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Countryside Elementary School

Public | K-8 & ungraded

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted May 16, 2014

I love countryside !!! From the ladies in the office, , Cambridge team & football coaches. From the moment I enrolled my son, I knew this was home. I am amazed and touched by the education, support , communication , love and safety . A special thank you to Mrs . Rankin, Mr. Miller, Mrs. Morton , Mrs. Gorosics & Mr. Greathouse. Thank you for an amazing education !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Great parents, great community and great teachers. Love this school and what they do for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

The teachers and all the staff are wonderful my two boys love it there great resources
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Wonderful friendly staff and teachers. PTSA seems really active in getting families involved and engaged. Front office staff very welcoming and warm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

My son went here for Kindergarten and First Grade. He LOVED it! The kids are all good kids and the teachers really care. I would definitely recommend this school if you are in the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

My daughter broke her foot and one of the office managers helped her around school in tell she got better. My son actually got mad and walked out of his class and they helped him and helped diagnose him with bi-poler disorter
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

I have interned in this school and the staff really care about the children who attend this school. As a future teacher I would love to work in such a wonderful environment. Tami
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2009

My children were moved from Sonoran Heights to Countryside-what a great improvement! The principal is accesable amd the teachers are great. My child went from performing to excelling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

I too, am joining the ever growing group of unhappy parents with this school. Communication is the worst. My son started struggeling towards the end of the year, I tried to get help with the counselor, never got an email returned. Went in personally, was rushed she was 'so' busy. Signed my son up for special leadership group to help with his peer struggles, only to have them cancelled almost all year long he got to attend maybe 3. Subs came in a lot, ending up @ the end of the year a perm subs. No consistancy, and to end the year, 25.00 yearbook & my sons pic is not there not even a mention of his name like most yearbooks do if someone is not pictured. I had no notice that they did not have a pic, which is amazing b/c, I have the pic on my wall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

This school's teachers and staff really do not care about their students. We have made attempts at contacting teachers so that we may help our children with not return call or email. The Principal and Vice Principal do not return phone calls. Our son played on the b-ball team and during their sports banquet, which recognized team member participation, he did not get a certificate; huge oversight and let down to him. The teacher have the 'its only a job' mentality and do not trully care about education and their students academic achievement. This school is not here for the students. It is poorly run and needs new staff.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

With the district changing the school boundaries, my daughters had to attend Parkview. I am so dissatisfied with the Parkview staff, teachers, and Vice Principal. I left two messages for the VP & asked for a call back, Ms. Cruz never returned my calls. Ms. Cruz was also suppose to meet with my child after school & never showed up! I already filled out the open enrollment applications for my daughters to attend Countryside; they attended for almost 4 years before the boundary changes. I am so happy with this school (Countryside)! The teachers, staff, Principal & Vice Principal are so involved with the students and care about their well being and education. I can't wait for my daughters to attend Countryside again :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

My students have been at COuntryside for the last six years. It has gotten better and better each year. The principal, Janet Korinek, cares about the safety and education of my children. They are honor roll and principal's list student! We need more parent involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

The school personnel will never give the same answer to the same question. The office staff is rude and incompetent and the teachers are mediocre
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

Countryside is a great school. Yes, they have a high student to teacher ratio, however is that their choice? Teacher's make the best of what they have. It's not easy being a teacher, and parental support is extremely important. Please, as a parent, work with your child, stay involved, that is your job. The teacher's and administration are doing the best that they can do.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 8, 2007

My children attend Countryside and I think that the school has come a long way. They do have a strict policy in place for bullying and I do believe they adhere to the 'no tolerance' belief. The teachers are caring and seem to know most of the student body. They always smile and say hello and have offered help when needed. The office staff has always been very helpful and nice and will try to find answers to questions if they do not know. I believe AZ schools are struggling with low budgets and over crowded classrooms and I commend the school on how well they take it all in stride and provide a good education for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

Communication with the staff/teachers at Countryside is very poor. There seems to be a bullying problem. Teacher to child ratio is to much about 24 kids to each brand new teacher. Many of the key concepts of math/reading get overlooked and students just get pushed thru. Many of the teachers are changed out throughout the year making stability/routine a major issue. I believe the rating is more like a 2 not 4. I will be changing schools next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

We love this school. The teachers have high expectations for students. The staff listen to what parents have to say. The administration is working to get everyone involved. Our daughter has many friends. We get a lot of information in writing and by phone from the school. I just wish parents would become more involved in helping to solve problems instead of always complaining about what is wrong without offering any suggestions to fix the problems. I've been at schools where there are always parents helping out everywhere. Here it seems like parents just want to be in the classroom. No one, other than staff, ever help out in the cafeteria or on the playground. There is a parent group now that is working to get things done. With the limited funding AZ provides schools, Countryside is doing an amazing job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

July 2006. We moved here from CT one year ago where they are known for top notch education. Not to our surprise, we found Countryside overcrowded but the teachers very positive and enthusiast. The ratio of student to teacher are still extremely high and we did not receive reminders or notices in a timely fashion. But when needed, my son received help with reading help from the special education dept promptly. We constantly communicated with his teacher and the special ed dept as opposed to his CT teacher who never bothered. What's worse a growing school district who is struggling or an overpaid teacher waiting for retirement and a fat pension? I would take a growing school district and help it grow as much as I could. As a working parent, I support these hard working, underpaid teachers, they have the hardest jobs in AZ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

This is a poor excuse for a middle school. There are not enough teachers. No french or spanish is offered. This school is terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2006

Coutryside hs been a very good learning environment for my child. Friendly staff, good kids
—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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
75%

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 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
79%
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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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 62% 42%
Hispanic 25% 43%
Black 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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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15047 N. Parkview Place
Surprise, AZ 85379
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