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Copper Canyon Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 756 students

 

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2011:
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Posted May 21, 2014

Copper Canyon Elementary school is a fantastic school. Mrs. Dara, Health Assistant to Nurse West is great to the kids and they really love her. She also mentors the kids who are in the Coyote Patrol Program. She works with the students and teaches them the value of working at the school and responsibility. She is a real asset to Copper Canyon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

This school used to be the worst school ever but then a littler miracle happened and the miracle is named Alan Potts !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

The staff is well known for being cold, and not just to the new family's. The academics at Copper Canyon aren't any better than the surrounding schools. If you don't mind the chill in the air at Copper Canyon you'll be just fine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2013

I like this school for our daughter, she seems to fit in nicely and has learned so much. I didn't give this school 5 starts because I feel the staff is unwelcoming. At least toward new faces. I have seen them react to someone they know verses someone they don't. I personally experienced this myself and didn't think much of it until I noticed a trend and it just became really annoying. Some of the parents are very involved which is really nice. But some parents can be really pushy and rude, its so inappropriate. I see the same parents over and over in some of the classrooms, and from listening to the parents who didn't get a chance to become involved, its just disappointed that the teacher picked the same people all the time. There should be a rotation for all parents to have a chance to help out with something. We have confindence in our daughter that she is having a great time with or without us. The best part of this school is the after care program. The staff is beyond nice and always so involved with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

This school is just alright in my opinion, theres more to a school than test scores, which frankly your gonna have decent scores here due to its location. There are a few bright stars here but over all the school has a very private feel to it, sometimes i think they forget this is a public school. Lots of in your face favoritism here from the teachers and office staff. I watched in the office one morning loads of kids coming in late and the office staff literally picking off certain kids for tardy slips and letting the others that walked in behind go right on by to class. They should have all been lined up for tardy slips! Silly me, I forgot it depends who you are at this school. I was pleased when new leadership was announced, I thought the previous principal was a bit full of himself. I hope the new principal does not get bullied by some of these parents, although when I got a slip about picking teachers next year, I am starting to think "same old, same, old". Why would a principal turn this into a popularity contest among teachers. Its ludicrous! Please, this has nothing to do with teaching styles and everything to do with who the parents are friends with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2012

Copper Canyon went thru a big change when our beloved Principal left suddenly. We are a close community and the change left us all a little bewildered. The start of school year brought Mr. Shappee, our new principal, and with that some changes to our routines. The kids have adjusted well to the changes, and accepted them! A handful of parents are still struggling to accept the new changes, and have chosen to stand on their principles. The majority of the parents have embraced the changes, and are very supportive of the PTA and staff, which ultimately supports all the kids at CCES. Mr. Shappee has been a wonderful addition to our school. He really does have the best interest of the students and staff in mind. The staff is as warm to you as you are to them. I know they have struggled with the negativity from some of the parents, and hope that they know we support them, and appreciate their dedication to making our school a success! Thank you CCES staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2012

A lot has changed in the past year at Copper Canyon, but the change is mostly good. The parents are now required to sign in at the front office to enter the school. Some parents are very upset about their inability to come into the school through a side door and roam the halls freely. These parents miss being able to chat with their friends in halls and peeking in on their children through the window in the doors. However, my children feel much more secure now that all the doors are locked. The teachers, staff and aides are extremely friendly and you can see how much they adore the children. The only unhappiness I have seen by the staff is when certain parents complain for the umpteenth time to them about locked doors and the library being closed before school. I can see how frustrating it is to have to listen to the same negativity over and over. Copper Canyon is a wonderful school. My children love the teachers, staff and principal. The parents are still extremely involved and while we have a new principal, he cares just as much as our previous one. All that matters to me is that my kids are happy, and they love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2011

Our family is very happy and impressed with Copper Canyon in many ways. The parent involvement is great and it makes a big difference in class and other activities. The teachers are able to focus on the most important parts of teaching. The principal and staff are loved by kids and parents. They get to know the families personally, are very accessible and strive to meet the needs of each child individually. The principal is loved by the kids and when needed disciplines with respect instead of fear. The families at Copper Canyon are child focused and I love the fact that my kids are surrounded by other kids that are happy, well behaved, respectful kids. They are exposed to great role models everyday which makes parenting them that much easier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

