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West Point Elementary School

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Posted October 21, 2013

Great school, my kids are very happy with the school! I have a kindergartener and a fourth grader they love it, I try the best to my ability to stay involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

My daughter has been going to West Point since Kindergarten, and is now heading into 4th grade. West Point is a great school with great staff and teachers. They are always helpful, understanding, and strive for the best for all of their students. Mr. Kieffer the principal is so caring. He really get's to know as many students as he can, I would not be surprised if he knew all 850 something students that are there. The PTSA has really stepped up since last year and is really getting parents more involved. As many schools are struggling with budget cuts, so is West Point. Any monies they receive they always put towards making West Point even better for our kids. This year they have taken on having the Arts Program for 6-8th grade, and they need many things for this to be successful. Having worked with the PTSA last year I have gotten to know many of the children, and they really are a great bunch of kids! The older kids do their best to help the younger children, they volunteer so much of their time to help run programs such as bookfair's, santashop, school store, etc. All and all everyone that makes West Point is great and they deserve any help they can get. Thank you for your time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

West Point just keeps getting better every year! The new Arts Academy is there and has brought in some wonderful and supportive families to help enrich the lives of the wonderful students! I have to toot a horn for the Wonderful West Point PTSA, their business members and the members who have brought back some wonderful family and community building events that have made West Point a school that remembers its not only about the books, it's about the experience and the memories that are being created for the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

My sons teacher was very nice and a wonderful teacher. The staff at this school however (mainly front office staff) is very unwelcoming and rude. On the first day i stood in the front office for a few minutes waiting for someone to acknowledge and maybe ask if i could use some assistance (nothing) i had to walk up and ask and then was helped. Before i enrolled my son in this school i called the school and asked to speak with the principal just because i wanted to know who the leader was and get an overall view on the school so i could consider putting my son here, well the "coordinator" gave me the run around and basically told me that i could talk to her about that. despite me insisting several times that if it was not too much of a hassle i would prefer to speak to the principal, and in the end only got to speak to her which by the way she is in the front office at the school and is as rude in person as she is on the phone. The school is clean, security seems good, classrooms are good size, only downfall was the front office staff who should be reminded that they work there to provide assistance and it should be welcoming assistance, this year i have chosen a new school :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

My son has been going to this school since Kindergarten and is now entering the 3rd grade. I have had no issues with any teachers or staff. I try my best as a parent to be involved in as many school activities that I can and have been able to attend every field trip so far. The office ladies seem a little bitter but over all it is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

Overall, this school has very litttle parent involvement and is not welcoming. The 4th grade teacher my child has abosolutely no passion, is not approachable and looks miserable. There is no communication that happens and at the beginning of the year all these expectations are placed and there is no follow through. They simply only focus on state testing which obviously this school is in need of. Highly disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

I have only had one teacher communicate with me regularly. I had gone through the volunteer training and even paid for my fingerprint clearance card in order to volunteer. I was never allowed the opportunity to volunteer in my kindergartners classroom. The teacher already had another mom and didn t need/want additional help. Communication is terrible. Emails and phone messages go unanswered all the time. Some weeks there is homework, some weeks not. When I finally received a note home, it was a request for $ for the teacher appreciation gift. Only one teacher was excited and wanted my help. She answered every email and phone call by the end of the day. She happens to be a teacher who is leaving. I did discover that there were instances when children were involved in strange/ difficult situations and the parents of all children involved in the situations were not made aware This is wrong and needs to be changed Bullying seems to be taking place on a regular basis The admin does respond but are slow. The attitude is that this is just the way it is This school lacks the support and structure. If that changed I think it could have a positive school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2011

So my daughter turns 5 on Sept. 1st. I totally understand that there is a cutoff date to start kinder. We had our daughter tested through the Peoria district for early entrance to Kinder. She was excepted, but the down fall was that peoria failed to tell us it would be $175 a month for all day Kinder. So i searched and came across West Point in hopes they would consider our daughter. Had meeting with the pricipal and he agreed that we could enroll her in Peroria first and then withdraw her and enroll her here. We did so and now they wont honnor it. WOW.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

i was a student there from k-7 and it was the worst school i ever been to and kieffer did nothing but sit in his office and send 7graders out the door


