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Joyce Clark Middle School (Formerly Sierra Vista M

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 752 students

 

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Posted September 24, 2014

Horrible for kids with learning disabilities.... total lack of being proactive on the part of at least 2/3 of the teachers I have dealt with. They wait until after the 100th day (to get funding for the student for the next year) to threaten to hold the students back. Basically forcing the parent to withdraw the disabled kids and put them into charter schools. Which has a net effect of making their Spring AIMS test results much higher.... go figure. Teachers that consistently allow students to not turn in work at all. No parent contact on individual students. Lying about emails that were never sent, failure to pick up a phone and call parents after weeks of not getting work. Blaming the kids for their own lack of engaging lesson plans and failure to manage their students. This school is horrible. Absolutely positively horrible for kids with learning disabilities. So much for no child left behind, and so much for special education. God Bless America.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2014

I put a teacher in her place for being rude now i am being harassed by cps and the school. My son is disabled and he is being picked on by the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

I am impressed how the school has transitioned and focuses on putting kids first. There are many programs in place to allow for students to succeed. The leadership with Mrs. Sadorf is consistent and she is in the classrooms on a daily basis. Impressed at how hard the teachers work and spend time getting to know and care about kids. Since getting a new principal and a new mascot, colors and focus, JCMS is off to a great start
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

I love SVMS. The teachers/principals are great!! I've been homeschooled, and have gone to private (OLM). SVMS is the best!! I've made a lot of friends. Its a pretty cool campus.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2008

My son used to go to this school in his 6th grade year, and I, along with my son, found most thing about this school highly unsatisfactory. Quite honestly, as a parent, I would have to say that Apache Middle school is a much better school than this one. The teachers here at this school aren't as motivated, or dedicated. I advise any parent that is serious about their child's education, send your kids to Apache.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

The school administrators and teachers leave a lot to be desired. Most seem rude and the office administrators do not seem to have control of their school. My son was moved to another group within his current grade, but did not help. The Principal will not make himself available to meet with the parents when an issue needs to be addressed. The Asst. Principal is somewhat condescending when questioned about a subjective decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2007

Overall, I like the school. However, the office staff leaves something to be desired. The Asst. Principal is very caring, extremely helpful, and likeable. My daughter had issues with a teacher being rude and intimidating, she was not allowed to switch classes. I met with the teacher to judge for myself, and I thought the same. She was rude and wouldn't let me get a word in edgewise. Still, my daughter had to stay in her class. My son now attends here with no apparent issues/problems and enjoys the extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2006

This school is very laid back on education..to laid back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2006

As with many middle schools, there is a small sector of 'problem' kids. However, with the parent involvement that is encouraged and keeping track of who the children are with and what they're doing, keeps parents apprised of what's happening. There are a lot of choices for curricular involvement in sports, music, various clubs and other activities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 15, 2005

I can't say my child had the best educational experience at this school. Middle school is hard to find good teachers for and this school exemplifies that. The band director is greatly loved but other than that my sixth grader was pretty unhappy with his teachers. At lunch the kids are allowed to run all over like crazy while the parents on patrol do an inept job trying to keep them in line. The teachers eat in their rooms apparently. What happened to the days when kids had 20 minutes to eat lunch only and the teachers were at least in the lunchroom although at a different table. There are too many students per teacher also.
—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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%
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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 42%
Hispanic 34% 43%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Black 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

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  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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  • (520) 515-2941

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

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  • Music teacher(s)
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  • Counseling
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Soccer

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1045 S. Lenzner Ave
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
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