I have been a parent of Copper Canyon for 8 years! My daughter just graduated last year and now my son is starting kindergarten. His teacher Mrs. MacDonald is such an amazing teacher and person. My son talks about her all the time and all the amazing things he has discovered every day he goes to school. It is such a blessing to know how warm of an environment he gets to experience everyday. From the principal to the aides to the teacher this school is the best around. We can not wait to enroll our 2 year old! (we just pray he gets Mrs. MacDonald to welcome him with open arms!) Looking forward to a full 17 years when all said and done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

We are so happy with Copper Canyon kindergarten and are looking forward to many years of great staff, teachers and administrators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

I am very happy with Copper Canyon! My children have been going there for three years and they have excelled so much academically and socially because of the instructive and caring environment at Copper Canyon. You always "connect" more with some teachers compared to others, but ALL of the teachers my children have had have been professional, kind, caring, and good at their craft. The support staff is also excellent. My children have been involved in both extra reading and speech programs at Copper Canyon. The instruction in these areas has been exceptional. In addition, I can't say enough about the principal. Somehow he manages to be both firm and kind. The students love him and greet him happily when he walks by in the hallway. At the same time they respect his authority. He cares about all aspects of Copper Canyon. I have seen him 1) mop the cafeteria floor, 2) help students with reading, 3) install a bookcase in the library, and 4) help students get savely into their parents' cars at the end of the day. I can't imagine a more caring principal and a better school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

I have been a parent at Copper Canyon for 9 years and 2 children. I have had noting but great experiences. I have never experienced anything negative, just positive teachers, staff, principal and families. The education and ratings are also great for a public school. They go above and beyond for the families and students!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2011

Terrible...My child was treated like a dog on the street corner. What an unpleasant surprise!!!! My husband and I recently moved across the country and we enrolled our 5yrs old son at Copper Canyon. Last week marked his second week of school. To our surprise he is having a difficult time adjusting to his new classroom. Our little guy is very bright, independent and social. He loves the neighborhood, swimming, soccer and basketball, but he dislikes his classroom. He's always loved school. He doesn't like his teacher and in his words "she is very unfair" and "mommy they don't care about me". Last week he had a tantrum in the classroom and was sent to the oprincipal's office. He was seated on THE FLOOR for 2HOURS AND 20 MINUTES!!! When I arrived I was angry and heartbroken to see my son looking so defeated and sad. No one called me, he was not offered water, snack, a chair, a book or anything! Once the " loving" principal arrived 20 minutes later. He suggested 3 day recess detention! I have spoken to him, the teacher, and a school board official and no one seems to understand or agree that seating child in the corner for over 2 hours is highly inappropriate and insensitive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2011

Awesome principal and pretty darn good teachers given the budget situation in the state. I can't imagine a better overall education along with a wonderful feeling of community and safety. Bravo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

Just started our first year at Copper Canyon, and we could not be more pleased. Our son loves going to school every day, and is encouraged to stretch and grow academically, whilst still having fun. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Close knit community that is ALL about the KIDS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Copper Canyon has excellent and caring teachers and principle. I feel welcomed and my kids love it too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

This school is fantastic! From great leadership and high-quality professionals in the classroom to a highly active and supportive parent community, it has a solid foundation for educational success. Not only does C.C. have solid academics, but they also instill a love of learning, a sense of personal responsibility and the desire to strive for one's personal best in students. This combination is consistently turning out successful, happy students, and providing an environment that is truly conducive to teaching and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

The families, the children, the teachers and staff plus one heck of a principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

When you enter the doors of Copper Canyon you can feel the warmth of the environmentl-filled with devoted staff, parents and students. Whether it is the smile and personal attention from Principal Bursi, the fantastic artwork thorughout the school or the outstanding events organized by the PTA, it is clear that Copper Canyon goes above and beyond in every way. We are so lucky to be part of the Copper Canyon family!
—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 69% in 2014.

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94%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

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94%

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95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 78% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Hispanic 8% 43%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Black 1% 5%
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 5%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Teacher Venture Grants
  • Marion Foundation Grants

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

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

School start time
  • 9:00am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Steven Bursi

Programs

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  • Special education
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  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Karate, Baton
Girls sports
  • Karate, Baton

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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17650 North 54th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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