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Kingswood Elementary School

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Posted August 2, 2014

My daughter went to Kingswood for 2 years (kinder and 1st grades) and I'm not impressed one bit! I switched her to a charter and she's much happier as well I! Don't send your child to Kingswood - they won't progress!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

I do not think there is anything wrong with this school in regards to the education and anything related to the kids being taught properly,etc...The office staff is great but once in a while the office manager can be a rude, grumpy man. The teachers as a people and the principal are the not the best, lack social skills,etc... but as teachers, they get the job done. They are good at their jobs so I could care less how rude they are to me as long as my son is being educated correctly. My son is in kindergarten and I did not and still do not want him attending here but there are no private schools in the are, and charter schools are terrible, so were stuck. The kindergarten teacher we got and while she is good at her job, from experience and investigating it feels like she may have been a Sargent in her past life, and she lacks in the communication department, but other then that I do not think there is anything wrong with the school. Students, parents, and personalities are one thing, but curriculum and being a good teacher or principal is another. Will keep you posted...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

This school is terrible I hate this school I am a student there and I've been there for about 4 weeks and rarely any kids care about there grades and on my third day I got my phone stolen DO NOT ENROLL YOUR CHILDREN HERE


Posted September 4, 2013

Terrible parking! Dropping off and picking up is a nightmare. Parent teacher nights a nightmare! Your not allowed to park in front, that's blocked off. You can't park to the right that's faculty only. You can't park on side of street you'll get a ticket. You can't park across the street that's the churches parking lot. Ummmn hello! I was told by the cop to keep driving in circles until I was able to turn into parking lot, that was a crazy day as the street was blocked by massive traffic with nowhere to go, the buses couldn't even get out of the school! Something needs to be done. This is absurd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

Kingswood Elementary is a terribly ran school. From the us against them mentality of its staff to it's 'we don't have any money for books, so your child should get used to deciphering 3rd and 4th generation photocopies of lessons'. Moreover, the principal has cultivated a staff with a Department of Corrections mentality versus a 'we are here to teach you' mentality, who spend a large majority of their time managing small issues that typically work themselves out. If you have a choice in where you child goes to school, you really want to avoid this one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

I am very disappointed in Kingswood and have been for the last few years. The administration doesn't seem to be there for the kids, the teachers try to overcome such low morale but something needs to change there and its the administration. When your leader is a poor one how do you expect the kids or teachers to excel. So many staff have left or been pushed out of there as well. It hasbecome one of the saddest schools in the district when it used to be one of the best. Poor judgement on the Districts behalf to keep the administration on staff. after numerous reports of failure and disappointment have come to their attention .They have lost the great employees and chose to keep the failing staff in their place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My son's teacher is awesome! Everyone seems to really care about the children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My grandson has really been happy since he transferred to this school. The faculty there cares so much about the children.


Posted February 26, 2009

from my experience, kigswood is the worst school in surprise, there are a so few teachers that really care about their students in this school but , that's not enough....Don't enroll your children here, I am a parent and I have keep my son in this school for 4 years hoping that maybe the next teacher will do better, luckily this year was really good as far as the teacher but, a little too late... thank Good we are moving and my son will be out of the dysart school district. the worst in AZ this page wouldn't be enough to tell you all the problems I have had with them. sooo many....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Parent of a 6th grader, 3rd grader , and kinder. Our school experience was good. All three had daily homework and we got regular progress reports. The parents are responsible to make sure the students do the homework...not the teachers. In our home we make sure we do our part....more parents should.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

This school has problems ranging from a weak principle and lazy teachers to pathetic play equipment and slim resources. I had to beg for progress reports for my 6th grader, and when I finally got one it only had 3 assignments out of 21 graded! I see the district making changes to clear out some of the worst teachers, but at this rate it will be years before they have weeded out the bad ones! Needless to say, my children will not be at Kingswood next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

My grandson was enrolled in the 6th grade for the last 2 1/2 months of the 2007-2008 school year. From veiwing the test scores, it is little wonder why the 6th graders didn't do better. Homework was nonexistint and all I heard about was watching TV in science and playing games in Language arts. I received progress reports for half his classes. No report from the class he failed, even tho I asked to be kept informed when he was enrolled.


Posted March 24, 2008

I have three children in Kingswood, two in fourth grade and one in kindergarten, and my children have had great success in every grade. My older ones have been there since kindergarten so I've been able to see things progress and change for the good. I've also witnessed many parents complain about everything from teachers to homework. Too much homework and the teachers being too hard on the students and it's these parents that feel their children shouldn't have so much homework and classwork that keeps all the other kids behind. Hopefully the new zoning will allow Kingswood to succeed in '08-'09 and get the ratings back up to 'highly performing'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

My son's first grade teacher was great. The parking was horrible, very few parking spots available and part of the parking that was available was closed off. The district is horrible with zoning, there is a new school right behind our house and yet we have to drive our son to this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My son's Kindergarten teacher was very hard on the kids acidemically. Although this was difficult at first - being my first experience with school - I appreciated how hard she worked to get them ready for first grade and beyond. My son likes to disrupt class and talk but has made great strides under her expert care. She was great and we will miss her next year. He has learned so much and always wanted to go to class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2006

Kingswood's teachers and staff are doing a very good job. Discipline problems have been handled very well by the behavior teacher. My son acted up in class and I received a phone call and he had my son explain his behavior to me. I appreciated the phone call and the consequences were adaquate. My son told me that he likes the ISS teacher as he treated him with respect. I encourage parents to send their children to this school. I want to warn parents that the cafeteria food is very fatty and has high sugar in most items. Pack a lunch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

I would have to say I am very pleased with their academic and music areas. My son's kindergarten teacher was also very loving and kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2006

I think kingswood is a wonderful school. I have 4 childern attending my oldest for his 5th year. I cannot beleive the support from the staff and teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 11, 2006

Good school that is inclusive and offers culturally diverse experiences for all children to learn from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

Kingswood has a welcoming campus with staff dedicated to the well-being of each student. Teachers are interested in the students and aptly recognize the strengths and weakness of the students which helps the student learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

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 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
36%

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 58% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
76%

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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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 54% 42%
Hispanic 29% 43%
Black 11% 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 60%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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15150 West Mondell Road
Surprise, AZ 85374
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