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Gililland Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1051 students

 

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Posted August 16, 2014

3/10!!! Wow, that's extremely sad. My children did go here only because it is our home school, but I am glad I enrolled them elsewhere. This school has very disruptive students who make it difficult for kids who actually want to learn & get an education do so. The majority of the students here are rude, talk back to the teachers, curse & it's obvious they lack discipline at home. Lets not forget about the gang activity & fights that occur. The school tries to enforce the lacked discipline but don't effectively follow through because the students are absolutely unruly. You can tell by the test scores how the students really care about their education. The teachers care & try to help but mostly for the kids who actually care about their education, which would probably be about 25% of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

Gililland Middle School is the best ! I've heard many students from other schools say its ghetto because its a druggie school and there's a lot of fights... Well they're wrong. Gililland has a program called "Rachel's Challenge" it is about antibullying. And so far It's has help my school a ton. I am an 8th grader now, but when I was in 7th grader I could understand why people said that this school is ghetto. But that was the past and this year it's a lot better. No school is like Gililland Middle School ! Our teachers and staff are the best and you can't forget about our wonderful principle Mr. Wald ! Last year I was in the basic math but this year I jumped to algebra math because of the amazing teachers who teach you the right stuff ! They provide you with extra help if a student needs it . I give this school a 5 star and I would recommend it to parents who have a 6th 7th and 8th grade child who doesn't go to Gililland Middle School ! GO ROADRUNNERS !!!


Posted January 18, 2013

Gililland has proven to be an outstanding and motivating school for our daughter. She is excited to learn in her larger orchestra classes, where she is deemed a leader by the exceptional program. That program by far is the best in the valley that we have seen. The science program is also well run with lots of hands on experiments and knowledgable staff. The students all seem very happy and so eager to learn each day. P.E. is a favorite for everyone in our family. The great sports GMS offers are what makes the school so great--having such great music as well as sports programs that are winners as well. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

Teachers and staff are qualified, experienced and committed to the students. Mr. Pollack, and the music program in general, is exceptional. Great quality of education overall. Thank you GMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

I attended Gililland for almost three years, and i have to say, what it lacks in educational prowess and student quality it makes up for in openness and with excellent teachers. I couldn't ask to go to a better school, I've never had a greater experience with a public school. Although the curriculum could use some work, as well as student motivation, for me, it was really wonderful. Several of the teachers are beyond qualified, and can teach students without them even realizing they're learning. Though, a few teachers fall behind that standard, the students, if they care, make up for it. The only draw back is the ridiculously early class start time and the fact that they /have/ lockers, but refuse to use them. Although, that may just be me.


Posted April 29, 2011

I attended Gililland Middle school & at first I thought it was gonna be wack like every other middle school , then i stayed till 7th grade & when my mom told me I had to swith schools , I was MAD ! Gililland was the best middle school i've ever went to , but now Icant go back ! >:/ & parents , if you have a 6th 7th or 8th grader , i reccomend this school ! (: ILOVE GILILLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL ! [:


Posted August 2, 2010

This Is a really excellent school. my children learn a lot in music and math. they are really friendly .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

My 13 yo daughter just finished 7th at Gililland- she won the 7th grade Math Award for the grade!! She has been at this school through 6th, now 7th, and next 8th, which she is really excited about. The teachers are spectacular; the staff, especially the NURSE are wonderful, too. If you as a parent stay involved with your child's progress, the teachers are really supportive and responsive. My ONLY criticism, and this is due to external not internal forces, are the class sizes are getting too large in the PACE (Gifted) program. All in all, this is a great school. Far surpases every other public school we have tried since 4th grade! Hooyah! Gililland rules!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

My 2 children attend Gililland. They like the school, overall, and I do too. I do wish the classes were smaller so the kids could get more personal attention once in a while; but other than that, I believe it is an good fit for my son and daughter, who are both in 8th Grade. I commend the principal, as well, Mr. Horvath and his assistant, Vice Principal, for 'running a smooth ship.' Jane Ford; mom to Kenneth and Brigett Ford, Gililland Middle School, Tempe, AZ
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

This school is awsome...I give it a 5...
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2007

This school has been great for my child. At first i was a little hesint to put my child in this school. But im glad i did. my child has learned so much by going here. their grades went to a d to B+. trust me if u have a child that is in middle school the right school is Gililland Middle School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

Academic programs have suffered due to a horrible administration and infighting with some power hungry teachers. In 2006 Gililland will get a new principle and hopefully, a new direction. The academic areas of the school may then mimic the greatness the music and and art programs have always attained. Parent involvement continues to be low due to the transitory lifestyles the students must live.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 3, 2005

Good music program. Involved phs ed program. Lacking in math and science education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

I have had 2 children attend and will have a third there next year. Gilliand is a great school and they are working hard to make it the best. I have good communication with the teachers. They also offer great extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

Teachers are very involved and work hard to ensure the students are learning. Active 'Pride' program to reward students with good behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2003

Gilliland has some terrific teachers and the Office Staff is amazing. Parents have the oppurtunity to meet the teachers in many different ways and parents are encouraged to participate and to come to the school. This is my son's last year there, but there are many many new things that the school is starting. Most importantly there is a new program where some classes will be taught in Spanish and English. One of the elementry 'feeder' schools has done this for the past 6 yrs, and since 2 years of a foreign language are required to get into University, this is an excellent head start for all children.


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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 63% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 62% 43%
Black 17% 5%
White 11% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1025 S Beck Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
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