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Cocopah Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 877 students

 

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Posted November 10, 2013

We are new to the school district and have been very impressed with Cocopah. Our kids are thriving despite an incident early in the year with my daughter being bullied. We brought the situation to the attention of her counselor and it was handled immediately. I was very impressed with the responsiveness and support my daughter received. As for the teacher quality, I have had little interaction with the teachers so it's hard for me to judge and give 5 stars. However, my kids have both made Principal's List, so other than the expectation we place on them to work hard and do well, they seem to be getting pretty decent instruction. Additionally, both my son and daughter have their favorite teachers who they would rate 5 stars. The leadership is solid and I've been impressed by the activities held at school like the Halloween dance and the carnival. Kids seemed to be having a great time and it's a terrific way students to interact with teachers and staff outside of class and regular school hours. Overall, I think the staff and teachers do a great job helping the students be successful at Cocopah.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Cocopah is a wonderful school with dedicated teachers, diverse student body, and a great curriculum. All three of my children have gone to Cocopah and have enjoyed their experience. The district leadership has done a great job minimizing the effects of AZ's cuts to the education budget. Remarkably, over 40% of the students are involved in the Fine Arts Programs (orchestra, band, jazz choir, etc.) I probably take a lot for granted: language, levels of math classes, sport programs for all, involved APT. And now that the new campus is completed, the outside matches in the Cocopah P.R.I.D.E. inside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

I have a 7th grader at Cocopah Middle School and highly recommend the school. The teachers are caring, know their subject material and communicate well with the parents. The administration also is responsive, welcoming and inviting. From the time you walk in the door at Cocopah and are greeted by the receptionist to the time you leave you will feel like a valuable and that your student is getting the highest level of education. The teachers are well trained, there are many parents involved in the Parent Teacher group and there are many ways to get involved. Cocopah is a wonderful school and I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I go to Cocopah and I am an eighth grader. My family is not very wealthy - middle class, this is compared to the majority at cocopah. I have lots of friends and I have seen a little bIt of bullying but never to me, the teachers are ok I guess and the new campus is really nice, my school could improve by staff recognizing bullying and solving that problem, if your child has had bullying in the past don't send him/her here. It is really easy to make friends here if you are athletic, we are very into sports at cocopah. I hope this review helped, it was my honest opinion.


Posted September 9, 2013

New, state of the art campus. Excellent facilities and above average teachers. Great Principal, Vice Principal and staff. School pride is everywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2013

Cocopah Middle School is about kids. They provide many opportunities for students to achieve both academically and socially.


Posted May 2, 2013

I have moved all 4 of my kids out of the PV district to Cocopah and all of them have loved the experience there. The teachers and staff are a great family committed to the well being and education of the children. Maybe a few slip through the cracks, but it because they don't let anyone know or have a difficult life at home. Some of the comments would lead one to believe that a child would commit suicide because of a school! This is the real world and it comes with all types of people. It's in the home where a parent and child can interact about the mean kids or where he fits in or how to respond. Self esteem is gained from the inside and I feel is nurtured between parent and teacher. Cocopah is where it happens. It is great preparation for the real deal, High School! There is no such thing as a school with absolutely no bullying. It is everywhere and fortunately is stopped most of the time at Cocopah, but HS is fierce and the real world is worse. So lets stop blaming schools, teachers, staff, etc. and take responsibility for nuturing the self-esteem of our children and prepare them for life!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

The bottom line is that if your child is " popular" in middle school, you and your child love it. If your child is not "popular", than you and your child will most likely have a negative experience. I have found most of the parents of "popular" children love it and are clueless because their child likes school. But if you have a child that is struggling, it's a whole different story. Middle school, high school, it's all a popularity contest. It is particularly difficult in this demographic as the majority of these kiddos are from wealthy families, which contributes to their entitled attitudes. And they learn it from their parents most of the time, as I feel the parents have a popularity contest as well. I have one in high school now and he likes it, but I would not put my youngest into Cocopah. She will skip the "weak link".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

Horrible School... Worst experience a parent could imagine their child going thru.... Cruel spoiled intitled children uncaring teachers avoid this school like the plague.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

I work at this school as a paraeducator and I couldn't be more impressed by the wonderful atmosphere and attitude of the employees and the students. It's very homey to me, very welcoming. The students are open minded and kind. The employees are nice and helpful. There are a lot of awareness assemblies and clubs such as those for anti-bullying, being kind, Purple Society, etc. I'm proud to be a Mustang.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 24, 2013

My 6th grader was determined to attend Cocopah, our neighborhood middle school, after years of private and charter schools. So determined, his first day was 3 days prior to winter break. The school accomodated us and we've never looked back. My son is LEARNING and brags about his teachers and the curriculum, because he knows my standards are high. The teacher communication is amazing and I'm thankful I trusted my son's judgment and made this change. The online resource to monitor students' progress, assignments, quizzes, give me the tools I need to keep up with his responsibilities. I'm impressed - from the outstanding leadership of Principal Mrs. Thomas and Vice P. Mr. Salcito to each teacher, the experience shows and in charter/private we didn't get that. Good job Cocopah and thank you for making my son love going to school everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2012

This is a great school! It has the nicest teachers ever!!! There are great staff there including the vice and the regular principal. There is no bullying. Great ,challenging classes and programs! Make sure to check this school out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

Does Cocopah have lockers? I am going there so I would really like to know.


Posted May 24, 2012

I absolutely LOVE this school! It fits all my criteria needs and I've has SO many good times there! I am a 6th grader, and I stand for my opinion that Cocopah Middle School has been the best school I've ever gone to.


Posted October 29, 2011

I'm a student at Cocopah Middle School. There is NO BULLING WHAT SO EVER!!!! the teachers are awesome and most of the classes are challenging. The teachers make you feel at home are like your best friends. We have great life-changing assemblies. Cocopah is a great school


Posted July 20, 2011

Lots and lots of bullying. This is not a school to send your child to without established friends...period. Definitely a school of entitled kids, just ask them. Great teachers but alot of unhappy kids due to bullying not being controlled. Actually ended up taking my kid out of here and placing her elsewhere. Very happy with the change, socially. Something needs to be done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2011

I am a student and im not wealthy or popular and i still think the school is really great with good teachers and staff. im a 8th grader and in all my cocopah years i've never been bullied by someone. i dont understand why people dont like it because of the bully fact so i think those people are wrong and that the child had to take more effect in stopping whatever is happening to them because its a great school. I do recommend coming here! Also the school is going to get renovated in the summer!!!


Posted December 1, 2010

this school is actually a great school. i am a student and i know many kids who go here who's parents have a low income. i have talked with friends about the previous comments and we all agreed that popularity isn't based on wealth. the only reason the assistant principal wouldn't be nice is if a child does something really bad or is a bully. the teachers are awesome and nice. also, the school is about to be renovated.


Posted June 10, 2010

This school has a MAJOR BULLYING PROBLEM! I advise parents DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE! My daughter had a problem with being harassed. The staff (including principal) has favorites, and those students are usually the ones who are in student government, and have wealthy parents who donate to the school. STAY AWAY FROM THIS AGING CAMPUS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

AWFUL, HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE school! My daughter came home every night crying from being harassed. The assistant principal is awful. There is not track for the track team, the school is falling apart and a safety issue. Don't send your kid here unless you want them to hate school.
—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 63% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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81%

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84%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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92%

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96%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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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.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
96%

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92%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
71%

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78%

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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 58% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

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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

  • 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 87% 42%
Hispanic 6% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 8%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:20 pm
Fax number
  • (480) 484-4401

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • 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)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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6615 E. Cholla St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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