

My great grandson loves going to this school, he's in the 1st grade this year, and is excited to go everyday. That's a real plus when children want to go to school. The money would help many programs and keep the kids happy.


Posted March 8, 2010

i am a big fan of this school n i give it four stars but the staff that work in the office r sort of mean to my kid who goes there n she does nothing wrong n bad diversity of the children at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

I think that the school was OK for my son. I must say that he was underchallenged and therefore, became quite bored with class and before long it became a struggle to get him to want to come to class. The staff was very friendly. It is an old school, but is kept up pretty well. I just would've liked to see him challenged a bit more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

I have 4 children who have or are now attending Tonalea. My oldest is now in Supai and doing very well. The school has a strong administration that is focused on one thing. Education. The principal is approachable. The teachers are dedicated and the environment is conducive to learning. The neighborhood is peaceful and the school environement pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

I appreciate the hands on approach of the leadership and staff at Tonalea. It is refreshing to know that care and concern for our student's well-being still exists in our school system. It is wonderful to have a progress report from the teacher of our children's academic and behavior status bi-weekly so we can be well informed of what is going on in our child's class room. This way we are ahead of the game and can resolve any issues before it is too late. The communication is amazing. Thank you for striving for excellence for the sake of our children's future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2007

This school has done wonderful things to become actively involved with the community. It not only looks great, but the smiles around the school prove that great things are happening. The principal responds quickly to neighborhood isses that surface. Thanks.


Posted September 23, 2007

After reading the previous comments, I need to write to confirm that since 2003, Tonalea has made huge improvements. The academic focus has improved and the scores of the students show it. Any parent of a middle school child should be proud to have their kids attend Tonalea right before attending Supai. Congratulations, Tonalea. You're doing a great job!


Posted September 22, 2006

This school has changed for the better. But I still feel that the principal can still do better than what shes doing. But parents we all need to help and get involved.They can not do it by themselves. Get involved in the school P.T.O. Help you child's teachers out. We can make the school as good or as bad as we want it to be. Don't you all think that it looks better now than three years ago? I sure do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2005

High quality of school. Great communication with parents. Welcoming of special ed students. Very organized school and very diverse population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2005

All in all, I really have no complaints about Tonalea. My oldest has been going here 3 yrs now, and my youngest just started Kindergarten.My oldest is in the gifted program, and has been for 2 yrs now, and enjoys it very much, she's also in orchestra and plays the cello. She was one of 7 5th graders to be in honors orchestra this year. The school also offers PE and Art. I would recommend this school highly to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2004

Teachers are great, but have some administrators that arent. Principal is fake and talks behind the backs of her teachers as well as the parents of the students that attend her school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2003

I think Tonalea has gone downhill over the past few years. I am afraid my child will not be prepared for middle school. I find the students to be disrespectful to each other and to adults. Hopefully, with a new principal, things will change for the better.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
n/a
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 "Highly Performing".
  • 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
Hispanic 60% 43%
White 28% 42%
Black 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 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 78%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Highly Performing (2011)
  • Highly Performing (2010)
  • Grade B by AZ labels (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Yes
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. L. friend
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 484-3601

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Yes
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • All are city sports after school
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • All are city Sports after school
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
More from this school
  • We are a proud Title I school that offers tutoring and small group intervention instruction for students who need academic support. We also highlight educational services for students who demonstrate gifts and talents that are exceptional. We are a highly performing school with a strong focus on academics and parent involvement.
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6801 E. Oak Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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Phone: (480) 484-3600

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