Posted April 15, 2011

I have 5 children at West point and have attended there for 4 years. I have always been very disappointed in this school. The no bullying policy exists only on paper. two of my children got plainly beaten up and the punishments were a loss of recess and a 'talking to". The kids that attend this school are simply mean. Last year my older children told me they did not want their little brother to go to kindergarten at this school because they were afraid he would get picked on. Now his kindergarten year is almost over and he has been through 3 teachers and hates school. i am moving my children at the end of this year. I understand that school is not the same as it was years ago, but this is ridiculous. the only teachers that I like are the new ones because they are still nice to the students. Additionally, all of my children are straight A students. Schoolwork has never been a struggle for them, yet now they simply do not hand anything in. they no longer care because they are treated the same as the kids who are misbehaving and failing. All 4 of my older kids had straight A's. All of them fell and not one teacher noticed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

This school and the staff are completely degrading and bully students. They make up new rules all the time and look for students to screw up in the slightest way to write em up. They spend more time worried about stupid unrelating issues rather than educating kids. I am sorry that I am stuck in this district and I now have to find another school for my other 3 children to attend because I don't want this school to get one penny of my tax dollars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

This school seems to be geared towards AIMS testing and funding only. Bullying is not allowed yet occurs every day. Please let kids be kids and stop over tasking them with an accumulation of work sheets more geared towards the schools financial potential for rewards rather than a childs success!!!! This school was great in 1999 but has steadily declined since.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2009

I love Mr. Kieffer the principal and my daughters Kindergarten teacher was the best. The downfall is that the neighborhood has really changed. It seems like many of the families are not involved in their students lives. You will have to fight what I call the negative influence of some of the other students. Overall, the school has a nice feel to it and my daughter learned a lot her first year of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2009

If you have a child with any sort of special need stay away from West Point and the Dysart school district as a whole. The teachers are good but bound by high student ratios (31 in my sons class) and district rules that seem to only factor in money. They do not seem to be the least bit concerned for my son and continually push me off, we have had three IEP meetings thus far and the accomodations are ridiculously easy. Really, unless your child is the normal student who can basically teach him/herself I would keep him/her out of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

West Point is the best school that I have ever been to. The teachers and adminstration all work together to meet my child's needs. The school has a reading interventionist for students who are struggling in reading as well as an Instructional Coach who helps teachers stay on target to make instruction relevent and rigorous. All of these people add up to a fanastic school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

This School has some Outstanding teachers, but the Resource Programs and the way they are handled is a different matter. The whole Resource Team is like a revolving door at this school and makes it very difficult for communication and educational needs to be meet of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

The principal needs to take control and NOT let the office staff run the school. He is suppose to be there for a reason and the person in control...though that is not how the school is. He has no say in what is happening and going on in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

We all miss the former principal a lot but we are conident the new principal will do an okay job as well. Both men are/were very caring individuals that cared about the education of our 3 children. The teachers are all great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

The school is full of great teachers and great students. The vast majority of the parents are great and are very supportive of the goals of the school. This is a good school that is becoming a great school.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted March 30, 2007

I have to say thanks to the fact that the current VP will become the Principal next year.I only wish now that my younger son was still going to attend next year.Once again the district has changed the school boundries.I came from Illinois and I never thought I would see a school district that was worse than that one but I have w/Dysart.If I didn't work I would transport my kids to the Peoria district.My sister-in-law lives in the Dysart district but her kids attend the Peoria district.I am however proud to say that I had the teachers and staff stop making the kids tuck in their shirts as of last year by going to the district.Their reasoning that they learn better w/their shirts tucked in was ridiculous.
—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 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
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 "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 61% 42%
Hispanic 28% 43%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 48%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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