Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Rover Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 567 students

We are best known for teaching the "whole" child.

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 8 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

38 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted August 17, 2014

Rover is a great school! The teachers are top notch and the parent community is involved and caring! The school does a great job of keeping the top teachers and churning the ones that aren't quite there yet to keep the academics getting better and better. The administration is engaged and active and visible - there is a sense of caring and also of a place where a kid gets to be a kid - Rover Ram Fans!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My school is Rover Elementary. My daughter goes to this school. We have had nothing but good experiences at this school and I feel is one of the better public schools around the Tempe area. Seems a little crowded at times, but, my daughter is doing well in her 1st grade class. She loves her teacher and has made good new friends in her class. She has learned alot this year, and is looking forward to 2nd grade at Rover.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2013

Sadly, this school has gone downhill since we started here in 2008. The first three years were wonderful with awesome teachers and a vibrant community feeling. Since then some teachers have left and the community feeling is gone. Communication from the school is non-existent. It is a black hole where you drop your children off and hear little from (some) teachers and particularly the administration about what is happening, what the children are studying and learning about, school activities etc. Some teachers do not even let their students hear school announcements or say the pledge of allegiance. Other teachers in the lower grades continue to be outstanding. We will finish out time we have left to complete Rover hoping no other good teachers leave the school. We miss the caring open communicative energized environment of years past.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2013

This school is an amazing and great community school. The teachers, principal and staff are excellent when it comes to the education and emotional growth of all students. I have been a parent at Rover for 5 years and I can't think of one negative thing to say about the school. 5 stars for sure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

Our son attended Rover Elementary last year for kindergarten. He was only four years old at the start of the year, so he had to test in. We were so blessed to have Mrs. Gilbert as his first teacher! All of the kindergarten teachers are wonderful, as is the librarian. The school offers wonderful programs such as Fame and Young Rembrandts. I fully recommend this school to all parents who desire a complete educational experience for their children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

Relocated from Wisconsin with an only child. Her first year at Rover and honestly, her teacher is the best! Picking your child up is an absolute nightmare and I do not care for the principal. The principal never introduced himself to me and he had a horrible attitude when I did approach him about an issue. The Wisconsin school system is totally different, I am used to principals who care about the children they oversee and appreciate parent involvement. The staff needs diversity training. I would not recommend this elementary school after my experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

I am a sophomore in High School now, and there is not a day I don't miss this wonderful school. I had an amazing 6 years at rover, and it seems like they are doing even better now! They really do make the "whole" child. Wish it was a K-12 school, haven't found any schools that compare.


Posted July 30, 2012

Excellent school in all aspects, excellent staff, my children improved their grades incredibly, definitely I recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

Rover is a wonderful school. The teachers are extremely dedicated. Many teachers have been there seven plus years. Almost every teacher has a Master's degree. They are committed to each student's success and always available to parents. The staff is wonderful. The parents who volunteer, either in the classroom or for the PTA are friendly, committed, dedicated and amazing. There are many programs for students outside of school. They offer band, orchestra, and choir for all 4th and 5th grade students. Overall there is no other school I would send my children to. Rover is more than a school, it is a community dedicated to the success of children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2011

My daughter and I love this school. We found Rover on the GreatSchools.org website. She completed Kindergarten and she will be going there for first grade this year. We have nothing but great things to say about Rover and the faculty there. The kindergarten program and teachers were phenomenal. The staff not only expect excellence, but they provide the necessary tools to make the children successful in all areas. Mrs. Zimmerman especially was the perfect teacher, she is dedicated and friendly and my daughter was sad to leave Kindergarten for this reason. I would definitely recommend Rover to anyone looking for a school that not only fosters a desire for learning, but also the desire to become a well rounded individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2011

For a school with such a large student body (500 students), the administration has created an excellent environment that gives students personal attention and good support for academic achievement. There is plenty of parental involvement and great extracurricular activities like Girl Scouts. The music program is quite good for an ordinary elementary school (it cannot compare with schools specializing in performing arts). While there are some outstanding teachers, there are also some mediocre ones, due largely to district policies and teacher union contracts. Overall, this is a very good neighborhood school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

