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Rancho Gabriela

Public | K-8 & ungraded | 1062 students

 
 

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Posted August 23, 2014

I have a 4th and 8th grader at Rancho. My girls' teachers have been great. It is sad to see some of the great teachers leaving and I am unsure why. I sub at many of the Dysart schools and I consider Rancho one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2013

I have a 3rd grader and a kinder both with medical diagnosis of ADHD and a request from the doctor for a 504/IEP plan. Upon enrollment I requested services for both the children. My 3rd grader has done well all year with minor problems so I have let it slip under the rug. My Kinder child however has struggled since the first day of school. By the second week I was already noticing a pattern of behavior concerns so I asked again about the 504 plan or an IEP. I provided proof of diagnosis, I did all but beg for somone to help him get through these issues and was denied time and time again. Finally he started to do better so I let it go. After returning from winter break, It started all over again this time with violent outbreak. He has been denied special behavior minutes because he has an IQ of 128! I am extremely disappointed in this school, the administration, the teachers, the Sp Ed department and all involved. It wasnt til I paid an advocate to fight for my child that now in mid April they have decided to "help" him. I have to say if you have a talented/gifted child, a child with special needs, or a child with academic concerns, LOOK ELSEWHERE. This is a BAD School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2012

My daughter has been going to this school since the 3rd grade, now in 6th grade and she LOVES it. The teachers are fabulous and the curriculum is outstanding. We joke about how my 5th grader is doing the same math homework that her stepfather is doing in college. :) So she loves to "mentor" him on his math. She raves about her teacher and how wonderful she is. She hasn't really had any problems with the students there. However my daughter is a very sociable person. Anytime anyone tries to bully or be mean she always helps out the other student and takes them under her wing. Overall, I really do love this school and have NO complaints whatsoever. Keep up the great job Rancho!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

Great school. My grandson has been going here and is now in the 6th grade. Excellent teachers every year. Very caring and good eucators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2011

reports coming from my children who are new to the school and come from a private school background suggest that the faculty, have their hands full and are trying their best with what they have and could do with more parental support, all have their hearts in the right place. keep persevering
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2011

HUGE school. The older kids run over the little kids in the hallways. You'll find undercompensated faculty, deceiving administration, bad support for special need kids and no transparency. The cafeteria is outrageously out of control with a lack of supervision, kids getting hurt, and not enough time to eat because lines are so long. Curriculum is not fully implemented because administration is pushing for high test scores. Visit the school before sending your child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2011

Great School, Great Teachers, The Principal is great. They have a very open door policy here and the teachers look out for our most precious metals, they are so caring. The education for children is great. When we first moved here people had told us this was not A good school and that most of the people in the neighborhood went to a nearby Charter School. These people could not be more wrong. Our kids are getting a great education. I hope those people are having fun in a lower performing Charter School. Go To Rancho! It's an amazing School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Rancho Gabriela is always thinking of ways to keep kids in school. Also has parents very involved with child development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

my daughter had a teacher in 2nd grade that was not all that great. She didn't seem like she liked teaching at all and would always mark my daughter with low grades why I don't know but, my daughter did all the things she wanted and she still marked her low. Now she will be attending 3rd grade this year and I will be keeping a close eye on her and the teacher this year and if I see that she is getting the same grades and the teacher is not wanting to teach her the right way then I will pull her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2010

Anybody have any thoughts on one of the best 3rd grade teachers at Rancho Gabriela?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

There are a mix of teachers at this school. My son had a great second grade treacher, but his third grade teacher has a lot to be desired. He interjects too many personal stories and my son would come home with some questionable quotes from his teacher. He should not be teaching or should be closely supervised and mentored at least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

I put my kids into the school this year and I and the kids love it very much, the teachers and staff have been very helpful and nice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

We moved here last year and I really can't say anything good about Rancho Gabriela at this time. My son was attending a Phoenix school with an IEP and was doing very well were he would not need the IEP any longer. However, when he finished this year with Rancho Gabriela according to his test scores he is below average. I don't understand how this could happen. When I asked the teacher if she communicates with my son's IEP instructor or even work together to see how my son is doing, she stated 'no I don't know what he does there'. This surprised me because when my son attended a Phoenix school the teacher, IEP instructor, and the principle were all involved. I don't think this is a good school for anyone with special needs, even if it's in one area, as in reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

I have two boys attending Rancho Gabriela. Kindergarten and Second grade. They both are excelling wonderfully. I transferred my older son last year here from a Charter School nearby. There were a few issues at the Charter School that I feel didn't get addressed quick enough. Since I moved my son he has advance wonderfully. I had heard since I moved here that public schools are no good here. I think Rancho Gabriela is a great school. If you pay attention to what is going on with you child there should be no problems. By the way, my son in kindergarten is more advanced in reading and math than when my older son was in kinder at the charter school. The teachers at Rancho Gabriela are awsome!! Thank you Rancho Gabreila!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2008

I have been attending this school since it opened, and I must say that it's great! Both the seventh and eighth grade teachers really have the sort of hands-on approach to teaching that kids really need to survive in high school. There are plenty of things to do, like selling snow cones after school. I'll miss it next year, when I go to high school. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

This school has poor discipline, most of the time they do not evwn care what the students do. Some teachers even sware and do not try to set a very good example at this school. Overall most of the teachers are very nice and do try to set a good examples, but not all of them which sad. I would be more pleased if all the teachers would try to set a good example. My mother is not all that pleased either. Curriculum wise it is not all that impressing, most woek is not hard and some classes it is very simple to get an 'A'. This school needs to get more challenging work.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2007

Both our children have gone to Rancho Gabriela since it opened. We have been extremely impressed with K-2 teachers and the 4-6 have been very good. The class sizes are large but the teachers somehow still manage to focus on each child and are very willing to work with the student & parents. We have also been very pleased with their Special Ed. Dept. Our son has finally got the assistance he needs to succeed and the recommendations that were made to his IEP were excellent. The principal does try to know each child by name and is very friendly. Overall, we really like Rancho Gabriela.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

WE are very happy with Rancho Gabriela, we moved to the area last year, just in time for our son to start Kindergarden there. Half way through the year he started coming home with homework and spelling words and learned the basics of reading and math...that is something I never did when I was in Kindergarden!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

Rancho Gabriela Elementary is a very nice school.The principal is kind and intelligent. The teachers establish a fantastic relationship the students.Thes school Rancho Gabriela is a fantastic school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2007

I think Arizona's standards are too low. The work isn't challenging enough for both my son and daughter. Half the year my daughter ended up doing book reports alone in class so the other students could catch up. The class sizes are too large. Special education is needed. I am not pleased at all. I'm looking into charter schools and even another state.
—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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%

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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 42%
Hispanic 25% 43%
Black 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 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 35%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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15272 West Gabriela Drive
Surprise, AZ 85379
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