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Big Park Community School

Public | K-8 | 349 students

 

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Posted November 10, 2013

I am the parent of two students at Big Park Community School, and I am so happy with the education they are receiving, as well as the life skills they are developing. We switched to Big Park after a negative experience at a local charter school, and I couldn't be happier with what we found here. Both children are excelling academically and are enjoying their classes. I wish we had started at Big Park!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

My child went to Big Park from second grade to 8th. Overall, I am glad he went to Big Park as it is a community school. As with any public school some teachers were better than others. My one issue or complaint is that the writing program is non-existent. Other than his 4th grade teacher, there was no real instructive emphasis on writing instruction. Developing writing skills and action needs to start early!!!! You can not wait until 8th grade, Spring semester to teach them writing as in a five paragraph essay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2012

What a wonderful and caring school! My grandson attended kindergarten through 8th grade. The teachers all encouraged and helped him to do his best. They also cared about him as a unique person. At first I thought the school was too strict and "old fashioned." But I was mistaken when I saw that they upheld very clear boundaries and kept the teaching to the highest standards. Grandmother of student


Posted October 26, 2009

This is a great school teachers and students are very kind and helpful!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2008

i was very dissapointed in the amount of attention they give students. and the teachers do not do a good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

My children started Kindergarten at BPCS and went all the way through. EXCELLENT community and parent involvement. The teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

For the first time, my children are happy to go to school...that's all I need to know. It doesn't hurt that their teachers are an absolute joy to interact with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2007

its not the greates and they put to much homework on our children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

I have been very pleased with the Big Park School. My daugher has attended Kindergarten and First Grade. I have been extremely impressed with the variety of activities available and the community involvement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 6, 2005

Very strong k through 7th grades. A little underpowered at 8th grade. Excellent parent involvement and support for the school. Very approachable teachers. Music, art and sports all have good schho hour and after school hours programmes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2005

Great, small school with dedicated, qualified teachers. Alp offered part-time, excellent special needs program. Very safe, zero tolerance re bullying, teasing. Newer school with huge classrooms. High test scores. Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2003

Big Park Community School has an excellent reputation in our community. 6th grade was quite a challenge as a parent because communication and feedback from the teachers was not forthcoming. 5th grade was great for parent/teacher interaction. I'm sad to see the best kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Nelson, retire. She has been a tremendous asset to the school and will be missed.


Posted April 11, 2003

I have found the school to be friendly with a warm atmosphere. The principal and assistant principal have been making some positive changes around the school. The teachers are dedicated and my children have had fun in the sports programs provided.


Posted April 10, 2003

My child loves to go to school everyday. This is the only indicator I need for a successful school. The administration is effective and work together well. I love the school!


Posted October 15, 2002

We live in the Village of Oak Creek because of Big Park Community School. I'm thrilled that Russ Snider, former principal, is at Red Rock High School because he set the standard. 6th grade was quite a dissappointment due to the lack of organization of both teachers. That has been the only negative experience. It is the best school in the Verde Valley area.


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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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
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 "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

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
White 61% 42%
Hispanic 31% 42%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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