I have two children at Rover and couldn't be happier with the school as a whole. The Staff is wonderful and does whatever is needed to help the children succeed now and in the future. The PTA is FABULOUS!The only thing I can even think of griping about is the small parking lots. However, when parents enroll their children at Rover, they know that this is a drop-off only school (buses are for special needs children only). The resolution (by parents): come early to get a parking space in 1 of the 2 parking lots, or park across the street (there are several cul-de-sacs directly across from the school) and across the street to collect your kids. SUPER EASY! Like I said, this is the only thing I can think of griping about, but I'm not going to. I choose to park and walk to pick up my kids. Overall, my experience with the school has been nothing but WONDERFUL! Each teacher both of my children have had works exceptionally hard to help ALL the kids in their classrooms. WAY TO GO ROVER! KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL WORK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

Rover Elementary is an excellent school with caring teachers and staff who truly love the children and strive to help every student succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

I have had children at Rover since 2003. This is a wonderful educational community. The experienced teachers know how to bring out the best in any type of learner. They have pushed each of my children to reach their individual potential regardless of standardized testing, no child left behind or classroom performance. The administrative staff knows and has bonded with every child/family on campus. Rover is a family experience, families are very involved in the school and come from a diverse background which leads to a rich and caring educational environment. The school has a history of strong academics and is now emphasizing science and arts education. 4th and 5th graders participate in band, orchestra or choir. We have an annual Art walk that showcases every student's artwork and celebrates all of the arts. Rover is working with ASU to strengthen the arts and science curriculum. There is a school garden and science clubs (science detectives and Lego robotics) to enhance the strong science program. I love that our district has fought to maintain small class sizes, small neighborhood schools, music and provides gifted services to all qualified kids (yes, K-5!).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

Rover has great teachers who care about the whole child. I thought that the rigor at my old school was good, but my son is doing things and learning things that my other children did not get at his age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

Rover Elementary can be a great school, but unfortunately, many of the parents at Rover are stuck-up and arrogant. This greatly affects the school climate. These parents act entitled and believe rules should be broken for their personal benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

The administration, teachers, and support staff at Rover are exceptional! The PTA is superb at fundraising, and then putting the money to work in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

The teachers and principal really care about the quality of the education the students receive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Rover has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The school environment is warm and welcoming. The teachers know each kid's strengths and works to help them on any areas in which they need extra assistance. Principal Martinez is available in person and on email to help solve problems. Parent involvement is strong both in the PTA and in general. Next year the school is becoming an Arts and Science Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

My daughter is finishing kindergarten at Rover and LOVES this school! There is a solid incorporation of art in learning and the she responds very well. My daughter is reading currently at the first grade level, as are some other class mates and I give the teacher and school a lot of credit for this. Also, the school has a 'no bully' policy that they recite every morning. I think it works, because the kids all seem to support each other.
—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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

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 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 "Highly Performing".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 46% 42%
Hispanic 28% 43%
Black 12% 5%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
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 44%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Arizona A+ School
  • Highly Performing School- State of AZ
  • Blue Ribbon School

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mark Martinez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (480) 820-8503

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Science
  • Technology
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Girls on the Run

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • *active pta partnership *counseling & crisis intervention *clothing/food banks *site council memvership *fame docents (music and fine arts) *classroom volunteers
More from this school
  • *Recognized as an Arizona A+ school and one of 18 "Great American Schools" by National Education Association. *Recognized as National Blue Ribbon School and National School of Character.
School leaders can update this information here.

Visit

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:
Elementary school
Middle school


 

How to apply

Does this school have an application or enrollment process?
 

No

Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Fees Middle School
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1300 E. Watson Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283
Website: Click here
Phone: (480) 897-7122

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools




Aguilar School
Tempe, AZ




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT