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Cimarron Springs Elementary School

Public | K-8 & ungraded

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted November 15, 2012

My daughter has been at this school for about 3 years now; the beginning of this year I had some concerns because there was some transition with the teaching staff in her grade and I was becoming very frustrated. However I was very pleasantly surprised when the principal of the school took time out of his day to help her in math! He was so great and she left feeling happy and confident about the material. He truly cares about his students and I feel he went above and beyond for my child. They have a permanent staff for her grade now and everything is going really well. Cimarron Springs is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

We have been at CSES since my oldest started Kindergarten four and a half years ago and now my youngest is in first grade there as well. We absolutely love the teachers we have been blessed with through the years and my girls are growing, learning and thriving. Both have been recognized for their above average academics and have been tested, challenged and engaged accordingly. The gifted specialist is amazing and really out for the best interest of the children. We have not encountered any major problems in our time there. Being a pro-active parent really helps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2011

I brought my children here from another school in Dysart. They were continually harassed and bullied. The teachers here have already taught more in the past few months than what they had learned the past year at ____. Teachers respond very promptly as does the principal. He is always there welcoming us when we drop off our children in the morning. They say he is "cool" but I only spoken to him with one concern regarding my son being teased and the problem was taken care of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2011

As an investor new to the area, I find that searching comments from parents on the local schools is critical to my investing wisely. I want to own homes where the parents are happy with their local schools, otherwise, I don't invest there. It is critical to the whole neighbourhood that the schools administration be leaders in the community, run a tight ship, deal with bullying especially as it spills out into the community. Get your act together so that the neighbourhood doesn't crumble around you. For now, I'll opt out of this neighbourhood.


Posted August 23, 2011

Cimarron Springs should be rated 1 star at best. Bullying is an extreme issue here and the Administration does not take it serious enough. Teachers have been reported for allowing disruptive students in class to carry on with their bad behavior without being disciplined. Outside of school teachers have told me they have watched the 8th grade class move on year after year with the same problematic children only getting worse and worse. I finally withdrew my son after months of torture, harassment, and being attacked nonstop by the same group of boys. MANY chances were given to the school only to have them FAIL time after time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2011

cafefull if you have a special needs child the teachers dont know what there doing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I have 3 kids in the school and all the teachers and staff have always been so helpful and very polite!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

They have great teachers who are very caring and willing to try anything to help their students learn! My Kindergarten son is very advanced and they try to work with him on his level while still getting him involved with his class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

Funny how glowing reviews seem to pour in after several parents express the problems they have had with this school. Click the 'Test Scores' link for this school before deciding to send or keep your children in this school. 8th graders are testing below the state average in reading, science, and math. No improvement in writing scores for 3 years. Even worse, the trend for 8th grader testing is downward over the past several years. This is not progress. This school is headed the wrong direction. (Now wait for more glowing reviews from defensive staff)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

The staff has been professional and courteous. Our son's kindergarten teacher-Mrs. Fleming is wonderful and we could not have asked for any better. As owners of a pediatric development company, we are very involved our both of our boys' education and feel fortunate that they attend Cimarron Springs. greatschools.org's mission statement: 'Involved Parents. Successful Kids.' is so true. Many parents expect their child's school to raise them rather than compliment what they teach as parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

I believe the administration needs to be more proactive with discipline issues and deal with them quickly and firmly. Back those teachers up so they can teach students who are ready to learn and remove the problems when necessary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

My daughter started Kindergarten '07-'08 school year and had Mrs. Boehlert as her teacher. I have to tell you that Mrs. Boehlert is a wonderful teacher and did wonderful things for her students. If your son/daughter has her for a teacher, you won't be disappointed. We love it at Cimarron.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

A++ Kindergarten Experience! We could not have dreamed of a better, more fulfilling beginning to the educational journey!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2008

To the parents who constantly blame schools, home school them! Take responsibility for your child's education and stop complaining. Cimarron Springs Elementary is a great school! My experience with the school's administration and staff has been positive, and I find the staff to be polite and professional. The people who complain the most about situations are usually the ones who aren't involved, and they want to blame the school for refusing to 'parent' their child. NCLB has placed too much accountability on the schools, and has given parent's a 'pass' on continuing to be the first and primary educators of their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

If you have a choice and the ability to send your children to a school other than this one, do it! I could write a novel, but in short, the school has a bullying problem that the principle does not adequately address. Most of the teachers are good, but if you do have difficulties with a particular teacher, don't expect an unbiased investigation by the school administration. It is almost humorous to me to see some of the glowing reviews of this school posted here, that also lambast parents for everything and anything. It is obvious that some of the postings on this board are shills for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

The education system at this school is great but the staff professionalism is at a all time low. The teachers don't communicate with the parents and the parent pickup system is horrible. The school needs to take time out to fix these problems. Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

I hated this school. The principle is all talk and did nothing worth meantioning. The school has disiplinary issues, and some downright terrible teachers. There are so many schools in this district that you could send your child to. Please, spare them and don't send them to this one.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2007

It is true that AZ ranks at the bootom in education and Dysart is an ever growing district that being said Cimarron Springs is ranked as a Highly Performing School. and trust me it is worth that ranking. They truly go above and beyond!!! All of the things that happened in the past are over. And by the way where are all of you during PTO meetings, Conferences and why aren't you volunteering to help make this school even better???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

As the 2006-2007 school year ends at Cimarron Springs, I still feel third grade Mrs. Davidsons class is spectacular! My son has really learned so much this year it is unbelievable! He is above grade level in all subjects, completed his first research paper, and has multiplication facts learned hands down! My son enjoys school and homework is done in 15 minutes a night! No complaints at this grade level. My daughter in 7th is an honor student and I hope this year hasn't set her back to much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2007

My three children attend Cimarron and love it. I feel they are in a safe, secure environment and learn more than I expected. As second graders, they began learning to create power point presentations and now my seventh grader can use a wide variety of multimedia tools. I feel comfortable speaking to any of their teachers for any reason and have on occasion sat in on a class. This staff is extremely professional and works hard to meet the needs of our children. I am thankful my kids are here.
—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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

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 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
62%

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 58% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

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 67% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Black 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 43%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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