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Copper Ridge Elementary School

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Posted April 17, 2014

With all due respect to the person that wrote the last post your information is inaccurate. To begin, Michelle Otstot and the PTO work very well together and there is allot respect in both directions. They do have a board in place and if you have attended ANY meetings you would know the involvement by Adminstration and the parents. I am so impressed with the amount of care that Michelle is showing Copper Ridge. We live in a time that does not just require you but demands that you take all the necessary precautions to protect your/our children. The rules and restrictions that you are talking about it has been in place but never enforced. Michelle Ostot is doing her job and that is to follow the guidelines that the DISTRICT put into place many many years ago. I would reccommend that you attend the meetings and watch the amount of care that is coming from our Admin and parents. If my child did not attend Copper Ridge I would definitely make sure that they do. Also, with all the cut backs we are facing Michelle spent many hours working on a plan so your/our kids will not be affected. I just want to say THANK YOU Michelle, Admin, PTO and parents!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Copper Ridge has an excellent program for learning & attention issues, and we have been pleased with the teachers and aides that have helped our child. The entire staff has worked together through the IEP process to classroom and special services time to make my child successful. I would suggest more effort be put into mainstreaming more, and the district has to put more effort into screening the psychologists they staff. The Copper Ridge psychologist is good, but there are issues with others in the district. Parents need to be listed to on the district level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

This is our fourth school year at Copper Ridge. We have been very pleased since placing our boys in the PreK program. Teachers are sensitive, the administration is extremely organized and approachable. This school has a very well managed and funded PTO that provides many academic extras that the school district does not have the budget to support. There is a uniform policy that we love and support. Our children have improved academically and socially year over year. Great school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

We are EXTREMELY happy with Copper Ridge School. The new administration and faculty have been amazing. The involvement of the faculty, staff, and PTO all over the campus give such a team effort. We are very pleased with the education, safety, and neighborhood family school feel of Copper Ridge. We LOVE Copper Ridge!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

I have been at Copper Ridge for the past 7 years and I have seen quite a few changes for the better over the years. I am so happy with the administration changes and staff. They are very easily accessible and professional and courteous. The teachers are top notch and really strive to teach the highest learning standards. There are many volunteers constantly at school as well as coordinating fun events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Copper Ridge has always been a good school. Since Michelle Otstot became the principal last year, it is now a GREAT school! I have never seen and admin team with as much enthusiasm, dedication and love for their students. Mrs. Otstot, Mrs. Defeyter and Mr. Patzlaff (yes we have three administrators), are just terrific. Learning and safety are at an all time high. The students are well behaved and very compassionate. The PTO puts on the most fantastic events like Book Fair, Fall Carnival, Spring Arts and more. I am just thrilled that my kids can stay at this great school all the way through eighth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

My kids are very happy and love their teachers at Copper Ridge! This is our fifth year at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

LOVE this school! New principal is excellent & extremely dedicated to the education of every student! Teachers are exceptional, very approachable & available to parents. The PTO is amazing & there are many opportunities to be involved even if you have a full time job. Correction to a previous post....yes, you may have a reserved parking spot if you donate $1500 (NOT $10,000) to the PTO which in turn goes directly to the students. It is very clearly written on the PTO enrollment form. My girls are thriving at this school & we are extremely happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

My child has been at this school for 5 years and it's rapidly declining. It is true that if you have a full time job, there's no way to attend PTO meetings or other meetings. This school is in an affluent area and it caters to parents with the most money. If you donate $10k you can have your own parking space. If you donate a lot of money you can drive through crosswalks, cut the front of the parent pick up line and hold up the line. This school encourages entitlement. My child is in the gifted program and now we find out they are cutting the program in half. We are now looking at Basis School and many other parents are leaving as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

PTA is a joke unless you don't have a full time job...The principal is greatly lacking in common sense and just plain getting along with others. My son has gone here for 4 years now and it's greatly declining. You can get your own parking space if you donate lots of money which also means if you go to pick up your sick child don't expect to get a close parking spot anywhere near the front door. So far we haven't had a teacher with any experience. They've all been right out of college. The classrooms are messy and disorganized. I don't see how they function. Fall festival is a joke as well. Parents with money are definitly treated differently here. Very Clickish$$$ No sense of community. Unfortunately school is a mediation settlement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

This school does not in any way feel like a community. The children run down the halls nosiy and disorderly. Teachers are yelling for them to quiet down and behave. In the classrooms the children are disrepectful to adults and to each other. The lunch room and playground are bully central. The teachers are not available to help as they are afraid of parents. Even though the children wear uniforms the materialistic objects are there full force. I phones in kindergarten and designer everything else all the time. Not the enviroment we want our children growing up in. We will be switching schools this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2012

Pros: The bus and hot lunch program is convenient. Because the school is large, there is a decent amount of diversity (for Scottsdale). The library is a nice size. Cons: The teachers are unavailable to parents. There is very little differentiation btw students (meaning the teachers teach to lowest common denominator and leave the rest to fend for themselves); there are way too many students (almost 1200); someone is constantly asking for money or donations; academic standards are low; student bullying is a problem. Overall, I have not been impressed with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Overall this year has been fantastic!! My child is thriving and doing great so far. My only complaint is the pest problem..... Scorpions, fire ants and black widows have all been seen in my sons classroom and the surrounding outdoor areas.... With all the money that's in the area and there for extras that the parents donate, surely they could hire better pest control. One other issues I have is the back parking lot ... Watch your children.. Some of the parent are glued to their phones while dropping kids off and one of these days a child is going to get hit.... They either cannot read the NO CELLPHONE ZONE signs, or they don't think that are children's lives are worth anything.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

With all the changes this year... the school has not improved. The school year will be long!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

Why punish a child with more of the same homework (worksheets) because they can finish their homework on the ride home? That's what the teacher did at this school. Schools use the phrase "differentiation in the classroom" in this school it meant, "you can't donate or you won't further my career", therefore, you do not really count. Oh and this is despite the fact that we were regular volunteers. At a restaurant fundraiser, we were in line and were ignored by the PTO for the family behind us until we called their attention to the fact. The response we got? "Oh, you people go to Copper Ridge?" You'd better believe, we do not go to Copper Ridge anymore. The hassle of driving our Honda to and from our child's new school is totally worth it. The excitement to go back to school everyday says it all. Maybe there are staff, teachers and parents who do not share this mentality, unfortunately, we never met any of them in the whole year we were there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2012

Love the uniform policy! The parents are extremely interested in the well being of all the children from K through 8th. The security programs in place are impressive for a public school. Our teachers have been great over the last few years. I would recommend this school to any family that partakes in the public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2012

Not impressed with this school so far. There is very very little communication between the school and parents. Teachers hide out in their classrooms and are not available after school. You can try to send them emails - but don't hold your breathe for a response. The school is huge and students are easily lost in the chaos. However, if you have the ability to join the PTO at the highest levels and to donate significant items to the classroom - you will probably be okay y here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

I agree with the parents about principle and the overall actions the school takes without consulting the parents and thinking about the kids. I have to say the tearches that my kids have had so far have been great. I think the school needs a change. The change needs to happen at upper level and re look at maybe getting a new principle. A principle that cares for the kids, a person that looks approachable. I have my kid in copper ridge only cause of the teachers they are wonderful and very approachable unlike the principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2012

Copper Ridge has made an undermining decision to put up a Sprint cellular phone tower 20 ft. from the school building without notifying parents or teachers. On May 31, 2011 the World Health Organization determined cell towers a carcinogen, just like lead. Copper Ridge school officials signed the contract with Sprint on June 14, 2011 with full knowledge they would be placing a carcinogen on campus with our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Great experience and learning environment. Teachers are top notch and committed to our childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 63% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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88%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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83%

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81%

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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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

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81%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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76%

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79%

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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.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

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85%

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86%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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95%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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67%

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77%

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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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • 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 88% 42%
Asian 5% 3%
Hispanic 4% 42%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (480) 484-1501

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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10101 E. Thompson Peak Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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